Bluegrass Tavern
Bluegrass Tavern

Bluegrass Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluegrasstavern.com/
  • Phone: 410-244-5101x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Closed Monday. Tues to Thurs 5PM - 10 PM, Fri 5PM-11 PM, Sat 11AM-11PM (Brunch 'til 4), Sun 10 AM-9 PM (Brunch 'til 4)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Antonio Rice
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer catering for small and large events. Contact us for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fort Ave
  • Public Transit: Charm City Circulator stop one block east at Fort & Charles Sts.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking Available All Days Starting at 5pm for $5.
A word from Bluegrass Tavern
Bluegrass is an informal fine dining experience dedicated to the perfect pairing of food and drink, with a special focus on the world’s finest bourbons. Our casual dining room features fold-away walls that provide a relaxing, social atmosphere that is open to the outdoors. Come by with your friends, or make some new ones at the Bluegrass tonight.
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Bluegrass Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)fit for foodies (45)romantic (20)great for outdoor dining (18)great for brunch (15)special occasion (15)good for groups (14)great for lunch (9)notable wine list (7)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Delicious
    QueRico
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was outstanding, and the servers pretty much leave you alone. If anything that's my only complaint - the server left us alone a bit too much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Warm and inviting
    Julie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Lovely time! Had read review that the chicken and dumpling were too salty but did not find it to be. Also tried the shrimp and grits which had a delicious red sauce. Nice cocktail menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    writezoe
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Tried Bluegrass Tavern with a promotional offer. The food was very good, but a little heavy for me. We started with the sweet potato corn bread. We loved it and saved half for breakfast. For an entree I tried the famous Smoked Chicken & Dumplings. The chicken in this dish is smoked then fried and it was really tasty. The dumplings were very dense and the gravy was kind of like a stew with hunks of carrot & celery. Overall, I wish the chicken was served without the gravy because it was all so rich and heavy (I could only eat 1/3 of my plate) but it was delicious. My husband had the Shrimp & Grits. They were great. The grits were perfect. The service was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite spor
    BmoredinerVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We eat here probably twice a month(we do Sunday dinner with family) and this is easily our go-to place. Charcuterie is delicious. Drinks are generous and well crafted. And the food is always great. Since we come often, we are always greeted personally and our drinks are ready immediately. It's especially nice to be remembered and that your return visits are noted. Menu changes monthly and is locally sourced when possible and the charcuterie is housemade. The atmosphere and food keep is coming back. Also have valet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It should have been better
    normalperson
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have been coming here for the past year and it's been Amazing. But now there's a new chef and I don't like what he did. My smoke-fried chicken was too salty to eat. This is the specialty of the restaurant and now its like a mouth full of ocean water. The fried chicken is soaked in super-salty soup, which is supposed to be a gravy. Don't get me wrong, the food is good, for a good price but the food used to be friggin insanely amazing. The food here used to blow you away but now its just alright or even bad. I'm so blown about this. I'll try it again one day and hope they worked out how to use salt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Started strong
    chefboyrb55VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Nice valet. Friendly server. Great appetizers. Spot on wine pairings. Paired a beer with our entrees and that worked well too- but the entrees were barely warm. There were only 16 of us in the whole place and we were the last to get our main course, so I'm not sure what the problem was. We have eaten here for years and never had a complaint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food is outstanding, and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Fall Menu doesn't disappoint
    charmcityfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    New Fall Menu - Lucky enough to be the first to try the Chicken and Dumplings topped with Gumbo. It was delicious! Only call out is to make the gumbo spicier. Will definitely be back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love love love
    NEURONURSE
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We frequently dine at Bluegrass. The food and service are always top notch. The staff is always friendly and welcoming and the food is out of this world good. Upscale comfort food at its finest!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Meal
    Beersnstuff
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My parents came to town for the star spangled spectacular so I wanted to take them somewhere with good food. I saw the Baltimore Sun ranked this restaurant among their top restaurants in Baltimore. Although I made reservations, we were stuck waiting for a table for about 30 minutes when we got there, which made no sense to me. We were seated outside, the weather was nice but to be honest, Fort Ave is not an attractive street. Our waiter was nice and attentive; he was also knowledgeable on the menu. I ordered a strip steak. The steak was... ok. My side of fries were cold. My dad had their pork special, a half ground beef-half bacon burger. He hated it. Claimed it tasted like nothing but grease and pepper. My mom had the salmon, it was ok
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Federal Hill gem
    BmoredinerVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Absolutely love this place! We probably eat here at least once a month. Food is creative and delicious and locally sourced. The bourbon list is extensive(they also do beer pairings). Service is knowledgable and friendly AND they have valet parking! One of the best things is the low noise level- there's a lot of good food in Baltimore but a lot of the newer restaurants with creative farm to table food are located on industrial buildings and they're just too loud. This is an old corner row house and it's very cozy and quiet. Love, love , love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh flavors of the South
    WMColmes14VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    While I think the portions are a bit small on the small plate side, mains are full of flavor and good size. Servers always friendly. Brussel sprouts (decadent - walnut oil, radishes, smoked blue cheese); crawfish hush puppies (skip 'em); sweet potato corn bread is an ok side; pimento is creamy w/flavor; bread & butter beef tartare is good but small portion (shallots, pickles, garlic sherry vinaigrette, crackers); grilled salmon is a big slice cooked perfectly (baby kale salad, goat ricotta, shaved shallot, charred lemon vinaigrette); can never go wrong with their charcuterie-from raw milk cheddar to bacon jam to head cheese to pork terrine to chicken liver mousse. Great selection of spirits and a very cool modern vibe. HH has good deals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a find, Hon!
