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“Over the top”
Review of Inn at Langley

Inn at Langley
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Ranked #6 of 33 Restaurants in Langley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $75
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Anthes
clinton, WA
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Over the top”
Reviewed December 14, 2009

After sitting through Matt Costello's lecture about local and sustainable food, we were served ravioli stuffed with supermarket egg yolks. I found this a bit insulting. Farm-raised eggs have deep orange, not pale yellow yolks- I know because I raise eggs myself.

The wine list also includes a Sharecroppers Cabernet by Owen Roe, for $90 a bottle. I recently purchased this one for $12.95 at Pike and Western Wine shop.

Otherwise, good food, including a delicious matsutake thing, and a really nice dessert.

Some nice touches, nice atmosphere, but WAY over rated and WAY over priced.

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English first
California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Stay Away”
Reviewed January 25, 2009

The restaurant fails on almost all counts for me. Remember you are paying $85 a person without wine.

You enter through the kitchen. And when you are seated you are looking into a full open kitchen.

There is a communal table where you might get stuck. The table is almost in the kitchen. I expect nice personal seating at the proce. So this was a huge negative for me

We were told to be there on time - there is only one seating. Got dressed hurriedly and got there 10 past the hour. No white wine by the glass available. I asked for a half bottle. Apparently they don't keep any chilled so the wine had to be cooled. Then the waitress just forgot about us. At 45 past we got someone else to open the bottle. She - the second one - did not even know how to open the bottle. First sip exactly 40 minutes after we sat down.

At 25 minuted past the hour Chef Costello came in and gave his speech on using local produce and community. Since we had not even had a sip of wine yet this was very irritating. He is not into providing service. He just wants to tell you what a marvelous human being and chef he is.

It is pointless to discuss the courses. At best they were average. Chef prepares most of them ahead of time so his work is really just assemblage, Cheese course was simply awful. An earlier review from Your Uncle Mike said it all so I won't belabor the points on the food

The wait staff is there for the chef and not the diner. So when the chef needs to serve the next course everybody spring into action and removes one plate and puts down another. In the meantime they are assisting him. No body pours your wine if you ordered a bottle, There was a lady pouring the paired wines. We had a bottle and had to pour our own.

There is no assistant chef or anyone else than Costello on duty in the kitchen.

The gratuity of 17% is added automatically. So paying over $60 for non-existent service hurts even more the next day when you settle the bill.

Go to the Prima Bistro in town - a short walk. One quarter the price and twice as good.

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ecmowife@aol.com
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Our experience”
Reviewed January 8, 2009

My husband and I really enjoyed the experience of having a romantic evening together. Liked the idea of an open kitchen, but the not the concept of having an open dinning area. You'll enjoy if you are looking to making new friends or don't have anything personal to discuss over dinner. The food was fabulous, and we're glad we had the experience. Unfortunately, we will not be back as it's not as private as we'd like, and our bill over $300 for the both of us.
Pro- Neat experience.
Con- Too pricey for what it is
Pro- Something different
Con- Too social
Pro- Elegant

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12 Thank ecmowife
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Washington
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“save your money, eat elsewhere”
Reviewed April 5, 2008

For $85/person (not counting wine, tax and gratuity), we expected either quality or quantity. We got neither. The food looked fancier than it tasted. The portions were small. The cheese was disgusting. (Not a fan of ripened cheese, sorry.) The servers almost forgot about our drinks.

The best thing this restaurant is the atmosphere. The seating is communal, with a view of the kitchen -- unless you get one of the seats by the front door. The chef (Matt Costello) seemed personable enough but vulnerable. He came around at the end of the meal to ask each guest how the meal was. We complimented him on his soup (parsnip and mussels), but we did not have the heart to tell him most of his other dishes were boring.

In summary, there are better dining values to be had on Whidbey Island.

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Evanston, IL
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good food but disappointing experience”
Reviewed October 6, 2007

We were very excited to try this restaurant, which offers an expensive gourmet prix fixe dinner. We contacted them a month in advance to carefully detail our dietary restrictions and ask if they could accommodate us (one of us doesn't eat meat at all, and the other doesn't eat red meat and has some specific food allergies). We were assured in two separate emails that this would be no problem, and we made the reservation. That evening, we found that the staff seemed to be unaware of our needs and that the "accommodation" consisted of eliminating the unacceptable ingredients without substituting anything else. This affected almost every course of the meal. The main course, for example, consisted of a lamb dish, and we were served the garnishes alone. The food that we did get was delicious but we missed out on much of the meal. The chef made rounds at the end of the meal and when we very pleasantly expressed our enjoyment of the food we did get as well as our disappointment in what we did not get, he made a quick getaway. In the end, they adjusted our bill to remove our corkage fee but charged us the full amount otherwise. We felt that we got very poor value for the more than $200 we spent on the meal and wished that they had told us originally that their setup wouldn't work for anyone with special dietary needs.

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