Thomas Henkelmann - Homestead Inn
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.
We had a wonderful time. Our server, George, was professional and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding.
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.
This is a truly beautiful restaurant
The good was beyond compare & the service flawless.
Perfect atmosphere for an intimate dinner
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.
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.
This is the very best restaurant in Fairfield County and beyond. Fabulous food and service.
Everything was great! I will be back again!!!!!!!
Well done !
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).
The food was average at best. Rack of lamb was fatty and flavorless, duck was dry, and service inconsistent
Great beautifully presented tasty food. Great service, very special ambience
Fantastic restaurant all around.
Best in Connecticut.
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...
One of our favorites and our first choice to celebrate our anniversary
Excellent meal and great atmosphere. We sat out in the glass enclosed porch and it was perfect.
Service, presentation and quality were all excellent. The setting is outstanding
Beautiful and elegant!!! Quiet and romantic. It was everything I expected and wanted for a special birthday dinner/celebration.
Really fun anniversary with delicious food and great service in historic inn.
My wife and I enjoyed a very good meal in a quiet atmosphere, where wait staff showed courtesy and helpful service.
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.
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!
A wonderful restaurant for special occasions or just a delicious meal. The personal service matches the exquisite food.
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!!
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.
We all enjoyed our dinner very much. Waiters and staff all made our visit memorable and special.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best high end dining in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Sophisticated food and service without pretension. Utterly delightful.
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.
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
Amazing food, service and ambiance
Our favorite restaurant . The place to go to celebrate our anniversary. The food and staff all wonderful.
This is an amazing restaurant... everything perfect... highly recommend
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!!