    KermitthePug
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As an commercial photographer who shoots ad campaigns mainly on location; my work entails a lot of travel, long hours, and being outdoors in variable weather conditions. Needless to say, at the end of each day one of my key priorities is a good meal, usually with my crew of 6-10 people. We picked Bluegrass Tavern off of Baltimore Magazine's 'top 50 restaurants for 2014', as it was close to our hotel and looked great online. The experience once there lived up to our expectations and then some. GREAT food, a pretty good wine list and a great bar. And the service staff was great. We ate in the backroom, and as we usually do at the end of a long shoot day, we closed the place. I hear they have a great brunch too. GO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanos
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    All 3 of us enjoyed our meals. Liked the hush puppies and dipping sauces a lot. Hamburgers were cooked as ordered (rare enough). Fried chicken was good, but the sauce was a little sweet and the portion too small. Service was friendly, observant and prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Fried Chicken Ever
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Crawfish Hushpuppies, fried chicken, and ribs are amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful find, delicious meals!
    lavinia
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyable first dining experience at Bluegrass tavern, delicious food (especially the crawfish hush puppies). My daughter enjoyed her Mac n cheese very much and the ribs are so tender that they melt in your mouth. The only problem with dining here is the parking situation. Valet starts at 5pm. We arrived at 4:35pm and circled around the blocks, found a parking space with a sign that your car will be towed during event time (Raverns game). Come after 5pm and use the valet is the best solution to eat here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    SheDinesAroundVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was great. Our server seemed to have a slight attitude, which has never been our experience in the past. We will definitely not let this keep us from coming back--this is a quality place! I think the best seats are the bar tables when the windows are wide open--a must do during this unprecedented August weather!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time Guest
    DrJohnson
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was in town for the Orioles game and decide to take my wife and nieces to dinner before hand. Our server Matt was very helpful with menu suggestions and drink pairing. The timing was great and we were not rushed what so ever. All the staff was very attentive with our needs. Between the four of us, we were able to try many different menu items. My favorite was the fried chicken, the BLT salad and the crispy brussel sprouts. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Monica
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have eaten at Bluegrass several times and have had a great experience each time. This time we went during restaurant week. The food was definitely not the caliber we've had in the past. My husband and I each had one of the salad options, aside from his having bacon, both salads were very average. His appetizer, the crispy brussel sprouts were good; however, my chilled shrimp and tomato bruschetta was average at best. Our main entree had mixed reviews as well. I rarely return a plate put the strip steak frite was enedible. The strip was a flavorless, grisly piece of meat. Bluegrass did replace my entree with the burger option and did not charge me for my meal but I'd rather pay the full bill and fully enjoy my dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Treated like royalty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    There were 5 of us and we had a little it of everything. The next day, I took the hugest dump of my life and it had the redolent aroma of spiced pork. I tip my hat to Chef Tim.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    Fantastic
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    From the service to the quality of the food, it was amazing. The care put into creating these dishes was clearly demonstrated in the freshness of the ingredients and the layers of flavor. Went during restaurant week to give it a try and we will be back monthly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Whycook
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I now have an answer for the question "what's the best thing you ever ate"......it's the Crispy Brussels Sprouts on their Small Plates menu! The combination of the smoked blue cheese, rich roasted brussels sprouts and the drizzle of walnut oil is perfection. We thoroughly enjoyed the rest of our meal as well! Our server was knowledgeable and attentive, as you would expect in a place like this. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    boomer49VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Although the service was ok, the food was not so good-The $28.00 single crab cake with green bean salad was on the poor side (especially for the price), the pimento cheese was very loose and the fries were very over salted.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bob007
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Menu offered a variety of choices, food was very good, and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always amazing!
