Fairview Cafe

4.4
29 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
After years of serving as a personal chef and operating Scratch Catering Chef Donny Strackbein opened his first restaurant just outside of his hometown of Jefferson Township (population 3814) in 2010. Six years later we are now bringing those same small town values, friendly service and fresh farm raised foods to our newest adventure The Fairview Cafe. We would be honored to have you dine with us. Here's to great food and new friends!
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JF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Host was very friendly food was excellent ambiance was warm and appealing. Will definitely go back again.

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Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. Another wonderful evening with great service and amazing food. The Halibut dish was out of this world. This is easily the best dining experience in the Lake Wallenpaupack area.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Since we went off-season, there was only one waitress so we did have to wait a little while for our table. She was very apologetic and took great care of us. It was worth the wait and the food came out reasonably timely once we ordered. The appetizers, bread and main course were absolutely delicious. Some of the best food we have had, especially in the Pocono area.
We did not know it was a BYOB when we booked it so we were unprepared, but it didn't matter. We will definitely be back if we are in the area again.

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely experience. Nice ambiance and noise level was such that conversation was not difficult at all. Service was good, attentive. Food was delicious.

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L
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Sometimes it is so good and other times not good ! We live nearby so keep trying but always find so many ups and downs. We were there for the wine tasting and the food was delicious??

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was just fabulous!!! It was the first time there.
Our server couldn't be more accommodating. Food was delicious. Can’t wait to go back to this charming restaurant.

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful! And the food was the best we ever had! I had the lamb and my husband had lobster. Both were cooked to perfection. Every aspect of the meal from the starter to the salads to the entree was the BEST we’ve had anywhere! The chef knows what he’s doing . The Fairview Cafe was highly recommended and were so glad we came. The ambiance from the fireplace and the candles is gorgeous. The building itself is spectacular. What an experience! I can’t wait to come back!!!

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Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time visiting. Each experience has been nothing short of outstanding. Warm, friendly atmosphere and the buildings ambiance is like nothing else in the area. As I travel across the country for work I can tell you that Fairview is easily in the top 5 casual fine dining experiences you can enjoy. I highly recommend their lamb although my wife swears the filet is "out of this world tender". Service is impeccable, attentive but not pushy or rushed. Bring your own bottle is unseen in the pocono area and very much appreciated. If you are in a hurry another restaurant might suit your needs better but if you are looking to enjoy an evening with friends, a creative menu, a bottle of your choosing, a chef that takes pride in what he present to his quests, a warm welcoming wait staff and a absolutely beautiful setting this place is THE PLACE to visit!

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SI
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd visit, and the food has not disappointed me. Service is always great and ambiance is always very relaxing.

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The beautiful exterior and pleasing table setting did not hide the rather unsettling Valentine's dinner. 1st course: scallops were ever cooked, but had good flavor. Beef carpaccio lacked flavor although tender. Red pepper bisque; despite gelatinous consistency the most full flavored bisque I ever enjoyed. Salads were enjoyable. Satisfying caesar dressing and arugula salad was brightened by apples and berries as well as almonds. Service was very slow considering only 5 tables. Patrons seated 5-10 mins post our arrival (we were first in the restaurant) were served (starters to main) before our table. Informed by server chef dropped our main courses on the floor. We asked for the check to reflect what we enjoyed, but we were excused. For a small BYOB restaurant with a limited menu that evening, I would have expected better service and at the very least to have been presented with the main course. Our table arrived at 5:40p for a 5:45 reservation and we left at 7:25pm. If that evening had gone well I would have been interested in navigating their standard menu. The 45 minute drive and inability to deliver will NOT have me visiting again.

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GM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Appetizers and soup were terrific. Waitress was very pleasant. Main course was disappointing. Lobster was over cooked. We expected stuffed crab - there was hardly any. It would have been nice to have drawn butter. Dessert was very good.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Food was amazing.

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Poconos
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time visit.Food was phenominal. Our waitress was truly caring and attentive. And the restaurant had such a nice warm and cozy feel to it.BYOB and enjoy and wonderful meal!! We will be returning with friends..Highly recommend...

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time!1 Great food, Great service, all around greatest place ever! Love the Music too!

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NH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful rustic atmosphere, good menu selection, great chef.

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SE
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was nice and courteous, although I wish it was faster. I will be back

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SF
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing find outstanding food, ambiance & service...can’t wait to go back!!

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PA
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its was recommended by friends, great choice , food was excellent, great menu, great atmosphere, owner and staff could not be kinder.
Will definitely return and recommend to friends

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find. The food is excellent and the service is very friendly.

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Passed this restaurant many times and never stopped in... finally did and wondered why we waited so long. Ambience is warm and inviting with the large fireplace filling the space. Tables set elegantly waiting for your BYOB. Jamie, our server, was friendly, informative and attentive. Our meal of steaks and dessert of homemade cakes was amazing. Already planning another visit.

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Beautiful place both inside and out. Great atmosphere.

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TL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience of the Fairview Cafe is second to none. The massive four sided fireplace is very romantic and and the architecture, both inside and out, is simply grand. We moved into the area this year and feel like we struck gold finding an upscale dining establishment as fine as the Fairview Cafe. We have never had any part of our meal disappoint and have ordered pretty much every meal on the menu. We always ask for a dessert to go because, well, they are not to be missed! My husband travelled extensively around the world during his career and The Fairview Cafe is one of his top five favorites. He says if he ever has to request his last meal before the electric chair, he will ask for ANYTHING from The Fairview Cafe. P.S. It's a BYOB

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R
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent and the restaurant is very beautiful. We felt the service was slow. We were there 2 and a half hours and waited a long time for the waitress to check on us. I think they need to add more staff. If they do, then this restaurant would be top notch.

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TI
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Fairway for my birthday. The atmosphere and food were excellent. We loved looking at the antiques and the structure of the building. We will definitely be back and hopefully have room for dessert.

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CC
Poconos
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been searching for a place like this! Well above mediocracy, but not intimidating. We make our own wine and were happy that we were able to have with our fabulous meal! You just made going out to eat great again!!

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Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here three times now and the total experience is nothing short of outstanding. Casual fine dining and BYOB in an area with a desperate need. My wife and I have not been able to find any place else locally that competes.

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J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing find. Beautiful atmosphere and gorgeous fireplace!!!! It’s the nicest place around to have either date nite or a group of friends. The food is the best and you can bring your own wine or whatever you like to drink!!!!! Love
This place❤️

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night my mother and I came here for dinner. And we had an AMAZING time. I ordered the cream of mushroom soup as an app and the pasta secca it was amazing. My mother ordered the butternut squash bisque and the sea bass with mango salsa and she loved it. It was cooked to perfection. The music they had playing was perfect. I definitely recommend this place for dinner. We will be back for the wine tasting they have going on this Wednesday.

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CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we have been there we have had a wonderful time. The food is amazing as well a the beautiful decor. The people that work there are so welcoming it felt like home.

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