Willow Creek Inn

4.4
30 Reviews
$31 to $50
European
Welcome to The Willow Creek Inn. A unique and personalized dining experience. We have no preset menus at The Restaurant at Willow Creek Inn. Master Chef Mansour prepares his 5 Star Specialties based on the seasonal availability of fresh ingredients as well from the current offerings of local, organic vendors. From a romantic dinner for two during the week to one of our monthly special events The Willow Creek Inn does a little bit of everything.

Please see our menus for special events and for weekly dining. Looking for a personalized dinner or private party? Please call us to make arrangements with Mansour. Reservations must be placed at least 48 hours in advance.
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TrishJ
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service and food here has never disappointed me and I am a hard person to please

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KenD
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most of the food was grown there. Very fresh and delicious. Couldn't find that anywhere else. We are grateful for the evening.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in North Carolina, maybe in the USA. Personal service. Would recommend the Willow Creek Inn to everyone.

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StanleyC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I really don’t want to write a bad review, but there was no live jazz as advertised and the food was served buffet style and was cold by the time we got to it. Still, I would be willing to give it another visit at a time when dinner was served tableside.

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ToniC
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner! The Chef was very friendly and menu was delicious! Will definitely be back. It is a must do experience!

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SteveK
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best culinary experiences I’ve ever had! A very modest restaurant from the outside but don’t be fooled! The food was so unique and original and the Chef was quite a character. I’ll remember this meal for a long time. Can’t wait to go back!

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JimB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In as few words as possible. An impeccable dining experience. We felt as if Mansour invited us to his home to share a meal and what a delicious meal it was. Mr Zand gives a new meaning to farm to table. We will return soon with many in tow.
Thanks
Jim & Rose

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RobbF
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very good. Everyone from the Chef to the staff was friendly. The atmosphere was very nice. The quality of the meal was amazing and 6 courses for $100.00 is unbeatable. The fact that it included the wine and pre dinner cocktail was even more value. That being said, as a wine enthusiast, when I go back, I will bring my own wine for the main course. Yellowtail just didn’t do the Beef Wellington justice. But who can complain when you are already getting so much bang for your buck.

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JennyB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The staff was incredibly friendly. Some food was amazing, some, nothing extraordinary. The place is clean inside, but very outdated and run down. From the parking lot to the condition of the building (outside moreso), there is much left to be desired. I am not high maintenance and find some older, one of a kind places, sometimes better than others. If the food was all outstanding, the rest of the stuff I could easily overlook. Potatoes were on the menu, and not an option that night as was stated. My kids were disappointed. The pumpkin cheesecake was wonderful. I asked for white wine, got red wine. Was okay overall. Wouldn't go back though.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

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JasonT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Way off the beaten trial but well worth the hike great ambiance and conversation.

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TrudyP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Purchased this deal which cost $51 for a 4-course dinner for two. It was a 68 minute drive but traffic was not a problem on a Saturday evening. We were pleasantly greeted by the owner and chef, Manseur. He had called me earlier in the day to ask if would like steak or fish. I had fish (Sea Bass) and husband had wonderful selection of Filet Mignon. The first course was a type of lamb patty, and was quite filling, but I did not finish. The second course was a beautiful salad, straight from his garden, and it was absolutely delicious! I've not ever had a salad that good, ever! He brought us a small scoop of sorbet which was a palate cleanser. Then a few minutes later we were served the 3rd course, our entrees. They were both very delicious, prepared perfectly to our liking. It came with a tasty orzo that was also flavored with saffron. He served us a delicious Red Merlot that was top notch, loved it! He also brought out some bread and butter with our meal. The 4th course was a wonderful dessert, his homemade pecan pie. So yummy. When he bought the property years ago, there were 98 pecan trees on it! This is located among farmland. So please don't expect 4 or 5 star surroundings, but do expect food that is top notch! You can't lose on this deal, and sadly I doubt you will see that $51 price point for a 4-course dinner for two again for awhile! His website shows different fun occasions that you can book and reserve for future dates.

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clemsongrad71
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved talking with Chef Mansour a d our meal was scrumptious.

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TrishJ
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful presentation and finished product. Always get our moneys worth here

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Estrella
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in the area. It is a charming setting with beautifully laid tables, flowers, linens and proper silverware. The food is consistently good and I know I will have a nice leisure meal. I introduced my friends to it the other night and they said it was the freshest salad they had ever eaten and the food was delicious. Three of us had beef and you could cut it with a butter knife it is so tender. The fish was good and flavorful .
Willow Creek is always a highlight of the dining experience. Highly recommend as it is small, intimate, delicious food, good service, great price and you get to know the chef who welcomes and seats you. You feel you are a guest in his home.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a dining experience. It is not normal going out to eat dining. If you expect a menu, there isn't one. If you expect a wine list, there isn't one. You have a choice of wine Red or White, that is all.
I believe some of the negative reviews for this restaurant are reviews done from the perspective of eating at a traditional restaurant and having multiple choices for everything.
The chef does farm to table, they are his dishes. You can ask for gluten free and he will abide. But everything else is done very well by the chef.
The food, the wine, the service, the atmosphere were all great.
I hear he has special events throughout the year, we will try one in the future. But just dining there was an experience.

