The Brewster Inn
What We Love
- A peaceful lakefront 19th-century mansion, with an award-winning restaurant, including breakfastDining at the restaurant, one of the few in New York with a Distinguished Restaurants of North America award
- Taking a stroll around 18th-century Cazenovia Village
- Learning about inn founder Benjamin Brewster, John D. Rockefeller’s business partner
Walk in the footsteps of American royalty at The Brewster Inn. This grand 1890 mansion was the home of Benjamin B. Brewster, the grandson of a head Pilgrim and the financier of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil company. You’ll find a market where you can shop for fish and shellfish, and a selection of house-made ice-cream flavors that change each month (think chocolate Oreo, maple walnut or Meyer-lemon swirl). Rooms reside in both the Main House and the Carriage House, and while they have certain comforts in common – HDTVs, for instance – each is unique in its design and décor.
The setting is also lovely, on Cazenovia Lake near Chittenango Falls and within walking distance of the local 18th-century village. If you like, you can tour a cidery and brewery, a vineyard or Lorenzo Historic Site, the estate of another local legend: Cazenovia founder John Lincklaen. But if you want to truly experience the American-royal treatment, make it back home for dinner. Sourcing ingredients from across the globe, like tuna from Hawai’i and lamb from Colorado, the restaurant holds its own TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and has been gifted a Wine Spectator Best Of Award of Excellence every year since 2009 and membership in the elite Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA).
Your room is individually decorated, with an HDTV and complimentary Wi-Fi. Upgrade from one of the Standard Queen to one of the Queen Jacuzzi or King Lakeview rooms, the latter of which may have a Jacuzzi, fireplace or sun porch.
The restaurant has been a Wine Spectator Best Of Award of Excellence winner since 2009 and is a TripAdvisor favorite and Certificate of Excellence winner, plus one of New York’s few members of Distinguished Restaurants of North America. Come here to sample dishes made from scratch, with ingredients like tuna from Hawai’i, lamb from Colorado and local produce (but only when it’s the best). The dining room opens for seasonal Sunday brunches and year-round dinners, with a special burger menu on Monday nights. Reservations are highly recommended – tables fill up fast.
Cazenovia resides in New York’s Madison County and dates back to the late 18th century, a period that you can learn about on a tour of the founder’s estate. It’s near Chittenango Falls State Park and is home to a charming Main Street, an art park and sculpture garden, a cidery and brewery and a lake – set right in front of the inn. Rent a kayak or paddleboard to spend the day exploring the peaceful waters.
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The place is beautiful. We were here for dinner. The food is okay. The bartender was awesome. Other patrons seem to love the place and it was very busy. It has a beautiful view on the water. Nice kid in the parking lot.
We went to Brewster Inn Sunday 9/9 for my birthday. The brunch buffet is $29/pp not including beverages. There is a large variety of food to choose from and it's not your typical mass produced buffet food that you would get at a hotel or something, this was homemade and delicious.
Some of our favorite items were the cook to order eggs Benedict, bacon, creme brulee french toast, home fries, and the wide variety of pastries and desserts. The home fries were the best I have ever tasted, I had to go back for seconds.
While our meal was delicious, I did feel the price point was a little high for a breakfast meal. With a drink you are spending at least $34/person. I would range it more towards the $20-25 range for the buffet or include coffee/juice with the $29 price point. I was also disappointed that I asked for a fully cooked through egg for my eggs Benedict and it was runny.
None the less, we enjoyed our meal and was a perfect place to go for a special occasion and we had a beautiful view!
We stayed one night in a simple room which was perfect. Had to climb circular stairs with luggage but front desk offered. We had light overnight bags. Nice little deli and gift shop. Great spot on the water
Watch the charges to your charge card from this place. After staying overnight at the Inn, I received notification that we got charged for "Restaurant Charge" of $72.48 although we paid cash for all our purchases and never charged anything to the room. We received a credit after the 1st charge then the same amount got charged to our credit card the second time 48 days later. I called the Inn and spoke with Caitlin who was very rude and abrupt but ended up crediting the card for the 2nd time. Never apologizing for faulty charges to our credit card and expressing that she wasn't going to due to that I "came in hot and heavy"!! Apparently charges on my credit card that I didn't incur should not be upsetting especially not just once but twice!! Beware!!!!
Have family in Cazenovia who are regulars at this fine restaurant and so enjoy a meal each time I/we visit.
The Brewster never disappoints. The popularity of this restaurant was very evident on this visit as we pulled up an a lovey Wednesday summer evening to an overflowing parking lot. One of the restaurant owners was directing traffic and greeted our party warmly arranging a super table overlooking the patio, expansive lawn and lake in the background.
As usual the menu selections were fantastic and the food exceptional. The ambiance is spot on and condusive to a most enjoyable evening.
I wish we had as fine and comfortable as dining establishment within a mile of my home and I live in a cosmopolitan city not a village of just over 7,000 people!
If you are in upstate New York, make visiting Cazenovia and The Brewster Inn a priority. You won't regret it. Highly Recommend.