My husband and I ate dinner on a quiet Friday night in April. I say quiet because we were one of three occupied tables in the restaurant. Despite the fact virtually no one was there, the service was terrible. We waited forever to get our drinks, even though we ordered a beer and a glass of wine. Then, the waitress just completely forgot about our appetizer. It became obvious that it wasn't coming when my caesar salad arrived (average at best--very watery dressing). I had the fried walleye, which was actually good. My husband ordered the catfish, which he described as "flavorless." Equally problematic was the atmosphere. Even though we were there for dinner, the lights were glaring and the muzak was on way, way too loud. I usually don't even notice background music, but this actually interfered with the meal. Finally, despite the fact we ate dinner at 7:30, there was a waitress who set up jelly, jam and coffee cups for breakfast service the next morning (presumably). This made you feel as if you were had sat down in the middle of a caterer setting up for an event. If you are looking for finer dining in Grafton, go to the Mississippi Half Step, which is in the heart of town and a better meal in every respect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thanks for visiting. Pere Marquette was built in the 1930's by the Civil Conservation Corps. The lodge is nestled withing the confines of the 8000 acre Pere Marquette State Park.The lodge has fifty guest rooms within the main building, some with park views and some with views of the Illinois river. The cabins sit 100 feet from the main building and contain 22 cabin rooms. All of the rooms have been updated with new beds, furniture and 32" tvs.The lodge also has a full service dining room open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a wine tasting room.Hiking, biking, nature, kayaking, tennis, volleyball, horseback riding, boating, Raging Rivers Waterpark, shopping, 45 minutes to downtown St. Louis ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pere Marquette Hotel Grafton
- Pere Marquette Lodge And Conference Center Grafton