About Bentwood Tavern

Chef Jenny Drilon's sophisticated spin on pub fare, responsibly sourced and beautifully prepared. A warm, friendly gathering place featuring eight Michigan craft beers on tap, a curated wine list, and a waterfront view.

Join us for dinner daily, lunch Friday-Sunday, and weekend brunch. Outdoor dining available whenever weather permits.

600 West Water Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 12-10pm
Saturday-Sunday 9am - 10pm

Times are EST

Cross Street:
Berrien

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(269) 469-1699

Website:
http://www.bentwoodtavern.com/

Parking Details:
Easy on street and lot parking is free and close to the entrance. For boat parking, please call Oselka Marina at 269.469.2600 or City of New Buffalo marina at 269.469.1500.

Executive Chef:
Jenny Drilon

Private Party Facilities:
Stylish event spaces with high ceilings and windows accommodate as many as 120 or as few as ten.

Private Party Contact:
Alison VonEhr: (269) 469-2027 ext. 407

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bentwood Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.5

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4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (25)
Local Ingredients (22)
Casual (22)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for a Date (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Fun (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
People Watching (12)
Seasonal (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Kid-friendly (11)
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Hot Spot (11)
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Business Meals (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

We are local regulars in for "sushi night" Always love Bentwood, and are happy to see the house made potato chips and onion dip back on the regular menu.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Notable Wine List, Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a wonderful time food was delicious. Creative entries, kind and attentive staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The location of Bentwood Tavern is beautifully located on the docks of Lake Michigan, which provides a great view from inside the restaurant. The appetizer and entree menu is unique in options, but also has some everyday go-to's to accommodate every palate. The amount of food on the plate is perfect; not too much, not too little. The Bangkok Chicken and cucumber salad was amazing! Great atomsphere for a group of 10 or less. Wine, beer and cocktail menu had great options as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always great choice for consistent quality in service and food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In the heart of Harbor Country.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Consistently one of the best restaurants in the area.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food, but much too noisy. Next time we will try for off peak hours.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were delayed and arriving later than our reservation so I called Bentwood to let them know. The hostess couldn't have been kinder or more accommodating and changed our reservation by 30 minutes. Our waiter was wonderful, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. We love so many things on the menu that it's always difficult to choose. We sometimes go with favorites, or we venture out to try new menu items. Either way, it's a win! I took a moment when we were leaving to let the manager know what a great job the hostess did in accommodating our late arrival. The staff did an outstanding job and we had a wonderful evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always wonderful! The food is delicious and the staff is friendly.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We love the Bentwood Tavern. The food is consistently good as is the service. It’s a great location- near our hotel. An excellent evening - don’t skip dessert!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Nothing special. We ate mostly off of the taco special menu. I've had better tacos at chains. Great location though.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great as always - a must visit every time we are in New Buffalo

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our server, Kathleen, and the entire cast of cooks and support folks took great care of us. The Sea Bass was perfect and very tasty. The pizza was delicious Saturday evening and again for Sunday breakfast. Thanks!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food is always very nice at Bentwood!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Food was really first class and plentiful. Our server Kathleen made really good recommendations,including other things to do in the area. Would refer friends.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Good food, great service! I love meeting friends here for lunch

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Casual, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Made reservations here after spending the day on the very nice New Buffalo Beach. The decor leading up to the entrance of the Tavern was modern retro, the decor inside the Tavern just seems retro and in need of updating, new colors and overall a different vibe. We were seated right away even though we arrived earlier than our reserved time. My wife had the fish and chips and I had the Bangkok chicken. The Bangkok chicken was very very good. I likes everything about the dish, ESPECIALLY the cucumber salad! It is the best I have ever had. The fish and chips were also very good with the exception of the coleslaw, it was horrendous. Without exception, the worst I have ever had. I am hoping it was just a bad batch. It also seemed the menu was limited and expanding the choices would have huge benefits. Our server, Kathleen, was very very good. Especially near the end of the meal when I sat my lemonade down and bumped my water glass which exploded like it had been hit by a hammer. The first words out of her mouth was to ask if we were alright and to make sure neither of us had been hit by flying glass. Will we return? Yes, for the Cucumber salad.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great food and great service. Two of us had the steak and two had the fish 'n chips. Vastly different dishes but both excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Seasonal, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 17, 2017

