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“The patio is the only thing going for this place”
Review of Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant - CLOSED

Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

Have dined her inside and out for several years. The patio is usually a good experience. Sometimes the music is to loud especially if you are seated near the stage. The bathrooms outside are a joke with a shower curtain serving as a stall door. Inside there is a male and female restroom. The inside is out dated. The service inside has usually been good but poor on the patio. Getting a drink on the patio can be a challenge as well with a long wait. On one occasion the barmaid saw us sit and watched us for 15 minutes never approaching us for an order until we got up and walked out. The food it hit or miss and the fresh salads from the garden are not always properly washed leaving dirt grit in your teeth. Go for fun with friends on the patio without quality expectations.

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2  Thank Lynda G
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

I have read all the great reviews about this restaurant but I have to give another experience that I just had.

We went out tonight to meet some friends that we don't get to see everyday. We wanted a nice place to have drink, enjoy each others company, and have a nice dinner. Not too much to ask from a place that bills itself as a "Fine Dining" establishment. Well, our experience was anything but fine. We met our friends who were already seated and waiting for us in the "Main Dining Room". It was about 6:30 PM when we were seated. No sooner do we sit down at the table when a singer 2 feet away with an amplifier starts up his act. Long story short for the almost two hours we sat there we were unable to have any enjoyable conversation or even hear ourselves think. He never took a break. We had to order our food with the server leaning over us and shouting in our ears. The music was loud and very intrusive. I am not against music. However, when you bill yourself as a fine dining establishment and charge people $20 and up for an entrée and sell expensive wine, you can't expect people to endure loud amplified music just feet away from their ear.

As far as the food goes it was alright but nothing special. One of our party ordered off the PUB MENU. He had a medium rare 8oz. "BRASSTOWN" beef burger. This is supposedly made from beef bred in Brasstown, NC and of a superior quality to others. Well the first one the server brought out was dry, cold, and hard as a hockey puck. She took it back with no argument but by the time the replacement came out the rest of the table was almost finished eating. How many minutes does it take to make a burger? AND, the 8oz. it was billed to be could hardly be real. It was no bigger than a 1/4 pounder from McDonald's. It's no wonder they couldn't get it medium rare. It was as thin as a fast food burger. Hardly what you would expect from a "Fine Dining Establishment" serving boutique meat. I won't looking to buy any Brasstown beef again that's for sure.

All in all it was a terrible experience for our party. Do others like this place? I'm sure they do. If you like loud amplified music 2 feet from your ear while you eat your 8oz. (probably 4oz.) burger, $20.00 and up entrée, and drink your $50.00 a bottle wine you will like this place.

Murphy, NC is short on nice drinking/dining establishments. Is this the nicest in town? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. But, with not much to choose from in the area they don't have much problem making ends meet.

If you must go I would suggest you sit somewhere else other than in the room with the singer. If I want loud amplified music while I eat, I would prefer a sports bar. Less expensive and probably better burgers even if they aren't made from "BRASSTOWN" beef.

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1  Thank michaels-s33
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Doyle's, first of all, has great character. They source local ingredients including trout and beef, and you won't be disappointed. Jen, the bartender on the patio is great, and all of the wait staff are friendly and professional. Try the chocolate mousse or the creme brulee for dessert.

Thank Mamie P
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

What a relief to find this place! Surrounded by beautiful nature, but horrendous food choices this is a foodie enclave. MUST STOP if you like food!
We had the local trout, perfectly cooked; NY Strip awesome! Duck wonderful. French Onion soup delicious, Oysters excellent, and soup of day "Mountain Man" wonderful.
Veggies grown in restaurant garden.
Service lacked, i assume the waitress had a bad day(happens to all of us). Bring time, takes a while! They also do wine tastings, the participants seemed to enjoy it.

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Thank Floridakate1
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant was easy to find. It looked very rustic with weather-beaten wood and a nice produce garden in the same lot. Upon entering, the interior was very clean and quaint. I failed to see the necessity of utilizing white table cloth since the food would not demand such setting. Bare wooden tables would have sufficed.
We ordered a bottle of 2010 Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir but, our server informed us that they were no longer available. She recommended 2011 Harlow Ridge Pinot Noir instead ($28). We reluctantly agreed since this was from California and we had our hearts set on Oregon grapes. This wine was fruity with soft tannin, red cherry undertone and a short finish. It benefited from 15 minutes of breathing time.
Our first appetizer was Crab Cakes with Panko Breading and Cajun Remoulade ($6). There were two crab cakes per order. We quickly realized why the price was extremely inexpensive. There were barely any crabmeat and the bulk of the weight was breadcrumbs. They had descent flavor with very little crab notes. Remoulade had an oily texture with good pickle relish flavor, some sweetness and light Cayenne pepper heat. Second appetizer was Calamari a la Panko ($7). These panko breaded calamari steaks were served with roasted tomato marinara. The sauce had a very good ripe tomato aroma but missing the roasted top note. Good flavor albeit sugary sweet. Adding sugar is an amateur cook’s way of offsetting the sour taste of low grade tomatoes. Calamari steaks were chewy with pronounced soapy aftertaste. Please stay away from this appetizer.
Complimentary bread was painfully obvious not home-made. They were the frozen par-baked varietals and very pale in color with no crust development. The hummus accompanying the bread was excellent. The heavy dose of cumin was surprising and yet a welcoming addition. This hummus was chunky instead of the typical smooth puree but, in this case it worked. Butter served with our bread was 100% real whipped butter, which was a plus. Most places often mixed their butter with margarine.
Main course was mountain trout and I asked for mine to be blackened ($16). My dining partner had hers with lemon pepper and toasted almonds as advertised on the menu. The plates were a typical three-pointer presentation. We expected this kind of presentation at Waffle House, not in a restaurant that portrayed itself as a formal dining establishment. They were nothing exciting, just adequate. They came with seasonal vegetables (broccoli, carrots and red cabbage garnish). I chose citrus white rice as the second side dish. The name was more inviting than the appearance or the flavor. It was par-boiled rice with a mild hint of orange juice and a pronounced sweetness. The vegetables were nicely steamed with a dose of garlic butter. The trout was excellently cooked and still very juicy. However, it was merely seared on a flat-top grill instead of blackened in a super-heated cast iron skillet. The blackening spice has a faint flavor of celery seeds as if it has been mixed with Old Bay seasoning. Needless to say, it was one of the less appealing blackening spice blends I have ever tasted. Be careful eating this trout. It was very bony and difficult to eat. The trout farm must have taken too many short cuts when deboning their products.
As for dessert, we ordered Crème Brûlée ($6). It was surprisingly cooked in a very deep bowl instead of the shallow dish. The custard was smooth and well-formed. It was not overly sweet, which was excellent. The vanilla flavor was too mild. It was disappointing that Doyle decided to use vanilla extract instead of actual vanilla beans. The sugar crust was adequately formed. Overall, this desert was satisfying and a good ending to a meal.
Service was good but, not attentive. Deana, our server was very polite and also very nervous. Never once she came back and poured our wine. She did check and ask about our dinner. Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant is just another basic eating establishment that pretends to be a formal dining restaurant. Do not expect to have outstanding food or experience any formal dining atmosphere.

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2  Thank German_Beerfest
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