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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.77mi
  2. Distance: 4.65mi
  3. Distance: 5.45mi
  4. Distance: 5.47mi

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.

109 Main Street
Odessa, DE 19730
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(302) 376-0600

Website:
http://www.cantwells-tavern.com/

Executive Chef:
Bryan Crowley

Private Party Contact:
Patty: (302) 376-0600

Additional:
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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Special Occasion (17)
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Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Cozy (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Romantic (8)
Authentic (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Great Beer (3)
People Watching (3)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Need cushions on chairs, uncomfortable . Need a better way for wait staff to deliver food upstairs. Customers should not have to move and wait for for staff to pass in the hallway.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Cantwell's never disappoints. Even though my dinner companion cancelled while I was waiting I stayed and enjoyed my Popcorn Shrimp and Stuffed Chicken and two glasses of Riesling.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Burgers got mixed up but it worked out fine didn't realize until we bit into them.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My husband and I went there for Thanksgiving/birthday. It was a buffet with copious amounts of good food. It was a warm, comfortable environment with very good service in an historic building. We will definitely return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet was excellent. Other meals have also been great, including Sunday brunch. The warm 19th century decor is unique for this area and was perfect for Thanksgiving.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Overall the buffet was good but the desserts were disappointing. Expected homemade pies and got funky little tarts.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was good. Unfortunately the waiter forgot my soup. When my meal came, it was a little late to remind him of his oversight.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

They were very kind and held our table although 2 of the party were late to arrive. We had brunch. The food was excellent and the service courteous and attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

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!! ❤️❤️

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Another great time at Cantwell's ! Lindsey was exceptional!!!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Outstanding service , had special request because we had a baby, they were packed and still took care of us.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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"

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Waiter was perfect and the bone in pork chop was extraordinary. Would go back in a heartbeat!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Cantwells has a wonderful ambience and an interesting menu. There is frequently a new offering. The food and the table servers are among the best in the area..

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Cozy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Pearce always does an awesome job. Food was good we are there almost every

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Bar Seating, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Service and food: always great. Drinks too!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Had brunch. Exquisite cinnamon roll but big. Need to share. Very tasty entrees. Unique hash browns. Had to eat upstairs. Tough for elderly parents but we will know
next time to chose lower dining.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2017

A quaint old world charmer. Menu offers small plates and large and has a variety of beers not seen in local establishments. I would like to see more selections of seafood, beef and pastas.

Tags: Tapas, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We had a great meal & a great great time. Have been there a feve time and it always meets our expectations.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Stopped on my way home from an airshow in Dover. This was a great find.
The manager's name / contact info was on the check.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We was impressed with the friendliness of staff, the great tasting food, and the romantic atmosphere. We shall return!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

I was disappointed with the wait staff; Waiting an hour to be served appetizers is unacceptable.
The tavern was not crowded and the waiting time was unacceptable. there were small children who were getting hungry. An elderly lady in the party needed to use the elevator and was brushed off while a member of the wait staff was talking on her cell phone. Unacceptable.
Will not recommend this place to anyone else, and will not return at all.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We just moved to the area and have been frequently coming to Cantwells. Food is always great and the drinks are reasonably priced. Scallops with gnocchi are my all time favorite and I highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for a Date
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