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The Brook Tavern
The Brook Tavern

The Brook Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thebrooktavern.com
  • Phone: (518) 871-1473
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday through Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m
    Sunday 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Longton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nelson Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available on north and south sides of Union Avenue and alternate sides of Nelson Avenue.
A word from The Brook Tavern
The owners of one of the region's most popular restaurants, The Wishing Well, serves innovative American fare in a historic Saratoga Springs neighborhood. The Brook Tavern features fresh oysters, innovative salads, locally sourced ground beef and an array of artisan spirits and award winning wines.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Ideal location, price friendly, wonderful food, great service. Will certainly return."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were attending a concert at the Performing Arts Center .. The waitress was terrific as was her service . Far from the crowds on the main streets and a quick ride to the SPAC. Only regret was we weren't able to stay longer .. Very comfortable atmosphere and good food !!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Good, enjoyable, will go back to this neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "First time for us and we went with the burgers. They were just ok as the apps, sliced fried pickles and the hummus, were our highlights. Overall the place was a little pricey too with $14 burgers that were ok and $6 drafts. I liked the feel of the joint and we'll give it another shot some other time."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "2 of us were vegetarian and the others like vegetables. Vegetarians had almost nothing to choose from. Most kale salads are at least massaged kale, not raw. Menu should have said so. Will never be back"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food is always spot on and service is friendly and impeccable. The dining rooms buzz with activity but not enough to impair conversation at the table. Wine list is reasonable and fair in pricing. Overall the Brook Tavern is a terrific value and consistently good. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We have been twice and had a great experience both times."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food was delicious, waitress was attentive but the kitchen couldn't keep up with demand. We waited almost 45 minutes after we finished our appetizers for our main courses to arrive. It would have helped if the restaurant served a bread basket and also explained that our entrees were delayed. Other than that it seems like a keeper. Will definitely go on a non-graduation evening to try it again. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "En route to the Adirondacks from New York City, we made a quick open table reservation, not know on what we'd find. We were lucky to get a last-minute reservation. The restaurant was pretty full, and I can see why- good food, good atmosphere, and friendly staff. If I'm ever in Saratoga Springs and don't want fried chicken, I'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food was great, service was awesome. Really enjoyed the entire evening!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "This past Monday, I booked a table for 7PM by myself. I have always enjoyed dining here since the new management team took over although it can get loud during the height of the racing season. On this night, they had two guitar players playing in the bar area which was extremely loud and unappealing. I stayed for dinner which was very good, but if I walk in again and there is music blaring in the bar, I will pass and suggest that you do as well."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We chose The Brook Tavern for our group of five adults and one babe-in-high chair. We had dinner a bit earlier than usual, so that the baby wouldn't perturb serious Saturday night diners. The staff was lovely to us and attentive, even though the restaurant was filling up fast. My husband's burger was cooked to order, my artichoke appetizer, served in a lemon-y broth was out of this world! Others had the crab cake, reported to be excellent, too. A large kale salad and Blue Point oysters were enjoyed by our companions - all delicious. I suppose some diners looking for a quiet or romantic dinner, might not choose The Brook on the Saturday before Mother's Day, it was a perfect spot for our needs. Reliably well-prepared food! Super staff."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The Brook Tavern is a hidden gem on Union Ave. in Saratoga, it's away from all that is going on downtown. Wonderful staff and excellent food, from a burger to rack of lamb. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "First visit to this restaurant. Enjoyed it very much, menu was interesting, service was very good, food was excellent. Will definitely return. I have always loved the bar at this location and it is still resembles the old Spring Water bar... which is a good thing."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great first visit, during restaurant week. The food was great, the staff and service was extremely friendly and accomodating."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Don't miss this neighborhood tavern. Food is amazing. Recommend the wings and Brussels sprouts but everything is amazing."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Took mom and a friend for dinner here the other night when I stopped by Saratoga to visit. Between us, we had a few orders of ribs from the small plate menu, a beet salad, and a burger. All were hits, and the staff was welcoming and on top of everything."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We were looking for a Saratoga spot for a last minute Valentines Day dinner out. I stumbled upon Brooks Tavern while searching restaurants. We arrived on time and were seated within a minute. We loved the neighborhood location, the warmth and coziness inside. The bar stocked what we were looking for. The food was excellent and the staff were there to please. Very attentive to every request and in no rush to push us out the door. We liked it so much we returned the next night on our way to Greenwich for their neighborhood menu. Spaghetti and meatballs were excellent. We ran into the cook on our way out to the car and he asked if we were pleased with the food. Excellent all around! We will be back with friends."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The service was very good. Even though we requested a corner table, it was still quite difficult to hear each other from the surrounding noise. The food was okay. I ordered ahi tuna and it was a bit spicy and very cold in the center. I usually have it served slightly warm or room temperature. Although many of the recipes were different and appealing, to us they just didn't taste that great despite all the very good reviews."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Between the appetizers, specials, main plates - there is something for everyone. A fun place - we asked for and were seated at a table where we could hear ourselves talk - place can get noisy - but it's people having fun!