Frequently Asked Questions
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* WHEN IS THE RESTAURANT OPEN?
We’re open for dinner Thursday through Sunday year-round, and we add Wednesdays during July and August. We have two seatings, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Breakfast is served to overnight guests of the inn only, or for a private function. Luncheon is not served, except by advance arrangement for a business or social event.
* WHY ARE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED??
Due to our intimate size, seating is very limited. Additionally, all of our menu items are prepared fresh and from “scratch” on site, so our food preparation and staff scheduling are based on the number of reservations each day.
For a summer reservation, a large group, or a holiday or event weekend, we recommend calling at least two weeks ahead. The rest of the year, one week ahead is usually sufficient.
* WHY IS A CREDIT CARD REQUIRED TO RESERVE?
Although it may seem an unusual request, we’re so small – just 16 seats – that last minute cancellations or “no shows” have a very damaging effect. A party of 4 is one quarter of our dining room; it’s like reserving for a party of 25 at a larger restaurant. For parties of 4 or more, we require a credit card to reserve; for holiday and special events, a credit card guarantee is requested from all tables. There’s no charge on the card unless there’s a cancellation in the party, generally after 3 pm the day of the reservation. (For large parties and special events, a longer timeframe may apply.) That means that if there will be fewer diners in your group than planned, or your plans change altogether, you have right up to 3 pm that day (typically) to let us know and avoid a charge. That way, we may able to reach a guest our waiting list instead.
* WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE DINNER PRICE??
Prix fixe, in French, means “fixed price”. Our dinner format is five courses (appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and dessert); all five courses are included in the fixed price. We do have a la carte items as well (non-alcoholic beverages and optional starters), available for an additional cost, if you’d like. An 18% service charge, as gratuity, is added, and goes directly to your server, and 8% Maine sales tax is added to the bill as well.
* FIVE COURSES SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF FOOD!
We portion each course appropriately, so that you can enjoy the entire dinner experience without feeling uncomfortably full. On select Thursdays and Sundays, November through April, we do offer a three course option as well.
* WHAT IS THE MENU LIKE?
Our menu items themselves change weekly, but our format stays the same. We start out with a house appetizer, then there are two soups to choose from, then two salads, four entrees and three desserts. In terms of the entrees, we always have a vegetarian option and a seafood option.
In terms of the food itself, we focus on fresh, high quality ingredients. When possible, we use local purveyors and sustainable growers, and take advantage of the best the area, and the season, have to offer. To get an idea of the type of cuisine, check out our sample menu.
* HOW DO I KNOW WHAT WILL BE SERVED?
Because our selections are based on the ingredients we judge to be of the best quality, the most flavorful, and the freshest that week, we don't set the menu until the first day of service. (Thursday of each week, Wednesday in July and August.) Unfortunately, because we have such limited seating, we are often fully booked before the menu is set -- especially during the summer. If you don't feel comfortable reserving a table without knowing the menu, or you'd just like to keep up with what we're serving, please ask to be added to the weekly menu email list. While cooking the food often takes up much of our time, we'll do our best to send the week's menu out electronically as soon as possible after it's set.
* WHAT ABOUT DIETARY RESTRICTIONS?
We ask about food allergies at the time of booking, because it’s important to us that all our guests are able to enjoy the evening. With advance notice, we’re usually able to plan the week’s menu to assure that there’s an appropriate choice for everyone. (It is important to note, however, that even with careful planning on our part, we’re not able to guarantee that our kitchen is free of all traces of allergens.) Please be sure to tell us, when reserving, about any allergies that may concern your party, and don’t hesitate to remind your server that evening as well.
In terms of last-minute substitutions and menu changes, we do our best to accommodate when possible, but please keep in mind that it may take a bit longer, cost a bit more, and may not be as well-suited in terms of flavor combinations.
* DOES THE INN HAVE A WINE LIST, OR FULL BAR?
Wings Hill currently does not have a liquor license. You are welcome to bring your own libations’ we’re happy to provide ice, stemware and other amenities. There is no corkage charge. We do have mixers available from our beverage selection if you’d like to bring along liquor.
* WHAT SIZE PARTY CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE?
While we’re often able to make arrangements for larger group functions, generally speaking, the largest group we can accommodate at a single table for a dinner reservation is eight. Our ability to host larger groups depends on the other reservations, both dining and lodging, for that evening.
* DO YOU HAVE A CHILDREN'S MENU?
Our dinners are approximately two hours long, and our menu and atmosphere generally do not meet the needs of young children. Unfortunately, we’re not able to provide special selections, portions or pricing for children; the charge for each guest at a table, regardless of age or amount consumed, is the full fixed price.
* WHAT'S THE DINING ROOM LIKE?
We have several dining areas that we use. Our main dining room has a table that accommodates up to eight guests, as well three smaller tables for groups of two to four each. We have a smaller, private dining room with three tables for four, and often use this space for small functions.
During the summer, we seat on our fully screened, lakeview wraparound porch as well. Our waitstaff prepares the dining room each evening based on the final configuration of that night’s reservations. As such, we’re happy to note any requests made at booking, but cannot guarantee a particular table.