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Bentwood Tavern
Bentwood Tavern

Bentwood Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bentwoodtavern.com
  • Phone: (269) 469-1699
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Saturday - Sunday: 10.00am - 10.00pm

    Times are EST
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jenny Drilon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Stylish event spaces with high ceilings and windows accommodate as many as 120 or as few as ten.
  • Private Party Contact: Alison VonEhr (269) 469-2027 x407

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Berrien
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Easy on street and lot parking is free and close to the entrance. For boat parking, please call Oselka Marina at 269.469.2600 or City of New Buffalo marina at 269.469.1500.
A word from Bentwood Tavern
"...the area"s newest restaurant and, arguably, its best." --Chicago Tribune

Harbor Country's only waterfront restaurant, Bentwood Tavern features "artisan comfort cuisine" crafted by local icon, Chef Jenny Drilon. Bentwood's sophisticated spin on pub fare features gourmet pizzas fired in a wood-burning oven, fresh seafood, Amish roasted chicken, steaks and chops. Everything is scratch made from only the highest quality, and whenever possible, locally grown ingredients. Eight craft brews on tap and a well-curated wine list are worthy complements to the fresh, savory menu.

Bentwood Tavern is open daily for dinner and drinks, lunch Friday-Sunday, and brunch from 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday. Outdoor seating on the marina is open as long as weather permits.



