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The Chestnut Grille

4.5
93 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Casual dining inside the 125 year old Blowing Rock legend, The Green Park Inn, an atmosphere inspired by the American Chestnut from which the hotel was built. Our unique interpretation of classic and local ingredients delights the pallet; gluten free and vegetarian diners alike will be pleasantly surprised. Crispy Braised Pork, Mountain Trout with a wilted baby Kale trio, Garlic and Herbed Shrimp served with Stone White Grits, and sumptuous house made desserts are just some selections. An eclectic wine list, specialty cocktails, and local craft beers will round out your dining experience. Come join us soon!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 8:00 am–9:30 am
Sat, Sun 7:30 am–10:30 am
Dinner
Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(828) 414-9230
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Jason Clay
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Neighborhood
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Entertainment
Piano in Lobby Friday and Saturday evenings.
Music on the Veranda Sunday Nights
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 93 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Todd (Western NC)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Very nice experience! Would highly recommend this place for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We at at Chestnut Grill during Blowing Rock's Winterfest. We chose it due to the fact that they had a Jazz band. It was a fun evening and the food was great!

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OpenTable Diner (Savannah)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

I love the farm to table idea, and that most of the menu comes from the Green Park Inn garden. The night I went was very quite but I hope that business picks up for the hotel and restaurant. It was a very lovely experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
3.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was average. Extra charge for every drink refill including soda and ice tea.

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viprockmeister (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
3.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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vipKristine (Jacksonville)
1.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

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JAMM (Charleston)
1.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

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Flash (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

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.

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vipTOMW1 (Western NC)
3.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
3.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

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!

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Robert1 (Western NC)
2.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

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!

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viprockmeister (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

Our last visit with friends was remarkably good. Sometimes the service here can be a bit unpolished (college kids?), but our server, Alex, was excellent. The trout dish and the vegetable dish with tempeh were both 9 out of 10 and the shrimp and grits perhaps a 7 or 8. If you are looking for quality food at very reasonable prices and a quiet night out, this is the place.

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viplisa (Charlotte)
3.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

The service was slow. The food was not warm. The servers were friendly and warm.

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Chris (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

Loved our stay at the Green Park Inn and eating our meals at the Chestnut Grille. The food was awesome as was the service. We especially enjoyed Charles Ellis playing the piano in the lobby. What a gem! Can't with to come back.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
1.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

shabby, run down, nice wait staff, mediocre food, a disappointment

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MJfromCLT (Charlotte)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Very historic, but nothing else. Food OK, friends plated dishes were cold and had to send back. Wait staff friendly but not very experienced for a restaurant that wants to be upscale. We tried it (again) because of new chef. There are other places so much better in Blowing Rock.

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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2017

We were there for the final performance of the Charles Ellis trio. Booked well in advance. By our 8pm reservation, the kitchen had already run out of over half the entrees even though they had know the restaurant was completely booked for over 2 weeks. We ended up ordering prime rib as neither of our preferred selections were available. Meat wa as tough as shoe leather. I ate about half. My husband didn't even eat that much. All they offered to do was reduce our meal price by 20%! I even left my phone number at the front desk of the hotel to have the manger contact me. Still haven't heard anything. Lots of wait staff issues both mornings at breakfast as well.

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
2.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

Food portions small, got order wrong and said they "forgot" to order steak sauce. Very expensive for the quality and size of portions.

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2016

Very romantic evening with my lady. She was impressed and that is what counts

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on August 5, 2016

Menu looked great but food was not. Shrimp meal included 6 small shrimp only and short rib was overcooked. Ambiance is underwhelming but prices were reasonable. Would not dine here again.

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ChrisB (Charlotte)
3.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

Was told due to lack of staff that evening that they had to cancel our reservation. I spoke to the manager and he said we could sit in bar and order off the full menu. When we got there, there were only SIX people in the entire restaurant.

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BarbaraM (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 19, 2016

My reservation on Opentable was not on the restaurant's reservation schedule that night. It was not at all busy, thankfully, so no issue getting seated. Great meal with some unusual dishes to choose from.

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SGR1 (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

Wonderful experience!! Great wine, menu and service! The cornbread appetizer was amazing. We will go back!

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CMDiner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

We were a little wary as some reviews were not great, but took a chance because the more recent ones were favorable. We were able to eat outside on the patio, which was extremely charming and all seven tables were occupied. The food was fabulous! Our table had shrimp and grits, teriyaki salmon, crispy braised pork and a soup and salad. The pork was outstanding, really delicious and complimented by the side of creamy polenta we ordered. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for the food and I thought their prices were very reasonable. I can see how people would have issues with the indoor dining as it is dark and quite large, therefore would feel empty without significant diners but I think it could be quite inviting in winter with a fire.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

It was slow there on a Saturday night, but service was poor.

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RuthM (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

We stayed at the Green Park Inn 32 years ago on our honeymoon. We decided to eat there while visiting the area to walk down "Memory Lane." The restaurant looked quite different but we loved the food and the service and we were not disappointed to have made the effort to be there again.

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vipTrumpeter (Charlotte)
2.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

The food was average. The service was poor. The menu is nothing special. I will not go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Staff is exceptional, food is pricey but great for special occassion or date night , we enjoyed the new york strip, i would recommend extending the menu and lowering the prices to fill the restaurant

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