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About The Wooster Inn
Established in 1959, The Wooster Inn offers an elegant dining space combined with a relaxed pub to create a location that is immensely popular with both visitors and locals. The inn regularly plays host to local events, including clambakes, wine dinners and networking events for local business owners.
There are two primary menus at The Wooster Inn: the main dining room menu and the pub menu. In the main dining room, diners will enjoy authentic New England clam chowder, calamari, salads and main plates like the Wooster Inn melt, grilled chicken California club, CAB braised short rib quesadillas and oven roasted turkey. In the pub, diners can partake in traditional pub fare. Opt for burgers and snacks like mozzarella sticks and potato skins.
Wooster, OH 44691
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday & Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Piano music in lobby at various times.
Please call for details.
Kenneth M. Bogucki
Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.
Banquet, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout
The Wooster Inn Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I tried the Wooster Inn for a Valentine's Dinner. The food was excellent and service was good. I was a little dissapointed to see some waiters in tennis shoes. Overall ambiance was good, but would have been better if they would have had dimmer lights, music playing and no TV at dinnertime. (they have a nice pub in basement with TV's). Overall our experience was good and look forward to returning in the summer to eat on the patio and enjoy the view.
My wife and I had a wonderful, "Christmas season" evening at the Inn with dear friends from the College of Wooster.
The Lola Chardonnay recommended by proprietor Ken Bogucki to accompany our crab & shrimp cake appetizer was outstanding - quite dry with hints of the Sauvignon Blanc that I had initially considered, but much more mellow. Lola goes into my memory bank for future selection.
The Inn's decking of the halls was just splendid. My wife and I took it all in awaiting our guests in the parlor after an early arrival. Tropical weather or not, we were moved into the Christmas spirit.
We were warmly greeted and served expertly by the Inn's staff. Ken stopped by for a pleasant chat. The chef who created the fabulous braised short ribs dish that we enjoyed with a splendid R&B Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon came out and gave us history of the dish's development and success not only winning the top prize in an NFL cook-off, but also generating support for people in need.
After the Lola & crab/shrimp cakes start, each entree enhanced the experience, with the French silk pie finale capping a memorable meal for us all.
Prior to this most recent experience Wooster Inn has been a reasonably good experience. In the past the wine list was extensive, 100+ wines. This time we were give a choice of four whites and four reds. The menu has changed to offer more vegetarian dishes and fewer meat dishes. Three of us ordered strip steak and all agreed that the steak had too much gristle and fat. Bread was served after the salads and the salads were served less than five minutes before the main course. The fourth in our party ordered a pork chop which was dry and difficult to cut. are
We had a simply lovely dinner on October 7th on our way back to Lakewood from Amish Country. It was a beautiful late afternoon for our early dinner, so we chose to have our dinner on the back patio that overlooked the golf driving range. Our server was attentive and professional, and our walleye entrees were outstanding! Thus, the ambiance, service and food all were superb and we look forward to our next visit to the Wooster Inn. Thank you!
A rather disappointing experience. Have been coming to the Wooster Inn for years as a "special place" to eat when attending an OLO performance, but doubt I will ever again. The mashed potatoes were cold and had to be sent back to be "nuked," and the food in general (when it finally arrived) was also rather disappointing. The waitress was friendly, but not very attentive. That a restaurant is so cheap that they can't even serve a spoon with the meal I find really tacky and lacking in basic class -- as many other people do, too. A spoon wasn't even served with the coffee when we ordered desert; we had to use our knives to stir the milk in our coffee. Definitely not very classy at all. Shame on the Wooster Inn! It used to be a rather elegant room to take a guest, but now the place felt more like a sports bar, what with two large TV screens with sports activities going on hanging on the walls. What once was a lovely dining area we found now to be quite pedestrian. Not worth the drive or the price for a rather pedestrian meal, service and ambiance.
I had not eaten at the Wooster Inn for many years and was surprised to find its dining room sparsely populated on a Sunday afternoon. But the quality of the food and service explained the paucity of diners. This establishment seems to have gone downhill. Eggs Benedict featured a burned English muffin and eggs so hard-cooked they could have starred in a film noir. While the overworked server was happy to replace our entrées with better food — unadorned Belgian waffles — he accidentally billed us for the eggs, rather than the less expensive waffles. Ultimately we spent more time waiting for him to straighten out his and the cook's errors than we did eating the food. We shall not be going there again.
Ambiance was nice with view of the golf course. Our waiter was young and a little nervous but did a fine job.
I started with tasty lobster bisque, then on to the perfectly prepared fillet mignon with simple but excellent sides. My wife had a wonderful Pecan-encrusted chicken Cobb salad, and we shared a $38 bottle of wine that tasted like it was a $100 bottle.
All in all, a great meal at a reasonable price.
We will definitely return.
We went here for Mother's Day, me, my daughter, and a friend who is also a mom. It was absolutely impeccable from beginning to end. We arrived early and were seated early. The food was delicious, the service great, and the ambiance perfect. You won't be sorry.