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had a 5:45 reservation. Arrived late--close to 6:00--due to snow, difficulties of off-street parking, and taking good care of my own customers. Told by our waitress that they had a reservation immediately following, and our reservation was for 5:30. Thought she misspoke. Was not offended by her statement, would not have been offended if we were told they could not seat us. Knowing we were late we were prepared to forego appetizer and dessert. Unfortunately, our $100 meal was served fast-food style. Three bites of salad and our meal was on the table. In at 6:00 pm, out at 6:35. Can't imagine we would have been out at 6:35 if we had arrived at 5:45. The food was delicious, although not abundant, but the service left a bad taste in our mouth."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have been seated at the same table for the last 3 visits. For some reason the chairs in this lower section are without padding and I find very uncomfortable. If it isn't crowded you can swap out for a chair on the upper level that has padding. Also the seats/bistro tables in the bar area are very low and uncomfortable. Otherwise the food is good and the staff is very pleasant and attentive but again it gets extremely loud when they have a crowd. I found myself blocking my ears a couple of times and not able to carry on a conversation . The lower front section may just be a bad area to sit."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I ate at the Brook Tavern this week. We had a great time all around. The bar is very welcoming and had good beer and wine choices, including wine on tap. We were then seated in a comfortable booth overlooking Union Ave in Saratoga. Very comfortable place - see their web site for pics, My wife and I like to order small plates so we can get lots of different tastes. We had the half salads - plenty big and good priced - as well as mussels, crab cakes and spare ribs. All were delicious. We are already making plans to return - probably on a Thursday when they have $1 oysters and sliders (except during track season). Note of warning - this restaurant is across from the flat track. I know it gets crazy there during July and August."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "This intimate restaurant doesn't make the mistake of trying to do to much and the result is perfect. The menu is not over-extensive, but covers all the important bases. The food is spectacular. The "small plates" and "larger plates" section makes sure that everyone at the table can find what they want on the menu without having pages and pages of options available. As a result, the kitchen is quick and you don't end up waiting for your meal. We chose something off the starters, small plates and big plates menu and all were really quite good. Tuna tacos were fresh and flavorful and NY strip was prepared exactly as ordered. A great vibe and wonderful service. We will certainly be back."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We have been going since they opened and have always had really great food and service. We even take our 5 year old granddaughter and instead of shoving us in a corner away from other tables like some restaurants do, they welcome us with smiles and stop by often to talk to her. This place is a winner!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Finally, a great restaurant in the right spot! Always leave satiated and content. Great service, excellent food."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Last minute New Year's Eve reservation turned out perfect. Cocktail at the bar during Happy Hour (4-6pm), then sat down to a wonderful meal of swordfish & ahi tuna. Service was prompt and friendly. The warm and cozy atmosphere of the Brook Tavern, good food and great service is why we keep going back."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We went on New Year's eve and that is usually a tough time for all restaurants. Since we dined early (before 6pm) we were served very quickly. The food was great tasting and eye appealing. The major draw back here is parking."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food was excellent, although the sautéed vegetables were not very warm, but the salmon on top was piping hot. There was a guitarist in the restaurant who was great and was quiet enough for us to have an unencumbered conversation. Very tasty food. Other members of our group loved the chicken pot pie and fried Brussels sprouts . We had a great time!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Salmon entree was awesome for this year's restaurant week! Always have a great time at the Brook Tavern and food is delicious."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "The noise level was too high for conversation. A musician in the bar had the sound level so high that it made conversation in the dining room fairly difficult. The service was fine. The food, chicken pot pie, was ok but not what was advertised in the menu. It was fairly spicy and was dry and contained corn. Not a usual ingredient in chicken pot pie. The bar area is such a nice spot. Is seems that it has been difficult to find an owner that can make the location work since it was the Springwater Bistro."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "A gem in the neighborhood. Wish the new owners much success."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Great service, friendly atmosphere, good food, good location, outdoor tables available in season, Limited parking, menu is a bit confusing - snacks are appetizers, small plates aren't that small, Overall a good place to go."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "This was a perfect kickoff for our night out dancing! The cocktails were delicious and the Brook salad was stunning. Our server, Jessica, was a sweetheart and so was our hostess. You were the first stop on a glorious night out and you set the tone for the night! Thanks for such a terrific time! The Bombay Girls"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The kitchen was too slow. The restaurant was not crowded but yet we waited 60 mins for our entree!"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Excellent options for gluten free sensitive people. I always have to make this a priority when choosing a restaurant. There were many options. I had the Ahi tuna. It was excellent! I would highly recommend for GF people. I stumbled upon it looking for a restaurant in Saratoga (where I love to eat) and was looking for someplace new to try. I did make a reservation on a Monday night , not thinking I would really need one, and the place was hopping. Only downside to this location is the parking. We did have to park a little bit away and walk it."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Excellent food, good service, comfortable atmosphere. On the noisy side."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Professional demeanor, caring attitude. Full house but no one rushed anything. Enjoyable visit."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I thought the food was fantastic and so did everyone else at our table. It's a nice atmosphere. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "The menu is fun, eclectic and there is something for everyone whether you have a sophisticated palate or are seeking comfort food! On my most recent visit our table of four had ribs for an appetizer...tender, meaty and spicy...followed by a variety of selections ranging from crab cakes (small plates), brussel sprouts (snack menu), fish and chips (full plates) to spaghetti and meatballs (nightly special). We all loved our meals. The service is excellent. From the moment you walk in the door until your departure, you feel welcome and comfortable. I would recommend the Brook Tavern to anyone going out to eat...whether you are seeking a light meal or a full blown dining experience...it's all there."
    Dined on 10/6/2013