Samuel's At The Andover Inn

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Dine in style at the Andover Inn's signature restaurant, Samuel's

Created with skill and passion, the menu features an exciting array of seafood, steaks, and signature items from our Executive Chef and his culinary team.

We offer a wide variety of spirits, local brews on tap and an ample selection of domestic and international wines complimenting our newly created menu. The Bar offers a lighter fare menu of sandwiches and appetizers to share.

Samuel's also features the Abbot Room, a private dining room that seats up to twelve guests, perfect for hosting a family party, business dinner, or gathering of friends.

Our restaurant offers high ceilings together with warm mahogany and eclectic décor creating a slightly contemporary yet comfortable feeling.
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New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely . . we find the hamburgers to be outstanding! our favorite pick each time we dine there

MB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious filet mignon. Lobster mushroom crepes were amazing and the haddock was fantastic.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Fantastic people. Fantastic atmosphere. Never disappoints.

TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, so lovely to be back to friendly atmosphere! The food was great, too!!

b
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service a bit slow since it was very quiet. Food was overall good. Best mashed potatoes, jasmine rice not so good. We had salmon and chicken dishes. Nice wine selection

M
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time back after many years. The contemporary refurbish of the dining room was well done and gave a much more casual feel to the venue. Will return much sooner than before.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great food was excellent. Drinks were fair. Nice quiet little place.

QG
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was classic and the food was really good. Service is equally great.

RS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ordered beef with mushrooms, potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Meal was served in a timely fashion, hot and tasty. It was a little heavier than past sirloin preparations but proved eminently digestible.

PS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

excellent service from wait staff. very comfortable environment. very pleasant experience

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The dining room was too cold, so we ate very comfortably on the front patio. The server was very helpful.

SP
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was mostly excellent. The specials and cocktail were amazing. The ice cream was spectacular.

T
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Three out of six of us were quite disappointed with the fish taco at lunch on 7/25. Very small amount of fish, too much filler.

L
New England
45 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Very disappointed with the food. Service and drinks were outstanding. Beet salad unappetizing with a huge dollop of mustard on it was taken off our bill. The swordfish special: fish over cooked and very bland seasoning. The pork chop was also over cooked served with running mashed potatoes. The server, Jeff, was very accommodating. Very disappointed and will not return. Spend your money elsewhere!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect service and food outstanding

CR
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious- very good NY strip. Tuna Tatar was amazing.

k
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here for lunch food and service impeccable can’t ask for better next time Sunday brunch

DC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had dinner at Samuels to celebrate our anniversary for the past several years. The ambience is perfect, the food is always delicious, and service this time, was exceptional ( Michael was amazing)

FT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow and we had to send back food and drinks back as they were not prepared as requested. Food was good but limited menu, especially for those not wanting beef.

PP
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal on a nice evening with an old friend. Vodka martini was fabulous!

Thanks.

BS
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Samuel's for the first time a few months ago for a lunch dessert after a hike in the forest behind the Inn. We felt welcome, despite old clothes, and had a wonderful snack. We decided to return for dinner one night (with better clothes) and left highly impressed with both the food and service.

We've been back several times since then, and every meal was excellent. The menu offers a wide selection of items, including seafood entrees. We've included friends we wanted to impress, and were successful. Salmon, braised short ribs, and chicken were early favorites, and it has been hard to choose anything different since.

The waitstaff are also a highlight: attentive, friendly, quick, and helpful. Thanks! Substitutions were allowed and correctly served. A highlight is the small booklet they use to bring the bill. It was older and had an American Express logo that includes the statement "We accept American Express credit cards and Traveler's Checks." Having tired cashing in an old Traveler's check at an American Express kiosk at Logon unsuccessfully, I thought I'd have a little fun: "Oh Great! I can use my Traveler's check here!" The waitress was younger and didn't fully understand what a Traveler's check was all about. Of course, they no longer are accepted, but it was a nice end to a great experience.

Great food, excellent service, cozy dining area, and beautiful location. The dining area had two sections. One had televisions and a bar that is separated by a wall with the quiet, more formal, dining area we always select. The meals tend to be slightly more expensive than average, but the quality makes it a great experience.

