Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub
Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub

Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hanovertavern.org/
  • Phone: 8045375250
  • Hours of Operation:
    Closed on Monday
    Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-8pm
    Brunch on Saturday and Sunday until 3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Chad M Smith
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Please call (804)537-5250 or email events@hanovertavern.org to inquire about Event Rental.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 54 and Route 301
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub
Hanover Tavern has witnessed three centuries of history and has served the community as an inn, stagecoach stop, post office and dinner theater. Today, Hanover Tavern stands fully restored, a historic site offering a premier dining experience combined with a high level of cultural and educational value. Hanover Tavern Restaurant and Pub offers traditional southern cuisine focusing on local and regional ingredients. Four unique dining areas are available to suit your preferences - the plantation like Veranda, the elegantly rustic Taylor room, and the casual Tavern Pub. Walk-ins are always welcome but reservations are recommended on the weekends. The Barksdale Theatre is featured at the Hanover Tavern offering patrons an evening of dining and entertainment.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (27)neighborhood gem (16)great for brunch (15)great for lunch (14)romantic (13)good for groups (11)fit for foodies (7)scenic view (6)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Upstairs not accessible
    SueL
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were 6 older people who came Sat. night and were put upstairs. Stairs are very difficult. Rest rooms way too far away, No atmosphere. Lighting terrible. Food mediocre.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always great
    jimduckett
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My wife and I are frequent patrons of Hanover Tavern. I play there as a musician once a year as well. Management, Food and service, always great. ---JDD
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEFORE SHOW BRUNCH
    showbiz
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We enjoyed eating upstairs better. Dining area is dark. Did not have the "before show" brunch which is still on the Web page. No fried green tomatoes!! Oysters excellent. Service very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treasure
    fumaguide
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    While we have only had brunch at Hanover Tavern, each time it has been wonderful; food is excellent; service superb and very reasonable prices. Highly recommend for brunch. One of these days we will get there for dinner and expect it to be just as good!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hanover Tavern
    scmmms
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Very nice ambience, but my dinner (chicken with pesto) was just OK. The chicken was dry and nondescript. I would definitely give it another try, but would order something else.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marci
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We cancelled our reservation to Hanover Tavern because we were not sure that a 7:00 reservation would get us out in time for the 8:00 curtain in the theatre. My husband and I both called and left inquiries on the tavern's voicemail, but no one ever returned our phone calls. I cannot rate the meal or the service since we did not dine there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • poor service, so-so food
    heidi53
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were very disappointed in our dining experience at the Hanover Tavern. We wouldn't return. All of our dinners were $30+, and for that amount of expense, we expected near perfection. We definitely expected the food to be fabulous. It was so-so. We all got the daily special, which was surf and turf, filet mignon with mini crab cakes. It came with asparagus, and risotto. The steak was tender but bland, the asparagus was delicious, but the rice was regular white rice, NOT risotto! Also bland. The service was terrible! There were not enough waiters, and ours was doubling as the bartender of the evening. Slow, slow, slow! And we were seeing the play afterward. We were afraid we wouldn't make it in time for the curtain, but we did.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Repeatable experience!
