Afton House Inn

★★★★☆
  • 3291 St Croix Trail S

    Afton, MN 55001

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  • 651-436-8883

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Tried the Easter Brunch at Afton House. Very disapointed. Food was cold and bad. Sausages were gross, Scrambled eggs were powdered and watery, Eggs Benedict had some weird bread, advertised free champagne but that was not offered. OJ was free but had to pay for apple juice. Dining room was grimy and dated. It was a big rip off. You can get a much better brunch elsewhere. Too far to drive for bad experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

Tried the Easter Brunch at Afton House. Very disapointed. Food was cold and bad. Sausages were gross, Scrambled eggs were powdered and watery, Eggs Benedict had some weird bread, advertised free champagne but that was not offered. OJ was free but had to pay for apple juice. Dining room was grimy and dated. It was a big rip off. You can get a much better brunch elsewhere. Too far to drive for bad experience.

Cons: Food, Ambience, Price

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I am just writing to say how incredibly disappointed my wife and I were with the Father's Day Sunday brunch this morning. We had heard good things from friends who have dined at the Afton House Inn previously, but they've obviously been lucky enough to have missed out on brunch.

This was our first time at this restaurant, and from the moment we set foot inside we were unimpressed. Three servers standing immediately in front of us did not acknowledge our presence, despite the fact that we stood there for 3-4 minutes. We finally wandered over to the hostess desk, where we stood for another 3-4 minutes waiting for someone to just say hello. When we finally were seated, it took another 10 minutes before anyone came by our table and offered us something to drink.

The first thing my wife noticed when we sat down was a half-empty wine bottle covered in cobwebs sitting in the window display next to our table. Now there were several bottles "artfully" arranged in the window, but this bottle in particular was obviously a leftover remnant of someone's previous dining experience - it still had the towel wrapped around it.

Our plates from the buffet were dirty - mine actually had a clump of skin-on mashed potatoes clinging to the bottom of it, which I had the misfortune of sticking my fingers into.

Keep in mind, we started dining at 10:15 AM. Now if I'm not mistaken, the buffet service doesn't begin until 10:00 AM. Could someone please explain to me why it was that the eggs Benedict were cold, the hollandaise congealed, and the yolks cooked so hard that the undersides were green? The sausages were terrible, the "apple stuffed pancakes" nothing more than commercial pancake batter wrapped around canned pie filling, and the champagne chicken was so dry and unrecognizable that in the first couple of bites I thought for sure I must have taken some sort of ham by mistake. Three pasta dishes, all with the same penne noodles, and not one of them was good. A cold pasta salad simply needs more than chicken, red onion, and a bottle of ranch dressing.

We thought for sure maybe there was a chance of redemption with the dessert table, but that was frankly pathetic. A chocolate fountain with overripe pineapple and melon, and some previously frozen dessert cakes? For the amount of money we paid, we truly expected more. At one point I actually vocalized that we would have been better off (with price and food quality) going to the Old Country Buffet. Sadly, the older couple seated behind us said the exact same thing not 5 minutes later.

We can only say that we are thankful we didn't actually take our own fathers to dine with us. They should be ashamed for giving people this sort of experience on such a special day.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am just writing to say how incredibly disappointed my wife and I were with the Father's Day Sunday brunch this morning. We had heard good things from friends who have dined at the Afton House Inn previously, but they've obviously been lucky enough to have missed out on brunch.

This was our first time at this restaurant, and from the moment we set foot inside we were unimpressed. Three servers standing immediately in front of us did not acknowledge our presence, despite the fact that we stood there for 3-4 minutes. We finally wandered over to the hostess desk, where we stood for another 3-4 minutes waiting for someone to just say hello. When we finally were seated, it took another 10 minutes before anyone came by our table and offered us something to drink.

The first thing my wife noticed when we sat down was a half-empty wine bottle covered in cobwebs sitting in the window display next to our table. Now there were several bottles "artfully" arranged in the window, but this bottle in particular was obviously a leftover remnant of someone's previous dining experience - it still had the towel wrapped around it.

Our plates from the buffet were dirty - mine actually had a clump of skin-on mashed potatoes clinging to the bottom of it, which I had the misfortune of sticking my fingers into.

Keep in mind, we started dining at 10:15 AM. Now if I'm not mistaken, the buffet service doesn't begin until 10:00 AM. Could someone please explain to me why it was that the eggs Benedict were cold, the hollandaise congealed, and the yolks cooked so hard that the undersides were green? The sausages were terrible, the "apple stuffed pancakes" nothing more than commercial pancake batter wrapped around canned pie filling, and the champagne chicken was so dry and unrecognizable that in the first couple of bites I thought for sure I must have taken some sort of ham by mistake. Three pasta dishes, all with the same penne noodles, and not one of them was good. A cold pasta salad simply needs more than chicken, red onion, and a bottle of ranch dressing.

We thought for sure maybe there was a chance of redemption with the dessert table, but that was frankly pathetic. A chocolate fountain with overripe pineapple and melon, and some previously frozen dessert cakes? For the amount of money we paid, we truly expected more. At one point I actually vocalized that we would have been better off (with price and food quality) going to the Old Country Buffet. Sadly, the older couple seated behind us said the exact same thing not 5 minutes later.

