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The Would Restaurant

4.3
4.3
278 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Originally part of the summer resort, Hotel Di Prima, which opened its doors in 1926, the Would Restaurant has a long history of warm hospitality. The Hotel Di Prima catered to Italian families from the New York City area. In the 1940s and 1950s, thousands of vacationing families came to relax and savor the rich summer flavors of “the country.”In 1994, Claire Winslow and Debra Dooley purchased the establishment and became partners in the Hudson Valley retreat.
Many guests say that "the old resort atmosphere relaxes you and takes you back to slower days." On summer evenings guests enjoy dining on the porch. In the winter they dine by a crackling fire with white linen table cloths, candlelight and fresh flowers.

We offer a varied selection of Contemporary American Cuisine prepared from local ingredients.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fish, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Tuesday - Thursday 5pm until 9pm Friday - Saturday 5pm until 9:30 Private parties available 7 days a week On and Off Premise catering available

  • Phone number

    (845) 691-9883

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Fred Kormann

  • Catering

    Please call us for inquiries

  • Private party facilities

    Please visit our website: http://www.thewould.com/events/diningroom.htmlor call us for details

  • Private party contact

    Claire Winslow: (845) 691-9883

  • Neighborhood

    Poughkeepsie

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

What 278 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. e

    erobbo

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If your looking for a slightly out of the way restaurant then allow me to introduce you to The Would. Once there keep an open mind throughout the entire experience because when the evening is finished you’ll realize what a fantastic one it was. Drinks are made very well, and the food is cooked to perfection. Service is present when you need it. The only negative is that you’ll eventually need to leave. We invite you to try it out!
  2. PV

    PhilipV

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Went there for Valentines Day. Off-hand staff, waited for a table for 15 minutes, then waited about an hour for main course. When it arrived it was not what I ordered. Bear in mind we'd waited for an hour for it. Cancelled the dish and shared the one that did come. The staff then ate the wrong meal that I sent back at the bar. We paid and left, without an acknowledgement or apology of any kind. Ruined evening.
  3. M

    Matt

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Valentine's Day Dinner was exceptional. Both entrees were excellent. The steak is a longtime favorite of ours and was again just right. We tried the Game Hen for the first time. I highly recommend the hen, it was meaty and juicy. The vegetables that came with the hen were perfectly cooked. Cocktails were great and were made so as not to overwhelm the liquor with the taste of the mixer. This is our "go to" place and we were a little worried that Valentine's Day might not be the best day to get good service. However, we were given flawless service with a smile. Thank you for a great dinner!
  4. M

    Momogirl1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made the reservations one week in advance on open table . I requested a corner table and stated that it was my sisters birthday. When we arrived the hostess seem to be surprised that we were a party of five. I mentioned that I made reservations she looked and then she said oh yes. On the way to the table I also mentioned that it was my sisters birthday and the hostess stated ,”it’s a short notice “. I told her that I mentioned it when I made the reservation she said “oh”. I think she may have been a little flustered because it was going to be a busy evening, Valentine’s Day. All the other times that I have gone to The Would she’s been the perfect hostess. The restaurant was decorated beautifully. The fireplace and the warmth of the fire made our dinner experience a cozy and enjoyable time. Other than those two issues , the food was delicious . Our server ,Thomas was attentive and we enjoyed our evening at The Would. .
  5. C

    luv2Cfood

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were able to enjoy a very nice birthday dinner. Tomas did an excellent job of seeing to it that we were well served. The salmon dish, calamari, and split pea soup were all superb.
  6. a

    agerz

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    This restaurant has been great a couple of times that we were there. However, we have gone there for New Years Eve the last two times we visited and both times were very disappointing. For one thing, they have a special menu for New Year’s (both of the times we were there on the holiday), which omits a couple of really great dishes that are on their regular menu. They omitted a filet mignon dish that is outstanding and instead had a strip steak, which we both ordered. The strip steak was not very good. It was tough and dry - neither of us finished it. The big problem we had was with the service we received. It took quite a while for our server to come to our table, but so far not so bad. We ordered dessert which included ice cream. After we ordered it, our waiter seemed to disappear for a while. After waiting 10-15 minutes and not seeing our waiter, we asked another server if they knew where he was. Apparently, they found him and he came to our table (without the dessert). We asked where the dessert was and he left and came back with it 5 minutes later and, surprise!, the ice cream was completely melted. He took the dessert off of our check, but never explained the delay. We got the impression that the restaurant does not use their experienced wait staff for this holiday, since we had the same issues both times we came on New Years Eve. We had great service every other time we visited. Needless to say, we will not be celebrating New Years there again!
  7. R

    Riverock

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, out the the way location, excellent NYE menu, great service.
  8. B

    Bdfood

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The food was for a bird I left hungry and for two people 170.00 is absolutely ridiculous. I will never be going back
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We were at a holiday reunion. So, the tine together was precious! Our service was good. The young man was attentive. However, we needed the togetherness time to just talk without interruption. The food was outstanding! The Would always is top notch!
  10. DS

    DoloresS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went there a week before Christmas. Decorations were beautiful. Wonderful atmosphere. We were a party of 5. Everyone ordered something different. We all loved our food. Everything was excellent so I won't more you with our choices. I will definitely go again and again!!
  11. C

    luv2Cfood

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent, Thomas was very professional, as usual as was the rest of the wait staff. My wife loved the hot butternut squash and her scallops. I enjoyed my trout and spinach with rice. It made for a very good dinner.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came her on a whim while passing through, everything was excellent from beginning to end, service, meal, ambiance.
  13. GJ

    GeoffreyJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Professional, courteous service and great food ! Also a pleasure to dine at the Would. It's nice having such a treasure so close to my house.
  14. d

    dinnerandashow

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to The Would. We loved it and will be back. Our server, Stefan, was very attentive. The food was perfect. It was a great experience.
  15. f

    finefoodfan

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything we tried was excellent. The clam appetizer was unusual and hearty; we asked for spoons to savor every last bit of the rich broth. The elegant atmosphere would make the Would a good choice for a special event dinner.
  16. C

    luv2Cfood

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a return visit for my wife and I, it was well worth the visit. The service was again excellent and the food superb. The Halibut dish was truly wonderful and part of the prix fixe menu along with their salmon dish. We will return.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We really loved the chopped kale salad!! That was the only thing we really raved about. The small portion of salmon was well-cooked with a nice crispness on the outside. Everything else was good, but we may have been able to find a closer restaurant to home that had food that was just as good. They ran out of the dessert that I was looking forward to :(
  18. LJ

    LisaJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was great - it was a freezing cold night outside and the restaurant was a comfortable temperature - no drafts! We were able to take our time eating and linger over coffee/tea and dessert. I was glad to see vegetarian items (even though I am not vegetarian, I sometimes do not want meat). The risotto was good. Someone else had pork osso Bucco which they loved.
  19. FM

    FMD624

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I’ve eaten at The Would before. It’s always a positive experience. I’ll be back!
  20. I

    Iggy

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent great food and nice people good prices and a very good experience.
  21. TN

    TomN

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding awesome Bartender, awesome food , outstanding waiter
  22. CL

    ChrisL

    Tampa

    40 reviews

    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I was very disappointed in my food. I found the tuna tartare appetizer delicious but difficult to eat. My dining companion had the scallop entree. Scallops cooked perfectly! Unfortunately, I ordered shrimp and grits with andouille sausage. Sausage was bland and tasteless. Grits were not hot. Shrimp was so over cooked. Not a good dish at all. I was visiting from Florida. Don’t think I will return.
  23. FD

    FranD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed dinner out with friends. I ordered salmon with a Dijon sauce and diced Brussels sprouts with quinoa. Really delicious!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely, welcoming place, friendly communicative staff made us feel very welcome. And wonderful to say it was delightfully quiet enough for normal conversation... a huge blessing! My martini was perfect, short ribs excellent and well seasoned. My wife’s scallops and vegetables needed seasoning, but were otherwise fine. The lovely calamari appetizer we shared might have been better served with a more savory dipping sauce, at least in our opinion. Do not pass this place up if you are in the area because it is a treat!
  25. I

    Iggy

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service a wonderful restaurant. I highly recommend The Would.
  26. SO

    SeaOtter

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food was nice. The staff was seemingly nervous/inexperienced and overly attentive...bordering on hovering.
  27. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Went to celebrate my son’s 18th bday. Place was adorably cute, service was amazing. We loved our waitress Judy! She was a senior in college and was so super interactive with us. Even when the kitchen was backed up, she explained and apologized and kept us informed. Crispy Brussels sprout appetizer was my favorite! I got the risotto cake vegetarian dish, was delicious, my son got a steak, but asked for medium, but came rare. I told him to send it back, but he was worried, it would come back well done. My husband loved his scallops. It was a great night.
  28. JT

    JTSFKF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner with our friends. From the cocktails to appetizers to main course the food & service was excellent!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Thomas was great and attentive as per usual. Summer Menu selections were great. Maybe best Moscow Mule I ever had
  30. j

    johnh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Mahi over cooked was not terrible but not great either
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem. Ribeye was superior to one I had at a NY steakhouse and scallops tastier than a Florida fish house. And the greens were amazing.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service, can recommend the Scallops and Salmon, quite reasonably priced given the quality of the food. If they have pie on the desert menu, get it, amongst the best, but more a seasonal thing.
  33. d

    drj1

    Baltimore

    301 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    301 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Spent a delightful evening at The Would Restaurant. Weather was terrific so we were able to have dinner outside on the porch. The service was efficient but not very warm or friendly. Food was delivered as ordered. Two of us had the BBQ ribs. The smoked flavor was great. They were delicious as were the fries. The roasted chicken was good but not flavorful. One guest had the rib steak and he thought it was very good as well. We did not have dessert. Options were not as creative as the entrees.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have been here before but this was a first for the rest of our party. We had an amazing dining experience. It was such a relaxing evening, the weather held out and we dined outside on the covered porch. Our waitress, Amanda was delightful took care of all 9 of us! Food was fabulous!
  35. JH

    JeffreyH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent and not too expensive....we would definitely recommend to our friends.
  36. DS

    DeniseS

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Menu was changed and new Menu was very limited. We were really looking forward to the Beef short ribs and were disappointed when we found out they were no longer available.
  37. CL

    ChrisL

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love the Would. The food is always excellent. And thank you Thomas for serving us. A great meal.
  38. SR

    SuzanneR

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everytime we go to The Would we say we should come more often as the food is outstanding. Always innovative! Thank you
  39. CC

    CathieC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Very nice setting for pre commencement celebration, but service was very slow. Took an hour from seating to getting food.
  40. BH

    BarbaraH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was wonderful and incredibly accommodating making my husband's 70th birthday celebration very special. The food was phenomenal and noteworthy. Although we were just visiting the Poughkeepsie area, we would make a special trip back to go to this restaurant again. Excellent experience all around.

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The Would Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 278 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Poughkeepsie

  • Hours of operation

    Tuesday - Thursday 5pm until 9pm Friday - Saturday 5pm until 9:30 Private parties available 7 days a week On and Off Premise catering available

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fish, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Fred Kormann

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (845) 691-9883

  • Catering

    Please call us for inquiries

  • Private party facilities

    Please visit our website: http://www.thewould.com/events/diningroom.htmlor call us for details

  • Private party contact

    Claire Winslow: (845) 691-9883

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