Croton Reservoir Tavern

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860 reviews
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Croton Reservoir Tavern has become a popular midtown lunch, dinner and after work gathering spot. Featuring a wondrous hand painted 150 sq foot mural of the reservoir in all its glory, dining at the Croton Reservoir Tavern allows you to enjoy a palpable turn of the century New York experience. The tavern’s 50 foot oak bar, brass studded leather chairs, wrought iron railings and leather banquet seating lay the backdrop for warmth and good cheer. Modern American cuisine and NYC’s most popular drinks are prepared to the highest of standards and served with relaxed charm and cheerful attentive service. Croton’s comfortable and casual atmosphere along with it's vibrant social scene, quality dining and special event hosting has made it one of New York’s most popular destinations.
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CI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I COME TO NYC SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR. I ALWAYS ENJOY GOING TO CROTON FOR LUNCH - THEY HAVE CHANGED THEIR LUNCH MENU AND IT IS LIMITED. I USED TO LIKE THE CRAB CAKE FOR LUNCH AND THE WRAPS YOU ONCE HAD. MY COLLEAGUE LIKED THE CHICKEN PIARD YOU USED TO MAKE - HE SAID THE BEST IN THE CITY!
WELL I MUST SAY I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED IN YOUR LOBSTER ROLL. THE PRICE WAS ACCEPTABLE AS I KNOW LOBSTER ROLLS ARE NOT CHEAP. HOWEVER, I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO TASTE THE LOBSTER OVER THE CELERY. THE ROLL WAS NOT EVEN A REAL ROLL - AS A LOBSTER ROLL WOULD BE. IT WAS A SMALL VERSION OF IT AND THE LOBSTER MIXTURE WAS BASICALLY SPREAD/PLACED ON THE TOP. VERY DISAPPOINTING. WHEN I COME BACK IN JULY, I WILL NOT BE EATING AT CROTON.

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TM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Justin was a great waiter, and we had a great dinner.

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w
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Mac and cheese too small for the value. It is a starter size

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G
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We were really looking forward to dinner at this conveniently located (to PABT & Penn) restaurant. I knew we should have turned & walked out as soon as we entered, the place may have an impressive bar, but that's where it ends. The tables are old & utilitarian, the menu is just you basic bar fare...burgers, wings, etc. The prices are NYC (the burger was $17 & $3 extra to add fries!!) Now I don't mind paying those prices if the service is good, but the waiter was absent much of the time and really didn't attend to our needs.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted warmly and our table was ready. Our server was very knowledgable and helpful.
Food was delicious.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I enjoy going to Croton Reservoir as the food is consistently good and the ambiance is conducive to having a fun time with friends! The only drawback this visit was the hostess was not as welcoming. I won't hold it against the restaurant as we all have our off-colour days. I will still go back!

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I ordered the quinoa salad with chicken, which was well prepared, but nothing terribly special. It was a little expensive for the size and ingredients and, (although I LOVE truffles), thought the truffle vinegarette dressing was a bit of an odd pairing with this salad - there was no ingredient that benefitted from the truffle taste, and the it probably only drove up the cost unnecessarily. Had the apple tart for dessert which was delicious, generous and very nice. The service was friendly even if a bit spotty (it was not a very busy time. I asked for half and half for my coffee 3 times before getting it, but the server brought me a fresh cup of hot coffee to replace the one that got cold.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Was ok but hostess was quite annoying. Had a reservation for 2 people for a business lunch. Person meeting me was very late. I asked to be seated so I could have a drink and was told she couldn’t because of “policy”, despite the fact that there were numerous empty tables.

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BS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Overpriced. Microwaved food. Disorganized Service. Other than that, it was great.

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CA
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a good burger, cooked the way I ordered it and nicely served.

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OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. Glad we found it. We'll be back.

