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“Buffet if the best ever!”
Review of Swan River Inn

Swan River Inn
Ranked #39 of 57 Restaurants in Bigfork
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 27 July 2013

All of the food is incredible, but the buffet is spectatcular. They have the best variety of well displayed foods. It is worth the money.

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Reviewed 13 June 2013

A YEAR out from our wedding, we signed a contract with these people reserving their rooftop space for our reception. We also put down a substantial deposit. I received a rude, short, and very curt email a MONTH ago, almost four months to the DAY of our wedding that they double-booked the space and that we would be moved to an undesirable location. I immediately called and received assurance from the owner (who I SIGNED the contract with) Margrit, that this was a mistake made by a Sharon (that I had never met) and that we would have the space as per the contract.

Shortly after, I received a second curt email, this time from Sharon, confirming that we would not be getting the space, and that the party they booked first would get the space. I can only assume that party was larger, therefore, more money.

From there, I emailed. I called. No one would explain to me how this had happened. No one would treat me with some respect, like a human being, and call me back

In fact, when I called, I spoke to the snotty, sarcastic hostess who told me this has happened before and that I should check out all the terrible reviews on http://tripadvisor.com. Well, I did just that, before adding my own.

If you know this area, you know that this is tourist season and we were basically screwed as to find a new venue that would cater and host 40 people.

I supposed I should say that they offered their tacky formal ballroom as some sort of compensation. What a freakin' joke. Why would I trust them with my reception if they could not handle my reservation in the beginning?? Also, my reception would have taken place at the EXACT same time that the party who received our space would be having their event. And I'm supposed to trust these people?

In the end, I think this is a blessing. They would have royally screwed up my reception. They obviously can't get their crap together. So, thanks Swan River Inn for letting us know how unprofessional, disrespectful, and altogether terrible you are BEFORE you screwed up our reception.

Oh!...their food? It's okay. If you are willing to wait about 45 minutes to be seated, and two hours to be served, on a Tuesday, for brunch, then this is your spot.

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Thank Jamie W
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

I have read the reviews of others about this restaurant. Many are not complimentary. I wonder if they really were at the Swan River Inn. We have eaten here on our annual business trips to the area for about three years. We find the eclectic interior of the restaurant charming. The wine bar friendly and relaxing. The view wonderful...even in the middle of winter when we usually arrive in this area.
Yes, the proprietress is a bit different from the fawning staff that many such places make over guests. And she is not one to be hurried. During off seasons, when we visit, we find her charming with wonderful stories about the area. She will make meals to order and offers excellent suggestions. The food is ample, well prepared and usually different fare from other restaurants. She does run the restaurant with a very short staff; so, if you're looking for a quick dinner or a hamburger, go someplace else. But if you like nice service, excellent food, and a lovely view, eat here.

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Reviewed 17 February 2013

Reasonably good food, really cruddy interior. Been there twice, once for a company function, and once with friends. Not sure how I feel exactly, but it isn't a place that ever comes to mind for a deisrable choice to me.

Thank D H
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

we were there on a group event and i had the filet minion. the meat was tender but a little undercooked and the sauce was way too peppery. it had been bacon wrapped and there was a toothpick completely impaled in the steak to the point where you couldn't even see it. i cut into the steak and found the toothpick but didn't know that a piece of it had broken off and was still in the steak. i later found it in my mouth when i ate some more of the steak, good thing i didn't swallow it on accident or bite on it! the food arrived in a seemingly chaotic order, some people on our table were served right away, others had to wait 10+ minutes more, which made it somewhat awkward for those of us who got their food and had to be rude and eat with the others looking on. they didn't know who had ordered what and were running around the restaurant calling out what they had on the plate to find the person who would claim it as their order. there were only 2 waitresses and the food took a long time to arrive since they were way understaffed. from previous group events as well as individual dinners there with friends, i know they aren't cheap and for the price i would expect more.

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