The Neely House

4.7
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$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
After years of research and an extensive renovation, the Neely Homestead will soon open as an upscale dining experience. With 41 years of diary entries, newspaper accounts and our own careful decoding, The Neely House restaurant will reflect ‘life as it was’ in the times of Thomas S. Neely. The orchard and garden have been replanted and are full of fruit and vegetables!
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4.6
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KN
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous setting - the house has a wonderful history, which our server shared with us. The wine list is outstanding. The food was thoughtfully prepared and presented. Disappointed that I didn’t save room for dessert. Will definitely return and look forward to this summer when we can dine outside.

ES
Indiana
55 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been wanting to try The Neely House for quite some time. I had to run to Muncie from Indy of an evening, and decided to make a reservation. Everything was great! The young man who served us was attentive. Cocktails were creative and tasty, crab cake appetizer was small, but the heirloom tomatoes and sauces that went with them were great. Asparagus bisque was tasty--could have used some fresh cracked black pepper, but I used the table pepper. Duck breast was really creative with the sweet potatoes, cooked perfectly. It was eerily quiet in the room we were seated in, possibly some louder music or background noise would have been helpful. I'm sure on a busier night that is not a problem. This isn't cheap eats--but Muncie needed another fine(r) dining establishment and I'm exited for the future of this place!

AM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neely House has to be a top ten restaurant for the state of Indiana!

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy. Amazing wait staff service and choices for dinner

S
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve!

CT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my best friend. This is the first time she has been there. She LOVED the experience.

K
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch with delicious food / drinks in a gorgeous house.

C
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The waiter was excellent but our food came way too early. We didn’t have time to eat our soup. We had anticipated a leisurely meal.

B
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time visiting The Neely House this month and overall it was a really great experience! I will definitely be back on another special occasion. Muncie is lucky to have The Neely House in town.

RZ
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Muncie’s best restaurant , hands down. A little pricey but well worth it

TM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent brunch menu - something for everyone, and the food is presented well, and tastes great. We will be back

SJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at the Neely House was a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays. It was a delight.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Extremely pleasant dining experience. The shellfish chowder was great. All the food was very good. Our server was fine, but I’ve had better.

A
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foods was wonderful. The Cardinal cocktail was great and the French press coffee is my favorite.

JM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was superb, quite a nice place for a meal.

TT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended brunch on a Sunday. Promptly met and seated . The Neely house is beautifully restored and presents a wonderful experience for dinning. We had a great waitress who was helpful in understanding the menu. Food was served in a very reasonable amount of time and everyone enjoyed their meals. They serve a good cup of coffee and our cups were kept filled. If I was to have a small complaint would be toast is not included in the meal and had to be purchased ala cart and felt one piece was a bit unusual. I would also say this is a very small complaint and was over all happy with the experience and will go back again.

CB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Disappointment. Lamb was severely undercooked, even after it was sent back and reheated. Hair in biscuit and salad dressing. Limited menu with several items not a available. Inadequate parking. Not worth the money spent.

LA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating brunch at The Neely House was a very elegant experience. The restaurant has a beautiful interior with a formal feel, but very welcoming. I had the Salmon Plate consisting of sashimi-style smoked salmon served cold, along with baby spinach, sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onions, capers, and an herb cream cheese. It came with an everything bagel but no side dish. For a side I had the Sweet Potato Home Fries which was unique in that it had both sweet potatoes and red potatoes along with carmelized onions. While the salmon plate was very good, I'd have to say the home fries were my favorite and they were delicious! They were very flavorful with a little spicy kick! For drinks I had the Pineapple Ginger Mojito and coffee. The mojito was very smooth and flavorful with plenty of mint. The coffee was a smooth blend and very good. For dessert I got the Bread Pudding to go. It was topped with raspberry, lemon and creme sauces and had poppy seeds throughout. While the bread pudding was very good, I felt like it did not need the poppy seeds and the dessert could have stood on it's own without them. Service was exceptional! John, my server, was very personable and constantly checking to see if I needed anything else including coffee and water refills. He provided a detailed description of the food I ordered so I would know what to expect. I couldn't have asked for a better server! A thank you to the Owner and Manager of The Neely House for providing a place to have a wonderful and memorable dining experience!

