Restaurant Review – the Three Onions in Shepherdstown, WV

EDITTED TO NOTE RECENT CHANGES: The Three Onions no longer serves a dinner menu – they have appetizers, sandwiches, pizza and are now strictly a lounge. They are closed most weekdays but open on weekends.

The Three Onions restaurant opened at 117 E. German St. more than five years ago, soon after we bought the Inn. It has been through several changes since then – owners, chefs, decor and menu – and I hadn’t been there for awhile. I had an opportunity to go on Saturday evening with some of our frequent guests at the Inn who come every year for the CATF.

It should be noted first that pre-theater dining in Shepherdstown is not like regular leisurely dining – there are a lot of people who have to get in and out quickly to get to the show. We had an early reservation – 5:30 – and were seated promptly. Even with the crowds, we got attentive and prompt service throughout the meal and had no problem being done in two hours, with a starter and an after-dinner coffee.

The food was very good. One of my companions ordered the carrot soup starter, which tasted healthfully like carrots and herbs – a good thing. Another ordered a drink special of white sangria – very tasty and well-stoked with brandy and fruit. For dinner, I had the pan-seared salmon, ordered medium. It was very tasty, with a hint of wasabi in the crispy top sear and cooked perfectly throughout. I love sushi but when I order salmon I want it cooked – no rawness but not dried out. This one fit the bill. It came with steamed rice – hot, fluffy and buttery with some herbs and a crisp cabbage salad – like cole slaw without the mayo. I enjoyed the side dishes as much as the salmon. Others at the table ordered the scallops, the flat iron steak and the chicken risotto – almost all the plates were clean at the end of the meal and no one had room for dessert. The desserts of the day are listed on the board when entering the restaurant and include special ice creams and creme brulees. Entrees are priced $16 – $24 and starters are $6 – $9.

We had a few quibbles – there was no ice tea available, because they had run out of tea bags the day before.(?!) The napkins are paper. Getting someone on the phone to take a reservation can be tricky, because weekday hours are sketchy and the answering machine is practically inaudible. The dining room is beautifully decorated with local photographs and modern lighting, but the acoustics make it quite loud when there is a full house.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the new menu at the Three Onions for an excellent meal in Shepherdstown!

Jeanne at the
Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV

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