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Finger Lakes - Steamboat Landing

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My wife and I will be spending one night at a B&B in the Finger Lakes region. I made a reservation at the Steamboat Landing restaurant in Canandaigua, NY. The menu looked great on their website.

Question - does anyone know anything about this place? How is the food, overall restaurant?

We are staying in Naples - can anyone recommend an alternative that is not hours away by car?

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  1. We had dinner there on a Friday night about month ago. The food was great - a wide ranging menu. Our party had pasta, beef, fish, and shrimp dishes; all were well prepared. Service was a bit sketchy - the host was the least hospitable person one could imagine. Once we got past his seeming impatience with our presence and / or very existence, we were waited upon by a very charming but not especially skilled waitress. She needed to be reminded about the bread basket, some sides, and a drink refill order. (Sounds worse than it actually was; she WAS charming, none of the offenses were of the hanging variety, and she moved swiftly to rectify the problems.) We were fortunate to be there on a nice evening and were seated outside on the deck. Had we been inside, we would not have been able to carry on a conversation due to the volume of the live music. Too much for the size of the room. (The place is pretty big, as it houses a party room as well as the dining room and bar. Although there was a wedding in the party room, there was no spill-over noise from that event, and the food preparation did not seem to be delayed because of the demands put on the kitchen to handle the wedding and a full house of diners.) If you approach the place with a little patience and get lucky on the seating / noise thing you will have very good food and a very pretty view of the lake. (It actually is a boat landing, and a dinner / tour boat docks there. Not an actual steamboat, I guess, but a good sized boat nonetheless ...)

    1. I disagree about the Steamboat Landing. It is a tourist trap set to catch people who are coming off the Canandaigua Lady boat tour. If you are going to drive all the way to Canandaigua to have a nice meal, you'd do much better at Max's On The Lake or Thendara.
      http://www.theinnonthelake.com/restau...
      http://www.thendarainn.com/
      However, you can save yourself the drive and have an excellent meal right in Naples at the Brown Hound Bistro.
      http://www.brownhoundbistro.com/
      It has an eclectic menu which features local produce. It's also very small, so reservations are essential even during the week.

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      1. re: tuttobene

        I think tuttobene has it right.....