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Date
Thu, 4/26
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11:00 PM
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Barrel House American Bar

4.2
382 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, French, Comfort Food
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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
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Phone number
(978) 998-4627
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel Pagano
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
essex street
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Special events & promotions
For information on special events please visit our website at www.barrelhousebeverly.com
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Wine
What 382 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Been there like five times, the first time I was blown away how the phone and the drinks were so good and was anxious to go back. The last four times I’ve been there with other people it’s been disappointing. The Sirloin steak stuff and you need to dit or you can eat it! Got the chicken twice the first time I got it it was awesome the second time I got it I was very disappointed in. We had burgers the other night and I must say nothing to rave about. The drinks One the bartender with the beard is there the only reason I need to go back. And inconsistent is what I said.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Really enjoyed it, but were surprised at our bill having consumed no alcohol. We were charged $6 a piece for club soda with bitters, made for an extravagant night out.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

This place is so loud, it's almost impossible to have a conversation when it's packed.

Our main courses came 45 - 50 minutes late despite requests to server. My salmon was undercooked and cold and since we were headed to a show at The Cabot there wasn't time to send it back to be cooked and reheated again.

This also happened on New Year's Eve when several at my table had to either send main courses back completely or wait for it to be reheated. Food and menu has unfortunately changed at this venue which is too bad and sad for Beverly.

Cocktails and wines are superb but the meals are late and lackluster now.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Visited prior to a show at the Cabot. Their web site recommended allowing 2 hours to dine if you are going to a show. I agree. We arrived just before 5 PM and got our check at 6:45. Thankfully, the theater is a 2 minute walk away. Nice atmosphere. Service was great. Nice selection of whiskey and a very good mai tai. The poutine appetizer was yummy. Some of the best we have had. My companion had the prime rib special - a nice 12 oz cut - that he really enjoyed. It was a la carte so no sides came with it . I had the onion soup which was very good. Perfectly seasoned. We split the Bombe Alaska for dessert. It was okay. I was disappointed there were no chocolate options on the dessert menu. We will definitely return if we are ever in the area.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

A $ 40 plus sirion was 2 tough ! 2 Nd time I got it and didn’t enjoy it !!! ...bartender is the best mixing drinks and has a great memory and knew what I drank last time there ! I will go there again

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Love that there were NO televisions !!
Great shepherds pie and nice wines too

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Good experience. Would come back again.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The main issue I had with my experience is the next day I checked my CC and noticed I was charged double from what I signed. I reached out to the restaurant and never heard back. My bank looked into it and I got my money back. I have heard from others of similar issues there. Honestly the food has gone downhill and service is just ok. It’s not worth it whatsoever. I just want to warn other people to keep all receipts as this will likely happen again.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I felt it was too loud, the staff wasn’t particularly attentive, and the food was ok but overpriced.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food, cocktails and servers are always excellent.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was excellent, the seating was much to be desired. A little close for my liking. I just felt the prices were a little extraordinary! However saying that we did have a good evening, Service was good waitress was amazing.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Made a first visit here on Valentine’s Day. Excellent meal. Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was excellent. Crispy Brussel sprouts were great as was the fried cheese app. The steaks were excellent and very large. The sides were ok- Mac and cheese wasn’t very cheesy, truffle fries eh, but overall excellent and will definitely visit again.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Let me say straight up that I got the NY sirloin and it was terrific. Great piece of meat and grilled to perfection. Also, the Bombe Alaska was the best dessert I've had in two years. We loved it.

That said, the value isn't great. $40 is a lot to pay for a steak--even a good one. And one would think those kinds of prices would entitle you to, you know, a side or two. Nope. Pretty much just the steak on a paper thin bed of pureed potatoes. Had to cough up another $7 for some Brussels sprouts. (They were very good too.)

The place wasn't very busy the night we went, but it still took maybe a half hour to get our food: a steak for me, some pasta for my wife. One gets the feeling they'd like you to have a few $12 glasses of wine while you wait. (Not a big pour, either.)

Also, even though seating was more or less wide open, they still put us right next to a party of 6-7--and right next to the door on a cold night. My wife wore her winter jacket throughout dinner. The music wasn't great either. I love rock and guitar blues, but they don't make for a romantic, candle-lit dinner for two. And they REALLY don't say "Depression era," which is the whole concept and design of the joint.

So go if you're looking for a good steak and an amazing dessert, but get ready to drop $150-$200 for two people--and to spend a couple of hours doing it.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Had to go to the bar to get a second round of drinks for the table after waiting 10-15 minutes without a server checking in. Ordered the ribeye (most expensive cut on the menu) which was over cooked. Also ordered the seafood platter which came without the crab claws with no explanation and no comp. really disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything about our meal was amazing except for the dessert. I would recommend the hanger steak. The Brussels sprouts were TO DIE FOR. I had delicious wine, and my wife can't stop talking about her whiskey smash.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We can’t say enough great things about the Barrel House. My husband loves whiskey and this is his favorite place to try new mixed drinks. We love the small plates and actually prefer them over the meals. The service here is always exceptional! Make sure to make a reservation if you’re going during a busy time.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We like it and will return, a little loud for us (and we are young!) but I think we were also looking for an intimate night...we should have sat closer together at the bar instead of across from each other at a table. Get the Tomahawk! Perfection!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

This was our first visit. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and brought to our table. The tables were nicely spaced so that you did not feel like you were on top of your neighbors. I had a glass of wine and my husband had a nice beer. Even better that they left the bottle of water on the table. We had the chicken wings, hanger steak with a side of Mac n cheese and a burger. Everything was cooked perfectly. We will definitely return. I would highly recommend making reservations especially if there are shows at one or both of the theaters. We saw many people get turned away.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

This was the most incredible meal on so many levels. The duck wings with pomegranate and cider glaze were absolutely stunning. You’re missing something in life if you haven’t eaten here yet.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Disappointed with the food. Not even at the level of decent pub grub. Drinks are excellent but pricey. Next time we'll stay home and order out.

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3.0Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Visiting son at school

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and cocktails! Excellent service

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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