When it came time to pick a restaurant for dinner during our stay at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in western Pennsylvania, my girlfriends and I had a few on-site options to choose from. We went with the stylish Aqueous, one of their fine dining options.
This restaurant is located in the fancy Falling Rock Hotel, which is the resort’s AAA five diamond property. We arrived at the time of our reservation and were seated promptly. This place was beautiful. Floor to ceiling windows. Elegant, romantic lighting. I kept thinking that this place would be an ideal restaurant for a special occasion dinner. The fellow diners were sophisticated and dressed well.
Everything on the menu looked amazing, from the drinks to the dessert. We chose martinis from their extensive drink menu, and my dirty martini was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. My friend went with the steak tartare for an appetizer, which was presently nicely on a slate plate. The spinach salad that my other friend ordered contained bruleed brie, which was a nice touch. Yes, cheese that was sugared and torched. It was the little details like that (which I always notice), that really impressed us. When the time came to order, we all had one item on our minds – steak. We were waiting all day for this meal to order a nice cut of meat, and Aqueous’ beef did not disappoint. I opted for the strip steak, and my table mates chose the filets. Each entree included an “opportunity,” which is their fancy name for a side dish. A sauce was also included, with horseradish cream and chimichurri sauce being some of the standout options. Our meals arrived quickly, and we were starving! The steaks were cooked perfectly and were delicious. It was hard not to finish every last bite. Given that everything we had tasted thus far was amazing, we had to find room for dessert too. We shared sorbet and mini cheesecakes topped with poached pears, and they were the perfect ending to an incredible meal.
All the special touches we encountered throughout the meal really showed that this restaurant knows their food. We were a table full of foodies, and none of us had one bad thing to say. Prices were also pretty reasonable for a restaurant of this nature. This upscale steakhouse was turned out to be the perfect choice for dinner, and I highly recommend it if you ever find yourself at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.