We can only say that we are thankful we didn't actually take our own fathers to dine with us. They should be ashamed for giving people this sort of experience on such a special day.

Pros: nice location?

Cons: poor food, mediocre service, dusty and uninspired decor

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Wow! We stayed here and I was totaly suprised by my husband for our anniversary. I've heard great things about the Afton House but was seriously blown away. We stayed in one of the most romantic rooms I've ever been in (Huge Jacuzzi, Fireplace, Quiet, 4-poster bed, tranquille decor). I felt more relaxed than in Maui. We were given a tour and were guided to our room from the very nice and professional welcome/check-in staff and every encouter with the staff was impressive. The biggest suprise though was dinner............WOW! The dining room is romantic and the decor creates a relaxing setting. The food was with out saying nothing less than amazing. Gorgeous plate presentation and unbelievable flavor combinations. Like I said.......blown away. The service also was outstanding and she was extremely well versed with the menu and describing everything from first course to dessert. I was impressed equally with her knowledge of their 150 some bottle wine list and very pleased with her wine recommendations. I was really delighted...............wonderful attention to detail..........perfect service and very friendly. So........ I give this place a 5 star rating and would without question tell you to go there and experience the Afton House for yourself. Oh, one last thing, it's about 30 minutes from our house in Up Town, but I seriously felt like I was 1000 miles away. Can't say enough. First Class, 5 star experience that we will do again!

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★★★★★

Wow! We stayed here and I was totaly suprised by my husband for our anniversary. I've heard great things about the Afton House but was seriously blown away. We stayed in one of the most romantic rooms I've ever been in (Huge Jacuzzi, Fireplace, Quiet, 4-poster bed, tranquille decor). I felt more relaxed than in Maui. We were given a tour and were guided to our room from the very nice and professional welcome/check-in staff and every encouter with the staff was impressive. The biggest suprise though was dinner............WOW! The dining room is romantic and the decor creates a relaxing setting. The food was with out saying nothing less than amazing. Gorgeous plate presentation and unbelievable flavor combinations. Like I said.......blown away. The service also was outstanding and she was extremely well versed with the menu and describing everything from first course to dessert. I was impressed equally with her knowledge of their 150 some bottle wine list and very pleased with her wine recommendations. I was really delighted...............wonderful attention to detail..........perfect service and very friendly. So........ I give this place a 5 star rating and would without question tell you to go there and experience the Afton House for yourself. Oh, one last thing, it's about 30 minutes from our house in Up Town, but I seriously felt like I was 1000 miles away. Can't say enough. First Class, 5 star experience that we will do again!

Pros: Relaxing, Date Spot, Food, Rooms, Service, Romantic

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We had a wonderful anniversary dinner in the restaurant, with very attentive service. The first course of scallops qualifies as THE best appetizer I have ever had, anywhere. The inn lodgings were as depicted on the website, with two caveats: the "St.Croix view" from the balconies of rooms 28-31 is across two parking lots and a marina; and the rooms were unexpectedly noisy--TV, conversations, and jacuzzi jets were all quite audible in the next room, rather detracting from the "just us" ambience we might have expected.
5 Stars for the food, 3 for the lodging.

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★★★★☆

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner in the restaurant, with very attentive service. The first course of scallops qualifies as THE best appetizer I have ever had, anywhere. The inn lodgings were as depicted on the website, with two caveats: the "St.Croix view" from the balconies of rooms 28-31 is across two parking lots and a marina; and the rooms were unexpectedly noisy--TV, conversations, and jacuzzi jets were all quite audible in the next room, rather detracting from the "just us" ambience we might have expected.
5 Stars for the food, 3 for the lodging.

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I can't remember a better night. We stayed in a gorgeous room with a jacuzzi and balcony but it wasn't just the room that made our stay.....It was everything - The staff, the entire building, the quaint town, an absolutely unbelievable dinner and brunch! Literally everything led me to compliment this place as by far the best time we have had in years. Thank you!

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★★★★★

I can't remember a better night. We stayed in a gorgeous room with a jacuzzi and balcony but it wasn't just the room that made our stay.....It was everything - The staff, the entire building, the quaint town, an absolutely unbelievable dinner and brunch! Literally everything led me to compliment this place as by far the best time we have had in years. Thank you!

Pros: Rooms, Staff, Service, Dinner, Brunch

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Thanks for a great weekend! We planned to go skiing but didn't do much of anything other than jump in the tub in our room and open some vino. Just what we needed though really. Our room was awesome and we just chilled in our huge tub by the fireplace and spent some "quality time." The Bar was good too (Awesome Steak and cool appetizers). My wife liked the whole romance thing with the roses on the bed and we both enjoyed the couples massage next door. Cool coffee shop too! Thanks again. We enjoyed the omelets, champagne and huge spread at brunch and hope to visit the nicer restaurant too next time. Worth every penny or was it a Ben Franklin......can't remember but it was worth every bit!

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★★★★★

Thanks for a great weekend! We planned to go skiing but didn't do much of anything other than jump in the tub in our room and open some vino. Just what we needed though really. Our room was awesome and we just chilled in our huge tub by the fireplace and spent some "quality time." The Bar was good too (Awesome Steak and cool appetizers). My wife liked the whole romance thing with the roses on the bed and we both enjoyed the couples massage next door. Cool coffee shop too! Thanks again. We enjoyed the omelets, champagne and huge spread at brunch and hope to visit the nicer restaurant too next time. Worth every penny or was it a Ben Franklin......can't remember but it was worth every bit!

Pros: Jacuzzi, Fireplace, Amazing all the way around

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For over 25 years I have enjoyed the WONDERFUL food and GREAT service at The Afton House Inn and Catfish Saloon. We always have a NICE time, and feel like the family when we are their. Carrie and Katie always make us feel welcome whether we are in the Catfish or the Wheel Room. Their smiles always make you feel at home. Try it out you will LOVE it and alway come back for more!
Thanks
Stewart and Kathleen

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★★★★★

For over 25 years I have enjoyed the WONDERFUL food and GREAT service at The Afton House Inn and Catfish Saloon. We always have a NICE time, and feel like the family when we are their. Carrie and Katie always make us feel welcome whether we are in the Catfish or the Wheel Room. Their smiles always make you feel at home. Try it out you will LOVE it and alway come back for more!
Thanks
Stewart and Kathleen

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Just what the doctor ordered. My wife and I get away from the hustle and bustle without the kids a few times a year. We stay at nice places but this was the best. Room #8 is awesome with a huge Jacuzzi and an amazing king size bed. The room was immaculate and set the tone for a great weekend. Dinner and the Sunday Brunch were equally impressive. Thank you to the wonderful staff that gave us a "tour" and showed us to the room (very professional and welcoming). Thank you also for arranging a taylored romance package and helping with all my special requests..........Afton House staff was great!!! This was a nice winter get away and we already made reservations to come back and visit in the summer and take a cruise on the dinner boat. Thanks again Afton House!!!

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★★★★★

Just what the doctor ordered. My wife and I get away from the hustle and bustle without the kids a few times a year. We stay at nice places but this was the best. Room #8 is awesome with a huge Jacuzzi and an amazing king size bed. The room was immaculate and set the tone for a great weekend. Dinner and the Sunday Brunch were equally impressive. Thank you to the wonderful staff that gave us a "tour" and showed us to the room (very professional and welcoming). Thank you also for arranging a taylored romance package and helping with all my special requests..........Afton House staff was great!!! This was a nice winter get away and we already made reservations to come back and visit in the summer and take a cruise on the dinner boat. Thanks again Afton House!!!

Pros: Best Get Away in Years!!

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Recently my husband and I visited the Afton House for a wonderful dinner. The evening began when we walked in the wheel room to an atmosphere filled with warmth and comfort. We sat at a quiet, romantic table for two. We enjoyed a wonderfully cooked meal and desert to top off the night. The service was absolutely divine from beginning to end. The staff is quite an undescribable addition to this incredible establishment. I can not wait to enjoy another meal at this fabulous restaurant, I can't believe I didn't know about this inn sooner.

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★★★★★

Recently my husband and I visited the Afton House for a wonderful dinner. The evening began when we walked in the wheel room to an atmosphere filled with warmth and comfort. We sat at a quiet, romantic table for two. We enjoyed a wonderfully cooked meal and desert to top off the night. The service was absolutely divine from beginning to end. The staff is quite an undescribable addition to this incredible establishment. I can not wait to enjoy another meal at this fabulous restaurant, I can't believe I didn't know about this inn sooner.

Pros: Incredible Experience

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I liked the room my wife and I stayed in. Clean. Nice. I didn't like the food. The staff was crabby!!!!! Only one smiled. Managemaent seems poor. Swearing, grumblinga mong staff. Trashy. I do have to agree with these other reviews, Dan the Bartender/Waiter was really good..... I would skip this place because the food stinks! But it's worth the trip if you want someone who will take care of your drinks. Fast. Good. Go when Daniel (I think) is working!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I liked the room my wife and I stayed in. Clean. Nice. I didn't like the food. The staff was crabby!!!!! Only one smiled. Managemaent seems poor. Swearing, grumblinga mong staff. Trashy. I do have to agree with these other reviews, Dan the Bartender/Waiter was really good..... I would skip this place because the food stinks! But it's worth the trip if you want someone who will take care of your drinks. Fast. Good. Go when Daniel (I think) is working!!!!

Cons: management!!!!!!

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The new Head Chef is fantasitc! Food was superb and server was very pleasant. We will be back very soon!

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★★★★★

The new Head Chef is fantasitc! Food was superb and server was very pleasant. We will be back very soon!

Pros: Great Food, Great Service, Great Great Great!

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Located approximately 30 miles from the Twin Cities, this dining destination in the tiny river-town of Afton has been drawing yacht owners and couples celebrating birthdays and anniversaries for years. An old-fashioned spirit pervades but…

 

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