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Mendenhall Inn

4.3
1631 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Dining at the award winning Mendenhall Inn stands alone as one of the great destinations in the Brandywine Valley as you return to a time of classic elegance & charm. Entrees borrowed from French & classic American cuisine make dining at The Mendenhall Inn a truly memorable experience.
Chef's creative daily specials!
Theme night menus and special prices!
Happy Hour and Lounge Menu Specials Monday - Friday nights!
Outside Dinner (Seasonal)
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, French, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm;
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch:
December 1st - 23rd (only): Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 3:00pm
(Closed for Lunch January - November)
Alexander's Lounge Hours: Monday-Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 3:00pm-12:30am, Sunday: 11:00am-9:00pm
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Phone number
(610) 388-1181
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Charles W. Bickel
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Private party facilities
From an intimate dinner for 12 to a function of 300, The Mendenhall Inn's professional Sales team will guide you in creating a once in a lifetime event with award-winning entrees & impeccable service.
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Private party contact
Sales Office: (888) 986-4184
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Catering
Mendenhall Catering
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hillendale
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Parking details
Complimentary Parking
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Entertainment
Live music every Friday night at Alexander's Lounge from 6:30pm-9:30pm!
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Special events & promotions
Please visit us at www.mendenhallinn.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1631 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Lobster night is the best and most delicious theme night of the week. This place never disappoints. Ask for Veronica for outstanding service.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

One diners soup was delivered before the salads, he wasn't getting a salad and the soup should have been served with the salads so the rest of us didn't have to watch him eat his soup alone or let it get cold while he waited for the salads to be served, the waitress should have known this. The ice-berg wedge salad had way too much dressing and was covered in fried onion strings, and croutons. It also sported cucumber and tomato slices. Because of the fact it had so much dressing it was inedible. If it was a creative take on the wedge, those ingredients should have been listed. Then the queen cut prime rib looked too large, was over cooked for medium rare and was so tough and 2 inches thick, it could not be cut with the dull steak knife brought to the table. I could barely chew it. The cheesecake was spoiled and sour. The bananas foster was so-so but we were insulted by the tip jar with the five dollars displayed prominently for all to see. The man working the reservation desk made me stand there without even eye contact or a smile while he spoke on the phone. I was forced to find my table myself.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We love the Mendenhall and prefer the lounge for casual dining. Friday evening there was live music. It wasn’t loud but I am not a fan of jazz
The snapper soup is our favorite starter. My husband even had a whole bowl. He enjoyed his seafood meal. My sirloin steak was just ok.
Excellent service.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Another great brunch at Mendenhall Inn to celebrate my Mom's birthday! Andy, our waiter was very good and remembered us from a previous visit. The swordfish was overdone but other than that; the food was well prepared.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Lovely evening. Rick was our waiter and he was very good. Food was perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful restaurant. Always a great experience with great food. Our lovely server Estelle was especially awesome & so friendly & personable!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We were led to a quiet table, which we appreciated. We were brought warm rolls and chilled butter; our water glasses were filled and we ordered drinks. Then began the process of choosing from among many wonderful appetizers and entrees , some locally sourced. I had shrimp Lejon and the broiled seafood platter. My companion had the Brussels sprout appetizer and the lamb entree. Our entrees were accompanied by fresh asparagus and specially prepared potatoes. Everything was beautifully served by Janat. We had a wonderful time, and I'm sure we will return.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Outstanding food and service.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Server did not get order exactly right, table to crowded(table for two). Did not get all of our take homes-server did not include asparagus& potatoes,server boxed the take homes - we would have prefered to box our own! Overall just OK! Would not reccomend!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I took my wife here for her birthday. Excellent food, reasonable prices and very pleasant ambiance. A great place for a couple to have a very nice relaxing dinner and enjoy a quiet conversation. The food arrived promptly, was hot and was attractively presented. The crab cake was outstanding. The broiled seafood platter and the baked sole with crab were excellent. The chocolate lava cake with ice cream was wonderful. My only negative comment is that the wait staff seemed to be short staffed on that Friday evening as service to receive bread, a drink from the bar and the bill was very slow. Our bill was incorrect and had to be redone.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I have been going to Mendenhall since the late 60's. Back then it was for special date nights. It worked now married for 40 some years and we have never been disappointed. Our daughters now in the their late 20's request Mendenhall for special occasions.
One note, I normally get the prime rib queen cut. Ive probably eaten 6 steers altogether. This is the first time part of the rib was tough, tasty but tough.

