The Horned Dorset Inn

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343 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. True fine dining.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Christmas dinner like no other, a truly memorable experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food service and atmosphere!

FG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy to have such a high quality eating experience in our area. We love Madelena and all the servers.

MM
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was only beat by the incredible service and ambiance. We will definable rely on this venue for our special occasions!!

RP
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very warm and comfortable setting for a special occasion when dining. Food was excellent, wide selection and prepared very well. Service was above and beyond expectations, everyone was pleased with the extra attention provided by the staff during the meal. The Xmas holiday season decorations were very well done and added to the overall atmosphere of the facility. Would certainly recommend this to anyone looking for a special dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Horned Dorset never disappoints. We will be back. Musicians added to the seasonal ambiance. Food was amazing and homemade ice cream creative with unique flavors. We celebrated my husband’s Birthday which was recognized with a special sorbet surrounded by chocolate writing on the plate. Simply love this restaurant, always welcoming owners and staff. Jo Anne & David Wells

CG
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family had a memorable Thanksgiving at The Horned Dorset. We are eager to return to celebrate our next special occasion.

MD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Great food, perfect atmosphere, and great and friendly staff and service.

LF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the special Thanksgiving dinner...it was fantastic. The wait staff was perfect, attentivebut not obtrusive.

We'll definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner

PL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Horned Dorset is an upstate NEW York gem and should be a stop on any afficionado of fine food's itinerary. An elegant, primarily French menu is supplemented daily with a series of special dishes featuring local ingredients and/or unique presentation. When we were there Saturday there was a butternut squash and apple soup, a whole Maine lobster out of the shell and served Portuguese style with mussels and clams in a tomato broth and a main course of veal medallions garnished with fois gras. The special dessert was a blackberry souffle served with a couple of sauces.

The service is impecable, attentive without being overbearing. The wine list is extensive.

We will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an excellent experience.

AU
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was an absolutely wonderful evening. The food was superb. Staff very friendly and accommodating.

A
France
20 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to eat here, and enjoy a quiet and festive evening!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience

K
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful magical place full of 30 years of memories for our family...We continue to enjoy it as if it was our first every time. Theres no restaurant within 100s of miles to compare it to.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. Quality of food and service unequaled anywhere.

L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Horned Dorset is a truly great restaurant - actually not just a great restaurant, but a wonderful experience. Superb food, graciously served, a unique, restful ambience and - in wintertime a warm, welcoming, roaring fire place. This is a complete delight.

MW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place. Beautiful old building, outstanding service, menu, food, presentation and feel. Highly recommended.

HR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem. There are few words that can describe such a fantastic atmosphere, phenomenal food and impeccable service. The owners each came out and introduced themselves and took the time to give us a tour of their beautiful building and second floor art exhibit. A+++

TG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal and service.

PV
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Horned Dorset Was one of the best dining experience that my family and I have had. Its about an hour and 30 minutes from Syracuse new York in an area called Leonardsville . From the moment you walk through the front door you realized your in for a unique experience. Driving through the winding country roads surrounded by farmland you begin to get a sense of the source for there ingredients and as it turns out they actually grow the majority of the produce used in their kitchen. The service is impeccable ! the waiter is very well versed and knowledgeable he not only explains the menu he actually paints a delicious picture of what your dining experience is going to be like. Maddalena the chefs wife is the conductor making sure everyone is hitting the right notes in the dining room....love her French accent. The food is not only good it is exceptional. From the French onion soup , the butternut and apple soup, the fromages, dou de bouf , Poulet roti, the crispy beaded veal, the whole boneless lobster to the soufflé with cherry suuce . Thank you chef Aaron Wratten, see you next year.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience. Attentive service and excellently prepared food. We particularly enjoyed the cheese soufflé that began the meal.

JB
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
20 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

h
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PM
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GF
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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