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“A homey enclave with honest food.”
Review of Inn of the Hawke

Inn of the Hawke
Ranked #14 of 51 Restaurants in Lambertville
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 8 January 2010

I'm amazed that tourists miss this gem, set a few blocks off the main street. A handsome brick Inn, it's warm and inviting. The menu changes nightly and has a solid collection of light and fuller-fare choices. Ingredients are combined in fresh and often unexpected ways showing somebody's got some good cheffing experience. The food tastes honest and not from a purveyor. What we especially like is that there are always a number of vegetarian items -- and not just steamed veggies on a plate. There are thoughtful mixes of different ingredients. Portions are good sized. The large round bar has retained its local clientele even after the smoking ban -- a testament to the restaurant's loyalty and authenticity. The summer outdoor flagstone patio, nicely landscaped with hollies, sycamores and impatiens, is one of the best around.

Service, however, can sometimes be spotty and bartenders can seem more interested in socializing with their friends than serving drinks. And, the decor could use some freshening and cleaning, as "comfy" can come too close to "dumpy."

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Reviewed 18 March 2009

The proprietor who goes by the name of Doreen, made sure that my guests and I had a terrible experience. They advertised an Irish Band for St Patrick's day. And for this reason, primarily, we selected Inn of the Hawke for our St. Patrick's day fête. During our meal, which was fair in quality, the band, Rickety Bridge, which we were throughly enjoying, started packing up to depart.

This was disappointing on several levels, not the least of which was the festive mood being sucked right out of the atmosphere. We were appalled to learn that the manager, Doreen, called off the band because it didn't sound "Irish" enough!! We couldn't disagree more. We were all but singing and dancing along and reveling in what started to feel like a real rollicking St Pats event. The owner was visibly agitated during the performance, while I my friends and other patrons, mouthed the words to familiar Irish songs.

Doreen bore a terrible demeanor and seemed to be sniping at the band as she came barreling through the dining room occasionally, completely oblivious to how engaged, pleased and connected to the festivities everyone seemed to be. We then witnessed and overheard her being rude to some other customers - extremely rude - in front of our table and several of the other patrons. She was neither subtle nor discreet. Her unprofessionalism was striking to say the least.

So, with the music completely stopped, we continued to finish our entrees while watching the band pack up their equipment. I thanked the band for doing a great job and imparted some sympathy for them and for us. We can't express how anti-climatic this came to be as we were left staring at an empty openness in the middle of the dining room.

The emptiness marred the remainder of our dining experience and was a monument of an evening spent in the wrong place. Yes, the food was fine, but we came to celebrate and felt that we were deprived of a more joyous experience, a betrayal of "truth in advertising". Tread here only if you must. My impression is that, while the food is passable, the owner is morally bankrupt, unprofessional, a bullying brute and undeserving of anyone's patronage.

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Reviewed 2 January 2008

Always consistantly good. Great beer selection and local flair.

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Reviewed 7 November 2007

Visited on a Tuesday night in November. One friend and I both had the Chicken Pot Pie, which was excellent; the top pastry crust was light, fluffy, and buttery-- simply to die for. Chicken and vegetables inside were tender and moist. Our companion had a Hawke burger, done just the way he likes them: medium rare means the center is barely warm, but the outside is seared with the tiniest hint of char. He and I each had the Lienenkugel Sunset Wheat beer, which was delicious. The friend had one of the rich 8% beers, but I can't remember which one. The staff were happy to put in an order for the child we had with us, for Chicken Tenders, right as soon as we sat down, so we could keep her quiet as we dined, which was very helpful of them. Prices were good, food quality was excellent. The staff were attentive and friendly without being intrusive. I accidentally left a pair of glasses on our table, and the staff held them for me until I could return to retrieve them, which was helpful, too!

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Reviewed 25 October 2006

Restaurant / PubLocated off the beaten track in Lambertville, this informal neighborhood restaurant offers both relaxing garden patio dining, and cozy fireside dining options. The full service pub serves a dozen excellent choices of beer on tap and offers twenty-five more in bottles. With a new food menu offered weekly and the Old English atmosphere of the pub, locals and tourists alike can't get enough of this place! Open daily. Lunch, dinner, late night menus.

The Inn
This charming Inn features six guestrooms, four of which include private baths. The rooms are lovely and reasonably priced. Each room is uniquely decorated with a charming country touch. The Delaware River town of Lambertville is filled with antique shops, art galleries, local merchant stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. The two sisters that own the Inn are usually found on premises tending to the beautiful patio garden or their own herb garden. They happily accommodate wedding parties, romantic weekend getaways, business trips, or whatever else brings you to town! The Inn of the Hawke offers weekday discount prices and is flexible to every traveler's needs. The Inn also has a full service restaurant and pub to satisfy your palate during your stay in Lambertville.

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