About Sisters at the Martha
With it's intimate, cozy atmosphere and snuggly bar, Sisters has become a local favorite with a menu that adapts frequently to seasonal favorites and freshness.Relax and come casual.Browse the history of a storied past in this nod to the eighty years The Martha spent as a College for young ladies and enjoy some of the best food served anywhere in the region.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
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Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Sisters at the Martha Ratings and Reviews
It was perfect. The burger was outstandi ...
It was perfect. The burger was outstanding !
The food was okay but over priced. The n ...
The food was okay but over priced. The noise level in the bar made our dining experience most unpleasant. We did not even consider staying for dessert. Apparently, a group that was meeting upstairs all came down to the bar. Instead of talking with one another, they were actually yelling! Don't think we'll go back.
We found the fare to be mediocre at best - spring roll appetizer particularly flavorless - salmon dinner just OK. My salad with salmon also just OK. Restaurant dark and cold - . Wait staff worked hard but could not overcome quality deficits. Nice draught beer list. Wine and food much overpriced - our bill (1 appetizer, 1 beer no wine) came to $80.00!
First time Visit
We had never been to the Sisters so thought it would be fun to go after the play since its across the street from the theater. We were not disappointed, the food was excellent, our server Jennifer was very attentive and we loved the ambiance of the room. Very nicely decorated and comfortable seating with sofas and big chairs if you're there for drinks and appetizers! Very quiet, too.
Great food and atmosphere.
Had we know what exactly to expect, our experience would've been a bit different. Based off of the menu for Sisters on Urbanspoon, we thought we were dining somewhere a bit more low key. It would be helpful if Sisters would publish an up-to-date version of their menu on the website. We did love the food and atmosphere.
Great food and experience!
We went to war here before a Barter Theater production and the food was great! We had Chicken, steak and Salmon. All were cooked to perfection! And the cheesecake was to die for. Our reservation was at 6:30 and show was at 8. We were somewhat rushed at the end as most folks were also going to theater.
Everything was fine and met our expectat ...
Everything was fine and met our expectations except for about half our meal time there was too much noise coming from a rather happy nearby group of about 10. We should have requested a table farther away from the entrance to the bar scene
Extremely Loud Bar Area
My wife and I went to the Sisters on a Saturday night prior to a show at Barter Theater. We have enjoyed the Sisters several times and look forward to the atmosphere. This year we were very disappointed in the noise level. A UT football game was on the TV in the bar and at least 3 people yelled the entire time. We were very dis-satisfied due to the constant yelling. If I wanted a sports bar theme I would have gone to a sports bar. The yelling just ruined our night out. I overheard several others say the same thing. If you are going to change the bar to a sports bar, just let us know and we will never return. Our food was great and the service was excellent.
Excellent food & service!
Excellent food & service!
Had a fun time with great service
Our server (whose name was Jennifer, if I remember correctly) was incredibly nice, which was a great start. The food was really tasty. Honestly normally I'm a little skeptical when it comes to "nice" restaurants at hotels, because they often ride on the fact that they're the only option inside the hotel. In Abingdon, I was even more suspicious, because there weren't a lot of other options on Sunday... but this really turned out to be great. We had pork and filet mignon. I liked the pork a lot, and my girlfriend and I both LOVED the filet. Dessert was really tasty, and the wine she recommended was a good pairing for both dishes. I'd definitely go back.
Great ambiance and decent food
We had a great time catching up with old friends. Service was really great. We were a little disapointed the bar closed so early.
Fit for foodies. Great restaurant and great hotel.
For the ambiance
We ate dinner before a show at the Barter Theater. This is an historic hotel, the dining room is beautiful, and the service is excellent. The food is just mediocre, not bad, but not good enough to be a food destination. But it is not expensive at all, and the appetizer list is extensive, so you could just nibble and enjoy the ambiance.
YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED
SISTERS WAS NOT OUR FIRST CHOICE, BUT VERY FEW RESTAURANTS IN ABINGDON ARE OPEN ON SUNDAY . WE WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED AND DEFINITELY WILL RETURN.
