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Henderson Castle Restaurant
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Ranked #258 of 347 Restaurants in Kalamazoo
Price range: US$50 - US$50
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Welcome to The Henderson Castle, the most popular inn in Kalamazoo. Whether you're local or coming from Grand Rapids, Detroit, Lansing, South Bend or Chicago, you'll find us to be the best destination for your anniversary, birthday, wedding, graduation or romantic getaway. Situated in the historic West Main Hill neighborhood, you're minutes away from the theatres, shopping and vibrant night life of downtown Kalamazoo, but secluded enough to enjoy a quiet night free from the noise of the city. When you're with us, you'll have a royal experience. Wake up to an incredible breakfast prepared by our French chef François Moyet. Get a massage, facial or manicure in our day spa. Soak in our rooftop hot tub while taking in the best view of downtown Kalamazoo that's available. Stay for dinner at our restaurant and indulge in the finest French food southwest Michigan has to offer. Why settle for a hotel - instead experience luxury fit for a King or Queen. In addition to the inn, restaurant and spa, we offer a banquet hall and ball room that can accomodate ceremonies, corporate meetings, holiday parties, family events, baby showers and more. Our lodging is available per night, for a weekend or could even be arranged for extended stay. Our daily tours, princess tea parties, murder mystery dinner party and high tea are fun things to do in Kalamazoo. If you'd like to book a room, make dinner reservations or just have a question, don't hesitate to contact us. The Henderson Castle Inn is here for every type of guest. Relax in our ADA accessible guest room, the Library Room, featuring an accessible shower with grab bars & handheld shower-head. A ramp wraps around the rear of the Castle and can be accessed by using the Gallery entrance to allow accessibility to the 1st floor. Unfortunately the 2nd and 3rd floors can be accessed by stairs only. While the restaurant is located primarily on the 1st floor, events are sometimes scheduled in the 3rd floor Ballroom.
Reviewed 25 September 2017

This is a historical building and that is about all the good I can say about it. I went for a high tea special and found the service to be extremely slow and unresponsive, the food was unappetizing, the prices are rather high and the dining room was a mess from a previous party. There are accommodations for large parties and over night stays which we haven't used but I do not recommend it.

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Thank Anatta2212
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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

We loved staying at the Castle! It is a wonderful B&B! We walked the grounds and the hot tub on the roof is a nice touch! The view up there is amazing! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone that was going to visit Kalamazoo! The staff was very helpful also!

Thank molson5040
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Reviewed 22 July 2017

Last night we made reservations and experienced the castle. With the price and the on line pictures we were expecting a fine dining experience with topnotch service and quality. We have dined at many fine restaurants and were looked forward to our evening. The castle is a very unique and interesting venue, delightful to experience the ambiance of linen table cloths, real candles, and quiet music playing. Our waitress was pleasant and attended well to our needs. Service was done well with dome covered entrees. We ordered our dinners after getting recommendations from the waitress. This is when we started to notice that this was not going to come close to being what we expected. We waited over 30 minutes for our crab cake appetizer that then came served with our salads. During the wait no bread was offered. The crab cake tasted good but was the smallest crab cake we have ever been served and did not match the description of lumpy New England crab cake nor did it look anything like the photos on the menu. I had the house salad which only had one choice for dressing - blue cheese which was very good. If you didn't like blue cheese you had no option. My husband had the Caesar which he enjoyed. Our next course was soup which took another 30 minutes to arrive after we were done eating our salads. We had upgraded to the lobster bisque. It was served with an average roll - 1 per person. I expected in a French establishment to be delighted with European crusty bread. The soup was too salty to eat so we sent it back to the kitchen. The chef sent his apologies and said his new help made it. They had had other complaints yet they still served it to us. My husband took the substitute pork and beans which he said was okay. Then we waited for our entree. It was 2 hours after ordering that our entrees arrived. I had the 45 day aged filet migon medium rare - it was tender and had good flavor. My husband had the NY strip medium- not much flavor. We both ordered the lobster tail which had a nice sweet flavor but was very dry and tough. We ordered cheesecake and creme brule for dessert. The creme brule again was the smallest we have ever been served, and the flavor was off. Each course was plated beautifully but unfortunately the extended wait times between courses and the mediocre food quality will make us hesitate to return. For the same $200 we could have found much better quality food in equally nice settings and service. We would not recommend the Castle as fine dining but more of an experience.

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Reviewed 7 May 2017

An excellent breakfast in a beautiful dining room. Very good service. A variety of teas were offered, along with fresh fruits, and cooked to order breakfast.

Thank 20travels
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Went there in winter for a wedding. Most parking is on a slope or down the hill. You can't be dropped off near the entrance. Walkway itself was icy, not salted or smooth, there are a few steps up to the house but no rails. Food was good, but dining room was very crowded so couldn't walk between seated guests. There were no restrooms on dining floor and the elevator was out of order.

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Thank Carolyn L
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