There are not many choices for dining in this neck of the Pines. There's the Pic-A-Lilli down the road - great wings great if you drive a pick-up truck or motorcycle; the Shamong Diner, which is pretty good for a diner; but for something like a Valentines dinner, it's nice to see the Tabernacle Inn back open. For years (seven?) we would drive by while it was closed, still in immaculate condition, wondering if it would ever open again. Finally, it has returned.
My wife and I stopped in for dinner on Valentines Day - our first time here. Although it had reopened just a few months earlier, it appeared that the opening kinks had been ironed out. We arrived ahead of our reservation, and enjoyed a drink at the bar. The service was excellent. Our waitress, Lacy, was superb. She was very friendly and accommodating, familiar with the menu and specials, and had the rare ability to know just when to stop by to see if we needed anything without being overbearing. How nice to see a waitress in such a pleasant mood and skilled at her job.
The food was above average. My steak was done to perfection (which is not easy when you order a steak close to well done), and my wife enjoyed her fish dinner. The ambiance was pleasant, and they had live music (forget their name, but they were very good, and the female had an amazing voice). The sound level was not overbearing. The price was about average for quality restaurant.
Before making reservations, I checked Tripadvisor and another site, and the reviews were mixed. I decided that the negative reviews were from when they had just opened back in December, and took a chance. Both my wife and I were very happy with the Tabernacle Inn, and will certainly make return visits.
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