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“We expected more.”
Review of Pumpkin Hill

Pumpkin Hill
Ranked #3 of 8 Restaurants in Aurora
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Fresh Local Produce and Wines with a beautiful view in an 1820s farmhouse.
Reviewed 21 August 2008

We had high expectations about the place after reading so many other reader comments. The setting and outdoor views were very nice. The menus bold. My wife had the ‘TV Dinner’, I had the ‘Asian Taj’, our son the chicken pot pie. My ‘Asian Taj’ is supposed to be a melding of Asian and ‘modern’ fusion. But it was thai noodles accompanied with what tasted like primavera (cream-based) sauce. Huh? Asians are mostly lactose-intolerant. I would not have ordered it the description had indicated a cream-based sauce. The TV Dinner is served with rabbit ears for effect, and that night it was a beef burgundy type dish. My wife liked it but could not eat the stewed/steamed vegetables it came with. My son’s chicken pot pie was the best of the three. We also had the crab dough appetizers, very good. Service was excellent. Price was cheap for the setting and thus the 'Above Average' rating, we paid $65 + tip for the 3 meals + appetizer, no alcohol.

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Reviewed 5 August 2008

A Sunday brunch at the Pumpkin Hill near the little town of Aurora, New York was one of the highlights of our mini-family reunion weekend in NY. The old farmhouse located on a picturesque field is immaculately cared for and the attention to detail inside the restaurant is superb. As we walked by the white picket fence surrounding a beautiful lawn and flower beds we knew were in for a treat. Although the restaurant was full we were greeted in a welcoming manner and asked if we would like to sit on the porch and since we were a bit pressed for time we consented. The day was overcast and squally so we were immediately furnished warm fleece blankets to wrap our shoulders or legs. The menus were printed on cloth attached to a wooden board. The variety of selections was very good and the friendly waiter told us of the breakfast brunch items available. The food was served promptly and was pleasingly presented in unique manner, for example the salad was placed in a small metal collander. Every bite was delicious and very reasonably priced. In the days of mass produced chain restaurants the Pumpkin Hill is a wonderful home-like place with refreshing atmosphere, excellent friendly service and scrumptious food. I definitely recommend this place and wished I lived closer and could return again and again.

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Reviewed 4 August 2008

Excellent food with good, pleasant service in a rustic setting far above Cayuga lake. Old farmhouse was moved to its present location and food is served in either the main diningroom or in smaller more private rooms (originally rooms of the framhouse) or on the rear patio in season. Parking on gravel areas on the east and south sides. Warm rolls server in a small collander. Excellent homemade Chicken Pot Pies with HUGE chunks of chicken plus carrots and peas in a cream sauce with a pastry top garnished with a fresh sprig of rosemary from an herb garden out back. Salmon over pollenta with baby asparagus (yum) both for lunch were fresh, tasty and very satisfying. Local wines: Long Point Resiling, great choice - slightly sweet and very fruity great choice to accompany both dishes. Homey deserts - We tried no flour, triple chocolate cake (like chocolate decadance) served warm with whipped cream -- good but not exceptional.

We originally started off at Macenzie-Childs shop for ceramic tableware and had planned on going to the Aurora Inn for lunch -- they had plumbing problems and had closed so we asked for suggestions and they directed us here. Great alternative!! Very pleased.

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Reviewed 24 March 2008

We are a family of 4 and went back to Aurora to show our little boy the place where he was born (Auburn). We are personal friends with the execute chef of the Pumkin Hill, and I can tell u by experience that her cooking is one of the greatest i have ever tasted. The atmosphere of the restaurant is friendly and you will feel at home and among family and friends, because that's how they'll treat u. I'm looking forward to go back this summer (2008) and enjoy a beautiful stay and see some good friends.

Thank AlexaBronx_NY
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Reviewed 9 September 2007

This is just about the sweetest little place you can imagine, next best thing to visiting your Grandparents in the countryside. Set in the midst of a cornfield and overlooking Cayuga Lake, you have a choice of homelike inside rooms or delightful porches. The food has always been excellent, reasonably-priced and abundant--for example, the "small" salads are spectacular and sufficient for two normal appetites. The menu is wide, everything from quiche and salad combos, great burgers, to full dinner plates, plus a wide range of Finger Lakes wines and always one or two local craft draft beers on tap.

Two warnings: hours are seasonal and unpredictable, and no reservations taken, so be sure to call ahead for the latest information. And go soon--the owners apparently hope to start a vineyard, at which point prices will doubtless zoom.

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