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“Horrible, Overpriced Food in a Very Forgettable Ambience!”
Review of The Rooster Tail Inn Restaurant - CLOSED

The Rooster Tail Inn Restaurant
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Bethlehem, Connecticut
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Horrible, Overpriced Food in a Very Forgettable Ambience!”
Reviewed April 24, 2011

The first time I dined here my impression was "overpriced", "inexperienced waitstaff", "decent food albeit overpriced" but, on a beautiful Fall day, who cares? However, when I returned on a cold, icy, snowy, pre-New Years Eve day, the weather was not able to mask the inconsistencies and lack of service and quality. I will NEVER return to this place and will discourage anyone else from even trying it. With the Boulders Inn only a stone's throw away (we were too late for lunch at the Boulders on the day of our visit), why would you subject yourself to this? I brought a friend who was visiting the area (I live in Bethlehem, CT) and we arrived starving and ready to eat; we waited 45 minutes to be served!! Needless to say, by the time the food arrived we were both "beasty" and the surly, lackluster, pompous waitress only made it worse. When the food arrived, it was just awful. The waitress was clear that we were not happy with the service or the food and she blatantly avoided our table! It should be noted that in order to actually get served in 45 minutes, we had to physically get up and walk over to the bar to inquire how much longer it would be. We repeatedly asked for bread and were told that it usually arrives with the meal ... EXCUSE me? On what planet!!! We couldn't wait to leave and that too was a wait to get the check. The surly waitress had that delivered by another waitress ... An overall horrendous experience! We left ZERO for the tip ... I haven't done that in over 20 years!!! On a positive note, I hear the owners are really nice people ... as if that's a reason to go to an abyssmal property with horrible and, sometimes, mediocre food. A word to the wise ... STAY AWAY!!!

  • Visited December 2010
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9 Thank LilEddie09
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English first
Narragansett, Rhode Island
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Three times is not charm”
Reviewed July 16, 2010

We have been to the Rooster Tail three different time, once for dinner and twice for late lunch and each time the food has been a disappointment. One time I can explain as maybe things are just off, but three times, I don't think so.

I ordered the crab cakes, they arrived hot but the french fries were only warm and seemed to have been sitting on the plate while awaiting for the crab cakes to be done. We told the waitress who promptly returned to the kitchen, we were then served hot fries. But the flavors are just not there. It seems they are skimping on better quality food to keep the cost to profit higher. Another time the order was stuffed pork when it arrived it was over cooked and tasteless.

We attended the open house they had for the holiday and were rewarded with great tasting food and drinks but since then it has fallen off. And the price for the size of the portions is definitely not worth the trip. Too bad because Warren is a nice little town, a new town hall and some small unique antique shops in the center of town across the street from the Rooster Tail. The colonial white church on the hill makes a great photograph as does a drive around Lake Waramaug. I would suggest instead of eating at the Rooster Tail you travel to either the a lake restaurant or the ten miles to Kent where there are a number of restaurants to chose from.

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8 Thank Laddy40
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mcallen texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“variety and great value for the money”
Reviewed June 28, 2010

the rooster tail's high-priced (but wonderful) accommodations are offset by the very fair prices in their restaurant. The ambiance is lovely, with both indoor dining room and spacious stone terrace, with a big fireplace where you can relax with a pre- or after-dinner drink. There's a nice variety of things to choose from, sorted into 3 different sized and priced portions. one of you can have a crab cake for $14 while the other has a delicious plate of pasta for $18. It's mix and match and there are also weekly special nights that feature such items as steamed clams, or roast beef, or roast pork. august will be a barbeque month, which we also enjoyed on father's day. priced at $18, it was copious and delicious.

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Thank mexifan
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Pompano Beach
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The Biggest Rip-Off in the Litchfield Hills”
Reviewed June 21, 2010

An afternoon of golf in the Litchfield Hills with my wife and I along with another couple and a reservation for dinner at the Rooster Tail Inn in Warren would be a great way to spend a Saturday. We arrived at the Inn just about at the time of our reservation. As we entered the restaurant we were greeted by the owner, Maureen Jones, who was pleasant enough but seemed very ill-at-ease with her role as greeeter/hostess. After a brief negotiation about the selection of our table we were seated in the dining room. The room, which appeared to be a converted porch, was bright and airy but very stark and sterile. The view from the large windows was a glimpse of a small pond, a lawn. a stone driveway and the main highway on which the Inn is located.
We each ordered the house wine along with salads and the stuffed chicken breast entre. The chicken was dry and tasteless except for a hint of bacon and sun dried tomato wih which the chicken was stuffed. We finished the meal with a savory cup of decaf coffee which was served hot.
We asked for our check and was surprised at the $160.00 tab especially since the entres were only $17.00 and the only extras were salad and coffee and oh yes, the four glasses of "house wine." We questioned our waitress about the tab and she assured us there were no mistakes. We checked the tab a second time to find we were charged $14.00 per glass of "house" wine. As far as I am concerned that is exorbitant for this establishment and it appears they are trying to pad the tab with these outrageous prices for house wine.

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11 Thank john6648
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Connecticut
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A welcome new addition to the area”
Reviewed November 7, 2009

This place is relatively new, but it already feels like a warm and welcoming perennial. Menu now has full dinner entrees, as well as the terrific tavern plates, which are a bit smaller, but can be a fine meal when you put a few together. Simple, but fresh and tasty fare for lunch and dinner, and a very good wine selection.

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Thank cboy3
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