Thomas Henkelmann - Homestead Inn

4.8
851 Reviews
$50 and over
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlanR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from all the staff - friendly and courteous, wine waiter also good, and food was delicious. Really liked the atmosphere too. A lovely place for dinner where you want to enjoy conversation with guests.

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vipCarole
Phoenix
81 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the very finest restaurants in the area and it is always a wonderful opportunity to savor its cuisine. Little changes here but for the menu to reflect seasons and add specials. We were a table of four and we had no duplicates in our ordering. For appetizers the sweetbreads were beautifully dine, the salad fresh and well dressed, birth the special gazpacho and the tomato soup with semolina dumplings excellent as well. We each enjoyed a family orate entree: duck, lamb ribs, salmon and steak. The accompaniments to each dish were carefully prepared. Two desserts sufficed and both excellent. Service is always spectacular here with a personable waitstaff. We were I rushed and enjoyed our post Covid reunion with old friends for four hours as we talked and enjoyed our suctions repast. Expensive, yes, but worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch!

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vipTakemeout
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the tristate area!!

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vipLeRicain
Cleveland
34 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite European fine dining meal in all regards.

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JmaesM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible experience as always never fails to exceed expectations

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Emmy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Excellent food, on-point wait staff, with an old-school feel. Recommend for any special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding!

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vipDiscontented1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always come here for anniversary. Another wonderful experience.

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Franco
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful. Experience great. Service Amazing food. Went for a Romantic dinner and was so pleased. With everything the staff is amazing . so caring and warm. Amazing !!!!!

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vipHansL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful time at Henkelmann! Thomas and his team are a true class act, best restaurant in CT!

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great overall experience. The service and food were impeccable!

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WesL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for! The service, the food and the ambiance are all top tier.

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Disappointed
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

While Henkelmann's has always been a local Greenwich favorite for over half a century, the food quality last night was a notch below its usual impeccable standards. We had never heard of "Vienna" oysters from Massachusetts, and while creamy and briny, the amount of grit and sand inside made us concerned that they weren't adequately washed. The special duck breast was unusually tough and gamey. The ambiance and service was outstanding, as usual, and without hovering or fawning, which can be off-putting.

The mandatory mask rule when not seated at a table was surprising, considering these restrictions have been lifted in CT for all vaccinated people. The only persons at risk are those who choose not to be vaccinated.

We will undoubtedly come back, but hope this helps Henkelmann's to bring their meal standards back up to perfection!

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Westporter
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is prepared just right and the accompaniments on the entree were well paired with the proteins; sauces were nuanced and well executed. A bit more finesse in plating and a bit more imagination in the offerings and I'd have given it 5 stars. But the restaurant is a bit of a treasure simply because it's a trip backward to a more elegant, hushed dining experience. Not many places like this around anymore. The clientele mostly harks back to an older time too.

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roxy
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

While there was nothing terribly wrong about our meal at Thomas Henkelmann, we expected more. First of all, we hung in the lobby waiting for someone to take us to our table. People came and went, yet it was a while before the right person showed up. Then, we were seated for a good 10 minutes or more before a member of the waitstaff came to our table. We had to suggest that we would like cocktails, which seemed to take a bit too long to appear. The menu appeared tired. Why would you serve Long Island duckling with apples and cranberries in May? There should have been a different preparation offered for the season or the dish should have been retired until the fall. The best of our three appetizers was the sweetbreads. The others, while just fine, seemed to be lacking in exciting flavor. Same with the main courses, which I am damning with faint praise -- they were fine and nothing more. For the cost of this meal, we expected flavors to sing. Somehow, it seemed like the menu needed an update as did the kitchen staff. This unexciting meal was a disappointment. We had been expecting much, much more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful

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MattM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine long-time restaurant that's hard to find these days whereby the combination of excellent food is served warmly and professionally in a lovely setting.

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peterk
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of the best in Fairfield always a superb, memorable dining experience.

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vipThomas
Naples
32 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy to return to Thomas Henkelmann after the pandemic. The ambience is outstanding, rooms segregated into seating arrangements that allow quiet conversation without feeling isolated. The staff maintains the atmosphere of serenity, presenting menus and servings with elegance and dignity. The wait staff are all people of experience, and their quiet, deferential attention to detail is unmatched. The food? Astonishing. Last night, my wife and I started with pea soup (with generous lashings of bacon and croutons applied at the table). She then had an incredible halibut dish. I had duck breast moulard on a bed of potato puree, with morel mushrooms and a mushroom sauce. It was delectable. Dessert was a chocolate soufflé with a melted chocolate center, candied pistachios with white chocolate shavings and pistachio ice cream. Our server, Luis, was always available and solicitous, keeping the wine and water glasses filled. But we never had a sense of being rushed. The evening made us feel like treasured friends, rather than customers. I must say that this is, in my opinion, the finest dining experience in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, and holds up very well against the best restaurants in Manhattan.

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charlesc
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super. Great service, food and ambiance.

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vipVALERIEP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thomas Henklemann has been my/our go to celebratory place for over 20 years. Anniversarys, holidays, birthdays every year. We even had our wedding dinner here 5 years ago. The marvelous food, the professional caring staff and the ambiance are always the best! The new patio is both inviting and one we will enjoy all season.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mother’s day

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vipCie123
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful Mother's Day dinner, as we do every year.

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Regine123
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is fabulous from the bar service to the food and wine Stuart, we were very pleased. The food was delicious and served in good ambiance, we will certainly return.

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greenwichcd
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as usual, even on a busy Mother’s Day!

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PeterO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great meal and a wonderful experience for my wife and I.

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vipfoodie23
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great celebratory dinner. Everything was great- food, service & ambience. Servers were great and I will return again.

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Ajd1
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a terrific meal and great service amidst a magical setting.

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vipbob888
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned here on a busy Saturday night. As usual, every aspect of dining was superb. We felt we were the only ones in the room - seeing the waiter at the appropriate times and otherwise never seeing him so we could engage in our conversations uninterrupted. The food was perfectly prepared and seasonal - soft shell crabs were tasty and the serving was generous.

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Dave
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. As good a diner as I have had anywhere

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a top notch experience when we come here. We dined here tonight as an early Mother’s Day celebration and every single thing was flawlessly executed from the food to the service. We always immensely enjoy our meal and can’t wait to come back. Thank you so much.

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CaroleL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of five enjoyed an array of selections ad all were delicious. And the drinks are good too.

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vipPES50
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. The service was wonderful and the food was excellent. A class act. Not cheap but frankly not as expensive as I thought it would be. A keeper.

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JoseR
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service! Great experience. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a genuine French cuisine experience

CW
vipCaseyW
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience5

We arrived on time and were seated promptly. After that we became invisible. It was nearly twenty minutes before our drinks order was taken by someone who was clearly not our server. We’ve been to Homestead many time in the past fifty years and this was a very puzzling misstep on their part.

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vipPhilA
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive, but a really charming, wonderful place for a special occasion

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vipannei
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thomas Henkelmann has been our go-to special occasion restaurant. The service is always warm yet elegant and the food is fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience. Our first time dining indoors since March of last year. Everything felt oddly normal despite all safety measures. Great service, great food. Having pre-dinner drinks on the balcony was also very enjoyable.

JC
JimC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a very special place. Food is extraordinary and serve exemplary.

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Thomas Henkelmann - Homestead Inn is rated 4.8 stars by 851 OpenTable diners.

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