CVI is always our go to for a great meal. Chief Will's creations never fail to impress and satisfy.
Beautiful historic surroundings and great staff.
Food: delicious; service: efficient, accommodating, and pleasant; decor: interesting; tables: close enough for casual conversation with other guests but apart enough for private conversation
I have been here a number of times (but not in some years) and the service level has gone down hill considerably. Took 3 tries to get seated and once at the table and then it took long spells to get and order drinks and food. Was a long dinner....good news is that the food was good.
We've been there several years ago and enjoyed it. It was "nice" but the wine list & menu was not compelling. We looked it up online & noticed that the menu changed ( for the better), so we thought we'd try it again.
This time it was wonderful. I had the Mushroom Ragu & the Portuguese version of Bouillabaisse with a name that starts with a Z. The appetizer was very good & the Fish stew was good. I'd say it could use a touch more Saffron, but maybe that's the difference between French Bouillabaisse & this Portuguese version. Anyway it was very good and the portions were a nice size. My wife had spinach salad which she said was "excellent" and the lamb which was a rather large portion & my wife loved it.
So basically the food was very good. The prices were a little higher than comparable venues in the area, but I think worth the difference.
Service was very attentive w/o being intrusive.
The Ambiance was the run of the mill original "200 year old Inn". Clean, well maintained, albeit cliche for central & Upper Bucks county. Don't get me wrong, I prefer that ambiance to a "glitzed up" big city restaurant, however, maybe "unauthentic" full upholstered dining chairs & tasteful masking of plumbing exposed in the ceilings wouldn't hurt.
In any event we plan on coming back often & trying most of the items on the menu paired with exploring the wine list.
There are probably a dozen similar restaurants within a 15 mile radius of Carversvile Inn. I'd have to say this is one of my top two favorites. Try it, you'll like it!
Mixed review.......Carversville Inn is a quaint local restaurant that we've enjoyed many times on weeknights. Going on a Saturday night was a completely different experience. Same delicious menu, but far too crowded and noisy, with iffy service. While my medium-rare steak entree was served as medium, it was tender and tasty...just overcooked. Doubt we'll return for a Saturday evening dinner. Definitely NOT the place for a quiet, pleasant evening. We were disappointed.
We had a great time. Food was very good, waiter was fun. Bar was nice; small and cozy. My only issue was that servings were too big. There are worse things.
We keep trying to forget the last time we visit this restaurant, but because we live just around the corner, we gave it one more try this weekend.
Well, it was disappointing all around. The staff did not present themselves well from their appearance, handling of the ordering and to serving. The one drink that was ordered was so watered down that I though was drinking brown water.
As for the food, it was very bland and undercooked.
We were so disappointed, as we really try to patronize the local establishments. If you are not going to invest in your employees and the restaurant, you might as well put a sign up that your going out of business.
WE LOVED OUR MEAL--WE USED OUR BIRTHDAY PAK BUT ALREADY PLAN ON COMING BACK WITH FRIENDS
CI was ALWAYS at the top of my favorites list however i have tried to reach and have waited on several occasions to hear back from the owner (if i had something personal to say or had a question) but these owners never seem to have time to answer nor do they care about their loyal patrons so then I DON'T HAVE TIME to write a good review...i will just on occasion dine there when i feel like it!!!!!! just like that! i's really their loss bc i was a faithful customer but now i have found other wonderful places in the same area with more appreciative owners. the staff at CI seems to change all the time, which means that SOMEONE there is hard to get along with .........LET ME GUESS WHO THAT MAY BE!!!!
Service: incredibly slow. We ordered appetizers and salad with plates to share. They came without, and by the time they were finally brought out, we had figured out how to shake without them and were done. The staff seemed a bit confused all night. A lot of people working and walking around. Took a long time just to get seated and there were only three tables utilized at that time. Odd that we were seated next to a large loud party when we were the only other people inside. Outside would have been nice, but we were not offered. To that point, I also did not ask. Perhaps I should have.
Appetizer: shrimp w garlic and lemon. Good attempt, but the lemon was overpowering
Salad: endive w watercress. Very good.
Entree: Smoked trout special, my wife loved her plate.
Entree: the short ribs were just okay. Disappointing as they were recommended by our waiter.
We skipped dessert.
It was a special occasion for us, so I wanted to surprise my wife with someplace new. I was disappointed. On the plus side, prices were very reasonable.
The food was excellent. Service staff were all knowledgeable and friendly. The old Inn was well maintained. The only less than excellent comment I can make is that the acoustics in the dining room allowed the voices of other patrons, particularly when they were louder, to travel all over the room and overshadow our quieter conversation.
Great hardy food, wonderful service, wonderfully cozy ambience, all for very reasonable prices... One of the best restaurants in the Delaware River valley.
We love the Carversville Inn. We have been coming for many years for special occasions and just for a night out. The food is consistently good, the staff very nice and accommodating and the ambience is from a fairytale, especially the general area of Carversville. We have two kind suggestions - oysters should be served very cold on ice (not on a napkin-lined dish, and these new LED lamps on every table have to go. The bright white light ruins the whole atmosphere and is really annoying and bright. Please bring back real candles on each table. Otherwise, everything else was divine!
