By far, this was the worst experience I'd had at this location. Began when we arrived - the hostess - pleasant enough - found our Open Table reservation, but didn't have any seating available. We were put upstairs, which was extremely noisy, but it was all they had. The server was inattentive and when we wanted to order the special, we were told that swapping the sides wasn't allowed. We offered to pay extra, but got a hard time nonetheless. One of us ordered it anyway and got a different side than the one we wanted to swap, but not the one we asked for. Both meals were overcooked (ever eat over-cooked pork chop?). The mashed potatoes were undercooked (lumps were raw!). The sangria was rancid, although the moscow mule was OK. Was told the manager was informed, but we never saw him/her. The noise made conversation impossible for us, and we opted against dessert, calling it an early evening. Then was informed by open table that we were "no shows" for our reservation. Insult to injury. Will be a while before we return to this establishment again.
We went for mother’s day brunch. We got there at 11:15 and the buffet wasn’t ready until 11:35. Some of the food wasn’t even out on the buffet yet when we left. We had an infant with us so the 20 minute wait to start was not good. Bloody Mary’s were small and not good. Our server brought our drinks at the beginning and never came back to the table. I had to get up and ask the hostess to bring our check. The food was comparable to the complimentary breakfast at a hotel.
We enjoy John Stone's the handful of times we've been there. We've spent the last couple of Mother's Day's there. Yesterday we were underwhelmed with the buffet style brunch and no alternatives. The previous year we had to wait a bit for our food, but the menu had numerous options and was great. We'll still return but probably pass on future brunches.
Enjoyed the meal, setting and service! The rum punch drink was excellent.
Patio just opened and there was only 1 server. Took 25 minutes to get greeted. Food was great outside of that issue. Tuna over cooked but team gave me a new one and manager discounted bill 20% for troubles
We were Kate for our reservation and they were kind about it and found us a table within 5 minutes. Fabulous staff!
Always a good experience here - food and service
First time there. Great food and service. The waitress was a little weird but overall great service. There was 2 fireplaces going which made the place a lil too smokey.
I would go back if I was in the area but I wont make a special trip there again.
It was nice and quiet, we were able to have great conversation and the food was good.
After church brunch. We arrived at 11:00 (when they open).
We had a lovely time. They were attentive to my three year old granddaughter’s food allergy. My daughter and I had the full Irish breakfast and my granddaughter had pancakes and fruit. Delicious.
There was a gentleman playing guitar and singing. My granddaughter love it- and so did we!
Parking is easy and it was fun watching trains go by!
The food that we had was good however the service was slow and the atmosphere was very loud. We had one appetizer, one entree, one salad and one dessert plus two glasses of wine. We split the meal. The entree was a special of seafood risotto. It was a mound of rice with very sparse seafood. 3 shrimp and 2 scollops for $30. The total for the meal was $100. A bit overpriced in my opinion. We will not be back.
Seemed like overall the food was not as good as in previous visits. Too much bacon, lots of fried items albeit lightly fried and creamy sauces makes it hard to eat healthy. As an example the Colcanon soup was disappointing compared to what we had in the past.
Cozy pub atmosphere, and the quality and variety of the food far surpasses typical pub fare!
Staff was great.. food was delicious... prices were reasonable!
We made reservations thru Yelp for 7:45. When we arrived at first they weren’t sure if the reservation was there and once they found it we were told we could wait 30 mins or go upstairs. We took a look at upstairs which did not have the same ambiance as the first floor. We took the 2nd floor and the room soon emptied as many were finishing their dinner. Reservations should be better managed at this restaurant so that those who reserve aren’t sent upstairs. Or make the upstairs more in line with downstairs ambiance - lighting was too bright too many TVs in a small room etc
A pleasant Saturday with a nice brunch in a historic Ashland, Ma. with a real history of intrigue. We hadn't been there in years, but it still is a very pleasant and intriguing historical Inn to enjoy lunch or dinner. It also has a so called spooky background which is part of its intrigue. The clam chowder and salad together were very nice, but to much food for me, but probably not for others...it is a historical spot with good food...Dave
Three of us had dinner -- one had a half roasted chicken (a little overdone, but okay), a burger with fries, and meatloaf. The many choices here meant everyone had a meal they enjoyed. Prices were reasonable, and they have a full bar. It was a little chilly, so we asked if they could light the nearby fireplace, and they did. All in all, good food with enjoyable company.
Eat the poutine! Best I've ever had outside of Montreal. All the food was excellent and I really enjoyed the cozy atmosphere.