    Art4all
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our experience was. Wry favorable. The porch was pleasant, Samantha, our server was very attentive. Our food was prepared as per instructions. Having the dining room next to the playhouse is a wonderful asset. We had a very relaxing, delicious experience. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent restaurant, great theater
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was good, not great. Overpriced, but good. Enjoyed the ambiance of "the Veranda" area of the restaurant. The performance in the theater definitely overshadowed the food. Service was average.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lenk
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our group of four thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience. The service was outstanding and the food was superb. Two of the party live in Hanover County and indicated they plan to make the Tavern part of their regular dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Long Wait Despite Reservations
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We made a reservation for lunch for 12:30 so that we would have time for a leisurely lunch prior to a 2PM play at Hanover Tavern. Lunch took over an hour to get to us. I had to repeatedly ask the waiter when our lunch was coming...he never came over proactively to let us know and never offered more bread, etc. to us while we waited. He said he was checking with the kitchen whenever I asked him and that our food was on it's way. The excuse was that the steak for one of our salads was what was taking so long. When the food came, the steak was lukewarm at best. He never offered to provide a discount due to the long wait. I informed him that we weren't paying for our meal after having to wait over an hour and then cram it down before the play.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful experience
    topnotch
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had attended the theater before, but had never enjoyed the dining room. In all phases it was a super delightful experience -- reserving a table, the service, the food, the atmosphere -- everything was "top notch." When we go back to the theater we will make sure to include the dining room on our agenda.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great in combination with the theater for a very relaxed and enjoyable evening
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DISAPPOINTED
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was the third disappointing meal we have had at this restaurant. Waiter was a space cadet. Food was not up to standards. Check was for $72.00 without drinks. Wife had Fillet Mignon and it was more like a cheap steak. I had the Crab Cakes and they were fried. Food was warm far from hot when it arrived at our table. I would NEVER go there again or recommend it to my friends.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful afternoon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Very pleasant way to spend an afternoon or evening--enjoying a drink and meal and seeing a play. Very friendly and helpful staff. Will do it again very soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening
    RichmondLady
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We ate here with another couple before seeing Charitable Sisterhood. While limited on theater night, the menu is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice dinner for us
    Taylor
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    BBQ for her was just fine and the presentation of it and her two sides was better than I would have expected. My NY strip was much thinner than I expected, but the taste and presentation was surprisingly good. The setting, however, made the night for us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner and the theater
    dinnerandthetheater
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    So convenient if you are attending the theater on the first floor of the building. We both had the fillet. It was excellent and the price was very reasonable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Spot in the Country
    Uniquediningexperiences
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Hanover Tavern has it all - quiet, historical inn in the country and with wonderful food and service. The staff was very friendly and made us feel at home as soon as we walked in. After a delicious lunch on the balcony, we explored the historical tavern and the old courthouse across the street. So glad we found this place. Its a long drive from our house, but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre Theater Meal
    ornofrk
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The tavern's history is facinating and they are doing a good job on the ongoing restoration. We were there for the pre theater dinner and the excellent play. The service was prompt and friendly. However, the entres we had were very disappointing. My wife said the crab cakes were among the worse she has eaten. Also, her asparagus was almost raw (not steamed enough) and she did not like the lemon dressing they put on it. The she crab soup, however, was very good. My grilled chicken pesto was as tough as shoe leather and not that tasty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    twb6yz
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have only been here once before a few years ago and had a very good dining experience. Drove several hours there to take an elderly relative out for their birthday. Restaurant booked a wedding for the same day and we were not seated until 35 minutes after our reservation. Took waiter 10 minutes to get to our table and take a drink order, despite being the table closest to the bar. Once we got past those two problems the service was good. Food was mixed. The she crab soup was watery, barely warm and had no flavor. The peaches in the peach salad had surprisingly little flavor despite local peaches being very good this year but otherwise the salad was good. The fries with Parmesan and truffle oil were excellent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KeeganT01
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We enjoy dining at the Tavern when we attend the theatre at Barksdale
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always nice
    angel22
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Never had a bad experience. Food is good and the atmosphere is lovely. Lunch has a different feel and is quick and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 352 reviews are from the Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub reviews archive.
  • reservation never happened
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We made a reservation through OpenTable.........they called us a week before the date and told us that there was a "glitch" in the system and they had to cancel our reservation due to a wedding that had booked the entire restaurant. we had out of town guests coming that specifically wanted to eat at the Hanover Tavern.......needless to say we were disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Footsteps of History
    luv2roam
