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“Never Changes”

Heirloom Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 10 Restaurants in Chautauqua
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Heirloom Restaurant opened up in the Athenaeum Hotel in the summer of 2014. Heirloom is a full-service restaurant that is available to hotel guests, Chautauqua visitors and guests coming from off the grounds for a great dining experience. It is open 7 days a week and is available and open to the public from June 24 through August 27, 2017. All outside dining guests receive a complimentary gate pass to Chautauqua Institution. A gate pass that has amphitheater access will have to be purchased if you plan on attending amphitheater entertainment.
Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Never Changes”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Still looks exactly the same as it did 22 yrs ago!!! Loved the view, great venue for pictures, front desk area was alittle disorganzied.....

Visited August 2012
Thank Firstimer40
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A Great Old Lady on the Lake”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

Full of atmosphere and history, this lovely, grand, old wooden building in the midst of the slightly surreal, cultural, educational, new agey intellectual Chautauqua Institution, would be fun to come to, even if the food wasn't good. But it is pretty good, though you have to have the four course dinner or nothing. Mind you, the portions are not large and tend to be health-conscious. (There was something on the Menu about paying 20 dollars extra for "more protein".) We started with cold pea soup and red lentil soup respectively - both good and spiced just right, then small scraps of salmon with rocket, succulent grouper and a melt-in-the-mouth corncake (for him) and excellent lamb with pureed chickpeas and slightly too mushy broccoli (for me). A very good choice of wines for a place with such primly teetotal origins. The waitress should have had at least a modicum of wine savvy, though. And I wish they'd given us the option to have a table on the terrace overlooking the lake. First time bookers take note!

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Annofwimbledon
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Seattle, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Needs new management!”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

Given the beautiful setting over looking Lake Chautauqua and the wonderful old hotel it is located in we were looking forward to a great meal. Unfortunately it was not to be had. The only menu option on the evening we were there was $60 prix fixe. A fair price for the quality and quantity of food we were served would have been $30. Service by a young college student was great but when we received our check we were confused as to whether or not there had been a service charge included (we were a party of six). He explained that he got 2-1/2 % as a tip. We thought this way too little and gave him a cash tip separate from our credit card receipt on which we left no tip. In summary, walk through the hotel to see the building but eat somewhere else.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank speedroberts
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Big Disappointment!”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

We went for Sunday brunch. We enjoyed seeing this well preserved and wonderful historical hotel. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the old porch just stunning. The brunch was extremely over priced. Food was less than mediocre and there was a marked lack of variety to the menu. We will never go back unless they change their approach and pricing. A real waste of money.

Thank Pickledwalnuts
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Cabot, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Get rid of the birds!”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

When the 5 of us went to our reserved table #1 in the hugh dinning room and there was no one else in the room [5:30] I kind of knew we were in trouble. It went down hill from there! We then ask to be seated on the porch area to at least enjoy the view of the lake, and where there would be some people. The waiter had to exchange chairs several times to find some clear of bird droppings so we could sit. The meal itself was poor at $69.00! Some had Quail [ dried up] others had the Pork [ it tasted old] ,not what you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. The portions were also very small. The final straw was at an adjacent table birds swooped down to finish off the food that was left from the previous patrons! The waitstaff hadn't begun to clear the table. Our party will write this place off for good!

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank rmorris9
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