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About Cantwell's Tavern
Cantwell's Tavern in the historic Brick Hotel offers upscale casual dining with a farm to table appreciation in an early 19th century ambiance.
Odessa, DE 19730
Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Monday: Open 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 2:30pm - 9:00pm,
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm;
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
$30 and under
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Private Party Contact:
Patty: (302) 376-0600
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Cantwell's Tavern Ratings and Reviews
All 5 of us were very pleased with out brunch - everything was wonderful tasting and looked great. The cinnamon roll was big enough for us to split while we waited for our food. The french toast was cooked just right and my sisters poached eggs on top of crab cakes was fabulous. Can't wait to go back for brunch soon. WHY did I wait so long to try brunch there considering I love eating lunch and dinner at Cantwell's!
Table was set for 6 in a rather tight room. Would have liked a bigger room for our gathering. Waiter was friendly...at first but when bread was requested, the response was "We only serve bread for dinner." Then, he started to get an attitude. First, not the right response if you are trying to convey professional customer service. Second, why NOT serve bread at lunch? Your bread is delicious and from what I have heard, what most people enjoy! Overall, enjoyed the lunch - this was our second visit to the restaurant.
So we requested a booth in the bar area. When we arrived a few minutes early we headed to the bar area to wait for our friends to arrive. One of the two booths in the bar had a "reserved" sign posted however there were people sitting there and it was obvious they were going to be there for sometime. The host staff had no answers as to why and ugly sweater boy was beyond rude. Needless to say we had to settle for a table upstairs. Hindsight we should have went somewhere else, wasn't the night we were looking forward to. We won't be back since reservation requests mean nothing.
Your restaurant's on-line menu clearly indicated that items could be made "gluten free" but that was not listed on the menu in the restaurant! When I asked the server, she was unsure. I have celiac disease so this was extremely important to me. She did check with the kitchen staff, but returned with only three options, which was a disappointment. I did have the pork chop though which was delicious and perfectly cooked so kudos to the chef! Just hoping the menu had been clearer with more options.
Cantwell’s has every possible ingredient to truly be the perfect dining experience. The most limiting factor being the attentiveness of the staff, which is hit/miss here. This could almost be the ultimate night out but for the “will our server disappear for 20 minutes at a time?” question.
Will definitely return, specifically avoiding their busier times. All else is postcard commendable.
I really enjoyed Cantwells - the building is beautiful and historic. We enjoyed all the historical documents on the walls. There was a fireplace going near our table which really added to the ambiance. It was decorated beautifully for Christmas. Food was excellent! I took one star off for service because our waitress, while very personable, did not share the specials with us. We only found out about them because the table behind us inquired. At that point we had already ordered. She also did not pick up on the fact that our drinks were empty while passing us by multiple times. Otherwise she was great. I would definitely recommend this spot, and I will be back again!
We had a private room. Our part consisted of adults from age 26-88 and everyone was pleased.
Our food came quickly and was well prepared. The ambiance of this early-american historic was very nice. Our waitress must have been new as she wasn't able to answer some pretty basic questions about the menu. I would go there again.
Our appetizers were late. Meal came shortly after, so we felt overwhelmed with it all at one time. Breakfast burger was a burnt hockey puck. I always ask for my burger well done but it was not edible. The manager had another burger made for me but it was not much better. The staff was very apologetic and removed our appetizers and my burger from the bill. It was a shame because we usually love it there. There were four of us and everyone else's meal was fine.
We had a nice happy hour a week ago. We had friends come down from Westchester for Sunday Brunch. It was not good. The eggs benedict were almost hard boiled with a lack of amount of Hollanddaise sauce. Very little salmon. We were not asked up front if we were going to have coffee. We probably will not go back.
We visit Cantwell's twice a year at least to dine with a friend who lives about equidistant on the other side. We have made the place part of the tradition because the food is lovely and the atmosphere makes it possible for us to catch up with our friend in a comfortable, relaxed setting. Thank you Cantwell's.
