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“Dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Benbow Inn Restaurant

Benbow Inn Restaurant
445 Lake Benbow Drive, Garberville, CA 95542 (Formerly Benbow Inn)
+1 707-923-2124
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Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Garberville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $23 - $34
Cuisines: American, Californian, Contemporary, Eclectic
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Reservations
Gainesville, Georgia
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We had dinner here our last night in the area. The outside eating areas was very nice.
We split - appetizer- salad and entree (the Thai Seafood - very good, would have liked more spicy but I love spicy food).
It was a bit pricey, but then again every where we went it was pricey.
When we paid our bill the waiter shorted us money, by mistake??? ... anyway when we showed him he corrected the issue.
I would eat here again and only wished we had stayed at the Inn as well

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Roswell, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Excellent food, venue, environment and service. We had a wonderful time....Amazing food....would highly recommend Benbow Inn...

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Scottsdale
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“I wouldn't give this horrible place my bathroom business”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Rude, arrogant, pompous twits. Drove up from the Bay Area to visit friends and three of us came here for a drink and possibly dinner. We sat on the patio and went to order a drink but the Pipsqueak, cockroach of a waiter informed us that unless we ordered dinner we couldn't possibly sit on the patio. After all, three of 25 or 30 tables were occupied at the time! And so while we were looking over the egregiously overpriced menu, the manager, as greasy as an autopsy spot, slithered over to "move us along" if we were not going to order food.

Visited August 2013
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PortNo_California, Owner at Benbow Inn Restaurant, responded to this review, August 31, 2013
To Trip Advisor :

We are requesting this review be removed. This person neither stayed, dined or had drinks at our hotel. They seated themselves in an area reserved for dining and they desired cocktails. The 12 tables in that area had reservations for dinner. They were politely asked to move to the cocktail lounge seating area, also outside and within view of our live music. The person was rude, disrespectful, abusive and threatened our staff. Other guests complained about them and their behavior. They were so out of line they were asked to leave or we would call the police. They never ate or drank with us.

Thank you.

Regards,

John E. Porter 707 223-3150
Managing Partner
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great setting and food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We visited in late July for dinner and asked to sit on the patio, great service and food as ever.
Our waitress was very attentive and friendly and we had no issues with waiting for drinks/food etc as mentioned on previous reviews.
Great atmosphere on the night we dined with live music.
Great appetizers and entrees all round and the Filet Mignon is well worth a mention - good selection of wines also!
All in all its worth a visit and we prefer to sit outside weather permitting!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Terrible Dining Experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Normally we read restaurant reviews and when we see a terrible one, we automatically feel it is written by a kook. We stayed at Benbow Inn in the past and loved it so on our way down Highway 101 we opted to stop there for lunch. When we arrived at 1 PM the diningroom was almost empty except for one table of guests. A waiter was mopping the floor and said we had to stand and wait till he was finished mopping. Finally a darling young waitress showed us to a table and gave us the menu, which looked great. A young waiter came by to take drink orders and then after he brought us our iced teas, he took our lunch orders. FORTY MINUTES LATER after watching various waiters chatting and visiting amongst each other, our food arrived. I ordered the duck confit salad, and though the portion was rather small and I could not see any duck...it was there and quite tasty. I lucked out. My husband ordered a turkey avocado sandwich which consisted of dried out bread, rancid turkey and no mustard, which he had specifically requested. Our friends picked the PoBoy shrimp sandwich, which was sooo spicy to be absolutely inedible. When they sent it back and said they didn't want anything else, the waiter finally came over and said that his manager tried the shrimp and agreed it was way too spicy so therefore they would not be charged for their meal. It still took an additional ten minutes to get the bill because our waiter was no where to be found.

Having been to Benbow Inn in the past and loved it...we were more than disappointed.with our luncheon experience. Perhaps they need a whole new kitchen crew. Certainly, seeing an empty diningroom at 1 PM on a Saturday should have given us a clue. Who knew? No stars for our experience!!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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