CD
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate in the bar area as dining “packed” lovely attentive server open airy ambiance comfortable seating.. varied menu options. Delish veggie burger, veggie bowl, quiche+ salad.

P
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went there for lunch with a few friends and was really pleasantly surprised. I ordered a shrimp cocktail, and shared a salad. The shrimp were large, crisp and delicious and so nicely complemented by the sauce. The salad was very pretty to look at with julienne watermelon radishes and berries. Overall, it was a delightful lunch.

JS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's just the right degree of casual. Good food, good service...

P
New England
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The service was excellent. Beautiful place.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Wait staff was not capable of multiple orders, follow up, and service was insufficient. Poor in our estimation and had not been with previous visits.

DM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service were great, but the noise level in the dining room was unbearable. There was one large table with 13 ladies seated at it, and the noise level was so high that the two of us literally had to shout at each other to have any conversation. We asked if we could be seated in some other room, but were told that was the only available room. It’s too bad, because we really enjoyed the food and the waiter was very polite, but the noise made it such an unpleasant dining experience that we won’t go back. The dining room is small and the draperies were removed when redecorating took place, so the acoustics in the room are very poor now. We dine out a lot but can only remember one other time in the last thirty years that we had such an unpleasant dining experience anywhere else because of the noise level.

SD
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner the other night at Samuels. The service was excellent...Michael was friendly and knowledgeable. He was attentive without hovering and he and Sally made us feel like old friends. The grilled cauliflower steak was delicious and my husband thoroughly enjoyed the horseradish crusted rib eye special. Samuels always feels like a special place to have dinner and this visit was no exception. The ambiance is elegant without being stuffy and the food and drinks are top notch. We look forward to our next visit.

OT
New England
404 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Someday I will come here and not get the schrod, but not sure when that will be! We all enjoyed our dinners and split a great salad. We will be back.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Liam our server was excellent. Experience was dampened by rudeness of other patrons. Very nice place.

PM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant to cool. Had to wear coats & sweaters.
Service excellent!!

GS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing, the service was great and the food very good.

SB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Samuel's. It can sometimes be a bit slow but we just plan for a relaxed meal and enjoy the slower pace.

SP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Hosted a business dinner. Food was excellent, although the menu is somewhat limited. Service was only fair. The tuna appetizer was outstanding, I highly recommend.

C
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We both enjoyed our visit to Samuels very much. The atmosphere was very nice and we were by a window, which helped. Our food was very good and nicely presented.
My only criticism would be that i ordered the fish tacos, and they were scantily filled. This is a fav of mine ,which I often order when I dine out, and always the tacos come BULGING with the fish filling - sometimes I even have to take one home.
The tacos at Samuels were delicious, but about a quarter filled, so I was left a little hungry! We shared a dessert!

MR
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambiance; in an historic inn but update and modernized. Menu has lots of options: entrees, lighter fare, fun cocktail menu. Attentive staff

SA
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This is the 2nd time I've been there. I've ordered Tuna Tartare each time and it is delicious. But the Ginger-Carrot Soup was disappointing. I didn't finish it. It was quiet enough; they made an effort because I told them it wasn't the last time. The waitress was not outstanding, even though we were the only people in the DR.

JB
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The change in venue has been worthy of all who participated. Food, service and value is outstanding

BS
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Samuel's is located in the Andover Inn at the Phillips Academy school in Andover, MA. It is a lovely inn with lots of charm. We had a quick bite to eat after a hike in the nearby woods and a visit to the Addison Gallery of American Art (both free). We enjoyed it and decided to return the following week for dinner.

Samuel's is a cozy, upper scale, facility that I would call casually elegant. We reserved via OpenTable and were seated quickly upon arrival. Our server (Jeff) was prompt and attentive, and suggested the short rib meal, with sweet mashed potatoes and spinach, when I asked. My wife got a salmon dinner with green beans and rice. Both arrived perfectly cooked, with plenty for a nice take-home meal. We greatly enjoyed the experience and thank Jeff for the attention, humor, and extra bread he brought on his own.

The meals are priced a little on the high side, but appropriate for what we experienced. We'll go again.

l
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful bar and room...Nelson, our waiter was very personable and attentive....lunch was very good!! Hope to return soon!!

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