The Dining Room at the Mayflower Inn & Spa
Seared Day Boat Scallops
castelfranco radicchio, chorizo d'espana manila clams, fingerling potatoes
Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb
whole grain mustard sptzle, broccoli romanesco, grilled scallion, parmesan cheese
Wild King Salmon
spiced carrots, braised artichokes, snap peas
I was incredibly disappointed in my experience at Mayflower Inn & Spa. When I made the reservation for myself and 2 friends, we were super excited to eat at this restaurant. We were in town from NYC, and we've all been to Chumley's and Gotham Bar and Grill before and were excited to again try Chef Victoria Blamey's food. We had looked at the menu, and had multiple things in mind to try however when we sat down we were give a QR code menu that was pre-fix, extremely limited in selection and extraordinarily expensive for what it was. I'm allergic to shellfish, so that limited the already limited selection that was presented on the menu but all in all, for 3 courses, it's hard to justify $130 before drinks, tax, and tip when one item was a green salad with vinaigrette.
All in all the food was average, but i think my biggest disappointment was the lack of awareness as a customer that the menu was going to be pre-fix prior to my dining there. I went back and looked at my reservation, as well as the Mayflower Inn & Spa's website to see if in fact, I had missed that disclaimer but it was nowhere to be found. I almost felt suckered into staying there, not wanting to get up soon after sitting down and causing a scene. That said, I wish that's exactly what I had done. To clarify, I'm most certainly NOT saying the meal was bad, but it was average at best given the selections I was presented (dessert was bad. It was on the menu as a creme brûlée but tasted like whip cream on top of berries in a martini glass) and for the astronomical price of $130 for a 3 course meal sans drinks, tax, and tip. I would not recommend it unless you know with certainty that you can order a la cart and I would definitely not go back.
I hesitated writing this review because the Manager graciously comped our dinner after being informed of the issues we experienced but I feel compelled to do so.
We arrived at the Inn and were seated promptly. We were approached by two separate waiters and asked what type of water we would like. We informed the first that we wanted sparkling water with limes. We told the second waiter we had already ordered water. The water arrived without the limes. We then were approached by two different waiters asking if we would like any drinks. We ordered from the first waiter and told the second waiter we had already ordered. The menu, a fixed menu at $130 for three courses plus drinks and gratuities, was limited but we found appetizers and entrees that were acceptable. Before receiving our appetizers a waiter, not ours, came to our tables with two entrees; not ours. He wandered off looking for which table the entrees were for. We subsequently made the first of three requests for bread. After I received no response I left our table, went to the exit door from the kitchen and asked the first person exiting the kitchen for bread. Our waiter delivered a small basket of bread approximately 15 minutes later. Our appetizers and entrees eventually arrived. At this point our waiter apparently became focused on other tables. Another person came to our table to clear the dishes. She took an order for coffee and, as a third course, the cheese plate. Our coffee arrived but the cheese plates did not despite multiple requests. I finally gave up and, based on an inability to obtain my check from anyone, I called the Inn’s main number from my table using my cellphone and requested my check. We were then approached by a waitress who was serving other tables who apologized for our experience and told us the manager had comped our dinner. As we were leaving our table our waiter finally arrived with our cheese plates. We said “Enough, we are out of here!” and left.
We have been to the restaurant before so we were looking forward to a great experience. When we arrived we were told that they only offered a 3 course prix fixe menu. The menu was extremely limited and we were not aware of this when we checked out menu on Open Table. Very disappointed !! Ambiance and wait staff were excellent
Had the 3 course tasting menu for dinner with chef-in-resident Victoria Blamey and the food and drinks were phenomenal. Bold and balanced flavors. Slow roasted tomatoes w burrata, ceviche scallops, squash blossom w peekytoe crab, pork cheek vindaloo, lamb chops. She's there til Sept 7 so go while you still can!
Sat outside on deck. Beautiful grounds.
This was an exceptionally good meal for an Inn restaurant. The dining room was pleasant and quiet. I had a delicious sunchoke soup and a very fine quail dish. Both were extremely flavorful.
Impeccable from start to finish! Perfect anniversary dinner.
Overall very good experience. If the Foie Gras appetizer had not been too close to frozen the evaluation would have been higher.
Everything about this experience was incredible. The setting, staff, service and food was a delight.
