The Would Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Originally part of the summer resort, Hotel Di Prima, which opened its doors in 1926, the Would Restaurant has a long history of warm hospitality. The Hotel Di Prima catered to Italian families from the New York City area. In the 1940s and 1950s, thousands of vacationing families came to relax and savor the rich summer flavors of “the country.”In 1994, Claire Winslow and Debra Dooley purchased the establishment and became partners in the Hudson Valley retreat.
Many guests say that "the old resort atmosphere relaxes you and takes you back to slower days." On summer evenings guests enjoy dining on the porch. In the winter they dine by a crackling fire with white linen table cloths, candlelight and fresh flowers.

We offer a varied selection of Contemporary American Cuisine prepared from local ingredients.
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CL
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was very disappointed in my food. I found the tuna tartare appetizer delicious but difficult to eat. My dining companion had the scallop entree. Scallops cooked perfectly! Unfortunately, I ordered shrimp and grits with andouille sausage. Sausage was bland and tasteless. Grits were not hot. Shrimp was so over cooked. Not a good dish at all. I was visiting from Florida. Don’t think I will return.

FD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed dinner out with friends. I ordered salmon with a Dijon sauce and diced Brussels sprouts with quinoa. Really delicious!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely, welcoming place, friendly communicative staff made us feel very welcome. And wonderful to say it was delightfully quiet enough for normal conversation... a huge blessing! My martini was perfect, short ribs excellent and well seasoned. My wife’s scallops and vegetables needed seasoning, but were otherwise fine. The lovely calamari appetizer we shared might have been better served with a more savory dipping sauce, at least in our opinion. Do not pass this place up if you are in the area because it is a treat!

GN
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service a wonderful restaurant. I highly recommend The Would.

SO
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was nice. The staff was seemingly nervous/inexperienced and overly attentive...bordering on hovering.

F
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate my son’s 18th bday. Place was adorably cute, service was amazing. We loved our waitress Judy! She was a senior in college and was so super interactive with us. Even when the kitchen was backed up, she explained and apologized and kept us informed. Crispy Brussels sprout appetizer was my favorite! I got the risotto cake vegetarian dish, was delicious, my son got a steak, but asked for medium, but came rare. I told him to send it back, but he was worried, it would come back well done. My husband loved his scallops. It was a great night.

JT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner with our friends. From the cocktails to appetizers to main course the food & service was excellent!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Thomas was great and attentive as per usual. Summer Menu selections were great. Maybe best Moscow Mule I ever had

j
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Mahi over cooked was not terrible but not great either

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem. Ribeye was superior to one I had at a NY steakhouse and scallops tastier than a Florida fish house. And the greens were amazing.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, can recommend the Scallops and Salmon, quite reasonably priced given the quality of the food. If they have pie on the desert menu, get it, amongst the best, but more a seasonal thing.

d
Baltimore
281 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Spent a delightful evening at The Would Restaurant. Weather was terrific so we were able to have dinner outside on the porch. The service was efficient but not very warm or friendly. Food was delivered as ordered. Two of us had the BBQ ribs. The smoked flavor was great. They were delicious as were the fries. The roasted chicken was good but not flavorful. One guest had the rib steak and he thought it was very good as well. We did not have dessert. Options were not as creative as the entrees.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been here before but this was a first for the rest of our party. We had an amazing dining experience. It was such a relaxing evening, the weather held out and we dined outside on the covered porch. Our waitress, Amanda was delightful took care of all 9 of us! Food was fabulous!

JH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and not too expensive....we would definitely recommend to our friends.

DS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Menu was changed and new Menu was very limited. We were really looking forward to the Beef short ribs and were disappointed when we found out they were no longer available.

CL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the Would. The food is always excellent. And thank you Thomas for serving us. A great meal.

SR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everytime we go to The Would we say we should come more often as the food is outstanding. Always innovative! Thank you

CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Very nice setting for pre commencement celebration, but service was very slow. Took an hour from seating to getting food.

BH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was wonderful and incredibly accommodating making my husband's 70th birthday celebration very special. The food was phenomenal and noteworthy. Although we were just visiting the Poughkeepsie area, we would make a special trip back to go to this restaurant again. Excellent experience all around.

GJ
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always wonderful and the service is professional yet warm and friendly. Our server, Amanda, was a true delight. On making our next reservation, I would ask to be seated in her section. Add to the equation that the The Would is just two miles from our home, and it makes for a perfect evening with delicious food.

SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice evening! Food was good! Staff were very friendly!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Overall, this was a disappointing Mother’s Day Brunch experience. The woman who called to confirm my reservation was rude. She was caught off guard and unprepared when I asked if they were handicap accessible. She was relieved when I said my 83 year old mother just had difficulty with steps but wasn’t in a wheelchair. The woman who greeted us when we arrived was also rude. Far from welcoming. The buffet selection was poor. The waffles were soft and barely cooked. The pasta had no flavor. The French toast was deep fried bread. I live in Philadelphia and am fortunate to have a wide variety of culinary greatness all around. I visit the Hudson Valley many times through the year and and sadly it is challenging to find just plain good food in a clean and welcoming restaurant. The meal was expensive-which would have been fine if it was deserved. The kicker was having the tip added in to my final bill. And at over 20% no less! For a buffet!! Definitely not returning!!