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Usiness lunch. Consistently good as expected. Great ataff

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CY
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot off Bryant Park!! Loved it!!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Multiples waitresses caused confusion paying the bill. Very inconvenient. Dinner menu was limited. Ran out of multiple appetizers

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Orderd Beef Stroganoff, the portion was about a cup of noodles with heavy marinara topped with an ounce of sour cream. Oh, I left out a description of the beef. Obviously, they forgot too. There was three very small mortals of beef. The braised spare rib in the dish description was undiscoverable when presented. The three bites of meat, total, wouldn’t fit in a thimble. Basically, it was 12oz spaghetti with marinara sauce. The dish was listed as an entree and priced at $25. Notice proportion in relation to dinner fork.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff and service was awesome

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went in skeptical, as I wanted to go to a different restaurant nearby, but could not stop raving about my food. Highly recommend the Mac & Cheese, Chicken & Waffles, and the Mushroom & Swiss Omelet.

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R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very comfortable and friendly atmosphere with delicious food

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OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint little pub off the beaten path. Outstanding wood fire pizza! Not much seating.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went there with my family after a long day of NYC holiday sightseeing and the experience was great. My two nieces (ages 10 and 11) were with us but this was not an issue although I would not recommend bringing children any other time of year.

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GW
New England
78 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good. We had burgers, pressed sandwiches and Cobb salad. My duck Cuban could’ve been outstanding if they let the cheese melt - very good and tasty ingredients but execution is not quite there. Overall we had great and friendly service and a good value for the price

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OT
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sehr gutes Restaurant mitten in Manhattan, sehr gutes Essen, Preis/Leistung super für amerikanische Verhältnisse. Jederzeit wieder 👍

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RW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation and still had to wait 1/2 hour. Not a huge deal since we sat at the bar to wait. When we were finally seated it took a other 20 minutes for us to get menus which we received from finally asking the waiter at the next table. The order was incorrect and the turkey sandwich which was ordered although the turkey was carved turkey the entire sandwich was dry. The waiter was pleasant enough but the service was poor due to not enough servers for the place, especially since it was a Saturday afternoon during the Christmas season . We had to wait 20 minutes from the time we were done eating for the waiter to come and ask us if we wanted coffee.Would not recommend this restaurant. I did check out the reviews before making a reservation and didn’t expect this outcome.

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JB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a friend, and we will pass that recommendation on to future friends

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NJ
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Noisy bar with strange menu and bad service. Waitress was rude and inattentive. Brought wrong beer and never brought salad that was ordered. Will not return.

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and lovely service

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ES
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A bit too noisy and crowded. The wine serving was a very short glass for the price.

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GH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Croton Resevoir is a solid choice to relax with friends and grab a meal. Service was attentive but not annoying. Food was prepared quickly in a small kitchen, but had a big kitchen presentation and flavor. The little details, quality and preparation of the food was great. Definitely a very busy place, but a perfect spot to drop in on cold night for a drink and hot meal.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall weak. Loud, food was decent but bar atmosphere.
Would go back for drinks, nothing more. Too bad, interesting spot.

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LR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very casual, food is ok. Probably not a repeat for me

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OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place for a quick lunch

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LH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food in a nice atmosphere, great location!

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SP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I had a reservation but that didn't seem to matter. The food was good all around, but we were seated right next to the bathroom - not so appetizing. The service was o.k., but it was sometimes hard to get the attention of the waiter due to our location.

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n
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The server was not very responsive - which is unfortunate as the restaurant was not that crowded. I doubt I’d go back here.

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SJ
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great midtown go to business lunch or dinner. Plus, great for just the random pull up to the bar and grab a burger and beer.

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TL
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for happy hour... in the basement bar

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w
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A fun casual spot! The tuna burger was excellent. Most of our group had burgers and really liked their choice. One person ordered salad and thought it was just okay. The service was pleasant and attentive.

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JA
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food nice place

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LA
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Efficient and tasty. Able to take care of several variety needs in our groups needs.

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G
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved that it was centrally located and that it as a good menu

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