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Oct 14, 2011 06:35 AM

Upscale dining near Sturbridge, MA?

I'm looking to get a gift certificate for a dear friend who lives near the Sturbridge area. I don't know this area at all...any recommendations on upscale restaurants in or around?

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  1. ooh, this is a major tough call. i can't remember the name of the place in the white pillared greek revival house but it is pretty good and you could get the name from the police- w/ that description- i think. On the north side of rt 20 driving from the mass pike exit to sturbridge village.

    Hartford, 3/4 hr- 1 hour away, is much easier. Max Downtown is handsome,consistently v. good, v professional; many other spots in Hartford as well.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      Chef is referring to The Whistling Swan. Cedar Street was very good, haven't been for a while. New owners also own the WS.

      Whistling Swan
      502 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01518

      1. re: opinionatedchef

        Max should send that formula up to their Springfield location. I was there a few weeks ago at a friends request. Disappointing food and service.

      2. I just had dinner at Cedar Street last night. We had the Veal Saltimbocca w/ mushroom risotto, corn fritters, fries and the veg of the day (broc and carrot). The Veal was flavorful and tender and the risotto was creamy with meaty mushrooms. The corn fritter were also improved greatly by the maple butter. The veggies were awful - mushy mushy mushy. The service was good and prices affordable.

        I really won't consider this place "upscale" in general, but one does need to take in account the culinary wasteland that is Sturbridge.

        Hope this helps!

        1. Still River Cafe in Eastford, CT is not terribly far from Sturbridge and is a first class foodie destination. Unfortunately, they are closed for renovation because of damage from Hurricane Irene. They are supposed to re-open in the Spring I believe so that might still be an option. I would check their website and try and call them to see if there's any update on a reopening date. Great place!

          Still River Cafe
          134 Union Rd, Eastford, CT 06242

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          1. re: chowmensch

            Still River is closed until next year due to damage from Irene.

            Still River Cafe
            134 Union Rd, Eastford, CT 06242

          2. I think Cedar St. Grille is the best spot in Sturbridge. While it's not exactly highbrow, it's the best food-environment balance in town.

            1. I also suggest Cedar Street Grille. It's our go to place in Sturbridge