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About Barrel House American Bar
Barrel House American Bar, located in historic Ellis Square, in the heart of downtown Beverly, is a neighborhood bistro specializing in American and French regional cuisine. Our Depression era building features a bustling dining room, with an authentic tin ceiling, reclaimed wood floor, period lighting, and tufted banquette, providing a warm and comfortable space for an evening out. Casual diners and larger parties may enjoy our spacious family table and the friendly shared experience it provides. Or if you prefer, cozy up to our beautiful cast pewter bar for a classic cocktail or craft beer. At Barrel House American Bar, we believe in serving an outstanding home-made product in a sustainable and responsible way, while helping the local economy by buying from local producers.
Beverly, MA 01915
American, French, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday Bar opens at 4, kitchen 5-10
Friday and Saturday, bar opens at 4, kitchen 5-10, late night 10-11
Sunday bar opens at 4, kitchen 5-10
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For information on special events please visit our website at www.barrelhousebeverly.com
Barrel House American Bar Ratings and Reviews
We have been going to Barrel House since it opened, and have always really enjoyed the service, food, and drinks there. It was basically our go-to date night spot, and used to be a pretty vibrant scene and a challenge to get a table on short notice, however the past few times we've visited the restaurant felt oddly empty and we were able to reserve on open table just a few hours before arriving.
Sadly, I'm not surprised. Our recent visits have been less than stellar - entrees served cold twice, burgers prepared in a way very different than ordered another time, servers not knowing where the meat was sourced (free range, grass fed, etc.), and with the prices being on the higher end for the area, we will probably be trying other restaurants before returning.
The Cheese Plate was terrific. Our Hangar Steak entrees were supposed to be served on potato puree so we chose the Delicato Squash as another accompaniment. Unfortunately, the steaks came with nothing else on the plate (a bit meager for the price). We were nearly done with dinner by the time some Potato Puree arrived. Not the best first impression.
Went for dinner on Sunday after watching a movie at the Cabot. Great old building. Big long bar height table in middle, which I am not in to. We sat at a table for 2 along the wall. They were out of 3 regular menu items. Menu is somewhat limited- if you want meat, be prepared to pay $$$$. We ended up sharing 3 appetizers (grilled broccoli, charcuterie, and broccolini with burrata). They were all good.
A North Shore gem! The cocktails are expertly mixed, apps are delicious and shareable, the menu is well rounded & desserts are amazing! Every time we've been, the service has been on point - easily one of my top favorite restaurants!
Note: the ambiance is joyful and loud. It's fun and everyone here is enjoying themselves, if you want a quiet hole-in-the-wall, go somewhere else. The family style mid table is GREAT way to meet your neighbors and see what plates look like while you are making up your mind to order!
Tickets to see Shawn Colvin in Boston at the City Winery were shifted to the Cabot. I selected Barrel House based on reviews and was not disappointed. We had an early 5:30Rez. Our waitperson was very knowledgeable about the wine and beer list and the food menu. Our chicken dishes were delicious.and a good size. Service was very prompt. As we left the venue started to fill up so it looks like a popular choice.
Love going here. No TV screens crowding the ambiance and distracting the conversation! It's fun to sit in the middle island sometimes, with other patrons at the table; more communal feeling if you don't mind the close quarters. Wait staff have always been professional and friendly and the decor is simple but classy.
I'm explaining why i gave a low score on service and overall experience. We had reservations for 6:30 pm saturday night. We had an hour and half before the show. We ordered drinks as some as we got in. We put in our order at the same time as our oyster order and our appetizers came and went it was about 30 minutes between. then the Manager had to deliver our meals. I don't know who dropped the ball but something was amiss. The restaurant was almost empty when we received our meals. Also their menu seems more drink focused than food.
Very expensive, small portions, underseasoned food. I wanted to love it here, but was very disappointed. Although the oysters were expensive at $3 each, my boyfriend loved them and our server was wonderful, but fish was oversalted with very little in the way of sides and my steak was bland and cold and I couldn't cut it with the dull steak knife. Little rum shake at the end of the meal to celebrate my boyfriend's bday was a nice touch, but not enough to make up for the rest. : (
The food was delicious and the cocktails were amazing, very creative and tasty! We had a great time and our server was terrific. The only downside was the cost, a bit higher than we thought it would be, but overall great place for dinner, especially before a show at The Cabot Theater which is within walking distance.
We had a large group for a pre-theater dinner on Saturday night and although it was a bit slower than we would have liked, we thoroughly enjoyed our unique cocktails, wine and our meals (most of us got the burger and were not disappointed!). If you have NSMT tickets, and a party over 5, give yourselves at least two hours because it is a popular place and they can be a bit a slow. It's worth the wait!
Barrel House is a great place to enjoy drinks with friends. They have an extensive beer/wine/handcrafted cocktail list, lively bar and atmosphere. On the other hand, the noise level is quite high - we could not hear each other or the waitress because of the background noise. The food prices are quite high and the choices somewhat limited. We decided to order a variety of appetizers rather than full dinners. Everything was good, but not quite memorable. Service was excellent, we were promptly seated and attendend to by the wait staff. It didn't knock our socks off, but I think it woud be an excellent choice for people looking more for good drinks.
