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“Good day at School (House)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of School House Restaurant and Tavern

School House Restaurant and Tavern
1018 South Frankwood Ave, Sanger, CA 93657
+1 559-787-3271
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Ranked #1 of 39 Restaurants in Sanger
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: In a country school house established in 1921, just north of Reedley and east of Sanger, School House Restaurant & Tavern offers vast array of experiences unlike any other. Watch the game in our country roadside tavern, dinner in our historical dining room a view of the kitchen, or the outdoor fire lounge patio looking out to our gardens at the base of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The food represents a modern approach to classic dishes we all crave, with a focus on farm fresh, local ingredients. Our service staff is knowledgeable and attentive, yet relaxed and friendly. School House offers an extraordinary dining experience that's not just about food and drink, it's about creating lasting memories.
Santa Barbara, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Good day at School (House)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

During our annual Blossom Trail trip to Fresno County; we checked out the picturesque SchoolHouse Restaurant in Sanger. We were excited to check the Restaurant after reading the great reviews, plus we were staying close by in a B n' B. As soon as we entered, we were greeted warmly (good feeling); we were seated in the auditorium of the old brick and wood school which has a cozy ambiance. We split our salad, a tasty lettuce wedge salad with bacon, bleu cheese, crispy onions; an order of french fries and the Spicy Housemade Sausage pizza with carmelized onions and serrano chiles (incredible). We were in heaven; the food was very flavorful, delicious, well prepared and the service was perfect and friendly. Because we had split our dinner, we then proceeded to order three desserts; the vanilla bean creme brulee, the lemon cheesecake with raspberry sauce and the homemade banana ice cream from Jeb's Swedish Creamery in nearby Kingsburg. We demolished all three. The personable chef Ryan Jackson, famous and well known in the Napa area, brought out the ice cream to us. He shared that he had moved back to live in Reedley, a nearby town, where he had grown up now that he was a father to be close to family. The building has character and charm. A more casual tavern adjoins the restaurant. The restaurant has only been open a year and we look forward to returning regularly. It is already busy and is a destination restaurant as it is in a rural setting.

  • Visited March 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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English first
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Historically FAB!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Ok…Do not LISTEN to the negative reviews for this place. No place can be perfect and people have bad days…But I literally have been to this restaurant over twenty times and never ONCE had poor service! The food is phenomenal here and it is unexpected because of its rural location. Country folk eat fancy too!!! The food is sophisticated but still delicious and the portions are quite nice. The great thing about this place is that you can be casual or dressed up and still enjoy your experience here. It does get very packed on the weekends so don’t be in a hurry, just enjoy your time with family and friends. I would definitely recommend the Sunday brunch (The sausage breakfast pizza is TO DIE FOR!) The service is very good and the building is very historic and cool. If the weather is right, go and check out the outside patio, talk about COOL!

  • Visited February 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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Milwaukie, Oregon
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“We won't be back”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This place sucked! Upon being seated the waitress stopped by and announced she was very busy and would be back in 5-10 minutes. Then, apparently, getting the right drink order from the bar to the table was too much to expect. Who knew the restaurant's philosophy is to seat the loud, drunk guy in the center of the dinning room and then let him disrupt everyone's dinner. Overall so NOT worth the drive.
P.S. If the drunk guy's $200 bill that you "accidentally" charged to my credit card shows up on my next statement, you will be hearing from my attorney...Bon appetite

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Fresno, Ca
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Quaint old School house turned into restaurant and bar.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

It was a bit of a drive from my home in Fresno, but worth it! We were served appetizers at a Chamber of Commerce mixer. Chicken on a skewer, figs and goat cheese, and something with a mushroom pate' (I'm not wild about mushrooms). Quite good.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fresno, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Pricey and worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

My husband and I dined here a couple months back, we are locals and only live a few miles from the restaurant.
1) gives Flemings and Ruth Chris a run for their money!
2) each bite was rich- decadent
3) great atmosphere
4) Bar- great space with a gorgeous bar top. Yes, I am talking about the actual counter at the bar. They worked with the local community college to design an entire bar top from 1 single tree. 5) the History! This place is a old School house- photos still on the walls proving so.

We shared a Lamb appetizer- delish! A Steak and Pasta entre---yum! and of course dessert.
Now..if you want a quick meal- I'd suggest another venue! This is quality dining, no rushing through dinner. But I am sure if you mentioned to your wait-staff- they would accommodate and move a tad quicker.
We do have a toddler- and this is a place that I would not bring him.... I want to enjoy my relaxing (expensive, but worth it) dinner... babysitter- check!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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