We visited for a nieces birthday brunch. The waitress was lovely and very attentive. My only complaint was the corn beef hash, mostly all mashed potato very little flavor.
Was there last Saturday night w/ A reservation that was made 24 hours in advance. Asked for a table for four at 6:30 in a quiet area. Was given a hightop table next to the entrance of the kitchen, in the lounge, extremely loud, and constantly busy with waitstaff going in and out of the kitchen with food, very disappointed! To make it even more disappointing I was told that I could only have the table for an hour and a half, because in that corner of the lounge the band will be setting up.. in this space that we were actually sitting in at the hightop table!!
Would not go back, even though our waitress was great, very helpful and very apologetic when we were asked to move at the end of the hour and a half.
We eat at Stone's at least twice a month. This time we had a reservation in the dining room and the service was awful. It took over an hour to bring us a salad and hamburger. Food is always consistent, but we normally like to eat in the bar and probably will next time as well.
Service was slow, we were waiting to be seated - had a reservation- stuck us next to a huge party which was extremely noisy and near the exit where people kept holding the door open- was freezing. Food took forever to arrive.
With a few exceptions the food was excellent. My husband raved about the sirloin steak and turtle cheesecake. Chicken and meatloaf very good. Would like to see more veggies. We sat next to an extremely loud table and it was hard to talk to each other. We definitely will come back just not on a busy Friday night.
Nice neighborhood place. We like going there, best fish and chips, and they have other menu items that are very good.
Reservations are recommended since they do get full
Wonderful and festive celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at John Stone’s! Food was excellent and Guinness was flowing!
We went for the first time St. Patrick's day. We were prepared for a long wait and a hectic kitchen but we were seated 7 minutes after our reservation and our server Buddy was fantastic. Food was amazing - kudos to the kitchen being so busy and turning out perfect plates - cooked as requested. We will be back!
Have been to Stone's many times but we were celebrating St. Patrick's Day on this occasion. The corned beef and cabbage was delicious as was my husband's comfort dinner of meatloaf. Great bar too!
Excellent as usual. A quite busy (on St. Patrick's Day) but they did not miss a beat on service or food quality. I had the NY Sirloin with two veg sides that was perfect for Paleo. I almost bought another to take home for Sunday dinner it was so delish. My Irish other half had the Lamb Shepherds Pie which was great except it had to be sent back to have the potato top browned, as that is the proper way to serve the dish. Always a pleasure to dine here.
We went on St Patrick’s Day and even though the place was packed, we were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation. I think that is very good.
The appetizers were so plentiful and the drinks terrific..we got so full that we moved on to dessert..wonderful carrot cake..
Our waitress and all staff were festive and very accommodating...even though it really was so busy.
I definitely will go back.
Fun for St Patrick’s Day!
Great spot! Happy we found it.
Been here a lot and keep coming back for the food but the service left a lot to be desired this time. Server made a couple of appearance but we waited a long time. Appetizers were delivered by someone else and entrees arrived before we finished the apps
Wonderful waitress, good food
My husband and I dined here fairly early on a Wednesday night. We were seated in a very cozy room with two burning fireplaces. It was all very pleasant until all the children showed up. We dined here before and saw lots of kids, but didn’t think much of it. Parents did their best, but toddlers will be toddlers and three of these youngsters just were not happy...at all. I get it. I’ve been there and done that. And so our food came, and it was great. Steak was cooked to perfection and well seasoned. Pork chop was juicy and flavorful. Did we want another glass of wine or coffee and dessert? No, we wanted out. This is not a place to come for a quiet(ish) dinner out, a date or if you expect to have a conversation with friends and actually hear them over the temper tantrums. This is a great local place to come for young families who need a break from cooking on a weeknight. We’ll be back but perhaps we’ll make our reservations a bit later in the evening.
As always Stone's was a fun evening. The food is always good, their is an interesting wine list and our server, who has waited on us a number of times, is terrific. On Saturday night the musical entertainment started at 8:00 P.M. and made conversation difficult even though we were in the dining room.
This was our second trip here ans we thought it was excellent. We definitely will return.
Vegetarian option of veggie shepherds pie was not good. Gravy on it tasted like meat gravy. Menu said it came with sides. Waitress said it came with none. Basically it was a gravy with a few vegetables. I didn't get the shepherds pie name. My dinner companion said his food was just okay. Beer selection was very good.
Food and service was very good. I would recommend the burger, fish & chips as well as the shrimp with garlic toast.