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“Excellent food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel Manisses Gazebo

Hotel Manisses Gazebo
5 Spring Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
(800) 626-4773
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Ranked #4 of 54 Restaurants in Block Island
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Providence, Rhode Island
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

My fiancee and I treated ourselves to the restaurant at Hotel Manisses after seeing their menu in a guide to Block Island restaurants at our b&b.

We called ahead and were told that seating was first come, first served after 7p, and when we arrived around 730p we were told there was approximately an hour wait. We ordered a bottle of wine from the bar and sat at a secluded little table on their grounds. Our hostess tracked us down after only about half an hour and said a table was ready for us, which was nice.

The food here was fantastic. We ordered the pear bisque, mussels appetizer, and a cheese plate to start. We should have ended there, because the portions were quite large, particularly the cheese plate, which also included crackers and mounds of grapes and berries. We ate the cheese before our entrees and had fruit for dessert. It was really very good. My fiancee ordered filet mignon, which was very tasty, and cooked just to her specifications, and I only wanted a side of the lobster mashed potatoes, which was excellent. We left completely stuffed, and the prices were very reasonable considering the quality of the food and the portions that were served to us.

Our only criticism is that the staff didn't seem like it was quite at the same level as the food and the setting; with the exception of our hostess, who was very pleasant and efficient, the bartender and server with whom we interacted didn't seem that prepared in how to interact with customers in an elegant setting such as this one. They were definitely not rude or inappropriate, but could have been a little more personable and attentive, in my opinion.

We would definitely go back to this place, though, the next time we are on the island; we left so full that we could barely walk back to the b&b. The food was, truly, excellent, with a great atmosphere in which to enjoy it.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dennis, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“FINE DINING IN A GREAT SETTING”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We loved the relaxed atmosphere ... our meals were great ... loved the option they have of getting 1/2 a salad/ and 1/2 a dinner. The only drawback to our meal was that our server spilled some of my martini and poured wine down the side of my husband's glass. Would recommend going before sunset so you can enjoy the gardens/water fountain.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Plymouth, MA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Very good meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

The restaurant is downstairs at the Hotel Manisses in a very pretty setting. Our waitress was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the island. The food was very good. Our soups were superb. He had a scallop and potato puree which was excellent and I had a butternut asian pear puree with tumeric that was spicy and good. His swordfish was perfectly done and my scallops were great. The mango parfait dessert was wonderful. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, but it is worth the price.

Visited September 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Lovely meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We enjoyed our time at the bar and restaurant at Hotel Manisses. The food was very nice prepared and served with attentiveness -- truly fine dining. I had seared scallops and my husband had grilled swordfish. Both were excellent. The sides were just ok but the main course was superb. We also had a nice martini and glass of wine beforehand at the bar--fun vibe at the bar.

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Stratford, Connecticut
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“best dinner ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

the meal was one of the best we had ever had/the restaurant was open and beautiful with pretty sights while looking out the windows

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