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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
  • "Great food and location, but getting a table is frustrating."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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'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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Over rated. But, It's ok. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII"
    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
  • "Food was what I would expect for that level of restaurant, but what made the difference was our incredible waitress. Decor was sort of bland......but who's eating the decor?"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Their Sea Bass on first weekend of the month is delicious, I would highly recommend it. My husband had a pizza and a friend had the fish and chips and both were pleased. We also had a desert which was enough for all three of us to share."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Very nice spot in a realtively small beach community. The house salad dressing was extraordinary, very light and flavorfull. The charcuterie plate was fine. Entres were handled well, but nothing really to write home about. The boursin twice baked potato was a highlight."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were in town for a few days and decided to try Bentwood Tavern. We made reservations for lunch and were seated immediately when we arrived. That's where the prompt service stopped. We waited almost ten minutes to be acknowledged by our server, receive water and even looked at. We finally received acknowledgment, quickly ordered and waited again for water refills. As I looked around the restaurant, I noticed that the attention was given to the "regulars" and we were ignored. When the food finally came, it was just ok. Not the best experience and probably will not return."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Just too noisy. Couldn't hear people at my own table, and definitely couldn't hear the waitstaff."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was great a great variety of dishes. Service was good but restaurant is small and the noise level high not a good choice for a romantic dinner. Has a great view if there for summer and can eat outside."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was our third time dining at Bentwood and they have delivered every time. Food is outstanding and the staff is impeccable. My husband and I have dined alone and with guests and the atmosphere is good for both. We look so forward to our dinners here, it's a must when we stay at Marina Grand."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "With several good places to eat in the area that we have visited in the past and having never dined here before it was hard to take a chance on a new place, but we are really glad that we did. We started with some beers from a local micro-brewery and some pretzel bits with aged cheddar cheese. It was a great start and then I enjoyed a fish and chips meal, and my Valentine ordered a scallops with grapefruit butter and rice meal. We both nibbled a little off of each others plate so that we could each try out both dishes and were equally impressed with both entrees. They were both excellent. We would recommend the Bentwood Tavern to anyone as a great place to enjoy a meal, and are looking forward to coming back and dining here again."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Every detail surpasses expectation. Jenny and her staff knock it out of the park every time. Jay Fox"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Bentwood is always our go to when we know it has to be good. They put out dishes that are dependably delish. Waitstaff is always friendly, and the restaurant is creative in drawing in diners in the off season, which us locals benefit from. Sushi Thursday, Sea Bass Social, and the daily special keep Bentwood fresh and new. We rarely resort to regular menu items, but they are never disappointing."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We went on New Years Eve of all nights and were pleasantly surprised. We had eaten there before but one never knows on a holiday what to expect. The food was very good - the sea bass always great. The beet salad was wonderful. The tuna tartare was fresh. The waiter attentive. We were all very happy with the dinner and as it was NYE it was even better."
    Dined on 12/31/2013