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“Great Food and Horrible Service”
Review of Longfellows

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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$35
Cuisines: American, International
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Dyer Switch Road
Sparta, New Jersey
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210 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Great Food and Horrible Service”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

Longfellows has great food. This was my first time having dinner here and the food was certainly worthy of 5 stars. The service was so bad they can consider themselves fortunate to get 4 stars and not just 3. We had a dinner reservation for 4 people on a Saturday night. When we arrived they did not have the reservation. Eventually they found it but had it for the previous night on Friday. This was their error as the reservation was asked for the Saturday. They did tell us they would find us a table if we would wait so we went to the bar. The bar area is really nice and the servers there were very good. We ordered a bottle of wine and some drinks and we were then seated at our table. Our primary server was not very knowledgeable but did seem willing to get answers to our questions. He took our order and from then on we did not hear from him. When our food was served a busboy just came to the table and stood there with two plates in his hand. The room was fairly noisy and he seemed to be saying something but we could not hear him. He was trying to find out who ordered what so he could put it down. I guess our server never told him. This was quite annoying as it is not my job to direct busboys where to put food. More importantly before our food was ever served we had run out of our drinks as well as the water originally given to us. We kept trying to get our servers attention but he never looked our way. One of us eventually went back to the bar to order another bottle of wine and more drinks and got back before our server even realized we were gone. I had the Tuna which was excellent. The Tilapia with Crabmeat and the Prime Rib were both very well prepared and flavorful. The Prime Rib said 12 oz but seemed to be even bigger. The person eating the Swordfish thought it was flavorful but slightly overcooked. For dessert we shared the Hot Fudge Sundae which was huge and delicious. After dinner we went back upstairs to the bar where we enjoyed another bottle of wine and some more drinks. The bartender that night, Amanda, was excellent and very sympathetic to our bad experience with our service at dinner. We walked around the dining areas and can say the atmosphere at Longfellows is excellent. I really wish the service was better because it would leave a much better taste in our mouths. Thank goodness we did have an excellent experience in the bar or else our rating would have been worse.

  • Visited October 2013
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Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
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169 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“great steak and seafood”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

went with friends and had excellent meals a little pricey but the food was excellent so i guess u get what u pay for good atmosphere and plenty of parking full bar and casual dress

  • Visited September 2013
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food and excellent staff”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

We recently moved into the area but had not been to Longfellows until last night. We have gone to OBI several times and we expected Longfellows to be just as good. We were not disappointed. The setting is beautiful. The staff was excellent and the food amazing. It was Travers Day and we were going to SPAC so we made reservations for 5:30PM. Service was prompt but not rushed. We had a very enjoyable time. Since this is 10 minutes from my hose, we will be back often.

  • Visited August 2013
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Longboat Key, Florida
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Lamb chops”
Reviewed 25 August 2013

The pistachio encrusted lamb chops were so tender and delicious. Some of the best Ii have had. The wedding in the lower level was loud but lively.

  • Visited August 2013
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Upstate NY
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Always Primo”
Reviewed 23 August 2013

This food is always great. Open for dinner, they offer reservations, have special all inclusive nights, burger&and a beer nights at the bar, catering and on site special events-big and small. Specials every night. Great appetizers like French Onion soup, fried calamari that has a hint of Balsamic drizzle along with the marinara are just 2 of the apps. Steak and seafood varieties, plus goodies like pork chops and a turkey dinner that is to do for. Most meals come with salad--try the champagne dressing it is delich! Dessert is not an afterthought. The chocolate mousse is the best. I've been coming here for over a decade and have NEVER had a bad meal.

  • Visited August 2013
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