Our waitress was Leona (?) was very helpful with a wine and very nice service.

Thanks
John

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Never a bad meal at Mendenhall. A family favorite for decades.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We have eaten here on several other occasions, including a wedding reception. Beautiful dining rooms. Many selections on the menu, including special offers on various days of the week. We had wonderful cocktails, appetizers, delicious entrees, all served with a great flair by a waiter who was wonderful. We will return. It was a Sunday evening and many people were there...make a reservation.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Has been one of my favorite restaurants for 20 years, food and service is always excellent

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The server was inattentive. No refills on coffee. Slow to bring requested drinks. Cold clams casino.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wonderful brunch!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We often eat at Mendenhall and especially enjoy having a casual meal in Alexander's Lounge. Last Sunday was the first time we went to Sunday Brunch. It was marvelous. Our server was attentive and kept the champagne glasses and coffee cups filled. There was so much good food on tbe buffet that we ended up taking our entrees home. We will certainly return often.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent Dinner. Andy was a great waiter. He anticipated what we would need before we even asked for it.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We went for brunch, and even though we came at the end of the time frame, the service was superb. The brunch selection was great - omelette station, waffle station, bananas foster station, along with fresh fruit, mushroom soup, smoked salmon and more, outstanding. We will definitely be back again and make sure we have more time to enjoy it.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

First time at the champagne brunch. Mimosas were good. Brunch selections appropriate. The buffet may be a little far from the seating area and there are a few stairs to navigate. May turn some people off. Our table of four approved and will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We went to their Sunday Brunch. It was excellent. They had raw oysters, u peel shrimp, lobster salad, and stone claws. All were delicious. They, also, had a salad table with a delicious shrimp and scallop salad. On the lunchmeat table they had mussels, smoked salmon and baked salmon. You can tell we like seafood. They had a waffle and omelet station. You could have bananas foster and flambe coffee. Mini pastries and a chocolate fountain were available too. The only negative I could give is that the ice cream on the bananas foster wasn't great. Everything else was over the top and we would definitely go again. You, also, can get an entree to take home or eat there (no way) for an extra price.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Aside from the french onion soup (which was excellent), the meal was very ho-hum. The crab imperial I had was not nearly as good as it used to be at this restaurant. Not as creamy and less lump crab. I was disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I thought the food and service was fantastic. My only issue was I booked this reservation on a Friday night expecting to order the Seafood Night special. However I was not aware that it was not available due to the off season. I did not find out until after I tried to order it, then have to figure out something else to eat.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food is always excellent and this might best restaurant in the area. They have a great variety of options on the menu from either land or sea. The complaint I have is sometimes the wait can be a little excessive. Bananas Foster table side, the best!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Love it as usual. Great food, ambiance and value. Very romantic and great for dressing up.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very good, as always. The restaurant pleased everyone from age 10 to 55.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Appetizers were great drinks were excellent soup and salad were great we had the main course was the stuffed lobster with crabmat lobster was tasteless and the crabmeat had to much filler in it, both of us didn't really enjoy it. Other wise we will be back but won't get that again great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Special Valentine's day with another couple. Health issues for both couples overcome during 2017.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Visited on New Year's Eve for the first time. Returned on Valentine's Day because we enjoyed the experience so much on New Year's. Excellent food, very pleasant service, and very nice setting. Our dinner was pleasant and unrushed. I would go again. Also found the Open Table app to be very easy to use.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

