Thomas Henkelmann - Homestead Inn

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$50 and over
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Contemporary French
Master Chef Thomas Henkelmann provides a memorable experience with his signature Contemporary French cuisine, seasonal menus, impeccable service and sophisticated atmosphere. Award-winning wine list of depth, breadth and complexity. Welcoming bar, Drinks Room with fireplace, lovely verandah and terrace overlook manicured gardens for summer cocktails. Award-winning wine list. Two private dining rooms available for special occasions, The Gallery for up to 30 persons or The Chestnut Room can seat up to 14. The restaurant is located in Homestead Inn, a luxury boutique hotel in Relais & Chateaux with 18 chambers in Manor House or Carriage House. Available for exclusive use of restaurant and rooms. Separate Cottage Boardroom for executive meetings of up to 18 persons.
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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A very special place… If it weren’t so expensive I’d go more often :-)

J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu choices were great particularly the sweetbreads. Perfect location for an elegant birthday dinner.

SC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a very nice place to have an enjoyable dinner.

PB
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Classic old school high end expensive food with a nice wine list.

t
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxed and yet beautifully refined. Playful staff, yet very professional. Homerun!

g
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fresh and excellently prepared. Service was attentive but not overly so. Ambience was very nice, though I suspect the Spring time would be better when the garden is in bloom. It was not cheap, but it was excellent, and will return.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, perfect location for a business meeting or celebration

TH
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and ambience. Except for one appetizser all food was very good. Service outstanding

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very professional- a 1st class operation- staff is so professional- warm, cordial engaging. Ashley, Humberto, Pierre are excellent hosts. Food was excellent. The best restaurant in the area-- yes even much better that Blue Hill (over rated) and on a level with X2O
Highly recommend for very special occasions.

AK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 49th Anniversary. Everything was perfect; beautiful place, very good food and great service. The desserts in particular were outstanding.

JO
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting, the cuisine, the ambiance, the service was exceptional

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service was atrocious, server apologetic but ineffective. We were seated for at least 15 mins. before we were offered a drink, and server recited specials before we even got menus ( we were told the menus were “around the corner” - were we supposed to find them ourselves?). Took probably another 15 mins. to get our drinks, they ran out of “rack of lamb” ( a regular menu item not a special) and a reorder of drinks took another 20 mins. This is a high end well established restaurant, we expect impeccable service.....

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It is a bit tired. I have been there a few times over the years and always the same menu, but also it just looks tired. It needs to be refreshed. And the menu is a throwback to the 1970s and has not changed across the times I have been there. Rather heavy food, very reminiscent of the 70s and 80s. It just needs to be revitalized and refreshed and could do with an infusion of new ideas in the menu. A bit disappointing really.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been there in years. Will go back again. Loved the grilled calamari and the seasonal Nantucket scallops were perfect. Well worth the $$$$

MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service terrible. Food good but not outstanding. Very disappointing.

B
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding cuisine, service and ambience

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always - great experience. Astley the bartender of 20 years rocks!

T
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Perfection is the goal at this restaurant and they reach it. A one-of-a-kind experience!

PW
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience, excellent and attentive service, and outstanding food.
A perfect setting for our family getting together over the holidays.

R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was surprised that the rack of lamb was tough, but prepared as requested medium and still pink. The sauce with the lamb had separated. Overall this was a disappointment.
But the desert was sensational, cream, raspberry sorbet, merangue. Delicious!
It might have been an off night, so I would still recommend it to my friends.