Perfect place for celebration, date and special occasion
Unfortunately we were the last to be seated 1/2 hour late the only saving grace was they took off 1/2 the club still disappointed was not there for a bargin
Had to wait over an hour for our table. It was Christmas Day and they had clearly overbooked. Paid a lot for an ok meal and service was slow,
A lovely restaurant. Service is warm and gracious, room is pretty, noise level is fine, and food is excellent. They were accommodating to specific requests and breakfast as well as dinner was excellent. Would go back in a second.
Amazing food. I told the waiter that if I won the lotto I would be back to steal the chef ! Wish I could eat here every night.
We enjoyed a lovely meal on Thanksgiving Day. The menu was very good, with both traditional and inventive flavors. The staff did a great job as always!
We had oysters appetizer and the lobster risotto main for Thanksgiving dinner. Both items we're excellent. Service was excellent as always - the reservations/front desk young ladies (Shanna and ????) are great ambassadors for the Inn.
We're going back for a dinner in there next couple of weeks - and we live 43 miles away.
Lovely surroundings enhance any meal here. New owners will appreciate how much nicer the dining staff is.
We had a FANTASTIC evening!! The service was spectacular and the food....just wow!! We were celebrating a birthday and our exceptional waiter informed us our amazing pumpkin creme brulee was compliments of the restaurant. Thank for helping make our evening that much more special.
Elegant setting, outstanding cuisine, fine wine list. Service, while professional, could be a little more organized. Our primary server was supported by various others which at times resulted in having to ask for the primary server to come to our table. At other times we were asked the same question by multiple support servers. Feeling that you need to manage the service personally is not something one should expect at a very high end restaurant.
The setting is beautiful, the decor a nice fall arrangement, there were 3 different people giving us service, but the food quite honestly was just so-so. I had the wild salmon, which was overcooked and dry with no seasonings. And the bread is brought on a tray with 4 selections, which is awesome, but 9nce you pick what you want, they move on with the tray and you have to request more if you want more or want to try a new selection. Just put them in a basket and leave it in the table! At the prices they charge, a few extra slices of bread won't break the bank.
Everything was perfect. From a drink in the bar with the bartender Orlando. He was knowledgeable and friendly. From there the dinner was very good and the service from Peter was impeccable. We finished with a drink on the heated back porch while we listened to live piano music. The evening couldn't have been any better.
Both service and food was off. Noticed several tables around us having the same issues.
The food was excellent. There was confusing over the bottle of wine we order and the service was slow. But, the server was very gracious. Beautiful grounds to walk around.
Excellent ambiance, service and cuisine. Outstanding dining experience in every way!
Excellent service, nice ambiance, very small portions.
Beautiful place! Excellent service. Went for brunch everyone was happy with their meal.
We went to dinner, expecting a great meal. I ordered the tasting menu, and my husband ordered a la carte. We were not thrilled with the food. It’s as though the new chef is trying to make each dish so fancy that they lose focus of what has been ordered. For example, my husband’s foie gras was surrounded by barely ripe figs and sauce with just a tiny piece of foie. His agnolotti entree order was tiny. My scallop Crudo had so much garnish and spices that I could not taste the fresh scallop (yes, just one) at all.
No longer worth the cost.
In two words, our dining experience was VERY DISAPPOINTING. While the initial level of service was appropriate for a high level restaurant, service rapidly declined after our appetizers were served. Our entrees arrived but the mushroom side ordered to accompany our main courses did not. When I pointed this out I was told that the side would be coming; it did, after we completed eating our entrees. I sent the mushrooms back. When the entrees arrived we asked for a glass of wine for my wife and a Martini for me. My wife’s wine arrived; my Martini did not. After waiting a considerable period of time, I advised one of the four service people involved in our dinner to cancel the Martini. (This was very much a “Who’s on first” scenario.) We were then asked by another server if we would like coffee or desert. Based on our poor experience to that point, I declined both and asked for our check. Another server came to our table while we were waiting for our check stating that the Martini was prepared and asked if I would like it delivered to our room. We were not staying at the Inn; we are locals.
This should NOT occur at a Relais Chateau establishment. I had hoped the the Mayflower Inn was returning to its past level of dining excellence; unfortunately, it still has a long way to go!
