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“Always, always, always wonderful!”
Review of Palmer House

Palmer House
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Kapaa, Hawaii
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Always, always, always wonderful!”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

This review is very long overdue, mainly because the Palmer House Cafe is absolutely my favorite restaurant in the Capital District, and we have been going there for so many years. In all those years, we have never been disappointed. The staff is always friendly and helpful, the atmosphere always welcoming, and the food totally fabulous.

As he learned from Chefs Bill Benson (sp?) and Susan Lenane, Chef Micah Kuhar uses primarily seasonal, locally sourced meats, vegetables and fruits. The menu changes frequently depending upon what is in season and fresh. The meals (from appetizer to dessert) are always imaginatively prepared, frequently combining foods that one would never have thought would work together -- but they do, and brilliantly.

While the decor might be called spare, there is always work by local artists decorating the walls. The Tavern area is cozy and friendly; from the main dining area one can see into the busy kitchen, and in the warmer months, the patio is delightful. And the restaurant's location in the middle of tiny Rensselaerville, NY, makes for a lovely drive.

Lately they have been hosting Thursday Open Jam sessions, and they are also serving lunch on Saturdays while the town hosts a Farmers Market. On occasion they have a Stammtisch -- a prix fixe meal served family style reflecting the cuisine of a particular country or area.

I cannot possibly stress how much I love the Palmer House Cafe. This wonderful restaurant is a gem and well worth the trip from anywhere!

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Donna C
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English first
Medusa, New York
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86 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Locally grown food exquisitely prepared”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

As I wandered down the stone sidewalk that graces the main street, I was charmed by the old homes, large trees, and quaint community. Once inside the Palmer House, we were welcomed by the staff. We chose to sit in the dining room rather than the tavern or patio, but all three areas are pleasant. The food was all locally raised/grown, the beer and wine lists were extensive, and the desserts decadent. I have eaten there several times now, and have not had one mediocre dinner yet! It is quite easy to find the village, and is worth spending some time there hiking up to the waterfalls or strolling through town before or after your meal. On our most recent visit, there was a music venue on the lawn behind the restaurant, and that made our evening! I enjoy the delicious food and love the idea that I am supporting a family business and local agriculture at the same time.

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank GregandDiane
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