About Richard B. Fisher Center Spiegeltent
The Spiegeltent is the SummerScape festival's oasis, a place to enjoy seasonal, locally inspired food and drink before and after performances. The lovely outdoor garden provides the perfect spot to relax in the company of friends and festival artists long after the curtain comes down.
Hours of Operation:
Saturday–Sunday (July 3 - July 31)
Thursday–Saturday (July 1 – August 13)
After Hours Menu:
Thursday - Saturday (July 1 - August 13)
10:00 pm - midnight
There will be no lunch service on July 10, 16 and 17
There will be no dinner service on August 5
View our dining calendar at fishercenter.bard.edu/visit/eatstay/
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Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
lovely environment - easy for concert go ...
lovely environment - easy for concert goers. Food needs improvement on every level
Circus Tent as Bistro!
We had to dine early to get to the lecture at the Bard Music Festival. Needed convenience more than quality.
Overall I enjoyed the dining experience.
Although we enjoyed the experience, the menu is limited and the chairs are most uncomfortable.
Good for Bard performance
The prary reason for doubting here is a performance at the Bard Festival. The food was OK but not distinctive. The apps here is very nice with live classical music.
We were there on a package deal combining dinner and opera. Wait staff knew of our time considerations. Wait staff was slow to take our order, and once food was ordered we had nothing on the table for quite a while. Suddenly our appetizers and salad showed up along with our entrees. We were quite short of time by then and had to race through the meal. No time for dessert at all.
Going to Bard during the summer?
This is the only place to eat on campus if you are attending a performance during Bard's Summerscape. We eat outside the Spiegeltent if the weather is nice. The tent itself is interesting. The food is fine for what it is. A salad or sandwich is what we generally have. I have not eaten an entree here. The staff is primarily college students, friendly and helpful. Worth going to if you do not want to rush a meal before a performance. Give yourself enough time as the service (geting your bill) can be slow.
The food is satisfactory, but the main a ...
The food is satisfactory, but the main attraction for us is that is is very convenient if attending an event at Bard College. Desserts are luscious! The wait staff was very efficient at getting us out in time for performance.
This was an easy, quick and nice lunch t ...
This was an easy, quick and nice lunch that was very convenient for the theatre. We would go back again.
Fun place to eat when visiting Fisher Arts Center
The food was decent, the service well-intentioned but haphazard, the ambience great. Colorful and convenient place to eat when visiting the Fisher Arts Center and the Bard campus. My lamb dish was very good, the shrimp and crab soup OK, the cauliflower and spinach sides were also OK. Everything was a bit on the spicy side, which I liked, but which my wife could have done without. We loved the setting and would go back again, maybe even to just enjoy the cabaret.
Appetizers and sandwiches are excellent. Recommend for pre-concert dining.
We had dinner here before a performance of Oklahoma. The Spiegeltent is beautiful and unique. The food we had was dull and unexceptional. I had an apple salad - which was greens served with a few thin slices of locally grown apple. I like salads lightly dressed; but this salad was undressed. It had just the tiniest bit of dressing, and the salad had no flavor to speak of. My friend also had a salad and he asked for grilled shrimp on the side. The shrimp were the kind that come frozen in a 5-pound bag at Walmart. They were small and weren't grilled. I think they'd been warmed up in a skillet. I also had a focaccia sandwich made with grilled yellow and zucchini squash. It also had little flavor; but the bread was good. We had pear tarts for dessert, which were pretty tasty. If you're looking to have dinner before seeing a performance at Bard, I would definitely recommend finding another place in the area. The food at the Spiegeltent was a big disappointment.
Not what we expected
We made reservations for dinner prior to seeing a performance at Luna Theater in Fisher of Oklahoma. The date was July 4, 2015. We were not informed that the only menu choice was to be a cook-out buffet. We were given a ticket to present at the buffet line and told we were permitted only 1 pass through the line. Not particularly practical considering the use of disposable plates. Beer, wine, cocktail menu is limited. Bean burger was tasty.
Although we did not expect great things from dining at Spiegeltent July 4th (having been there in previous years), we were hoping for a satisfying meal. It did not happen. The service was inefficient and the menu was really poor: barbecue hamburgs and hot dogs. We will not return.
Promising menu, beautiful outdoor setting, deplorable cooking. Wild salmon grilled to leather and bathed in a bland bean sauce. Caesar salad wilting in a gummy something sauce. Did like the cauliflower and the berry shortcake, at least in comparison to the rest of the meal.
Matches local dining for gluten free ava ...
Matches local dining for gluten free availability which is adequate but not a draw! Still cannot eat out very much!
It's very convenient to the Fisher Center. Food is just okay... Pleasant hosts and servers. I would go again for preconcert dinner...
Hurried service, mediocre food.
The service was spotty and hurried. Starters came after 10 minutes. Plates were ice cold and had clearly been set in advance, kept in a fridge, making the food taste of nothing. We had let it sit for a bit to "thaw". We were halfway through the starters when suddenly the entrées were plonked down at our table. The waiter told us that he was just asked to "put down the plates" on our table. The brisket was dry and barely edible, good bean-salad though. The Lobster roll was OK: nice and dry (not too wet from mayo), but the side of "grilled" vegetables were pathetic. Food was OK, but nothing amazing and prices were way to high for the quality of food. These prices are expected in NYC, but not upstate NY unless it's a really good restaurant.
