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Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub
Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub

Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hanovertavern.org
  • Email: info@hanovertavern.org
  • Phone: (804) 537-5250
  • 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: Southern, American
  • 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 & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Good meal, great ambience in a historic tavern, and very convenient to watch the play afterwards."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great setting in historic tavern, fireplace, not too large or noisy, great southern comfort food and service"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Very charming and historical place to eat, with the option of, (After dinner entertainment) in the form of a good play. Have been there several times, and have NEVER been disappointed with the food or service."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was delicious and our server was a gem. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially to history fans!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We made reservations for the special Valentine dinner and had hoped for a relaxing evening with good food. Our server was in an obvious hurry, and I felt rushed the entire time. Our entrees were brought to the table when my husband and I were only halfway through our first course. We were never served bread. We also were not asked if we would like a second glass of wine or cup of coffee. Amazingly, we were served 3 courses and were ushered out of the restaurant in 59 minutes. I joked that we might have had a more relaxing dinner if we had gone to a Mexican restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We loved the lunch, food, etc. The waitress was great, but rushed--only one of her for all the tables it seems. We will be back!!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed pre-theater dinner before enjoying the on-premises live theater production of "Olympus on my mind". An easy drive from downtown Richmond, with good on-site parking. The old historic tavern/pub decor is lovely for this part of Virginia. Our pre-theater dinner selections were varied and were served in a timely manner so that we didn't feel rushed in order to be on time for the curtain. My husband and I enjoyed She crab soup, and a flavorful pork loin special. The house cocktails were very good and affordably priced. We would definitely return and highly recommend whether going to the theater or not."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "It was good not great. Limited menu, so could use 2 or 3 specials instead of one. Everyone friendly and shared information without being pushy. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My wife and I went to the tavern recently. The ambiance was nice--a quiet room with a fireplace on the ground floor. Despite the fact that there was only one other couple there, the service was slow. The food was mixed. The warm Brie dip was good and my wife's shrimp and grits was excellent. I had the crab cakes and they were only passable. We may try again, next time for lunch."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "needed a place on a Sunday to discuss wedding plans for our daughter..my X and her husband met with my wife and myself, not crowded and quiet enough to discuss details of marriage plans...food was excellent and we were allowed to sit afterwards to have a productive dialog.... never rushed Thank you Tavern crew..."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Hanover Tavern is a great place for dinner before a show from Va Rep Theatre [Barksdale]. Food is good and served in a friendly, timely manner. The historic tavern has interesting history and architecture."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We were there trying to find a new place to go, located it on open table as having seats available. We enjoyed everything completely, the food was great and the wine was wonderful. Very romantic and highly recommended. We will be going back in the spring/summer to enjoy the patio!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Everything, from the food to service was excellent as always here. We have been coming here for quite a while now and try to bring others when possible"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Expensive for what you get. Standard broad line food distribution fare with average preparation. Still better than the Iron Horse, but at least they have the bar open."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The special New Year's Eve menu provided many delicious options. The parsnip soup was delicious, but the endive salad a tad bitter. All of the entrees were well prepared and quantities were perfect. The desserts were all superb, but my personal favorite was the poached pear with chocolate glaze. Our server was available as needed without being a pest. We would like to see more special offerings. Great restaurant in a beautiful location with a lot of character. They had several gluten free options as well."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great food and service. Enjoyed my lunch very much."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "The food and atmosphere were an excellent romantic getaway sitting by the large open fireplace, nestled in the historic building. The food was delicious and quick. We also attended a play in the small theatre which provides a unique performance close up to the action. The short drive to the Courthouse area is an fun adventure. I would highly recommend the dinner and a show experience to anyone seeking solutions to a romantic evening."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Food was hot and good...service was well-timed and friendly"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Enjoyed the fried green tomatoes. The wait service had to be reminded to serve dinner bread with entree. The house beer (cider beer) was different--more on the sweet side for my taste. The show (Lug Nuts Christmas) was fabulous!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We enjoyed the historical feel and the bright and inviting dining room. Our group went for brunch which has a large and varied selection that makes it hard to decide. We tried the fried green tomatoes which were tasty and light and the chicken and waffles which were really wonderfully sinful. The crab soup was rich and creamy. The service was friendly and timely. We will definitely plan to return."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Limited menu, not enough vegetables with entrees. Pork tenderloin was tender and well prepared, but came with only mashed potatoes and onions. No champagne or prosecco by the glass, which we would have liked."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Dined here before theater. Shrimp & Grits --- shrimp overcooked, grits WAY overcooked and none of the promised sauce. Wife's pork tenderloin was OK but nothing to get excited about. Over priced - worth about half of what we paid. I would suggest eating at another restaurant, but there's nothing nearby. Eat at home before you go to the theater."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Very impressive....oysters were delicious as was the crab cakes....the chocolate brownie was to die for..wonderful service and ambience"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Average menu, food OK and waiter was friendly, but we had several problems: Did not have one of the entrees or one of the desserts we wanted - and it was only 6pm! Pasta was supposed to have sage butter but certainly did not taste like it. Crab cakes came out cold. They had to be sent back but by then the other meals were almost done. The waiter did comp us one free dessert for a birthday, which was nice."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Apple Fritters were outstanding! All four in our party were extremely please with the entire experience!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "We made reservations for dinner and theater as a wedding gift and had a great time at The Hanover Tavern Restaurant, then theater. Fried green tomatoes appetizer was wonderful. Wine selections were good. My husband ordered the crab cake because he had enjoyed it so the first time we went there. The rest of us ordered the special that night - prime rib and it was deliciously accompanied by wild rice and baked winter squash. We sat near a warm fire and had a marvelous celebration. Wait staff was polite, helpful, and well attended us without hovering."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Food was bland (shrimp and grits) and luke warm (Crab dip). Give it a 5 on a scale of 10. Had similar problems in the past , but it is the closest dining venue when going to a play in the same building."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "My husband and I have been at the tavern on numerous occasions since we met 25 years ago. We always have enjoyed dining at the tavern and watching the plays through the years. It is wonderful historical site right in our backyard (Hanover County). If we have out of town guests, we book reservations there. The food is great and the atmosphere is wonderful."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "i always enjoy the hanover tavern. the wait staff and everyone connected with the tavern are very friendly. the food and especially the bread basket is great."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Food Good, waiter, Blake, was friendly, helpful, energetic. . . a few glitches that I would not expect for a restaurant that charges higher prices like the Hanover Tavern. . .took 5 min. to find a hostess to seat us. . .out of one menu item (turkey). . Blake needed to be reminded to bring bread to table, also had to wave him over to order additional drinks. . .food was very tasty and presented well."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Came with a small group for Sunday brunch. As usual, the food and service were great. My guest from out of town was very impressed with our county's gem."
    Dined on 12/1/2013