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.