$10 for $20 Worth of Upscale Eats at Smedlap’s Smithy Restaurant and Tavern

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  • Upscale American cuisine
  • Lunch & dinner
  • Full bar
  • Dine in a defunct smithy

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Promotional value expires Sep 4, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. No cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Unlike cinematic love scenes, cuisine can be enjoyed in the company of parents without embarrassment. Dodge future moments of uneasiness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of upscale eats at Smedlap’s Smithy Restaurant and Tavern in Waterville.

Paying homage to the innkeeper-blacksmiths of colonial America, Smedlap’s Smithy Restaurant and Tavern slings out a full menu of upscale American cuisine in a traditional by-the-forge setting. Dinner begins with portobello mushroom fries ($8.49) or a crock of wisconsin beer cheese soup to slurp noisily ($3.99) while expert foodsmiths hammer out a plethora of juicy proteins on anvils of unadulterated flavor. Elegant entrees such as pecan-encrusted chicken ($14.99) and pasta jambalaya ($14.99) strut through the dining room followed by tender 12-ounce New York strip and Delmonico steaks ($21.99–$23.99) and a steady stream of half-pound Angus beef patties, fresh lake perch, salmon filets, and chicken breast socked between slices of bread and bun. Smedlap’s Smithy whips up a stripped-down lunch menu to stave off the midday munchies with soups, salads, and burgers, such as the scrappy Black and Blue with Cajun seasoning and melted blue cheese crumbles ($8.49) or the ultra-lean bison burger ($7.99), and the full bar can pair all entrees with a variety of lovely libations for lunch, dinner, or the secret meal in between.

Operating out of a defunct smithy, the dining room at Smedlap’s Smithy retains that old forge feeling with its brick walls, wagon wheels, mounted smith tools, and a band of horses waiting to be shoed.

Smedlap's Smithy Restaurant and Tavern

Pioneer and entrepreneur Smedlap Effingtas famously forged a trail into the West, brewed his own secret moonshine, drove a general mad, and won a fair maiden's heart as a stowaway. But his most memorable contribution to the world turned out to be his descendants. Generations after Smedlap's heyday, his kin opened a restaurant to honor the memory of their infamous ancestor, instead of conducting a seance. After nearly 30 years in business, ownership was passed to Jim Favorite and his family, who had blazed a trail West in the footsteps of Smedlap.

After years of working in the steak-house business, Favorite snatched up the opportunity to transform a local institution into his dream restaurant. Though he and his chefs changed the menu a bit, he made sure to preserve some of the beloved traditions, such as the two-story slide behind the hostess stand. The overhauled menu includes a varied blend of dishes, from lake perch to lean burgers decked out with a dozen possible cheeses. Though broad, the menu's focus remains the steak, with choice cuts served on a plank and drizzled in peppercorn sauce.

Customer Reviews

We had good food and good service.
Nancy Y. · December 17, 2014
Great food! Not busy for the lunch hour, similar pricing to chain but fun and unique and local business :)
Brittany H. · December 15, 2014
Great daily specials, love the atmosphere, friendly service!
Marie S. · November 23, 2014
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    Waterville

    205 Farnsworth Rd.

    Suite Q

    Waterville, Ohio 43566

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