The Horned Dorset Inn

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243 reviews
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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.
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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Upscale, continental dining. A welcome change from the chain upscale restaurants. The personal greetings, the quiet attention, the excellent cuisine all makes the Horned Dorset a go-to restaurant for a special occasion or merely a special night out.

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One has to travel to New York or Boston for a restaurant experience like Horned Dorset. The dinner was so well paced that I was shocked to find it took two and a half hours. That also speaks to the comfortable chairs! When asked for a wine recommendation, our server recommended a lower priced wine, not trying to pad the bill. The wine turned out to be lovely. If you can afford it, treat yourself and come here. When you consider the time and expense to get to a comparable restaurant outside the area, this is a value!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to the Horned Dorset usually four times a year, always an amazing experience. They just know how to go that one step above and beyond just when you think it couldn’t be a better experience

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NL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Horned Dorset was truly an eating experience. The Mothers Day limited menu had enough choices that I can't imagine deciding from their full menu. Everything was cooked to perfection from the appetizer to dessert! The service was right on spot.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. The wait staff courteous and attentive. We had duck that was well prepared and did not have the fatty taste it can sometimes have. The decor is calming and comfortable, even on Mother's day one did not feel hurried or crowded.

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CL
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a special occasion for my partner and me, and the Horned Dorset was the perfect setting to celebrate. It provided us an opportunity to dress up and enjoy some incredible food, served in an informative and delightful manner. Each course was timed perfectly, and we left feeling the perfect amount of full. It is not a restaurant that's in our usual price range, but it was wonderful for this special event.

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k
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual it was elegant, relaxed and delicious!! It was Friday night and they had a combo playing soft jazz. Very enjoyable

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New menu which was outstanding. Liked the new. Salad and the auxiliary waitstaff was better than last year by far... main waiters were , of course excellent...Take this restaurant to NYC and you couldn’t get a table for at least a month.

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JS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent French food with Mediterranean accents. Nice wine list. Excellent service. Expensive but worth rvrty penny.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place. Beautiful setting, delicious food and very attentive staff. We will definitely be back

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g
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In such a beautiful setting, everything has been considered in a kind, thoughtful and creative way. There were many wonderful choices including lamb, sweetbreads, several fish, ramps,and each so beautifully constructed.
Dessert souffles and a gorgeous wine list with very French service add up to our favorite place.
The restaurant and menu are constantly exciting!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience! Food second to none as well as the service. Couldn’t ask for anything more for a special evening

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K
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for over 25 years....Its always special and always comforting celebrated many happy occasions

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in our area. Classical French training applied to as much local produce as is grown/available. Well executed and priced wines. Robust cocktails. Charming hostess overseeing very skilled waitstaff . Prices are fully appropriate to the level of goods and services delivered. Nearest true rivals would be in Syracuse or Saratoga Springs.

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

Truly amazing restaurant, food is out of this world! Great for anniversaries and special occasions. very recommended!

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

Everything about the experience was absolutely wonderful. We came for dinner and stayed the night at the Inn. The food was very creative and exceptionally delicious. Well worth the drive. We were very impressed by the food and the service. Our room at the Inn was delightful as well. The staff were wonderful. I have already recommended this establishment to friends and coworkers. We ordered the lobster bisque, charred octopus, foie gras, halibut, pork and scallops, and yule log. Nothing was what we expected, and every expectation was exceeded.

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MD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another year of outstanding food and service in a perfect atmosphere in a unique setting.

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LQ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Christmas dinner!!. Service and food excellent. Highly recommended

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m
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we loved it and plan to return as soon as they reopen for the 2019 season

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M
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit to the Horned Dorset, and we have yet to be disappointed. Service is excellent and delivered with panache. The food is largely French; the execution is flawless. Great ambiance, good wine list... The Horned Dorset Inn is not inexpensive, but it’s good value.

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JS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding. The food is beyond excellent. Small but outstanding wine list. Very professional service. Lovely decor.

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WF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special place we patronize all too infrequently. Superb food, service and atmosphere.

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SG
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an elegant restaurant. The service is warm, friendly and superb. our dinners were excellent

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the tasting menu with wine. Each course was described by a very knowledgeable and personable member of the staff. The wine was expertly paired with the food which makes both better. The owner visited our table a couple of times also, making sure we were satisfied. The prices here are high, but when value received is taken into account, we were pleased with our restaurant choice.

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CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at Horned Dorset about once a month and truly enjoy every bite! The staff is fantastic! Paul, our wine guru is the best! Maddalena and Aaron have created a gem that is worth any distance to drive, for a memorable evening of creative and delicious cuisine!

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Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an incredible experience! I was told of the Horned Dorset by the owner of a place in Dunedin FL and everything was beyond my expectations.

I can’t wait to go back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
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 on November 10, 2018
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 on November 10, 2018
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
16 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
5 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
6 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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