Fisher Center Spiegeltent

3.6
100 reviews
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The Spiegeltent is the SummerScape festival's oasis, a place to enjoy seasonal, locally inspired food and drink before and after performances. The lovely outdoor garden provides the perfect spot to relax in the company of friends and festival artists long after the curtain comes down.

For guests who are not attending Spiegeltent performances, please note after 6:45pm tables inside the tent may not remain private due to cabaret seating.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Grand place to be before a concert at Bard college, but the hamburger sandwich was a bit stingy, no sides or salad, just chips, and my pita with baba ganoush flatbread was served cold and was not what I would call a flatbread. It was OK but. such a great venue should aim higher.

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e
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

lovely atmosphere, with good food made for a fun dinner with friends.

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L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful scenic surroundings of Bard campus, dining alone or with their musical theatre available.

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SG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I wish that on some of their choices, like their hamburger, which don't come with greens, they would at least put a little green garnish of some kind. They have salads, but then you end up with too much too eat.
Also, the music is sometimes too loud for conversation.
Otherwise, very tasty and convenient for the summer concerts at Bard.

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P
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We went for lunch prior to a performance. Overall, we found the food to be lackluster. There were three medium shrimp on a salad that cost almost twenty dollars. Save your money. Good wine list though.

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MB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Bad, inattentive service, broken air conditioning.
Food, when it does arrive is luke warm.
Had to search for shrimps in the shrimp salad.
Keep the tent what it is, a circus.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Speigletent is a unique experience. If you’re attending a show at Bard, either at the Tent or at the theater, it’s a great place for dinner. The food is good and often includes some creative items. The wait staff is made up of students and not always spot-on but always friendly.

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NS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We sometimes eat at Spiegeltent before a show because it's convenient. Great drinks, the salads and shareboards are creative and tasty. But the sandwiches are mediocre at best (tasteless white bread, small amount of filling) and the entrees are overpriced for what you get.

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KF
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Ordered an asparagus salad, fresh greens, tasty but only three spears of asparagus and paid extra for four puny shrimps. Friend had a tomato and mozzarella salad, mostly bread. Service was good and on other occasions I have enjoyed their sandwiches, good wine selection, antipasto generous, was shared by five of us.

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LY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

I ordered Thai shrimp mango salad. It arrived doused with dressing and no visible shrimp. I sent it back. Instead I got their regular salad and added shrimp. For $20 I got three shrimp and unappealing frisee as greens. Not much else. My friend got a panini which was not really a panini. No panini bread in sight. It was more of a grilled cheese sandwich. Food is poor and overpriced, but they get away with it because it is the only place to eat before a show during the Bard Summerscape Festival.

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EG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were very pleased that the restaurant was available for an 11AM lunch before the pre-opera talk at Fisher Center at Bard. Our waitress was friendly, didn't pretend to know something when she didn't but was helpful about finding out, and accommodated our request for separate checks without a complaint.
Selection of food choices was nicely adequate without being overwhelming.

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LK
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Spiegeltent is a beautiful place. A cabaret tent designed in 1920, it is put up every summer on the grounds of Bard College. The space has a magical ambience, featuring crystal chandeliers, mirrors and stained glass windows. As for the food, it is pretty good, especially considering that the place is a summer performance venue. Offerings include good salads, burgers, chicken dishes, vegan entrees, etc. Drinks include specialty cocktails, nice wine and microbrews. The service is very good, the staff friendly and reliable. Most people who eat there are trying to get to a concert or other performance on time, so the servers usually help to keep diners on track. Highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

two of our party were late due to the accident on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge but our excellent server Lauren had it all taken care of and we were able to enjoy food and wine and still make the performance of Peter Pan.

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GL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

The portions were extremely large and over seasoned. The service was pleasant.

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service outstanding. The only negative is seating older folks in their 70’s in the less than optimal booth seating. My husband’s back could not hold up for the duration of the meal, and he needed to get up and walk around.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a perfect spot prior to attending a show at Fisher Center. Pre show it was not busy at all, though I did make a reservation. The ambiance inside the tent is upbeat and invites you to enjoy yourself. The food was good - portions a bit small. There was an interesting assortment and we ate everything; maybe a notch below what I'd expect at a nice local restaurant - but not crowded, not too hip and the waitress was attentive in the right way. We liked that they announced when our show time was approaching, and we only had to walk over to the theater. We will certainly return when attending something at Summerscape.

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ED
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

One of the worst dinning experiences! We had reserved dinner and were asked if we were done prior to our main course being served. They did not offer water, second drinks, or desert. They sent my meal out not fully cooked... I have never wrote a bad review, but we were terrible upset by the experience!!!

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VN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Came for a quick dinner before a 7:30 curtain of Bernstien's Peter Pan at Bard. Service was prompt and attentive, I'm guessing by Bard students, but in any event, young and friendly waitstaff. Our food came out fast, and was fresh and tasty, and we made our curtain in plenty of time. The restaurant is housed in a wonderful building that must at one time have been a carousel, with beautiful wood, mirrors, and stained glass. Would certainly go there again when going to any performances at Bard.