it took 15 minutes to get a glass of water and they weren't busy.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a wonderful lunch at the Bentwood. We asked the waitress to stretch out each course and she delivered. We were not rushed to leave. We're looking forward to coming back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We love Bentwood!! Outdoor dining is incredible on the waterfront. We are always pleased with our food, and keep coming back again and again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We have a weekend home in New Buffalo, and use OpenTable to plan ahead and make reservations.
Unfortunately, the past two times, we have had mishaps using it at Bentwood.
Last time, we received a notification that we missed our reservation. We had to respond with a copy of our receipt for the evenings meal.
Last night, we showed up at the reservation time, only to be told that they had no record of the reservation.
We were able to pull it up on our IPhone to prove that we in fact had a reservation.
After some conversation, they did accommodate us.
I would suggest that if you make

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great food! Great Drinks! Love this place and will be back again!

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 (México)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Server was attentive at the wrong times. Nowhere to be found for a refill, but shows up 30 seconds after dropping off menus for an order, then the same amount of time after food delivery to ask if everything tastes good.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Food was creative and nicely prepared. Noise level inside is bad and I, who am not hard of hearing had a difficult time.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We love Bentwood! One of our favorite spots for sure. Creative cuisine and the service outstanding. We enjoy eating outside on the water when the weather allows. And you can't beat sea bass weekend! I also love their brunch menu!

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Eating al fresco at the Marina is always fun and the food is always great!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fun, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Exceptional as always! Love the service and the food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Fantastic food and great overall atmosphere!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised from initial cocktails right thru dessert. Service was great, prompt and the food was delicious. Try the skuna salmon or swordfish, both very very good.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great meal as always. Introduced Chicago friends to Bentwood and they loved it! Olivia provided wonderful service.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Organic, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

We absolutely LOVE going to Bentwood!!
The foos is phenomenal and you can't beat the waterfront views!! So far we have been here a couple times & have not been disappointed. Highly recommend reservations. The only downside I would have to say is the noise level sometimes because it is a smaller place. Well worth the drive. They also have a joint hotel as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

A group of six of us dined at Bentwood to celebrate my sister's bachelorette weekend. The staff was friendly and accommodating, and the food/drinks were tasty! We had a great time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 21, 2017

There were seven of us for dinner service is excellent food was delicious we had to skate which was great and the Mexican corn for appetizer we absolutely loved.and as always the Bangkok chicken was superb

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Olivia, our server, was attentive and very pleasant. Sitting outside was enjoyable!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Nice, relaxing atmosphere. Service was excellent and the food was great. We dined outside, under an umbrella and enjoyed the view of the marina.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our server had a lot of tables that were seated within a half hour but this did not deter her from checking on us and providing a detailed explanation of the specials. Our orders came out as expected and were very hot - as well as delicious. The dining room was loud but at our small table our conversation was easy to overcome it. Overall it was a good value for what we ordered.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Saturday night dinner to celebrate our wedding Anniversary. It is an hour drive for us. But, we sure enjoyed.

Service was very good. Wine list was way above average, better then some in Chicago. Food was very good.

Only downfall was a bachelorette party in the dining room. So, an already active space, sound-wise, was fairly loud. We walked around the docks and the near silence was a marked difference.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great restaurant -- wonderful outdoor patio -- indoors nice, too. Food and ambience are great for special occasion or just a nice dinner.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We shared the tuna and avocado crudo appetizer and the flat bread goat cheese, both were delicious. Entrees were great as well. We especially enjoyed the salmon and brick chicken presentations. Sitting outdoors at the marina adds entertainment factor.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The food was average and didn't care for the menus selection. My drink was watered down. The outside patio seating was very nice and beautiful view.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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