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Clover House Restaurant
Ranked #34 of 40 Restaurants in Colchester
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Located in the heart of Malletts Bay we have something for everyone. Sit in a booth at a table of in one of our 30 bar seats. We have food for everyone's tastes. From burgers, steaks, seafood and pasta all cooked fresh to order you will be impressed. See you soon.
New England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Under New Ownership”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Okay. I've lived in the shadow of this place for 20 years. It's always been the local "hang" for a beer with the regulars. I learned that it was under new management and wanted to give it a fair shot since I'd not been there in a while.
Went for brunch today with a party of eight and waited to be seated even though we had a reservation and the dining room was empty. No hostess in sight. Not a good sign.The bar was loud and crowded.
The new owner is doing well with good selections, very well prepared food and good prices. The waitstaff was efficient and very pleasant . The dining room was clean but dark with and odd decor of peeling white ceiling paint and ugly brown trim. Tacky dollar store St. Patricks day decorations still up long past the holiday. I hit my head on some kind of hanging unlit votive light which looked like it came from the church across the street. I could barely see what was on my plate because the two tiny windows only lit the opposite side of the dining room and then not very well. The owner needs to make massive changes to the dining room if he wants to keep clientele. The decor is very unappealing, old and a forgotten part of the business. There are two other Colchester restaurants that are offering brunch at a reasonable price with bright and pleasing dining rooms. I may give them my business. In summary, the food is very good if you don't mind sitting in the drafty, dungeon of a dining room. Fine if you're there for a beer and some pub grub with friends, but I wouldn't bring my family here for a nice special dinner out, its just too run down. I sincerely hope that Mr. O'Brien has some changes in mind.

  • Visited March 2013
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Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“needs work”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We had been fans of The Clover House for a few years. Knowing the chef had left for bigger digs at the first of the year, and having read the one other review on Trip Advisor since then, we gave it a try with some trepidation. Location location location.

It was toasty warm when we arrived (see previous review), so it passed the first test. The specials menu looked reasonable, but not up to the variety of (previous) Chef Levi's. Dinner salads were cold and crisp. Dinner rolls (1 each) were a step up from the ok, but nondescript rolls of the past.

The previous review mentioned the odor of paint, etc. When we arrived, there was none evident. However, when we opened the cloth napkin wrapped cutlery, there was an odor my wife called 'old oil', I called it linseed oil. It may have been from the cabinet that the setups were delivered from, or it could be from the wash/dry setup they are using. I have occasionally stained woodwork in our basement, and anything that ran through the gas dryer around that time picked up the odor of burnt linseed oil. This reminded me of that. This definitely needs work.

Dinners were ok, nothing spectacular. We hope whoever is running the kitchen can approach the quality and variety of the predecessor. Chef Levi, we wish you well at The Lighthouse. We have been there, but Clover House is much closer.

We'll no doubt be back, but it may be a while. I hope the restaurant reads these reviews.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank oetbyg
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Burlington, Vermont, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not a good experience - March 2013”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

I wonder if there is new ownership or a new chef?? So much was different. We have had good experiences in the past.
It was drafty inside, many of the diners had their jackets on in the restaurant. It smelled of strong paint or stain. They said that they painted in January 2013, but the smell was still very strong.
One of our Clover House favorites was the calamari, not any more. They were covered with cornstartch and thats all you could taste, very gritty! The dipping sauce was good.
The baked potato soup was good, but could have been served hotter.
My meal, Lobster / Crab Macorroni and Cheese, $19.00 was served warm at best. The few bites that I did take were very bland. No crunchy topping either, just bread crumbs sprinkled on top. My husband Delmonico steak with garlic mashed and veggies, $21.00was barely warm as well. He was really hungry so he ate most of his meal, before the waitress came back to check to see how everything was.
I shared our disappointment and they did end up comping my meal in hopes that we would try them again. I am very doubtful that I will go back.

  • Visited March 2013
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Colchester Vermont
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“A welcoming place with always consistent great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

We eat here often. A ever changing specials menu ( weekly). Fresh interesting seafood dishes. Veggies never over done, dessert is made there and flavorful, rolls are fresh baked and warm, service attentive and welcoming. Drinks ample and reasonable. This place has a big local following and you would be pleased to make this your eating choice. No downtown fancy clothes needed.

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Thank vermontresidents
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Naples, Fl
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“Over Rated by other Trip Advisor Members”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

We had an event in this town this past weekend and didn't know were we could dine.
We referred to Trip Advisor ( of course) for a suggestion.
This establishment has good or better ratings. so, we gave it a try...A mistake!
It was not busy so no excuses please.
The menu was limited. The service was good.
Everyone, including my self were hungry and ready for a great meal.
Don't happen.
The flavors were bland. Portion sizes were O.K.
No one was pleased enough to want to go back.
We wished we chose a national chain over the Clover House, expectations would have been lessened.
The french onion was soup in a awful.
Under the cheese it looked like crude oil. Almost black and too bold and salty to eat.
Perhaps reheated too many times.
Too bad. The great reviews must have been family or friends.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank labrador47
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