The steak I had and the trout that my husband had were outstanding. It was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. The restaurant was also quiet and had low lighting with a very nice Christmas tree to enjoy while we ate.
Food was average. Extra charge for every drink refill including soda and ice tea.
The service is spotty; however the food and prices are excellent. The trout was particularly outstanding - very fresh and crispy-skinned. Our friends also enjoyed the shrimp and grits and the vegetarian dish as well as the tomato stack appetizer. I've also had the strip steak here before, and everything is a great value. They just need to train their staff better, though they are pleasant.
Food was mediocre except for the grilled grouper. That was excellent. Waiter tried hard but seemed overwhelmed at times. He was a nice young man. Decor of restaurant was very very outdated. It needs a total remodeling. Food grade was high (97.5) which is good.
Don't waste your time and money. Poor service, bad ambiance, ok food = don't go back. We'd heard that the chef was good but we were not prepared for the really bad service and low level ambiance. The Chestnut Grille is simply a small white room with really old fashioned wall paper at the top, bad lighting, fake small candle on the table and bad acoustics. Our waitress was either very new & badly trained or just incompetent (sorry Karla); couldn't pour out our martinis out of a shaker without spilling it all over the table; didn't offer to pour our wine; never refilled our water; brought the entree before we were finished with appetizers; didn't replace used silverware that she took away with our appetizer plates....and on and on. The food was actually not bad but it just couldn't make up for all the rest.
Due to hosting a banquet that evening, the experience for those with individual reservations was terrible. They need to decide whether they are an event venue or a public restaurant - not try to do both. Length of wait was unacceptable for the number of tables being served. Food was mediocre.
The low county shrimp and grits were excellent. In addition, the fried green tomatoes were tasty. However, be very patient. Reservation at 6:00 pm, did not receive starters until 6:50 am. Main course arrived at 7:20 pm.
Received a call from Jill the evening before, restaurant side closed 4 special event. She noted we could sit bar side with same menu. That was okay with us. Didn't seem to be any communication between Jill and bar staff. Bar staff was only serving bar menu. Restaurant manager (Laurie) got involved and put Jill to work to fulfill our needs. Jill got chef to make our requested dinners; my wife's dinner okay, my pork chop was small, thin and to well done.
Bartender, Chase did an eccellent job
All in all, too much drama.I
Beautiful Old Hotel but many items on the Menu were not available
Mashed potatoes were Lumpy
Beet salad and crab cakes were OK but pork scoops very thin and not really good.
Service was very good!
Old historic hotel looks nice outside. Inside is a very overpowering musty smell. Service very slow and haphazard. I selected the mountain trout which was worst ever. Also charged $1.50 for ice in my Scotch. I live in Blowing Rock and will never go back!