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Grove - Briar Barn Inn, Rowley, MA
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Grove - Briar Barn Inn

4.6
4.6
609 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We are a reservation-only restaurant. We will try to accommodate walk-ins as much as possible, but on busier nights the wait time may be 60-90 minutes.

Please note: Reservations for Mother's Day are SOLD OUT. If you would like to be put on the waitlist should we get a cancelation, please e-mail us.

Innovative, seasonal, and regional cuisine in our relaxed farmhouse setting, with warm and friendly service. The restaurant at Briar Barn Inn offers a relaxed dining experience where guests and locals alike can enjoy inventive cuisine and casual favorites. Our seasonal menu, developed by our award-winning chef at Willowdale Estate, will focus on farm-fresh ingredients, inspired flavors, and classics with a twist.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (978) 484-5166

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ben Lightbody

  • Catering

    Our menus from events are customized to your needs- based on the farm-to-table seasonal concept of our restaurant. Tell us more about your event, we would be happy to help you start planning!

  • Neighborhood

    Ipswich

  • Parking details

    Our restaurant is located at the far end of a 4-acre property. Enter the driveway for Briar Barn Inn at 101 Main Street in Rowley, MA and look for the white barn labeled GROVE.

  • Public transit

    ROWLEY COMMUTER RAIL (Zone 7) a 4-minute ride from the commuter rail stop, Uber and Lyft are available in our area.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 609 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. JB

    JessB

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a local gem!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak frites was amazing!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Daughter leaving for college
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was perfect. The staff is so friendly and welcoming. The food and drinks were great.
  5. CC

    CarolC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warmly welcomed by the hostess. We started with a delicious cheese platter. Outstanding! Our sole and salmon dinners wonderful. We will definitely return again.
  6. WM

    WhitneyM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, the staff were so kind and fun, and the food was delicious! Fluffy pancakes, great biscuit and gravy and accommodating to allergies
  7. LG

    LizG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Such great and interesting food.
  8. JC

    JohnC

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had an excellent time for dinner at Grove. The food well prepared and very good. The service was excellent.
  9. CE

    CECG

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This lovely restaurant is tucked away behind the Briar Barn Inn in Rowley. We ordered the fried oysters which came in the shell over a spectacular chopped green apple relish; the equally delicious burrata served with rustic toast; clam pasta (very generous portion with clams in the shell and homemade pasta); and steak frites which was perfectly cooked and served with carmelized shallots and gorgeous side salad with an assortment of delicate lettuces. Service was welcoming and friendly without being overbearing. Price point is decent for the quality and atmosphere. The only shortcoming was the bourbon smash cocktail which was tasty but weak. We will definitely be back.
  10. TM

    ThiainMa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food exceeded my expectations. Staff is very accommodating. Will return.
  11. LC

    LauraC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very welcoming and friendly staff. Food is fantastic! We had brunch and the grilled octopus was excellent as well as the caramelized onion and asparagus frittata and wedge salad. Lovely atmosphere. Service was superb.
  12. L

    Lindsay

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed. Just wish they didn’t close midday but they have a lot of functions this time of year. Excellent brunch. Phenomenal pastries.
  13. F

    Fab50

    New England

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely outdoor brunch!! Such a friendly staff!
  14. MS

    MScustomer

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The waiter mixed up the veggies in our plates. He quickly blamed the kitchen. He even did not offer exchanging for correct veggies. In addition, 4 separate servers mistakenly brought plates for other diners. Also they tried to take our plates before we finished. They were all untrained and have no sense of hospitality. The food was ok. Asparagus Tempura was salty. The dipping sauce was mainly mayo. My swordfish and sauce were cold. The building is nice and the patio is beautiful. The menu is pricey. You would expect high quality of services and food. They failed.
  15. CS

    ConradS

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Thursday Night dinner: Food was outstanding but it was our server Casey that made the experience great. Friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. She seemed to really enjoy her job and it showed. Although the restaurant was very busy, she was always a step ahead in taking care of us. Grove is lucky to have her. Sunday Brunch: Shrimp & Grits was excellent as was Biscuits and Gravy.Casey was our server and exceeded expectations once again. She was one step ahead keeping out coffee filled and checking on us. Great experience Casey!
  16. CD

    CharlesD

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome Experience! I would eat everyone of my meals at the Grove if it was possible.
  17. T

    Terrell

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. It was our 1st time back since we got married and it was a great reminder of why our wedding was so special. The people, food and atmosphere were all 1st class!
  18. DO

    DOUGC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Each dish was delicious: the swordfish, the salmon, shrimp scampi, and steak frittes.
  19. KD

    KaliD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting, friendly staff, and superb food. We were a party of 4 and we all left having a positive experience. Although, one person specifically ordered the spicy fried chicken without any spice, but it was still quite spicy. Staff was very apologetic and offered us a free dessert (peach Napoleon, which was amazing). Would definitely eat here again.
  20. F

    Fitnessfrou

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service are always excellent.
  21. WA

