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“Whatever Happened to The University Club???”

The University Club
Ranked #36 of 118 Restaurants in Amherst
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 11 May 2015

This used to be our favorite restaurant. But, wow! has it ever gone downhill!
Used to be a real classy and "adult" place for a fine dining experience with truly elegant service with knowledgeable waitstaff. Everything has changed. Our server was extremely unknowledgeable and had to keep running back to ask the chef in order to answer even our most basic questions. Also gave us the wrong information, even after asking the chef, which resulted in our being served exactly what we did not wish. In addition, the menu has become meagre and pedestrian. As a matter of fact, we went that evening because of the menu they presented online (and, btw, also posted at the door). There was an entirely different menu on the table when we sat down. Response?: "Oh yeah, they just changed it." Inexcusable. We settled for the least undesirable offerings and these came, as stated before, not according to our request. In addition, the prices were outrageous considering what they were offering (or rather, NOT offering.) Also, it seems to have turned into a student haunt rather than the elegant adult restaurant it used to be.
Don't waste your time or your money. So sad. We used to love this place.

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Reviewed 4 April 2015 via mobile

I have eaten here for business and for pleasure and it is always a pleasure. Food is excellent and I appreciate that the menu is limited and perfected. Soups and salads are superb. So are the fried avocado strips (sounds bizarre!) and crab cakes divine.

But to top it off, take a walk through all the various little rooms if you get a chance and discover some historical gems; e.g., You can see a photo of the Lincoln Memorial and learn that the sculptor, Daniel Chester French, was son of Henry F. French, first president of Mass Agricultural College (UMass).
And that the historic women's home economics dept was in the adjoining house (built 1735, where the bar now is) with its huge fireplaces, cauldrons, andirons, and bellows.

It's a bit hard to find but so are jewels. Visitor parking info at the front desk.

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Reviewed 26 October 2014

A friend who lives in Amherst told me about this gem, if you can find it, it's wonderful for lunch (I have not had dinner here). It's in the oldest house in Amherst - seems like a faculty club but it's open to the public. The soups are wonderful, I had broccoli cheddar but still remember how good the butternut squash soup was last year when I ate here as well. The panini at lunch was reported as excellent by my dining partners; the kale salad delicious - and the crab cake appetizer was good, not the horrible breaded kind many restaurants completely miss. Quiet and calm in the middle of a bustling university. An easy walk from nearby parking areas on campus. A bit expensive but worth the quiet and calm.

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Reviewed 23 September 2014

The food is delicious and prepared with local fresh produce. All four in our party enjoyed the dinner -- nice herbal flavors presented with very tender meat as a main course (we had duck & tenderloin) and tasty side dishes. The duck had a nice light hickory flavor, and was served with a cherry & apple compote which was a perfect complement. The tenderloin also was perfect and served with a creamy herbed risotto. Nothing was over salted as so many other restaurants do. The cheesecake for dessert was also perfect -- no need to travel to a special "factory" to get great cheesecake, they have it here. The UClub is located in a beautiful historic building on campus, and the staff (which incudes students) is very professional and attentive to the customers.
The "greater" Boston area could use a restaurant like this!!!

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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Quaint New England feel in classic home from 18th century. Excellent soup and salad, very interesting appetizers (loved the avocado fries), and the main course...flat iron steak...was also very good and tasty. Overall very good place!

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