We had planned a trip to Rhode Island for the specific purpose of going to the Nordic Lodge, after hearing so much about it. Now I probably should explain, that I'm not a huge fan of buffets for two reason -1, I don't think there that clean (people tend to not have the best manners) and 2, I never feel like I get my money worth (too many choices). But i had heard so much about this place and finally after a friend told me I HAD to give it a try, i decided to ignore my distaste for buffets.
We stayed at a hotel in Warwick, which is not all that close (although according to the map site, it was about 13 miles away), but we made the best of it by taking in some local sites and events. We decided to go to Nordic Lodge the next day (Sunday), once we checked out of hotel... since it was enroute of us driving back home to Connecticut.
Here's my take on the Nordic Lodge:
Getting there: Don't expect this to be a quick drive once you get off the exit... it is nowhere close to the highway. It took an additional 40 minutes, once we exited. The drive itself wasn't too bad, as it was scenic, but it seemed to take forever!
The location: Nordic Lodge is situated right on a lake, as well as has, what I believe to be, a man-made lake it front of it... It also has a small farm right off of the building as well.. and the day we went there were a couple of horses, as well as some llama out grazing the field. The grounds were beautiful and picturesque! They had large hammocks scattered about the lake and the man-made lake, which gave it a romantic type of feel to it.
The Decor: Hmmm.. not sure how to sum this up, except it wasn't quite what I expected, although, i guess i'm not too sure of what I really expected (lol). It had a kind of fisherman wharf feel to it... complete with red/white plastic table cloths and nettings on the wall with fake lobster stuck in them.
The food: Well, there's plenty of it, with lots of varieties to choose from and as much as you can eat (in two hours). This is where i have problems with buffets, with so many choices I get a little overwhelmed and end up getting a little of everything and then get too full too fast. Although our waitress was kind enough to suggest we take a 15-20 min break midway through the meal so that some of the food could digest. We decided to do that and walked outside on the grounds before heading back in to "try" and eat some more. The best food choices that I made for dinner was the Filet Mignon, which was delicious; the shrimp cocktails was awesome (I probably should not have eaten as much). The oysters and the lobster were excellent as well. I was sooo full by the end of the two hours, but I just had to have something for desert and oohhh were the choices so many!! I ended up getting a Hagen daaz milk shake, some chocolate covered strawberries AND some carrot cake.. UGH, of course I couldn’t finish any of them, but rather take a bit of each and then a sip of the milk shake.
The Price: For all you can eat (within a two-hour window) is $85.
Overall: If you’re a big (quick) eater and like lots of choices and options, this is the place for you. Having experienced it once, I will probably not be going back again though.
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