About Stissing House
Pine Plains, NY 12567
Michel and Patricia Jean, owners of Stissing House, bring decades of noted culinary experience, including Provence in New York City, to their restaurant in the Hudson River Valley.
The Jeans came to Dutchess County, NY where they discovered The Stissing House, an historic 1782 tavern, after an almost 20-year run at their New York City restaurant Provence. One of America’s oldest and longest-operating restaurants, The Stissing House features a wood-burning oven and grill sizzling with Michel’s Provençal-inspired cuisine. With a more sophisticated décor but period details intact, The Stissing House has become a landmark culinary destination. The food: simple, delicious, robust and compelling Provençal cuisine. In every meal: seasonal, locally-sourced, organic grass-fed beef, poultry and vegetables.The vintage tavern room features a special cocktail menu drawing locals and visitors alike to eat, drink and socialize at the bar or the tables. Available for private parties as well.
French, Contemporary French / American, Italian
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner: Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday 5:30pm - 10:00pm Saturday:
Lunch 12:00pm - 3:00pm , Dinner 5:30pm - 10:00pm Bar is open for cocktails beginning at 5:00pm Thursday - Saturday, stay open 12:00pm - Close on Sunday.
$31 to $50
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We offer live entertainment 4-5 times a year when we"re moved to do so by some rocking talent. No cover charge upstairs in our beautiful 19th century ballroom. Check our website or Facebook page for times and dates.
Off-site catering is available
Gravel parking lot right off entrance. adequate room for up to 60 cars.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Stissing House Ratings and Reviews
I just love everything about Stissing House. From the simple but delicious lamb burger, to the more complex French dishes Chef Michel creates as part of his daily specials.
Wonderfully warm and welcoming setting. Dinner for two or a party of 20 they're very accommodating, even without a reservation.
I have been at the Stissing house before and this time didn't disappoint either. This time I invited some friends and they were amazed at such a great jewel of a restaurant in that area. After a day of site seeing and Distillery tour, the Stissign House had Great food, and a magnificent ambient. The experience was great overall.
We had a wonderful experience. It was our first time to this restaurant and my wife was a little hesitant when she saw pizza and French cuisine on the menu. Food was excellent, ambience superb. Loved it and will definetly return. And the waiter, Mr Brows, can't say enough about his service.
First visit. Will become a regular. Great food. Great service and wonderful ambiance. Creative chef and delicious menu choices. Excellent wine list with reasonable prices.
We started with fresh oysters. Followed with moules frites for my wife and grilled delicious salmon.
Coffee was perfect. One of the tests of a excellent restaurant.
Worth every penny.
My favorite place to eat on my way upstate or on my way home. Mikey Brows is the best waiter too, always a smile and a willingness to accommodate us. The food is absolutely delicious and freshly made to order. The ambience is reminiscent of the history behind this place and that gives it a lovely, quaint charm. I will be back as often as I can because place is a must for me and my family!!
A beautiful restaurant in a historic building that needs no apologies for comfort and convenience. The menu is very interesting and the dishes and sauces are carefully and skilfully crafted. Service is excellent and prices are resonable. Wonderful excuse to take a drive to very scenic country.
It had been a long time since I'd been to Stissing House. having heard good things about it, I was looking forward to the visit. The food was good, and the prices, for the most part, what would be expected. The service was very good. We also ordered a bottle of wine.
When the bill arrived, one of our party noticed a $4.00 charge for splitting salads. Three of us ordered two salads and asked that they be split among the three of us. Apparently, the menu states that there's a $2.00 charge for splitting a serving. While I may have been able to understand the charge if two of us were splitting one main dish, we all found it rather appalling to find a $4.00 charge for splitting the salads.
I frequent many of the restaurants in the surrounding area. We often ask to split the salad. No restaurant has ever placed a charge on this service. The word for this is "chintzy." With so many good restaurants in the area, I see no reason to return to Stissing House.
