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Stillwater Inn
Ranked #12 of 28 Jefferson B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 18, 2004

Jefferson has always been a unique town, but there are many quaint small towns. The Stillwater Inn helps make Jefferson unique. With all of the charms of small town America, great food and wine remains elusive. The fact that there is a chef owned restaurant able to survive so many years (at least 16) in this tough business, is remarkable.
Having dined on several occassions at the Stillwater Inn, I am sorry to read that only the detractors seem to be willing to voice their opinions regarding their experience. Unfortunately, those who can complain anonymously are somehow empowered when they express their greivances, while the happy diners may pay their compliments on the way out the door and leave it at that.
Unlike a franchised operation, with many layers of management to keep the dining experience,if not outstanding, at least consistant, this restaurant can become very busy, especially on the weekends. This is also true of fine restaurants in the metropolitian areas.
I have always found the staff to be genuinely personable in a small town way, and attentive to our needs. We recommend the Stillwater Inn to our friends that enjoy dining rather that simply eating. (A great bottle of Pinot helps pacify the appetite.)
Perhaps the Stillwater Inn should limit their seating on the weekends. This might allow for the more appreciative diners to have a larger stake in the opinion poll.

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Shreveport, LA
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Reviewed September 20, 2004

Our rating is for the B&B. The restaurant has served consistently excellent food for all the years I've been dining there. The service can be hit or miss. But, if you're patient and just wanting a good meal, it's a great place. Back to the B&B: this is one of our least favorite ones in Jefferson. Our room was spacious and had everything we needed, but it just didn't have the charm that the others do. Another strike against this one is it's proximity to the RR tracks - very close. The trains will definitely wake you up unless you are a VERY heavy sleeper. The breakfast is good, but it's more like something you would fix yourself at home - half a grapefruit, bacon, and scrambled eggs with some green onions sprinkled on top. Not the "fancy" gourmet breakfasts of egg casseroles, fruit concoctions, and pastries that you get at most B&B's. Regarding the location, it is on the "outskirts" and isn't as convenient to downtown as some of the others. Some would probably find it too far away to walk. It's not a bad place to stay, but the owners and the accommodations just didn't have that something special that others do.

  • Stayed December 2001
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smokedpeppers, Owner at Stillwater Inn, responded to this review, January 17, 2010
The train crossings that encircle much of Jefferson do create an issue for many lodging guest (and owners), and we are careful to point this out when giving a discription and answering questions. These guest specifically requested the cottage, and therefore I assumed they had been refered by friends.
In the morning, they were demostratively unhappy with the trains and due to their somewhat agressive insistance, although I did not feel it was called for, I decided not to charge them for the lodging. I am sorry that these guest did not see fit to mention this fact. As to breakfast, it is true that I put most of my creativity into the dinner meals and serve a straightford but carefully prepared breakfast. We bill ourselves as an "inn", not a bed and breakfast, and there is a fine distinction.
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed July 25, 2004

We dined last week at Stillwater Inn expecting superlative service and exceptional food. Everyone in town recommended Stillwater Inn as the very best restaurant in East Texas. We were very disappointed.

Overall the food was bland. The duck was tough and the fish was not cooked completely. No regrets were forthcoming from any of the staff.

The Inn itself is lovely and offers a warm and intimate atmosphere. The service was fairly good but not attentive, which was unfortunate since the restaurant was far from full.

The Inn is fairly pricey which would make one wish for better service and a more impressive meal. I will say that the chocolate mousse and the Concord Cake were excellent.

I can't agree with the majority that The Stillwater Inn is the best restaurant in East Texas. Perhaps they were having a bad day...

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Reviewed May 21, 2004

Stillwater Inn is a complete dining experience. Its fare is exceptional and is good as any top restaurant in Houston, Dallas or New Orleans.

Bill obviously uses fresh ingredients and takes a great deal of time in preparing his dishes. The dinners are from A to Z good: the appetizers, salads, soups, entrees and desserts are exquisite. This is the mark of fine dining. Very few restaurants prepare all courses at a highly enjoyable level. Stillwater meets the challenge at a highly reasonable rate.

In addition, the housing and decor are wonderful. One feels as if they have returned to a simple time when people appreciate a nice home, a pretty garden and a room with a view. The pretty furnishings and decor and candlelight make one feel relaxed and romantic. You can gaze into the garden and look at the swing and dream about your childhood or what it was like in earlier times. The cloth napkins, table cloth, and nice upscsale table settings also contribute to your comfort.

Lastly, the owners and staff are considerate, attentive, knowledgable and fun! The inn is perceptive about their customers' needs and make your stay more enjoyable. It is fun for leisure, business and travelling alone.

I cannot wait to return to Jefferson and stay with my new friends, Bill and Sharon.


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Property: Stillwater Inn
Address: Jefferson, TX 75657
Location: United States > Texas > Jefferson
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Ranked #12 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Jefferson
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Number of rooms: 3

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