First of all, I have 2 positives about The Birches. The bar/lounge area is very cozy with a double sided stone fireplace and leather couch and tree stump bar stools and a view of the lake. Also, the lady at the front desk (didn't catch her name) was very friendly and really helpful. She gave us some tips on where to see moose around the area and she was right, we found two! Ok, otherwise we didn't stay at the lodge, just ate there, unfortunately....
We were quite disappointed with our dining experience at The Birches. We were in the area and wanted a place for dinner. The lodge is very neat and old fashioned/historic with great big stone fire places, and cute cozy bar and a nice view of the lake, but the food and service was terrible. It was the worst meal of our entire stay in Maine, which happened to be our honeymoon. Maybe it was a bad sign that we were the only people in the dining room to start with, later 3 more tables came. As previously reviewed, the water was terrible (definately well water or something) even the soda couldn't mask the bad taste of it. And it took awhile to even get the water. No small bread/appetizer plates given to us for the rolls which we had to ask for and still took a long time. Waitress never asked me if I wanted another beverage. And it wasn't just us, we observed the lack of service with the other 3 tables too.
When we finally got our entrees, (about 45 minutes) the steak medallions were burnt, my carrots were cold and the stuffing in the stuffed haddock was strange. It seemed to have a tomato base but fishy tasting (even thought it was seafood stuffing, it tasted funky) I scraped out the stuffing and the actual fish was ok, though on the dry side. We really are not picky diners, but between the VERY slow and inattentive service to the bad food, I wish we hadn't wasted a night out eating there.
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