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“Dinner disappointed me”
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Squire Tarbox
Ranked #2 of 4 Wiscasset B&B and Inns
Reviewed 27 June 2006

I rated this review as OK even thought it wasn't but then again, it wasn't terrible. My wife and I go to Maine each year and usually go just to the lobster places. We absolutely love Maine lobster and the Yarmouth/Freeport and Boothbay Harbor area is the best place we’ve found to get them. This year, I though I'd treat my wife to a really good "sit down classy” dinner and by the way they advertised themselves on their website, I thought we would have a great experience with dinner at Squire Tarbox. The website said owner/chef "has over 30 years of culinary experience behind him” so I thought we would be in for quite a treat.

We did get a good greeting upon arrival and we ate out on the screened in deck which was very nicely set up. Our first thought was that the lady seating us was the owner but later found out she wasn't. She said that everyone who has had the lamb says it's the best they ever had. It was my wife’s choice and I don't know where these other people dine at, but my wife gets lamb like this everywhere we eat at home. Don't get me wrong, she said it was excellent but just the same as she gets everywhere else where we live. Maybe we're just lucky having good restaurants in our local area. I selected the "Twin Filet Mignon” as my entree. I was really expecting too much to eat because the lady said they don't believe in giving those tiny and small portions some restaurants now serve. I selected a bottle of red wine to help me savor the flavor of my "twin" filets. My onion soup appetizer was served in a small bowl that was slightly bigger than a cup with hardly any cheese on top. I do see from a prior review that someone 3 years ago did get “incredible French onion soup” but unfortunately, I didn’t. My wife got the salad which they grew locally and it was very good. When I order a Filet Mignon locally, I get a piece of meat at least 2" thick and in a real steak place, it’s even thicker than that. For the “Twin” Filet, Squire Tarbox charges $38 which includes appetizer, dessert and coffee - I'm pretty sure it was the most expensive entree. The 2 pieces of meat served me were each about 1/2" thick. Putting them together wouldn’t make my definition of a Filet Mignon. Even though it was smaller than expected, I thought it should still taste good. I’m afraid mine didn’t. The knives on the table weren't serrated and while my wife managed using hers on the lamb, I had to work pretty good with basically a butter knife to cut mine. Finally I just took out my Swiss army knife and used it to cut this particular chewy and flavorless piece of meat. They forgot to bring my wife the mint jelly normally (at least where we live) served with lamb and at a nearby table, forgot to leave the anchovies off a dish as was requested

When presented with the bill, a 15% gratuity was automatically added which I thought was quite tacky. The chef did come to our table to ask how our meal was. Not to get any more upset than I was, I let my wife answer singly about her meal. Not that it’s a big deal but I see another site gives the restroom a rating of 5 out of 5. There is no “real” restroom for the dining area unless you’re staying there and then you would use your room. When I asked about where the restroom was, I had to wait while it was asked if it was OK if I used what appeared to be the restroom for the kitchen. It had personal articles there including toothbrushes by the vanity. It made me feel like I was imposing.

My wine choice was excellent but this is not something I’d want to do again. It could be that if I selected another entree I might have enjoyed it.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 22 October 2005

We stayed here for one night on our way back to Boston and although we liked the place, we felt that it didn't quite offer the warm hospitality that we had experienced elsewhere. For instance, the owner made a point of saying hello to all the guests individually pre-dinner, but overlooked my husband and I. In hindsight, this could have possibly been because we were sitting with an older couple that he may have presumed were our parents, but even so, it didn't impress us at the time.

However, aside from this gaff, we found the rest of the stay enjoyable.

The building itself was attractive with lots of period features, although these were somewhat obscured by the overwhelming amount of objects and dried flowers on display. A little less clutter and flounce would have made this place truly special.

The grounds were some of the best we had come across with lots of interesting nooks and crannies - a lake and rowing boat for guests' use, a goatshed complete with friendly goats, a garden and barn. Great for exploring.

Food was top-notch. Expertly prepared by the Swiss owner/chef and served well.

As someone else mentions, on paying the bill, the automatic gratuity did sour the departure somewhat. As it was, we were happy to tip the waitress as she did a great job, but I think that bonuses should be left to the guest's discretion and never assumed.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Reviewed 27 August 2005

We stayed here overnight on 13/8/05 - it was only a one night stopover which turned into one of the best nights of our 6 week trip to the US. The owners couldn't do more to welcome you and the food in the restaurant was all superb, cooked by the swiss owner/chef. You really felt like you were staying in someone's own home and were a very honoured guest at that. From the welcoming cheese and biscuits and cookies on arrival, right through the 5 star dinner and breakfast the next day, this place could not be faulted. The rural location was lovely and we loved the hens and goats too. The inn was one of the highlights of our Maine stay and we cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Reviewed 17 August 2005

Cute old farm with a european flair. Public rooms and sleeping rooms are small and seem cluttered however they are quaint and clean. The amenties in the room include a locally made tube of toothpaste which is nice. A lot of the food for which the inn is known for comes straight from the garden. However, real foodies will note inconsistencies such as it not being explained to us that the entree price included an appetizer and dessert. The butter tasted like it had been frozen and the shrimp in the shrimp entree was without flavor. The inn keepers are professional yet NOT warm and fuzzy. Our stay of one night was pleasant yet not worthy of a return trip. The automatic gratuity on the entire bill was an unpleasant surprise. An automatic $30 dollar gratuity for a one night stay on the final bill was a surprise and not a practice at the other inns we stayed at along the Maine coast! A gratuity for the service received at dinner, we expected but NOT on the total of the bill! After all, no one offered to show us to our room or help us carry our luggage up a steep flight of stairs. Breakfast was very good.

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Reviewed 25 September 2003

If you are seeking a quiet experience with incredible food and an attention to detail, this inn is wonderful. We called on the spur of the moment and had to take one of the smaller rooms, but even this room had everything we needed. It was thoughtfully arranged and had chocolate on the pillows, bottled water, and nice toiletries. The inn is located on several acres, has lovely landscaping, a path through a meadow and wood to a peaceful saltwater marsh, complete with a small screened deck for relaxation and viewing.

In addition to the lovely surroundings, the food was superb. The owner is a Swiss chef. The dinner was a European experience, beginning with drinks and goat cheese appetizers on the beautiful screened porch. We read the menu and ordered meals while on the porch and then were called to our table when our meal was ready to be served. We enjoyed incredible French onion soup, an entree of veal, and lovely deserts.

Breakfasts were equally good, with a buffet arrangement of fruits, breads, cereals, and yoghurt followed by ordering one of two tempting hot dishes. The chef's egg dishes were extremely light and fluffy.

The overall experience was super. Don't miss a visit to the small but high quality pottery at the edge of the property.

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Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2014
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  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: 1181 Main Rd, Westport Island, Wiscasset, ME 04578-3501
Region: United States > Maine > Mid Coast Maine > Wiscasset
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Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Wiscasset
Price Range: £150 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Squire Tarbox 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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