Excellent food and wine in a charming atmosphere. Had an excellent meat and cheese plate with a glass of Americana Red, and Chicken Riggie pasta. I had a visit from a friendly dinner guest!
We were not offered any drinks, just given water. Waitress was rude. When I thanked her for taking our order, her response was "Yup". Dogs being allowed in the dining area. Do not see how this isn't a health violation. My food was gross. Ordered the fish fry. Came out overcooked and greasy. The fries tasted like the fish. Will never go there again
We ate lunch at the Crystal Lake Cafe today because our choices were sparse. We had just been to the Taughannock Falls State Park and were very hot from the hiking trails. It was hot and humid (August 21, 2019). When asked if we wanted to eat outdoors or indoors, we asked if the indoor section was air conditioned. We were told flat out that it was. Well, it wasn't. But being so tired, we stayed in the non-air conditioning. That set the tone of how our service was going to go. To cut to the chase, the Grilled Cheese, the Cuban sandwiches, and the wings were fine however, the potato fries were in the oil a little too long. Our waitress never checked to see if everything was alright with our meals nor refilled our water, basically forgot that we existed totally. You say, "Well maybe it was busy or maybe we were in an out of the way table?" No to both. We were one of only two tables there and were right in the middle of the dining area. And, our waitress was friendly and outgoing to the only other table there - a Caucasian couple - as a matter of fact, she asked THEM how their meal was and was very nice to them. Yes, we are not Caucasian. We left a 15% tip (I know, we shouldn't have even left that) and wrote on the receipt what we experienced. Our advice, skip this place. No food is good enough to tolerate this kind of treatment.
Great indoor and outdoor venues, friendly staff, winery and cafe complement each other well, though the menu could use a little expanding, and merlots need a little introducing (they’re missing from their cellar!)…
We visited during the Wine & Herb Festival and though the wait was a little long (but not surprising with how busy the place was!) the food was absolutely delicious. The recipes are unique, the quality of the ingredients astounding. I was thoroughly impressed and can't wait to eat here again.
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