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An upscale evening in a charming location carefully watched over by Andy Warhol and Deborah Harry. Outside of the posh clientele and service there is a sense of another vibe, a more rebellious undertone if you will, creating a more comfortable atmosphere. The Fois gras was rich and subtle at the same time . Our Entrees were perfectly prepared and plated. The pheasant was especially succulent and I highly recommend it. Our meal was incredibly enjoyable up until this point. The praline Buche de Noel left us flat and slightly disappointed with its lack of texture variation and discernible flavor separations. Sweet tooth aside we had a truly lovely evening and were very well treated. I highly recommend the Homestead Inn for a charming meal on a date or as a social evening among friends or colleagues.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finest restaurant in Connecticut. Always excellent food and the service is first class. You are welcomed
as soon as you step into the entry way and the warmth of the staff is with you your entire meal. The food is superb. I had asparagus soup this last visit and it surpassed my favorite soup at Guy Savoy in Paris. The restaurant is always a treat and always enjoyed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We just loved everything about the whole experience. We have been there many times over the years and even though there are years in between , we always have an awesome meal with a delightful staff in an elegant setting.

RA
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Totally professional service. Delicious food. Comprehensive and fairly priced wine list. An expensive dinner but at least you feel it’s worth it

J
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always consistent and delicious. Old world charm. Excellent.

p
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always charming, relaxing and sophisticated. Unique to our area, we hope it lasts forever. Fine food presented in a artistical fashion by an attentive wait staff. Superlative ambiance makes for an relaxing evening.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What more can I say?? it was superb! I had the pheasant and enjoyed every bite.

SH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annual Christmas luncheon with friends from New York! The food is delicious , the service impeccable and the ambiance enchanting. Christmas is on display in all its grandeur in colors, lights, ornaments, garland and special Noel desserts. An afternoon we cherish.

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decorated very pretty for the holiday. The food and service was great. The wait staff very friendly. Nice size portion for lunch. Would definitely go again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully accommodating. Superb service. Exquisite food. A very special evening- especially during the holiday season. Never disappoints.

TS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is the most wonderful place for a Christmas lunch. Excellent service and a real treat!

ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I have been going to Thomas Henkelmann's twice a year for the last six years. If we lived closer, we'd be there much more often. Simply put, it is a spectacular experience all around. In the summer, we have cocktails on their beautiful veranda and in December we bring our Aunt for a combined birthday-Christmas meal because the space is decked out in the most festive holiday decor. Go early to enjoy a drink at their lovely bar. The menu is surprisingly large for such a place--many choices and always exquisite specials. My husband raves about their sweetbreads and my favorite--their duck--is one of their specialties. We have brought family and friends with us and no one--not once--ate anything they would describe as just 'good'. In fact, the typical response is, 'This is the best *** I have ever eaten.' We look forward to our next dining experience! Thank you to all the chefs, hosts, servers, and other staff.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful lunch and the service was superb. The holiday decor and fireplace makes this a really great experience during the holidays

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, superior service. Knowledgeable waitstaff. Superior meal

L
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The driveway and stair rail were still icy from snow the night before. Our table next to the box where menus were stored...noisy as they were removed and replaced. The menus themselves no longer elegant..visually crowded. Rolls ordinary...and not warm. Soups delicious. My lobster salad...an old standby...was good but not the elegant eye appeal of former times. No Sancerre by the glass...only a Chardonnay. I had, instead, a pleasant but very very light rose.
Altogether disappointing.

MZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to the entire staff for making our Birthday Celebration truly memorable ! The food was fantastic and the service impeccable ! Much gratitude. A beautifully decorated festive and cozy setting !

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To celebrate a big wedding anniversary with friends. We’ve been patrons for 40 years! The staff, food and decor can’t be beat, especially in today’s minimum decor restaurants. Henkelmann’s is warm and eloquent without the unnecessary glitz; it’s special no matter if the experience is for a casual lunch or a celebratory meal.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute treat! Thank you for maintaining the highest standards.

IC
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Thomas Henkelmann, I think it is a lovely restaurant from the ambiance to the food which is always exceptional to the service, which is always very good. All the staff are so nice and welcoming and I cannot recommend it enough.

I think it is outstanding, can't wait to go back.

LP
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect dining experience at Thomas Henkelmann last Thursday evening.
The Inn was warm and beautifully appointed, the maitre d’ personally greeted us and led us to our table. My Bay scallops were delicate and beautifully presented and my husband’s veal was cooked perfectly. Our server was cordial and professional, attentive to our experience. What a great setting for a special dinner.

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