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“Romantic setting, excellent food and service!”

Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine
Ranked #2 of 6 Restaurants in Lodi
Price range: $65 - $65
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Cooking School, Private Dining and Special Events. We offer both hands-on and demonstration classes, wine dinners, private parties and wedding receptions. The schedule will be carefully managed so that each offering is a special well thought out and executed experience. We specialize in proving the freshest of ingredients through the following avenues: Our own organic vegetable and herb garden specializing in heirloom varieties, local organic farmers who are growing specific produce for us, local farmers who are producing hormone free antibiotic free meats and fish flown in from Browne Trading Company in Portland Maine to ensure its freshness.
Ithaca, New York
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Romantic setting, excellent food and service!”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

My husband and I celebrated our 14th anniversary at Suzanne's and we were treated to a simply wonderful overall dining experience. The setting was intimate and cozy with perfect lighting levels to set the mood (and still be able to read the menu!). From the moment we entered the 1903 farmhouse, the staff was friendly and helpful, and we were efficiently ushered to our table by the fireplace. The table was spacious and exquisutely set with French flatware set in the French style. A sprig of fresh thyme was placed on our cloth napkins as a special touch - very charming.

Jeremy, our server, was the perfect combination of friendly, helpful, and attentive without being intrusive. He presented our menus and we immediately saw that they had been customized with a congratulatury anniversary note just for our special day. Another lovely touch. At the end of the meal they wrapped up our menus, tied them with a ribbon and presented them to us as a souvenir.

Prior to our appetizer, Jeremy brought us an amuse bouche of thinly sliced "breakfast" radishes, local goat cheese, orange sections, and a hint of red onion. It was just the thing to pique our tastebuds. We began the meal by sharing the local cheese board, and with its baguette, fresh fruit and almonds, it was a lovely way to start. The cheese were all cow's-milk varieties, but they were varied and delicious - a pungent blue from Waterloo, and two creamier, more subtle choices from the Hudson Valley and from Cooperstown. For the main course, I ordered the filet mignon, and my husband ordered the pork tenderloin. Both were simply wonderful. The presentation was thoughtful with a beautiful nastursium blossom on each plate. The filet was 3" thick and was perfectly cooked to my desired level (pink in the middle). It could have been cut with a butter knife, although Jeremy brought me a very nice French steak knife. The filet was covered with braised onions and a lovely Bordelaise sauce. It was perfectly seasoned and each bite simply melted in my mouth. The whipped potatoes and haricot verts were wonderful accompaniments - I believe it may have been the best filet I have ever eaten. My husband's pork tenderloin was of equal quality and the potato and chevre fritter was unusual and wonderful. Everything was served piping hot which we always appreciate. We chose a hearty Australian red wine for our meal and it was a nice choice to pair with our cheese and entrees.

For dessert we chose to split the chocolate mousse cake which was filled with a carmelized banana custard. It was rich and smooth with a tremendous mix of flavors. While we were enjoying the mousse cake, Jeremy brought us another little treat from the kitchen - two small pieces of pumpkin cake with homemade cream cheese frosting topped with a candied pecan. It was the lightest, most flavorful cake I have ever eaten, and I was hard-pressed to choose which dessert I preferred - the chocoloate mousse cake or the unassuming pumpkin cake! What a nice decision to ponder.

Overall our evening was just what we were hoping for - a special experience with excellent food and service that would give us time to talk and reminisce about our last 14 years together. We were very impressed and look forward to a return visit soon. Thanks to all at Suzanne's!

  • Visited October 2012
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ohio
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Simply Amazing”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Not only was this a great dining experience in the Finger Lakes, it was one of the best we have had anywhere. Rarely does a restaurant do everything so well, from atmosphere, to service to food, everything was spot on. Would definitely dine here again. The cheese board as a starter is a must, fantastic. So good in fact, we asked the server where we could buy the cheese. She wrote down all the info we needed. Thank you! The server was also very knowledgable about the menu and readily answered any questions we had. From the cheese, to the crab cakes, to the duck, to the dessert, each part of our meal was presented beautifully and in perfect timing. We appreciate all the work that goes into running a restaurant and when it is done so well, it is simply amazing.

  • Visited September 2012
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Voorhees, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
267 reviews
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“Excellent food, impeccable service”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

The setting, in an old farmhouse at the side of the road across from the lake in the distance, is charming and sets the tone for a wonderful dining experience. All of our food was wonderful, and beautifully presented without pretension. The service, likewise, was fantastic - attentive without being overbearing. The kitchen sent out several little treats during our dinner which only added to the experience. This is a must-stop and lives up to its lofty reputation and awards.

  • Visited September 2012
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New Rochelle, New York
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“excellent food, but expensive”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

Food was excellent, service gracious and the wait staff did not rush. Each course thoughtfully presented and explained. The vegetarian Bread Pudding was amazing. Dessert apple tarte was cold.

Visited September 2012
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Elmira, New York
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“Top dining in the Finger Lakes”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Suzanne is a great "fine dining" experience, one of the very top in the Finger Lakes. The food & service are excellent and refined. This is the Finger Lakes, so a nice pair of shorts is perfectly fine but we like to dress up a teensy bit for such a special meal. Lovely wine list, and they know it well - just ask if you would like some advice. They are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions, if you call ahead they can even do some 'special' items. I am gluten free and they are also fine at dealing with me as a drop-in (no advance notice). The outdoor porch is our favorite spot on warm summer evenings. The only bad thing about Suzanne is that it is open Thur-Sun only, and only 'in season' (closed winters)

I would describe the food as locally-oriented with french-trained techniques but a definite American personality.

Visited September 2012
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