JS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and the chef made my dinner without two ingredients! I don’t eat bacon-cheese . It was quiet and service was good too. Highly recommend

PT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I fell in love with the elegance that was displayed in the personal touch by everyone when we walked in the front door

LJ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took some old friends to Neely House for brunch. Their reaction: Wow! We all loved the experience. The food, drink, and service was top notch. And the coffee! I'd go there just to enjoy coffee and a little bite or dessert. We'll definitely go again, and have promised our friends a return visit for their visit next year.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was good, just wasn’t hot.

AC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we had was delicious! We were too stuffed for dessert, but will go back for it! Pretty pricey; definitely a special occasion destination. The music was a little loud but the ambiance was really nice overall. Our server John was personable and knowledgeable. We'll be treating ourselves here again!

BB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My lady friends and I had a delightful Saturday visit to your beautiful home. Our food was delicious—especially the bacon we had with our pancakes. Our young waiter was especially polite and patient as he offered us help in making our food selections. The visit helped us have the perfect outing on a dreadful, rainy day.

M
Indiana
45 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Unfortunately we got off to a bad start that ruined our evening. I had invited 3 ladies to enjoy this restaurant which I had visited previously. My friend ordered a glass of California pinot noir ($10) and got a pour that barely covered the bottom (2oz) of the goblet. She looked incredulously at it when it was set in front of her. This is a woman who travels widely and had visited many fine dining restaurants around the world. The waiter left and when he returned she inquired if that was an adequate pour.
He took it and returned with a glad no fuller. I contacted the manager concerning this and she replied "well, we can't give wine away"! Really, HOUSE PINOT? If this is that important to them, my friends won't come back nor will I. All the rest of our meal was incidental.

DS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great , and our server, Helen , was great. We will be back

D
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very poor service and the manager was extremely rude.

O
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a beautiful place to celebrate a birthday so that is what we did. There were a few little problems. The butternut squash bisque had way too much pepper so that the flavor of the squash could hardly be detected. The filet was under cooked so it had to be sent back to the kitchen. The pots-de-creme was a phenomenal dessert except that someone decided to put a cup of whipping cream on the top. That was not necessary since the chocolate creme was a masterpiece. We scraped the wipping cream off the dessert. It was quite rich enough by itself. The salmon entree was wonderful. We asked for none of the bacon so it came with carmelized onions and was quite delicious.

GG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our Sunday brunch at the Neely House. We each had a different entree, and they each were delicious. We also went with a side of the amazing smoked bacon. All in all a delicious treat!

OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Neely House is a welcome addition to the Muncie dining scene. The restaurant is charming, service attentive, and the menu is diverse and well executed. The experience is on the more expensive side, however I think it is a very good value. You get what you pay for in terms of quality and creativity and portion sizes are quite generous. My only two quibbles were management/service related. We ordered the charcuterie board and it was delivered to us without an explanation of what was on the plate. There were not details on the menu, nor did the server share details on the platter was placed on the table. Also, we were not presented with a printed dessert menu, rather our server read out the offerings. I don't normally have an issue with verbal descriptions of menu items if they are brief - say an off-menu dinner special, or a few dessert options. However, the evening we dined, the server rattled off 5-6 dessert options describing two to three components on each. It's just far too much detail for you to take in, consider, and then make a decision.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was awesome.

JH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu! Really great value for the price. I would definitely go back should I be looking for a restaurant in Muncie again.

DL
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was excellent- from the warm welcome time the delightful service and outstanding meal - so good we already booked our next visit. Extremely well done.

RJ
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and excellent food.

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FD
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

(Sunday Brunch) Best Shrimp & Grits I've ever had. The grits alone were outstanding. Historic setting. Nicely furnished with attention paid to accuracy of the era (1850s on) and with a bit of whimsy. The restrooms are a few steps away from the entrance in a small out building, called, appropriately "The Outhouse." Small bar, but it's as if you're sitting in Mr. Neely's presence. The young staff is typical Muncie. . . .friendly, talkative (if you wish to chat), knowledgeable about the menu and the house's history. Excellent dining experience. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience, felt right at home but cared for like royalty!

j
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special place!

PS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Go with suggestions from server, and read reviews of menu items at their site.
Sit outside if you like a quieter dinner table.
The renovation of this house was meticulous and spared no expense - very well done.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The historical house turned restaurant is perfect for a date night out

b
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp and Cheese Grits Sunday Brunch is elegant. The coffee is consistently rich and robust, with deep flavor. The weekend brunch is one of the best fine dining values and experiences anywhere.