Campfire Adirondack Grill + Bar
Food was good but average. Waitress was wonderful but kitchen was extremely slow especially given that there were few patrons.
Had one supper and two breakfasts at Campfire while staying at hotel. Service prompt, friendly, professional. Food very good: excellent flapjacks at breakfast. At supper enjoyed brick chicken and codfish cakes. Indeed the highlight of our stay at Saranac Lake.
Great atmosphere. Somewhat limited menu, but our selections were all very good. Will definitely return
We had an OK brunch there, but dinner was really delicious. We had hiked and canoed for 7 hours before dinner, which may have skewed my assessment : ) but we had a great meal.
The redo of the physical and service setting is to be commended. As indicated in the Star Rating the atmosphere created by the total reconstruction of the hotel is first-rate, and surprising for Saranac Lake. The service was both professional and personal. We had a glass of wine upstairs on the open deck which was equally positive. THe low rating fgor the food was due to the Trout and the Brick Chicken being seriously overcooked: the Trout was dry and the chicken was tough AND dry.
But we will return. The atmosphere created from the reconstruction is well done.
We are going back next time we’re in Lake Placid for sure! Best gourmet food in the area.
This place reminds some village cafe but certainly does not look and feel like Hilton restaurant. Overburned crabcakes, a ribeye steak which looks more like a sirloin steak, well done even though I asked for medium. Service was just satisfactory
Nice selection of food with prompt service bartender gave us explication of all the local beers we enjoyed the 2 he suggested based on our likes
Love this place. We come every year when we are on vacation!
I made a reservation here for Easter brunch and was so excited because I'd heard great things. Our waitress was impatient and rude. My daughter's food was cold, mine was over cooked, and my mom's had no taste. We waited an absurd amount of time for our meal just felt like we weren't welcome.
Had a great time at the Campfire at the hotel. Really fun evening with family. The server was just the best!
Food was good. Not amazing, but good. My soup came out 2min before my meal so I didnt really have time to enjoy it. The waitress disappeared from time to time and seemed to treat us 'late twenty year olds that may look younger' a little like children compared to how she talked to her other tables. Brought the check without asking if we wanted anything else so we didnt get second drinks. And by reading this you might think they were just busy and trying to get tables in and out....but they weren't.
Good food, varied menu with something for everyone, reasonable prices. We found the portions were quite large, so on a return visit we ordered one for the table of a starter and an entree, and it was plenty. (NB: Requesting a box gets you a leaky container that would hold three steaks.) Restaurant space is attractive but if it's wintertime, don't sit next to the windows, as it's uncomfortably cold there.
It took a long time to get seated even with a reservation. The hostess ignored us (and several other customers) while we stood and waited to be greeted.
Two glasses of wine took 20 minutes to arrive and the pour was very light.
One of the appetizers was supposed to be roasted carrots and parsnips. It was all fingerling potatoes and no carrots or parsnips. When we told the server she told us it was carrot and parsnip. It’s not that hard to distinguish.
The server then handed my wife her main dish and, after the plate burned her hand said “the plate’s hot”.
The mussel broth was either spoiled or just bad but was not edible. We told the server and she apologized and removed it but didn’t take it off the bill.
We have now tried this restaurant three times over the past year. No need to ever go back.
WARNING! Do not go here during carnival week! I thought this place looked great so I made a reservation for last night. The hostess told me the busser was trying to clean off a lot of tables at once. People were seated before us who didn’t have a reservation. The manager came over and asked if we were being helped and I told him the hostess said to wait. The hostess came back and asked if we had a reservation like she had never seen us before. We were finally seated, we waited 10 minutes and no one came to serve us. I started to get up to get my drinks from the bar and the hostess told us our server was brand new and she was coming. After our drink order, it took over 30 minutes for our first drink to arrive and it was less than a serving of wine in the glass. Tables around us with different servers were also going up to the bar to get their drinks. People around us were frustrated and said they were having a bad experience. Our food was delicious... only good part of the night. I felt bad for our waitress because she seemed to not know anything which reflects poorly on her training (difference between a red & white wine... the COLOR). They have one busser, the wait staff is spread out all over the restaurant and it is poorly run. This was supposed to be our early Valentines as we don’t go out to dinner a lot. Save yourselves stress and don’t come here.
Great service, the restaurant is open for all meals. This is convenient when you’re staying on site. All if the food was good, my children liked their items also. We were in town for the Winter Carnival so reservations are recommended.
With a few caveats, I'd recommend the Campfire Adirondack Grill + Bar to a friend. The staff was pleasant and accommodating, the ambiance was excellent, the veggies were cooked tender crisp and the ribeye steak was done as ordered - medium rare. However, the food was not outstanding, and it seemed quite pricey for its mediocre quality.
Food was great. The service was outstanding. The staff is young and very well trained.
The food was good, but small portions. Ambiance was good. Service was not very good. Waitress was in a bad mood, never smiled, never said thank you, forgot our drinks then blamed the bartender when she obviously forgot to put the order in. She kinda brought the mood down! All in all, it was just OK.
Glad there is a decent dining option in the revitalized, historic Hotel Saranac!
Ate lunch at the Campfire Grill with co-workers for a holiday get together.
Table was ready at the time specified, drinks and menu were great.
Server was very attentive and restaurant was very nicely decorated.
Will come here again!