A very convenient choice for before or a ...
A very convenient choice for before or after Summerscape performances.
Fun dinner, great drinks
Over cooked hamburger and micro-portioned brisket was outweighed by terrific chicken club sandwich and generous cocktails. It's an improvement over the usual Spiegeltent fare--a big improvement.
Beautiful atmosphere overlooking Bard Campus as the sun went down, outstanding specialty cocktail, lovely wine, delicious food. Overall a special dining experience.
We went for dinner before the "Love in the Wars" performance. Originally we were thinking of a place in Red Hook or Rhinebeck, but thought of the Spiegeltent the last minute. This was our first time and we were not disappointed. The ambiance and food were very satisfying.
Service pleasant but a bit slack. Food nothing special but adequate for a bite before attending a production in the Theater.
The food was not very good. Our order appeared 5 minutes after ordering it. I cannot image, nor do I want to, how that could happen.
The Spiegeltent is such a fabulous venue that we like to dine there & catch up with friends before a show starts. As vegans, we've never expected the menu to have a lot to offer but we've made do with limited offerings. This year is disappointing. They've taken fries off the menu and offer high priced potato chips instead. With how popular and easy vegan fare is, it would be nice to see a hearty veggie burger instead of the same old portabella burger. We've always dined at the tent before but I think we'll skip it for the rest of the summer. I was okay with a salad (the salads are very good!) and fries but a salad and kettle chips? Not so much.
My wife and I had a dinner at Spiegeltent before our concert in R. Fisher Performance Art Center. The food was tasty, service was excellent and environment was very romantic.
Fun ambiance, good food
We wanted a place to eat before the 1.30pm concert at the Bard Festival. This filled the bill excellently.
Dining and concert was a 62nd birthday gift for my childhood girlfriend and her husband. We all had a gracious time. Good food, good music and fine company. We'll be back.
nice and unassuming
Unpretentious, inexpensive, tasty food. Good to go to before concerts at the Fisher Center. The waiting staff is a bit inexperienced but they are very nice and they try really hard.
Great dining option at Bard show
Good food with Bard farm grown produce. Service was excellent and food quite delicious. If attending an event at the Spiegeleisen kent this is an nexcellent dining option. Reasonable wine list but would be nice to see more New York State wines on the list.
A must-see in the Hudson Valley
What a surprise! The food is delicious and the atmosphere fun! The food is well-prepared and comes from the local gardens and farms. The cultural environment surrounding the Spieleltent is not to be missed!
Dining W/PG 8/10
There is a wonderful opportunity to establish a better dining option on the campus of Bard College on the occasions of the "Bard Summerscape" music festivals in August. The shows and the evening lectures begin early in the evening, and its not easy to dine in Rhinebeck early, and then get to Bard in time for the start of the programs. The "Spieigeltent" is a cabaret/nightclub. It is not a restaurant (yet). The reception and service is amateur, and I've now experienced two unappealing entrees. The sandwich menu seems adequate, but I would never recommend the entrees. Including a small folk music group during dining is inappropriate and annoying. Save it for the nightclub later.
Dinner and show at the Speigeltent for the first time. Everything about the experience was a joy. We had dinner and show reservations so the same table was ours for the evening. Service was right on and the food was delivered promptly, hot, and delicious! A must experience for anyone in the Hudson Valley seeking the unusual and great.
It's the Spiegletent!!
The Spiegletent at Bard is an experience onto itself. It is not possible to rate or compare the dining experience here with "traditional" dining venues. We came for the show and being able to get a good meal on site beforehand was a plus. Having put down this disclaimer I have to say that the food was better than good, interesting in its use of local products and prepared with some creativeness. The staff was exceptional. Friendly, efficient, caring, flexible - everything you want in your wait staff no matter the place. If you're going to a show at the Spiegletent, do yourself a favor and eat there before the show.
summer at the show
food was very good at fair price (not just for a make do setup since this is a performance and hangout space, not a restaurant), eating there is convenient to settle in before a crowded show
Love everything about Bard and Fisher Center, but this restaurant needs an overhaul!
It's all about the tent
Great space! Wished that an evening event would have fit our schedule. The lunch time food was pretty bad.
This was our first time at Bard. We drove down for the day from Syracuse to see the matinee of Oresteia. Since we were driving back after the performance, we knew we would miss dinner and needed to have a good luncheon. We chose the Spiegeltent, because it was obviously a convenient location for people unfamiliar with the area, and because we read that its menu had items from the Bard sustainable farm. We were absolutely delighted by our experience. The food was excellent, the service friendly and efficient, and the ambience charming. We recommend it highly.
Our order for food never came and we left hungry after 40 minutes
I felt as if I were transported to 1940's Europe. The décor was eclectic with an old world feel, and I would have loved to stay and listen to music there. I was there for the opera, which was magnificent, but the tent was very appealing. I plan to return soon!
Great food, fantastic atmosphere
We were visiting Bard to attend a silent film, so chose to have dinner here. The (local/regional) farm-to-table food was excellent, and the setting/atmosphere was magical. It was a bit noisy, to be expected given the old wooden floors, but not enough to prohibit conversation. The wait staff did an excellent job serving us quickly since our event was on the other side of campus. (Be aware that film events are on the other side of campus if you dine here to allow an extra 15 minutes.)
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