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The Golden Lamb Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 65 Restaurants in Lebanon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Main Street
Description: The Golden Lamb is recognized as the oldest continuously operating business in the State of Ohio. On December 23, 1803, Jonas Seaman spent $4 for a license to operate a "house of Public Entertainment." The Golden Lamb got its name due to the fact that many early pioneers could not read, so giving a business a name that could be easily drawn and recognized, such as the Black Horse or Golden Lamb, was a necessity.The brick building where the Golden Lamb moved to and currently resides was built in 1815. The original building was a two story structure located where our lobby area and Dickens dining room currently stand. In 1844 a third story was added. Shortly after, in 1854 a three story wing was added which is where our Shaker and Buckeye room dining rooms currently stand. In 1878, a fourth story was added to accomodate the workers who would bring the railroad to Lebanon. The gift shop and Black Horse Tavern were added to the structure in 1964.The Golden Lamb was visited by so many prominent guests in the early 1800's because it was located halfway between Cincinnati and the National Road (U.S. 40). Robert H. Jones' ownership of the property beginning in 1926 marked the transformation of the old hotel into the great attraction and marvelous restaurant it is today. Under their guidance, the inn's great reputation became well known throughout the country. Their ownership also marked the restoration of the hotel to its original name, The Golden Lamb.
Reviewed March 4, 2013

The food and service are exceptional. Well worth it. It is every bit that it is claimed to be. You will not be disappointed one bit.

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Thank mlw2161958
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

I really enjoy dining at the Golden Lamb Restaurant. There are so many antiques and old belongings located around the restaurant that lends to the overall historic atmosphere. The are known for having various presidents and dignitaries stay in the Inn part of the hotel.

They have an extensive wine list. We found the riesling to be a great addition to the meal.

The restaurant, although billed as more a family atmosphere is popular with older clientele. On our recent visit, we were offered a lovely 3 course dinner menu for Valentine's Day. And although never quite packed, they were steady. Our reservations were for 5:15, but we were able to stay at the bar for quite a while. The Black Horse Tavern, at the back of the restaurant, offers it's own menu and you can sample that fare or the regular menu without reservations. The drinks were a little weak which was disappointing.

The only thing I'd complain about is that I think they are a tad pricey and my husband got very sick after eating there. Since we had the same dinner we couldn't imagine that it was the food. But he did have the crab cakes and I went with the asparagus bruschetta for an appetizer and he did complain that the carb cake dish was cold.

Thank Rhonda F
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Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Stumbled on this historic Inn for lunch. Pleasant staff and a fairly priced menu. We both had the Walleye. Everything was "from scratch". The included salad was fresh and well dressed, rolls and apple butter was home made. Generous portion of crispy battered fish with fresh vegetables and homemade mashed potatoes.

Good plain home cooking much like a favorite aunt might prepare.

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Thank Roadbirds
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

The staff went out of their way to make our wedding anniversary a pleasant memory. Excellent food for lunch or diner. Have eaten there many times and will continue too as well.

Thank Kwaldron98
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

Every year for two decades, our family has visited The Golden Lamb as part of our Christmas tradition. This year was very lackluster and disappointing to our entire family. We arrived at 5:00 pm on Sunday the 23rd. The place was only half full which shocked us (usually, this close to Christmas you can't move without bumping into others). Service was extremely slow. In fact, it took us 1 and 1/2 hours to receive our meal. No explanation, no apologies and no acknowledgement just ridiculously slow. To add insult to injury, we had 3 children with us. I am not exactly sure what has happened to this previously delightful place. Even the decorations and ambiance lacked the charm of dinners past. Our family felt like we had been transported to a chain restaurant. What happened to the sophisticated experience this historical treasure use to offer our family? Not sure I will ever return. The changes that have been made have ruined the character of this formerly lovely place.

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