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“Five Star Dining!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Oxford House Inn & Restaurant

The Oxford House Inn & Restaurant
548 Main St., Fryeburg, ME 04037
+1 207-935-3442
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Ranked #1 of 12 Restaurants in Fryeburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: Continental
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Oxford
Description: Culinary Institute of America graduate chef/co-owner crafts his seasonally changing menus to showcase the best that local farms have to offer, using techniques from around the world in the farm to table concept. Enjoy spectacular sunsets or fireside dining while savoring a delicious and creatively presented meal.
massachusetts
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75 restaurant reviews
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
“Five Star Dining!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

We were in the Fryeburg, Maine area for the Columbus Day weekend and the fall foliage. We made last minute reservations for a Sunday night in the restaurant and confirmed our 8:00 p.m. reservation. The dinner, service, and atmosphere were outstanding. The food was great, and we wish we could have spent the night at the Oxford House B & B, but they were booked due to the foliage and the Fryeburg Fair on the same weekend. We look forward to another dinner, and hopefully a stay at The Oxford House Inn in the future.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

Lovely, lovely, lovely!
Food was exquisite!
Service wonderful, friendly and efficient!
Dinner was absolutely the best we have had in years! All courses were delicious!
Breakfast was equally as good, and the view from the intimate dining room is beautiful!

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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big pine key florida
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Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“The best there is...........anywhere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

We are Lake Region " camp" owners for forty years ,and passed the Oxford House on our way to New Hampshire for years without stopping. What an error ! But as we were informed, the young couple have only been owners for a few years .
How do folks so young learn the business so well they over shadow some long time restaurateurs? I would guess real hard work and the will to succeed , and so they have ,beautifully.
Oh! the food .....perfect ...Ambiance ...the mountains.....the Waitstaff [deserving of a "capital"] all perfect . The funky chic basement bar is cool /formal/friendly...Martinis... superb ! Natalie [ owner with husband] made a Jalapeno peach martini that was HOT/sweet and wonderful, when asked for the recipe, later on in the evening after dinner, she arrived at our table with a complete and lengthy description ! Go out of your way to go here , it was our second and God willing the beginning of a new tradition in the great state of Maine

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ware, Massachusetts
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“One of the North Country's Best Tables”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

Oxford House Inn Restaurant maintains a consistent high standard. Don't be fooled by the spectacular views of the White Mountains that several of the intimately-scaled dining rooms offer: this is not a tourist trap. Wonderful food prepared with locally-sourced ingredients, on the sane side of creative, supported by impeccably attentive yet discreet service makes the meal the real attraction. The menu is not cheap, but the value is excellent. We've had several really delightful evenings here and plan to return. Children are cheerfully accommodated, but this is really a place for grownups; the menu is suited to foodies and hearty appetites alike. I am very grateful to have a true fine-dining restaurant available in a region dominated by clone-like joints serving fried mozzarella cheese sticks and steak tips.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Place With A No View”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

I made a reservation for my wife and family, and was guaranteed a view for our table. It was a special occassion and we come for the view and food. When we got there we were ushered to a table with no view. I checked to see what went wrong. They apologized and said 5 could not fit at the table with the view. A few minutes later they took a chair from our table to seat five people at the table we were denied. It ruined our planned evening and we were frequent customers. We will never return.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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OHIInnkeeper, Owner at The Oxford House Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review, August 18, 2011
First I'd thank this guest for appreciating our spectacular view and the effort we put into serving delicious & creative food. My husband Jonathan Spak, the chef and co-owner of our inn, took this reservation personally. He was very busy cooking when the call came in, and unfortunately he had a multi-tasking failure, neglecting to note on this gentleman's reservation that a certain table had been specifically requested. The table they had wanted with the best view had already been seated when they arrived. (This table seats up to 8, so the size of the party wasn't an issue). They were seated at the table next to it. At this point, we didn't realize there had been a mistake. Once the gentleman who had made the reservation made me aware of his request and our mix up, I profusely apologized for our mistake. We take full responsibility for this error and did everything we could to make the guest's evening still a wonderful experience. Unfortunately, the guest had already decided that his wife's birthday dinner was ruined. Jonathan offered all five guests complimentary dessert to show our sincere regret for the situation, and I assured him that I would personally make sure he was seated at the table of his choice the next time they dined with us. Both of these offers were flatly refused. We do hope these guests realize at some point that this was an honest mistake. We take all guest's requests very seriously.
Natalie Spak
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