Ligonier >Ivy's Cafe
Service at its best..
I was looking for someplace small, quiet and with a wood burning fireplace for our anniversary
somthing nice for a quiet dinner. As I serched the net I camse across Ivy,s Cafe. Having not
been there I decided to give them a call. I knew somthing was special about this place almost
immeadiatly this place was unique. I simply wanted a table for two in front of the fire and
a bottle of wine waiting for us. What I recieved was so much more. A wonderful and pleasant greeting
at the door. Taken straight to our table (set just as I ask for) and wonderful service. We could not have
been treated any better.
The meals were first class, the service was perhaps the best we ever had, they made our evening
special! But it wasn't just us, the group of six next to us were recieving the same great service. These
people are the real deal.
Try this place you'll be glad you did.
Ray and Bev
fresh and delicious, best food in town by far. ivy's cafe rocks! who would have known that little old ligonier had such a cool place to eat... my wife and i , in our thirties, decided to have a "date night" and were eager to try the new restaurant in town. from the outside the restaurant looks empty or closed or something, but once inside you enter a nicely lit, warm and somewhat busy restaurant. you're then greeted by lisa, the owner.. later we found out that lisa's husband, anthony, was the chef. i 've always had good meals in family run places...seems like they just care about your experience a little more. so, there are about nine tables in the dining room and i think another nine or ten upstairs next to the bar. its like an old house inside with soft music playing and a fireplace too. its cozy enough for a romantic night out but not overdone. there were a couple of tables with businessmen there too. our meal started with warm and gooey bread that was nice and garlicky/salty. yum! i had stuffed prawns and my wife had the poached pear salad. the appetizer was served nice and hot and with a good amount of sauce. im a sauce guy. my wife then had the duck cassoulet and i had a filet mignon. duck cassoulet in ligonier? YES!! big creamy beans, duck confit....delicious. my steak satisfied my craving for a big dinner and it went well with the bottle of wine. .. sangiovese/merlot blend by banfi. they had a short but fun wine list that i was exited about. dinner ended nicely with a chocolate souffle cake and scoop of vanilla ice cream. homemade warm chocolate yum....the staff was attentive and friendly. surprisingly polished and proper service i might add. :) i will definitely be going back again when i dont feel like driving all the way into greensburg or pittsburgh to get a great meal. thanks to lisa and anthony for bringing a big city dining spot to our little town. we needed it desperately!
An excellent place for a party!. We held my rehearsal dinner at Ivy's in June and the service and food were outstanding! My (now) husband and I have had increadible meals at Ivy's in the past so we were confident that having a dinner here for 35 would be excellent and we were right. Not only did the staff work with us to provide a specialized menu (based on the food we had liked from several past menus and the budget), but they also provided the best service imaginable. The upstairs was transformed for all of our needs (a slide show, present tables, and a "bar" area. Tracy was our sever for the evening and she did a fabulous job of making sure everyone was taken care of throughout the night. If you are thinking of having a special dinner to celebrate a birthday, rehearsal dinner, anniversary, or retirement - I would highly recommend Ivy's in Ligonier.
Our favorite spot. Ivy's is the best kept secret in Westmoreland County. The food is very creative, the atmosphere is extremely comfortable and the staff (and owners) are amazingly friendly. They make you feel very welcome the minute you step into the door. My partner and I are both vegetarians. While there is always at least one veggie choice on the menu, the chef is very willing to create something special (often times using seasonal items from the local farmers market)!!! What more could a vegetarian ask for?!?!
Great food, customer service and great promotional features.. We love Ivys. Have celebrated several birthdays and anniversaries there and have always had first class treatment. Great food, atmosphere and special promotional deals. Very relaxed casual dining that we would recomment to anyone. Menu changes frequenty to the different taste of the customers. Not recommended for young children.
Creativity and Romance. We just discovered Ivy's a year or so ago and I can't get enough of it. The food is amazing. The menu is always so creative. My favorites are the Chicken Crepes and the Won-Ton Chicken. Heaven in your mouth!! The service is just as good. Everyone is so friendly. But it's the atmosphere that really adds that "something special" to the whole experience. The warmth and romance created there makes Ivy's stand out from so many other places. What can I say...if you haven't tried it...you should. The only regret I have is that we hadn't discovered it sooner!
Sets an Example....
The only thing better than the consistently delicious cuisine, the charmingly nostalgic atmosphere and the perfectly cordial staff is the owners of Ivy's Café.
Often unnoticed, it is the owners...these 'behind-the-scenes' people...who ultimately make a restaurant what it is. The restaurant can't help but take on the flavor of those who create it.
ReNae and Doug Morse put their hearts into Ivy's Café, and this can be felt instantly upon entering. Step into this world for a couple of hours and you'll leave thinking, 'now this is what dining out should be like.'
Soon you'll find yourself comparing every restaurant to the Ivy's experience.
My husband, John, and I went on our first Valentine's Day date at Ivy's (upon STRONG recommendation from SEVERAL friends). We have been going back almost monthly and have made it a tradition to make sure we are there each Valentine's Day. Each year we reminisce about all that has changed in our lives since our last Valentine's Day (got engaged, got married, bought a home, got pregnant, had a baby...). We always take the opportunity to discuss our "life in review" since the last Valentine's Day at Ivy's. Not only is the food THE BEST I have ever had, my husband has worked in many restaurants (Florida, California...) and Ivy's has THE BEST steak he has EVER eaten (and he is not one to give out compliments like that very easily). We return often for the food (the chocolate dessert with the raspberry sauce is to die for), the ambiance, and the fact that we always feel like we are treated like good friends there, it is like we feel like part of the "Doug and ReNae Family", even though we don't know them, we feel so comfortable dining at Ivy's. We are comfortable reminiscing and planning what we'll be doing by the time the next Valentine's Day at Ivy's arrives....It is hard to describe what an absolutely fabulous experience Ivy's is....I guess you'll have to try it for yourself. Just get ready to start raving about it to ALL of your friends and insisting that they go there (and take you with them). You will NEVER be disappointed! Make it a tradition- you will truly feel like you have become part of a new family!
Very Romantic for Anniversaries. Ivy's sent a Happy Anniversary letter and gave us a discount to celebrate - we were taken to candlelit table with rose petals and the dinner was out of this world - not to mention the creme brulee made for everyone in our party was awesome!
It's that "Special Place" where your memory takes you back to time and time again. The experience is definately worth the trip!!. It's not 'just another place to eat' .... it's a very special place to eat where you want to return to time and time again. A place where you want to take special people to, so that they too can enjoy "the experience" of Ivy's nestled right in the heart of Ligoneer. It's elegant... it's cozy ... it's romantic ... it's delightful! You are treated royally and the food is absolutely unforgetable! The menu is a book (literally) which adds to the uniqueness of Ivy's Cafe, as well as the delicious food offered in such a manner that makes the choice a difficult one. But, whatever choice you make, you won't be disappointed. So, set the date, relish the experience and make this one of your 'special get away places'! ~~ EP of Levelgreen
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