The Brook Tavern
The Brook Tavern

The Brook Tavern

  • 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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Brook Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)vibrant bar scene (30)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (19)special occasion (15)great for outdoor dining (14)hot spot (11)notable wine list (11)romantic (11)late-night find (8)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • A fine dinner ruined by service
    RestaurantMad
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I was so excited to have our family go to Brook Tavern for an early birthday dinner for me. Things started out fine, and continued to be good up to the delivery of our dinner. The waiter was attentive to that point, and a woman - manager or owner maybe - checked in on us twice. We loved our food, plates sat on our tables for too long. We were on the Union Ave side, in a corner, so it was hard to get anyone's attention. The waiter returned at last and quickly ran through desserts. Too quickly, he seemed rushed. We got coffee from another server and the waiter did not return for over 20 minutes in regard to desert. It all kind of went downhill from there, and while never rude, the waiter seemed a bit clueless regarding the meltdown.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming restaurant
    Luvthesea
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We return each year for a conference in town. The Brook Tavern has remained consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Brook Tavern is becoming my favorite restaurant in Saratoga. The food is excellent the Mangement and staff are open and friendly. Its very comfortable and has the feel of a true neighborhood restaurant. After dinner we headed to the bar where we found great conversation and an Excellent bartender. They make you feel like you want to sit and hangout all night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always consist
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    the neighbor place that does it right. Always great service, food and neighborhood specials. Our go to place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual Dining prices, Gourmet Food
    BillyC
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Perfect spot to avoid the local downtown Saratoga Springs traffic. Food is incredible each and every time. Crab cakes are always a favorite, this time we tried the cheese platter which was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd visit
    oatsandhay
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our 2nd visit. The first time we sat outside (as it was racing season) and the restaurant was very busy and noisy. 2nd time was off season and we sat inside on a sat night. It was less noisy, but we still had to speak loudly to each other. Food was good but better the first time. Wait staff was fine and owner is always pleasant. I would still recommend it for a nice evening, but try to sit in a less busy area of the restaurant. For this type of restaurant and price I would suggest the owners do some soundproofing, either on the walls or ceiling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    eneff
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is a gem I was introduced too 1 year ago and have since brought all of my out of state visitors here for a wonderful meal. I have always been impressed and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time
    NewtoBrook
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We reserved a table for 5; none of us had been there, but my daughter had been and recommended it. Everything was excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Brook Tavern, Saratoga Springs
    KleeVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    A real" find" of a place, near Saratoga Springs Race Track. Brook Tavern has a contemporary, yet historic feel to it. The Bar area area is good for drinks after work or get-together's with friends. My Open Table reservation was handled effortlessly. I arrived at their opening time of 4pm for an early dinner and was seated in a comfortable brightly-lit window table. The menu offers are nicely varied. I chose the Beet Salad and requested it be topped with grilled salmon. No problem. It was done "to a turn." Would return to this establishment. They are related to a nearby Bed and Breakfast called The Springwater B&B. I have stayed at the Inn in the past and it too is lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always worth the trip
    Fwilli
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is the 3rd time we have eaten here this summer and we have never been disappointed. Nice variety from small plates to entree specials. Can get a little load but usually not an issue. Can't miss on the crap cakes. Had a great swordfish special this visit. Put it on you list of places to eat in Saratoga.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to celebrate
    Wimpy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went just for happy hour and stayed for dinner. Loved the wine on tap with deep fried pickles - it was well worth a try. The wait staff was so friendly. Two of us were celebrating birthdays so they served our dessert with candles and then surprised the birthday girls with a box of truffles! Very lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good & Not So Good
    PJSonny
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Interesting Menu (perfect) Great staff- efficient & friendly. Quite loud inside, next time, if there is a next time, will sit on the porch. My food was excellent (steak & blue cheese tacos, brussell sprouts). Unfortunately for my companion, (Oysters Rockefeller, Cajun devilled eggs, Itallian meatballs) who uses more salt than I do & likes it, the oysters were extremely salty as if maybe a shaker spilled onto them- that set the tone for the rest of his meal. His eggs were overly salted as well. The meatballs were perfect. We did not complain to anyone, just didn't finish. We had a reservation a month in advance & were disappointed with the outcome.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bar with really fine food.
    oatsandhay
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everything we had was excellent and well prepared. My husband said that the crab cakes were the best he had ever had and he has had them everywhere. During track season beware the overflow from the nearby track, so reservations are in order in summer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for After-Track Dining
    blunc83
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great location and good food! Fun menu with lots of choices for diners. It's nice that they label their GF entrees. Fun bar scene with great music (Bobby Dick) when we were there. Just wish they were open for lunch or brunch!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than expected!
    RobbyleeVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great service. Waitress was excellent; food was good. Fried pickles were recommended & delivered. Who would've thought? Also had the swordfish special; that was very tasty. The spaghetti & meatball special my husband ordered was weak. Sauce was not well seasoned. However overall, it was a very pleasant evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    JIO3
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good food at reasonable prices for this time of year in Saratoga. We were able to get a reservation for 5 about one week in advance. If you're looking for salads, sandwiches, burgers, etc., along with a drink, it is great. They also have a daily special which was good the night we were there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worked out well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went for an early dinner before SPAC and it worked out fine. It was Travers week so everyplace was very busy. Everyone's food was quite good, and the server was very attentive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere, Superb Food
    Mythreesons
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The Brook Tavern is a gem. It provides such a comfortable setting...from the lighting, to the artwork, to the detailed moulding, to the welcoming bar. The staff members are outstanding and truly make you feel at home. The food...superb! The menu features both old favorites and new dishes. There is something for everyone here at very reasonable prices. Whatever the occasion, The Brook Tavern is the spot. Charming, charming place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    When we visit Saratoga we always include a stop to Brook Tavern. The staff are friendly and helpful. The wait staff attentive and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Terrific service and food at a great spot just steps from Saratoga Racecourse
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2girlsand2guys
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a very nice time. Three out of four dinners were fine. The fourth dinner salmon special was a little too cooked (dried). Overall it was a pleasant experience.
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  • Delicious!!!
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great dinner options!! Everything was delish!! Great GF options
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, better out of track season
    Wally
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dinner was good. The track crowd makes it a little loud and the service a little more hurried. The workers are great people. The food is good. I'm a local, so I'll stick to offseason dining there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • . Great Selections!
    SaratogaSummer
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Skillet chocolate desert was a special find. Martini is super!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Experience...
    SaratogaEating24
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our waitress was a sweet girl, with a calming way about her, providing great service. Portion size was shocking, meaning not impressive, a long with presentation. A little balsamic drizzle can make a much better impact on the customer. Things to think about and reconsider.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for after the races
    DoubleEspresso
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our party of eight has dined here each of the last two years. We like the convenient location, the variety on the menu, the reasonable pricing and the friendliness of the servers. Four very different couples all agree we do not need to seek out anywhere else in Saratoga Springs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to get last minute
    Ajh714VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were able to get a reservation the day before a day at the tracks. Food was good, service was better. Cookie skillet for dessert was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saratoga 2014
    BNew
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We will be dining here the first Friday of August, for as long as we & our group are able to!! ( and the restaurant will put up with us!!). Great food, menu, service and ambiance. We are fans forever, Bruce & Mara Newell.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brook Tavern is a nice spot.
    luv2eatfood
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The Brook Tavern is a favorite spot for locals during the off season. Dined on Fasig Tipton sales night. Probably not a typical crowd. The hostess has a pleasant personality, the server was less seasoned in service, we waited 35-40 minutes for our food, ate and felt like the server was anxious to turn our table. The tuna tacos and salmon meal was average and below the standard we usually enjoy. Over cooked salmon, brussel sprout appetizer was dry and overcooked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Good Food for Good Price! Brought our daughter there after the track.....kid friendly options that were not overwhelming. All food was nice and fresh!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Second Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our visit was disappointing. The restaurant seemed under-staffed for the volume of business. We had to wait 45 minutes for the crab cake starter. My wife's order of half dozen oysters came quickly, but only with 5 oysters, all of which appeared shriveled and dried out as if they had been shucked a long time before serving. We decided to just pay the check and depart.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Other than the mix up with the restaurant thinking we didn't keep our reservation it was terrific. The food is always very good and there are usually some very nice specials. We made reservations for after THe Whitney and sat on the porch. Service was great. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than Prime
    Dk40204
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great location for an after track dinner. My steak was better than the one I had at Prime the night before. Great Value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just enough after day at the track
    Guinness2
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We spent the day in the backyard at the track and the tapas me or mini plates were just the right thing. The food was good. We would go again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 103 reviews are from the The Brook Tavern reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Was disappointed since we had really enjoyed dining here last winter. Upon visiting Saratoga Springs this summer we were excited to come back to the Tavern. My tuna tartare was not only cool on the inside but overall cold and not very flavorful. What seemed to be leftover homefries were served with it??. Odd combo in my opinion. My husband's chicken parmigiana was less than anything special and again not served hot. The restaurant was not busy this evening so these mishaps could not have been a stressed kitchen. We won't be back again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unimpressive
    jp123
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Menu items look and taste great, but meager portions and subpar service undercut this Saratoga eatery experience. Nice bar with great beer list. Small but appealing outside eating area.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Overall Experience
    scm81
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    First time here on a busy Friday night. Staff was very attentive, friendly, and prompt. The menu has a lot of options for all types of appetites, including small plates, daily dinner specials, and extensive offerings including fish, chicken, beef, pork, and vegetarian, to choose from. Wonderful beers on tap, and great bourbon selection. Our party had chicken, burgers, and tacos which were all tasty. This is a bustling place during track season, so if you're looking for a quiet dinner, would advise against coming here until the off season. If you enjoy an energetic ambience and are coming with a party of four or more, this is the place to be any evening after the track. Really great social scene, and beautiful bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly surprised !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had a very nice dinner after a day at the track. The service and food were very good. Nice atmosphere too !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    Fwilli
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The Brook Tavern has become one of our Saratoga favorites. Nice range of choices from burgers to special entrees. We have never been disappointed. Service was great . Save room for that special chocolate Cookie desert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super place, close to race track
    NYcitydiner
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Cozy dining booths and an excellent menu featuring a nice selection of smaller dishes, like a small Steak Frites. Good bar, and a few outdoor tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.