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Mendenhall Inn
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Mendenhall
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$45
Cuisines: American, French
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hillendale
Description: Dining at the award winning Mendenhall Inn stands alone as one of the great destinations in the Brandywine Valley as you return to a time of classic elegance & charm. Entrees borrowed from French & classic American cuisine make dining at The Mendenhall Inn a truly memorable experience. Enjoy our all new family night menu Sunday - Thursday. Outside dining, weather permitting.
Reviewed 10 January 2014

I took my wife to the Mendenhall Inn on Christmas Eve. I must say, it was with trepidation, because our last dinner there, a few years back, was rather sub-par for the setting. Being Christmas Eve, we didn't know what to expect. We arrived at 7:30 for an 8:00 reservation and the joint was jumpin'!!! I never realized so many people went out to dinner Chrisatmas Eve!!!
We got a nice table next to the piano. The pianist was playing very nice renditions of all the Christmas classics. My wife remarked how quietly he was playing. Very nice touch.
We both ordered the same thing; Shrimp Lejon appetizers and the Crabcake-Petite Filet combo. We each got three jumbo shrimp, and they were "jumbo"! The bacon was cooked to perfection, without making the shrimp tough, not an easy task! The Remoulade dipping sauce was an excellent accompaniment. Delicious
The filet was cooked perfectly to the medium rare and rare, we ordered. (I like it rare.) It was topped with a very tasty demiglace reduction and some crispy onion straws. The steak was very tender and juicy. The crab cake was out of this world! It was composed entirely of jumbo lump crabmeat with just enough creamy binder to hold the lumps together. It was seasoned, rather robustly, with Old Bay. There was a small "bed" of creamy-smooth whipped potatoes under the filet. The vegetables were absolutely fresh! They consisted of a couple asparagus spears, some haricot vert and "planks" of thinly sliced carrot. They were all steamed just to al dente. A marvelous entree that I would definitely recommend!
For dessert we shared Bananas Foster, which was flambeed tableside! The waiter really made a show of it too! It was as delicious as the preparation was entertaining!
The staff was very busy, as I said the place was jammed, but everyone was cheerful and polite. Our waitress was pleasant and very good. You know a good waiter when items dissappear from the table, but you didn't realize she took them.
We were so impressed from start to finish that, before we left, we reserved the table next to the fireplace for Valentine's Day.
Can't wait to go back!

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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Yes, we actually enjoyed our dinner here on this special holiday. Normally, we don't have much success with restaurants on NY Eve (even though we usually dine at 7 PM ), as they have a limited menu, prices are jacked up, and service is a mess. Fortunately for us, we didn't have any of these issues.

Our server was Desiree and she was really on top of her game! She was friendly and very efficient. Service was prompt, but not hurried.

We each enjoyed a drink/glass of wine before dinner. We looked at the wine menu and were really surprised that no bottle of wine on it was more than $30..........VERY nice to see that! What was especially shocking to see, considering it was NY Eve, was that the restaurant was honoring its usual policy of allowing patrons to bring a bottle of wine to the restaurant and only charging for a corkage fee! Unheard of!

My spouse ordered a cup of the Cream of Mushroom Soup and he really enjoyed that. Neither one of us could resist the Baked Twin Maine Rock Lobster Tails. They were great! The pricing was really reasonable too.

We were VERY impressed with the children's menu. What other restaurant offers soup, a fruit cup, or a junior salad as an appetizer for the little diners.............much less Prime Rib, Filet Mignon, Breaded Fantail Shrimp, etc. as entrees for them? Kudos!!!!!!!!!!

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Thank LivinglifeinPA
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

We were a little taken aback by sticky silverware when we first were seated, but that was corrected and the rest of our visit was great--the food, the service and the warm surroundings. It was difficult to decide among the great entree choices. The Mediterranean-style salmon was delicious, and the French onion soup was great, too, especially after spending some cold times at Longwood Gardens earlier to view the Christmas/holiday displays there.

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Thank puzzleress
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

We had an early dinner here on a Sunday night before going to see the Christmas lights at Longwood Gardens. There were 10 of us and the restaurant was not crowded when we arrived at 4:30. However, by the time we left shortly before 6:30, it was very busy. It has a great atmosphere and was decorated nicely for Christmas. The menu is very traditional with nothing unexpected. The wine list was surprisingly inexpensive compared to the price of the food. The biggest disappointment was our server. He was competent but not much more. My niece asked if there was a gluten free menu. he asked and when he returned, just said no. He didn't offer to help her select anything. In addition, he just pointed to the daily specials, without discussing them at all. I had to ask him what the soup of the day was. As for food, my husband had the calamari as an appetizer and said they were the worst he has ever had - cold, chewy and flavorless. We were a bit nervous about what was to come. We were pleasantly surprised and everyone seemed to enjoy their meals from crab imperial - lots of chunks of crab, a bit salty but tasty, pork chops, lamb chops well prepared, filet mignon, scallops, and lobster. No one had any complaints. the desserts looked fabulous but we did not have time to stay. If you are looking for a traditional but tasty meal, this is a good choice.

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1  Thank sunlovingfamily
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

We hadn't been to the Mendenhall in a couple of years, and felt it would be a good place to have lunch with some friends. It wasn't what I remember it to be. The service was very slow. People were walking around, but I have no idea what they were doing. The soup we ordered was tepid. The main course was lackluster and bland. It seems as though they are riding on their reputation.

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