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“Just short of amazing - but very good”

The Dan'l Webster Inn Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 66 Restaurants in Sandwich
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $40
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Pub
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Traditional favorites share the menu with contemporary cuisine. Lovely dining rooms offer a choice of settings; candle-lit rooms, fireside dining in the Music Room or garden side dining in the sun or moonlit Conservatory combine with outstanding service and innovative cuisine to produce a positively exceptional dining experience. We welcome guests in all our dining rooms dressed from casual to their Sunday best. The Dan'l Webster Inn serves contemporary American cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, year round. Start your day in elegant style with a delightful Breakfast. Recipient of The Wine Spectator's prestigious Best of Award of Excellence, features wines that will please even the most discriminating guest. The Inn, recognized as a Distinguished Restaurant of North America, offers familiar favorites such as the most tender prime rib and filet mignon available along with seasonal and creative dishes from our constantly changing Chef's Special Menu
Reviewed February 17, 2013

First time to the DWI restaurant with my wife for a late Valentines Day. Chose the dining room rather than the tavern. We were seated initially in a busy thoroughfare and asked to be reseated which we were, quickly and without a second look. We ended up just outside the conservatory, disappointing my wife for two reasons - 1. The chairs in the conservatory are upholstered and look comfy - while the chairs in the main dining room are nearly, if not the same as the tavern - which were fine just not as nice and 2. There were 3 different tables in the main dining room with multiple kids. Attire ranged from business casual to jeans and t-shirts, which is normal for an inn vibe, but you would think they would point the "not-so-fine-dining" crowd to the tavern, which is excellent in its own right with similar food choices.

So the service was a bit slow at first, but picked up nicely with a gentleman who was frank about menu selections, attentive and friendly. I had a cocktail which was quite reasonable ($8) and we ordered a bottle from their extensive wine list. We got a $45 bottle of tuscana which sells for $23-$30 in stores. A great price point for a decent wine.

We started with the lobster chowder which was flavorful but short on lobster - this is not one of those chowders that is oozing massive chunks of anything but potato. But it was quite good. We had beef and truffle stuffed ravioli which was quite tasty and - 2 ravioli for $10 I think. The bread was fresh focaccia with garlic and white bean paste in olive oil for dipping - I liked it, my wife was not crazy about the paste.

She had the filet, which was cooked perfectly and paired with some flavorful sides. I had veal oscar which was very good. Ended with creme brûlée which was also very good.

Everything we had was very good, the food, the service, the atmosphere. We had not a single real complaint but in the end the table we were at was kind of symbolic of the night - it was very good, but just outside the conservatory. I would not hesitate to recommend it.

As an aside, we bumped into friends there who each had the lobster crusted haddock and said it was fabulous.

Our total meal and tax, excluding tip, was $157 for 1 cocktail, 1 bottle of wine, soup, appetizer, 2 entrees and 1 dessert.

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Thank Rob C
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Atmosphere, wait staff and menu are outstanding! Several in our party ordered the Lobster Grilled Cheese - perfect decadence! Well worth every delicious calorie. The Lobster Bisque was creamy and flavorful - the Goat Cheese Salad was perfectly seasoned and dressed - our cocktails were handmade (no mixes), cold and delicious. Well worth the trip when you are visiting the Cape!

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Everything was outstanding, from the atmosphere to the lovely menu choices to our kind and friendly waitress! Several members of our party ordered the Lobster Grilled Cheese - decadence at it's finest! The Lobster Bisque Soup was delicious and luxuriously creamy and the Goat Cheese Salad was perfectly seasoned and beautifully presented. This restaurant is definitely worth the side trip when you are visiting the Cape!

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Thank mmollo55
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

With frigid winds blowing out of the north, chilling us to the bones as we scouted for exotic birds along the coast line, we looked for a place to eat that was warm. After a quick search if TripAdvisor, we settled on a few options. Our first stop was Daniel Webster.

Having read they have a fireplace, my wife asked if we could sit by it. They said the tables tree were full. But they weren't, and to my wife's joy, there was one directly in front of the heart warming flames.

Our server was accomodating, when my wife asked about veggie options, the waiter returned with a separate menu for her. The waiter also helped identify gluten free options.

Unhurried service, not slow and not fast, provided us ample time to regain feeling in our extremities.

The veggie burger is more of a pate, but was very good. The guacamole mayo was mm mm good. The coffee was very good, and braced me for the afternoon's adventures.

Thank Gennaker
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Daniel Webster Inn is one of Sandwich's landmarks, but it is showing its age. A little faded, a little tatty. The food in the restaurant is good, but not great, and certainly not on a par with the cost.

Thank mtadams1
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