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Hamilton Inn

4480 East Lake Rd, Hamilton, NY
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Ranked #3 of 22 restaurants in Hamilton
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert
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Dining options: Dinner, Dessert
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13 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I came here every week when I went to Colgate! I just graduated and this really was the only fine dining restaurant within 20 miles of the university. The manager is the greatest guy in the world and Zachariah always does a great job waiting tables. I am not going to miss the food in Hamilton, but I will miss... More

Millburn, NJ
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Hadn't been back to the Hamilton Inn since our first visit years ago. Pretty much as I had remembered it. The food was good, and the service was fine. We appreciated the fact that the manager also came around a couple times to ask if everything was okay. We also appreciated that our waitress, noting our son was not feeling... More

Upstate NY
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274 reviews 274 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

The Hamilton Inn has held forth in a roomy old remodeled farmhouse for over 25 years now, and for many years it was our favorite in the Hamilton area. A few years ago the former owner closed the place down for a time; Colgate University stepped in and reopened the property, keeping the rustic ambiance and fine-dining aspirations. Since that... More

Meghan L, Manager at Hamilton Inn, responded to this review

Dear Itinerant_scholar, Thank you for your review of the Hamilton Inn. I am sorry to hear that your recent experience was not what you had hoped for. Of course we strive to treat each of our guests to a special and memorable experience with warm, welcoming service, excellent wine and dinner menu choices, and a freshly prepared, delicious meal. A... More

Florham Park, New Jersey
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We're nearing the end of our second Colgate student's run and through the years the Hamilton Inn has been our favorite. The food is always good and consistent. Fish, red meat or any other meat -- it's always top notch and the preparations are not over-engineered. This time out we had prime rib (including end cut - YUM), scallops, and... More

Upstate New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We always enjoy going to the Hamilton Inn as it is a lovely landmark with an enjoyable atmosphere and great outdoor seating; the bar is also a notable highlight! However more than once we had at least one meal each time (out of a group of 4 guests dining) that was less than average. Either undercooked, ingredients that were not... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Probably the nicest restaurant close to Colgate University. Lovely, intimate setting in old inn. Food and service were both excellent.

Portland, Maine
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277 reviews 277 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Except, it's exactly what I expected as this marks the fourth straight year we've eaten here and between the attentive but never intrusive service and the exceptional meals we all had - 6 of us, all having a different dish - the Hamilton Inn always exceeds my very high expectations. And that's pretty remarkable when you think about it. I... More

Manlius, New York
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69 reviews 69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

We were invited to the Hamilton Inn for a small surprise Birthday party for a close friend. What a pleasant surprise! We had never been to the Hamilton Inn before we will go back! We had a small private room off the bar area, it was cozily perfect! The gas fireplace was lit and was not too warm ...just right!... More

Arlington, Va
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

all the dishes were excellent, as was the service. The faltiron steak with coffee BBQ and char were standouts. They have a varied wine list with lots of price options too. Servicer provided good recommendations and was knowledgeable about the wines.

Upstate New York
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

This is a favorite for business dinners, quiet, great service and good food. Off the beaten path, it is about 3 miles from the closet town, Hamilton. Yet it has been there for years...this tells you the character of the place, an upstate New York diamond.

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