As always the front of house staff and bartenders were amazing. The turnover of the kitchen staff is more than evident. I stared at the menu is disbelief that it was completely turned upside down. The appetizer menu used to be amazing! Now it's just another over priced bland menu like its sister restaurant soma. But new staff means new flavors and possibly new favorites. So I tried to keep an open mind. That aside, it's the attention to details that made me miss the old kitchen staff the most. Started with the bread. The butter is just regular butter now rather than their in house one. The steak in the steak frites was just starting to turn. The French fries that were touted as being better cause they were hand cut, we're dry. And the sauce that was eloquently stated on the menu....its just a sweet BBQ sauce.
I booked my 10pm reservation for apps and cocktails at 9:40p, I arrived on time and I've never felt so unwanted at a restaurant! Although barely hanging on to being friendly, the bartender couldn't wait to get us out of there...closing is closing, I get it but WOW - he was on the cusp of rude. If 10pm is too late to have apps and cocktails don't allow people to book that late. I've been before and will go back - maybe. There are so many other wonderful hang-outs in town..
Barrel House was a neighborhood gem. About three months or so ago they lost their executive chef or fired him or something. The replacement chef... too much salt in almost everything. The burger used to be the best in Boston but has lost the sauce and homemade pickles on top, and has become ehhhhh. Just another ok but not great burger. The bread was brought in house and has been awesome. The steak frites used to have an amazing sauce, that went away. Instead there is an uninspired pesto type topping. And too much salt.
I'm writing this because my trip this last week on Thursday 22 June was a definite miss. The steak frites came out rare (ordered medium well, usually that comes out medium). The meat had that just-turned slimy flavor where you can just taste that the meat has gone bad. I sent it back and asked that it be cooked to medium well, and when it came back, the turned flavor was more distinct. I told the server that the meat had turned, and he and Barrel House were very good about trying to make it right, and took it completely off the bill. The French fries were good before the original chef left. They got amazing briefly under the new chef and then this last batch was a complete disappointment - dry frozen tasting and just bad. My wife and I split a baked potato - dry, flavorless, again just not caring for the ingredients. Barrel House is not cheap - we usually spend $60 to $90 for two of us - and at present the food is just not working. I hope they figure this good thing out. We love the place, and we'll try it again in four or five weeks hoping it improves.
In the past the Barrel House has been one of our favorite places to eat. We were so disappointed recently when we went and all of our favorite plates have been replaced.
Obviously one of our favorites was the brie fondue which is no longer there, but the rest of our meal was disappointing. We ordered the burger which we hoped has the same delicious pickled relish and French fries, it didn't. The burger was plain and the fries were cold and soggy.
I understand that there is a new head chef and everyone wants to make something their own but keeping a few crowd favorites may have made the transition a little easier.
We won't be returning to the Barrel House but we wish the new staff the best on their endeavors.
This excellent venue was perfect for a pre theater dinner. It is just steps from the Cabot Theater. Our service, from Darianne (sp?) was terrific. The food was top notch as well. 12 oz sirloin cooked perfectly and very tasty. Seared tuna well received. Steak frites good but pedestrian. Two of the three shrimp cocktail fresh , one a bit droopy. Crab dip appetizer with homemade fries outstanding and roasted broccoli side dish very good. Two of us would have jumped all over the special offering which was a lamb dinner for four, but, unfortunately the other two folks are not lamb eaters. Kudos to the chef ,though, for the "outside the box" thinking. Ambiance excellent, especially the long , large communal table in the center of the room.
Turns out open table double booked?? Us at 615 and someone else at 630. I got a call around 2 saying that I had to give up my table for 2 and move 2 a high top at the window next to a young couple with a toddler. It really just wasn't what we were looking for so we just got up and left. The long and short is..im sure the food is great, our waiter seemed very nice, it just wasn't how we wanted to spend our one night out together.
Unfortunately, we had a poor experience at Barrel House ( our 2nd visit). We made a trip down for a special event at our children's college and had hoped to have a great meal with them afterward. We had a reservation and were seated at the table right next to the bathroom hallway. This resulted in hearing the flushing of toilets all throughout dinner and a steady stream of people lined up to use the bathroom next to our table.( I realize this may be unavoidable but perhaps there may be some way to diminish patrons sitting at this table from having to be exposed to this?) Our waitress was sarcastic and short with us. When asked about cocktails, ( we didn't initially see that they were part of the menu)...her reply was "THEY'RE RIGHT THERE! ON YOUR MENU!" in a very snippy tone that caused the three of us to look up from our menus at each other in disbelief. She also neglected to share with us any of the evenings specials. We heard her telling the specials to the table next to ours so we inquired about this to another staff member. We were then told the specials by someone and we changed our order. This change caused us to have to wait for our dinner items for almost a full hour! I had to drive back to N.H. so it made for a very late evening and a tiring drive back. We were also not told that one of the specials ( Tomahawk steak) was served a la carte so when it arrived to the table it was simply a piece of beef, no sides, no garnish even! Although this steak was very delicious and perfectly cooked, we wished we had known it was served a la carte as my son would have ordered a side. With few options in the Beverly area, we are sad to have to cross Barrel House off our list for future visits.
Terrific cocktails and chow! I come to the Beverly area for one weekend a year for work, and Barrel House is on the must-do list for dinner. The fondue is an tasty appetizer that's a good value with all it's accoutrements like pork belly and green apple slices. I had perfectly cooked duck with root vegetable hash as an entree. The expertly concocted craft cocktails are a delicious bonus. I give Barrel House a very high recommendation.
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