When it is time to pull out all the stops and get away from the buffets and the frantic pace of the Strip, this is the place to go. Dark cherry-wood ... More
Candlestick Inn Restaurant
When it is time to pull out all the stops and get away from the buffets and the frantic pace of the Strip, this is the place to go. Dark cherry-wood paneling divides the large dining room into romantic and private dining settings. A patio overlooks Lake Taneycomo and, at night, the lights of Branson, which shimmer in the summer heat. The chef specializes in French cuisine, but he must carry a minor degree in Creole cooking. Many of his creations offer more than a hint of Cajun seasoning. The menu is one of those "if you have to ask, you can not afford it" affairs, but the prices are well worth it for the great food, setting and service you receive. The grilled rack of lamb ($28) comes with an apple-mint chutney and is wading in cassis juice.
Everything about this restaurant is exquisite. If you are looking for a typical Branson Restaurant you will not like the Candlestick. If you are accustom to fine dining, or you want to splurge for a special occasion, then this is it. We had the elk and filet. I have never had a better filet. Never. We also had the seasonal salad and the ceasar. Great presentation on both. The view was amazing from the lounge where we ate. Donna was our server, but we were waited on by more than 3 waiters. We were pampered, the food was amazing and the view was astonishing.
Candlestick Inn has a great view... even if it is dominated by Branson's Landing. They have 3 tables outside... DO NOT SIT OUT THERE unless you like cigarette smoke... all the other patrons seem to think the porch is the place to go for a smoke after they have their dinner. Never mind that you might be trying to eat... as long as their kids cans runaround and they can get that after dinner smoke! And good luck getting service out there... the waiter might make it outside every 30 mins or so. I guess I was surprised the restaurant was only 1/3 full on a Fri night. I guess due to the high prices and mediocre food... and less than 1st class service.
I made reservations for my family of six adults in May for our July 21, 2007 visit to the Candlestick Inn. The website makes this place look like it is more elegant than it is. We were celebrating a birthday while visiting Branson, so I ordered two signature cupcakes at the time I made our reservations. The prices are expensive at this place, and you would think that the service would be impeccable considering that. Since we had a party of six, our gratuity was automatically included in our bill at 18%. Our waiter (Bob) was completely surly with us---from the beginning when we sat down, he was in a constant state of anxiety and hardly greeted us. My sister ordered a plate of appetizers that she said she was going to pass around for everyone to taste. He almost sneered that it would never be enough to go around the table. He was completely rude. He left to put our drink and her appetizer order in and when he came back, my husband asked if he would take our group picture before the table got filled with our appetizers, drinks, etc. He said he had to ‘run the food’ and he would ‘if he got a chance.’ All we asked for was one picture to be taken. When he came back to take our food orders, I asked between which of two entrees that sounded good would he recommend. He was surly again and did not seem to be very informative about the menu items. We gently asked about the picture one more time, and he took it for us. When the cupcakes arrived, he did not explain anything about them and what made them the Candlestick Inn signature dessert. He definitely was not a people person! It was disappointing to look forward to an important event, willing to spend a lot on a dinner, and it flops because the server is in a bad mood. Do not spend your money at this restaurant. My sister used the restroom and embarrassingly it was out of toilet paper. She mentioned it to one of the servers who was leaning against a wall and the she said she did not know who to tell about it. My sister then told the hostess, but she did not seem to be concerned either. The website says, ‘The staff of our award-winning restaurant go out of their way to make every meal an epicurean delight’ but that did not happen during our dining experience! I believe a $407 dinner should include a server who is glad you are there. Did we add to his 18% gratuity? No way.
My husband and I visit this restaurant every time we go to Branson, and the food is always wonderful. This is the restaurant I would recommend if you're looking for an excellent meal in a classy setting (you could probably go in jeans, but I'd recommend corporate casual).
The BEST service we have ever had in any dining experience! Fabulous food - from the appetizer to the dessert, not only delicious, but wonderful presentation. Beautiful view as the sunset upon Branson. We WILL return.
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