Bentwood Tavern
Bentwood Tavern

Bentwood Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bentwoodtavern.com/
  • Phone: 2694691699x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 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, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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 2694692027x407

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
Chef Jenny Drilon's sophisticated spin on pub fare, responsibly sourced and beautifully prepared. A warm, friendly gathering place featuring eight Michigan craft beers on tap and a curated wine list. Waterfront dining with outdoor seating available whenever weather allows.

Lunch and dinner daily, with brunch from 9am on weekends.

Please be advised that the restaurant is operating on Eastern Standard Time.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Bentwood Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (99)scenic view (77)fit for foodies (48)neighborhood gem (47)special occasion (39)great for lunch (39)great for brunch (32)hot spot (31)kid-friendly (26)good for groups (24)romantic (17)vibrant bar scene (15)notable wine list (13)late-night find (6)Show More
  • Great experience on the Harbor
    rluekens
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Traveling back to Valparaiso from an apple picking trip to Bridgman, MI, we had to stop at the Bentwood Tavern which is part of the condo buildings around the New Buffalo, MI harbor. We had a booth for two near the window overlooking the outside dining and the harbor on a beautiful, fall evening. We started by splitting the beets and apple salad which was out of this world but a little pricey. I opted for the Bentwood Wood Fired Pizza, which was unique with good flavors. My wife enjoyed her fish dinner as well. The meal was complimented by fine wine and extensive beer lists. We loved our night out at the Bentwood Tavern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Place But....
    JustMe
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I really loved this place but was not thrilled to be sitting next to a table of children while their parents sat apart from them and not one of them was over 5 years old! Surprised the restauratn allowed this, many customers were annoyed with that and their crying baby. Despite that all of our food and service was terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Had a wonderful time with friends. Their first time there, they loved the view, ambiance, food, drinks!! Our waitress was so, so great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One entree
    Planter
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Well, we were excited to go to dinner here as my sister highly recommended it. Our waitress brought us only one entrée. She thought that was all we wanted?!? So, my husband waited while they prepared the second one. It was not correct as there was no avocado on it and there was on his which was the same order as mine and described in the menu. His dinner cooled while mine was being prepared. Mine used cold chicken as it would be quicker. Not so good. Then the credit card machine was "down" and we paid in cash. What a pain. Never again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a gem!
    cal50
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    great food and location right on the harbor. fish, pizza, meat, comfort food, and farm to table produce. service is terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • several other area choices.
    kphill
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went and error happy. Bad service. Food cold. Won't be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great grazing experience
    StJoeMan
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was an early afternoon birthday dinner. We had never been to this restaurant before and did not know that the full menu was not available until after 5pm. But we made the best of it and split many starters and a GREAT bottle of wine. We simply grazed ... there was no pressure and great service. We were right on the water we fully enjoyed ourselves. Perhaps this would not be for everyone but it was perfect for the two of us!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants. Great food and service but extremely noisy. The acoustics are terrible which make it difficult to hold a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    Gilda
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Had dinner on the patio. The food was wonderful, the service was great and had a nice dinner with co-workers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AmandaK
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    the hubs and I went here for our anniversary. we were pleasantly surprised! the restaurant is small but the food was great as well as the location!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    roro
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have been eating here for 6 years. It is a must stop every time we are in New Buffalo. We have never had a bad meal. The food is very imaginative, and the specials are surprising and delicious. Most recently the tomato-watermelon-burrata salad was delicious and a wonderful inspiration for home cooking. It is always a fun atmosphere with beautiful outdoor seating, and energetic and lively indoor seating. The wait staff is professional and expeditious. This is clearly the best restaurant in the area, with Brewster's a close second.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would come again
    audreyChicago
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great place! But I was a little disappointed due to the fact that I chose this restaurant because I really wanted to eat out on the lake, so I made a reservation. But unfortunately the reservation doesn't get you a spot outside. Otherwise the food and drinks were amazing, one of a kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    FriendsBdayDinner
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We came to dinner to celebrate a friends birthday and we had a wonderful meal. The waitstaff was wonderful - Elisha Beam - The food was delicious as always. I try to bring any out of town guests to Bentwood for their food and great view of the Marina and Harbor. They can try new exciting meals and have a Sangria and relax. Great place as always - never dissapointed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great anniversary dinner
    Lauren
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food and atmosphere were great. The place was packed for a Sunday night. Views were amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Starvinmarvin
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Manager made up for hostess blunder. The manager was incredibly resourceful and responsive to a complaint we had with the hostess' mistake about our reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aldente
