Willow Creek Inn

4.2
17 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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TJ
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Don’t waste your $.

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L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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WW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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TJ
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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TR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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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JB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

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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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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TJ
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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