Canoe Restaurant and Tavern (Bedford)

4.4
300 reviews
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$30 and under
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Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Mon-Sat @ 11:30 am
Dinner nightly @ 5pm
Tavern Mon- Sat @11:30; Sun@ 3:30pm
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(603) 935-8070
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Business Casual
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 300 People Are Saying
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FA
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary dinner - we were greeted and seated promptly, no wait by 7:30 on this Friday. Sat on patio - much quieter. Great cocktail menu, especially for whiskey drinkers, plus martinis. Had hanger steak - prepared a perfect medium rare and delicious. Wife had what we called comfort food with a side of comfort food - an excellent meat loaf (Kobe beef!) with Mac & cheese. Service could have been marginally more attentive but we were not ignored at all. Will be going back, even though 20 minutes from home.

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FF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Upscale steakhouse, with a varied menu, very good food, execellent service.

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SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the potstickers are worth the 40 minute drive!! I miss the arugula salad but the Waldorf salad was delicious. Our steaks were prepared perfectly. Our server was attentive. There was a Patriots game on and even with a full bar crowd, the noise level did not disturb us. I would recommend Canoe for an exceptional meal.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came here with my mom and husband to celebrate his birthday. She’s been here before and remembered how good it was. We started off with drinks. My mom had the hot and dirty martini which she loved, I had the painkiller, my husband had the blood orange martini. I like sweet drinks and the blood orange was not that sweet so glad I got the painkiller. For appetizers we had the sweet Asian calamari and the mushroom bruschetta. Both very good. For entrees I had the butter lobster roll with house chips. Excellent choice. I’ve been on s lobster roll kick and it hit the spot. My husband had the steak and fries but his steak was over cooked but finished it all. My mom had a salad with tuna. She enjoyed but was on small side which she wanted. We had a complimentary coconut cheesecake since there was a birthday. Very tasty. Never had a coconut cheesecake. Overall love this place. Prices seemed high but will definitely go back again.

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ML
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the lobster roll and we probably should have split the sides of sweet potato fries and brussel sprouts. Everything was very good. This restaurant is very large but does a good job with sound dampening. Pleasant ambience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I’ve been here the service has been excellent and the food outstanding!

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CT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went out w/another couple for a date night out. Had Marjorie as our server and she was AMAZING!!! Very attentive & friendly! She listened to our wants and needs. She was by far one of THE BEST servers we have ever had!!
Menu seemed a little limited but food was good. Drinks were fabulous!

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JK
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Server was great. Unfortunately my Kobe steak was undercooked which dampened the evening. They comped dessert but didn’t leave me with a great impression.

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DM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and very nice place. Food was very good - as always - with some nice choices.

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MW
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely good food. They even put the baseball game on for me when I asked. We also had a very large party and the service was superb. I wish we lived closer! I would visit again!

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AS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The potstickers are amazing and the bread too! We enjoyed tuna, swordfish, and lobster Mac and cheese. Everything was cooked perfectly and delicious! Excellent service too!

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J
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice place that feels a bit like a national chain which is not a positive for me. Service on a pretty slow Monday was attentive and efficient. Need to mention that I choose the Scallops and they were expired. The accompanying Cauliflower risotto was good. The meal was comped so well done on them. I would try a second time when in the area.

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M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Eatliaf, mac a d cheese was good...lobster roll very disappointing.

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R
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food just ok. Meal came out lukewarm. Everything just ok. Would not dine here again though.

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A
New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great lobster roll!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and service. First time there. Will be back for sure.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Waitstaff was great. Food was fair and very expensive for the meal quality and quantity

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t
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The experience as a whole was good. We sat outside because it was so beautiful out. We would highly recommend a redesign of the parking area adjacent to the outside seating area - maybe use the unused parking spots adjacent to the seating area to fill in with some plants and shrubbery. Would make it feel more outdoorsy with the Canoe motif vs. sitting next to people parking their cars.

Meal was good- my steak was requested as medium and half was presented more at medium well, but enjoyed it all the same! Great night out with friends!

