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“A Treasure on the Coast”
Review of Sycamore House

Sycamore House
Price range: $5 - $31
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Sycamore House is a family run up scale restaurant that has been open since 2002. Michael Eastham and Stella LeGardeur are innovative chefs and owners, whom live in the restaurant with their loving children.
Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Treasure on the Coast”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have enjoyed numerous lovely dining experiences at the Sycamore House. The character of the house itself set the stage for an amazing time. My husband and I moved to Bay St. Louis in 2006 and lived there until lae 2012. We had many special occasion dinners, along with brunch frequently. The service was top drawer everytime. Of course, it is about the food. We were never disappointed with any meal. The thoughtful preparation of each dish and fresh ingredients made for a beautiful taste as well as a sight for the eyes. I look forward to visiting the Sycamore House when I visit the coast. You will enjoy a wonderful time.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank wr630
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English first
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent! ”
Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

From the friendliness to the food! This cozy restaurant nestled among live oaks in Bay St. Louis is a must for anyone looking for an overall dining experience! Every time we have been there has impressed us with the quality of service and how good the food is! Everything is excellent!

1 Thank tater1212
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Where Time Stands Still”
Reviewed May 19, 2014

At the Sycamore House, time stands still in the following ways. You be the judge:

The Good:
* Beautifully maintained home in the heart of Bay St. Louis. On this property, it's like Katrina never happened.
* They still care about the way the food is prepared. These are gourmet recipes, clearly created or customized to meet the unique offerings of this local restaurant... Ice cream made on-site for dessert... A respectable bar with a variety of offerings.
* Your choice of well-appointed rooms, the screened-in porch, or the back patio for dining. White tablecloths (except for the patio). Fine china.
* The ability to have a truly romantic meal
* Friendly staff; authentic Southern accents.

The Not as Good:
* You may be on a schedule, but the staff is not. Again - time stands still. You'll likely wait a while for your food. If you arrive in a non-peak time, and no one's in the foyer to greet you, you might stand awkwardly in the foyer wondering if you're intruding or unwelcome. (That's how my wife and I felt until a server walked by a few minutes later and acknowledged us; though she was friendly and hospitable once she saw us.)
* It's a little hoity-toity. I appreciate the old-school Southern charm but would suggest the overall atmosphere is too formal.
* While the pace of the restaurant may reflect a slower, simpler way of life, the prices have certainly kept up with inflation. The cost of a lunch for two, including a glass of wine and a tip, topped $70. I've attached photos of our meals.

Overall: The quality of our food was excellent. I'm glad we ate there during a day trip to BSL. Just be aware of what this restaurant offers and what it doesn't. It may suit your desires. Or you might feel more comfortable down the road.

Note: I'm giving the service a "poor" simply because of the time between ordering and receiving. The service was friendly - just slow. Even tea and coffee took a good while to arrive. And while we wanted dessert, the delay in seeing our server again prompted us to just pay and leave.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank TideTraveler98
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Louisville, Tennessee
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“nice old house”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

Cozy and romantic dinner in a lovely old house. Lots of local art. Very good food. The crab cheesecake was superb. The beef brisket melted in your mouth and the grits were the best we have ever had. You might need a reservation for this outstanding restaurant.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Leslie L
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Minneapolis, MN
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111 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“LOVED the food and atmosphere”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

This was my first meal of this trip to the area, and it was probably the best! LOVED the shrimp and grits. Loved the atmosphere of this home converted into restaurant. Can't wait to go back on future trips to the area.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank divinghkns
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