Smith Flat House

4.5
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206 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
"In 1853 in Smith Flat, over the top of the Deep Blue Channel, the Three Mile House was built. Named for its distance from central Placerville on the trail to Carson City, today it is known as the Smith Flat House. It originally consisted of a general store, post office, bedroom, dining room and dance floor. Over the next century and a half the Smith Flat House served many purposes; operating as a wagon stop during the bonanza days of the Comstock mines, as well as a hotel and restaurant, run by the Fossati family, for decades. The Smith Flat House has long been a part of the history of El Dorado County, changing with the times, always enduring and providing a wonderful gathering space for the people. Today, we strive to continue this tradition as an inviting destination for excellent food, events and activities that nourish our community and those who visit our region."
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.4
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4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ML
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Smith Flat has been consistent with great fresh food! Service will very from time to time. Overall this visit was great!

F
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were nervous when we saw the change of ownership, but thankfully, the food is still amazing!

RS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dining expierience. The Food was great our waiter Ellerick
was exceptional and very attentive to our needs and explained all of the Specials
in great detail. The Jazz Trio was a very special treat adding to the ambiance and
a cool vibe to the entire evening. We will be back soon.

P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and staff is very attentive. The Glass House is just a beautiful venue.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A little pricey. Waiter was terrific. He also plays the piano.

AF
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service slow and food was good.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we’ve had in a while.

S
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The fact that it’s so historical & it feels that way is pretty cool. But that being said, it literally is cold! I had a coat & jeans on & was still distracted by how chilly it was. The steak was great but the Swordfish was thin, fishy & rubbery. Clearly frozen for quite some time. The service was friendly but not well timed. We would probably come back to have a cocktail (the bar is pretty neat) before going somewhere else to sit & take our time eating.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. 1st time. Will definitely return.

TR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable service. Delicious food. A little disappointed in the wine glasses. Will definitely return!

KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, ambiance. We're excited to try dinner and experience their outside dining and entertainment.

BW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the first time on New Years Eve and it was fantastic! The food was very good and the location was great.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Years Eve
My reservation was for 6pm did not have to wait st all a good thing
Food is always excellent
Staff was very polite
Only negative thing I can say is that it was a bit chilly but maybe if I had mentioned it something could have been done
Will go back for sure

RW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to dinner for New Year’s Eve, as it is one of our favorite places to go for special occasions. The food was excellent, as always, and the staff were so friendly and took good care of us.

LF
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good, brick fired pizza was excellent, my friend had the artichoke dip with crab and said it was delicious as well. Our server was very friendly yet professional and we were well served. The ambience for lunch is comfortable and cozy served in the former cellar with a bar and a variety of seating.

MS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dinner at Smith Flat House. My daughter and I both had wonderful steaks, butternut squash soups and an arugula salad. One of our favorite foothill restaurants!

BL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool place if you have never been. Service is fantastic and the food is even better. One of a kind place but make reservations.

DG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I came here for the first time to celebrate our anniversary. We were SO impressed with the service (Emrick was our server), the ambiance (we sat in the cave), the music was amazing and the food was so delicious! I got the black and white meal and my fiancé got the salmon special. Both the steak and salmon practically melted in your mouth. We will definitely be coming back here and look forward to our next visit!!!

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service was outstanding, restaurant was loud but worth the history behind it which is, in part, the reason it’s noisy. All in all, loved this place and will definitely be back!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome vibe! The pasta and filet was incredible after wine tasting.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A little cool in evening of Post-thanksgiving dining for elderly visitors..one deaf and the other almost blind..though the service was excellent,Food was yummy and portions generous. Our second visit there😁

PJ
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Thanksgiving too busy for the kitchen. Long wait then cold food. Cold expensive food. Do not go here on thanksgiving.

KT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food with an ambiance to match. One of the best restaurants I have ever been to when it comes to overall experience. Dinner turned into a 3 hour event, and we could have stayed there longer if they hadn't been closing. Highly recommend as a finer dining experience when visiting the Apple Hill area.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful! Great food and excellent service with a cool local Gold Country vibe. Our new “Go-To” for a nice dining experience close to home.

JB
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location was perfect for a group get together. The service and food were great.

PO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

The restaurant is in a cellar with narrow steps for access. It was freezing cold and we were seated next to a mine shaft pit which was ghoulish to say the least. Service was very slow and the food was undercooked and nothing special. There is no full service bar only beer and wine available. We would not go back.

u
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ladies’ weekend in Apple Hill & Pollock Pines

KM
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We visited Placerville to investigate options for an upcoming dinner party. We were extremely pleased with everyone who helped us from the hostess and the bus person to our outstanding waiter. The building and grounds are beautiful; the history of the building added to the overall atmosphere of our dining experience. The menu was varied and interesting and food was wonderful.
We highly recommend stopping here for lunch or dinner!

DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful environment full of history. Great service and knowledgeable staff. The food was amazing!

M
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First rate food and service!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foot and atmosphere! Love eating outside on the patio in the evening. Fantastic!!!

JI
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Loved the new winter menu. They work hard to accommodate food allergies.

CM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dinner and creme brûlée ever! And the restaurant is beautiful and unique. We Will definitely be back.

C
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always!

JM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are always excellent

e
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had lunch on the patio and it was lovely. Chicken sandwich was tasty and we are definitely will be back for dinner.

PP
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The room we were in was very loud and it was difficult to carry on a conversation. I would request to sit somewhere else next time.

DE
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Seems like we had a long wait for our main course.

TT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my first visit at Smith Flat House. It was an extra bonus to have chosen Wednesday night and learned that is the evening for music outside. So much fun to sit in the beautiful courtyard and eat wonderful food and hear good music.