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The Sanford House Inn & Spa in Arlington, TX

The Sanford House Inn & Spa in Arlington, TX


We are a luxurious boutique hotel with a full-service restaurant located in historic downtown Arlington, Texas. Restaurant506 at The Sanford House is known for "Inspired American" cuisine featuring delicious seasonal menus which are hand-made with the freshest ingredients. Restaurant506 is open to the public for lunch Weds. through Sat. 11 am to 2 pm with fine dining every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 6-9 pm (reservations recommended). Saturday and Sunday Brunch is served from 11 am -2pm. The Van Gogh Bar and Lounge is open during all dining hours and happy hour is offered Thursday - Saturday from 4 pm - 6pm.  There are 12 elegant overnight accommodations and breakfast is included in any overnight stay.  With close proximity to AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park, and our full service Spa & Salon, we are a perfect get-away for a special occasion or a night on the town!


Company Info:

Rating: 4.36

Address: 506 N Center St, Arlington, TX, 76011
  • Mon: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Tue: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Wed: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Thu: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Fri: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sat: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Sun: 6:00 am - 5:30 am

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Comments (25):

1. Trent M.
We did not stay here, but we did attend a wedding.  It has a great outdoor area for events and the staff was very nice.  I would recommend it for anyone who wanted to stay in Arlington and anyone who was planning a special event in the area.

29/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Marc F.
We went to dinner New Year's Eve for their Prix Fixe and enjoyed all but the chile crusted rib-eye which could have been and may have been bought at Kroger.  At best it may have been 3/4" and although ordered medium rare it first came out medium well.  The second time around it was cooked as ordered but a thin cut of meat does not merit the price charged.  The sides were good and the appetizer, a corn, crab and bacon chowder was quite good.  The highlight was the bread pudding.  Silky, not too many raisins and a sauce that complimented, not overpowered as is often done, the bread pudding.  The ambiance was quite good and the wait staff was attentive but not thoroughly skilled in the practice of checking the food before bringing the table.

02/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
3. Carrie G.
Stayed here over Thanksgiving weekend for the Cowboys game and loved it!  We stayed in the Mozart room and couldn't believe how comfortable the mattress was - we did not want to get out of bed in the morning.  Made-to-order breakfast and parking are both included in the room rate.  The stadium is within walking distance (less than a mile), but they offered a really quick shuttle to the game for $10/person which made it even better.  They even served a complimentary Thanksgiving brunch, complete with turkey, ham, sides, pies and beer/wine!  Very happy we lucked into this place!

10/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Erica M.
Sanford House is a small inn located in a residential area of Arlington. It is excellent if you are wanting cozy quarters near the Cowboys and/or Rangers stadiums. The inn is less just a mile or so away from both venues, and is also close to dining and shopping centers.
  The inn itself is traditional elegance without being stuffy, and the rooms were very spacious and well-maintained. The staff was exceedingly friendly, especially for having to work on Thanksgiving. They didn't have their normally offered breakfast due to the holiday; what they did offer was much better than most chain hotel breakfasts, though not nearly as elaborate or delicious as most bed and breakfast offerings.
  Sanford House is a bargain considering its location and attention to detail and I will certainly consider it when I am in town for the next Cowboys game.

26/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Grace G.
Having only eaten at this wonderful gem hidden in plain sight right in the heart of Arlington,I can only speak on the cuisine.  Every meal I've eaten here has been wonderfully delicious, great service and beautiful surroundings inside and out.  

If you are looking for a staycation this is the place, I've toured the property and would stay there in a heartbeat.  The rooms are spaceous and beautifully decorated.

We will definately return to this B&B hopefully one day we'll get to stay there as well as enjoy a delisous meal!

12/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Solomon W.
I have lived in Arlington for quite some time, and I never really noticed the Sanford house.  Well, now they serve food in a pretty classy Southern setting.  They even have the good ol' southern hospitality.

Was the food good?  Yeah; not too bad. The food was a tad steep for simple grub, but it definitely hit the spot.  The best thing was definitely the atmosphere, though.

The brunch comes with a complimentary mimosa or orange juice and some coffee cake.  The coffee cake was pretty ordinary.  The eggs benedict was pretty good.  The seafood crepes were really rich and had that nice "seafood" flavor.  The food comes with some vegetables on the side, but they are prepared very simply.

