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“Easter Brunch - 2014”
Review of Waterwheel Cafe - CLOSED

Waterwheel Cafe
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Located on scenic Fall Creek with a view on untainted woodland along the shore. We offer Live Music every Friday and Saturday. The monthly musician's schedule is posted on our Waterwheel Cafe website. We offer group discounts and are willing to prepare a special menu by request. We reserve the fireplace-bar area for groups ranging from 20- 40. This assures an intimate dining atmosphere.
Saratoga Springs, New York
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5 reviews
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“Easter Brunch - 2014”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

We visited my son, who is away at college in Ithaca, for Easter. We took him and a friend to Easter Brunch at the Waterwheel. Although we made a reservation for noon, we arrived at 11 hoping that we could get in earlier. The hosts were very accomodating and although busy, they were able to get us in.

Once seated we were promptly brought water, menus, and our drink order was taken. We had juices which were very good and water -- which had a hint of sulfur taste to it. The brunch menu offered a broad arrange of options including quiche, omelets, steak, lobster newburg, and more. Two of us ordered the quiche which was very good. It was served with a choice of soup or salad. Two of us ordered the steak which came with potatoes and eggs. The steak was excellent and serving size was very good. One of us had the omelet and she liked it very much and lastly I had the lobster newburg served over rice. The sauce was very tasty, I just wish I had more of it as it was not very filling.

We did not order dessert but it looked very good and there was a great selection. The waitress was very attentive as were the owners who came by regularly to ask us how things were. There was also a guitar player who played some light background music providing some very nice ambiance.

I polled the family as to how they would rate the Waterwheel and mostly had 5/5 with two of us giving a 4/5. We would definitely consider returning.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Rich_A_NY
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Groton, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Never again”
Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

I thought it would be nice to try again. Maybe make it an Easter tradition. But to keep it short, the waitress was abrupt and rushing, her and the other waitress were snippy with each other, the table was dirty and it was hard to get the waitress to come back to the table. I never was able to get butter for my toast or steak sauce for my rib-eye. She was just too busy. And really it was overpriced for what we were served. And the owners who were walking around didn't bother to ask, so we paid and left. There will be no next time.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank maggienineteen63
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great chef and nice atmosphere!”
Reviewed March 20, 2014

We have been in twice on Saturday nights. It is a real hidden treasure. Loved the specials and the prime rib! Even a some music one night! Definitely worth the drive!

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank Engival
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Ithaca, New York
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Culinary Art at it's Best”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

This cozy cafe, near Ithaca, NY, will give you one of the best dining experiences of your life. Everything is top notch. The food, service and ambience are all superb. All created by a lovely local couple with warm hearts, genuine concern, and unmatched talent.

  • Visited August 2013
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3 Thank YBarnkeeper
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Groton, New York
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great food from an unassuming restaurant”
Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is set on an ordinary street in Freeville but the food is anything but ordinary! My husband and I went on a recent Saturday night and our meal far exceeded our expectations. The service was wonderful and the food was absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced. We will definitely be returning to the restaurant that looks very simple from the outside but has top notch food prepared by an top notch chef inside.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank molleen d
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