The bar area is beautiful, and we could sip our drink in comfort. In the dining room, it was comfortable, friendly, but not formal. My sister and I had the trout dish and thought it was the best we had ever experienced. My husband enjoyed a piece of Banana Cream Pie, which he said was delicious. My sister and her husband were visiting from out of town and agreed they would enjoy going again.
Dinner prior to Barter play.
Sisters restaurant is across the street from the Barter Theater located in the historic Martha Washington Inn. Food was excellent and well served. I had the crusted trout and it was delicious. Tables are widely spaced and along with the beautiful old wood décor, gives you a sense of privacy. A great dinner choice for Barter goers or anyone visiting Abingdon.
Sisters at The Martha will do
Dinner menu needs to raise its game and remove or rename things like chicken tower. Doesn't seem to know if it's upscale or family style. Perhaps be one thing for lunch and another for dinner. The staff is very pleasant and efforts to please. The food was good but would have ordered differently if more offered. Opportunity exists for more ambience and should feel different when you come for dinner then free breakfast 8 hours earlier.
Quiet dinner for two
We enjoyed delicious deviled eggs with bacon for an appetizer. Then we had homemade rosemary chicken noodle soup with fresh bread. Both were quite tasty. I had a fresh spinach salad with seasonal fruit--yummy! My husband said the BLT sliders were cooked perfectly! Our waitress was very attentive and the food arrived promptly.
Sad to say.....
The restaurant in this pretty hotel should fire their kitchen staff!! The food and pacing of the dinner was shockingly poor. The staff were lovely and kept apologizing but the kitchen does not know what it is doing. My dinner was to consist of a cheese plate to start and then parmesan crusted salmon. The bread - grilled naan bread - that adorned the cheese plate was stale and inedible. So I asked for fresh bread. My waitress went to the kitchen and then came back to say that they were grilling me some new bread. So I waited.....they brought out the wrong wine, but we caught that before they opened the bottle, so I waited for my wine and fresh bread. My bread arrived and at the same time the waitress brought out my salmon!! So I explained that she should take that back to the kitchen, and when I had had my first course and some of my wine, then they could start my main course anew, so that it would arrive at the appropriate time. I ate the rock hard cheese - the plate was cold so the whole thing had been pre-prepared and stored in the fridge - the selection of which is what one would find in an average supermarket - a pity as there are some lovely artisinal cheeses available in Virginia, and when I finished the waitress removed my plate and came straight back from the kitchen with my main course. So...clearly it was the same piece of salmon, that they had kept warm...the sauce had developed a skin on it and the crust of the salmon was several shades darker...and of course the fish had dried out. In this day and age, and in a facility the size of this hotel, there really is no excuse for food to be this shockingly bad!! Shame on them,
Excellent meal. When you visit Sisters, ...
Excellent meal. When you visit Sisters, be aware that the entrée portion size is impressive. My wife ordered the chicken entrée and I had to share it as the amount of food, though quite good, was more than she could handle. The soup of the day, cream of potato, was well made and quite filling. Once again, the service at sisters was top notch, very caring and thoughtful.
Very pleasant evening at Sisters. Waitr ...
Very pleasant evening at Sisters. Waitress was new but she did an excellent job with several fine suggestions. The Cream of crab soup is excellent and both my wife and I recommend it. My wife was also quite pleased with her fried green tomato BLT. My sausage hoagie was good, albeit rather small. The setting, inside the Martha Washington Inn, was delightful.
Menu includes innovative items as well as traditional fare (delicious hamburgers). Helpful and attentive staff completed our evening. We dined in between 2 shows at the historic Barter Theatre across the street.
Find another restaurant for special dinner
While the dining room is very chic, the food is not. My husband was satisfied with his burger and fries. I was looking forward to a nice dinner before the Barter play. I was surprised to see my salmon presented as two dried-up small salmon pieces (appearing as fish sticks) swimming in some sort of oil with slimy green flecks and garlic. The gnocchi overpowered the plate and was accompanied by a few grape tomatoes and 6 three-inch pieces of asparagus. Since the atmosphere is casual and fun, I think Sisters should just serve casual food, I.e., sandwiches and salads, and give up trying to be fancy. My sister and I celebrated her 50th birthday the summer before last by staying at the Martha Washington Inn, which was fabulous. The dinner then was good and we loved the breakfast.
