Who knew? In Salamanca, NY, close to ski resorts, state parks, beautiful countryside, that there would be a fine dining restaurant that delivers. Servers are attentive (albeit sometimes overly so), the atmosphere is lovely (big, round booths, soft lighting, old-style clubby atmosphere), and the food is really top notch. It has been consistently well prepared and seasonally imaginative each time we have visited. And unlike some other steakhouses, where nothing arrives on the plate but a large hunk of protein and you are responsible for the a la carte sides, Western Door brings a plate that is well composed , with a balanced presentation. You can order just the salmon with nothing else but a glass of wine if you like, and it will arrive well prepared and presented with a flavorful small portion of a starch and perhaps a green or some sauteed vegetable. And of course the beef and other red meats are over the top. My husband likes the bone in filet. But I always order the salmon. A nIce wine list and generous pours, along with some lovely complimentary chocolates as you leave make this a favorite for a special dinner or an over the top event. You can control the check size by what you order, or go all out. It is pricier than the average good restaurant in the area, but you do get what you pay for here. Definitely worth a visit.
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