The Horned Dorset Inn

4.9
217 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
The Horned Dorset Inn is the quintessential destination for memorable fine dining and lodging in central New York, serving seasonal, contemporary and classical French cuisine. Chef Wratten combines produce from the restaurant’s own organic gardens with locally produced meats and cheeses. Fish is an affinity for the chef, given 25 years at his signature restaurant in Rincon, Puerto Rico, and vegetarians will delight in his mindful creations. Aaron is an alumnus of “Aureole” under Charlie Palmer and “Restaurant Daniel” under Daniel Boulud. Located in a beautifully restored historical building, in the small town of Leonardsville it has been lovingly managed by the same family for nearly 40 years. Information about accommodations in their gracious Victorian inn and off-premises catering are available on the website or by phone.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Seasonal closing from January 1 to April 27, 2017.
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
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Phone number
(315) 855-7898
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Aaron Wratten
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Catering
Custom Catering available for events large and small. Call for details.
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Cross street
center street /route 8
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Parking details
Free parking
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Entertainment
Join us Friday nights for live music with
Alone Together, The Mollin-Clay Duo

See our website for Monthly Sunday Dinner-Concerts and Other events.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an incredible time for my husband’s 40th birthday. Excellent warmed cheese with crackers to start and I had the Seabass. My husband indulged in the caramel cheesecake for dessert. Flavors were excellent along with the atmosphere and service. The building is one of a kind and worth the trip alone, Couple that with the food and I’ll definitely be back... even though it’s an Hour drive!

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J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner. Food was perfectly prepared. Great place for a cozy dinner and good conversation. Staff is exceptional! Don’t miss visiting thing gem for a great evening.

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding high end French styled cuisine. Very attentive staff and a wonderful setting.

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, gracious hosts, charming atmosphere, great service, quality wine selection Overall a delightful experience

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T
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food, a must for special occasions.

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EP
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Horned Dorset is one of our favorite restaurants to dine at. The Horned Dorset consistently delivers food, service and ambiance with the upmost attention to detail. We enjoy their offerings from the garden, wine list, and seasonal menu.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been frequenting The Horned Dorset since the early 1980's. This most recent visit brought us from our home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We have told people all over the United States it is the best restaurant in the country. Many of our friends have traveling from near and far to enjoy The Horned Dorset. I can think of no constructive criticism for the restaurant; it is the very finest dining in America.

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, exceptional service and very relaxed ambience! One of my favorite places!

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to The Horned Dorset for almost 30 years. Every meal has been extraordinay. The ambiance is incredible. The sensitive decoration could be enjoyed even without eating. It is really an amazing place and experience.

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JS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined at the Horned Dorset. Always outstanding. Wonderful food. Great service.

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AK
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time, very thrilled about this jem in the country side! Very intentional high quality service! We had 4 waiters! We had the place to ourselves til 6 then it filled up, make reservations!

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KG
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to the Horned Dorset for special occasions since we moved to Hamilton in 1988. The food and staff are always wonderful. Great music too, if you go on a Friday.

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MD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dependably superb and original. Highly recommended for any special occasion or whenever one craves an exceptional meal.

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SB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and the best French cuisine you'll find in a charming small town, countryside setting in Upstate New York. Magical experience!

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DL
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Horned Dorset never lets us down. It is by far the best dining experience in all of central NY. Well worth the drive from Syracuse. There is no place that can compare.

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JS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Upstate New York. Our favorite.

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p
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfort when needed from the setting, service and cuisine.

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T
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cheese soufflé and crackers for the first course were amazing, beyond words!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Horned Dorset is renowned for their impeccable service, ambience and exquisite cuisine using local products. Waiters are unobtrusive and observant. Food presentation amazing! You must try their dessert souffle! I did dock one star for the reservation mix up. I called after making the online reservation to specify the table overlooking the gardens. It was our 25th anniversary and it was very disappointing to be placed in the middle of the room when we arrived as they seated others at the table we requested.

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m
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! It is truly a gem in our area and there r very few restaurants that offer what HD has!!!!

