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Sat, 2/24
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Afton House Inn

554 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Enjoy a night of casual fine dining in the romantic Pennington Dining Room or Wheel Room of the historic Afton House Inn. Afton House Inn is one of the only restaurants around that still features tableside cooking. Enjoy steak Diane, Caesar salad or a flaming desert prepared at your table. Afton House Inn dinner menu has a tasty selection of steaks, seafood, pork, chicken, pasta and vegetarian entrees along with excellent appetizers and cocktails. Stay the Night in one of our beautiful Jacuzzi and Fireplace room suites.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Open For Private Parties and Events 7 days a week. Call to Reserve on Mondays and Tuesdays. - Lodging is available for Jacuzzi and Fireplace Rooms 7 days a week.
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Phone number
(651) 436-8883
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Pennington Room - up to 60 guests, Wheel Room - up to 130 guests, Catfish Deck - up to 30 guests, Catfish Lower-Deck - up to 68 guests.
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Private party contact
Dan Jarvis or Melissa Winther: (888) 727-4192
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Full buffet set-up offered, or sit-down catering. Catering menus are designed to meet guests' specific needs.
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Cross street
Country Rd. 18
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Parking details
Free Afton House Inn parking & street parking available
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Entertainment for New Years Eve and Valentine's Day only in the Wheel Room.
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Special events & promotions
Enjoy our monthly Wine Dinners.

Please contact us for more information!
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 554 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.2  based on recent ratings
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64% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Went there on Valentine's Day - the last time we'd been there was probably 25 years ago. The steak Diane is still the specialty of the house - and well worth it. The dining room can be a little chilly in the winter, so bring a sweater!

davee (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018


Peterom (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We have been to this restaurant many times over the years and this visit was a little disappointing. First, we noticed the restaurant was cold when we walked in. We were never told the furnace wasn’t working. We had to ask why it was so cold before we were told. Even though there were only a few people in the restaurant when we got there, the service was slow. My wife ordered the chicken risotto which she enjoyed. My filet was only okay, but not great. I asked that it be cooked medium. It came to the table between rare and medium rare. The green beans and mashed potatoes were not all that great tasting. We will need to consider whether we will return for another visit.

vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Husband had prime rib which was fantastic. Table made Caesar salad was also good. I had the shrimp scampi and it was all rice-not good at all

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

We haven't been to the Afton House in a while, and with some of the mixed reviews on this site, I was a little nervous. I am happy to report that the Afton House is still a great dining experience in every way! The food was excellent, service was top notch, and the cozy ambience and holiday décor really helped make it a special evening for our family. For menu selections, we had the 'baseball' steak, with mashed and asparagus; braised short ribs, also with mashed and asparagus; house Caesar and seafood chowder, crab cakes and seafood pasta. All was done to perfection, with the exception of the pasta, which had a flavor my son wasn't familiar with. So they comped his whole meal. Afton House also has a very good wine selection, and the crème brulee and coffee topped everything off nicely.

I highly recommend this fine dining establishment for any special occasion. Thank you Afton House!

JohnDiane (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for the Thanksgiving Buffet. It was very disappointing because we've had some wonderful meals in their regular dining room and spend the night. The service was absolutely terrible, we waited at least 8 minutes before someone even came to our table. We wanted another glass of wine, server never came back. The salmon, beef, and dressing were the best choices and the worst items being the fried fish, the veg, cesear salad, the rolls and the water. We asked to pay for some bottled water... They didn't have any.
Our suggestion skip their large buffet servings and just go to the main dining room for a nice meal.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
1.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

We have been going to the Thanksgiving buffet here for 4 yrs and this was the absolute worst experience. Our server was so inconvenienced when we asked for something to drink and she only came to our table when we flagged her down. Food has gone down in quality and for the price of the meal I would rather have gone to Perkins

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

We had the Thanksgiving Buffet. The buffet line was very nicely setup and lots of options.

Fresh Vegetables, stuffing, Harvest Squash Salad and Smoked Salmon were especially good. Ham was very moist but the turkey we had was dry.

Had the pumpkin pie for dessert and was not happy with it. Only ate a few bites and left the rest. By then we were full anyway so did not get a different dessert.