Please be advised that the restaurant is operating on Eastern Standard Time.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Bentwood Tavern is located in the Marina Grand Resort, next to the New Buffalo Yacht Club, on a picturesque marina. It is very nice to sit on their outdoor patio. We started out our meal with their pretzel bites with aged cheddar dip, which had the right amount of sea salt on the house-made soft pretzel, and the dip was tasty, with fresh chives and a mayo base. I had the rum punch cocktail, which had fresh juice and was generously spiked with rum:yum! My husband had the grilled chicken sandwich, I had the fish tacos, and our teen kids had burgers and pizza. Pizza is one of their specialties, with a big brick oven and lots of fresh toppings. The fish tacos were fresh tasting, with crunchy slaw and lots of other tasting toppings."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Usually 5 star for me, every time. Just seemed to have an off night."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "was romantic without the dark lights. wonderful food and service"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Wonderful place/very upscale. Being so upscale you would think it would be quiter but laughter, talking, and merriment rang wall to wall."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Their policy for outdoor seating leaves much to be desired, it would be good to be upfront about it, there were empty tables, yet they said we could not have them, there was an hour wait. We did have reservations."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a small gathering of 5 for my sister's birthday and asked for a table outside. We were accomodated immediately with that special request even though I had not asked for that on my Open Table reservation. Service was good and food is always very good and not too pricey like some other Harbor country spots. We were there for lunch on an outstanding sunny, mid 70s July day so that added to the ambience. They comp us dessert for the birthday. Very nice."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were looking for a relaxed place to have lunch and certainly found it. The food was excellent and eating outside near the water and Harbour was great. Bentwood is a repeat."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Food is mediocre for price - and we were rushed. Brought dinner halfway through our appetizer and tried to take appetizer away unfinished. One special fish was good, the other flavorless. Halfway through dessert we found plastic in the creme - though they offered to replace it, it wasn't that great or worth it. Shouldn't have charged us for it."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We went fairly early in the evening at 6:30. We sat outdoors hoping for a beautiful view; only saw docked boats. The outdoor seating had a cramped feeling."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Disappointing. "Good" food spoiled by annoying service. Rushed by server to order; then not even halfway through starters, the entrees arrived; not nearly ready and not even any room on the table; sent back; the same entrees returned moments later…now cold and unappetizing (fish); no hint of server recognition or apology. Service and staff was more like eating at a bar and less like dining at a restaurant. Too bad, because the place and the menu have potential."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great place to eat,delicious, well presented food, well stacked bar and bartenders who know their job well. Polite wait staff. Over all great atmosphere. Place suitable for elegant dining as well as low key casual apparel. Beautiful view from the outdoor patio."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This is one of the few good restaurants in the area"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Never disappointed! Sea Bass is excellent!! Corn pudding is a must. Nice touch on rooftop deck with new couches and a bar!!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great food and location, but getting a table is frustrating."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Always love the Bentwood but stopped going there because we couldn't get reservations and it was always packed. Thrilled they are now part if Open Table. Same delicious food with lots of choices. You can eat simply or try Jenny's fancier dishes. Desserts are incredible. Homemade. Service friendly but not overbearing. Wish it was a bit quieter but can't have it all."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "It was OK for what is was. Food was good, but was costly. I'm not sure I'd go back."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food was delightful! Love this place. I would highly recommend reservations on a busy weekend night. We were seated right away. Lively place with great service."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Went there for a nice summer lunch, had their wood fired pizza with proscuitto and fig - yum! And a seasonal double IPA. Even on a Friday, not a huge crowd as we had worried. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our group of 6 were treated so wonderful. From the host to the waiter and our food was very good. This restaurant was recommended to us and I would recommend it to others!! Definitely would return!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food was very good and the setting is great. Seems we may have had a less experienced waitstaff and she neglected to put in one of the orders. Though we followed up, she seemed totally oblivious to the oversight and I was surprised that she never apologized for the mistake. Good thing there was plenty of food among the four of us to share. I'd return to Bentwood though and try again. As the summer goes on my guess is she will become a bit more aware that she's in a service field where it literally pays to make sure you satisfy your customers."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I'll start by saying that everything we ordered was wonderful, the food was absolutely delicious. But one thing really turned me off -- despite making a reservation weeks in advance (we were on vacation) our table was not ready for at least 20 min after we arrived, and then we were sat at possibly the worst table in the restaurant - my view was directly into the kitchen. Sure, someone has to sit there, but I would think that would be for the walk-in parties that came in after us."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Was highly reccoed by a friend for the outdoor deck but unfortunately it rained the night we attended. Food was so so but reasonably priced. Good neighborhood spot."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food & service were excellent! Chef even came to our table! Scallops were fantastic. Great wine pairings."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I came for a girlfriends weekend 3 yrs ago and had a great time then. This recent visit was with my husband & 2 kids and the food, staff & service was still amazing! Very nice wine and local beer list. It's refreshing to experience fine dining with small kids and have our server be so accommodating and kind. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Over rated. But, It's ok. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "There were for of us on Sunday for a late lunch. The weather was lovely and we were able to enjoy the outdoor dining. We all had a wonderful afternoon enjoying the weather with good food and friends. There is something for almost anyone, plus a few different and tasty dishes. We come to New Buffalo several times during the year, from the North West Suburbs of Chicago. This was our first time at Bentwood Tavern and won't be our last. The wait staff was very efficient but did not hover. We did not feel pressure to eat and run."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was wonderful. The appetizers were amazing. We drive from central Illinois to the Sisters Lakes area, and this was a wonderful stop to eat and will do so again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Long-time friends came to town and wanted to eat in New Buffalo, a halfway point for all of us. Reservations were easily obtained through your site and were ready when we arrived. The wait staff paced the meal as we requested, the food was flavorful and served at the appropriate temperature. We had drinks, appetizers, salads, main dishes and dessert. Loved the Southwest salad, the Sea Bass and Strawberry Shortcake! This was not our first visit, and we will return again and again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "living in the burbs it was nice to get away and sit by the water and enjoy brunch here; service was friendly and prompt and food was delish, I had frittata and the jam for my toast seemed homemade! It's inside a hotel which looks swanky and good location! Will be back..."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "You can't beat any meal created by chef Jenny. While the menu is limited, everything is excellent. Only downside if dining indoors it can get very loud, and being in a tourist area I've found it often full of intoxicated tourists during the summer months. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Bentwood Tavern is one of our favorite restaurants. It has a great atmosphere, a beautiful view & a yummy menu!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Thank you for making our birthdays very special. I requested a waterfront view and received just that. Thank you Klaus for your knowledgeable suggestions on food and beverage! Next time we come to New Buffalo and there is nicer weather outside, we can't wait to sit outside on the terrace. The food was great, but as a suggestion maybe add more fish choices to the menu. I felt it was a bit limited, but otherwise the food we did have was great. Thank you all!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Deservidly popular spot oriented to an adult crowd. Usually a bit too loud to provde a romantic setting. But reliably enjoyable"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our favorite place to eat in New Buffalo! Have only tried a few of the sandwiches and salads and they're excellent! Service is friendly and atmosphere is casual."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was my first visit, but it won't be my last. I will continue to take friends to Bentwood Tavern for the scenic view, great food, and very good service."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Bentwood consistently delivers great food in a fun atmosphere with views of the New Buffalo harbor."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "You would think the decor of the restaurant would be a little fancier with the prices and especially coming from the swanky hotel lobby. It was also really loud in there with some of the tables close together. The food was memorable. Our goat cheese appetizer came out of the brick oven and the main entrees were knock your socks off. The service was also great. Make sure you have reservations as wait times were about an hour for a table for those who did not."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Finally a restaurant that stands up to its beautiful surroundings! I recommend highly! Only negative comment was about the carrot ginger soup which could have had bolder, more vibrant flavor. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Wonderful service, unique menu items overlooking the marina. Highly recommend it. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The menu has lots to choose from. Service a bit long but overall a nice experience. Got complimentary dessert since we were celebrating our daughter's birthday. That was a very nice touch. I'd give Bentwood Tavern a 7 out of 10."
    Dined on 4/15/2014