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“A good start to bring back a fabulous historic resort”

Purple Thistle Dining Room
Ranked #5 of 15 Restaurants in Ingonish
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

We spent a few days at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish. We were able to try a couple of dinners and three breakfasts in the main dining room, called Purple Thistle Dining Room at the lodge. Over the years the lodge had lost its reputation of being an exceptional resort and is now in the process investing money and management to bring back the standing and the reputation. Current status is "the lipstick has been added" and many staff members are trying hard to be friendly, and helpful. The meals were uninspiring and very average in taste. Wine selection is very limited and mediocre! The Morning Buffett spent a good percentage of the time with empty trays, so get there early or right at the end of breakfast when they finally bring out the replacement food. Among staff we found several extremely friendly and efficient people who helped us be patient. Thanks Susan and Jessie.
I would expect that the investment of money to complete renovations will warrant the upgrading of food and wine menu choices along with top class training for all the staff who want to do their best!

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Reviewed September 23, 2017

Excellent food and dining experience. Breakfast buffet very good and menu selections are area favorites. Atmosphere is memorable. Don't miss this

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Reviewed September 13, 2017

Shark the was souv vide and delicious. This was also the breakfast location and the buffet breakfast was good but the same all three days we were at the hotel.

Thank gasubkb
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Reviewed September 9, 2017

Ate here for dinner because we were staying in hotel. Service was poor. Pricey. Husband ordered steak tartare after I told him not to do that. My dog eats better looking food. Returned it. Order the basics or lobster even though the menu has some progressive entrees.

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Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

We ate several meals at the Purple Thistle. Our dinners were excellent, especially the halibut and the lemon semifredo dessert. They don't rush you so dinners averaged 2 hours. We had a great server one night and a chatty server the next.

Breakfasts were good, though the service was uneven. Our second breakfast the server disappeared and we never got a coffee refill. The first morning our server was continually "reheating" my cup.

It doesn't matter where you sit because there are great views out both sides of the restaurant.

Thank Bob J
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