We are drawn to dining in historic buildings, and Stissing House has the character of an old rural inn from around 1800. We were seated in the bar area, as the place was quite filled already when we reserved. But the bar is clearly very popular, and has the same menu and a convivial feel, so we enjoyed ourselves. The dining rooms look very inviting; they have fireplaces and seem better suited to a fine dining experience, so we aim to return for seating there in the winter. The food was quite satisfying. A pizza that is a specialty of the house was recommended by one of the locals; it is quite good, rich, and filling. A glass of wine that tasted spoiled was promptly replaced with something better, no questions asked---a sign of proper hospitality.
I found an article on Stissing House in a local magazine to celebrate belatedly a friend's milestone birthday. The renovated 1778 facility looked interesting; the menu had lots of options; the prices were reasonable; and the travel distance was right. Once we got there, expectations continued to be exceeded - Owner Michael Jean was a gracious host and shared lots of personal stories with us. Dinner began with a Watermelon Margarita cocktail, a delightful twist on the usually tart original. The food was superb - flash fried wild mushroom appetizer, the red and white gazpacho soup, entrees of D'artangnan Duck Magret breast with peach sauce (!) with local veggies, and even the simple Margarita pizza was flavorful and crisp. Then came the special birthday dessert - Fantasy(?) Tower, a surgary tower of whipped, creamy egg whites surrounded by a golden, sugarstring fence. And I could not pass on the Marquis Au Chocolat -très magnifique! With coffee came complimentary macaroons, another sweet confection. To be sure, we didn't leave hungry. This is definitely a place to return to.
The food was good however I was very unhappy that the servers spilled a cup of hot coffee (being sent to another table) down my husband's back. Other than giving him a wet towel to clean up and belatedly apologizing, they did not offer to cover dry cleaning, let along comp my husband even his expresso, despite our very high bill for dinner. Most unprofessional.
The food, service, and ambience were all excellent - as usual. The Stissing House creates an atmosphere of easy luxury that all who dine there appreciate. This charming place is open to comfort in dress and satisfaction to all who eat a Stissing House meal or have a drink with friends. Definitely the place to go for locals and tourists! A great spot for one of the best restaurants!
Found this place on Open Table while looking for a place to stop on the way back to NYC from MA. What a find! Food was outstanding and the place was charming (don't let the outside look fool you). We shared pizzas (Stissing and Margarita) which were thin-crusted and beautifully cooked in their wood burning stove. We had the steak and trout which were both excellent, especially the trout.
There are different rooms to dine in and private ones if you have a large group. Can't say enough about it - will definitely return and recommend!
The folks at Stissing House could not have been nicer. They saw my request to sit by the fire and our table was waiting for us. The food was excellent. Large portions of food so don't over order. The glasses of house wine were large and good deal. I would definetely come back to this place
I go to The Stissing House regularly. This was the first time the food was not up to par. The burgers were on the burnt side and the fries were so salty they were inedible. That said, it was probably an off day because this is the first time I had an issue. Don't let it stop you. It's a lovely place with fabulous service.
This was our third time dining at Stissing House... each time for brunch/lunch. The historic charm of the restaurant can not be beat... it is what you dream of finding in the Hudson River Valley. The food is just wonderful, from the perfectly prepared Eggs Benedict, to the amazing French onion soup, the fabulous beet and goat cheese salad and their original and delicious asian pork burger with homemade pate on top. Even the bread is special. The Bloody Mary's were the best we've ever had as well. The only thing that needs improvement (and this was the same the last two times) is the service. Our waitress was knowledgeable and really lovely, when she was available.... but not her fault as they need another person waiting on patrons during a busy holiday brunch time. We can't wait to go back again....
Good food, but did not like being stuck next to the bar. They were having an event so the normal dining area were unavailable. When i asked if we could have a different table in the bar area, we were told no they were all booked. But when we left 1 1/2 later they were mostly still empty. The food was very good, we have duck and steak (especially like the peppercorn sauce).
