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“Nice location and room, still needs polishing”
Review of Mad River Grill - CLOSED

Mad River Grill
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Description: Seafood Steakhouse located on Sugarbush Access Road in Warren, Vermont with a wide variety of pizza's, burgers, and barbecue. Craft beers on tap and a full service bar.
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Nice location and room, still needs polishing”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

We have eaten at the restaurant that used to occupy this location and sadly did not find the current version to be as good. The staff was very friendly and attentive, but not well-trained. Our waitress, who was very nice, seemed to have never heard of Beefeater's gin . . . There was at least one unfortunate item on the menu that did not meet expectations - the fried calamari was a big disappointment and should be removed. It resembled onion rings in appearance, and the batter was similar to what you would find on an onion ring. Whatever was inside the batter was tasteless and mushy. Definitely not like calamari I have had in most places. The salads (beet with greens and the garden salad) were good - generous portions and crisp lettuce. As far as the main courses were concerned, while my haddock was well prepared, it had some big chunks of garlic that were a distraction. Also, it is mystifying why the only choices for starch were baked sweet potato or garlic mashed potatoes. Sometimes simpler is better. Why not offer rice or a plain baked potato?. And, while the brussel sprouts were good, they have a very overpowering flavor and were not the best choice to accompany the haddock. Asparagus would have been better. Or alternatively, perhaps the chef should let the diners chose whether they want asparagus or brussel sprouts rather than making the choice for them by pairing certain entrees with different vegetables and potato selections. Overall, due to the menu peculiarities, I would not go back unless changes were made. Unfortunately, the web site for the restaurant has no information on it so it is hard to determine what the menu is. Perhaps the pizza (a hold over from the previous incarnation) is the way to go.

  • Visited December 2013
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Concord, Mass.
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very good food and service”
Reviewed 31 December 2013

After reading a few of the more negative reviews here, I wondered how our experience at Mad River Grill would be. We were all very pleasantly surprised -- the food was very good, service quite attentive, and atmosphere very warm and welcoming. One member of our family has a serious food allergy, and the staff was very attuned to it. As frequent visitors to the valley, we will definitely head back to the Mad River Grill.

  • Visited December 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“RUDE”
Reviewed 30 December 2013 via mobile

My fiancé and I arrived at 6:00 pm on a Friday night in hopes of grabbing a drink and some food at the bar. The place was vacant of customers except for one table and a couple at the bar.

Upon entering, no one acknowledged our presence for about five minutes, even though two staff were right in front of us. They were too busy talking to each other. After finally getting the attention of one of them, one immediately said, "We're reservations only tonight. We've got almost 100 people coming in." There was no greeting of any kind. We didn't have a reservation but he didn't even ask! I responded by saying that we just wanted to sit at the bar. The man responded by laughing and saying, "Well you're going to have to wait a long time for your food." He then abruptly walked away. We were left there at the bar for several more minutes without being offered a menu or the opportunity to order a drink. We then left.

I can't comment on the food because we were not given the chance to try it. I guess eight people in the restaurant at 6 pm was too much for this place to handle.



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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great food lousy service”
Reviewed 20 October 2013 via mobile

We sought this out as a family of five visiting Norwich University in need of a decent affordable meal. Great ambiance and the wood fired pizzas were awesome. With only two other tables occupied our waitress was MIA such that we even had meals brought out before we had silverware. We had to share water glasses because she never came back to our table

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Warren, Vermont, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very good first visit”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

We went to the Mad River Grill on Saturday of Labor Day weekend and had an excellent experience. It was nice to see familiar valley restaurant veterans working there. The owner was present and very attentive. We had the lamb chops and salmon (wild vs farm) and both were well presented and delicious.l We are not dessert eaters so we did not sample any of the desserts. It is great to see the restaurant open. We will definitely return and wish them well.

  • Visited August 2013
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