    spyderfan10VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I regularly eat at Blue Grass. It is always incredible! Get the charcuterie plate with the Bacon Jam and ask for extra bread crisps. The fried chicken is my favorite, but the hamburger was voted Best in Baltimore a few years back and I am not surprised. It is also awesome! The service is also consistently timely and friendly. If you have questions about any items on the menu (...you probably will even if you are a foodie) ask! Servers are always happy to help and recommend dishes. A neighborhood favorite for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Success
    khargrove
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My husband and I took my parents here for their 41st wedding anniversary. Although my husband and I had been here before and absolutely loved it, my parents had never even heard of it. Needless to say, they will be returning! The food was absolutely delicious!! I love that Bluegrass can take "normal" dishes and add just a simple twist that you might have never thought of, and it's delicious!! My mom and husband both had the fried chicken, and are both still raving about it 2 days later. Everything, from the appetizer to dessert, was divine and well worth the 40 minute drive to get there!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very disappointed in food and service. Smoked fried chicken was tasteless. Ribs and burger good. Service forgetful and slow. Not nearly as good as two three previous occasions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Laid back spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Overall, I liked this restaurant. The food was quite good in my opinion, but I happened to like their cocktail best! A little loud if eating outdoors depending on the time....but the service we had made up for that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    Lhsmtran
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    If you go on a sunday make sure to sit inside the actual bar during 5-7. Substantially lower happy hour prices would have been nice to know
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great southern-inspired food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We started with the pickled vegetables, crispy brussel sprouts with blue cheese crumbles, and mac n' cheese - all of it was delicious. The smoked fried chicken was awesome too - just a hint of smoke and really good fried chicken. This place definitely hits the "comfort food" spot without being overly heavy. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Nice Experience
    mikerVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Cool place, small cozy dining room, friendly service but waitress was too stretched serving all the tables so service was slow, menu was not very extensive but interesting and food was good. Need another server so that water and beverages are at least kept refreshed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bluegrass1
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Appetizers were great. We would go again just for drinks and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 451 reviews are from the Bluegrass Tavern reviews archive.
  • Very pleasant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My husband and I had dinner at Bluegrass. I had the grilled salmon with kale salad. The dressing on my salad was so good and the fish was great. The glass of wine was very generous so I didn't need a second glass. It was very quiet, not crowded, we were there on a Tuesday evening. The service was excellent, very attentive. We'd definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    canadianfoodie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I have high expectations for farm to table restaurants. This place was fantastic. Our server was attentive, helpful and super nice. The quantity and quality for the price was spot on. The craft cocktails were also on par. The server recommended the burger which was quite possibly one of the best burgers I have had in Baltimore thus far. I will be going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Local food
    jel20
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The selection of food was intriguing, interpreting, local and great! They also have a great white whiskey drink!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food
    normalperson
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I loved this place, everything we ordered was perfect. The interesting combinations of foods and the quality of the meats make it taste wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch was meh
    MeMeVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our first time at Bluegrass. The bacon was overly salty, and the sausage was too sweet. The gravy biscuit was disappointing. A split decision on the apple fritters. Maybe brunch just isn't their thing.
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  • Yummy Comfort Food!
    MKD1
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The smoked chicken is delicious and the dish to get. Plentiful portions so you may want to share. The staff is warm and friendly. Overall, great experience. Plan on going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Accomodating service. We were seated upstairs first near a large party; with the wood floors and moving chairs we could not hear the waiter explain the specials. We moved downstairs where it was more quiet. Smoked fried chcken was the best of our selections. The ribeye was so-so. Duck breast salad very good. Appetiziers including the crawfish fritters were excellent. Good selction of beer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner Experience
    Choosy1
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Bluegrass Tavern is a great place overall...the food my company of 3 experienced was very good but not great The older (no longer available) larger southern menu with catfish (etc) on it would be better than the now limited food dishes offered...but I still recommend this establishment because the staff (including valet service) are top of the line :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.