When our waitress (Veronica) was taking our order she wasn't writing it down and I when I commented she said oh maybe I should. Ok that was the down fall. I let go she took my wine glass before I was finished. She brings our entree's and mine was completely wrong. We also ordered salads and she goes I will bring your salad while you wait for your dinner and looks at my husband and goes do you still want your salad. we had already been waiting a long time for our meal and he said no that is okay. He ordered the queen prime rib medium rare and I guess she forgot to right down the medium part but he ate it anyway. I ordered bake potato with my dinner and received mash potatoes after she got it wrong the first time we reminded her again and she still brought me mashed potatoes. My daughter had joined us and she had to leave before my half correct dinner arrived. So we will not be back and we still have a $50 gift card to use. I was expecting a great time and dinner and it was ruined by the very poor service.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

We really like the Mendenhall Inn. My wife had the sirloin steak and it was excellent. I had the porterhouse steak which was the special for the evening and for the price, I was disappointed. It was a very large cut, but there was more fat and tendons than I expected. I know a porterhouse has that which gives it its flavor, but this was very difficult to eat. I do have to say the sauce was very good. The rest of the meal was fine.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Mendenhall Inn Restaurant - fine dining at its best, pro servers, superior entrees
In a separate review, we note that we had an average experience at the Inn which is part of this property. The restaurant is an absolute homerun on so many levels. The ambience of the main dining room is perfect with the fireplace, fine linens and seating options. The waitstaff are superb in their knowledge, timely service and willingness to make you have a memorable dining experience. Tuesday is “Fish Night” so I had the cod served in a baking dish and blended with asiago cheese. It was out-of-the-oven hot, tasty and superb. The mashed potatoes suffered from being room temp. The accompanying small Caesar salad was a nice bonus to the entree. My partner had the 8 oz filet mignon. It was tasty, high quality but undercooked at medium rare when she ordered medium. Because it was our anniversary, we were served a complimentary ice cream, fresh fruit, chocolate lava cake dessert to share. If you are in the Longwood Gardens/Chadds Ford, PA area, don’t miss this dining gem!!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Went on a Monday so the place was wonderfully quiet.
Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Our waitress Lena was fantastic!!!!! She should get a raise.
The Atmosphere is great for romance or a group event.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Best brunch anywhere. After trying many well reviewed brunch places we decided Mendenhall is our favorite. From now on, we are having all of our special brunches here. The best bananas foster, great service, comfy chairs, beautiful dining room, quiet and champagne!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed this first time visit to Mendenhall Inn. The Sunday Brunch offered a broad selection of delicious quality foods. The service was perfect. Although the cost is pricey $30 plus, it was worth the ride for us after Sunday Church Service. The menu included the usual shrimp, lox and oysters,.The other selections were very attractive and high quality including the custom omelets, bananas foster and even optional special order entrees.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Sunday Brunch here is always a treat. Champagne, lobster salad, shrimp, made to order omelets and wonderful desserts. Wait staff are outstanding and Lori was delightful.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Planned brunch as a way to get together with in-laws, who we missed seeing over the holidays. My husband and I had been to brunch in December and it was so memorable we knew it was the right place. We were seated at a wonderful table, just far enough from other diners to be comfortable. We enjoyed the Sunday brunch - for 3 hours! Our waiter, Noe, was exceptional - took time to chat with us, kept our drinks filled, and our plates cleared. The food on the buffet was marvelous. One of the best seafood spreads in the area for sure. The lobster salad was particularly memorable. I would return just for that! Crab claws, smoked fish, oysters, mussels, shrimp - and that was just the seafood options! The omelet station was spot on as was the chocolate tower. Of course we had to indulge in the banana's foster made to order - spectacular. Cannot recommend highly enough if you want a dining experience in a lovely venue.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We had an extremely pleasant and lovely dinner for my girlfriends birthday dinner. Food and serves was wonderful. Our entire evenings experience was excellent.

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