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The English Inn

4.8
488 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
  • Worth the Drive
•Distinguished Restaurants of North America(DiRōNa) award winner
•An award winning wine list
•Authentic English pub on the garden level
•Alfresco dining on our terrace during the summer months
•Live pianist playing dinner music on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays
• Major Credit Cards Accepted
• Reservations recommended
•Winner of Lansing’s Best of the Best Award
•The English Inn is a non-smoking facility
•Private Dining rooms available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, French, British
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Hours of operation


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Dinner: Sunday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(517) 663-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
We offer four distinct dining rooms for private dining (2-55 guests) as well as our Medovue Ballroom with capacity for 200 guests.
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Private party contact
Adriana Flynn: (517) 663-2500
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South of Columbia Hwy.
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Parking details
You will find three parking lots, each in very close proximity to our main building.
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Entertainment
Live pianist during Dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 488 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

My sister in law birthday. Very enjoyable evening g

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

All in all we had a lovely time and the food, service and presentation was excellent. My only problem is that I assumed we would be seated in the main dining room and we were ushered back into the back room which was like a sun room. Next time I will call for reservations and make sure we are seated where we want to be.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

We were not offered bread until we asked for it 30 minutes into our experience.,
The porch room is always loud and has no ambience what so ever...we have asked not to be seated in that room because of the noise but that doesn’t happen..
They have a great wine list...that said they serve expensive wine in inappropriate stemware...we were told the last 2 Cabernet glasses just broke earlier in Friday’s dinner service.
Food was good but not hot..our waitress was over extended but very polite.
The manager just doesn’t seem to get it.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

just the most wonderful setting for a romantic date or special occasion

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Our experience at the English Inn has always been positive. On this last visit our waitress was wonderful. Food came up when expected and everything was very good. Never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

2 year wedding anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I have been here many times over the years and it always presents a perfect dining experience with excellent food! The surroundings are gorgeous, waitstaff attentive, and every menu choice a delight. Prices are reasonable for a upscale restaurant, as well. I highly recommend the English Inn.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fabulous, Special, Delicious
We met our Spartan daughters at The English Inn for Easter dinner. What a delight. The English Inn was built in the 20's as a residence for the manager of the Oldsmobile plant. There are several rooms where meals are served, all on linen tablecloths in cozy settings. We enjoyed duckling, tenderloin, and lamb chops. Everyone loved their meal. Service was exceptional and the waiter, Kevin shared some stories about the house that were interesting. There are also cottages and rooms on site. The grounds are well maintained and would be lovely to stroll through on a warmer afternoon. It's a terrific wedding venue too! Worth the drive.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great ambiance/atmoshpere. Sophisticated but not pretentious. We always get there early so we can enjoy a cocktail in the pub downstairs at least 30 minutes before our dinner reservation upstairs. It's become an Easter tradition and dinner date with special friends. We are hoping to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner there this year. Great food and wine!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a wonderful Easter lunch for a group of eight. The atmosphere is incredibly elegant, and pleasantly formal without feeling uncomfortable. Our meals were delicious and the service was cheerful and attentive. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Amazing place to eat and stay. Beautiful restaurant excellent food. If you choose to stay overnight the rooms are gorgeous.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The food was excellent. Our waitress was friendly and did a wonderful job. It was a great experience

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Wonderful meal! Great rack of lamb. Service was very good.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Everything about the English Inn exceeded my expectations! The atmosphere was awesome, dinner was amazing and every staff member made us feel like the most important people in the world. We will be returning customers for a very long time!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Was a nice experience. Expensive for what you get but wife said it was the best steak she has had. I thought it was overpriced. Great place for special occasions but not frequent dining. Was very nice atmosphere with fireplace and pianist. Pub in cellar was also nice. Good service and not noisy where you have to shout to talk. I will go back maybe yearly.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great ambience. Interesting food selections. Very well prepared. Wait staff was friendly and welcoming.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

As always, we loved our experience at The English Inn. Dining at 2:00 on a Sunday, the rare cuts of Prime Rib were gone. In this restaurant, medium rare is closer to medium. Medium was cooked beyond my preference. Every chef/kitchen is different.
We always receive great service here. The food is always tasty and value for the money.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Outstanding filet. Had a two hour meal that was such a special experience.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I highly recommend visiting the Inn, we will be back again!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

A bit pricey but very elegant at the same time very comfortable, not pretentious at all. Recommended for special occasions. My wife and I have dined there several times and have always had a wonderful meal.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The English Inn never disappoints. Quiet elegance with exceptionally prepared menu items leave one wondering where the time went. Each dish is prepared with evident attention to detail and delivered to your table with style and elegance. A dining experience as opposed just a meal. We highly recommend the English Inn.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This place is great, its classy, the patrons also were classy, and the price is fair for the level of service they provide. 10/10 would go back again. Wear some nice duds, I was the most underdressed one there in a sport coat and slacks.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Outstanding service, delightful pianist and artfully prepared delicious food - it really doesn’t get any better than this.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We have been coming to the English Inn for nearly 20 years. It is absolutely our favorite restaurant across the country. The English Inn's ambiance, service, and menu is far superior to most restaurants and is worth a two day trip to celebrate special occasions. Looking forward to our next visit to the English Inn ...