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k
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Checking in was chaotic and they did not have our reservation correctly. Noone served us for the longest time and I had to hunt down service. Overall disorganized. Food was mostly just ok and overpriced. Would not return for a meal.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was great; fair choice of drinks from bar! Service was excellent but food was poor ; we both had the Panini (different types) which were cold and tasteless! Would only recommend for drinks !

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The music was ridicilously loud, like a disco. We could hardly have a conversation.. Such a shame, because the location is cool. Tiny wine glasses, half filled - $ 10 to $ 12.- a glass is way overpriced.

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e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

their seafood salad was a large plate of lettuce with 2 or 3 pieces of calamari. not what youd expect. the watermelon gazpacho and flatbread with babaganoush were very good!

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was good and the food was served quickly. However, the salad which was supposed to come dressed came undressed--just plain greens and some vegetables, and the $7 extra for grilled shrimp only gave me 3 shrimp. The flatbread was delicious, and ample for sharing. We were surprised when halfway through our meal another couple was seated at our table with us even though most of the room was empty. We didn't want to be rude and we didn't mind being friendly but we would have liked to be forewarned that this was a Spiegeltent practice.

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food and convenient when to Bard Music Festival

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was good, the salad and dessert portions, frankly, too large, the cocktail large, strong and cheap!

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SK
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Unbelievably a server tried to chase us out of our seat before we had finished our meal or paid our bill and tried to hate shame us by bringing over two very embarrassed young men who had been offered our table. The waiter served us dessert before our entree had arrived. Clueless service.And rude to boot!

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e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The food and the service must be better in order to match the charm of the place.

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D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It's the only choice available before events at the adjacent theater. This was my third or 4th experience. Always the same: very short menu of routine choices, slapdash service, not outrageously expensive but not really a good value, either. But convenient, when you have tickets at the theater. A weakness they cannot seem to solve is that they cannot seem to get your bill to the table in comfortable time to make the curtain and the wait staff don't seem to care about that, even though there would be no customers if they didn't have theater tickets and weren't stuck there. Oh, and every year I hope they will have done something about the primitive outhouse restrooms.

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LK
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Spiegeltent is always beautiful and fun. The young people serving the food are polite and friendly and efficicent. The venue, a beautiful 1930s' tent with chandeliers and stained-glass windows, with wood wainscoting, is really romantic and good for a pre-concert bite or just plain ole' dinner. The food is good, most of the meats and seafood are pre-prozen, with greenery served fresh from the Bard farm. The pricess are reasoable. Highly recommended! Then, after the concert, come back for the great DJ'd disco at 10 or so. A great place for summer.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I've been to Spiegeltent many times in the past but this was my first-time this summer.
The food was disappointing and could have been better.

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C
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Spiegletent was the perfect place for us to. Have a quick lunch between the pre-opera talk and the performance of Dmitri last Sunday. The atmosphere is fun, the food acceptable and the service very good. Definitely a welcome venue for pre and post performance occasions.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Convenient for performances at Bard Fisher Center. Also if touring lovely Annandale campus. Food decent. Prices reasonable for us New Yorkers. Take time to read online about history of Spiegeltents... Europe, U.S. Fun setting.

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m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection... outstanding night of culture both dining and performance!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a magical night at the Speigel Tent. Top to bottom superb.

Outstanding service. Delicious,generous helpings. Ambiance extrodinare.

Run, don't walk, to the Spiegel Tent at Bard College!!!

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the whole experience! The food was very good! Fresh! And the entertainment first rate with singer Lisa Fischer.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The portions were quite small. The pita bread was stale. Only a restaurant that really doesn't care about its customers serves stale bread. Also, after making reservation many weeks in advance, we had to request a better table than the Matre d' placed us at.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dining at Spiegeltent is a great way to start the evening, followed by one of the great shows that Bard puts on each Summer. The food is local and fresh, the service is great and the setting is truly unique.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

The tent had terrific ambiance, it felt like a fun place to be.
The food was fair ( salads were very good, very fresh) but better than I expected and i thought the prices were very fair.
The service was excellent.

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WH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We selected this restaurant because we were going to a show there and it was convenient. Restaurant was in a tent with old fashioned decor and setting. Menu sounded enticing with gourmet names for entrees and description. Entree prices were in the $ 20 dollar change. However the food was disappointing. The tomato soup was good, but the chicken was bland with no flavor. Bread was suppose to be Bread Alone bread, but did not tasted different. Canoli was store bought with too much sugar.

One can just experience the place with a drink or appetizer, but I do not recommend it for dinner.

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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

great for convenience when attending performances at the fischer center.
otherwise, the food was ok; very few choices.
it is a place where you get your food quickly and you're out the door quickly so you can see the show.
of course there are notable performances at the tent as well. check that out.,

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