I would prefer a bit more food with my $15 meal, but I think that the food is pretty good quality and that it serves as a nice, quaint place for a relaxed brunch.

20/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
7. Electric D.
I'm sad to say that I went in for a manicure last Thursday and had to go back in today Wednesday to redo the bad job. The ladies there are very nice, very sweet older ladies but if you're looking to get a perfect manicure, look elsewhere. There are parts of all 10 of my nails that are missing polish. I didn't say anything because Brenda was so proud of her work I didn't want to be rude and say "you missed a spot." At least she removed "most" of my cuticle. Rebel the lady that did my manicure last Thursday didn't even bother to do that. Ugh. I spent over $125 in less than a week to get pampered just a little. I work so hard & never do anything nice for myself. I'm sad, the massage therapy is out of this world but as for manicures and pedicures, I will have to go back to doing them again myself. I cannot afford another bad manicure.

17/05/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
8. Ken T.
There are not enough great things you can say about this wonderful treasure.  5 Stars in every single way.  The atmosphere is elegant and beautiful.  The food equisite and the service is perfection!  I'm a coffee critic and the coffee was as good as is served anywhere.  This is the perfect place to celebrate that special occasion or for an intimate dining experience.  Probably the best kept secret in the metroplex.  Looking over the website I feel that the accomodations are equally delightful and would recommend for any guests coming into town.  The Sunday brunch is wonderful and the prices are very very good!

08/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Julie S.
I drive by SH every morning on my way to school and I always imagine having a nice dinner or lunch there.  Le Sigh.
Imagine my surprise when a friend from school told me that for Christmas she wanted to take me to lunch at SH!  WIN!

The parking is a bit odd, the spa across the street (Center St) has a large sign that says "Sanford House Parking here" but I found a spot in their tiny lot actually at the B&B.  The place was deserted for lunch on a Friday - we were one of two tables.  Our server, Jason, was fantastic.  he explained all their specials and was attentive to our drink levels as we ate our lunch.

The menu was extensive and, at the same time, limited.  I really wanted soup and sandwich, but the only choices were Grilled cheese on Jalapeno Roll or Roast Beef.   Their specials all included seafood or shellfish.  

I ordered a SH Trio and subbed the green salad for a cup of Broccoli Soup.  It was pretty good, over all.  The size was perfect!  The soup was a little lacking in the flavor department, but was certainly edible.  the fruit with poppy seed dressing was yummy, too but the chicken salad STOLE THE SHOW.

06/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. simon s.
Amazing culinary experience.  God bless these folks!

This place is so near by to us and we thought there was no hope for well executed cuisine in Arlington beyond Olenjacks and Potager (lower key, but nicely done nonetheless).  But, we gave it a try as its menu and ambience looked promising.

Payed off big time.  We tasted the Sunday brunch menu.  Will be back for dinner soon.  Here are some highlights of some of our favorites:

* florentine eggs benedict:  served atop crustini-type bread, amazing flavor explosion ancho hollandaise (complex flavors galore in the hollandaise).  It was not an overly thick overbearing hollandaise either, which is rare to find in this balanced way.  All ingrdients tasted ultra fresh.  Served with perfectly cooked home fry type potatoes with the perfect balance of salt crystals on each.  Plating was 5-stars all the way.

* pecan crusted crabcakes with asian slaw: took me a little while to get a feel for the best way to eat this.  but, then I got it !!  you put a dab of the sauce (complex sauce on the side of the plate) on a bit of crabcake.  then, you grab a little asian slaw.  the asian slaw was light and great flavors in the sauce - with a little hints of acidity and sweetness.  the crab cake saltiness then complimented it perfectly!

* complimentary oven-hot bit size muffins:  these things were perfect. not too sweet. bran type of muffins with some carrot slivers, some nuts (walnuts maybe), and some raisins for a hint of sweetness.  these things were served hot and right out of the oven!

Ambience inside: bed and breakfast, quaint, hard wood floors, antique decor, chandelleirs, nice artwork. Classy quaint place.  

Service: efficient and attentive, and friendly.

After our meal, we strolled the garden areas and gazebos out back.  Nice fountain back there providing a relaxing water sound.  Super relaxing, nice oasis.  Begs for chilling with a nice bottle of wine.  Would be nice if they served meals out there too!

I thought I read somewhere that the main chef was not there when someone visited and that concerned someone.  That's a severe misconception that someone can make because many restaurants have "master chefs" that design a menu and keep the direction/strategy on course.  then, they leave the day to day kitchen to an executive chef and team.  The folks running this kitchen are pedigreed and it showed in the cooking!  Just thought I'd share my thoughts and assessment on that.  For example, the main chef behind del frisco's (or df grille) will not be at every half dozen locations all at once...haha...as he would need cloning because they're drizzled across the dfw area. However, every time i drop in to df grille on mckinney for a chicken fried steak with a red zinfandel and a new orleans influenced bbq shrimp appetizer it is top notch every time!

10/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Ava D.
So this place is cute and very unexpected for Arlington. I went here for Sunday brunch with a friend. My friend ordered the salmon and I ordered the Eggs Benedict.

The reason for the 3 stars: The service was really slow and at the end they were in such a rush to get us out even though no one was waiting to be seated.  First they couldn't serve us fast enough and then it was bam here's your check. We didn't even get a chance to put in our credit cards before they came back for them. Also, the main course was so-so. Neither one us loved our dish that much. For the quantity it was reasonably priced.

The saving grace was their amazing chocolate / cheesecake dessert. It was moist and chocolaty! I would order it again in a heart beat, but given that the main course for brunch wasn't good I wouldn't return for Brunch.

I've heard dinner was better, so I may give it a shot again, if I'm in the area.

04/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
12. Jennifer S.
Beautiful dining room at a quaint B&B in downtown Arlington.  We enjoyed brunch here today before heading to the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art.  The antiques in the dining room are exquisite, the staff was extremely friendly and the food was pretty good.  We enjoyed the blueberry stuffed pancakes and the filet with potatoes and eggs.  The mimosas and poinsettias were $6 each for brunch...not bad!

03/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. De M.
If you want a quick trip, solo or a couple, please consider the Sanford Inn. The rooms in the manor house are great, as well as the cottages. Area is secure. So relaxing, so comfortable. The restaurant had the best salad. The Spa is just across the street. I do this once a year, but will try to do it twice a year. The best bed and breakfast ever.

05/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Gary M.
Went for the Brunch, three of us had the Crab Cake Benedict and one had the Spinach & Bacon Frittata, all items were outstanding, the service was what you expect from a restaurant of the quality. Atmosphere was wonderful in the old house. This is one place in Arlington you don't want to miss.

11/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Lisa F.
What a perfect and beautiful destination for a spa trip, dinner at 506 or overnight occasion. Beautiful landscaping and decorations. Helpful staff. Love, love, love this place.

05/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Patricia K.
Crab cakes were delicious and the chocolate dessert was awesome!  And I love the bread pudding!

10/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Cathy N.
Six of us enjoyed one of the best meals tonight at Restaurant 506 at the Sanford House. The meal , service and ambiance were superior.
A special thanks to Camille who ensured a wonderful night and experience for all!!
We look forward to returning!!!

23/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Flavio A.
I'm there every weekend for brunch. Service is impeccable, ambiance is casual luxury, food is carefully prepared and clearly has the touch of a capable chef.  Always recommended.

11/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Jason R.
We got married here last Thursday. There was a terrible storm, the power went out, but Van, Krista and the rest of the staff did a fantastic job bringing everything together to make sure our big day went off without a hitch. Van is the Man!

04/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Madison K.
A little B&B not many know about in Arlington. Quiet and Lovely! Perfect little weekend getaway. The cottages are Perfect! The breakfast is always on point and open to the public as well.
Spa is also amazing. Staff is beyond sweet. Maggie (massage Therapist) works magic. Had a friend get a 60 min from her and I've enjoyed a Prenatal massage by her as well!!! TWO THUMBS UP!

13/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Don Q.
This has amazing service and food! In between each course would come with a complimentary dish that would cleanse the palette. Such as sear scallop with red wine reduction or the acai blueberry sorbet.

We decided on the pre-theatre dinner which was $30 per person, three course meal. The main course is slightly smaller than the main course on the regular menu. It will definitely fill you!

Highly recommended! Try it out after a nice massage from an amazing spa across the street or if you are in town for the game or maybe for six flags!

