My husband and I spent the weekend in Cannon Beach to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary. We wanted to have a special romantic dinner and we couldn’t have made a better selection.
We opted for the second seating at 8:30 p.m. and were impressed when the doors opened and we saw the rustic, yet elegant dining room. Yes, it does overlook the parking lot at the Inn, but it was dark outside so it really didn’t matter which way it faced, as the room itself had great warmth and character.
Dinner at the Stephanie Inn is a four course fixed menu. Because of my limited diet, seafood and fish being the only meat I eat, I called the restaurant a few days in advance to find out what the menu included. They will happily accommodate any special dietary needs. The first course was an excellent butternut squash risotto and the second course was a celery root soup. I anticipated a bland soup, after all, celery doesn’t have much flavor, but it was surprisingly flavorful. The entrée choices were beef, pork, or sturgeon. My husband chose the pork with brown sugar glaze and vegetables, including sweet potatoes. It was prepared perfectly and was moist and tender. I chose the sturgeon, which I had never eaten before. It was served with an herb lemon sauce that was velvety and delicious. The final course was a chocolate mouse which was far superior to any mouse I have eaten. My husband commented after dinner that he felt this was our best dining experience ever. I might add that we are world travelers and have eaten at some of the finest restaurants.
When I made dinner reservations, I was not asked where we were staying and during dinner the waiter told us that they have never required that you are a guest in their Inn to eat dinner there. I’m not sure why a previous reviewer was told that they only accommodate their guests, which was unfortunate to have missed out on this wonderful experience due to misinformation.
Although expensive, as the dinner is $59.00 per person and with 2 drinks each and tip our total was $190.00, it was well worth it and we look forward to another dinner at the Stephanie Inn.
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