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RandyP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Don’t waste your $.

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Luckily
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went here for Thanksgiving. It was a lovely drive from Charlotte and the setting and building are very charming. From all we heard, the really great meals are not at Thanksgiving, but throughout the year at special dinners. Thanksgiving was really just OK in terms of the food. Several of the dishes on the buffet were cold, and we were first in line. We had to wait probably half an hour at our table before we were served soup and ok rolls, nothing special. Wine comes with dinner which was great, though don't expect fine wines or fine dining. The restaurant is in a house, and we were seated on the porch, where there were about ten other groups. The area where the buffet was located was a hodgepodge of papers, bags of rolls, books and paintings. The kind of sight you would expect at a slightly eccentric aunt's home. I say that as a rather eccentric aunt myself. Though my home when company comes is much neater than this was. I would love to go back for the Persian dinner or a meal that is specially planned for us. All in all, we were happy we went out to the country for Thanksgiving and enjoyed ourselves. The servers were friendly as was our host. I would chalk it up as a fun experience.

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WWZ1
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food with a wonderful chef/host. I really cannot say enough good things about both of those. If it were closer, my wife and I would be regulars (and we probably will be wife's birthday regulars - it was that good!)

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TrishJ
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service, everything, was perfect. Monsignor called in advanced and asked if we would like chicken fish or beef, and then took care of the rest. We had a succulent meal followed by the most divine lemon pound cake.

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ThomasR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Chef ought to be ashamed of himself. What a disappointment. Nobody introduced themselves. Nobody told us what we were eating. Lentil soup was good. Salad was very good. It ended there. My wife's salmon was indistinguishable from what you can get at K&W Cafeteria or Golden Corral. Dry and overcooked. Awful. Our "beef" appeared to be prime rib that was subjected to meat tenderizer. All the plates had some kind of potato/beef/cheese slop and hopelessly overcooked carrots. One of our five "courses" was a tiny ball of sherbet to "refresh" our palates. Silly us, we thought we'd get an appetizer. Dessert was an unremarkable dry pound cake with pudding filling. Red wine was inoffensive. That's it. So, for 3 adults and a child we were charged $305. I can't remember when I was ripped off this badly. Please do yourself a favor and do not go there.

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JaniceB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Way out of the way in Vale, NC is this little, quirky gem of a restaurant that has neither a menu nor a freezer. All dishes are prepared based on what fresh ingredients the chef can get that day. And the chef will call you ahead of time to find out whether you want beef, chicken or fish. We had a 5-course meal as well as fresh in-house baked bread and a palate cleanser of sorbet. The chef, Mansour Zand, pulled up a chair and chatted with us throughout the meal and kept our wine glasses full. The food was delicious, plentiful and interesting. I usually don't eat dessert but the lemon cake was just too good to pass up. There are very few restaurants that operate this way, with such personalized service and creative cookery, so it's a bonus that it's less than an hour's drive from Charlotte. Willow Creek Inn also hosts theme nights, so we'll be trying some of those for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Very rude Chef. Food was good but not worth his attitude. Wait staff had no idea what they were serving, you had to ask the rude chef. Who may or may not tell you. No menus, your choice is chicken,beef or fish, that is the description. So you get one protein and whatever else he wants to give you. He may take offense if you ask what something is. Our story is from the Twighlight Zone. I tried to paste it but couldn’t . I don’t recommend the restaurant nor the chef. Although the food was good. Other reviews mention his attitude. My wife told him he was a mean man when we left.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad I came across the Willow Creek Inn for Thanksgiving...just wish I had come across it a year ago! Can't wait to see the place in the daylight and to experience some of the seasonal events, especially Persian New Years. Mansour is a wonderful, welcoming host. It appears that he speaks to every table in the restaurant. Looking forward to my next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful event all the way around--setting, food, ambiance, and entertainment. Was definitely one of the best evenings I have spent in years.

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vipAnthonyT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Excellent food, and owner was very interesting to converse with between courses. However, tables are all close together in small room with no music, so there is no privacy. Obnoxious table next to us made everyone in the place miserable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best experiences and meals my wife and I have ever had. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys great food and a simple atmosphere. The cook has an amazing sense of humor and is a joy to talk to . We were completely blown away by the experience.

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TrishJ
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite and we will be back again and again. Monsignor is brilliant

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Bins
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute place with great food. The environment is so friendly that you feel like you are in a big dinner party in a friends' home

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Willow Creek Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.