The Red Lion Inn

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Since welcoming its first guests in 1773, The Red Lion Inn has earned a reputation for outstanding food and genuine country hospitality. Those traditions are continued today by Executive Chef Robert Brunell, whose kitchen features contemporary cuisine that is rooted in the region's history and harvests. Emphasizing the use of fresh, local ingredients and a huge proponent of buying locally and sustaining the region, Chef Brunell regularly updates the Inn's menus to reflect the bounty of each season. Guests choose from the elegant Main Dining Room, the cozy Widow Bingham's Tavern, the casual Lion's Den pub. The wine list offers 500 plus selections, and has received the Wine Spectator best of Award of Excellence for ten consecutive years; Sommelier Tim Eustis helps pair wines with meals. If you would like to dine in the Tavern, please choose Bar when making your reservation.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Special Thanksgiving Menu $80/person, kids 12yrs & under $40, 4yrs & under are free. Jackets and ties required for gentlemen. Woman are asked to have dress slacks, skirts & dresses. Table request will be accommodated based on availability, no guarantees. Check back on Open Table for the full menu.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Special Christmas Menu $80/person, kids 12yrs & under $40, 4yrs & under are free. Jackets and ties required for gentlemen. Woman are asked to have dress slacks, skirts & dresses. Table request will be accommodated based on availability, no guarantees. Check back on Open Table for the full menu.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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J
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere for a romantic dinner. Ambiance offered a nice historical walk down memory lane.

SS
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our first experience at this restaurant. Had heard a lot about it and we were somewhat disappointed. We were at a table for two that was scrunched against the wall. It was difficult to be seated and once seated could not move. Patrons who came in after us that were going to be seated on the opposite side asked to be moved. Wished we had done the same. Food was ok but lacked flavor. My husband had the turkey dinner and said the best part were the fresh string beans! I had the special, shrimp scampi, which lacked any flavor and hardly any sauce on the bucatini pasta. It was rather expensive for what we got. Might give it another try maybe for lunch.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous historic inn. So pleasurable to explore the authentic tastefully decorated common areas, the really great gift shop & of course the wonderful food. Fussy eaters were really delighted that everything was so well prepared & delicious. Expert service.

P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice quiet country inn dining room which feels cozy and welcoming. Staff is friendly and took care of of well. Food was tasty and there was plenty of it. Got just what we hoped for and expected.

T
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have lunch when visiting the area. The food and service is always excellent!

PC
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our meals at the Red Lion Inn. However, because it is so expensive we only visit there once a year during the fall foliage.

GA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with fresh flavors transports you back in time to a bygone era.

KG
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday

ME
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We dined in the pub, first of all we made reservations through OpenTable thinking we would have a table reserved, WRONG. The sign as we entered read "Please Seat Yourself!" Not good considering we were with two older seniors who I knew could not stand/wait. Anyway, we got lucky with a table opening soon after. Our server was OK, until after 20 minutes or so after taking our order she comes back and says they lost our order, now what did you want again!! The clam chowder was cool, yet, pleasant tasting! The turkey dinner special was just OK, again, temperature not as warm as it should have been. The Red Lion Inn was a nice stop along the fall foliage trail, can't recommend the Pub however, at least not on Sunday's!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Justin was outstanding. We had two children with us and he was so great with them and was in tune with their needs. The food was great and overall we love going there.

MJ
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always wanted to dine there following many trips to the area, first time, not disappointed, would return.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

End of a week vacation with my sisters.

LM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I have always loved the Red Lion Inn, but I have Celiac Disease. Other years the menu better reflected the fact that not everyone can digest gluten. The only fully gluten free item was the salmon, but I got sick on salmon once and hate it now, so that was not an option. Fortunately, we had a lovely waitress who took the time to help me get a burger with gf bread and coleslaw instead of the infected French fries. It was disappointing to have such limited options, but the Inn is still lovely and I live with the hope that next year they will have a more diverse menu. The prices were very high for such a disappointing meal.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Red Lion Inn restaurant! Food is always good and the Waite staff is very friendly. They were busy with the Leaf Peepers coming to view the autumn colors. Their soups are delicious and salads are big.

