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.
Abingdon, VA 24210
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Sisters at the Martha Ratings and Reviews
Had dinner following a play at Barter th ...
Had dinner following a play at Barter theatre, Everyone from the hosteps to our server were terrific, The food was exceptional and our server Ashley made the dinning a pleasant experience, Thanks to everyone at the Sisters Restaurant,
We went to Sister's prior to a theater p ...
We went to Sister's prior to a theater performance. Our table was ready when we arrived and we were promptly greeted by our server. Since we were on a time budget, we decided to forego appetizers and dessert, but everything on the menu looked delicious. I had the lamb chops and my husband had the ribeye steak. Both were delicious and cooked exactly to our specifications. After sharing some of the entrees, we each claimed that our own dish was the better. Lucky choices we made! Next time we go, we'll build in time to enjoy an appetizer and a bowl of crab bisque, maybe even some dessert. Wonderful beginning to a fun-filled evening!
We made reservations on short notice bef ...
We made reservations on short notice before a play, on a Friday night at Barter. We got in the time we requested and the service was wonderful. The food was great! Someone had recommended the burgers and they did not disappoint. We will be back for sure!
Lovely restaurant located in the beautif ...
Lovely restaurant located in the beautiful, historic Martha Washington Inn. Our server greeted us with menus and glasses of ice water, but then directly passed by our table numerous times before stopping to take our order. After about 15 minutes, we called to him. He apologized, indicating that he "forgot" he was serving us. He was pleasant and kind, but he seemed preoccupied. Perhaps they were short-staffed. I chose the Roasted French Onion Chicken, a very rich dish that was somewhat tasty but nothing to write home about. My husband had the crab bisque, which he loved, and he opted for the massive Cobb Salad instead of a main entree. Increased staffing on a Saturday night and slight adjustments to the menu would yield a better overall review.
The entrees were great, I had an amazing ...
The entrees were great, I had an amazing filet that was huge, it was no NY sized filet. The appetizers were sub par. The fried cheese curds, were basically mozzarella sticks that were served with salsa and a sour cream dip, so basically the sides for Nachos. We also had a salad that would have been great but it came with a honey mustard style dressing, the salad would have been great until they put that dressing on it and made it diner food.
Disappointed to give low ratings on this ...
Disappointed to give low ratings on this sixth visit to Sisters. Our server was new, apparently inadequately trained, and seemingly unable to engage in proactive problem-solving when an entree came out with bacon that had been specifically addressed when ordering. The other entree, the 'french onion roasted chicken' was left sitting too long in the kitchen, arriving lukewarm, with the chicken itself dry and overcooked. OH DID I MENTION THE DEVILED EGGS? Seriously -- more then $3.00 per deviled egg half. Sure, they were tasty. $10 for the 3-piece appetizer was entirely overpriced.
Looking forward to improvement in the future. This used to be a reliably excellent establishment.
I always enjoy eating at Sister's but I ...
I always enjoy eating at Sister's but I was a little disappointed w the service staff. I asked for a straw and refills on waters a couple times for each. I also asked to substitute fruit instead of fries ( which I have always done since I can not eat fried food) and was told that the chef has asked for no substitutions. I May rethink my dinner choice when I am in the area next time.
We arrived five minutes early for our 5: ...
We arrived five minutes early for our 5:45 reservation and were seated promptly. From that point on the service was poor. After 20 minutes, I went back to the hostess to advise her that we had not yet been greeted by a server, had no water, etc. It still took another 10 minutes to be greeted by our server. Our order was simple, however, our food did not come out of the kitchen until after 6:30 which made it necessary for us to rush to finish and get to the theater. Our "free" glass of wine was charged to our original bill which took another 3-5 minutes to get adjusted before we could pay our bill.
I initially made a reservation two night ...
I initially made a reservation two nights in advance through Open Table, but the earliest time I could get for six people was 8:30. I called the restaurant the night before and asked if we came in earlier, did they think they could work us in. They did some checking and said they could change the reservation to 7:00. I really appreciated this.
The staff was very friendly when we got there, and we enjoy drinks before being seated at our table. Our waitperson, Elizabeth, was great. The food, though, was only satisfactory but probably not worth the cost.
Elegant entrees, attentive service, rela ...
Elegant entrees, attentive service, relaxing environment, convenient to Barter. Chef prepared a special entree for one guest with unusual dietary needs; we appreciated this gesture. Complimentary dessert for the birthday honoree was a nice touch.
The experience was amazing and the food ...
The experience was amazing and the food was delicious. It was mine and my wife's first anniversary and it was one to remember forever. The ambience was so elegant. Will return every year. I would highly recommend for anybody who's looking for some fine dining.
Due to some of the more recent reviews w ...
Due to some of the more recent reviews we read, we decided to book our reservation at 8pm, after the "show crowds". It was a perfect time for dinner. Our waiter, Evan was very attentive, yet able to comfortably regulate the pace of our meal so we didn't feel rushed. My husband had the Cowboy steak and I had the lamb chops. Both meals were perfectly cooked and delicious. The wine list was interesting and reasonable. We shared the bread pudding for dessert, which was the least memorable player in the meal. Next time we are in Abingdon, we will try to enjoy a night at the Inn as well. We will definitely be back for dinner, soon!
Expensive and old fashioned. The quality ...
Expensive and old fashioned. The quality does not match the price. Service was slow. The chicken offered in the Caesar salad had a bizarre after taste which built up. The burger was dry and a strange ground meat. The pita bread offered on the sandwiches was incredibly dry and tasteless. Definitely would not return, nor would I point anyone in that direction.
Our waiter (Evan) was phenomenal! The m ...
Our waiter (Evan) was phenomenal! The menu was very different than the online version which listed gluten-free choices (why we picked it). Having celiac disease he found me gluten free bread and offered many choices to make sure were gluten-free that were on the menu in the restaurant. Food was excellent. Martini was pricey. Will definitely be returning.
Our dinner was average at best, unfortun ...
Our dinner was average at best, unfortunately. We remember the days of Sisters being a very fine restaurant with consistently excellent cuisine. The kitchen had no steaks at all the night we dined there. The burger and fries were fine, but the pasta dish was considerably chewier than al dente and rather uninspired. Salads were good as was the service. It would be nice to see Sisters shine again!
All of the food was well prepared, nicel ...
All of the food was well prepared, nicely presented and overall, quite tasty. I thought the Osso Bucco was undercooked just a bit, but everything else was excellent. The bottle of Pinot Gris that we bought was outstanding and was offered at a very good price point. The restaurant was only about 1/2 full that evening (early Sunday evening) and populated by mostly older adults, so it was relatively quiet. I was there with friends I hadn't seen in some time and we were easily able to carry on a conversation without raising our voices. The furniture was very attractive and comfortable.
Good food and service but not very accommodating
We very much enjoyed our meal and our stay at the Martha Washington. It's a beautiful historic building. But we were there for a special occasion that we have traditionally celebrated with a particular champagne. We knew it wasn't on the wine list so we asked to bring our own bottle while expecting to have to pay corkage. Nope. Against the rules!!
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.
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.
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.
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