Thomas Henkelmann - Homestead Inn

4.7
610 reviews
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Contemporary French
Master Chef Thomas Henkelmann provides a memorable experience with his signature Contemporary French cuisine, seasonal menus, impeccable service and sophisticated atmosphere. Award-winning wine list of depth, breadth and complexity. Welcoming bar, Drinks Room with fireplace, lovely verandah and terrace overlook manicured gardens for summer cocktails. Award-winning wine list.

Two private dining rooms available for special occasions, The Gallery for up to 30 persons or The Chestnut Room can seat up to 14.

The restaurant is located in Homestead Inn, a luxury boutique hotel in Relais & Chateaux with 18 chambers in Manor House or Carriage House. Available for exclusive use of restaurant and rooms. Separate Cottage Boardroom for executive meetings of up to 18 persons.
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KJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Wanting to try Thomas Henkelmann for a while, we finally went on a quiet Wednesday evening. The service was as expected, Magnificent. The food, uninspired, not cooked properly, NOT Relais and Chateaux!!

s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It may have been a special place at one time, but I can think of dozens of better restaurants in the area. Not to mention the average age of the clientele may have been 75-80 years old.

B
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our dinner very much. Waiters and staff all made our visit memorable and special.

I
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

As always the food was outstanding (we both had the Dover sole which we loved).

However the service was NOT up to par:
* Our waiter came to take our drink order, after someone else had already done that;
* When he came to take our food and order same story;
* Same story for our dessert order;
* Finally, I had to flag down another member of staff to get our final check.

This was all in all a disappointing note and not reflective of our other visits and certainly not up to the high standards of this wonderful restaurant.

OT
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was great, as always. TH is the reliable choice for special occasions as it never disappoints. The setting is just right (comfortable chairs, spacious seating, etc.) to spend an evening with family, friends or clients.

IC
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to this restaurant. I have never been disappointed. The food, service everything about it is excellent. I can't recommend it highly enough.

B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thomas Henkelmann is outstanding. We go there for special occasions and sometimes just to enjoy the food and service and ambiance.
At first we were seated by a very loud table. We asked to be moved and without hesitation, we were placed at a nice quiet table.
It happened to be our 50th anniversary and they surprised us with a candle and "Happyy Aniversary" written on the plate.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best high end dining in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Sophisticated food and service without pretension. Utterly delightful.

JS
Central Coast
43 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t been to the restaurant for several years but this experience was just as good as we remembered from previous visits. The service is impeccable from the moment you drive up. Our appetizers were the salmon combination and the crispy lobster triangle. Both were excellent. My wife had a soft shell crab special for her entree and I had the rack of lamb. Both our plates were completely clean when we finished. The rack of lamb was cooked to perfection. We shared a dessert which closed out the meal quite well. The prices are pretty steep but the quality of the food , the ambiance of the restaurant, and the dining experience itself make it worth the cost. We will return sooner this time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Overpriced for mediocre service and food. It took 15 minutes for them to run our bill. No refill on water or checkin while we waited. Sort of typical of New England - cold personality-style snooty place with unfriendly vibe. The winter-blues seem

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and ambiance

JD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant . The place to go to celebrate our anniversary. The food and staff all wonderful.

D
Nagoya
71 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant... everything perfect... highly recommend

JS
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Service was outstanding. We sat in the outer room, which is like an enclosed porch, overlooking the stunning gardens. Love this place!!

GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service always excellent and the food outstanding.

BB
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale dining with excellent refined service. From arrival to departure staff very attentive.

DB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My only concern regarding my last visit is that for that kind of dinner it should last longer than -1 hour. Food came out too quickly between appetizers and main course

p
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated in an the porch on the right which was fully occupied. It was very noisy with10 people talking.

For these prices, I would have appreciated being seated on the left porch where there was plenty of room.

THE EXCESSIVE NOISE LEVEL FROM OTHER PATRONS DID NOT MAKE THIS AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE. I COULD HARDLY HEAR MY DAUGHTER OR WIFE SPEAK DUE TO NOISE AND LAUGHTER.

NEXT TIME PLEASE SIT ME IN A QUIET AREA AS I HAD REQUESTED.

I NOTED IT WAS OUR ANNIVERSARY ON THE RESERVATION BUT NO MENTION WAS MADE OF IT.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always consistently fabulous. Pierre and Umberto are treasures to deal with.

