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About Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub
Hanover Tavern has witnessed three centuries of history and has served the community as an inn, stagecoach stop, post office and dinner theater. Today, Hanover Tavern stands fully restored, a historic site offering a premier dining experience combined with a high level of cultural and educational value. Hanover Tavern Restaurant and Pub offers traditional southern cuisine focusing on local and regional ingredients. Four unique dining areas are available to suit your preferences - the plantation like Veranda, the elegantly rustic Taylor room, and the casual Tavern Pub. Walk-ins are always welcome but reservations are recommended on the weekends. The Barksdale Theatre is featured at the Hanover Tavern offering patrons an evening of dining and entertainment.
Hanover, VA 23069
Hours of Operation:
Closed on Monday & Tuesday
Wednesday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-8pm
Brunch on Saturday and Sunday until 3pm
Route 54 and Route 301
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Mary Catherine Ortolani
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please call (804)510.0212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about Event Rental.
Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I went to Hanover Tavern at the suggestion of a friend and we were very disappointed in the food. He ordered the Rib Eye steak and he said it was tough and had on flavor. I had the sea bass and it did not have any flavor. The cost of the meal and quality was not equal.
It had been a while since we were at the tavern and we were pleased that the upstairs was open.
Appetizers are large, so plan to leave some on the plate if you want to enjoy your entree.
We both had the same entree and it was excellent.
Service was exactly right. Attentive but no hovering.
The Hanover Tavern is a great little spot in an awesome historic building. We've been for both dinner and brunch. In our experience, brunch is slightly more consistent than dinner in terms of quality of food, but the options are great for both. Reservations are recommended.
The Mother's Day Brunch looked appealing online but we didn't realize we would be seated in the "new" non-historic event venue. It was a buffet and table service was very slow. Food was mediocre. Omelet station ran out of eggs at one point. Our party of 7 had auto gratuity added and they also asked for more. I hope the main tavern is a better experience. Seemed like they were capitalizing on Mother's Day diners to make extra $.
We had a wonderful experience on Mother's Day! The venue is so nice and relaxing. It was quiet so we could hear each other talk and were easily about to converse among our table of 6. The food was good, but the shrimp and grits didn't have any shrimp. The omlet bar was fantastic and the chef was nice enough to whip up some fresh salsa for me upon request. We would happily schedule an event here in the future.
Very nice place with historic significance! The menu was great, but would have preferred a few more casual options for the adolescence. We missed the crab cake sandwich and burger. Fried Green Tomatoes were a nice beginning. Fried oysters presented texture issues for some in the group, but smoke flavor was good. Shrimp & Grits and Sea Bass were a delight.
I have been for brunch and loved it --- this time we came for dinner then the theater show, and it was NOT A GOOD EXPERIENCE. The waitstaff was wonderful, down to earth and very attentive. However, the fellow diners had ridiculous expectations, causing the small wait staff to literally run back and forth to the kitchen, --- I got a very obvious rude look from some older ladies for having the gall to sit at the table the hostess brought us to, a table too close to them apparently. My husband was so angry at the really rude behavior of those two old ladies toward me, we can't help the fact that the tables are close together -- and we still moved the table away from them without anyone asking, just to be kind, but still got the "you aren't good enough to eat here look" from the old ladies. Then their conversation was bad mouthing their own children and talking about which grandchildren didn't get to do things because their parents didn't have enough money. Yeah, that made me lose my appetite -- those poor in spirit ladies that put money over love -- just sad, sad, sad. So unless you are both rude and wealthy, be prepared for some "you don't belong here" looks. The food was okay to good, not spectacular (theater menu is limited and no substitutions) -- that said, I liked their bread and the pumpkin polenta and beets a lot - and the chicken was cooked perfectly, just not a lot of seasonings. Loved the theater, but due to the vibe from the dinner crowd, I will not ever return.
I love the brunch menu for both the breakfast and lunch options. The pumpkin fritters were great. I loved that the salads have REAL greens with fruit and goat cheese or gorgonzola -- and you can add grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon, or a crabcake to make it a meal. I had the oranges, spinach and fig goat cheese with the crabcake -- it was the perfect size, not too big (not like you can take a soggy salad home in a box!) but large enough for a lunch meal. The service was very good too. Neat history and very lovely outdoor patio in the back of the building, weather permitting. I plan to go back soon!
Food wasn't hot, even after it was sent back to be reheated. Soup was slopped out of the bowl, all over the serving plate and crackers, very messy. She crab soup was bland, lacking seasoning. Fried oysters were not hot and weren't well prepared. Very cool place though, friendly helpful staff, beautiful restaurant. Just think the food needs work. Or maybe I just hit it on a bad day...
My husband and I decided we would treat my mother-in-law to dinner in celebration of her 91st birthday. We had such an enjoyable evening... the food, the service, and the atmosphere, all great!
We live out of state but we will return whenever we're down that way again.
The food was delicious but the hostess and bartender was not very attentive or pleasant. The bartender especially was not interested in serving us and we were the only 4 people in the bar waiting for our table. We had to ask her each time we needed something, she never offered.
There was only one server and a bus boy on duty the Sunday night we went, so service was a bit slow. The food was good and extremely well-presented. Shrimp and grits and the pork loin were our entrees choices. The Brunswick Stew was hearty. Don't get the crab dip unless you are sharing it--it's a lot.
My wife and I went for their New Year's Eve dinner. We knew there would be a special menu for that night and not their normal menu, yet we were warned twice that we could not order from the regular menu, and that they would only have the New Year's dinner menu available. The first warning was a phone call we received after making the reservations, and the second was at the front desk when we arrived at the Tavern. When we reached our table, the lighting was so bright and harsh that we felt more like we were in a diner than a nice restaurant, and the service reflected that diner atmosphere. When we were handed our menus, the waitress said, “the deal is, you have to order all three courses at the same time, and no substitutions.” A little later, noticing that only one lamp at one table in the room was lit, we asked our waitress if we could have a bulb in the little lamp on our table, hoping to improve the atmosphere a little. She replied they didn't have any bulbs. Our whole meal felt rushed, as though they had to make room for more guests in a room that was more than half empty. This was not the experience we had come to expect on any earlier visits to Hanover Tavern Restaurant and Pub, both for previous New Year’s Eve dinners as well as for a nice night out. This time it was kitchen excellent as usual, service and atmosphere poor.
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