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Oct 9, 2009 07:19 AM

Rhinecliff Hotel near Rhinebeck

This is the best kept secret in the area. Relatively newly opened, across from the China Rose in Rhinecliff.

I brought my Mom here a few weeks ago. We ate outside, overlooking the sailboats on the Hudson. It was a beautiful fall day. We ordered fresh tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches on challah with Gruyere and thick slices of orange-colored, heirloom tomatoes. Fabulous!

My husband and I stopped in about a month ago and ate outside on a Tuesday evening, just prior to open mic night. One of the owners, an English chap, stopped at our table to check in.

Classy. The food is great, the menu is more imaginative than the traditional fare. The ambiance is not casual but more traditional.

Apparently, weddings can be accommodated, as well as overnight guests; the banquet facilities are on the upper level. This place was completely rehabbed and yet retains an "old world" feel with the wide plank pine flooring and the wood paneling.

The food: above average, a wonderful dining experience.

Rhinecliff Hotel
4 Grinnell, Rhinecliff, NY 12574

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  1. Yeah, the food isn't bad, but the service is just horrible. I've been there three times, and all three times the service was consistent. One night, we were the only table in the house, and the service was painfully slow and not at all attentive. On a diffferent trip for brunch, we sat there for (this is no joke) over 20 minutes before someone stopped by to ask if we wanted anything. That was after we flagged down a few people to ask them for service. After the server finally came to check us out, it just got slower from there.

    I really wish this place would work out. It would be nice to have another alternative in the area. I'll check it out again sometime to see if they have improved, but right now, its a big thumbs-down....