The Brunswick Tavern
The Brunswick Tavern

The Brunswick Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.innatbrunswickstation.com/
  • Phone: 2078376565x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am,
    Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 10:00am;
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm,
    Saturday & Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Cunningham
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Music on the patio featuring a range of Jazz, Contemporary Pop, Acoustic guitar, etc. Trivia night is Tuesday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Maine St.
  • Public Transit: Brunswick Station is steps away with services from Amtrak Downeaster, Maine Eastern Railroad (seasonal) and Concord coach lines.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from The Brunswick Tavern
The Brunswick Tavern beckons guests and local residents with its convivial atmosphere, generous beverage menu of wines, regional beers and signature cocktails and an ever-changing dining menu of traditional New England favorites prepared with the freshest local ingredients.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Tavern also offers al fresco dining in season on the adjoining patio and covered porch. And join us for a la carte brunch every Saturday and Sunday.
Chef Kevin Cunningham's menus change frequently to feature the best of Maine's seasons on land and from the sea.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
The Brunswick Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (19)neighborhood gem (14)great for lunch (13)good for groups (10)great for brunch (8)special occasion (7)fit for foodies (5)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)romantic (2)Show More
  • Casual attire + comfort food
    URGormandVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A pre-theater delight with an appealing menu, daily specials and attentive service. Enjoyable outdoor seating too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wll return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a great evening there with friends- everyone's meal was delicious. I needed a pillow to sit up more at the table and one was readily provided. Nice service, good fun. I/we will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch before Brunswick Theater
    bettyt
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is the second time we have had lunch here before the play! Very enjoyable and just the right timing to get to the play. A little pricey but good for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great birthday gathering brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Trying to find a good venue for a large group (originally 20) for a birthday brunch wasn't easy at first, but then we found this lovely venue. At first they set up for inside (we thought we wanted that) but when we saw the outside dining.... they graciously set up tables for us outside, working with shade and sun requirements. Everyone loved the food and the setting was charming, with a wooden fence and lots of flowers. Oh, and a low key musician playing pleasantly but unobtrusively. Really great brunch menu and all the seafood favorites!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Lobster Roll
    Herk
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    They have THE best lobster roll and had a Gluten Free menu which I needed so that was so nice to see!! My family was just visiting but I highly recommend it and if we're up that way again we will definitely stop in again!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Before theater
    GrazerVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    8 of us met at the tavern before the Maine state music theater. We got seated quickly and got drinks fairly quickly....then we waied and waited for our entrees. The food was good but we had to eat quickly and could not consider dessert even though some of us wanted it. We arrived at 5:30 and the show was at 7:30!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Service good but a little slog long time to get waited on food great. Loved restaurant .
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theater convenience
    URGormandVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Dinner inthe Tavern prior to attending a performance at the Maine State Music Theater is always a delight. Excellent menu selections, outstanding service, and no delays make this our go to restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch
    KaseyVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Their crab cakes are the best! Always have great lunches here. Hope the dinners have improved.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reboot
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Reservation specifically requested a quieter spot and suggested one of the booths. Information did not seem to make it to the staff, others enjoyed our visit as always.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic find!
