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Trapp Family Lodge Dining Room
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Ranked #25 of 104 Restaurants in Stowe
Price range: USD 8 - USD 42
Cuisines: American, Austrian, European, Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Went here to celebrate a special occasion. Service was good but not fabulous. Drinks were good. salad was just ok but the Halibut was great. Schnitzels were good. Black forest Cake was amazing! Would like to stay at the hotel but the food just was not compelling enough to make a special trip to. If you are in the area, a nice place to see and have lunch!

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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We have been in Stowe before and had mixed dining experiences in this charming mountain town. We considered Von Trapp Lodge dining room in the past but always been a bit hesitant to actually make a reservation. Cluttered and dated common rooms combined with a somewhat indifferent staff have always been reasons not to actually make a reservation.

However this time we were in the mood for a nice Wiener schnitzel and the renewed website promised the best fine dining experience in Vermont, while raving about their own farms and culinary highlights.
Well we did have a Wiener Schnitzel and it tasted just ok. But calling it fine dining, or in anyway representing the culinary heritage of Austria is beyond laughable.

Also the service was inattentive and barely passed the standard of a diner. Upon arrival we had to wait a bit for the host to seat us. A partly window side table was reserved, uncomfortably squeezed against a wall with the fire alarm as a view for one guest and a partly wall few and partly window view. Why not moving the table 1 foot and have guests watch over the valley.

The dining room is dated with a ballroom style carpet, wicker chairs and tables with white linen. When you take a good look you notice the table cloths have been thrown on the tables with one side almost hanging on the floor while the other side hangs 2 inch over the table. Candles are covered with a wind glass and the ones I was able to see were all dirty. The menu is odd and there is hardly any culinary focus.

When Austrian cuisine is your inspiration than actually try to create a menu that offers dishes inspired by the region. Three different Wiener schnitzels (one plain, one breaded and one breaded with two fried eggs and otherwise all with same sides) is not Austrian inspired cuisine. It is a Wiener schnitzel on a menu. Our appetizers, a tuna tartare brûlée (huh?) offered a most likely previously three pieces of frozen tuna. Unfortunately the cut was wrong and therefor the sashimi style tuna was though and gave the impression that fish was not fresh. The shrimp appetizer with butter seared shrimps had a burned butter taste and was under seasoned.

The Riesling ordered although asked for twice, didn't make it to the table until we were almost completed our appetizers.

Bread and butter were thrown on the table without any explanation. Served in a 'diner style' stainless steel tray with butter in a 'party rental' style ramekin.

Main course, the Wiener Schnitzel was average but did satisfy. The cucumber salad was an other example that the chef really doesn't care. I have never seen such a badly cut/chopped cucumber in my life. It looked like they cut the cucumbers with a spoon in the kitchen. Really shame on the executive chef and owners of the hotel for allowing this. Dessert, a Sacher torte was another big fail and makes you wonder if the chef has ever been to hotel Sacher in Vienna because if he did he would have known that a Sacher torte is not a super densest cake but a sponge cake with air and apricot layers in between.

The biggest issue at Von Trapp's restaurant is the total disregard for their guests. We had an 8.15pm reservation and were rushed through dinner. When we were in middle of main course at 8.45pm the dining room was already reset for breakfast. Candles were removed and cheap clunky chinaware and juice glasses were placed on empty tables surrounding us. At 9pm when the table was cleared the waitress was not happy that we still ordered dessert. While dessert was served on two locations in the restaurant silverware was polished and loudly placed on trays so that we were unable to concentrate on our conversation. The bill was brought to the table before we asked for it and nobody bothered to wish us good night or farewell when we left the restaurant.

Both culinary and with regards to hospitality The Von Trapp dining room puts Austria to shame. After concur the Alps you would think the legacy would be more impressive. Do you consider white table cloths fine dining than this restaurant will not disappoint. Do you believe a well balanced and focused menu, food that is creatively prepared with advanced techniques and attentive and unrushed service are basic requirements to call a restaurant fine dining than Von Trapp will disappoint. For us this was a tour bus restaurant banking on the name of the Von Trapp family using a few gimmicks including the female staff wearing a diandl a original German traditional dress.

The final bill for two appetizers, two pellegrino sparkling water, 2 schnitzels, one Sacher torte and a bottle of Riesling was $150 ex tax and gratuity. Perhaps that shows that not even Von Trapp lodge dining room really believes that they are the best fine dining experience in Vermont. We know that Stowe already has better options.

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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Schnitzel, schnitzel and more schnitzel . . . a bit more varied menu would be appreciated. Service was fine and food was good. Surroundings are nice. A notch below real fine dining but worth a visit since there are still some Trapps involved in the operation.

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

My wife and I traveled to Stowe last month to stay at the Trapp Family Lodge and partake of the offerings at The Alchemist.

On the eve of our arrival we stayed at the Lodge for dinner and dined at Dining Room. It was a VERY good decision.

Atypically, we both ordered the same item from the menu - the Schweine Schnitzel. Well, almost the same... I got mine with the egg. Both versions were exceptional! I've only had schnitzel a few times, when my stepfather's mom has made it for me when I have traveled to Canada. I expected it to be good... but this was extraordinary.

Ohhhh, and the apfelstrudel!! TO DIE FOR!

NOTE: If you are staying at the hotel, be certain to partake in the morning breakfast buffet. It was fantastic.

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Thank sox1fan
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

Whether you have been mesmerized by 1956 movie "The Trapp Family", 1958 German movie "Die Trapp Familie in Amerika", or 1965 movie "The Sound of Music", von Trapp Family has generated intense interest among movie enthusiasts and music lovers alike. After moving to the U.S., von Trapp Family settled down in a Vermont farm near Stowe, and recreated beautiful Salzburg scenes out of their "Trapp Family Lodge" with beautiful Austrian style structure and well appointed garden overlooking hills surrounding the compound. While staying in Stowe, we went to the lodge for a dinner in the lodge's dining room. The lobby of the lodge was filled with guests waiting to check in for their stay in the lodge. We passed the lobby front desk, and headed to the dining room area with multiple dining rooms and a pianist playing pleasant music. We were seated in the spacious main dining room with beautiful views of the garden and beyond. The waitress in Austrian costume provided us with pleasant and efficient service. We ordered Schnitzel, Holstein Schnitzel, drinks, and Sacher Tortes. Holstein Schnitzel was basically Schnitzel with 2 fried eggs (sunny side up) on top of the Schnitzel. Schnitzels were delicious, and the atmosphere great. Sacher Tortes were a bit harder than Sacher Tortes we had had in Salzburg and Vienna. But we really enjoyed the foods and atmosphere. We would highly recommend this dinning experience.

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Thank Jae L
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