Thomas Henkelmann - Homestead Inn

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636 reviews
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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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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived early and wanted to have a drink at the bar. The matre d seemed annoyed but the bartender asley made us feel welcome and the drinks were excellent. The place is gorgeous spotless and clean. We were seated quite close to another table so we wound up spending most of our dinner chatting with the other table. I didn’t see that we could wine by the glass so we chose half bottle which was nice but limited options. Food was very good service excellent if not a bit stuffy. Overall we would go back. This type of dining experience is quickly disappearing and soon I fear this will too will disappear to become the dining of old times...where men wore jackets and the experience is what it is meant to be an experience not just eating dinner.

SN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Our server, George, was professional and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding.

IC
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, never disappointed. I think the service is great, the food sublime - I just really enjoy it. Can't wait to go back.

NL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a truly beautiful restaurant
The good was beyond compare & the service flawless.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect atmosphere for an intimate dinner

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most delicious dinner this week. The service, the food, the ambience is always amazing. It’s a favorite special occasion dinner. If I could, I’d eat here every evening.

T
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding! Trio food gras, oysters, lobster bisque, duck breast, lamb chops, lobster over fettuccine, chocolate soufflé. What more can I say? Every bite is one you will savor.

PH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the very best restaurant in Fairfield County and beyond. Fabulous food and service.

YL
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! I will be back again!!!!!!!

GO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well done !

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience celebrating our anniversary! This is definitely a special, traditional place. The wait staff is on point and attentive, yet respectful (not interrupting your conversation).

LF
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was average at best. Rack of lamb was fatty and flavorless, duck was dry, and service inconsistent

MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great beautifully presented tasty food. Great service, very special ambience

SD
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant all around.
Best in Connecticut.
Highly recommended

HF
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A simply outstanding experience, as always!!! What a great evening with wonderful friends this was. The Homestead is truly second to none. It is a combination of various perfections - food, service, ambiance, all of it is just beyond any other place in town or elsewhere. The team understands to make you feel like royalty. The moment you steer your car into the driveway, the magic starts to take place. A warm and hearty welcome from the valet followed by the warm smile from Axley, the bartender. The dining room is so cozy and comfortable. There is just no way one would not feel amazingly well being in this environment.
The service is first class - quiet, anticipating and classically stylish but also quite entertaining if the guest desires it. They know how to anticipate on a member’s wishes. Once the food symphony begins, it is first an optical delight, due to the fascinating plate presentation of each and every dish, but then each and every bite is just a miniature trip to heaven. Thomas Henkelmann is a master of his trade and calling this ‘fine dining’ is a complete understatement. This is culinary art at its absolute best. An excursion that makes you aware about the capability and actual existence of ALL of your taste buds. In a world where top performance is an unheard-of term, dining at the Homestead erases all of that and puts perfection and nothing-left-to-imagination back in place.
This time I enjoyed this experience with two very dear friends and we all agreed that everything was above and beyond.
Given the comfort and ambiance of the Inn and getting seduced to have an after dinner drink in one of the leather armchairs in the bar, time literally stands still and the desire to just stay in one of the beautiful guest rooms is growing with each sip. A true dream come true. One thing is certain... We will be back...

CD
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites and our first choice to celebrate our anniversary

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and great atmosphere. We sat out in the glass enclosed porch and it was perfect.

RC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Excellent

RF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, presentation and quality were all excellent. The setting is outstanding

WG
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and elegant!!! Quiet and romantic. It was everything I expected and wanted for a special birthday dinner/celebration.

EJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fun anniversary with delicious food and great service in historic inn.

K
Oklahoma City
27 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed a very good meal in a quiet atmosphere, where wait staff showed courtesy and helpful service.

PA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had one of the best meals and experiences we’ve ever had.
Whether in the U.S. or elsewhere (we travel extensively), this was one of the best dinners we’ve had.
We were never rushed, service was impeccable, and the food was delicious.
We would recommend it to anyone.

C
Phoenix
68 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t been her for several years, but when my husband’s big 80 birthday was on the horizon, I made reservations. He is a good cook himself and appreciates find food. He remarked that his sweetbread dish was the best he has ever had, and he loved his veal wrapped in prosciutto. My dinner was equally delicious! For dessert we shared the beautifully prepared tarte takin. Service was impeccable, food unparalleled, and presentation always done with care. Thank you for this lovely afternoon!

OT
Munich
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding

WI
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant for special occasions or just a delicious meal. The personal service matches the exquisite food.

KJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Wanting to try Thomas Henkelmann for a while, we finally went on a quiet Wednesday evening. The service was as expected, Magnificent. The food, uninspired, not cooked properly, NOT Relais and Chateaux!!

s
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It may have been a special place at one time, but I can think of dozens of better restaurants in the area. Not to mention the average age of the clientele may have been 75-80 years old.

B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our dinner very much. Waiters and staff all made our visit memorable and special.

I
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

As always the food was outstanding (we both had the Dover sole which we loved).

However the service was NOT up to par:
* Our waiter came to take our drink order, after someone else had already done that;
* When he came to take our food and order same story;
* Same story for our dessert order;
* Finally, I had to flag down another member of staff to get our final check.

This was all in all a disappointing note and not reflective of our other visits and certainly not up to the high standards of this wonderful restaurant.

OT
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was great, as always. TH is the reliable choice for special occasions as it never disappoints. The setting is just right (comfortable chairs, spacious seating, etc.) to spend an evening with family, friends or clients.

IC
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to this restaurant. I have never been disappointed. The food, service everything about it is excellent. I can't recommend it highly enough.

B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thomas Henkelmann is outstanding. We go there for special occasions and sometimes just to enjoy the food and service and ambiance.
At first we were seated by a very loud table. We asked to be moved and without hesitation, we were placed at a nice quiet table.
It happened to be our 50th anniversary and they surprised us with a candle and "Happyy Aniversary" written on the plate.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best high end dining in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Sophisticated food and service without pretension. Utterly delightful.

JS
Central Coast
44 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn’t been to the restaurant for several years but this experience was just as good as we remembered from previous visits. The service is impeccable from the moment you drive up. Our appetizers were the salmon combination and the crispy lobster triangle. Both were excellent. My wife had a soft shell crab special for her entree and I had the rack of lamb. Both our plates were completely clean when we finished. The rack of lamb was cooked to perfection. We shared a dessert which closed out the meal quite well. The prices are pretty steep but the quality of the food , the ambiance of the restaurant, and the dining experience itself make it worth the cost. We will return sooner this time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Overpriced for mediocre service and food. It took 15 minutes for them to run our bill. No refill on water or checkin while we waited. Sort of typical of New England - cold personality-style snooty place with unfriendly vibe. The winter-blues seem

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service and ambiance

JD
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant . The place to go to celebrate our anniversary. The food and staff all wonderful.

D
Nagoya
77 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant... everything perfect... highly recommend

JS
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Service was outstanding. We sat in the outer room, which is like an enclosed porch, overlooking the stunning gardens. Love this place!!

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