wow, I read some of the other trip advisor reviews and was apprehensive about going there with my wife for the thanksgiving day buffet. As you can tell by the number of reviews I have written, we are well traveled and stay/eat at upscale locations.
Overall, we had a very fine experience at Thayer hotel restaurant. I must say that we are not buffet fans but we were alone for thanksgiving this year and decided to give this place a try. It has been a cold and windy today and driving up to the mountains along the hudson river was delightful. As soon as entered the hotel, we were greeted by a doorman and directed into the lobby with a rip roaring fire on… nice touch. We had a noon reservation and were seated before our time. we were seated at a lovely table with a good view of the river below the cliffs.
When I looked at the top of the TA page, there was a picture of a mound of shrimp. The real thing looked exactly the same. A huge pile of x-large/jumbo shrimp along with a fruit and veggie bar. Good start. The place was packed but there was very little wait for any of the serving table items inc. carved beef and turkey. They also served creamed onions that were excellent. Overall, given the crowds and the day, I would rate the food as very good. Now as far as the service goes, everyone from the manager to the assistants did an A+ job of running things smoothly. our server kelly s. (#220) was attentive and very pleasant. She improved the experience more than the food and location. I’m sure she would have rather been home with her family, but she was smiling and happy and was there when we needed her without being obtrusive. Good job young lady!
Overall, the cost of the buffet, two glasses of wine, tax (8%, thank god I do not live in NYS) and tip came to $130. We liked everything and would recommend it but promised each other that next thanksgiving, we will be eating at the ritz-carlton in naples, florida. WAY TO GO THAYER RESTAURANT!
PS.. hey guys, the comment card should not have a plastic coating on it...impossible to write on..
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