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DL
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we have been here a few times, but this time our server who was Dan was very pleasant and this was his first night on floor alone, as he had been in training.

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CG
New England
27 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having been to Canoe before, and having a superior experience, once again the crew at Canoe came through for us with friends who hadn't been before. We all enjoyed our meals and service tremendously, particularly with Kevin's humor as he took good care of us!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only issue we had was the time it took for the food to come out. Everything else was fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Mothers day

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fantastic service!

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went for Mother’s Day brunch. We had to wait outside because they didn’t open on time and then everybody came into the restaurant at once. Not very accommodating with my gluten free requests because if something wasn’t available that is normally gluten free and they didn’t have it, they didn’t even offer a solution or explanation.

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NH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first trip to Canoe and in general, the restaurant is very nice and we would probably go again. We sat next to a large crowd that tended to be a bit too noisy for our taste. However, the waiter was great, checked on us regularly, and was attentive. My dish (braised ribs) was great but my wife's shrimp & grits was a bit spicier than she likes (the sausage part and not the shrimp or the grits). However, I love spicy sausage so I get to eat them for lunch. The one nit (which may not be Canoe's fault) was the reservation time slot. We tend to like to eat around 12:30 pm but was told there were no tables available at that time - so we made reservations for 11:30 am (the only time slot available using OpenTable). However, we noticed that as we left around 1:00 pm (and there was no people waiting) there were a number of tables that had not been occupied since the restaurant opened at 11:30 am. It seemed to me that they could have easily accommodated us at 12 noon or maybe even later.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Graduation.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great. Server was very innattentive and visited other tables over 5 times without checking on us for more than 30 minutes after we had finished our meals. We watched it her tables get their plates cleared, order dessert, get dessert and get their check before we were even visited once. This part of our visit really ruined our experience.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Spilt 1/4 of our bottle of wine and used my napkin to wipe it up.

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LG
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This particular visit proved to be quite disappointing. The restaurant was not busy, service was good. The salmon was plated skin side up, when it was flipped over it was badly burnt on the top and so well-done it was very dry and tasteless. We were told by the on-duty manager that the salmon is always cooked well-done there. No apology was made. We requested it be sent back and cooked pink in the middle, it was returned after my table guest had finished his meal, again burnt to a crisp on top and raw in the middle. No apologies were made, we paid the over priced bill and left with much disappointed.

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PS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food wasn't seasoned before cooking so everything tasted bland except the Calamari which was delicious. Place was a ghost town and always is but we keep trying but this time was probably our last. Just nothing great about this place at all. Won't be surprised if it closes sadly.

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DD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second trip to the Canoe and this was just as good as the first. The martinis are fantastic (mine was the Caramel Apple Cider Martini) and the food was amazing. Rosemary Encrusted Lamp chops perfectly cooked and the sides were awesome (mac and cheese and an friend passed along his lobster tail). The atmosphere is great, the huge fireplace at the center of the restaurant is beautiful and we love this place!

the only ding I would give canoe is that they are a little more pricey than I would expect, but for special occasions, this is a place that has quickly vaulted to the top of my list.

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PB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We picked this from reviews online. Very clean, nicely decorated, outstanding service, some unique menu items and specials such as free lobster tail with some steaks. Reasonably priced, healthy portions. Will dine there again.

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AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have great food and great service when dining at Canoe. One of our local faves!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal and the company!

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated promptly. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. Drinks were brought promptly. Menu options covered a wide range of tastes. Overall, a very nice experience. Will plan to return again.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food... Went there for lunch with family! The homemade potato chips with toppings is something everyone should try! My fish tacos were excellent.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s taken us years to get to this restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. Service was very good, food impeccable presented and delicious, and the ambiance was nice. The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars all around is because service was a little slow due a large and demanding party (and LOUD) party near us. We should have asked to move but we were settled in before we realized how challenging the situation would be for our server.

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L
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good but the service was slow. We waited a long time to get dinner after the appetizers.

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AC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our family came for Easter. It was our first time dining at Canoe.
Food was fantastic, our waitress was a bit inattentive, somewhat quiet.
Definitely looking forward to coming back to try the full menu.

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