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and drinks were excellent, the bartenders and wait staff exceptional, best in beach area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was fine, but won't return
    jh46530
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Parking is challenging. Our reservation was for 7:30 but we got there 15 minutes early. To their credit, they seated us right away. The food was good. I had the tuna tartar appetizer and it was very tasty. Also the ruby red trout, again very good. Our server was pleasant, but forgot to order a second glass of wine for me. Took some time to get someone's attention, and the wine was delivered. Wanted to order dessert, but it took too long for the server to get back to take our order, so we just skipped dessert. The atmosphere is very loud and energetic. A good place to take children, but too bustling for a couples' Saturday evening dinner out. I doubt we will return, as there other places in the area that are more to our liking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Familydine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A group of friends went to Bentwood Tavern during a Bachelorette trip. It was a very relaxing place to have brunch with a group. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Short staff and chilly
    Ksr5111VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our server was great when she was around but unfortunately the resturant was short staffed and she was too busy working too many tables. The resturant temperature was way to cold. We opted to eat on the patio (even though the outside temp was only 65) just to get out of the blowing air conditioners.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not disappoint
    sunshinegirl
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We visit the Brentwood tavern whenever we visit harbor country in michigan and always are pleased. The food is prepared with care and the staff friendly and attentive. Be sure to make a reservation as it always is crowded during mealtimes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoveColdwater
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Eating lunch on the patio at Bentwood was a very pleasant experience. The skillet dish I ordered was dry and overcooked but everything else was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great meal in SW Michigan
    Matt
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was impressed with the diversity of options on the menu. You can have a moderately priced or expensive meal, based on your mood or wallet. The wine list is carefully edited and easy to choose from. I had the flatiron steak, which was expertly cooked. If you can get a seat outside next to the boats on a nice day, that is a particular bonus.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    a frequent visitor to this restaurant, i was disappointed by the overall experience. i called ahead to see if we could put our name on the wait list for a party of 5. i was told yes. then when i called back closer to the dinner hour, i was told i could not call ahead. when we showed up to the restaurant, we were told we could more quickly be sat at a booth with a chair hanging off the end for the 5th person. outdoor seating was available but there are no heaters on the patio and it was a cool night. the service was good, but three of our meals were disappointing.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent.
    MommaG
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Can't wait to return- our food and service was excellent- the brick chicken was delightful. And the marina views- very relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indiana
    Indiana
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I love to come to Bentwood each summer and to sit outside and enjoy the boats in the harbor. Love the food. The only recommendation I would make would be to make the menu a little more extensive at lunch time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great dinner
    bucktownchiVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The menu has great offerings and the food is well prepared. My pasta dish was delicious and cooked perfectly al dente. I have been here several times now and each time my meal has been great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    Priscilla
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food here is ALWAYS stellar. Service is top notch. Weekends get crowded and busy during tourist months, which makes it quite noisey and reservations are a must weeks in advance. Great off season though. Good craft beers on tap, great cocktail and wine lists. Tuna tar tar is a must try and I had the sea bass last night for the first time... To die for! Love the place, the space! My Absolute favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful marina views
    KariH
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Enjoyed lunch on the patio of Bentwod Tavern for at least the 4 or 5th time. Love Bob's Fish Tacos, very flavorable. One of our guests had the grilled cheese that everyone was dying to try - delicious. This is a wonderful restaurant off the beaten path of New Buffalo, MI -= a must go to if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hotel and restaurant
    Vegheaddiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We got married at the Marina Grand and decided to go back for our anniversary dinner at Brentwood. The food is always amazing. Our server was ok, just seemed rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Way over priced. Best bet is appetizers on the deck.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food with a nautical view!
    etray2
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peter
    13009
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Good food and right on Lake Michigan Harbor. Great weekend brunch. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bingoVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Usually 5 star for me, every time. Just seemed to have an off night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • older anniversary
    kirky
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    was romantic without the dark lights. wonderful food and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bentwood
    Whateverworks
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Wonderful place/very upscale. Being so upscale you would think it would be quiter but laughter, talking, and merriment rang wall to wall.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annlee
    loveating
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasant experience...
    Toom
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'd come again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing again
    MrHonestVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good quality/outdoor/scenic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate