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The Fairview Inn

Mark McNulty | Jun 2, 2004 05:40 PM

This past weekend, my family had a terrible experience with The Fairview Inn in Marshfield and I felt the need to share it on here. We had booked the rehearsal dinner for my brother's wedding at this site months in advance. We requested the main dining room with the ocean view and we were assured we would have it. For special events, you choose a specific dinner menu, which we did. Everything seemed to be fine until about a week before the dinner. The manager called the house to confirm the reservation. When we returned the call the next day, she was extremely rude and had a strong attitude with us. She was angry it had taken "so long" for us to return her call. We returned the call about 14 hours after she had left us the message...not even a full day later. Anyway, things still seemed fine until we arrived at the restaurant. Upon arrival, our party of 16 was informed that we did not have the main dining room we were promised. Instead, the had set up some tables in the bar for us. There was no ocean view and very little room to move or be comfortable. We were crammed up against the wall with lots of noise around us and the only view was of the TV. Then our dinners arrived. The cod dinner was actually very pleasing but the steak and pork dinners were cooked very poorly and most could not even finish the meal. The menu we paid for included the choice of three desserts, but the waitress said she had been told to only offer one. We could have cheesecake or no dessert at all. Even the cheesecake was only of mediocre quality. The whole experience was quite upsetting and also embarassing since we were hosting many people from out of state at this dinner. Had we known the management would be so rude, had we known that they would fail to honor the dining room and menu we reserved months in advance, and had we known the food would be so mediocre...we would have never taken out guests here. I swore that night I would not eat at The Fairview again, and I especially urge anyone planning a special dinner to avoid this place at all costs. Only if they come under new ownership will I return...that is how upsetting and disappointing this dinner was.

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