04/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Vic V.
Stayed in Villa Monaco! 2B 2B with living area that was perfect for us and our one year old! We had our own gated private vehicle entrance and parking and a secret garden right in front.

- Amazing grounds & courtyard
- Beautiful rooms and jacuzzi tub!
- New towels daily!
- kind staff
- included wifi
- soft beds

- Mosquitos! Ah!
- Serve the same three options for breakfast daily... Stayed a week, would have liked other options.

15/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Kat C.
Restaurant Week allowed two friends and I to check this place out. Even though I've lived in Arlington for almost two decades and even attended UTA, this place as always alluded me and my eyes so I was glad to hear about it. If you're going down Center (one-way), it is on the right side but there is limited parking. So you may want to look for parking in the bigger lot across the street. When we stepped inside, we were greeted and seated quickly and warmly. The place itself is small and quaint.  We were seated in the front section so I didn't have a chance to check out the rest of the place.

From the set menu of RW, I ordered the following: appetizer - corn & crab chowder, entree - New York strip with mashed potatoes & ragout, and dessert - mango panna cotta. We got a pre-appetizer (scallop) which was decent. The chowder stole the show for me. From being poured by our waiter (sorry, man) to taste, it was really good, not too salty or bland. Then we got small scoop of sangria to clear our palettes before our meal. The steak was decent. I ordered it medium rare and it came out more rare but luckily, I like rare. I am a potato fanatic so the mashed potatoes were delicious and the ragout (like a meat sauce) was pretty flavorful. The dessert reminded me of a fruity flan with a raspberry sauce that balanced pretty well. Overall, good food and slow but friendly service.

20/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Esther H.
Because the Ritz Carlton is so cliche and over done, your wedding has to be one of a kind. If you're not looking to get a Dallas glitzy venue, then turn your eyes to the pleasant Sanford House. It's great space to fit about 120 or more people for a great outdoor wedding. As a photographer, I had the chance to see this very humble space transform into a gorgeous wedding.

What I learned about this venue is that the Sanford House is actually a bed and breakfast kind of place. They have a main space that has a restaurant and a courtyard where you can hold events outdoors. However, they have small cottage homes adjacent to the main house where guests can stay in.

Across the road, you will find the Spa but that's also where the majority of parking is. I don't know anything about the Spa but that's where my client and her bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done.

I really want to give 5 stars to the staff that worked the day of the wedding I photographed. Not only did we witness their amazing customer service but their very optimistic disposition. I know that they were concerned about running behind schedule but regardless the coordinator and the staff pushed through trying to get faster. They even made sure to give the right dishes to the guests who asked for vegetarian plates.

And what is really nice is that they had extra plates left over and kindly offered 2 plates for me and my second photographer. Working 10 hours straight - we both were running on empty. The dinner tasted great and we really needed the nourishment.

I don't know about prices for the actual use of the venue but I know they do charge for tents if you're looking to have one or if the weather gets unpredictable.

It's a really cute spot  for any event.

30/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Brian J.
Restaurant 506 at the Sanford House was a pleasant surprise find that my mother-in-law recommended.  She has dined here several times for lunch and suggested it for her birthday dinner.  There was only 1 other table dining on a Friday evening at 7, and that seemed odd, but I think it is just that they are tucked away from the main streets of Arlington's dining scenes, and they rely on the hotel occupancy for the bulk of their dinner business.  Anyway, nothing to fear, the service was outstanding, and the food spectacular.  My son and mother-in-law were not in adventurous moods, so the kitchen was happy to accommodate with roasted chicken and potatoes, an item that is ordinarily on their lunch menu.  Both enjoyed the thick, juicy, boneless, skinless chicken breasts severed with quartered new potatoes and roasted veggies.  My wife ordered the duck with pomegranate risotto.  Flavors were intense and everything cooked perfectly.  I went with the lamb, and although I like my steaks on the rare side, it seems like lamb has a better texture at a more medium done level.  It was some of the best lamb I've had in years.  The sliced potato dish was bland and boring compared to everything else, but I did not leave hungry.  We finished our meal by sharing an orange creme brûlée   Again the flavors were spot on, and the dish was huge.  Also appreciated that the restaurant staff went above and beyond to accommodate for my son's severe peanut and tree nut allergies.  Nothing ruins a great meal like having to inject your kid with epinephrine!

03/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0