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“Farm Fresh Gourmet Dining” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn

Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn
2545 Broadstone Road, Box 704, Valle Crucis, NC 28691
828.963.5857
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Price range: $15 - $45
Cuisines: American, French, Fusion, Organic
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Southern Country Gourmet Fine Dining. Extreme quality and freshness; a meticulous cuisine mindful of our mountain region's heritage, and mindful of the quality of the natural ingredients, with a level of care and personal service second to none. Winner Best Dish in North Carolina Award. Best Dish is North Carolina’s Official State Restaurant Competition presented every year by The NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and sponsored by Our State Magazine.
Miami, Florida
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Farm Fresh Gourmet Dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The breakfasts and dinners are a gourmands delight. Kudos to the chef. The vegetables and greens are grown on the property, and I believe they are organic. Each night there are two menus; one changes each night and is called the tasting menu which is a four course dinner made with ingredients chosen by the chef especially for that meal. The other menu is a la carte. No matter what we chose to eat, the food was divine.

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Simpl-y Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Simplicity catered our wedding last Monday (the ceremony and reception were held at the Inn). The food was simply wonderful. My husband and I consider ourselves "foodies"; the heavy hors d'oeuvres reception was EXACTLY what we always dreamed of.

The vanilla wedding cake with cream cheese frosting was the best we ever tasted, and the drunken fruit poundcake was TRULY addictive! (In fact, we are thinking of ordering several for Christmas gifts this year!) The mixed-berry cobbler was also to-die-for.

We also really enjoyed the daily breakfast. (In addition to the amazing food, we also loved the personalized menus at breakfast every morning; it was such a unique touch.)

Dinner Wednesday night was also fantastic. Our favorites were the sweet potato veloute and the seared duck breast. (The fresh locally-made artisan bread with herbed butter was also some of the best we've ever tried.)

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Amazing food with top notch service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

You'd think that the Mast Farm Inn could keep their restaurant thriving since it's just a flight of stairs away for the average guest but instead they took the time to make the food amazing and the service excellent. We did the chef's special tasting menu and it made for fun night with some top-notch restaurant quality food. The chef is creative taking classic dishes and pushing them just enough to be great without being unrecognizable. It's obvious he's worked at some great places before finding a home at The Mast Farm Inn. Danielle has also recruited staff with all of the right experience to make the service top notch but not at all pretentious. It was just the right balance for a fun evening in the mountains!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Greenville, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Delicious as always!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My husband and I dined at Simplicity for Easter Brunch and had an amazing experience. We had dined there last fall and remember it being a truly fantastic meal. The food at Simplicity is unique and prepared with fresh, local ingredients. I had the butternut squash soup which was one of the best I have ever had. The menu is diverse in that they always have a very nice vegetarian option (which I appreciate) as well as meat and seafood options. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive.
I truly love this restaurant and look forward to dining there again in the near future.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

After reading gushing reviews, this is the restaurant we chose to celebrate our anniversary. Sounded like a perfect evening for 2 foodies. We were greeted warmly when we arrived and the Inn looked charming. But that's where the evening took a turn. Perhaps because we wanted to share the salad, the waitperson thought we were not going to be spending enough for a big tip. We like sampling various items together. But that didn't happen as it took so long to get the salad. Our waitperson was busy being attentive to other tables that were more worthy of her attention. So we just went ahead and ordered our entrees. Then we sat for over an hour watching our waitperson at the other tables. She acted like we were invisiable. Finally I went out to the parlor where I found her chatting with the hostess. I told her how long we had been waiting and asked about our food. Finally the food arrived at one hour and twenty minutes. I should have wondered when I wasn't asked how I wanted my duck. It came out very dry. I suppose that's how they prepare it.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Henri D, Owner at Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear Guest,

We want first to thank you for your feedback. We take great care, and pride ourselves on the level of attentive service we do our best to offer each and every guest, and we depend on customers such as you, to let us know when and where we might have fallen short. So no hard feelings on our end.

Having worked with the server in question for the last six years, we can guarantee that her gratuity is not what kept her from providing her best to your table that evening. It's possible something came up and no one is 100% perfect at all times, but she is actually legendary, a bit of a local hero, and often spoken of as an example of what high-end professionalism paired with courtesy, a friendly disposition, warm and generous nature look like in dining service. To tell you the truth, this is the first complaint we have gotten regarding her service in the last 6 plus years she has been here, wheter verbally, by email or online. In fact, you can view here on the restaurant page, and on the Inn's Trip Advisor page, all the highly positive comments which mention her by name and the quality of care, attention to detail, respect towards guests, and pretty close to perfect service.

We are very sincerely sorry you did not enjoy your experience with us and we hope you do join us again. You will not be disappointed.

We also hope other readers realize that this is very much not the norm at The Mast Farm Inn. In fact this is the only negative review of the dining service of the 50 plus reviews here, and the 200 plus reviews on the Inn's page. As such we invite you to read our numerous reviews all of which praise the food, and mentions our staff in highly positive terms on both this Trip Advisor page and the Inn’s page.

Best Regards,

Danielle D. Stabler
Your Innkeeper
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