The Horned Dorset Inn

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319 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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JB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely meal here for our 41st anniversary. Love going to the Horned Dorset for special occasions. Everything was perfect, as expected. We are never disappointed. Thank you Horned Dorset for a special gourmet dinner!!!

WW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Horned Dorest Inn is a very elegant, charming, dining experience with particular attention given to every detail from greeters to wait staff to food & atmosphere. Crisp white tablecloth, lit candles & seasonal decorations abound every table. Our meals choices consisted of butternut squash soup as a appetizer with individual selections of duck & lamb as entrees. Both dishes were cooked to perfection with perfect portion sizes & beautiful color presentation. A personal happy birthday written in chocolate syrup on the outer side of the dessert plate made for an added touch. Although over an hours ride, we will continue to frequent this one of a kind Inn as we have over the past several years.

MC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have gone to The Dorset many times and are never disappointed. Had the scallops for appetizer, lamb for dinner and souffle for dessert and each was prepared to perfection. This is a gem.

CG
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always exceptional, and there is nothing else like it in Central New York. Once you’ve been there you will never forget it. Also, they offer corkage for a very reasonable price. Go as soon as possible!

MP
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always exceptional. I'd go more often if it wasn't almost an hour away from where I live.

EM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best places I have been. The staff could not have been more amazing, the setting is so special and the food was super yummy on top of that.

Would come over and over again. I live in Brooklyn and we drive up to Cooperstown every fall, always make the 45 minute drive to enjoy a dinner here!

E
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the Horned Dorset! We came 35 years ago and came back last year and found it unchanged. We plan on coming every year. The Gravlax was perfect as was the rack of lamb. We had the soufflé for dessert. A perfect meal!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful evening. Server very knowledgeable and eager to explain our menu. Chefs wife was so lovely . Enjoyed our e e I guess and would definitely come again .

t
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Comfortable, cozy setting in antique INN.
Welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff.
Impeccable, well-choreographed service.
Delicious and inventive food options
One suggestion -- would have preferred more vegetarian (non fish) options for one of my table-mates or perhaps an offer from the staff to accommodate food allergies or special requests.

We will return, I am certain.

JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The entire experience was fabulous! The best food, ambience and service!

h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb, and the musicians playing jazz were an added pleasure.

PM
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Elegant and an exceptional dining experience! Second to none! A dining must!

JH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience...awesome food...impeccable service....a perfect evening!

GF
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice surprise for spoiled Brooklyn foodies. Food was top tier even by NYC standards. We were up for parents weekend at Colgate. Very limited options for a special dinner in the area and well worth the scenic 25 minute backroad drive from Hamilton. (After dark or if weather bad easy to detour via Rts 8, 20 and 12b). Service was well-schooled. Food was timely. Old inn is charming. Prices were consistent with the quality - fair, not cheap but not exorbitant. Will definitely return.

W
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely and special restaurant. Pretty interior. Sophisticated menus for rural setting. Service very friendly and I had wonderful venison dish.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall fantastic anniversary dinner. The owner is always very hospitable and always makes for a wonderful evening. Def worth the drive!

JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious gourmet meal with impeccable service. A must try!

LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Well satisfied as always , best place for a special occasion

SM
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always amazing from start to finish. Excellent, savory food, fab presentation, and a delightful atmosphere. An experience I love.

ML
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been dining here for the last 25 years. It is just perfect!

TS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about the dining experience was excellent. As always.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best meal I have had in a long time!
The attention to every detail of the preparation and presentation was completely noticed and appreciated.
The service was delightful.
Loved our tour of the building: we are antique and architecture aficionados.
Our wine was lovely.
The “Happy Anniversary” dessert platter was so thoughtful.
Can not wait to come again!
I grew up in Clinton and Senora Wratten was my Spanish teacher.
Thank you
Amy Knoeller

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A perfect spot for our 22 anniversary. Unbelievable menu, preparation, presentation and entire staff was obviously trained to the "T" and focused on making the experience unforgettable...loved it.

G
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dining at the Horned Dorset Friday is always a special treat. The food is unique, service is formal executed perfectly and the musicians make the ambiance pleasurable. Worth the trip!

SZ
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Upon entering until leaving a wonderful experience. Very welcoming staff. The food was beyond great. This meal tops any we have had in the past. No small portions as experienced at other, so called, hi end restaurants. This is dining not eating. A menu large enough for picky eaters to find something. We had a 3 course meal. The soufflé was wonderful. Very expensive but well worth it. A very special experience. Cannot wait to go back!

