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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.

252 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
essex street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(978) 998-4627

Website:
http://www.barrelhousebeverly.com/

Executive Chef:
Daniel Pagano

Additional:
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

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
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Fun (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Business Meals (1)
Cozy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Vegan (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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Quick Bite (1)
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Romantic (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Expensive, noisy, limited menu, especially if you are not a red meat person.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Visiting son at school

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and cocktails! Excellent service

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

It was a totally pleasant experience. It was hard to choose just one meal! Our server was relaxed and pleasant. The food was great as was the wine. I look forward to going back.

Tags: Casual, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Bar Seating, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Fun, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had a great dinner before a show at the Cabot! Our waitress was knowledgeable and made sure we had enough time to order and eat without rushing! Food was great, as were the cocktails!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Unacceptabley poor quality of food compared to how it used to be.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great dinner! Food was delicious. Fun uplifting atmosphere and service was on point.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2017

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. : (

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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!

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Wife and I stopped in for a quick bite after attending a Sunday pm concert. Both ordered a sandwich and beer which were reasonable and delicious. We will definitely return to Barrel House in the future.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that it was so loud in there I couldn't hear myself think. Food was great, service was great, love the atmosphere.

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (München)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Our most recent visit was nothing short of outstanding. Our server, Taylor, was excellent. The food was perfect, and the cocktails were as divine as always.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2017

The worse lobster roll I've ever had. Dry bun, tasteless meat, $30. I will never cone to this restaurant again.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2017

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..

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Fun and loud with creative food and vibrant urbane atmosphere. Don't miss the grilled Octopus and the St Peter's Fish was sublime.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Great if you want an extensive drink menu and an appetizer. Not much choice for entrees and very pricey for what you get.

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I have liked this place in the past. This time portions were so small. Unacceptable

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Way overpriced, food lackluster, service fine. Several other good restaurants in the area I would recommend well before this one.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Prices should more appropriately be $$$$

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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Capelleti was wonderful although portions were a bit small. Best Poutine in Boston.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Excellent Oysters for Starters and delicious Duck for the Main Course. Service was very friendly and attentive with out being overbearing! Cant wait to go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Well-rounded listing of beers and unique spirits (note the name barrel in their name). our server was spectacular, making great suggestions at our request. she (Taylor) knew her stuff

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Dark, loud, cold at opening time. Cold soup, extremely dry dessert donuts.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on March 9, 2017

I've eaten there seven or eight times. The place is great, the staff is great, the food is great. Twice I've got the burger and twice it's been well done I've ordered it medium and then medium rear. No pink at all. Dry, dry!!
Sometimes I want a burger....not at barrel house again. The daily chicken is amazing though.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Great atmosphere, excellent menu, incredible/creative drink selections.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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