Metamora >Food & Dining > White Horse Inn
1 E High St, Metamora, MI | Directions 4845542.941654 -83.289064
Great Ribs and Warm Friendly Service – Today made my first visit to the White Horse and was very impressed. Food was excellent. Service was friendly and well timed. Server was knowledgeable (I had alot of questions). Tried the half slab of BBQ ribs. They were falling off the bone good. Loved that they used organic greens on their salad. I am craving their house dressing and it has 6 hours since my visit. Server brought us a beautifully presented dessert tray that we could not say no to. Had the house made bread pudding with rum sauce. More than enough for two people. Looking forward to going back again!
Food was wonderful-Excellent Staff – Decided to go to the White Horse after reading an article on their 160th anniversary. Never been there before, but heard good things. We were warmly greeted on an extremely busy night without a reservation. The hostess quoted a 45 minute wait, but sat us in 35 minutes. She recommended the calamari as an appetizer when she discovered we had not been there before. Our server also took the time to review the menu and supported the calamari appetizer that was suggested. They were both right! It was the best we have ever had. Our entire meal followed the same pattern. Everything was delicious. What was most impressive is how the word that we were there for the first time traveled to the owner. He came by our table to see how our "first experience" was and welcomed us. IMPRESSIVE!
Great Place For Excellent Food and Gracious Service – Heard many great comments about the White Horse for many years. Decided to give it a try. Food was amazing. House salad delicious, crisp and cold. Served with a sweet/sour housemade dressing. It ablsolutely was the BEST pan fried Michigan Lake Perch I have ever had. My guest had the "Best Burger in Mid Michigan". 1/2 pound served on a roll that tasted like a pretzel. To top the visit off, our server arranged for the owner to take us on a private tour of the 159 year old historic building. I can't wait to go back.
An experience we will never forget! – My entire family took my mother to the White Horse to celebrate her 80th birthday. When we arrived my brother realized that he forgot to make a reservation for our family celebration. We had a party of 12! As it was, a 30 minute wait was being quoted for a party of 4 or less, 12 could be over an hour. The hostess graciously offered to get one of the owners. To our unexpected surprise he offered to give us the only available space in the buidling, a private room upstairs. Clearly he could see the disappointment of my mom and the heat my brother was getting from all of us. Tim Wilkins (the White Horse Owner) saved the day. He checked with a server who was heading home to see if she would stay for our party. She did and our celebration went on as planned. The food was great. We sampled 5 appetizers and the calamari was the best I have ever had. Service was excellent. And at the end of the meal the owner presented my mom an 80th birthday present - a leatherbound history book of Metamora which included information on the history of the White Horse and a piece of white chocolate in the shape of a horse head. We later found out, when we called to thank him the next day that our server overheard my mom sharing the story at the table of meeting my dad (who has since passed away) at the White Horse Inn and shared it with owners. We all had an experience that we will never forget.
Don't GO!!! RUDE OWNERS.....1.25 HR DELAY IN FOOD – Owners Lisa and Tim Wilkens should re-read their restaurant motto and re-read their manuals of their consulting business. On 12/14/07, we waited over 1 1/4 hours for our dinner to be served. When the owners were notified, they were rude and cared less about customer service. The haunted ghost Lorenzo living in the building must have entered the owners body that night...........he was scarry! Don't go.................even if the good food reviews tempt you............the service stinks!
Overpriced, mediocre taste, not kid friendly – We heard the ribs were good but they were out of stock. We ordered apple juice for our kids but it came in glass jars that were easy to tip over. I ordered the cheapest thing I could find on the menu - spaghetti - and it was $14. For that much it should have been delicious but it was only so-so. The salad that came with it was decent but not very satisfying. Service was above average, the people were friendly.
We won't be returning.
Classic food, a notable wine list, and historic charm make this small-town eatery worth the drive. – In Short
For 154 years this historic establishment has been a favorite among patrons from all over the state. A delightful menu, which includes a succulent London broil and the best flash-fried calamari in the state, are just part of the White Horse Inn's charm. The honey-barbecue grilled salmon is a seasoned, flaky delight, while the hot fudge and caramelized walnut topped "Tin Roof" sundae is the perfect ending to a memorable meal.
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