We just returned from a very enjoyable dinner at the Cascade Lodge after an absence of over a year and despite some clearly unhappy reviews of late, I can say that we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and look forward to a return.
Granted, the meal itself was a bit pricey, but within the same range of some other area restaurants of the same ilk and I can't say that we were dissatisfied - the Steak Diane (prepared tableside) was excellent - both in texture and flavor. While there has been a disagreement regarding the décor and atmosphere - count us on the side of those who appreciate the classic, retro experience. We enjoy comfortable, elegant surroundings with friends, not flashy, minimalist, trendy places.
I also do not have a problem with the short menu - rather than throw a bewildering array of variations on the same theme (beef, "other meat", pasta , fish) - why not concentrate on excellent versions of each choice? No need to have any chef dazzle me with their versatility, just focus on what you can do best. There is enough choice to prevent boredom, except maybe for those who need to go out to dinner nearly every night. If a few weeks pass between visits - why wouldn't your favorite be just as tasty? Generally I have always ordered their superb - locally sourced (meaning - from the basement spring!) trout, but, after considering some of the other appealing entrees (including the specials) - opted this time for the Steak Diane. No regrets, whatsoever.
One "new" feature is that they have finally refurbished their comfortable first floor lounge, complete with piano player and separate pub menu - definitely a welcome addition and throw-back to it's more energetic past. I expect that the roaring fireplace will be especially inviting on any snow covered Delaware Valley winter evening.
Then again, rather than depend on my, or someone else reviews, as a definitive statement - if you are in the area, you should visit at least once and make up your own mind - I honestly believe this place will surprise you - in a good way.
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