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“Great food, atmosphere, but inexperienced server”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Calistoga Inn

Calistoga Inn
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Ranked #3 of 44 Restaurants in Calistoga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$35
Cuisines: American, Bar, Brew Pub, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cedar St.
Akron, Ohio
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“Great food, atmosphere, but inexperienced server”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

Dined here with two families on our way through wine country. We walked up at dinner time and were seated right away in the 'back yard outside'; essentially an outdoor seating area resembling a picnic set up. This was great for the kids, as they could get out all their energy stored. The menu for adults was quite nice. I had the country paella; this was excellent, prepared fine, bursting with flavor, and just enough of a portion to fill me without letting me over eat. My wife had the steak frites and found it cooked to her specification, tender, and well flavored. Also had the cucumber gazpacho; nice flavor and texture. Of note, the cheese pizza my son ordered was quite high end in cheese quality; he loved it and ate almost the whole thing...well done guys.

My only complaint is that our server was 'new' and was not familiar with many aspects of the menu or did not know if they had certain items (i.e. pickles and shredded cheese for the kids, what all was in the paella, typical preparation of the steaks, characteristics of their beers). There should have been a more experienced staff assisting them if that was the case, because the total delay each time we asked a question and they had to run off and check probably added 20 minutes on our experience.

I would recommend this restaurant for families. Couples and smaller parties appeared to be seated in a different outdoor section near live music, which is nice to have some separation so we didn't have to worry about disturbing others upscale evening. Hopefully, the server will get up to speed or have broader training in the future.

  • Visited June 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Dinner in Bar area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

Very nice hotel bar area, not even sure its still a hotel. We just wanted dinner before heading back to Napa. The dining room looked nice just a bit too nice for us, since we had been biking all day. The outdoor patio had live music, and was very busy. The food was hot, fresh, and good. Nice ambience.

Visited June 2014
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Sacramento, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, reasonable price, excellent service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

Al Von Johnson just happened to be playing there that night. Years ago he played with the Coasters, Jimi Hendrix and later Frank Sinatra. Wonderful musician, played acoustic and sang softly that night, but he can be a wild blues musician. We picked up a few of his CD's afterwards. I was impressed that Calistoga Inn provided his venue that night. It was a bonus to the wonderful dinner outside with all the romantic lighting in the trees and throughout. Great place!

Visited May 2014
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CO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Delicious food in a great setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Food was great and the patio was beautiful. We shared a caesar salad which was good and a prosciutto and fig pizza which was delicious! I would definitely eat here again!!

  • Visited June 2014
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“Wow! Great food, service and ambiance.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

We were lucky enough to be in Calistoga for Memorial Day Weekend. We were only there for three meals yet we couldn't help but do a repeat visit to Calistoga Inn. The outdoor dining is awesome! I had the jerk chicken. The oyster appetizers were fantastic. They have a great wine list and the service was fantastic. I would highly recommend the Calistoga Inn.

  • Visited May 2014
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