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Unbelievable...unbelievable...unbelievable...unbelievable!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I took my wife to the English Inn for Valentine’s Day. It was our first visit, but it certainly will not be our last. The food was amazing, the service was second to none, it was wonderful experience to be able to have dinner with her someplace and not have to fight noise and be distracted by TVs on the wall. My only regret is that we hadn’t visited sooner.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful food, impeccable service in a very unique grand setting. Be sure to have a drink in the basement pub!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The menu is very limited. There is no chicken on the menu at all. So if you’re not a meat or seafood eater this is not the place for you. Food was wonderful and so was the service.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Four of us went to The English Inn for dinner to celebrate my birthday. Overall, I love this place, but I'd say this was not our best visit. This mansion has old world charm. It's very romantic in a classic way. Lots of wood, rich colors, something that reminds one of Europe. We were greeted upon entry. They took our coats and were promptly seated. Server was very polite, nice, but maybe a bit too formal for me. Otherwise, she was very attentive and knowledgeable. Wine, beer, and cocktail list is robust. Would have been nice to have menus prior to ordering our first round so we could see the craft cocktails and other options available besides wine by the glass and beer. Food here tends to offer many of the classics. The menu has always been consistently good with a nice mix of steaks, fish, poultry, lamb and fowl. My wife ordered the lobster stuffed walleye with lemon risotto, house salad and lobster bisque. Her meal was very good. I tried the French onion soup and would say that it was just OK, not worth the $7 I paid for it. Broth wasn't as rich as it should be. House salads were fresh and tasty. The dressing is very light so you may want to ask for extra if you're into that, but most of us liked it as is. The rest of us ordered filet mignon in varying preparations which were all cooked properly. Good quality cuts, tender and delicious. Presentation was nicely done all the way around. Food came out hot. Was paced nicely. We never felt rushed.

My only real drawbacks to the night were the portion sizes being a bit small for the price. The filet Oscar didn't exactly have a lot of crab and could have had more sauce. My friend ordered a Tito's and soda and it came out with tonic on two separate occasions. I noted that it was my birthday on the Open Table reservation but it was never recognized. I ordered crème brulee and I'd say I've had much better.

We had a nice time and good meal. Worth the trip, especially in the spring.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Had a wonderful experience. Can't wait to go back again.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

We stayed at the English Inn for our 30th anniversary and dined there as well. It was a leisurely meal that lasted 2 hours but that was fine for our needs. I especially appreciated that they had several gluten free dessert options since I'm intolerant. I did feel a bit pinched for gf meal options only because of what I was in the mood for, but there were ample gf meal options available. Overall a very lovely evening....good food and beautiful surroundings with rich wood paneling and decorative ceiling. Wish we had gotten there a few minutes earlier so we could have sat close to the wood burning fireplace but we had a cozy corner table for two that was also very nice.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I miss the gardens. View of the banquet hall did nothing for the ambience

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Our party of four was seated near the fireplace in the dining room closest to the entrance. Elegantly decorated, peaceful and quite, which is such a rate treat to find in resturants today.

The pacing of the courses was perfect, the service was quite good - non intrusive.

Food: The prime rib was generously sized and flavorful, the roast duck was dry and crunchy- way overcooked. The beautiful shrimp cocktail appetizer had large shrimp and a very distinct, spicy hot sauce. The other food items were fairly good and served warm.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service and meal was excellent! The menu offered many choices . Our reservations were early but it does get busy during prime mealtime?

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Celebrating an anniversary. I requested seating in the main dining room but it was not honored until i insisted on it. My meat was ordered medium-well and it was medium. Otherwise, our evening was lovely.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

We found out about the live pianist they hire for the Fridays and Saturdays leading up to Christmas in December and have now made this an annual tradition. The value is fantastic, service and atmosphere are exquisite. We split an appetizer, both ordered entrees and separate desserts and it was all wonderful. The pianist, decorations and fire in the fireplace make this such a romantic location for the holidays. For a night cap, the pub downstairs is open until 10 p.m.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

We met friends here for lunch and probably overstayed our visit but no one tried to hurry us. The food and the service was great. The Very tasteful Christmas decorations made it a very festive experience. Would definitely recommend to my friends.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2017

It was a great anniversary experience

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

the service and food were exceptional. 5 star for sure

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Went to the English Inn for my son's college graduation and father's 92nd Birthday. One member of our party had never been there before, we raved about the French onion soup. Unfortunately and honestly very lacking, have made much better myself.

One lamb chop entree was served very rare and bloody had to send it back, but was fine after some additional cooking.

Lobster tail was just above room temperature had been sitting sometime before serving.

The potato side was dry and tasteless might as well not served it.

Server was outstanding and the tip reflected no reduction for the other shortfalls.

Hard to complain when your on these special occasions, special location and pricy location. Really wanted to, but just didn't want to stand out on this special with complaints.

Taking this under consideration for our next visit, want to keep The English Inn as a special go to place, but will be more free next time to get what we deserve for the price point......

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