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Crabtree's Kittle House Restaurant & Inn
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Ranked #2 of 23 Restaurants in Chappaqua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$50
Cuisines: American, International
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Good for: Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Route 117 and Kittle Road
Transit: Harlem Line Metro North from Grand Central to either the Chappaqua or Mt. Kisco Stations. Five minute taxi ride - taxi's available at both stations.
Description: In its history that spans more than 200 years, the Kittle House's timber frame has held many things: a guesthouse, prohibition-era roadhouse, school, inn, and restaurant. The stately Kittle House began humbly in 1790 as a barn on Ivy Hill Farm. The Kittle family named the eponymous barn in the 1880s, when they took over the farm and renamed the future restaurant and inn The Kittle Barn and Carriage House. In 1890, Moses Taylor V purchased the farm and surrounding 500 acres to raise his prize cattle, renaming it Annandale Farm. Following Taylor's death in 1928, the Kittle House began to develop its livelier reputation as a roadhouse. In 1931 the Kittle House took on a primmer role as the Noble School for Girls. Unsuccessful, the school closed after five years, and thus the Kittle House tradition as a restaurant and inn began. Lawrence Farms EastIn 1931 The Kittle House thrived as The Lawrence Farms Inn. The Westchester Playhouse, located on the adjacent property of what is now the Mt. Kisco Country Club, was in its prime. The birthplace of many illustrious careers, the Inn often played host to famous, and soon-to-be-famous, actors, including a young Henry Fonda, Margaret Sullavan and Talullah Bankhead. In 1949 the Inn was sold to William Carlson, who shortened the name to "The Kittle House." Since 1981, the Kittle House has been owned and operated by the Crabtree family, who has returned the House to its former glory through extensive renovations and enhancements, including the beautification of the grounds, the expansion of the Atrium Dining Room, and the transformation of the former stables into an award-winning wine cellar. The most recent and exciting changes at Crabtree's Kittle House include a striking redesign by Christan P. Arkay-Leliever of KMS Team. With a mindful use of ecological materials and thoughtful attention to detail, the House exudes a quiet elegance, befitting its charmed past.
South of Boston
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5 reviews
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“home away from home”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

I have been coming to the local Chappaqua area for business since 2005. I stay at the Kittle House every chance I get. I love the cozy atmosphere of this old Inn! Every item on the dining room menu is a memorable gem. Tonight I had a beet salad with goat cheese ($12), beet puree and pistachio vinaigrette, followed by swordfish with spinach ($37). I'm sorry I don't remember how the swordfish was cooked. It was so delicious, I ate it too fast! They have a world-class wine cellar and Lisa, their knowledgeable sommelier was available if I had any questions. but for me their Cambria Chardonnay was well-suited for both courses. Also love the veggie burger ($16) from the "tap room" menu and my husband often gets the cheese burger. Both come with salad or fries.

The staff is top-notch, very friendly, and tend to remember you even if you don't come in very often.

Truly the Kittle House had spoiled me for any other restaurant. It is very convenient that they are also an Inn. Who wants to drive home after such a nice evening? :)

I highly recommend the Kittle House.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
Orlando, Florida
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Still pleasant despite its shortcomings!”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

Given that there is not a glut of good restaurants in this part of Westchester, the Kittle House is a lovely old inn in a pleasant setting that remains a pleasant venue for a family gathering, despite some of its shortcomings. Service it definitely hit or miss, and we were served by multiple servers throughout the meal, with no server in particular seeming to have responsibility for our table. As this was an unhurried family gathering, we didn't particularly mind!

Our meals, while unexceptional, were perfectly acceptable, although my skate wing was a little on the oily side. A good wine list with some interesting choices and very pleasant atmosphere keep this Chappaqua staple on the list.

  • Visited September 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Always a wonderful experience!”
Reviewed 24 September 2013 via mobile

We are very fortunate to be in the same town as this exquisite place. Over the years, we have dined here countless times and it is always a wonderful experience. I have also had private parties here and everything from the decor to the food to the service to the wine selection always creates a perfect evening. Thank you to the owner John Crabtree and to his team for ensuring that no matter how busy they are they always ensure we are greeted and taken care of...Kittle House is worth the trip even from NYC for a wonderful experience!

  • Visited April 2013
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New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Summer setting is great”
Reviewed 21 August 2013 via mobile

Good place for food. I enjoyed their reasonably priced but quite tasty fixed menù. Wine selection is impressive and it is easy to go with one of their recommended wines. Cambria Pinot Noire is good and inexpensive. What I really enjoyed on a warm Summer evening was the welcoming outdoors, the large open windows and the feeling of living in another time. Combined with good food, this makes this a nice experience.

  • Visited August 2013
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Scarsdale, New York
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“Crabtree Tree Kittle offers very little!”
Reviewed 28 July 2013

We went to this restaurant with another couple, their choice. We ate in Amy's garden so the setting was lovely on a cooler summer night. The service was nonexistent. The food was okay, not anything to rave about, the only thing great was the bread which we had to ask for and a small chocolate truffle served with chocolate chip cookies. Would not go back, nothing special I don't care who goes there, it is about the food!

  • Visited July 2013
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