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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: 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 (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 9am-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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food and drinks were excellent, the bartenders and wait staff exceptional, best in beach area."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Can't wait to return- our food and service was excellent- the brick chicken was delightful. And the marina views- very relaxing."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Way over priced. Best bet is appetizers on the deck."
    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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Good food and right on Lake Michigan Harbor. Great weekend brunch. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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
  • "The service was very good. And the food was fantastic! I had the chef's special fish entree which she apparently only prepares once a month. It was just fabulous!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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