We have eaten and stayed at the Inn 8 or 10 times and the food is usually pretty good. The service always matches. The best feature is a wine cellar that is accessible to diners and Inn guests with a great reasonably priced selection so you can go down, pick some wine and drink it with dinner as they will add it to your check.
Wooster Inn has been a favorite for a long time. At an hour's drive it is only visited every six months or so. This occasion was memorable for several reasons. The entree menu was especially varied with many vegetarian dishes to complement the meat and fish offerings. The execution by the chef was flawless, delivering even better flavor than anticipated. The quiet country charm setting and the careful timely service made this instance more memorable than the last. We and our friends will be back...sooner than usual!
The food was good for a buffet. Loved the stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. Having prime rib was a bonus to the usual turkey. Service was very attentive and my folks enjoyed talking with the bar tender who was a wine expert. I would go back for a quiet dinner and drinks to enjoy the cozy atmosphere again.
I was there with two friends for dinner. As expected the Inn was attractive and waiting in the lobby for our table was pleasant. Once we were seated at our table our experiences went from fair to poor. Our waiter seemed to lack interest in the menu, the drinks, and the service. He leaned across our table to serve our plates of food and seemed disinterested in our comfort and did not attend to refills of water, etc. None of our dinners were flavorful. We did not plan to return.
To celebrate my daughter's birthday, we decided to go to the Light Opera in Wooster, and we stayed and dined at the Wooster Inn . It has been a long, long time since I've encountered such impressive service. Although there was a band event going on and the patio was crammed with listeners, our table was held for us when we phoned to say that we would be late for our reservation time. When we got there, we were impressed by the warmth and friendliness of the staff. Without being pushy or smarmy--and on a super-busy night!--each of them was helpful, attentive, and just plain nice. The food was good and (despite the band event) the venue cozy and pretty quiet--but it was the personal service that made the evening special.
Booked a lunch allowing 1 hour prior to showtime for the Ohio Light Opera. No hostess in sight upon arrival, lengthy delay in order taking, over 1 hour wait for arrival of a simple order. Did not have time to finish eating. Wait staff completely comprised of young males who appeared untrained. No knowledge of any wines on the menu or the difference between a glass and a bottle of wine. Asked to speak to the manager, but informed that no manager was on staff (on a Sunday afternoon). Other tables vocalized complaints about lengthy delays in service.
A great place for a family to gather. Comfortable dining room, Friendly, Excellent service, wide array of choices of well prepared food and sumptuous desserts. The only flaw was the choice of vegetables, very obviously frozen from a big bag, not up to the standard set by the rest of the food. We were not hurried and were able to enjoy the meal. All in all a place I want to come to again and bring guests when they are in town.
If you can't dine at home, The Wooster Inn is the next best spot! Delicious buffet, value-priced, good service, friendly staff. Something for everyone on the buffet line. Right-sized desserts, all the traditional Thanksgiving goodies -- especially that traditional sage dressing -- yum!
My family and I went to the Inn on a Saturday. There were only 3 other tables occupied in the whole place which should have tipped us off. The menu seems like it would be fit for a foodie with it's options and imagination but the finished product wasn't up to par. Most of the food was bland and just not as special as the menu would have you believe. Broken Rocks Cafe or the City Square Steakhouse is a much better bet in Wooster.
On Friday evening they have a buffet outdoors. That put most patrons outside. We had the whole place to ourselves. The wine list was outstanding. You can buy wine retail and then pay a corking fee. Of the four of us we had a variety of food, from fish to steaks. The food was outstanding. Service was great.
A lovely, top quality restaurant tucked inside a country inn/hotel. The menu is full service, with a lovely selection of vegetarian, fish, beef, etc. I went to dinner there right before a Wooster Light Opera performance. The place was packed but the wait staff got everyone fed and out in time for the evening's performance down the street. Great attention to detail. Heartily recommend.
This was an outstanding time. Dinner was fabulous. We met friends we had not seen for about 25 years. College was so long ago and we had lost touch for a while. It was great eating dinner and "catching up!" The food was excellent and our waitress was so patient with us as we could not stop talking long enough to order our food. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a touch of really good food and good ambience.
This is a favorite "special evening" restaurant. We have eaten on the patio and enjoy the scenery and also inside which was our most recent experience. We were attending OLO; having a lovely dinner followed by superb entertainment is perfect for creating a romantic evening and night! A little wine and handsome husband helps, too!
The food is creative, well-prepared and beautifully presented. We are big fans of lunch, dinner, inside or outside. Friday night has a "bash" on the patio so it's a little more robust than at other times but we did not find the activity a spoiler.
The clientele have always been gracious and attentive on each of our visits.
Went to the Wooster Inn with friends. We ate in the dining room and had an excellent Sea Bass dinner with outstanding service. We were able to talk during dinner and had a great time. There is live music on Friday evenings. This is part of the College of Wooster and also has a pub area in the lower level and rooms on the second floor.
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