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“Great Waiter Makes Great Recommendations for Great Food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Guthrie's River House

Guthrie's River House
6075 South Highway 27, Somerset, KY
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Ranked #4 of 79 Restaurants in Somerset
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: the location is south on by pass 27 of Somerset and just north of Burnside, overlooking Lake Cumberland in south-central Kentucky.
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“Great Waiter Makes Great Recommendations for Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Did I say great? Driving from the Smokies to Mammoth Cave on our way back home to Chicago and stopped in to Guthrie's for lunch. The reviews were solid, but my expectations were set for adequate. The interior is not much to speak of, but it does have a lovely view of Lake Cumberland. Then we sat down with our two teenage daughters and met our waiter, Jeremy. Things went through the roof at that point. Just the best waiter we've seen in forever. Nice dude, attentive but not overly so, knowledgeable and super friendly. Jeremy described two specials in a detailed way that made them sound outstanding, but I will admit that I was somewhat dubious about ordering what were described as amazing chicken nachos and a Philly cheesesteak in Somerset, KY. But these nachos, made as he described, with chips freshly made after ordering, homemade queso, grilled chicken, yada, yada, were some of the best damn nachos I have ever eaten, and I've eaten a lot of nachos. The chips were extraordinary. The cheesesteak may not have been authentic in a Gino's sense, but the steak was perfect and complemented by great bread, and perfectly grilled onions. My girls had huge burgers which they loved and two "mini" peanut butter/chocolate type desserts that for $2.99 were more than a tasty bang for the buck. In sum, if you find yourself in the Lake Cumberland/Somerset area, and you go to a chain restaurant or otherwise don't eat at Guthrie's, you are making a very poor life decision. If you go to Guthrie's and Jeremy isn't your waiter, you're still making the right call, but you're missing out on one righteous server.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food, bad service, terrible experience.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Tripadvisor listing Guthrie's as #2 in Somerset was the main reason we tried it and sadly, we were extremely disappointed.

First off, they seated us at a round table right next to the hostess'stand and waiting area, an awkward spot overlooking another table and making eye contact with everyone that walked in the door. They also forgot one of the high chairs we asked for, but whatever, we shrugged it off, still excited to try this place.

The server came out and was nice and informative. She assured us that she would bring us another high chair, the first in a string of broken promises and bitter disappointments. We got the chair when my wife asked one of our three servers for it sometime later. Speaking of my wife, one of the servers took her chair while she was gone to the bathroom, an honest mistake that should have been taken as an omen.

Our server took the appetizer and drink orders, brought them out quickly, and promptly went on a two week vacation. Our appetizers were long gone before another server appeared and took our order.

"We've only been here 45 minutes" we thought, naively, "It's all uphill from here."

It was not. Approximately 30 minutes later our original server appeared again to take our dessert order. We informed her that we were still waiting on our main courses. She muttered something about multiple servers and went back on vacation. 20 minutes, sleepy children, and an upset grandma later, we got our food. Not really hungry anymore, we ate a few bites and asked for the check and some boxes. 10 minutes later we asked someone else passing by for the check and some boxes hoping eventually someone might realize that we were still at our table.

To sum it up, we were there for a total of 3 hours and the best thing that happened was watching two boats go by really fast on the lake as we walked into the restaurant.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great place to eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Almost found this restaurant by accident. Stopped on Sunday afternoon food was great service was excellent. I didn't think the price was bad either.

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“Consistently Great! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A far cry from the chain restaurant. Of all the places we've traveled, we've never found a better steak. Everything is fresh and the lake ambiance is the perfect end to the day. Sweet tea over looking the lake...A perfect wind down for a Friday night.

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“Father's Day ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Came for lunch. All you can eat catfish on Sunday,and the first plate filled me up! I could sit on the patio and look out over the lake all day. Great place!

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