Midwest Living Review
Worthington Inn, which dates back to 1831, is by far the city's nicest restaurant. In the past, it had an air of exclusivity about it, but executive chef Thomas Smith has been trying to make it more approachable (without losing any of the quality). Worthington Inn has long been known for offering fine dining, and that's still the case. Dinner is a-la-carte, and entrees on the restaurant side range from $18 - $29; there are also sandwiches (like a burger and a crab cake sandwich, for about $12). However, there's also a pub side with a special menu (where we ate), with approachable fare such as spinach and artichoke dip, flatbread pizza, potato skins, and ranch fries -- all delicious. The pub is a lovely place to go for a light dinner of shared appetizers (they're large enough to share). Also, the pub side frequently has live music (we enjoyed a jazz trio when we visited), and though it's certainly a step above a traditional pub, it's more casual than the fine-dining side. Interestingly, you can order anything from either menu on the pub side, but can only order from the regular menu on the fine-dining side.The decor is traditional, as befitting this grand old building. It's been added onto and reconfigured several times (the back half is now condos) but still retains the original character. There are plenty of private rooms for special events (as well as larger spaces for weddings) and a lovely deck.