The Lodge at Castle Hills is the perfect place for a high end and romantic dinner. The restaurant is actually in a really neat and old house build in 1929 ( Im pretty sure that is what they told me) owned by the guy who started Diamond Shamrock. It sits on a beautiful piece of property with lots of trees and away from the street so you do not even feel like you are still in the city. The chef is actually a friend-of-a-friend so I ate there as soon as they opened up which was fortunate because I recently tried to make a reservation and they were booked solid. The Lodge has quickly become one of the hot spots in San Antonio. I have heard that in the relatively short time it has been open they have been featured in several gourmet magazines. I am not the least surprised because their menu is top notch and service is awesome. This is definitely a place to take some one special or for an intimate celebration. The prices, I think, are very reasonable for this level of cuisine.
My husband and I have enjoyed The Lodge on several occasions and left the restaurant very satisfied. Unfortunately for some reason the restaurant decided to no longer accommodate vegetarians, unlike every restaurant I have dined at in San Antonio. We were told when we made our reservations today that it would be no problem "the chef could cook off the menu" yet, 5 minutes later we receive a call back that they are unable to accommodate us. Because Chef JASON DADY prepares everything ahead of time, he "doesn't have time to fix something for vegetarians BECAUSE HE IS CHEF JASON DADY" I'm sorry, but it is a bit pompous of the staff to build the chef up as if he is a GOD and for Jason Dady being such a great chef you would think it wouldn't be too difficult to saute some vegetables and make a salad. But I guess this was just too much for the restaurant to handle. Im so disappointed how we were treated over the phone by the hostess and disappointed that a great chef such as Jason Dady couldn't accommodate people who can't eat meat. The food is great, but I wont give my money to people who treat customers poorly.
Pros: reasonable price for 5 course tasting menu
Cons: pompous staff and they refuse to accommodate vegetarians
On August 28, 2009 my husband and I went to The Lodge to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We ordered the chef's signature tasting menu along with the wine pairing which costs $110 per person.
It was clear from the beginning that the waiter was extremely stingy with the amount of wine he gave us as the wine pairings. We were given approximately an ounce of wine per pairing, which is absolutely ridiculous. I believe that in a 2 1/2 hour period, my husband and I each had the equivalent of 1 to 1 1/2 glass of wine.
Overall, the food was mediocre at best. The only dishes that were above average were the foie gras and the duck confit. My husband liked the quail but I found it completely inedible.
The worst problem, however, was the horrible service. My husband and I felt entirely ignored. There were two other couples sitting at tables in the same room as we were and they did not order the more expensive chef's tasting menu, yet they were given much better service than my husband and me. We felt entirely ignored. There were at least 3 15-20 minute time stretches during which waitstaff did not acknowledge our presence, much less give us any food (including bread) or drink.
We had heard a lot of good things about the Lodge and I had read the reviews on this page, but it did not come close to living up to its reputation. I will NEVER return to this restaurant nor will I recommend it to anyone.
My husband and I are foodies and we typically go to Le Reve for special occasions. Le Reve is perfection so perhaps it is not fair to compare The Lodge and Le Reve, but The Lodge is not even 1/10th of the restaurant Le Reve is and we could have gone to Le Reve and ordered Andrew Weisman's tasting menu along with a wine pairing for only $100 more than the Lodge and had a night to remember. Instead, I am only left with a bad taste in my mouth and anger over very bad service on what should have been a very special occasion. Thank you The Lodge for ruining our anniversary.
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Cons: Food, wine and service
I took my wife and son to The Lodge for Valentine's Day dinner, and we were all simply amazed. The drive in really sets the tone, and the valet was very friendly. Duane was our server, and he was incredible. Nothing escaped his attention from clearing the table to helping my son cut his steak, and he made it all look effortless. The menu for dinner was varied enough to satisfy and eight year-old as well as two adults. I especially recommend the pork belly and the duck, but as my wife noticed, the biggest problem we had was that we always wanted more!
If you are travelling through, or if you are from the area looking for a special evening, this place has to be at the top of your list.
Pros: The food was incredible and the service was impeccable.
Cons: The placement of our table was a bit inconvenient.
First, let me just say that our experience at the Lodge was an incredible introduction to the "foodie" culture.
I called for a last minute, same day reservation, which I was accommodated without a problem; our reservation was for three (wife, son and me). The incredible experience started with the beautiful drive up the drive way. We had actually arrived one hour early and planned to sit bar side until our reservation time, but we were taken directly in. We sat in a very low key, cozy two table room upstairs. The table was decorated tastefully with white crisp linen with a practical table setting. I enjoyed that it was not pretentious with five forks and spoons. The only down fall was the room echoed slightly, but that just encouraged us to speak "romantically" to each other. The menu is very straightforward with very little flexibility, but we had no problem with it. My wife and I had Chef Jason Dady's Signature Tasting with wine pairings and my son had the same without the wine. Someone else criticized the menu, but Chef Dady is like an artist and we indulged in his eight course masterpiece. The first course was the scallops and they just melted in our mouth. The third course crab meat pasta was the overall favorite, but my wife raved the chocolate a souffle in the last course. The service was impeccable and our server was knowledgeable. Also, the wine parings were exquisitely done and brought out the complexity of each dish. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to all of my friends. Though our final tab was well over $350, the experience was worthwhile. My wife and I plan to return, since we noticed the menu changed with the addition of duck.
Pros: Almost Everything, food, service and wine
Cons: "Echoey" dinning room
The food was good and the wine pairings were excellent! Our server was Duane and he was most attentive and knowledgeable. We were seated in an upper room with two other tables which made it not as cozy as it could have been. This arrangement made it hard to have a private conversation without being overheard. The seats were not very comfortable either. I cannot say enough about the wine pairings; they were well-thought out with each course.
Pros: Food, service, valet parking
Cons: Seating arrangements, ambience, seats
Being somewhat new to the San Antonio area and not having been to many of the five star establishments in the area, The Lodge was suggested to me by a friend at work. I was looking for a spot to take my wife on our 12th anniversary, this was the perfect spot.
I had purchased a diamond ring and wanted to present it to her in a place that would be forever etched in her memory, and needless to say she will never forget the night that we enjoyed together. The romantic ambiance was perfect for the occasion, the food was spectacular and the service was impeccable.
After our dining experience, the server (having been told of my plans to present the ring) escorted us to a table downstairs in the lounge area where I presented the ring to her while enjoying a night cap. Perfect evening!!!
Pros: setting, ambiance, food, service
Cons: That I can't afford to go more often
This place is just wonderful. My husband and i did the 5 course menu and the portion sizes were perfect and the food was absolutely delicious. A total treat to your taste buds!!!! The whole ambiance was great, very romantic and relaxed. It has the feel of a nice british pub..with the old house and the decor and soft lighting. If you are looking for a new experience, great food and romance- check this place out!!
Pros: Delicious, creative food; relaxed atmosphere
Cons: The one thing was we were in a small room and it was cold!!
The Lodge is a great evening, a spectacular one. The setting is a classic vintage house reminiscent in a way of the great Majestic Theatre in ambience. It's the perfect candlelight setting. The menu is original and very appealing. The wait staff can tell you about each selection perfectly AND they proceed through the evening at your pace. The food is wonderful and fun. This is a grand place for special occassions and festive group dinners. The Creme Brulee here is choice. Go early and have a drink in their small and very cool bar and saty late as well. This is a place to have an evening and linger into the night.
It is pricey, but very well worth it. Also check out their sister restaurant, Bin 555, it is not quite as expensive and serves many of the same dishes.
Pros: Excellent, Imaginative & Ever Changing Menu. A place to spend a grand evening
Cons: Expensive although quite worth it
If there's a special occasion, then seriously consider this restaurant. We went on a Saturday night and it was wonderful...from the ambiance, to the 5 course meal, to the great service. Our waitress was attentive & cognizant, and leisurely served us each entree' at "our" pace. We were seated in a cozy, little room upstairs, surrounded by wine bottles, and overlooking the pretty courtyard, so if you can sit up there, that would be the ideal! This restaurant surpassed our expectations and will surely go back for another special occasion!
Pros: valet parking, great ambiance, romantic
Cons: bring your wallet
Great place for a romantic night! Not only the food was first class, but also the service. It is a nice house divided into small rooms, which gives a little bit more of privacy and well as closeness. The menu is divided into different options. First, you can decide if you would like it straight out of the menu or you can from a 3 course to 7 course dinner. Highly recommended the 7 course with the wine matching.
Wait staff provided perfect descriptions of each course. Wonderful food and best steak in San Antonio. Only a chef born and raised in Nebraska could do so well!
Pros: Great Food, Great Location