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“Overall experience was fabulous. ”
Review of Shari At the Willard Hillton - CLOSED

Shari At the Willard Hillton
Price range: US$10 - US$60
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Description: Shari at the Willard Hillton is centrally located in Mid-Michigan, in one of Michigan's last known Ghost Towns. The "Willard Hillton", our building, was once known as the Beaver Hotel. It was built in the late 1800's, and housed not only the hotel, but the local jail, general store, and saloon. It was jokingly nicknamed "Willard Hillton" by townspeople 50 years ago, and has been known as such ever since. Today it is one of only three original buildings remaining in the town of Willard. Interestingly enough, the historic jail cell with its cave like walls and sand floor now houses our Wine at perfect cellaring conditions year round. Executive Chef and Owner Shari Rae Smith is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. She has transformed this Historic Saloon into a highly acclaimed Restaurant. With the ever ambitious yet creative spirit of the restaurant Shari and Executive Chef Stephen Litchey, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, create new menus every two to three weeks. As a result we are continually expanding our wine program. Our establishment carries in excess of 110 wines at any given time, ranging in price from $28.00 to $275.00. This allows everyone exceptional wine in every price category. In addition, Shari offers Wine dinners no less than four times a year. The wines we showcase at these dinners are wines we want to familiarize our clientele with. We select five to six wines that we would like to feature for the upcoming menu pairing the wine with Shari's cuisine resulting in an evening of exceptional wine, fine food, and an enjoyable dining experience for a very reasonable price.
Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

Went here on a busy night, Valentine's Day. They were busy but well staffed. We loved the appetizers, super wine list, and dinner was awesome. Hubby had seafood risotto and I had stuffed pork tenderloin. We both agreed we would order the same thing again. Enjoyed the pallet-cleansing sorbet. Had carrot cake and red velvet cake for dessert. The carrot cake was a miss for us, also did not enjoy the infused whipped cream. Red velvet was GREAT. Waiter happily took the carrot cake off the bill, so no negative marks for that. Really liked the overall experience. This place is truly out in the middle of nowhere but it's part of the charm. Expect to pay at least 50$ per person for drinks, dinner, dessert. Ambiance is slightly lacking. Nice to keep it local and "un-chained."

Date of visit: February 2017
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Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Wow! Very impressive Mother's Day brunch, complete with omelet station, hot and cold dishes and fantastic desserts. We brought children and it was appropriate for them as well (we usually leave them home when we go for dinner). Shari's never disappoints!

Date of visit: May 2016
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Reviewed August 1, 2016

After being seated 40 minutes we still didn't have a bottle of wine. We had ordered four different bottles from the winelist and none was in stock. Finally after waiting on each recheck, a RESCUE! Three bottles of Cab that they did have were brought to our table with a price reduction in line with what we wanted to spend. A Recovery fix with apologies that they are redoing their wines. The complimentary amuse-bouche was tasty. The appetizer of cheeses, herbs and asparagus cooked en papillote was delicious. We had asked that our entrees of filet and rack of lamb be slowed down so we could enjoy the wine that was recommended and very good at that...Tucker and Chef accomplished the pace. So we wined and dined and conversed and after the peaches and cream we decided that there was a TOUCHDOWN at Shari's. Staff was all very helpful and willing to try to please. PS They host Cooking Classes too!!!

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed June 3, 2016

After hearing several rave reviews, we had dinner here. Arrived at 6:00 p.m. mid-week. Although there was only one other table seated, we were given a table in the same room very near to the other couple. A family came in shortly thereafter, and were seated next to us. The room was small and quiet, and everyone could hear everyone else so it was awkward. The appetizer (brie and asparagus) was delicious, as was my husband's rack of lamb. The whitefish was mediocre. Service was ok, not great, as I had to summon the waitress for a second glass of wine. I won't make the trip again.

Date of visit: May 2016
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Reviewed March 15, 2016

I go to shari's 2-3 times a year, more if I can. This place is amazing! I've been attached to this restaurant since my first visit and have been telling friends and family about it ever since. The atmosphere is calming, the service is very friendly but not overly intrusive while your trying to enjoy your meal and the food is outstanding. The manager and staff bend over backwards to make your experience the best. They even special ordered an item for me, and cooked it to perfection so I could surprise my husband for his birthday! I would and so recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone!

Date of visit: May 2015
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