The scallops were amazing. We aren't foodies, but the presentation was beautiful.
Wonderful food excellent service. Very ...
Wonderful food excellent service. Very good at accommodating groups.
I loved it!!
This was such a delightful place to dine. I loved the room, creative decorations, a touch of history and a touch of whimsy. The fried green tomatoes were SO good, so was the trout! We will definitely return!!
Great service! Menu selections were a d ...
Great service! Menu selections were a disappointment, had expected elegant or at least gracious dining but it was rather casual. Menu had meatloaf as a choice - had it been exceptional or out of the ordinary, perhaps it wouldn't have been as offensive. And I did not expect bolgna sandwich as a menu item when booking a restaurant for an classy celebration. Service was great and very responsive. Staff very knowledgeable regarding selections. If I return it will be for drinks at the bar.
Food was good but not exceptional; our table was too close to its neighbors, not a great atmosphere but not horrible; good place for pre-theater dining; ambivalent about recommending to others. I think it needs to find a niche, it tries to be too many things- sandwich menu for a nice dinner restaurant seems out of place.
We really enjoyed the food and the experience and loved the old Inn. On the downside, the tables were too close together. We sat at a table for two, and the tables on each side of us were so close that we felt as though we were at the same table with strangers. It stifled conversation somewhat. Perhaps more space could be put between the tables, or at least turn every other table in the opposite direction.
refined and relaxing
We enjoyed the wonderful food and relaxed, yet refined atmosphere. Upscale but not stuffy!!
Lovely dinner with family. Friendly and attentive service. Food, while not exactly inventive was all prepared perfectly. Desserts - especially the flourless chocolate torte were to die for!
The food was greatand is recommended for food lovers everywhere
The good food and the attentive wait staff made for a memorable experience. And the fact that it occurred in an historic setting made it that much more special! Our compliments to the chef!
Dinner at Sisters
My husband and I had dinner there on Saturday night. I thought we were seeing the musical at the Barksdale on Friday night so I made reservations for 7:00 on Saturday night. Then when I realized my mistake and they were full on Saturday night, I called down to the restaurant and they were very nice about changing my reservation to an earlier time. My husband enjoyed the ice berg lettuce salad and the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. I LOVED the squash soup and the scallops were the best I had ever eaten..sure wish I had the recipe!! We shared a bread pudding for dessert and it was also tasty. I really recommend eating here. The staff was very friendly and we highly enjoyed our dining experience. The square rolls were awesome!
My and my now fiancée ate at this restaurant moments before I proposed to her. It was a very romantic place to eat at and she described the place as amazing and outstanding. The food was amazing and the ambiance was so good. Will definitely eat here again, it will be a night I will never forget for my entire life.
Our family met at the Sisters at Martha to celebrate by father's 80th birthday. The food was outstanding, sevice excellent and attentive, and the ambiance was perfect. Following dinner we attended the 7:30pm performance at the Barter Theater. I will definitely return on my next trip through Abingdon. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
We had tickets to the Barter Theatre and wanted a nice dinner beforehand. Sisters at the Martha is located in the Martha Washington Inn, which is directly across the street from the theatre. We had a lovely dinner with good service. Would recommend highly!
Reunion at Sisters
College roommate reunion was appropriately staged at "Sisters" for a delightful dinner in a setting that allowed catching up on years of news. Delightful server was very helpful with questions about the menu. Presentation of the salmon/risotto/asparagus meal was beautiful and flavors were perfectly matched. We dined opposite from the Bar area and our "TV Screen" was showing black and white Charlie Chaplin shorts -- What a hoot! and so period-appropriate for the era of the Martha. Quite a treat for ladies who haven't shared quality time in years! Thank you for a marvelous memory!
Some of the wait staff was too loud and ...
Some of the wait staff was too loud and took away from the ambience. Wished the food could have come out sooner. Otherwise, we enjoyed the dinner and both the complimentary breakfast and one ordered from the menu the next day.
Birthday at Sisters at the Martha.
I had my 20th birthday here and it was great! The food is awesome and the service is great! Best restaurant in Abingdon by far. Not to mention its location is perfect. While we were waiting for our reservation time we explored the hotel. It was beautiful with rich history! You must go to this restaurant if you are ever in the Abingdon area.
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