AM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular setting, service and food! Always a treat to dine here!

M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding

NC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Formal, yet relaxing atmosphere
Excellent service
Fabulous food
This restaurant is a gem.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful! Been three times and as always, food was fabulous, service delightful. Can’t wait for our next visit.

BG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

A refined setting with classically- and well-prepared dishes. Nothing pushing the culinary boundaries, but very true to traditions and a very fine output on almost each and every plate. A go-to spot when we want good food in an attractive and tranquil setting.
Service is solid, though bread always seems to be offered once, then needs to be requested (a nitpick complaint). And our waiter this time may have been a little bit too relaxed compared to the oldtimers, though never overly intrusive.
We've always come back here because it's consistently good. A we will definitely go back again.

SW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most outstanding meal I have experienced celebrating my best friends wedding anniversary. Everything was done with perfection, starting with Pierre, the Maitre'd, down to every server, and the food was the best ever. I highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience, beautiful setting.

DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, wait staff was excellent, but the deserts....oh the deserts....fantastic. The chef really takes pride in everything he does and it truly shows. Almost forgot to mention the drinks.....done perfectly.

F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

When we arrived for a 6:00 reservation the restaurant was pretty empty. We were ushered into a tiny room which we were the only ones. The main dining room was fairly empty. Then they put a child and parents next to us. For a celebratory dinner and an expensive dinner why we had they had to put people on top of us. I asked the waiter to make sure no "shell fish" was put on my plate as I am allergic. When the Bernaise sauce came for my steak the waiter wanted to take it away because he thought it had shell fish.
The service was fair. The vegetables had no taste - they tasted steamed with no sauce. My sirlion steak was good and that was pretty much what I ate. The french fries did get wet from the wet vegetable. I will not ever go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding food, service and ambiance.
Our go to place for special occasions.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we enjoyed all !! The staff is very attentive . Our meals are always to perfection!! We always look forward to our evening dinners. At this time of the year the garden is blooming. In the fall , winter ( holiday’s ) beautiful! Too

PP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were outstanding.

TC
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great French menu. Expert service.
A classic French Chateaux date night spot.... Jackets preferred

JN
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely spectacular food quality. Started with delectable never before experienced oysters. Halibut flawlessly moist, delicious, flavorful fish on a bed of julienned vegetables which still tasted like another great fish. Dessert was tart, delectable sorbets enhanced with impeccable berries and fruits which I savored with a grand marnier in the rocks. Service was sublime and the building is incredibly romantic at every turn. Finest restaurant experience since Charley Trotter in Chicago. In a word..flawless

CC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thomas Henklemann never disappoints. You're instantly transported to another world. One that's full of incredible tranquility, spectacular food, and a welcoming and attentive staff. Our experiences always exceed our expectations. This is a very special place and we're grateful each and every time we dine with them.

K
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding from drinks on front patio served graciously followed by an outstanding meal for four. Highly recommended!

c
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great French cuisine and attentive wait staff. Always the place to go for an important and not so important celebration!!!

AD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. My mother doesn’t even drink but loved sitting in the bar & outdoor area! We had a floating Mother’s Day meal, as one of my family members is undergoing chemo. The restaurant was so accommodating, without bringing attention to the note I made on our Open Table reservation. On top of that, the food was incredible, as always. Duck is the best I’ve had in a long time. Thank you to this restaurant for a perfect floating Mother’s Day dinner.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We had long anticipated the opportunity to dine at this Relais et Chateaux property and recently visited for luncheon with out-of town visitors. We were utterly charmed by its gardens, sculpture and fanciful and creative decor. Sadly, the food uniformly disappointed, demonstrating little state-of-art culinary flare and a lack of agreeable flavors. We wanted very badly to love this place....perhaps we will try again at the dinner service.

a
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great!! Would definitely recommend to a friend

L
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My three friends and I (all males, well above 70 years old) make a point of getting together once a month, in the tri-state area over an extended lunch. We try out a new restaurant each time. This one is a winner. The weather cooperated and we sat in the verandah, amid a view of fresh spring flowers and the manicured green lawns. Service was pleasant, with discreet smiles all over the place. The meal was just right, down to the details. Pangs of guilt about the chocolate soufflé are still weighing on my conscience. All this plus we could hear ourselves talk, without raising our voices. As I said, a winner...

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