I wish we had been able to sit downstairs since it was a special occasion. There is more atmosphere down there. We had a long conversation with waitress about current events. Although we were basically in agreement, it went on too long. We were out to celebrate a birthday. Our reservation did state that it a special occasion.
I’ve never had a bad experience at Cantwells! We celebrated my 42nd birthday there Sunday and everything was perfect down to the warm, gooey freshly made chocolate chip birthday cookies and ice cream! Thank you so much!! ❤️❤️
Having been to Cantwell's for dinner and really enjoying it, I decided to take my mom there for a birthday brunch. It surpassed my expectations and while it wasn't a "traditional" brunch, the food was phenomenal. I got the Chesapeake Benedict and everything was delicious- just enough (real) crab meat, the perfect amount of hollandaise sauce, and while my mom didn't enjoy them (old bay isn't her thing) I found the hash browns with old bay seasoning the perfect compliment to the Chesapeake. Our waiter was super polite and easy to get a hold of when we needed something. Don't think I've ever had a bad experience here, other than not making a reservation and finding it packed around the holiday time! It's definitely worth a try if you're all about a cozy, historic venue.
Old high school friends and I chose to meet at Cantwell's for an annual get-together, as we live a few hours apart. All four of us loved the setting in an old tavern that has been beautifully restored. The taste and quality of the food was excellent, the variety of choices on the menu accommodated different preferences, and the service was also excellent. This is the third time I'e been at Cantwell's and have never been disappointed. I will definitely return.
The service was excellent. Our waitress could not have been more efficient, friendly and courteous. The food was prepared and presented well. It was my birthday and we had 3 grandkids with us, well behaved, I might add, and thy received special attention.
One of my "special occasion restaurants"
Making a reservation was a big help. The Cantwell's experience was very nice. The century old house was quite charming. The waiter was courteous and understanding. A request for a substitution for bread instead of a roll was no problem to the server as well as the kitchen. The cost for a mimosa with a shot of Grand Mainer was a little high. Will go back!!
We opted to sit outside since it was such a beautiful evening. Courtyard setting was quite and about 75% of the tables were full. Service got off to a slow start - I think there was a question as to which server would be taking our table.
I had a filet that was delicious and cooked as requested along with great well seasoned French Fries. Served with a tangy unusual tasting mustard along with ketchup. The asparagus served with the steak was great, seasoned with some sort of mild crunchy pepper like seasoning.
Scallops were enjoy by my companion All in all a good value well presented meal. Service by Diane (?) was excellent after a slight miscue at the beginning
We were meeting friends from Pennsylvania and chose Cantwell's because it was the halfway point, I have to say it was worth the 60 mile drive and would do it again just for dinner.
The atmosphere was perfect, the cocktails perfect, the food was perfect, the service was excellent. I had a dozen Crisfield Oysters from the raw bar and they were crisp and fresh. I would have liked them to be a bit brinier, but that is no reflection on the restaurant. For an Entree I had the filet and it was grilled to a perfect very rare, just as I had asked. The accompanying sides of mashed potatoes and asparagus, were the right compliment to my steak. My wife had a Caesar Salad with a Crabcake and she was very pleased. We will definitely make the trip up from Lewes to dine here again.
While traveling through the area had an overnight stop and found Cantwell's ad in the hotel information booklet. A quick online found great reviews so we made a reservation. There was outside seating with live music but we sat inside. Although it was very busy we were seated promptly. This is an old building with lots of charm. Our server was very busy but did her best to take care of us. The food was awesome, menu offered many options from sandwiches and salads to traditional entrees. Many excellent dessert choices, I had the bread pudding which was excellent. Prices were reasonable. We were very pleased to find Cantwell's!
We visited on a Saturday night and were seated on the patio. The restaurant was busy, but we were visited by our server promptly. Everything went smoothly and the musician playing on the patio was very entertaining. One less than satisfactory item was that the water glasses for the table were never re-fileed after the intial serving, fortunately it wasn't an exceedingly warm evening.
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