Have eaten at the Hotel Saranac on a number of occasions and chose Campfire Grill for Thanksgiving 2018 (6 people). The roast turkey dinner option is, so far, my favorite meal at Campfire Grill. Two relatives chose non-traditional options and were equally pleased with their choices. I do wish that a traditional T-day dessert had been included with the meal (extra cost would be okay). I felt the value for such a wonderful meal was perfect and am grateful that my family could enjoy this venue on such a special day.
For the first time ever our family decided to dine out for Thanksgiving dinner. I was tasked choosing the venue and I’m glad I chose the Campfire Adirondack Grill and Bar, especially since there were two die hard foodies among us.
Service - Upon arrival we were greeted and seated at our table. Our waitress was on top of everything from the first minute and even worked with the kitchen to satisfy a special request by the bread-aholic in our party.
Everyone in our party of 6 enjoyed their entree. Four chose Thanksgiving dinner, one the Picnic Lunch and one the prime rib sandwich.
Taste – Turkey and stuffing were tender and moist, sweet potatoes had just the right amount of smoky essence and mashed potatoes just the right taste and texture. Although I enjoyed the gravy as served some in our party longed for a more traditional creamy version. Cranberry sauce had a wonderful raspberry accent but it would have been nice to have a jelled version available.
Those who chose turkey alternatives were very happy with the taste of their choice. The smoky nuance in the picnic lunch and rich flavors of the prime rib sandwich were satisfying.
Desserts of s’mores, bread pudding and Irish coffee were all well received.
Portions size - All entrees were of ample portion size and those who ordered Thanksgiving dinner were able to eat a full meal at the table and still take a large portion home for a divine midnight snack.
Presentation – satisfactory and in line with the atmosphere.
Atmosphere - At 1:30 on Thanksgiving day quiet and conducive to conversation. Not sure what noise and energy levels are at other times.
Price – reasonable.
Put in request for window table, didn't get it and place wasn't busy. Forgot our drinks, attentive to neighboring table which sat after us, they were done eating before we got our meals.
First time dining at Campfire. Friday night live music was fun but a little loud for conversation at times. Menu was very creative and food was delicious. We finished with the S’mores for dessert. A neat experience.
Excellent Service,Excellent food, Had the Roast Chicken, Cobb Salad, French onion soup,Venison Chili and some Josh Cab to top it off. A truly 4 star experience. Looking forward to next visit🙂
Excellent food presnation, good service . Like to see kitchen preparation . Very tasty. We will be back.
Our service was great! Our meals were good but the pork loin was pink in a few pieces which makes us nervous. There were a few things we tried to order but restaurant was out. The odd thing was what they had as substitutes were not even close to complimentary of the original. And with Stuart's and Tops nearby...how could you be out of vanilla ice cream? Send someone! We have had good visits before so we realize this was not the norm and will return
I loved the history of the building however, I felt as though the atmosphere, food, and service could have the potential to become above average. Food was good but not excellent.
Wonderful new addition to dining in the ADKs - Extremely interesting menu and would definately recommend this dining experience. Great food
Delicious and great service, enjoyed all of our meals here
Craft drinks are seasonal, interesting and well made. Grilled corn and corn chowder to start and both were delicious! Sandwiches and onion ring sides were hot and fresh. Service is friendly, casual and efficient! This makes the regular rotation!
Great place! So glad to see new and unique places like this popping up in Saranac Lake.
Was a great night. Food wasn’t great, but the music and drinks more than made up for it!
Sort of a mixed bag experience, overall good. Waitress was a little discombobulated, it seemed there was an issue with another table and she was distracted. We actually felt sorry for her and she was attentive, just seemed off. The hostess and manager were both outgoing and friendly and welcoming to everyone. Food: nice portion sizes. The goat cheese fondue was excellent. Cheese curds were good. Very good pork belly. If we go again we will order the fondue and pork belly again. The wedge salad was okay, but not traditional and I think they try to hard to make it different. Stick with the classic. Husband's trout was very tasty, and came with yummy sides. Mac and cheese made for an excellent side dish. We expected more of a campfire Adirondack feel to the place, but it is actually pretty modern with an open glassed in kitchen. We wished we had room for one of the awesome looking desserts but we were too full from dinner. The cornbread they give you to start was a nice touch.
Service was atrocious - didn't see a waiter for 10 min. after being seated. Then it took another 15 for our drinks to arrive. The food was mediocre to poor. My salmon quiche was the size of a very small slice of cheesecake - good thing it didn't taste very good. We never saw the waiter again after he brought our meals until he brought the check, long after we would have wanted or needed anything.
I went to this restaurant on the advice of a friend. However, he warned me that the service and the food were uneven…ok some days, awful on other days. Sadly, I hit one of the awful days. The service was worse than terrible. Customers were leaving because the wait staff ignored them and ,in some instances, wouldn’t even take drink orders. My wife’s soap was ok; my quiche was hot on the outside and cold on the inside. Our dinner guest thought his meal, I believe, a hamburger, was dreadful – burnt on one side and raw on the other. He refused to eat it. And it was impossible to get our server to come to the table to ask for the food to be cooked properly.
You may hit a good day, but there is a fair chance you will hit an off day.
Bar needs better selection of craft beers. Need an IPA.
You say you shop local but one item promotes VT cheese. What's with that?
The board the burgers are served on is too small & actually to many fries.
Over-all we enjoyed our time very much and would come again.