Very small and quaint food good , drinks a bit pricey
We frequently dine here but never before on Easter Sunday. The food, service and ambiance were as always superb and they served their regular menu.
The food and service were both very good; that's usual for this restaurant. It's always worth the drive.
Excellent food and lovely ambiance. Great place for a weekend brunch.
Always good food, staff, atmosphere.
Now they have outdoor seating in a great setting.
We have been to Carversville on numerous occasions but found it to be very noisy this time. Also, one of the servers had called out sick so service was slow and spotty. Food was good. We found it to be very expensive for the quality this time.
as always the menu selections, service and food were outstanding. we always arrive early and enjoy a drink and there casual neighborhood bar while we were waiting for our party of 10 to arrive bar tender was fast and friendly and poured a nice drink. they handled a party of 10 quickly, and attentively . from the drinks, appetizers, main course down to dessert. all was great. our groups favorite place to meet.
As a frequent customer, the Carversville Inn continues to impress, they have even enhanced their wine menu. The duck is truly the best duck served in the US, their signature dish. The only constructive improvement would be the choice of music, the whole night I thought I watching the movie Grease with 50's and 60's music. With a classic/traditional place such as this, I would suggest piano, violin and Baroque varieties from Mozart and Bach. Or at least mix this music in with the other music, would be more relaxing to listen to. Other than that, we wouldn't want to change a thing, great outstanding food at a fair price, and great service! Thank you.
Food and presentation were great. Service was outstanding. Enjoyed sitting near the fireplace.
This is a charming inn with a great restaurant. The ride through Bucks County to get there offers some beautiful scenery. The menu is very diverse and will please any palate. The wine list offers a great selection of reasonably priced wines. Will certainly return.
Food was good but service terrible. We had one cocktail through appetizer and dinner and never asked again. Asked hostess for check after we finished dinner and we were waiting so we were never even asked if we wanted dessert. Thank heavens for the hostess refilling water.
Disappointed that some of the main courses were not described well, or perhaps we assumed incorrectly. Salmon was not grilled but crusted, chicken was covered in blue cheese and bread was brought out a little late. Waitress although very pleasant was not up on descriptions and di not come back for a second request on drinks. Soups and salads were very good as well as the dessert selections. Did not know when making reservations that it was Restaurant Week which was a pleasant surprise. Best on the menu was the crab appetizer Beautiful area and lovely setting. Although we did not go to the bar looked like a fun place to visit.
Lots of imagination. The good news is they are making their pasta again and that makes the pasta dish special this time it was with Andouille sausage. My wife had a pie thing with root vegetables that she thought terrific. Escargots perfect as usual, as was the Belgium endive and deserts.
I like how cozy this restaurant is. We sat right next to the fire. They have decent wine. It's a winter favorite of ours. I didn't love the prime rib this time, but we will still go back.
My favorite restraunt, need I say more in our area. Good food and something a little different on the menue when ever we go, good service & ambiance. Can't wait to have a reason to go back again.
Birthday celebration dinner. Food was excellent. Noise level was too high which ruined the ambiance. A loud group was seated right next to us. I had called to ask for some recognition of the birthday which they said they would but didn't . Given the average service, noise, and high price ( although the food was outstanding!), we won't be going back any time soon.
Loved it, excellent! Service excellent, food inventive, chef creative, recommend for special occasion as well as everyday dining.
Very good food and service; a bit expensive for the area.
Carversville Inn is a historic building with Tin ceilings and a beautiful stone fire place. It's a bit out of the way but worth the trip. The garlic shrimp appetizer was excellent and the filet was very good but not on par with the best steak houses. The wine list is a bit pricey as are the meals but worth a visit.
We have eaten at the carversville many times and have always been impressed. We usually get the New York strip and have always loved it. This last visit was not up to par, the meat was tough and fatty and the potatoes were dry, coffee was cold , waitress didn't know what vegetables came with the entree....it just wasn't what we've come to expect. We paid $140 for a dinner I could have far exceeded at home. Anyway I'm seriously considering not coming back and that's very unfortunate being that we frequent the carversville every time we are in the area which is quite a bit.
Great place and we truly enjoy going there. The food overall is excellent.
A fantastic fixed menu for Valentine's Day ... and a great evening.
Recommend doing better job on explaining side dishes otherwise service spot on.
Only detractors were first impresdion: unclear where to present to hostess, parking is barely sufficient, and lighting on outdoor paths needs to be improved.
Will definitely return!!!!
Duck and seafood special (Zarzeula) were pretty tasty with adequate quantities. Nice zize portions of salmon and pasta special were also provided. However, salmon was bland and pasta was over-spiced. Crab bisque was excellent.
Our table was in bar area, which was extremely loud until a large party departed the restaurant.
I've eaten here several times and the food is always excellent. The ambiance is pure and classic Bucks County. If making a good impression on your date or dinner mates is important, this is the place to go. Understated but perfectly done.
Pleasant, quite, historic atmosphere and good food.
Had an enjoyable evening with friends. Staff was friendly and attentive. The course selections, presentation and delivery were spot on. Everyone enjoyed their main meal from Salmon to Lamb to Short Ribs to Duck, along with the varied appetizers, desserts and coffee. The ambiance is historic, and inviting. Will definitely be back!