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“Alfresco at it's Finest!”

Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens
Ranked #9 of 295 Restaurants in South Bend
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 16 - US$ 50
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Indiana's most nationally recognized restaurant - 28 years AAA Chicago Four Diamond and 30 years Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence." Formal Main Dining housed within historical 1851 building featuring the freshest farm-to-table foods and extensive fine wine list. Michiana's premier outdoor fine-dining facility, ALFRESCO FINE DINING & GARDENS, featuring a wood fire oven, patio seating adjacent to outdoor stage exhibiting local musicians every weekend during summer. Two Excellent Venues - One Superb Restaurant!
Galena, Ohio
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365 reviews
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“Alfresco at it's Finest!”
Reviewed 2 July 2012

Great setting behind the original Carriage House. This fairly new addition is open only a few evenings each week. They also close the outdoor space if there are heat advisories for the area. You can still dine in the main indoor area.
Dinner was relaxing. We recently were in Europe for a few days and this reminded us of the unhurried pace we found in Paris and Rome.
Food was great and perfectly prepared. There is a variety of choices and prices on the alfresco menu.
The bar must be run separately from the dining because we had to settle our bar and appetizer bill prior to being seated.
We'll go back again before summer's over.

  • Visited June 2012
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“An exquisite dining experience!”
Reviewed 29 June 2012

We've dined at the Carriage House on many occasions and have never been disappointed. A Dining experience in a quaint setting with fine food you would expect from a fine Chicago restaurant.

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Thank cedar94
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Chicago/Palm Springs
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“Oh So Special In Every Way”
Reviewed 26 June 2012

I have enjoyed 20 years of wonderful meals at this comfortable yet elegant fine dining destination. Judith's mother would be so proud of how she continues to innovate while maintaining the orginal high standards for food and wine (on of the best cellars in the midwest).
We arrive for the Friday Afternoon Club with music, wine and light bits in the garden. The garden is spacious and well laid out to encourage strolling or relaxing at wrought iron tables.
The alfresco casual dining area was overflowing with happy diners. We opted for the MDR.
The tables are graciously spaced....the service is warm, friendly and attentive. We were blown away by the incredible house made salmon and summer greens salad. It's so rare that each successive visit finds this place just a little more innovative, and up to date while still holding to the best of its heritage. We live 40 miles away, but the drive is well worth the experience.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Talldude51
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
“Carriage House Gardens knocks it out of the ballpark!”
Reviewed 18 June 2012

I highly recommend this sophisticated, quaint & delicious restaurant. My family thoroughly enjoyed dining outside during sunset with my 90 year old father over Father's Day weekend. We all shared & enjoyed wood burning oven pizzas, mussels, salads and fantastic desserts. Many of the ingredients in our food came from the garden or were grown locally. The wine, beer and cocktail menu is quite extensive. The food and service were on par with any Chicago or NYC restaurant. Furthermore, the garden setting is unlike any other that I've experienced in the area. If you're near the South Bend area and would like a relaxing, quiet & enjoyable dining experience, then you should definitely try the Carriage House garden for dinner.

Pete

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank PeterCritic10
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“A hidden gem in Indiana!”
Reviewed 13 June 2012

I used to work at Notre Dame and the Carriage House is hands down the best option for sophisticated, delicious dining. The restaurant is such an experience: everything is prepared with such care and attention to detail. Don't expect a quick meal like a chain, and enjoy the charm of the restaurant and the delicious wines. The owner knows so much about wine (and the wine list is very extensive) so be sure to ask her help. She's budget friendly, too, not always trying to sell the most expensive bottles. Highly recommend for special occasions or fancy business dinners.

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank Kevin C
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