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“NOT MEMORABLE”
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Pillars Restaurant
Price range: US$0 - US$30
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Stamford, Connecticut
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“NOT MEMORABLE”
Reviewed 17 August 2013

Food is salty and preparation is very basic
Poor presentation
Place is dated, dingy,needs updating
Best food popovers
ROBERT IRVINE TO THE RESCUE PLEASE THE
NICE PEOPLE NEED HELP
WAIT STAFF VERY PLEASANT

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank STEVEN S
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34 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
Canaan,NY
Level 6 Contributor
76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Not bad”
Reviewed 1 June 2013

As a long time resident of the area I must say that the restaurant is no longer up to the standards of yesteryear, but that does not mean that the meal or service does not deserve a try. Service is more than adequate. Wait staff attentive, friendly and prompt. Fixed price menu is at a decent price and the food is good. Will continue to visit this quaint landmark.

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank Joe L
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Albany, New York
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Legacy Lost, Unfortunately”
Reviewed 9 April 2013

Well, it is sad indeed, but The Pillars, once a country destination for Berkshirites and Yorkers who flocked a few extra miles to this quaint carriage-house, a place where the richly experienced owners always delivered excellence, has morphed into an oasis of lost priorities. Not so long ago, a short-notice reservation here would have required the best of luck; the owners were minor celebrities in this area, having earned a reputation for fine Continental dining lovingly built with the many hours of demanding sacrifice which only a certain few who attempt ever grasp. Nowadays, the current ownership (changed hands a few years ago) has trimmed down the menu to a page of standards, and offers separately a three-course prix-fixe limited menu, which is marketed as a bargain feature; it is notable that the former chef would never have found such a scheme necessary. Curiously, such universal menu offerings as a simple whole filet mignon, strip steak, or chicken breast, are glaringly absent. On a recent visit, our foursome found little to like about our entrees. The cocktails and service staff were very nice, and an internet coupon certainly took the edge off the total bill. And while there was nothing overtly wrong, it is sad to report that the food was overcooked, without excitement, without savoriness, without the richness of flavor that is expected at this price point. At regular menu prices, the bill would have been considerably larger than our 100 dollar total for a foursome if not for the discount coupon, plus gratuity. So, we sent nothing back, and we tipped our very nice young waitress at the un-discounted rate, of course; but our foursome agreed that even with the discount coupon, this restaurant isn't worth the trip anymore. I understand it's a tough business, and I wish them luck in getting their bearings, but it won't be at my expense. Chef needs a little more schooling in fresh, seasonal flavors; excellence need not be expensive to produce, if you buy and cook with the seasons. It's also time to give the place a good scrubbing and replace the carpeting; there's a need to make things sparkle again. BTW, the "retired" chef/owner couldn't stay still, and brought his skill set to Mazzeo's Restaurant in Pittsfield, MA (see), where his Continental influences a have notably broadened the scope of that Italian fine dining venue, and notably brightened the faces of Berkshirites and Yorkers who know a good thing when they taste it.

  • Visited April 2013
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4 Thank Wheels R
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“good food, hopeless service”
Reviewed 6 April 2013

The food is almost always good. No matter what order they bring it. It seems the servers don't pay attention, They always bring the popovers at a different time in the meal. One time they managed to forget our salads, when brought to their attention they blamed the other server(not our server). They don't pay attention to drinks, several times have been dry on the entire table (water too!). And if you mention the coffee is cold the manager shows you hers is hot and from the same pot. She gets very defensive, this has happened on different occasions.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Rogbert690
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Kinderhook, New York, United States
1 review
“Tough meat”
Reviewed 2 December 2012

Our steaks,(Prime Rib and Tornadeaus were tough and not as good as usual. We are used to tender meat and good desserts, but were disappointed last night.

Visited December 2012
Helpful?
Thank Marie M
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