    bettyt
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We have been going to the Brunswick Theater for years and are always looking for a place for lunch! Terrific location as it is only a short walk to the play. Even though the tavern was very full that day, service was very good and we were able to get to the play on time. Glad I had found out I could make advance reservations!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost 100%
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We were a party of four. We requested a booth but there were none, so they gave us a table that was very quiet and private in its own nook, which was appreciated. All were very happy with their meals with the exception of the crab cake appetizer. The crab cakes were very good but were supposed to be served over greens. This turned out to be two wilted leaves of romaine which was disappointing. Otherwise Brunswick Tavern earns high marks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was pretty bland. Didn't have the green beans that was veggie of that day so just brought us random things. (?). Took steak back twice and never got it right. Finally just comped it. Just not a great experience all the way around.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice spot in Brunswick
    Jeanandrich
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had dinner at the Tavern after going to the Maine State Music Theater. It's a short walk from the theater. The atmosphere is nice, and the service was good, very friendly. The outside patio is large and looked very nice although we chose to dine inside. We had a nice bottle of wine and our dinners were very good. I would recommend this spot for a drink, lunch, or dinner if you are in Brunswick.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Appreciated server's attentiveness to get us to the theater on time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theater delight
    URGormandVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The Tavern menu and excellent wait staff service allowed us to enjoy a hearty meal in less than an hour and leisurely stroll across the way to Bowdoin's Pickard Theater for the evening's MSMT performance .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoy
    CdeB
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We have been here many times and always enjoy it. The food is very good. The prices fair. Wait staff always delightful. Love your breakfasts as well as lunch and dinner....crab cakes excellent... love your eggs benedict.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Farrside
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We have eaten here before but they have changed the menu and the selection was much better. Before it was mostly Pub food and now it is a nice selection of entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    Kimo
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I frequent this restaurant year 'round. There is a nice patio for warm weather dining and a cozy indoor dining room. I especially like the fact that they offer their lunch menu at dinner, too. If you don't want a huge meal or spend a lot of money on a dinner entree, you can get a nice salad, lobster roll, or other sandwich. My go-to place when we have out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 57 reviews are from the The Brunswick Tavern reviews archive.
  • Would not go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Menu looked interesting with a variety of choices. Food was very disappointing for all 6 of us. Service was poor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Come for food, stay for the music
    ooonor
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Lee Sykes, on Thursday nights, is a wonderful addition to the tavern. The food is good, but Lee's music is great. Caesar salad is tossed in the kitchen as it should be, and I had a perfectly-cooked blackened salmon on top, making it a meal. The spinach salad was a hit, too. The coconut shrimp was perfect, and although an appetizer, when combined with the spinach salad was almost too much for a meal. I heard no comments on the chicken salad wrap, and assume it was just OK. My husband's special, short ribs with mashed potatoes was good but not great. Service was friendly, and on a non-music night might have seemed a bit slow, but we were enjoying listening to hits from Gordon Lightfoot, CSNY, and other favorites of ours.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unacceptable
    phils
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We ate here a year or so ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not this time. The food was awful! Two $25 "New York Strip" steak entrees were thin slabs of meat loaded with gristle. A $28 Scallop with lobster risotto entree came with 3 scallops and not even a hint of lobster in the risotto. A $25 "Seafood" stuffed hake entrée couldn't be eaten. The stuffing was mush without a hint of the advertised scallops, shrimp and lobster. A kids chicken finger dinner wasn't eaten by an 8 year old who normally gobbles down chicken fingers. The only decent food brought to the table was a grilled cheese sandwich for a 6 year old. We should have known something was wrong when we were the only diners in the restaurant at 6:30 pm on a Saturday night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Breakfast at the Tavern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was good and plenty. Service was great. There were a few noisy groups (one older crowd and one with two infants) that were annoying. Might be good to separate them from the more normal groups for a more pleasant meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 100% satisfied each visit.
