Editors' pick

Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge

$$$$ ($15-$24)

Editorial Review

Since it opened in October 2002, Tower Oaks Lodge has become the de facto social center of the county. It doesn't have the best food. It doesn't have the best service. But there is no more spectacular setting for dining.

The Clyde's Group has recreated an Adirondack-style lodge adjacent to a 21-acre nature preserve. One of four dining rooms was constructed using a 200-year-old timber barn from Vermont. Another resembles a boathouse. The myriad decorations and appointments (and crayons offered at the door) are more than enough to keep youngsters distracted for an hour or so, and the same appointments will impress most adults. Don't be surprised if on a summer night you see deer grazing just outside your window.

Reservations for Sunday brunch are necessary. Even at Monday lunch - traditionally a sluggish time for restaurants - Tower Oaks Lodge is apt to be full. Arrive at night, and there are thousands of twinkling lights to guide the way to this magical woodland setting.

--Nancy Lewis, The Guide, April 26, 2007

Reader Reviews

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Enjoyable but nothing special

Brother and son plus wives in town for business. Met up and took them to dinner on Saturday night. Made reservations for 7:30PM. Place was crowded and noisy. Decor was nice as it was also decorated up for Halloween. Lighting was too dim to read the small print on the menu but light from my cell phone saved the day. Service was good. Had atichoke dip and fried calamaries for appetizers. Dip was tasteless as were the calamaries. Brother and his son ordered the lobster specials which they said were good. I had the salmon which was moist but also tasteless. My wife had the crab cakes which were good. Lots of crab with minimal filling. Best thing about the evening besides the company was the chocolate brownie sundae for dessert.