We sat in the bar area, my opinion is there are too many tables stuffed in there. The wait staff had to zig zag between tables in order to serve us. We were seated neat to a table of 4 that was quite loud, making it difficult for us to have a conversation. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and would have liked to have been seated in one of the more private areas. The food was ok, I ordered a steak and it was cooked as requested. For desert we ordered an apple tart that could have had more flavor and the crust was undercooked. Overall still a good experience and we will return.
We went to Stissing House for the first time last weekend and really enjoyed it. We shared an appetizer (flash fried mushrooms), a salad (roasted red beets) and a pizza (Stissing House version), all of which were verygood. The coating on the mushrooms was crunchy with just the right amount of salt, the salad was very fresh and nicely presented, but I opted to leave off the goat cheese and it was just a touch bland as a result, and the pizza was creative, with thinly sliced purple potatoes, cheese and truffle oil on a thin crust--the flavor was delicious. The bread and olive at the beginning of our meal was also very good. Their menu isn't overly extensive but offers a nicely varied selection, and it can be viewed online, which was a plus for me since I knew what I wanted to order before I even got there. We were seated in the main dining area where the bar is, and being a busy Saturday night, it was pretty noisy, especially with the tables being so close to one another, but it was a jovial atmosphere and everyone seemed to be having a good time. I liked the warmth and coziness of the room, the dim lighting, the wooden beams and the casual décor. The service was excellent, and despite being very busy, we didn't feel ignored or rushed at any time. Everyone we encountered that evening was very friendly and gracious. I would definitely go back, even though it's 45 minutes away.
There were nine of us and we got seated in one of the separate dining rooms. It was terrific - we didn't have to worry about being too loud, the service was excellent and the food was very good. We ordered many different things from the menu, and they all came out at the same time - very enjoyable! This is a terrific spot to have a great dinner with friends.
We stopped en route to the Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck for a pre-theatre dinner. The service and food were outstanding. Our party of four enjoyed Wellfleet oysters, two kinds of pizza (possibly the best I've ever had), hamburger, and mussels in an amazing Thai broth. Everything was delicious!
We were surprised by the friendly atmosphere and delicious food at our recent visit to The Stissing House. We had passed by the restaurant numerous times but finally decided to try it with friends. We were able to have a quiet table and had exceptional service as well as the entire dining experience including the good wine list. We will definitely return.
We dined at the Stissing House recently, and I was prepared to love it based on recommendations from friends. We live about 20 minutes away and had been wanting to try the restaurant for some time. We arrived on time for our reservation (it was an early time slot) and were impressed with the charming interior. There is a main tap room, along with two other, smaller, separate dining spaces. The tap room is clearly the place to be -- it has the most atmosphere.
It was early enough that there was no one else sitting in the restaurant yet. When we checked in with the hostess, she started to lead us to one of the other smaller, dining rooms, even though the tap room was empty. I asked politely if we could please be seated in the tap room instead, and here was her response: "No." Then, a few seconds later, "I don't have anything available in there right now." We couldn't believe how rude and tone-deaf it was. And there was NO ONE sitting in the tap room. Is it one of those places where you have to know to ask in advance to sit in the tap room? No idea, since the hostess didn't explain. Or perhaps the fact that we had our three kids with us and she wanted to put us somewhere where they presumably wouldn't "bother" anyone? The hostess seated us in the empty, smaller dining room - it felt like we had been banished. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop - not even any music. The one saving grace was that it had a fireplace. Had my kids not been starving, I would have walked out based on the hostess's rudeness alone. Had there been any explanation, instead of "No" and the demonstrably untrue "nothing available," I would have just dealt with our banishment and hoped for better next time.
As for the food, my husband enjoyed his fish stew. Two of my kids had burgers and they were pretty dry and chewy. I had the poussin and it was mediocre -- it tasted re-heated. Took ages to get our food, somehow, despite our being one of the few tables then seated.
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