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“Almost perfect.”

Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens
Ranked #9 of 295 Restaurants in South Bend
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Indiana's most nationally recognized restaurant - 28 years AAA Chicago Four Diamond and 30 years Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence." Formal Main Dining housed within historical 1851 building featuring the freshest farm-to-table foods and extensive fine wine list. Michiana's premier outdoor fine-dining facility, ALFRESCO FINE DINING & GARDENS, featuring a wood fire oven, patio seating adjacent to outdoor stage exhibiting local musicians every weekend during summer. Two Excellent Venues - One Superb Restaurant!
Indiana
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Almost perfect.”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Love the outdoor patio dining. Food is fabulous and service is great. Inside dining a bit "stuffy" for my taste and all around overpriced.

Visited September 2012
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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143 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Special occasion dining”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

I took my husband here for his birthday and it was wonderful. It starts with a fois gras appetizer, which typically is not my cup of tea, however, this was excellent. Served with a pickle and toast for a little sandwich. Yum. The staff was accommodating but unobtrusive. Wine and scotch selection outstanding and the food was superb. We plan to return and eat in the stunning gardens.

  • Visited August 2012
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Boca Raton FL
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Elegant”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

We dined here twice, once in the formal dining room. It is a beautiful room. We were a half hour late and the staff kept the restaurant open of us and did so happily. The fois gras apetizer they had waiting at the table before we ordered was delicious. We brought friends back two night later to eat in the beautiful gardens outside with a more casual menu. The live jazz trio was the perfect background set in the beautiful flower gardens. This place is just beautiful to dine and also the food was delicious both nights... start to finish.

Visited August 2012
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South Bend, Indiana
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“playing in the rain”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

I am an employee at the Carriage House and really had a wonderful experience last night. It was about 8:30 when we looked to the west and saw the dark sky coming towards us. Immediately we looked at the doppler and went into action of getting prepared for the storm. As the Carriage House team pulled together to get everyone and everything out of harms way we remained with 5 guests left on the patio that decided to finish eating, pay and then go. The rain then began to fall and the 5 guests insisted that they help us clean a bit before they left. In my opinion the kindness of these guests is truely amazing and I would like to say "thank you" to Sarah, Erin, Justin and to the other 2 that unfortunetly I do not know. We at the Carriage House Dining Room and Alfresco Gardens really do have the best guests.

  • Visited July 2012
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Granger, Indiana
1 review
“awesome location for a special night!”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

Our son recently proposed to his girlfriend and then surprised her with a combined family dinner at the Carriage House. Judy, the owner, was so helpful and added many special touches. The surprise for the couple was planned in the lovely gardens...but when it rained Judy and the staff quickly switched our party to a special room inside and the surprise was still a memorable one. The food was very very good...the service so attentive...and we felt like Judy was part of the family by the end of the evening! The beauty of the restaurant and the care given by the staff with great food makes the evening at the Carriage House a memory for my son and soon to be daughter in law one to cherish their whole lives!!!

  • Visited July 2012
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