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“A lovely experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Athlone Inn - CLOSED

The Athlone Inn
Price range: US$1 - US$152
Cuisines: French, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Lansdowne, Canada
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157 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“A lovely experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

The first thing you notice is the warmth of the dining room. The decorations and ambiance are lovely. The wait staff are very professional and charming. The menu is imaginative without being overwhelming. The wine/drink menu is compact yet complete. Good martinis are served. In addition to full entrees, they offer three smaller main courses.

For starters our table had the scallops, the daily soup and the tomato compote salad. Beautiful presentation and excellently prepared.

For mains we had the shepherds pie (small plate) and two of us ordered the lamb. Again, beautifully presented and expertly prepared. The pie was somewhat over salted but nonetheless very good. The lamb was exceptional. Two very generous chops served with lovely gnocchi and reductions.

We only ordered one dessert and it had recently been added to the menu. The name escapes me but it was lemon based. The presentation was exceptional.

Watch the salt but otherwise enjoy the best dining experience between Ottawa and Toronto.

Visited April 2014
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3 Thank John G
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Canada
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229 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
“Outstanding restaurant, almost perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

Living 15 minutes away from this restaurant, I'm not sure why it took us so long to eventually try it. But we were glad we did.

We were warmly received by the hostess/co-owner, Miranda. The space and ambiance were inviting and smart. The staff were all enthusiastic and helpful. The menu is ambitious and appealing. Service was prompt, particularly considering that they were quite busy that night.

I had their escargot ragout as a starter and it was wonderful. There were snails, pearl onions, lardons and mushrooms in a delicious meat reduction. My partner had a tomato chèvre salad which was perfectly dressed and made you forget they were February tomatoes.

For my main course I ordered the pickerel. The fish was perfectly grilled with a slight smokey taste. It came with a rösti potato, celeriac salad and creamed spinach. I found the celeriac to be over salted, and I like salt, but ate it all. The creamed spinach was under-seasoned and was more like a spinach bechamel. But the overall impression was of a beautifully presented plate with generally delicious, imaginative food.

My partner had their filet mignon. Although ordered medium rare, it arrived medium. It is still a tasty, tender cut. It came with slightly heavy onion rings and mashed potatoes. Everything could have been a bit hotter. They were very busy.

For dessert we shared a piece of their ginger cheesecake. It was beautifully presented. We had difficulty detecting the ginger, but it was very delicious. It's a mousse cheesecake not baked.

All in all, it was a lovely experience which we look forward to repeating. They definitely have a skilled kitchen.

Visited February 2014
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Gananoque, Canada
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Just the Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

Went for a Valentine's day dinner with my Wife and another couple. Miranda and Jason and there staff are just the best, right from the point when we made our reservation (Miranda remembered we prefer a time later in the evening). They always have very attentive staff, and the food is never a disappointment. Jason does have a flair when it comes to presentation. Already looking forward to the next visit.

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank Goo_foodnwine
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Kingston, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Charming town inn”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

Elegant selections at good prices. A personal touch is found everywhere and the service was intimate and kind even when busy. The look of the place and plating was a nice surprise that made for a nice experience. I tried a few new things, soup was a slight "miss" from perfect but still good but desert was astoundingly plated! I'd suggest to stick to things you know you like for the first visit. The other clientele seemed genial and happy to be there.

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Thank Blarneycloud
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Stittsville
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“wonderful meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

My husband and I went to the Athlone to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. I chose this restaurant because it was rated No. 1 on Trip Advisor. We both enjoyed our meal. My husband had salmon and I had the pork tenderloin medallions. Both delicious. We would go again.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank MichelleStittsville
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