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Good food and convenient when to Bard Music Festival
The food was good, the salad and dessert portions, frankly, too large, the cocktail large, strong and cheap!
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!
The food and the service must be better in order to match the charm of the place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perfection... outstanding night of culture both dining and performance!
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!!!
Loved the whole experience! The food was very good! Fresh! And the entertainment first rate with singer Lisa Fischer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.,
The service was the worst I have ever had . Mixed up order. slow . had to rush eating to get to performance which we almost missed because we couldn't get check . our server simply disappeared and rest of staff wouldn't help
The bill is deceiving as the tax is not separated from the subtotal. This leads customers to tip on the tax and not just price of the meal. The bill would be better if it indicated the subtotal and the tax added. For me, this is the second year in a row that the bill has been presented in this manner. A customer should not pay a tip on the tax.
We had dinner at Spuegeltent prior to the opera performance of Iris, and this turned out very well. It is an ideal pre-performance and post-performance venue.
Our server was very sensitive to our need to leave in time for the performance.
A nice variety of items on the menu.
We decided to dine at Spiegeltent because we had tickets to a SummerScape event; this turned out to be a great decision! Wine, antipasti, mushroom ravioli, lasagna, cannoli, lemon olive oil cake… all were tasty and well prepared. We sipped coffee during the show and finished our desserts. Staff was friendly and the service was very good and attentive. We look forward to visiting again.
Convenient for Bard Summerscape but not much of a value otherwise
This is convenient if you are seeing a show. The food is decent enough but not memorable. I did not like being asked to pay the check before the show ended.
in truth the spiegeltent must shine at night during the cabaret. the pre-theatre dinner is uninspiring and the atmosphere kind of sad when the tent is so empty. I am sure it is much better during a show, with crowds and drinks flowing.
The food is exquisite this year (the past couple of seasons weren't so great). Previously the service has not been reliable enough to be sure of getting to the concert on time, but they seem to have fixed that this year. It will still be tight when there's a pre-concert talk. They aren't opening 'til 6:00 this year, before they've opened at 5:30, which would be better.
The reason people eat at Fisher Center Spiegel Tent is because they are seeing productions at the nearby music and performance halls, it makes for a very pleasant evening.
Very lovely, . Love the meal. But I mentioned to the serve please get a container for hot water for tea that NEVER gets used for coffee The tea tasted liked coffee/tea
Great service and food. Overall a fun night and experience. We definitely will be back!
The food was surprisingly good for a non-restaurant. Sure, they didnt know to use dry vermouth in a gin martini (they used sweet vermouth!), which showed a lack of experience, and they did substitute chicken for shrimp on one entree without asking, but the food basically good.
What was really NOT nice was having the host ask our table of eight people to move because the people that had one of the two combined tables we were at had arrived early. I found that rude and unacceptable that a table of.eight would be asked to move so that two people who didn't have the patience to wait at the bar until their table was ready could sit down. Having lived in NYC for a few decades, I've often had to wait for my reserved table--especially at restaurants and venues that have multiple seatings. So we refused, which resulted in them reminding us several times that we would have to move when we were finished. That was just IRRITATING because we actually had better tables for the show and were fully intending on moving to them.
Good for dinner before a Bard Summerscape performance.
People mostly eat pre-concert meals here during Bard College Summerscape. Some years service has been slow enough that it was iffy making the concert on time. They seem to have mastered that this season (so far)
lovely environment - easy for concert goers. Food needs improvement on every level
We had to dine early to get to the lecture at the Bard Music Festival. Needed convenience more than quality.
Although we enjoyed the experience, the menu is limited and the chairs are most uncomfortable.
The prary reason for doubting here is a performance at the Bard Festival. The food was OK but not distinctive. The apps here is very nice with live classical music.
We were there on a package deal combining dinner and opera. Wait staff knew of our time considerations. Wait staff was slow to take our order, and once food was ordered we had nothing on the table for quite a while. Suddenly our appetizers and salad showed up along with our entrees. We were quite short of time by then and had to race through the meal. No time for dessert at all.
This is the only place to eat on campus if you are attending a performance during Bard's Summerscape. We eat outside the Spiegeltent if the weather is nice. The tent itself is interesting. The food is fine for what it is. A salad or sandwich is what we generally have. I have not eaten an entree here. The staff is primarily college students, friendly and helpful. Worth going to if you do not want to rush a meal before a performance. Give yourself enough time as the service (geting your bill) can be slow.
The food is satisfactory, but the main attraction for us is that is is very convenient if attending an event at Bard College. Desserts are luscious! The wait staff was very efficient at getting us out in time for performance.
This was an easy, quick and nice lunch that was very convenient for the theatre. We would go back again.
The food was decent, the service well-intentioned but haphazard, the ambience great. Colorful and convenient place to eat when visiting the Fisher Arts Center and the Bard campus. My lamb dish was very good, the shrimp and crab soup OK, the cauliflower and spinach sides were also OK. Everything was a bit on the spicy side, which I liked, but which my wife could have done without. We loved the setting and would go back again, maybe even to just enjoy the cabaret.