Lana (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

We have been going to the Afton House Inn for Thanksgiving brunch for more than a dozen years so we can make credible comparisons. There were not enough staff working. The ones who were there were making valiant efforts to keep up. Our first trip up to the buffet found no mashed potatoes no squash no turkey. Second trip up not much better. The buffet line was confused at the meat area because first came gravy then meat which meant everyone had to double back and interrupt other diners. Once we were seated at the table the wait staff was too busy to serve us well I had to get up and flag her down as she raced nearby. Finally sure what happened to the water but it was undrinkable

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Enjoyed Thanksgiving 2017 buffet, for feeding a very large number of people well done. That being said a few things could have been better - the dinner rolls were yuck, the cranberry sauce needed alot more suguar and the turkey was super dry. The beef and pork were very good, as was the potatoes, stuffing, beans and carrots and the gravy. Dessert was okay, the pie would have been better if offered warmed. Overall thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, glad to skip the cooking and clean up after this year. Would go again.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Very disappointing dining experience. We were at Afton House for Thanksgiving Buffet. The food was way below average, and terribly over-priced. The server was clearly trying to rush us out. There too many great restaurants in Stillwater and Hudson to bother heading down to Afton, anymore.

Fourpals (Minneapolis)
1.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was poorly prepared! The menu needs updating. The service was perfect.

PaulVan (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

I had the mushroom pasta dish which was timed to arrive with the table side prepared Steak Diane. The Paste dish was luke warm, with undercooked mushrooms, lacked flavor, had what appeared to be a small pool of water at the bottom and was a extremely small sized portion. A simple addition of butter, salt, pepper, and garlic would have kept this dish from being a complete failure. The Steak Diane dish was very good served with a bed of potatoes, cooked green beans and carrots with a sweet demi glaze. The medallions a bit small and thin given the price point and the demi glaze was just a bit too sweet.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Very nice early dinner on a Saturday at the Afton House Inn. Haven’t been here for years. Good food. I had the Goldie’s Walleye, which was perfect; my companion had a very nice filet mignon. Both entrees done very well. My only complaint, which is minor, is the price was a bit steep for the value. The entrees came only with a side of gluey rice and “market vegetables”, which was a few sprigs of asparagus. Service was outstanding, and this is one of the few places left offering tableside Caesar salad prep as well as Cherries Jubilee and Bananas Foster. We both had other (fantastic) desserts, but very much enjoyed watching the show as other diners ordered these items.

Timp (Minneapolis)
1.0  Dined on August 27, 2017

Poor to say the least. Had our annual mothers day outing there. It was a total let down. Poor service and quality of food. Complained afterword's and received a gift certificate. So gave them a second chance. Crab cakes were under cooked with no crisp on crust as not hot enough pan. Cesar salad had giant pieces of romaine which needed to be cut. Seafood chowder not thick, too much broth.

Too bad went years ago and considered this place of quality. But no longer. Wont return and not recommend. Went Sunday evening and were one of two couples there. I guess not much interest there.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2017

The Steak Diane was wonderful. The service was great. I highly recommend the Afton House Inn

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

Our waitress was super, but the Afton Inn is aging and not gracefully. Food was okay but overpriced for the Father's Day menu selections. Desserts were minimal and not many left at 11:30. We used to love going there, but this was our last visit.

DanielleP (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

Had fathers day brunch here,was way overpriced for the quality of food.Food was cold and very bland.First time trying this place and won't be back.Very disappointed

fan4nu (Kansas City)
2.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day brunch already has a few negative reviews- so maybe just an off day (of the Chef was literally off). The buffet was overpriced for the selections in my opinion. The price should have commanded a roast beef station but instead had KC Brisket that was sliced in the wrong direction. The food was indeed cool like another review stated and who has a breakfast buffet without bacon. I should stop right there.
Service was exceptional but since I am not from the area I won't make a special trip back.

Klien (Minneapolis)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

We were celebrating Mother's Day with my wife and her mother. Without question, this experience was a major disappointment. The food was warm (barely), the food trays were practically empty, the one pasta salad tasted like it had been mixed with a very cheap tasting salad dressing. The only thing that tasted good was the pecan pie.

At a price of $28 per person we expected more......a helluva lot more. Adios Afton won't see us again, and we've shared this bad experience with many people.