LB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We chose The Red Lion for a special birthday/ anniversary dinner so we were hoping to have a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, it was very disappointing—the Salmon was so dry I asked for lemon wedges to moisten it up and provide some taste. The rice pilaf that came with it was, seriously, out of the box bland. My husband’s turkey dinner was more like diner food than a fine, expensive restaurant.

BJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Fine restaurant does not run out of their Special Meal so early in the evening (6:30) also my swordfish was over done.

JB
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately the service was poor. Having to request a bread basket and drink refills are not hallmarks of quality service. The beef filet ($42) arrived barely warm.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary
I love that they preserve the old charm of New England and felt like the service and food was 21 century. But the building definitely makes you feel you stepped back 100 years or more. Love love love it there.

DT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drew a good table near a window and a good server, who was attentive without hovering. We ate the salmon and trout dishes, respectively, which were well prepared and very tasty. The deserts were wonderful. We asked for cider as a desert wine. They were out, but the server managed to find enough to give us a taste, which we very much appreciated. The restaurant was not crowded, and we were able to linger over our food and conversation.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waitress was

F
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location, service and food. A must visit when going to the the Adirondacks.

BO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. It is very relaxing and a beautiful atmosphere. Food was great an the service was wonderful.

RF
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was good but we had a drink before dinner at the upstairs bar. The stool I was on was awful

CF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were warmly greeted and wished happy anniversary by both the reception and our server. The setting is lovely and as you would expect from an old New England Inn. The food was delicious!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A gift for my new daughter in law

R
Sydney / NSW
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We were there on a Sunday night and the food was, so to speak, a little tired, at the end of the summer season, gearing up for foliage season; few clams and potatoes in the otherwise delicious clam chowder, a yummy wild mushroom risotto that was perhaps a little heavy, turkey that looked processed (though my dining partner said it was delicious comfort food). But it's always a good experience to be in, and eat at, the Red Lion Inn. Good wines, great cocktails, fine service, and the acme of traditional country inn atmosphere.

s
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Red Lion is an interesting old hotel but the dining room was not a highlight of our stay. Service for dinner was good and well paced (Nathan) but the ambiance was flat (nearly empty) and the food average at best. Poor value for Monday

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place! Always enjoy spending time there. A little colonial oasis!

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

This is a beautiful inn, very historic, filled with lovely bric—brac and antiques. Everyone should dine there once. It is, however, ridiculously overpriced ($100 for lunch for two; no drinks.) The food, at lunch at least, is unexciting; portion size is small to moderate. You can do better at home, if you are even a medium-accomplished cook. Our waiter was friendly and helpful at first, but then he faded from sight, and seemed somehow confused and disengaged. It was an enjoyable enough experience, but I doubt we will be doing it again.

GB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a very nice time--the staff is very friendly and helpful, and the setting is wonderful.

JJ
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Red Lion knows how to combine elegance with comfort. I love to look at the teapot collections and the people who seem to be there for many, assorted reasons. The service is good but not intrusive. The Red Lion is a consistent pleasure in a world where that is hard to find.

PG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, and our server, Adam, was particularly attentive.
We look forward to our next visit.

TI
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Reservations for 4 people at 6:00. Sat down at 6:15 after paying bill and spending over $400, at 8:00 was requested to leave because the next reservation had arrived ! There were several open tables around us that held 4 people that were empty. Very disappointed ..

KB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Great waiter. Beautiful food presentation. Fresh food ingredients! Taste was exquisite. Will be back!

DG
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both of us had the roast turkey dinner. It arrived quickly, hot and plenty of everything. Also had the apple pie with ice cream for dessert. Large portion and worth every penny.

GC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Every thing was wonderful. Then Open Table sent me an email about my being a no show. It got straightened out.

OT
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Medicore food and absolutely shocking service

AM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good but portions were very small and meals are overpriced. I think you are paying for the historic ambiance and landmark status.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The Red Lion Inn, where I've dined numerous times in the past 30 years, is always dependable and and an enjoyable experience, in many ways because of the unique ambiance. I wouldn't call it inspired food, or gourmet, but traditional standards well pesented. The New England Clam Chowder is noteworthy. This was a particularly pleasant experience on a perfect fall day because we were seated in the charming courtyard.

P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Expensive and our waiter needed to learn the menu and his beer inventory. Otherwise we love the Red Lion Inn. We can’t wait till the fall menu comes out with the infamous turkey sandwich & stuffing.

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