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The Historic Smithville Inn
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Ranked #1 of 7 Restaurants in Smithville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Route 9 & Moss Mill Road
Transit: New Jersey Transit bus stop located directly across from the Smithville Inn.
Description: Old world charm meets new world hospitality in this lovely lakeside landmark. A longtime locals favorite serving award winning classic continental cuisine with a modern flair. The restaurant, resurrected from an uncertain future in 1997 by the combined efforts of the Coppola & Bushar families, has since reclaimed its spot among the favorite dining locations in the Atlantic City area.
Reviewed August 10, 2008

We were taken to dinner at the Smithville Inn by friends from Waretown. One of our friends did not want to go there as a result of a bad experience previously but we convinced her to give it another chance, plus it was a new place for us to try. We got there at about 4:30pm, made reservations for 6:00 and did a quick tour of the adjacent village.

We showed up at 6:00 to find out they had no table for us, and it would be after 6:30 by the time we got seated. The bar was empty and no people waiting. Our waitress, whose demeanor appeared to be more suited to working in a diner, responded to our comment about the late seating by advising us that we should expect in any good restaurant to wait at least half and hour for a seat. (!) This was to be the beginning of a dreadful experience that only progressed down hill from there.

In short, after being rushed to order, the waitress delivered two orders of shrimp and salmon instead of grouper. As these were returned, this left the two expectant grouper people watching the others finish their entrees. When the grouper arrived, one was fine however the other piece of fish was spoiled and inedible. (!) The manager stepped in and suggested that an order of crabcakes could be quickly put together and offered to pay for the two mishandled orders.

The crabcakes were better than Mrs. Paul's but nothing to write home about. The one grouper was good, the other was served spoiled, and the prime rib was fair overall. The service was not by anyone's standards what you would expect in a decent place. The manager took the two entrees off the bill but we are sure the couple who brought us will never return.

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Reviewed June 11, 2008

We spent an enjoyable 3 hours there today and although it is a bit of a tourist trap it is a fun place to visit. Lunch at the Inn proved to be quite nice with the food and service both above par. If you allow your imagination to work and wander back a couple of centuries you can well imagine how those hardy folks of colonial times existed.
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6/11/08

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Reviewed October 26, 2007

My daughter and I spent a few lovely hours in Smithville this past August. We had fun on the little paddle boats on the Smithville lake and enjoyed a nice late lunch at the Smithville Inn. The atmosphere was lovely! The historic quality was intense! I swear you could almost hear and see the folks from way back when! The food was top notch and presentation was wonderful. Little orchids were added as a garnish which we playfully tucked behind our ears! Service was excellent and very attentive. Prices were moderate but portions were generous! Try the chicken pot pie but be sure you are STARVING! It's enough for 4 people! Before eating we shopped in the shops and bought some great soon to be Christmas gifts! I plan on going back again this weekend now that the weather is cooler. Nice quiet little place to go!

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Reviewed December 31, 2006

We heard about this place and finally decided to try it one trip last year. Everything was almost too good to be true...the food, the staff, the atmosphere, and surprisingly the price. We figured we caught them on a good day but after three subsequent vists we have yet to be dissapointed. We love it so much more than those impersonal casino restaurants. Worth the trip.

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