The Horned Dorset Inn

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260 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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The Horned Dorset Inn is the quintessential destination for memorable fine dining and lodging in central New York, serving seasonal, contemporary and classical French cuisine. Chef Wratten combines produce from the restaurant’s own organic gardens with locally produced meats and cheeses. Fish is an affinity for the chef, given 25 years at his signature restaurant in Rincon, Puerto Rico, and vegetarians will delight in his mindful creations. Aaron is an alumnus of “Aureole” under Charlie Palmer and “Restaurant Daniel” under Daniel Boulud. Located in a beautifully restored historical building, in the small town of Leonardsville it has been lovingly managed by the same family for nearly 40 years. Information about accommodations in their gracious Victorian inn and off-premises catering are available on the website or by phone.
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j
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant. Great food ambiance and service. Highly recommend

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a hidden gem that gives one a taste of fine dining, Manhattan-style experience upstate. We look forward to our dinners here every time.

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B
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I knew I was going to an upscale restaurant and therefore pretty much everything had to be top-notch. While the service was outstanding, the ambiance was great, for me, the food was good, not great. And that's really what you go to a great restaurant for.
I've been to some less upscale restaurants where the ambiance may not have been as nice, but services was equal and food was better... and the price was lower.
If you're in the area and don't want to go to far afield, then the Horned Dorset can be an option.

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding; looking forward to our next visit

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MK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Clearly still the class of the area. Every meal is a special one, and the service, presentation, and delivery is always special. Would be double the cost in an urban location....

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S
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Special dinning experience every time!

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Thank you for the wonderful evening and the thoughtful service. Will plan on coming back.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was lovely. The service was personable and attentive without being bothersome. The wine list was well thought out and expansive. And the food was impeccably prepared. The veal with fois gras, peas and egg was divine. Sweetbreads! They have sweetbreads.

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KW
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food... staff... ambience... value... PERFECT. Every morsel is perfect. The Horned Dorset is a PERFECT EXPERIENCE.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can't believe there could be a better nicer place for dinner in upstate NY. All aspects of dinner were perfect. Waite staff and hostess were in touch with the menu and very helpful when ordering.
Honestly the only thing that could have been better was the handicapped access.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful evening!

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CL
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing dining experience . . . food, service, live music was outstanding! Highly recommend. We will be going back again soon!

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s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

In short, had an enjoyable meal in a great environment with great service. Yes it’s pricey but good quality and service usually is. Thank you for a great evening and we will be back ( with friends).

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I went to the Horned Dorset for his birthday, and we overjoyed with our experience! The service, ambience and especially food were amazing. I had the lamb and he had the duck and both dishes were delicious, we also loved the homemade crackers and cheese dish they served us when we first arrived. I would recommend this restaurant to all!!

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S
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Upscale, continental dining. A welcome change from the chain upscale restaurants. The personal greetings, the quiet attention, the excellent cuisine all makes the Horned Dorset a go-to restaurant for a special occasion or merely a special night out.

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W
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent ! The waiter was personable and did a great job. If you live close enough to have a meal here take time to try this place. There is some skill being applied in the kitchen here. Rare to have a meal where every item is perfect. Thanks to all !

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JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One has to travel to New York or Boston for a restaurant experience like Horned Dorset. The dinner was so well paced that I was shocked to find it took two and a half hours. That also speaks to the comfortable chairs! When asked for a wine recommendation, our server recommended a lower priced wine, not trying to pad the bill. The wine turned out to be lovely. If you can afford it, treat yourself and come here. When you consider the time and expense to get to a comparable restaurant outside the area, this is a value!

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

From entry to exit we were treated like treasured guests. This is the pinnacle of fine dining. We sampled liberally from the menu and each course was a delight. I recommend this restaurant to all who appreciate high level cuisine. Thanks to all staff who made this a wonderful evening for my son and I. He was celebrating a Birthday and College graduation.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We go to the Horned Dorset usually four times a year, always an amazing experience. They just know how to go that one step above and beyond just when you think it couldn’t be a better experience

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal. Great food and cocktails. Attentive service.

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NL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Horned Dorset was truly an eating experience. The Mothers Day limited menu had enough choices that I can't imagine deciding from their full menu. Everything was cooked to perfection from the appetizer to dessert! The service was right on spot.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent. The wait staff courteous and attentive. We had duck that was well prepared and did not have the fatty taste it can sometimes have. The decor is calming and comfortable, even on Mother's day one did not feel hurried or crowded.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a special occasion for my partner and me, and the Horned Dorset was the perfect setting to celebrate. It provided us an opportunity to dress up and enjoy some incredible food, served in an informative and delightful manner. Each course was timed perfectly, and we left feeling the perfect amount of full. It is not a restaurant that's in our usual price range, but it was wonderful for this special event.

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k
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual it was elegant, relaxed and delicious!! It was Friday night and they had a combo playing soft jazz. Very enjoyable

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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New menu which was outstanding. Liked the new. Salad and the auxiliary waitstaff was better than last year by far... main waiters were , of course excellent...Take this restaurant to NYC and you couldn’t get a table for at least a month.

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JS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent French food with Mediterranean accents. Nice wine list. Excellent service. Expensive but worth rvrty penny.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a wonderful place. Beautiful setting, delicious food and very attentive staff. We will definitely be back

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g
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In such a beautiful setting, everything has been considered in a kind, thoughtful and creative way. There were many wonderful choices including lamb, sweetbreads, several fish, ramps,and each so beautifully constructed.
Dessert souffles and a gorgeous wine list with very French service add up to our favorite place.
The restaurant and menu are constantly exciting!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience! Food second to none as well as the service. Couldn’t ask for anything more for a special evening

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K
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been coming here for over 25 years....Its always special and always comforting celebrated many happy occasions

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best in our area. Classical French training applied to as much local produce as is grown/available. Well executed and priced wines. Robust cocktails. Charming hostess overseeing very skilled waitstaff . Prices are fully appropriate to the level of goods and services delivered. Nearest true rivals would be in Syracuse or Saratoga Springs.

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EL
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly amazing restaurant, food is out of this world! Great for anniversaries and special occasions. very recommended!

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JH
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about the experience was absolutely wonderful. We came for dinner and stayed the night at the Inn. The food was very creative and exceptionally delicious. Well worth the drive. We were very impressed by the food and the service. Our room at the Inn was delightful as well. The staff were wonderful. I have already recommended this establishment to friends and coworkers. We ordered the lobster bisque, charred octopus, foie gras, halibut, pork and scallops, and yule log. Nothing was what we expected, and every expectation was exceeded.

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MD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another year of outstanding food and service in a perfect atmosphere in a unique setting.

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LQ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful Christmas dinner!!. Service and food excellent. Highly recommended

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m
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we loved it and plan to return as soon as they reopen for the 2019 season

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M
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our third visit to the Horned Dorset, and we have yet to be disappointed. Service is excellent and delivered with panache. The food is largely French; the execution is flawless. Great ambiance, good wine list... The Horned Dorset Inn is not inexpensive, but it’s good value.

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JS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always outstanding. The food is beyond excellent. Small but outstanding wine list. Very professional service. Lovely decor.

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WF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very special place we patronize all too infrequently. Superb food, service and atmosphere.

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SG
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is an elegant restaurant. The service is warm, friendly and superb. our dinners were excellent

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