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, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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