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KD
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, service and ambiance! We handn't been there in over 25 years. Went back last week and it was just as wonderful as it was years ago. We will make it a stop every summer from now on.

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BS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a small awards dinner. Noise level was low so one could talk comfortably across the table from one end to the other. Excellent food, unique décor, wonderful place for dinner and small parties.

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R
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my husbands 55th birthday and we took our daughters and their boyfriends. It was absolutely lovely. Amazing service, ambience and the food a home run

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t
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

What a delight! Very Old World Elegance by the white table cloths and napkins. Multi course service for a truly dining experience. Several of our dining companions require gluten free and the chef and staff were very accommodating to make their dinner memorable. The food preparation and taste was outstanding! Quail with huckleberry sauce that melted in your mouth. Onion soup w/gf bread was a winner. Fresh tomato and Vegetable Soup w/lobster, my husband went to heaven and back. These were just the appetizers. The Main meal and desserts were just as, if not more enticing. We won't wait for a special occasion, we'll come back soon.

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L
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening at the Horned Dorset was absolute perfection, from the greeting to the “good night”!
The decor is exquisite, wonderful artwork, amazing attention to architectural detail, the upstairs lounges!, the incredible wine list, those Negroni cocktails!, the perfect service, those 3 windows in the dining room, and the FOOD!! Every single bite was amazing!!
I can’t WAIT to return!
I have more photos, but they don’t seem to be downloading!!
Just know that everything about the visit was WONDERFUL!!!😘😘

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VK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in CNY and top notch regionally.

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r
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We "rediscovered" The Horned Dorset" last year while in Cooperstown for the Glimmerglass Opera. The first time we ate here was in 1995 while on a college tour. It was impressive then and still remains impressive for the food quality, ambiance and service. Definitely worth the trip to the middle of nowhere!

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RS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The filet de boeuf was great!!!
The ambience was pretty romantic but a little on darker side for me. They mostly use candles for lighting.

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding from start to finish! We will be back!

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N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Horned Dorsett is always excellent. The service is better than at any other restaurant in Central New York and the food is always superb. Housed in an historic mansion, the atmosphere is elegant. We just wish it was closer to our home, but it is worth the 70 minute drive.

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p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The four of us loved our experience at The Horned Dorset. Really fabulous

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

We live and often dine in New York City, but the Horned Dorset is one of our favorite restaurants anywhere! If you are in the Cooperstown/Utica area and appreciate excellent food, fine service and a delightful atmosphere, don't miss the opportunity to have a meal at the Horned Dorset.

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GT
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I come every year when I go to the opera festival in Glimmerglass, 40 minutes drive away. Excellent in every respect. The cheese souffle which they give to every diner on arrival is outstanding.

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

We had a lovely meal at the Horned Dorset Inn. It is an elegant dining room with Old World decorations. The mushroom soup in a puff pastry was worth the extra cooking time-we just started with salads. The quail appetizer was crispy and flavorful with the grits and huckleberry sauce for dipping. The halibut special was beautifully presented and delicious. Triple mousse dessert with salted caramel ice cream was a fine ending. The Jazz accompaniment, trumpet and bass, added atmosphere.

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

The Horned Dorset Inn is exceptional in terms of food quality, presentation and taste with an elegant and unique dining ambience. The maître d' (wife of the chef) has a fascinating background and made you feel welcome and 'at home'. We are looking forward to returning to the area next Glimmerglass season and will definitely dine here again.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal at the Horned Dorset to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful meal and perfect atmosphere!

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P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully restored historic building serving excellent cuisine with excellent service. Host-chef owners add to the wonderful experience. A gem in the middle of nowhere.

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WW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptionally wonderful experience-superb food and service, terrific ambiance, and impressive decor.

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to the HD since beginning, 41 years ago. Service, menu choices, quality of ingredients has never waivered - always the best wine selections and cocktails. Highly recommend.....

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JF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire experience was wonderful. We were seated in the library at a table for two. Fresh wild flowers decorated our table. The servers quietly working so effectively we hardly heard them. Our food was outstanding,perfectly plated, and cooked to our requests. It was a perfect date for us on an early Sunday evening.

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