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“Very Nice” 5 of 5 stars
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The Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills
1746 Lockhill Selma Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213-1501 (North Central)
210-349-8466
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Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: North Central
San Antonio, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very Nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary dinner at the Lodge. We chose the sampler menu with the wine pairing. The sea scallops with a deconstructed bloody mary sauce was a surpise. As was the corn bisque and especially the salad for the second course. The duck confit with pasta was heavenly. The salmon of the 4th course was a tad dry, the raspberry ice palate cleanser was unessary. The quail brought everything back up, but the beef tenderloin was a just slightly oversalted, yet perfectly cooked. The nutella cake with peanut butter mousse is so rich I couldn't even finish it. Still we had a beautiful window table and the service was fantastic. The wine pairings were good so we were satisifed. Be prepared for about a 2 hour experience. Take your time and savor the food. It is worth it.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Antonio, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Pricey, classy once in a lifetime dinner”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

We went to the Lodge for our wedding anniversary. They didn't anything extra or special for us like some other places do. We did the most expensive dinner option - the five course with wine pairings for $110 each. The dishes were very good, and although the portions seemed tiny by the end of it we were extremely full and could not finish dessert. The place itself was cold temp wise and the plates were not piping hot, but I loved the ambiance and the romantic-ness of it. I am glad we went, but I would never do it again. After we added on coffee at the end we were close to $300 - too expensive overall.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Michelin star prices without the Michelin star experience.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

I decided to take my wife to The Lodge for her birthday. The food was decent, but nowhere near worth the $300 price tag it carried. Let me preface the rest of the review by saying that my wife and I love food. We have had the privilege to dine at some of the finest restaurants in the world head up by chefs such as Ferran Adria, the Roca brothers, Heinz Beck, and others. With that said, we did not expect The Lodge to surpass or, even compare to those experiences but, we were at least hoping to leave feeling like we got what we paid for.

I want to get a few complaints off my chest before I talk about the food. First, we were asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. We were. We told them. They did nothing. I've never experienced that before. Next, we waited for 10 minutes in the lounge before we were offered anything to drink. By the time our drinks arrived, our table was ready. Next, we were seated and given a brief explanation of the menu which was fine except for how often Chef Jason Dady's name was mentioned. It had a bit of a cheesy feel to it. As though Dady's ego was the main course of the menu and we were lucky to get a taste of it. Next, the wine was not presented for our approval before serving. It just showed up in a glass and placed on our table. Very unprofessional. This is a courtesy extended at most mid-level restaurants. Next, our wine glasses were only filled a 1/3 of the way. When paying $16 a glass, you should at least get 1/2 of that glass filled. Next, the service was a circus. We had 5 different waiters/waitresses throughout the night. At one time, even the hostess served us food. Once again, I have never experienced this before at any restaurant. Next, our bread was served an hour into the meal right before our main course. What's the point?

We started off with the seared diver scallop, which was adequately cooked but, a bit boring. The seasoning did nothing to inspire your senses. Unfortunately, this would turn out to be the theme of the night.

Next, was the foie gras. This was one of the best dishes of the night. It was elegant and creative.

Next, we were served an alfredo pasta with corn dressing. The entree was gratis, but I would not have paid for it anyway. It was salty and thrown together. Something you might cook for yourself one of those nights that you have to get creative with a bare pantry.

For the main course, I had the cast iron seared beef tenderloin (although it was more crusted than seared). The flavors were simple but tasty. There were a few burnt spots on the pepper crust and the tenderloin was cold and raw in the middle. A few of the vegetables scattered around the plate were also burnt. Not what I would expect from a chef with Dady's reputation. My wife had the rabbit wrapped in panchetta. This dish was nearly flawless. It could be best described as great comfort food. I wish that I would have ordered it.

For dessert we had the "souffle" inspired nutella chocolate cake with a peanut butter mousse and caramel. It's hard to screw up chocolate and peanut butter. It was yummy. Not sure how it was "souffle" inspired though? As my wife put it, it was like a deconstructed Snickers bar.

All in all it was a disappointing experience. Food of this caliber is supposed to transcend your palette. It should be more than just a combination of ingredients on a plate. The food seemed to lack creativity and passion. I'm not sure if this is product of Dady's inexperience, or ego. He seems to be a bit of a big fish in a little pond. Many people in San Antonio sing his praises, and his food seems to suffer for it. At the end of the day Dady's food was good, not great, and certainly not Michelin worthy. If the prices were cut in half, I would recommend The Lodge. Otherwise, I would check out Bin 555. Another Dady restaurant priced more to his ability.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Antonio, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“A fine dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2010

My husband and have had dinner here on two different occassions. Each time, we made reservations. The food was very good both times, however I would say it was as good as my favorite dishes at the Silo restaurant which is a bit cheaper. I like the fact the menu forces me to consider things outside my usual dining choices, like trying duck or rabbit. Great wine selection. Great atmosphere. Scallops were fantastic (first restaurant I've found to do scallops without turning them into rubber). Beautiful old house. Do not plan on eating quickly at this place; this is a sit and spend a long while experience which is great for the right night. Their nutella cake with peanut butter mousse and a small banana smoothie was a delight; childhood memories in a fancy food.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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29 reviews 29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great food flavors in a beautiful setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

Read mixed reviews and still gave it a go and glad I did. If you are looking for a hardy meal, you'll be frustrated as this is a tasting menu restaurant. Chose the four course menu for $50 and I was pleased with every offering. In total my date and I had ten dishes to sample including desserts and we left very pleased and comfortable. Excellent wait staff. Thanks Jeff

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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