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A recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for 22 of the past 23 years, The Carriage House Dining Room employs the freshest of ingredients in two dining experiences—an indoor, upscale affair and a more casual alfresco setting in the lush outdoor garden, complete with an attentive gnome waitstaff. Within the main dining room, guests select from a seasonally changing menu of classic recipes artistically prepared in a traditional French method, from appetite-awakening Oysters Rockefeller ($14) to head-honcho Steak Diane, all-natural beef tenderloin medallions sautéed with shallots, parsley, and cognac, and served with creamy dauphinoise potatoes ($38). Toast to good company or a successful splinter removal with a distinguished glass of vino from the restaurant's wine list, which was bestowed with Wine Spectator magazine's Best of Award of Excellence.
Alfresco diners enjoy a separate menu on a patio overlooking The Carriage House Dining Room's gardens, which teem with lilacs, geraniums, and ghosts of bumblebees past. Go chompers-deep in the classic marguerite pizza, fresh from the wood-fired oven ($12), or select a wine off the alfresco wine list, featuring 90 wines with a rating of 90 points or better, all priced $90 or less.
Bursting with a rotating crop of flowers, including more than 10,000 peonies, the acre of expertly maintained surrounding also houses the restaurant's fresh collection of organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables. The Carriage House Dining Room, built as a church in 1851, boasts a rich interior of original hand-hewn walnut beams and a selection of decorative antiques, including fine Persian carpets, early-20th-century Impressionist oil paintings, and a butter bust of Louisa May Alcott.
The Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens
An independently owned restaurant that has been building its open-establishment reputation for four decades, The Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens has cemented its status as Indiana's destination restaurant. For more than 25 years, it has received the AAA Four Diamond Award (one of only four Midwestern restaurants to accomplish this). And for the past 30 years, Wine Spectator has praised its cellar, most recently with a Best of Award of Excellence in 2015—particularly for its California and Bordeaux varietals.
These achievements would be impressive on the strength of a single menu, but The Carriage House changes up its board of fare every season. Prepared in traditional French style—in accordance with the vision of the restaurant's founder, Indiana Restaurant Association Hall of Famer Evelyn C. George—each dish is made fresh from gourmet ingredients. These selections infuse the dishes and cocktails, which might include caramelized apple crepe with crème fraîche, grilled sirloin steak with horseradish-cream sauce, or eggs benedict with pancetta, asparagus, and basil hollandaise. The restaurant also hosts a gourmet selection of breakfast, lunch, and delectable European-style pastries.
The impeccable presentation doesn't stop at the dinner plate's edge. It encompasses the hand-hewn walnut beams (unchanged since The Carriage House was first built as a church in 1851) in the main dining room, where live classical guitar can be heard ruminating in the air and a showcase of Indiana Hoosier Salon paintings dating from the early 20th century can be appreciated.
24460 Adams Rd.
South Bend, Indiana 46628Get Directions