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a Mother's Day brunch, the food was exceptionally fresh and well cooked. Salmon with dill sauce was moist and delicious. The cronuts were wonderful. Great variety. Service was attentive. Only small complaint is that tea water and coffee were not hot enough.

FP
Sacramento
157 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Would Restaurant is in an interesting location - without GPS, I'm not sure we would have found it (no pun intended.) However, it was well worth the drive, which takes you through a rural neighborhood. We were greeted promptly and seated immediately, and all the staff were friendly and welcoming. The view of the property (a rural inn) would have been charming if it hadn't been raining hard and foggy. Oh, well. Incentive to return again!

The menu has some interesting and unique selections. Unfortunately, our first choices for wine, while on the wine menu, were not available, which was disappointing. We were able to find a wine that worked, however. That was the only off moment in the entire evening. We shared the roasted Brussels sprouts appetizer and it was fantastic, one of the best iterations of that dish I've had. Our group of four finished it and would have licked the plate if we hadn't been out in public. We all ordered different entrees, and then passed them around, and everything was delicious. I especially enjoyed my spatchcocked game hen, something I make at home, which was even better than my own. For dessert, we ordered the lava cake and the maple rum creme brulee. The creme brulee was by far the best dessert. The lava cake was more like a flourless chocolate cake, it had no lava center. It did have a delicious chocolate flavor and smooth, moist texture. The creme brulee had a mild maple rum flavor, and the texture was so light and creamy, we ended up trying to steal the last bits from each other. Delicious.

Our server was a lovely, warm, friendly, and professional man who made us feel welcome and was very patient as we took our time through the meal. We loved this restaurant and will return when we are in the area again.

RS
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The prix fixe dinner at $25 was quite a bargain. Choices were excellent and the food was very good. I didb't care for the creme brulee but the brownie with icecream was excellent. Wine selections were very nice as well. A very enjoyable experience. Looking forward to going there every month.

M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are frequent visitors here and came on a Prix Fix menu night. It was a good meal at a reasonable cost. Thank you as always.

DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a nice restaurant. My family and I went to dinner for my birthday and everyone was impressed with the food. We all had something different and we all agreed that we found a new favorite place to eat! I can’t wait to go back!

KB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed . . . First, the service was friendly, but very inconsistent. When I unfolded my napkin, it was stained and the server didn't come back for the longest time, so I had to take a clean napkin from the table next to us. My husband accidentally spilled his water on the table and over the entire bread basket; the water was blotted off the table, but our water soaked bread was never replaced. Dirty plates and the soggy bread basket sat on the table until we finally asked for them to be removed. The menu said to "be patient" because everything was cooked to order . . . however, everything except my husband's steak was obviously re-heated. Our server confirmed this. Food was very overpriced for the quality. Cappuccino was from a Nespresso machine and was served in a very tiny espresso cup and cost $8!!! The last straw - when we got our bill, we were charged $1 extra for every drink that was ordered "on the rocks!" Will not be back!!

KZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice dinner with some family members not seen in a long time. Very good food and a very good service.

BB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was ok and the restaurant needs to be updated.

MP
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food and service. I ordered a mojito from spring cocktail menu and they went out and found the new mint in the garden to make it.

KZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fabulous! Had a great cocktail before dinner. My vegetarian entree was just perfect, and the whoopie pies for dessert were so fresh and flavorful that I saved half for my morning coffee! Will be back!

EL
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The prix fixe menu is the right amount of food. You will feel satisfied. The sweet pea ravioli was the bomb.

s
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for HVRW. Menu diverse, excellent reasonably creative choices and sides, fun Whoopie pie dessert. Food delicious, well prepared, hot, generous but not ludicrous portions. Service a little overwhelmed but as attentive as possible under the circumstances.
Overall rating reflects the physical setting: dreadful minefield driveway (watch the undercarriage!), no identified stair-free access, uneven floors, lintels more like steps without warning tape or paint.

C
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. Decorations could use a little updating. Their Christmas tree was still up.

MV
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing meal! We came as a group, but we are always treated like welcome friends! One of my fav spots for all types of dining: special occasions, everyday, business meals or holidays! We love The Would!

CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We had a 5:15 reservation.. The restaurant opens at 5. We had 9 people in our party. 7 of us ordered the steak. The waiter came back and said they only had 6?? I had to order something different. On a Saturday night at opening how can you be out of steak that is listed on your menu.
The 6 steaks were all supposed to be cooked the same - Medium well. 2 came back rare!! That really is unacceptable.
Waiter seemed very confused about things and I would expect better service.
Was disappointed considering how much things cost.

CL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely all around ! One of our favorite places in the Hudson Valley.

MO
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly one of the best meals we have had in a very long time! It wasn't crowded since it was a Tuesday evening in the winter, and we were there a bit on the early side (6pm.) We have been there a few times before, usually on special occasions (Valentine's day, Easter Sunday, etc.) This was also a special occasion - my wife's birthday! We won't wait until the next special occasion - everything was fantastic!!!

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