DK
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I were in the area for a getaway weekend and besides going to The Baseball Hall of Fame, we were looking for other things to do and places to eat. The Horned Dorset came up as a “must try.” It did not disappoint. The food was delicious and fresh, as most is sourced locally and the service and ambience hit just the right note for us, as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. We would definitely go back.

M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I have not been to the Horned Dorset in many years. Our visit last Friday made me think "Why the heck have we not been back?" and What have we been thinking?"
The reservation experience with Open Table App was easy and seamless.
On our arrival, we were warmly and respectfully greeted.
Our cocktails were flawlessly prepared. The martinis arrived in shakers that were poured tableside.
The winelist is large and has something for everyone. Whether a value wine or a splurge, a bottle of a glass. Yeah, they've got it!
Appetizers were 2 Foie Gras with Strawberry flavors and 1 Pasta special...tagliatelle and mushrooms, I think. Spectacular for both!
HD provides you with an included house salad next(not a la carte like the steak houses were now used to!). Fresh and made with produce from their own garden! Simply dressed.
Entrees were 2 orders of 2 Veal Medallions with a farm fresh fried egg and Foie Gras, and Pork prepared 2 ways. Scrumptious!
Our 3rd Diner chose the 4 course small plates- seafood menu: Grav Lox, Scallops, Lobster Bisque en crote and Halibut. All expertly prepared and served...and, by the way, she did NOT go home hungry!
Dessert was a Raspberry Souflee served with creme Inglasse...WHAT?? and a 4 piece tasting. Each and every bite a treat!
The service was unobtrusive, polite and very classy...like it should be in a fine restaurant such as this!
After dinner we chatted with Madeline. She related the rich history of the Horned Dorset and how her family arrived in the area in 1977. We took a tour of the inn and private dining room, as well as the Resident Artists' Gallery. Very cool!
If you haven't been here yet..."What are you waiting for?"
Enjoy!

MD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I've been coming here for 40 years and it is still one of my favorite restaurants in the world.

L
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an outstanding meal at the Horned Dorset. I have several dietary "issues" and the chef went out of his way to accommodate me. The staff was extremely hospitable. From the moment we entered the inn, we were treated as if we were part of the family, although this was our first visit. I had the four course chef selection meal....each part was extraordinary. I can't wait to return.

RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for our anniversary dinner and thoroughly enjoyed the meal the wine and the jazz.

SS
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my wife to The Horned Dorset for her 60th birthday. I wanted to make it very special. The folks and the food at this restaurant did not disappoint. Thank you for a special evening!

a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant in a beautiful location. Food excellent with most helpful and accommodating staff.
For the quality, a bargain compared to similar restaurants in large cities.

KK
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Horned Dorset was memorable in every way. What a treat to dine in the beautiful space—a rare experience to be treasured!

GT
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always outstanding in every respect. I love this place

GT
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been coming here for six or seven years when I go to the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. It is consistence in its excellence

DM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and good service. Unexpected in such a remote location. We have been before and will certainly return. A plus is having a nice room a few steps away.
We love to stop here on the way to Glimmerglass for the terrific food.
Highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My family and I love the food and adore the staff!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb in every way!!!!

J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Horned Dorset was perhaps the best dining experience I've had thus far, so much so that the selfish part of me wants to keep it a secret! However the good part of me prevails, and thus wants to express gratitude for the wonderful memory. The Horned Dorset Inn is a hidden gem out in the open on Rt 8 in rural New York State, nestled among farmlands and similar small towns. The story of its origin is sweet and too long to mention here, but suffice it to say that the love that has gone into its creation is obvious from the moment one enters to the moment they leave. Our first visit was 35 years ago when we were first married and we finally returned to celebrate our anniversary to find that the owners and staff have maintained the same high level of quality that we recall from our first visit. The Horned Dorset is gaining a reputation as an artist in residence colony several months of the year. Accomodations at the Inn are comfortable and beautifully furnished. We will not wait another 35 years for a third visit to be sure!

AS
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Recommend with reservations.
Should have been a solid 5 star. The elegance of the Horned Dorset is noteworthy. The signature cheese and crackers started off the meal well. The salad was novel and excellent. The duck confit and breast was done perfectly with and interesting array of accompaniments. The lamb chops tasted very good, but were overdone; medium well instead of rare. That kind of error occurs, but what downgraded the whole experience was the lack of the wait staff's checking back to find out if all was to out liking. That did not occur until after some of it was eaten and the duck finished. The waiter was trying to make amends, but did not succeed. The owner should have checked in with us, but didn't. Our dessert was given to us on the house, but the lamb dish should have been removed from the cost. All of this because no one checked back. Dessert was very good.

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