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“Awesome Vintner's Dinner in September”
Review of Chillingsworth

Ranked #15 of 42 Restaurants in Brewster
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $75
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed September 14, 2008

We just attended the Vintner's Dinner last night, hosted by MS Walker and the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, and must say that this is probably the closest one will come to fine Manhattan upscale dining on the Cape. Having dined at some of the finer spots in NY, SF, DC and elsewhere, we can comment with some authority.

The event started with some lovely and delicious appetizers prior to the meal, passed around by wait staff in the bar area outside the main dining area, and paired with a very nice Pinot Gris. The appetizers were all very interesting and unique, such as a mini Shrimp Taco, a Duck Confit Quesadilla, mini Fish and Chip, and Heirloom Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta, to name only some of them. One had to guard against consuming too much of them before the main event.

After being seated in one of the main dining rooms, which was very attractive and tranquil, we were presented with four courses of some of the most beautifully prepared and presented dishes we'd seen the entire week. Dishes such as a perfectly pan-seared diver scallop over creamy lemon orzo with carrot sticks and a carrot cardamom "cloud". Very interesting and delicious! This was followed by three more mains, such as grilled marinated quail with butternut squash puree and chanterelles, grilled striped bass with celery root puree, sea beans and pea shoots, and a perfectly seared American Kobe skirt steak with Yukon gold smashed, sauteed spinach, endive gratinee and a Foie Gras sauce. The wine pairings were all very well matched and lovely. I now have to take the trouble to search these wines out where I live, but a couple of them were really, really nice, and the Pinot Noir in particular was comparable to some of my Williams Selyem Pinot Noirs.

By the time dessert arrived, we were about ready to burst, but still managed to consume most of the chocolate mousse cake and Grand Marnier ice cream. We spent about 2.5 hours or so at this event, and had a fabulous time. The wait staff was the most sure, smooth, and professional I've encountered on the Cape, ever.

All in all, Chillingsworth is definitely worth a return visit when I come back here next year, and I would unhesitatingly recommend it to anyone looking for a true fine-dining experience on Cape Cod.

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Reviewed September 5, 2008

4 of us ate in the main restaurant on 27th August. This is the 3rd year running that we have eaten there and whilst the food was good it was perhaps not as good as previously. The service though successfully combined rudeness, indifference and plain insult. The 4 of us eating were English which prompted uninvited, for the waitress to launch in to a diatribe of British tipping habits and how awful "we" are and that she expected a tip of at least 22%, she quite happily continued with this theme and frankly I wish we had walked out there and then. All 4 of us are world travelled and her presumptive hectoring was unpleasant, uncalled for and left us all with a feeling of unease. Coupled with the waitress's attitude the Maitre D' was aloof and apathetic. The sommelier looked to be in another world and barely muttered a word carrying a look of a female bull dog having swallowed a wasp. The cost of the meal in relation to the service received made the experience very poor. We would have had better service at a fast food restaurant.

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Reviewed August 27, 2008

my family and i went to chillingsworth. my mom and dad have been many times and they loved it. tonight i went for my first time and it was amazing!!!! Everything was great, the portabella was great and the steak was the best. the trio of crembrule was amazing!!!

1  Thank CTCharlie
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Reviewed August 2, 2008

sticky toffee cake at the bistro. good enough to lose a tooth over!

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Reviewed June 12, 2008

We really looked forward to our first experience at Chillingsworth as we had heard so much about it from friends....Of our 6 nights eating out on Cape Cod this was our least favorite.....Service was slow as it took 2 and one half hours for 2 people to have dinner...Meals were just o.k. nothing special...I can't tell you how many wonderful restaurants there are on Cape Cod this is not one of them..

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