Best burger and fries I have ever had! And the breads exceptional as well. Waitstaff, especially Matt and Jeff, top notch.
We have been going to the Mayflower Inn for special occasions for over 20 years. Our most recent visit will be our last. It’s was over 40 minutes between our starter and entree. I asked where our food was twice and the second time was told it was being plated. Ten minutes later the food showed up and my rack of lamb appeared grayish in color and was very tough and rubbery on the outside and rare in the center. Clearly something went wrong and I expressed my disappointment with the meal and did not eat it. The waiter had no explanation for what happened to our food and was not concerned with our dissatisfaction or offered to substitute something else. When one is paying what they charge for the portions they serve, the service and quality should match the prices.
This is a refined and nice place for a friendly dinner. The room is quiet enough for conversation, the ambiance is very pleasant and the staff was friendly, efficient and not overpowering. Three of us had a duck appetizer which was outstanding and one person had a beet salad which was very nice. For entrees three of us had a lobster risotto and one had rack of lamb. The rack of lamb was nicely done and well presented. The lobster risotto consisted of the body and tail of a lobster out of the shell on top of the risotto. Unfortunately the risotto was basically tasteless and could not be recommended.
They are trying hard and the place is much improved from what it was under former ownership. At this price level there is nearby competition to which they do not quite measure up. Perhaps we will try again and see if a different entree will allow us to upgrade our review.
For those who knew the old Mayflower Inn, it has returned to its previous status...beautiful setting, outstanding service, excellent food item selections tastefully prepared. For those who have yet to experience the Mayflower, it is clearly time to go!
I was very happy with our choice to celebrate my 50th brithday at the Mayflower Inn. We sat outside on the deck overlooking the gardens. A really very special setting. It was a gorgeous evening. The service was impeccable and friendly. The food was delicious. Of course, it is expensive and portions are not huge, but as you expect for fine dining experience and it was plenty for us. It was SO beautiful and serene that I don't want to save visits for only special occasions and will plan on coming by more often to have drinks and appetizers on deck, in the cozy bar or on the side veranda. I am happy we live close enough to come more often. It would be a great place to meet a friend for a drink and some conversation, even if you don't have time or budget for a full meal.
It was a party of 2 and the service was extremely slow. We had a 7:30 reservation and were done with our meal at10:15.
Outstanding in every way. We experienced the Mayflower Inn of old. Great setting, outstanding food and professional/attentive service. The menu includes a wide variety of offerings which should meet the food choices of most.
Beautiful place to go for a special occasion. Grounds are lovely. Very attentive service. Pricey but worth it.
For the second time, we have had a confirmed reservation in the Dining Room (confirmed both via Open Table AND confirmation calls from the Mayflower Inn & Spa), only to be told upon arrival that we are in the Tap Room, which has a different bar menu and does not overlook the Mayflower's beautiful gardens. The first time (Thanksgiving), I let this slide. This past Sunday (Mothers' Day), however, I said something to the hostess. She was very unapologetic, saying that the Mayflower is presently "down a Reservationist...[such that] there have been many kinks." She told me that I should have known that my 10:00 a.m. seating time would be in the the Tap Room (how, I am not sure, as I spoke directly with someone at the Mayflower to confirm my 10:00 a.m. Mothers' Day brunch reservation IN THE DINING ROOM), because "Holiday brunches do not begin seating until 11:00." For many years, every person at the Mayflower could be relied upon to provide unparalleled levels of service. Everyone went above and beyond. Within the past year or two, this seems to have changed drastically for the worse. I hope I am wrong, as the Mayflower has forever been one of my and my family's favorite grand old country inns, which are seemingly becoming rare in the U.S.
I booked A table for lunch on Easter Sunday. It turned out to be a price fixed partial buffet which wasn’t mentioned when I booked. They tried to seat us right near the buffet which would have been very unpleasant. We were then, not very nicely given another table, very small and very uncomfortable wooden chairs next to a family with very unruly children, many children I might say.
The food was mediocre at best and not at all worth $125 per person before tax, tip and there wasn’t even a glass of Champagne included.
Best French toast I’ve ever had. Service was also stellar but it was pricey.
Frankie is fantastic!
The Dining Room at the Mayflower Inn & Spa wird von 128 OpenTable‑Gästen mit 4.4 Sternen bewertet.
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