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“Warm and cozy” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Waterwheel Restaurant

Waterwheel Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: The Inn at Gristmill Square showcases regional American farm-to-table cuisine in the Waterwheel Restaurant. Our menu changes with the seasons to guarantee the freshest most authentic flavors. Freshly prepared ingredients from local and regional growers fill the menu, offering guests an exceptional dining experience. Beyond the menu, guests will enjoy a romantic, intimate atmosphere inside our renovated Mill.
Knoxville, Tennessee
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Warm and cozy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

My husband and I were staying at the Homestead for 5 days. We ate brunch (eggs benedict), and two dinners (eggplant parmesan and trout) at the Waterwheel. I loved the quaintness of the mill, white walls, rustic, candle light, little spaces. For me, that is the main attraction. The food was delicious and service warm/friendly. Make sure you try the sour cream maple cake! Also, visit the wine cellar even if you are not having wine.

Visited October 2013
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2 Thank Carolyn832
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GristmillSquare, Owner at Waterwheel Restaurant, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Wow, what high praise! We appreciate that you took the time to write such a nice review. Thank you for visiting us during your visit to the area. We look forward to seeing you again. Best, Kate and John Loeffler
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Sterling, Virginia
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Charming old mill with great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Fantastic value compared to the restaurants at Homestead - it is a quick 10 min drive just down from the Jefferson Pools.The service was excellent, food delicious and the restaurant so quaint. I had the cheddar and ale soup (still dreaming of seconds), salmondt and it was perfection and my wife had the filet and it was equally as good.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Rune_VA
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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and it was so good. The service was excellent, food delicious and the restaurant so quaint.
I had the trout and it was perfection and my husband had the filet and it was equally as good.

Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Caroline C
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Newport News, Virginia
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Delicious surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

This is a charming restaurant with a wonderfully professional, 5-star wait staff. Great wine selection that you can choose from yourself straight from their wine cellar! I never order eggplant parmesan from restaurants (as no one makes it as great as my mother!), but ordered it here as it was the only vegetarian option. I could not have been more pleasantly surprised with this dish! Not the typical soggy eggplant, smothered in tomato sauce & mozzarella. This was almost light & airy, with locally grown eggplant, nearly undetectable sauce, and a scrumptious & crispy top drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Quite a unique & dazzling version of an old time favorite. Would definitely return if in the area again. Cheers!

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Thank Cara S
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GristmillSquare, Owner at Waterwheel Restaurant, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Wow, what high praise! We appreciate that you took the time to write such a nice review. Thank you for visiting us during your visit to the area. We look forward to seeing you again. Best, Kate and John Loeffler
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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Find near The Homestead”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We were staying at the Owner's Club at the Homestead and looking for dining alternatives to the resort. We decided to try the Waterwheel and were not disappointed. The building is unique and the cuisine was wonderful. The attached Inn is charming also.

  • Visited September 2013
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