Mediocre at best.
I recently visited Hyeholde for Valentine's Day dinner. The menu was limited to select few, very pricey, five course meals. My girlfriend and I both ordered the filet and agreed that it was nothing special. Comparing it to something you could order from Outback would be about right. The other courses, included in the price, were small and mediocre at best. The price certainly did not reflect the quality of the food. The service left us nothing to complain about, but certainly did not deserve any awards. Our waiter was quiet and uncaring, although a friendly woman did check in on us from time to time. The facility itself was very unique and warm, but reminded me of an old barn rather than a castle as some have said.
Overall, I would not recommend the Hyeholde. The food was ridiculously expensive, portions were small and unsatisfying, and the service was average. Two five course meals, two glasses of cheap wine, tip, and valet ended up costing just under $240.00. As someone said in a review below, I’m honestly not sure how this place stays open. I’m still scratching my head as to what I actually paid for…
Awesome. Reading the reviews about Hydehole, I noticed they were at least 5 years old. If I listened to them, I would have never gone there. I would recommend this place to anyone. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. We had 15 ppl, in our group. The service was amazing. When you work in this industry, you notice everything. Our waitstaff was spot on with every detail. We had cocktails and appetizers, in a small room located just off of the main building. The room was so cozy. It had a fire going, plenty of seating and room to mingle. We had crabcake and wild boar chops. Order both if you go there. The crabcakes were the best I have ever had.
Pleasant but Poor Service. We took our family to here for Thanksgiving Dinner, The food was ok, but could have been much better. Our waitress was very pleasant but most times hard to locate. No one should have to find someone to refill a drink at any restaurant but especially at the price they charge. What ever happened to proper service? They provide better service at Eat and Park.
The experience at the Hyeholde is a pleasant one.. This charming ?castle? makes you feel like you just walked into a more romantic era. After reading, some of the other reviews makes me want to say, I usually eat at the restaurant several times a year, and the food is good? but, not great. I always have a great evening out at the Hyeholde, and have always ordered something different each time of the ever-changing menu. The service, while not always impeccable, is always friendly and polite. I feel the staff goes out of their way to make you feel welcomed. Mainly I go for the atmosphere, which I think most will find enchanting and nostalgic. Overall, the experience at the Hyeholde is a pleasant one. I highly recommend the sherry bisque, and make room for dessert because the pastry chef is phenomenal.
romantic setting. My husband and I recently went to the Hyeholde after celebrating an anniversary dinner after not having been there in years. It is a beautiful place...both rustic and elegant lending itself to a romantic dinner. We sat up high on a balcony area overlooking a room with a fireplace and beamed ceilings. The service was very good . Our dinners were both excellent. If you don't mind your food done med rare you should order the elk. ( which is the only way elk can be eaten without tasting "gamey.") It WAS NOT gamey! It was deliciously tender. My husband ordered the natural beef and it was perfectly seasoned and equally delicious. The sauces on both plates were seasonal and complemented them perfectly. The salads and soups were also very good and we shared the carrot cake for dessert. Yummy! You should definitely consider the Hyeholde for a special evening out.
AMAZING VENUE FOR WEDDINGS. My husband and I recently got married at The Hyeholde, and we could not have asked for a more perfect location or better service. The outdoor ceremony area is beautiful, and there are many places on the grounds for photos. The food was excellent and reasonably priced per person (maybe even less than a typical hotel reception, but much better quality). We've gotten tons of compliments from our guests on the food, the wait staff and the wedding overall. And their event coordinator, Jeff, was one step ahead of us at all times. If we had a question, he had an answer/solution before I finished my sentence. If you're looking for a beautiful and elegant setting for a wedding of 120 or less, The Hyeholde is the best option in Pittsburgh.
One of the best things about Pittsburgh. Put Hyeholde at the very top of your list of places to go to.The food is the best in Pittsburgh hands down.Just sit and soak it in.My wife and I travel alot, and this matches the food in great restaurant towns.The local chicken was the best I have had.My wife had the Halibut with peas and mushrooms.She can't stop talking about it.The care the chef takes in every detail comes across in the food.We sat in the garden.You must request a seat overlooking the chefs picking fresh herbs before you very eyes.Where else can you see that.Kelly was our server.She was outstanding.Warm, friendly,and she also knew every detail of the food down to the garnish.Our nite ended with a tour of the kitchen in full swing.If you want to see art being made,request a tour and see the action.
What an experience! So much character, so little time!.
Upon arriving, we were greeted by a well-mannered valet, who ran around the car to open the car door for me before I had the opportunity to do so myself. We entered the castle-and it really does look like one! We had a reservation and were seated immediately at our table, which we were told was the hostess' favorite seat in the house (probably because it was the closest to the stairs). After receiving our drinks, we realized that it would have been nicer to have been given a quick tour of the place before being seated, but I am sure that had we had asked, we probably would have been granted that wish. Huge exposed wooden beams, beautiful tapestries, and surprisingly comfortable period chairs, and that is just the ambience!
The food was excellent! The sherry bisque was not at all like the other reviewers' Cambell's soup remarks. It was just the right size and delicious. The first course oysters were great! The intermezzo- a bite of passion fruit pound cake with a surprising sprig of rosemary-divine! The first course-lobster in a rosemary and dill butter sauce-heaven! My husband had elk, and he said that it was delicious-more tender than filet mignon, but not as thick as it. A flavorful grapefruit salad followed. We ordered dessert, even though we were getting full, but hey, we were celebrating Valentine's Day! We had the Tropical Alaska- what a spectacular presentation! Delicious too! Portions were small, but we were perfectly full in the end, and were very happy that we were able to taste so many different flavors!
In the end, the bill wasn't terrible. We didn't have to take out a home-equity mortgage to pay for this dinner either- the total bill came to just about $160, and that included wine and cocktails. We tipped very well because the service was phenomenal-they timed everything so perfectly! Overall it was a truly fabulous experience, and we would definitely do it again! (FYI-we weren't the only ones under 60!)
A Great Escape. Upon approaching this cottage-castle, you can already begin to see that a meal at the Hyeholde is a true dining experience. The ambience, coupled with the friendly service, makes dining here less about the cuisine and more about the experience as a whole. Feel free to take your time; enjoy the scenery, the company, the food, and the drink. The setting alone is worth the trip, but it is the food that will bring you back.
Don't say that "Your Sysco Guy" didn't warn you.... First of all, I have no idea what keeps this place open? It sure isn't Hyeholdes service, food or staff... a triple threat of disappointments in my opinion. Considering the age of the staff and the prices at Hyeholde, you should assume a much higher standard (although they did finally hire a talented Pastry Chef). I guess the thing that bothers me the most about this restaurant is the self-proclaimed Executive Chef Chris OBrien. To make a long story short, a friend of mine took cooking classes there for $240.00 and basically learned nothing more from this short egotistical prep cook than if you watched 30 Minute Meals on the Food network. If you want to experience dining at a much "higher standard" with a "respected" chef, I would suggest dining at Eleven in the Strip. In closing, if you must try the Hyeholde, just order dessert over the phone...
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