A former 19th century ice house, they now serve contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on local products. The views of the lake and mountains ... More
Ice House Restaurant & Bar
A former 19th century ice house, they now serve contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on local products. The views of the lake and mountains can be enjoyed inside or from one of the two outdoor dining areas. Reservations recommended.
The Ice House has a great outdoor patio and terrific view of the lake. We were eagerly greeted by our waitress who provided excellent service. Do not get the shrimp pico, overcooked and tasteless, the rice pilaf that came with it was cold. I also thought it was odd that the wine list did not indicate where or what regions the wine came from. The chowder and cheese plate were delicious!
My wife and I ordered the Shrimp Pico which was described as being shrimp and crabmeat in a puff pastry with a lobster cream sauce. What came was an overcooked, slightly burned on top, pastry shell stuffed with very dry shrimp and crabmeat on a bed of pasty risotto with the lobster sauce being in the risotto. The menu said nothing about risotto which I do not care for and would not have ordered. On the side was a little sliver of cold baked squash. Once we were served we were never approached by the waiter to see if everything was satisfactory. When the waiter came to pick up our uneaten dinners, he siad nothing about the fact that we hadn't eaten much so we initiated the conversation and expressed our dissatifaction. Nothing was offered to alleviate our displeasure. The wine, rolls, soup & salad were O.K. And that's what we got for $110.00
Ordered a chef special pasta with spinach, shrimp and olives. Could not believe that the olives which were incorporated into the dish still had the pitts. There were TONS of olives. I had to pick through the dish to push the olives aside as not to choke on or break a tooth on the pitts. When I mentioned this to our waiter - his answer was - well everyone else liked it, olives have pitts. While the dish was tastey - I found it offensive to have to root around and locate the olives and then have to fish the pitt out of my mouth. Husband liked steak he had. Mussels for appetizers were good too.
The best time to visit is in the summer or fall months . The Outdoor patio on the top floor is a great place to share a cocktail and enjoy the sunset over the beautiful lake. Downstairs there is also a large outdoor dining area excellent for an evening out with friends or family.
Overall we had a good experience at the Icehouse. The food was good but pricey. Our waitress was extremely friendly and knowledgable, and the view was to die for. One of the best decks to dine on. As we were leaving we had an encounter with the owner of the restaurant, who I thought was extremely rude--one of the only downsides to the evening. It is hard to want to support a business when the ownership does not cater to visitors.
We went for dinner on mothers day.. party of 6. I ordered Spegetti and white clam sauce. It was the the hottest. most awful tasting dish I have ever tasted. If some people like that go for it.. But OMG hot and spicey..White clam sauce, what were u thinking..The only thing they have going for themselves is the view...the Food people..not good, help is snotty and not helpful..There are so many great places to eat in Burlington, sorry your not one of them...Regroup..they are giving away buy one get one free dinners for a fine dine ..think about it
Very friendly staff. Great food at a good price. The deserts are terrific... especially the cheesecake. The patio is really nice around the summer holidays. A really neat place to watch the fireworks over the lake. My husband and I make it a yearly tradition.
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