We stayed here for one night on our family trip up the pacific coast. We had two rooms as we were traveling with our two daughters ages 22 and 16. The rooms both had queen beds and were quite smaller than they appeared on the website. Bathroom was small but fine considering this is an historic property.
The staff was friendly and helpful. The Inn was nicely maintained. Out only issue here was the dinner service. Made a reservation for 6:15 for the four of us. The menu looked good and we had read many high reviews for the restaurant. To start out, saying the service was slow is a real understatement. Being only the third party seated you would think the kitchen would not yet be overwhelmed. It took around 15 minutes for the salads to be delivered. We did not order wine or any other drinks from the bar thankfully or we would have been sitting there for an additional 15 minutes. I lost track of time on how long it took for the entrees. I do not recall what one of my daughters ordered but one had chicken, my husband had scallops and I had steak. The chicken was cold and tasteless, the scallops were not seared and rubbery and the steak was over cooked. I asked for medium which, in my opinion is the preferred way for a good cut of meat. The waitress told me they prepared their steaks using the French temperature method which is more rare than what we are accustomed to in the US and suggested medium well. I went along with her advise and got a piece of meat which had a large hard piece of fat down one side and a ligament down the middle. The color was brown without a trace of pink.
The food was edible but not what was expected. With all the high praise for this restaurant, I would have to assume with it being the holidays maybe the real chef was not working that night.
We were finished and walked out at 8:20. Over two hours to have a two course meal.
If we return to Carter House Inn I would select one of the local restaurants instead of the Inn restaurant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Northern California's premier inn is an enclave of four magnificent Victorians perched alongside Humboldt Bay in Old Town, Eureka. The luxurious accommodations at Carter House Inns and the sumptuous dining at its Restaurant 301 (considered among Northern California's best restaurants) set and indulgent tone for a marvelous visit to the giant redwood forests, rugged Pacific beaches and the other wonders of Northern California's Redwood Coast. ... more less
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