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“Food quality does not reflect the elegant southern atmosphere”

The Willcox Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 178 Restaurants in Aiken
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $36
Cuisines: American, Bar, Gastropub
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Southington, CT
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Food quality does not reflect the elegant southern atmosphere”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

I went with a group of friends which included an Aiken resident who served as our guide and hostess. This was to be our fine-dining experience for the trip. Unfortunately, the dining wasn't so fine. There was a mix-up as to our reservation time because two parties reserved under the same last name for early evening dining. We ended up seated at a table in the hotel lobby, which was not awful because we could people-watch as guests and customers went in and out of the hotel, but not optimum, either. Most of us ordered NY Strip, which was too tough for one member of our party. My NY Strip was actually a ribeye seasoned like an old-style Ponderosa steak. We had the option of a side of a carmelized onion sauce that looked remarkably like A-1 in a steel ramekin probably used for ketchup for the burgers with fries. Our Aikenite hostess had Bernaise sauce, so she was happier those of us expecting onions. I reckon we were expecting steak au poivre. Later, my friend with the tough steak asked for the tapioca dessert which came out looking like a hockey puck and was impenetrable by fork. She sent it back, and the restaurant took it off her bill. In fairness, I have to say that the atmosphere was wonderful. I put up with a lot when a place is decorated with equine art (note my Trip Advisor handle.) However, for a fancy place with a reputation for southern elegance, the attention to detail, let alone basic food quality, was lacking.

I also want to add that we had visited The Willcox earlier in the week for a musical performance by some jazz musicians from Julliard playing live music in the lobby. We received wonderful bar service. I have to admit that the room was crowded and hot, so we left soon. For those who want to attend such performances, I recommend arriving very early and staking your claim to seating. In fairness, that was much more of a positive experience than the meal on Saturday night.

  • Visited March 2013
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Hampton
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81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Beautiful building, great food and staff.”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The food was not only good but many healthy choices.The building looks like a very old historic building in fantastic condition, great staff and you can even stay there.
The prices were worth every dollar and not as much as some of the others in town.
Parking was a little tough but it was a very busy night in town and all of the restaurants had parking issues.

Visited February 2013
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Berkeley, California
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellently prepared, unique dishes”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Willcox had a great, unique menu that was reasonably priced given the high quality and good service. I had the salmon dish and it was prepared perfectly. Also had the corn chowder and share an appetizer of baked goat cheese. All this food was excellent and I highly recommend this restaurant.

Visited February 2013
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San Diego, California
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Don't miss the Irish dessert”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Great service and ambience. Irish liquor dessert was worth every calorie. Had signature cocktail, which was yummy, while hanging out in cool lounge area prior to dinner

Visited February 2013
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Greer, South Carolina
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Splendid food, drinks and service”
Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

From the gimlet made with fresh squeezed lime to the arugula and fig salad to tender salmon, the dining experience was perfection. The waiter was attentive, but did not hover. The ambiance was relaxing, civilized, but unpretentious. Will definitely return - it may well be best restaurant in SC.

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