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Our group enjoyed walking through this historic old tavern that played such a pivotal role in American history before the American Revolution and also during the Civil War. We also enjoyed seeing Hanover Courthouse, just across the highway and the green from Hanover Tavern. There was a small crowd when we visited. Our waitress was delightful. We enjoyed our choices. Two of us got sandwiches and the other two opted for two of the delicious "starters" as our meal. Everyone was pleased. We plan to return for a theater performance in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful dining experience
    Goooooogler
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Hanover Tavern is an exceptional dining experience whether its Sunday brunch or a casual dinner or lunch. The staff is always very courteous and the kitchen is phenomenal. Recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HORRIBLE Mothers Day Dinner
    Garrison
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I drove from Raleigh, NC to Richmond, VA to take my mother out for dinner for Mothers Day. This was the evening of May, 9th, 2014. I found the Hanover Tavern Restaurant on line and it seemed like a great place. The food was the absolute worst we had ever had. Even the server commented my mothers filet looked like a piece of charcoal. We ate the bread and vegetables and went back home for dinner. The manager never came by to apologize. The server felt bad and said something was going on in the kitchen today. The service was good but the fact the food was HORRIBLE and the manager never came by was not good. What a disaster this Mothers Day dinner was. The server did credit the two entrees as she took them both back to the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it here
    Jimbob
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My wife and I come here for lunch, brunch, dinner, any time it's possible; but especially if we have friends or relatives from out of town, we bring them to Hanover Tavern. We have never had a bad meal here, management and staff are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Easter brunch
    Kippy
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    While brunch can be hard to serve successfully, the food at the Easter brunch was not good at all, especially for the price. The pasta was tasteless, the eggs Benedict was rock hard, the eggs florentine tasted like they had been scorched, the best dishes were the soup and salad. We came away very disappointed, though it had lovely atmosphere and good service. Maybe the food is better when not a buffet, but sadly we won't be finding out!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food in a Historic Setting
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Went for a date night with my husband. Enjoyed a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. We started with a cup of She Crab Soup and a cup of Butternut Squash Bisque, both arrived piping hot. The crab soup was very peppery and slightly sour while the squash bisque was slightly sweet from the addition of apples and parsnips. We chose Blackened Flounder and Salmon Bruschetta, the special, both served with basmati rice and brocollini. The salmon was perfectly cooked and the brocollini tender crisp. The flounder was good but not outstanding. No room for dessert. My suggestion is to offer cornbread with each entree as it is such a southern staple.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saving my situation
    Russ
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I was asked to take a friend's sister in law to dinner while they were otherwise distracted and I had no idea what her interests were - so I thought of the Tavern. We toured the Tavern before dinner and the dinner was great, and the ambience was wonderful and it was a successful evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The beef was still on the range
    Andy
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The best aspect of the Tavern is the location if you are attending a show. This is the second and last time we are eating at thr Tavern before a show. The kitchen was overworked because of a wedding. The main menu was not available due to the wedding. We should have advised before making the reservation. The crab soup was very good. The wedge was small and had a lot of yellow lettuce . The beef was hard as a rock. The knife would hardly cut through it. The meat may have been I left over from Colonial times. The gravy was tasteless. The is a Tavern so don't expect too much. The service was excellent. The show was great.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hanover Tavern More than pub food
    Morg
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I thought the Hanover Tavern was great. They had a great selection and a unique menu. The food was good and service was good too. We watched the play after and the timing was perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food okay...
    MacL
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was just "okay,"....not bad or anything special. On the other hand, the service was excellent. I was disappointed not to be able to get the blue plate special on theater night since the website led me to believe that I could.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spice-less
    Bill
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Although we liked the restaurant ambiance and service, we were somewhat amazed that the food was virtually unseasoned. The crab cakes with quinoa mixture had no seasoning at all ! I don't even think the chef used salt. Certainly not food that is worthy of a repeat visit, which is unfortunate.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable
    Ilikelocal
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We met with friends for dinner and theater. Warm brie appetizer was delicious. The bottle of wine we chose was outstanding. 2 of us ordered the pork tenderloin. It was a bit dry, could use gravy. Other dinner special and steak meal were very good. Desserts were more average. But the ambiance and service is great and the menu is refreshingly different from the average restaurant menu.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good and Bad with Our Brunch
    SusieJo
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Went to the Tavern for bruch. My lunch was great, grilled brie sandwich with onions and apricot jam. However... Bread and butter served was tasteless and we took one bit and left it. One person had the pastrami sandwich, was so tough and thcik she couldn't eat it. Another had eggs and sausage. Sausage was so tough and the grits were pasty. All in all, I may not eat there for a while.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal!
    Ktsmom96
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We dined before seeing a play downstairs to save time. The food was excellent and the service very fast. So fast that we finished too early for the show's start time. Fabulous and filling meal. Prices were higher than moderate, but worth the price. Definitely recommend, especially with a show to follow!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heat
    Gram4145
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Our food tasted great! I even sent my fillet back to be cooked a little more, although it was cooked as I ordered it. I think overall our food could have been a little warmer. My husband licked his bowl of shrimp and grits! Service was outstanding! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinner and play
    Bobbbb
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Good meal, great ambience in a historic tavern, and very convenient to watch the play afterwards.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.