The Horned Dorset Inn

4.9
291 reviews
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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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MD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
81 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding in every respect. I love this place

GT
New York Area
81 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
Miami
8 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.

DJ
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our favorite place for a wonderful dinner. The ambience, service and quality of food is impeccable.

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and had been planning to go here for a long time. The service and food were outstanding. A bit out of the way, but worth the drive.

SS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening where everything was perfect. It’s been too long since we’ve been at the Horned Dorset and are reminded that we should come much more often.

DC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mimi family reunion.

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m
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Horned Dorset is hands down is our favorite place to eat. Food is fabulous - the opening hot cheese sauce and crackers is SO good and gets you in the mood for great entrees to come. The service is unparalleled... all in a lovely relaxing atmosphere - often with perfectly modulated music in the dining room. Could not be better. We look forward to every one of our evenings there.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Hidden gem. A trip is worth it. Found it on our trip to Glimmerglass ...will return

JC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Spectacular!!! The Horned Dorsett Inn lives on with great admiration by all of us.

CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a erasure this place is. Everything was outstanding- the freshest, high quality foods expertly and creatively prepared.

HM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit The Dorset twice per year and it is such a treat! The food is always excellent, well seasoned and includes seasonal veggies from their garden! The French touches always make me long for Paris. The owners are warm and inviting and you can really tell they take pride in the food as well as welcoming patrons to their restaurant. Enjoy an amazing cocktail (The Aviator is amazing!) in their library upstairs with the complimentary warm cheese and house made crackers...it's our favorite part!

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to celebrate special occasions or just to enjoy a fabulous meal anytime. Thank you for making us feel appreciated . Our waiter was patient as I had several questions.

MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting.

US
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything lovely

NS
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, delicious food, excellent service and great atmosphere - a perfect evening. We truly enjoy dinner at The Horned Dorset whenever we visit from STL.

SS
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The Horned Dorset is an iconic upstate restaurant but it failed to live up to its reputation on our last two visits. The building itself is magnificent and it was an incredible labor of love to create this fabulous restaurant and hotel out of pieces of local estates and mansions. Our most recent meal started with drinks and the famous Horned Dorset dip (greasy but delicious). Our first appetizer was sweetbreads, which we loved at The Canalside, but these were rubbery and lacked any flavor. I had Coquilles St.- Jacques (the scallop, not to be confused with the preparation!!), which were tasty and accompanied by a delicious cauliflower pancake. They were slightly underdone and only 2 and a half scallops?! The salad course, which had not been mentioned by our server, was leaf lettuce with a dollop of cole slaw on top, an odd combination, My husband's filet was overcooked-how does that happen at a restaurant of this caliber? My fish was dry but had good flavors. It was accompanied by braised endive-I love endive, but braised endive does nothing to make a plate look appetizing. We ordered a bottle of white wine which was not chilled-room temperature white wines?-really?! We tried ice creams for dessert-good but not outstanding.
Great ambience-go have a cocktail or two and enjoy the beautiful architectural details. Better yet, go have a cocktail on a Friday night when Carleton Clay and Rich Mollin are making beautiful music at The Horned Dorset.

IG
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The food was great and so was the service. My wife and I had an enjoyable evening.

TD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious and the service was impeccable. We highly recommend this dining experience.

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere, food and service was exceptional. It is a wonderful surprise in the middle of Upstate, New York.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our night at the Horned Dorset was lovely. Excellent service. Wonderful drinks and food. We had the best night. We love this restaurant and would highly recommend. Owners and workers are incredibly personable and make you feel very welcome. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice night out in upstate NY.

j
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
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.

MD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening, great food, great people, great location. One of my favorite restaurants. Something special.

B
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
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.

S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
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....

S
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special dinning experience every time!

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.

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.

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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