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Review of Colgate Inn

Colgate Inn
Ranked #1 of 26 Restaurants in Hamilton
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Colgate Inn offers fine American cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. No matter what you are in the mood for, the Colgate Inn has the atmosphere and fare to suit.
Reviewed August 16, 2012

My wife and I recently had dinner at the Colgate Inn in Hamilton, N.Y. We have eaten there many times and enjoyed it. This time was no different. The setting was casual, the service was excellent. The food was very good and the price was right.

I had a Prime Rib Panini: Slow roasted prime rib, roasted red pepper mayonnaise, Swiss cheese, caramelized onion and sautéed mushrooms on grilled Italian bread. The meat was tender and tasty. For a side dish I enjoyed Sweet Potato Fries. You will love them.

My wife had the House Salad: mixed greens, iceberg, pickled red onion, seasonal mixed berries with a strawberry vinaigrette. She selected to have it topped with grilled Atlantic Salmon. It was an excellent choice.

If you are in the area, this is a great place for good food and service.

Dave and Edie

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Reviewed August 11, 2012

The Colgate Inn is nestled in the center of Hamilton, New York and its once very tired appearance has been greatly enhanced due to its multi-million dollar renovation. The writer will comment on the restaurant only, since he has not booked a room for overnight lodging.

The grand old building has seating available under a splendid canopy (all new) with views of the quaint village. The inside restaurant features a contiguous tavern seating with a larger dining area. The decor was pleasant. This writer was there immediately after the reopening and the deafening sound was unbearable. A review was not written then in fairness for the restaurant to work-out all the kinks.Six months later, the writer returned and much to his delight the ceiling, fixtures and flooring had all been dampened and the reverberant sound was non-existent.

The dining area features tables with different seating arrangements and comfortably spaced. One first notices that in a restaurant of this caliber, there was not a linen tablecloth nor even place mats. The table was marked, stained,pocked and otherwise unflattering for a finer dining experience...totally unacceptable. Inside a rolled napkin only a knife and dinner fork were found.
Again, what is wrong here?

The waiter was polite, knowledgeable and at times a little overzealous about the menu. The wine and beer lists were very good. He was very attentive and not hovering. When the party of four were ordering, he raved about each choice being a great selection. The writer could not resist a little joke to ask him if he would say anything was not the greatest. He laughed and said that he would definitely advise his customers if anything would fall short of their expectations.
He described the chef specials and one entree had a $34 price tag...again perhaps worth it, but to sit at a table with inadequate furnishings...wrong.

Drinks and appetizers were ordered. The calamari was excellent...tender, lightly breaded and served with a marinara. The waiter asked if we would like appetizer plates or if we wanted to use our bread and butter plates. Again...inconsistent. The party said that they would prefer separate appetizer plates which he brought quickly. After the appetizer was finished, the waiter did not take the "dinner" fork away until asked by the writer for a new fork. He brought the writer an entire set-up with knife, fork and napkin. Again...wrong...and only the writer was brought a set-up. The others in the party were forced to use the same flatware. For a restaurant of this caliber, totally unacceptable.

Entrees ranged from beef to seafood selections and all were prepared and flavored well. The cioppino came with New Zealand mussels instead of fresh PEI mussels. This should not happen in a restaurant like this. Sinceone diner did not have a spoon, he did not finish the sauce. Another diner had "fresh cut and fried" french fries which were overcooked, dry and otherwise tasteless. In all fairness, all of the entrees were acceptable to very good. Desserts were not ordered since one of the diners advised the party that he had ordered several of them at a prior visit and that they were not worth the calories.

For the price and what the restaurant pretends to be, the writer would be very hesitant to recommend it to others. If corrections are made, a new review would be in order. But until then, the inconsistencies far outweigh the advantages for a restaurant of this caliber which one would expect.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

very cordial , had wonderful food., had been there twice before for dinner and that was also very good. I would recommend it .

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Reviewed August 1, 2012

My family and I wanted to find a place nearby for dinner that would suit our diets, and this place was it! We have a Vegetarian and a Gluten-Free eater in our family and we found meals that suited both. Everything about this place is wonderful. There's a tavern area, where there's a bar and seating, though it still looks rather classy and nice. However, there's an even nicer and more formal room called the "Madison Room" that you may ask to be seated in, and that is where we ate. The atmosphere was great. The service was fast and very friendly as well. (We made a reservation, and recommend that you do, considering it does get pretty crowded on busy nights.)

Our meals were impeccable. My wife enjoyed her steak, I enjoyed the pan-seared Salmon, my daughter enjoyed the Vegetable Napoleon, and my other daughter enjoyed the scallops. The menu has a lot of variety to it. We were all very satisfied, and haven't had a meal that delicious in a long while. Even the house salad was delectable, with berries and such in it. I highly recommend the dessert, too. The sorbet was fantastic! Even the presentation of our meals was excellent.

We'll definitely be returning for special occasions. I say special occasions because the menu is a little pricey. It's not too bad, but the meals range from $17 to about $32 (for the Filet Mignon.) I highly recommend this place to others. We can't wait to return and have some more AMAZING food!! Compliments to the chef!

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

The food is pretty good the wait staff is great and the decor is by far the best I've seen in any restaurant around if you want classy dining without the Insane prices :)

Thank Adriana F
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