    Dogcatcher73
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We have been to the Tavern a half dozen times or so, and each time we have had an exceptional meal. We have never had a bad or even so-so meal. We know that we will love whatever we order. It's a small area, so it can be somewhat noisy, but the food and service make up for it. You really can't go wrong eating there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, sterile atmosphere
    rich707
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food is really quite good and the service was excellent but atmosphere is surprisingly lacking. Seems more like a sterile cafe; certainly does not seem like a tavern. Not distinctive or warm.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Passing through
    SAMM
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We were passing through Brunswick, looking at colleges with my son. We arrived late and had a 9:15pm reservation on Open Table. It was a very quiet night and I could tell they were remaining open to honor this Open Table Reservation. All other customers were long gone! Thoroughly appreciate their effort, given nothing else was opened and it is conveniently a part of the hotel. I had chicken saltimbocca which was a little dry but fine. My son had a pasta with Alfredo and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for staying open to honor your lone reservation!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good breakfast
    Breakfastfanatic
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We enjoyed breakfast here and it was quite good with several tempting options. I was able to substitute the meat side for fresh fruit which I appreciated. I think they make their own bread and jam...both were quite tasty
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall decent. Small portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Overall decent. Small portions but the food was good. Service was a bit slow but it was a busy valentine's day Friday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine Day Dinner Delight
    URGormandVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The Valentine Day 3 course dinner was outstanding! We began with a splendid Caesar salad, followed by a 14 ounce cut of prime rib done medium rare accompanied with horseradish mashed potatoes and a melody of vegetables. Certainly, the most tender, flavorful beef, prepared to perfection by Chef Kevin. For desert we swooned over lemon cello marzipan cake/blueberry sauce and a flute of champaign! All of this was served by Katherine and Krista, exceptionally attentive, caring and friendly waitstaff. Bottom line: a special day made even more enjoyable by having dined at the Inn's Tavern restaurant . We shall return again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Nice time, but the food was cold. This was not the first time I was disappointed by the food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Soup almost warm, prime rib fatty (waitress never brought dipping sauce), very few potatoes with meal, champagne was brought with desert, and price too high for the quality of the food and service.I never complained as it has to obvious to staff that service and quality was below par, and I still gave a15% tip. You can do better, especially on special occasions like Valentines day.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion
    dineinstyle
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    This was our first visit to the Tavern. The ambiance was great but a bit chilly. We were told that the a/c had come on but would turn off soon. I would have preferred a side table rather than in the middle of the room. The scallops and lobster risotto was delicious and they prepared it to meet my food restriction. My husband's steak was equally good. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood find
    Folkwriter
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    While The Inn at Brunswick Station has been around for a while, this was my first visit there. I came with 3 friends to enjoy a nice lunch and the lunch was more than nice...it was great. The Tavern has a wonderful, laid back ambience in a nicely appointed room. All entrees were fresh and original, down to the in house made potato chips. I loved it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The food is standard as best, Bland and unremarkable. Disorganized, noisy with a large party in the next room separated by a half wall. Wait staff was trying hard to make it a good experience. The four in the party all agreed we will not go back. The only thing they have going for themselves in their location across from Bowdoin college.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Critique of OpenTable
    pers0n
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    The restaurant was very good, but the online reservation service didn't work. We arrived with our printed reservation in hand and the restaurant had no record of it. Fortunately, they were not too busy and were able to seat us. It is clear that Open Table received the reservation or I would not have received this survey of our experience there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hopefully a bad one-off experience
    ItaliTrini
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We both loved the look/feel of this place. Also, the initial server contact was very good but soon trailed off. Admittedly, neither of us ordered full meals but what we did order was average, particularly for the prices (which were above average). My short ribs were served barely warm and my wife's mussels were served without bread (it should have come with bread). Also, we are not big eaters but the number of mussels was light, relative to other restuarants. By the time we caught a server about the bread (not our own), she was finished and her meal was cold. The server came back without an apology and we only saw her again when she followed up about the check. She was very nice, just not attentive, fyi.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greet atmosphere and food..
    boxtoplady
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Had a fun night. The tavern was busy and alive and we sat at a high top table which was great in the bar area. Although there was a table of 20 in next areA the noise was fine food was really good, especially the seafood. Only issue was our server ..major attitude and no personality for such a lively atmosphere. Jess had attitude and never smiled. When asked what she liked she rolled her eyes and said lots of things...and that's it!! Apparently didn't take waitressing 101. We decided to have coffee and dessert at the bar which was great and James was awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    We really enjoyed this restaurant especially Randy Lindsey who provided live acoustic guitar/vocal entertainment! We sang along and had a great time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acoustic guitar/vocal with brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    Randy Lindsey performance was great! My first time at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "eh"
    TheHaqMan
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The fish and chips were terrible. There was practically no fish inside the over fried breading. The nutty irishman drink was very good though. Another meal at our table was served with cold mashed potatoes. The salmon on another meal looked good, and she enjoyed it. The clam chowder was good, but was more of a bacon chowder.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet