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Grand Old House

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Grand Old House Review

Built in 1908 as the Petra Plantation House and transformed into the island's first upscale establishment decades ago, this grande dame is that rare restaurant that evokes bygone grandeur sans pretension. The interior rooms, awash in crystal, recall its plantation-house origins. Outside, hundreds of sparkling lights adorn the gazebos to compete with the starry sky. Rumors of a charming blond ghost trailing white chiffon complete the picture: this is a place to propose. You'll find expertly executed classics such as broiled lobster tail with smoked bell-pepper butter, or beef tenderloin with a choice of six sauces. And the menu has also adopted Asian and even Southwestern influences. Pistachio-and-herb-crusted chicken is spiced by apple mole, and grilled jumbo shrimp and bacon-wrapped smoked wahoo swim in ginger-plum sauce with roasted pumpkin and asparagus. The subtle yet complex flavor interactions, stellar service, and encyclopedic if stratospherically priced wine list ensure legendary landmark status.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Closed Sept. Closed Sun. in low season. No lunch weekends.
Updated: 03-10-2014

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    A WONDEFUL COMPLEX DINING EXPERIENCE

    Without reservation, I recommend this restaurant. A world class dining experience. The macadamia nut crusted fish was the best fish dish I have ever eaten. We loved the place so much, that we returned the next night. Next night, I enjoyed an Indian dish (apparently the chef is Indian) that was spectacular. The place looks like a plantation. The service was excellent. It is very expensive, but well worth it.

    by galvestonjt, 2/27/08
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    Wonderfully Romantic and Great Food

    I can not begin to describe how wonderful dinner was at the Grand Old House. You should keep it as "Fodor's Choice."

    by GRPDiver, 3/21/07

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