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  1. Distance: 0.77mi
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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

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (31)
Special Occasion (29)
Casual (26)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for a Date (24)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Great for Lunch (21)
Romantic (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Cozy (18)
Authentic (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Comfort Food (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Business Meals (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Great Beer (8)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Food is good. Prices are okay— especially burgers. Entrees are good. Beer and wine selection nice. Takes forever to get anything. Food or drink. Dinner took 2 hours.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We went for my husband's birthday. We were seated within five minutes for brunch. We sat right by the fireplace. (How cozy) It was a pleasant experience. The drinks were delicious. I think we will return, next time for dinner. My only complaint was the meat selection. No alternative for pork or beef.

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Took my mom for her 62nd Birthday. She has told me several times what a wonderful time she had and the food was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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food5
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Always a quality experience at Cantwell's.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We enjoy Cantwell's - we go often in the late afternoon as the place is quiet(er) . The food is good but the menu is limited and doesn't change as much as it should. The wait staff is largely young and pleasant; the reception area and staffing is probably the least attractive aspect of the Cantwell's experience as it is often abandoned or staffed by a young woman who has absolutely no clue about customer service (not rude, just 'unconscious').

Tags: Casual, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Outstanding meals. Very creative. It was Tapas night and there were 4 items to chose from. My wife opted for pan seared scallops which would have been a good option for Tapas,. I had the pork tenderloin on sweet potatoe mashers and greens. Very well done.

Save room for desert. Ordered the French toast bread pudding. Fabulous.

Sat near the active fire place (gas vs wood logs). Nicely decorated for the holidays.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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food4
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Jack provided us with outstanding service, food was fantastic and we enjoyed our visit at CantwellTavern and we will be back shortly.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was a pleasant experience. Great food, a wonderful waitress and nice ambiance. The perfect date night!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Enjoyable relaxing and fun experience. Atmosphere of small and mid-sized rooms in early 1900’s building. Menu has local items that are tasty and very well presented. Great place for a special occasion (for us New Years Eve), or a afternoon meal. Found the service friendly and helpful, yet not intrusive. We have been here several times over the last couple of years and always enjoyed the experience. Definitely would recommend...

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Friendly staff, outstanding food and always have the opportunity to have good conversations with others in the restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was my second time this month I went for brunch - that says something! Excellent food, excellent brunch menu options, good pricing and all 4 times I’ve been to Cantwell’s this month (2 brunch 2 dinner) Taylor was my server. She is a cheerful excellent waitress.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food. Nice atmosphere. Sat by the fireplace.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our second time there, and we will be back. Great appetizers as well. We love the location.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We absolutely love Cantwells! You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu and it changes seasonally. You won’t be disappointed!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Only negative was tavern chair was uncomfortable for one of our friends who has orthopedic issues, as we sat n talked over dinner for several hours. But we do realize this is a colonial tavern so we should have thought of that before meeting this friend there... our problem, not the chair or restaurants.
Staff was very accommodating n never made us feel we should leave.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great and will go back

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Very Nice Atmosphere - great food and place to take out of town family for dinner. They loved the historic building.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We ate in the bar before, but now years later discovered the dining room experience. Romantic atmosphere with delicious food choices. We will be back soon.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The building itself is beautiful and they do a great job with decor. The fireplaces in every room are delightful!! Our service was wonderful and our food, as always, was delicious. I will say unfortunately it seems recently to have trended under par of what it once was. Still a favorite, hope it changes direction back to what it was.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We went for Sunday brunch and everything was just great. Highly recommend it and make reservations or you will not get in, yes it is that popular. You will get great value and the food is incredible.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Cozy place. Nice ambiance. Pita chips were burnt, meal was okay. We've been here several times in the last 6 months ... consistency is an issue - Sunday brunch or dinner.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Good service, food was very tasty, served in a reasonable time and the restaurant provided a nice dining environment

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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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vip
 (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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