    WendyA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is wonderful every time we go. Food delicious, wait staff always friendly and dining room so relaxing..
  22. KH

    KH1890

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Disappointed and will not be back. We first visited the Grove back in September and loved it. Food and service was top notch. Since then we have returned twice with sub par service and food. I received a gift card from a friend so we decided to give the Grove one last shot. The parking lot was full, went inside and asked the hostess where to park. "Across the street." We could not find anywhere other than residential. I drove back and told the hostess and despite her explaining, still couldn't find the area. Parked in someones yard. Had to walk across the street in the rain. We were told we couldn't arrive early due to a private event. The main restaraunt was pretty quiet. The first drink I attempted to order was "out" due to swtiching suppliers? My husband also asked about an item we saw on the online menu. We were told those menus are different and it wasn't available anyway. We were then rushed by being asked to put in our main entree order due to the kitchen being backed related to the private event. The place wasn't even that busy, a lot of empty tables. If you cannot accomodate regular guests then close the restaurant. Our food was just okay. Super unfortunate but the Grove is a no for us.
  23. JS

    JanetS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Felt very comfortable and staff was very nice
  24. J

    Judy

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Good atmosphere and food. We enjoyed it and would go back.
  25. AH

    AnnaH

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Wonderful place as always. Food is great. I think the chef needs to work practicality of plates. We had our dinner served on chunky bread boards one with an iron skillet on it. Though this looked attractive the poor waitress could not hold them. The chicken end up on floor and the ketchup landed upside down on luckily the table. The other sauce on the board dripped off the sides. After waiting for my partners new plate of Chicken my stake was stone cold. We laughed about it all and did enjoy our selves.
  26. e

    esb313

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The selection was interesting and delicious. Our server was helpful and efficient. This was our second brunch visit and I would definitely return!
  27. CO

    COF58

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was great! Our waitress was a sweetheart. Service was on the slower side at times, but the food and overall atmosphere made up for it tenfold. Highly recommend!
  28. B

    Betsy

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. Kitchen a bit slow as the evening progressed. The staff were very nice. they seemed to enjoy their jobs will go back!
  29. d

    dtdrowley

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hi Grove - First of all I have to say the hostess/greeter Kathleen was AMAZING. She made all three of us feel like we had known her for YEARS. She was so patient allowing us to move our table to accommodate one of my guests who had a hearing issue. The waitress (Amy and her trainee) were both adorable and had perfect timing. They never rushed us at all. The food was fabulous - particularly the grilled octopus. My only suggestion for improvement would be to install some sound boards to absorb the chatter. It was quite loud in the dining room. My guest had trouble hearing us and we were tucked in the corner. All in all - FABULOUS and I'll be back soon. Thank you. BTW - give Kathleen a raise. She was the BEST !
  30. M

    Michael

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, where do I start? I’ve been to Grove a few times, but never for dinner. Decided to make the trip and I am so glad I am. We were greeted by the hostess Kathleen, who was an absolute sweet heart. She made us feel right at home Our server Amy was great! Attentive but not smothering, she did an amazing job. The food runners were very polite and made sure we had everything we need, and the manager Shay made sure everything was to our liking I got the steak, which was cooked a perfect medium rare, and my wife got the salmon which she said was out of this world. Our kids loved there kids meal too! Can’t wait to go back!
  31. LM

    LucyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Incredible food, great wines and service. Four stars because it lacks intimacy and it’s hard to hear because of the high ceiling/barn.
  32. BC

    BarbaraC

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meals were amazing, so lucky to have such a great restaurant and Chef in my hometown. Amy our server was so thoughtful and pleasant, a lovely night. We will be back. There is no reason to drive to Boston for a nice dinner, since we have the Grove in Rowley
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best brunch ever!!
  34. J

    Janet

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and pleasant environment. Lots of reasons to go with just a few minor suggestions for improvement.
  35. DS

    DanS

    New England

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our brunch for 4 was tasty. Three had fritattas and we shared pancakes as an appetizer also one scrambled egg and bacon Service was excellent and we could have an ordinary conversation without shouting
  36. B

    Bontdbb

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for brunch! This place had high quality, delicious and interesting menu items with friendly staff and great service. The barn itself was decorated well and overall had a great ambiance. The only bummer was that brunch cocktails couldn’t be served until after 11am, but it seems like that is a town law and not their fault. Would definitely go again!
  37. m

    margaret

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Quite a long wait to be greeted at the bar and a very long wait for drinks to come yet there was only one other patron at the bar. Couldn’t tell who the bartender was, there were staff moving in and out of the bar. Our bar area was never cleaned, dirty drinks were removed and our waters and drinks were placed there, this is concerning especially during Covid.
  38. T

    Tracy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ambiance and service was great! Calamari and octopus was fantastic as was the fish but the carbonara needs work.
  39. SR

    StefanieR

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ryn is an amazing server who is friendly and attentive. Food was delicious!
  40. LD

    LauraD

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservations for brunch at Grove at noon last Sunday. It was a lovely setting and we were greeted by a very friendly hostess. Our server, Erika, was also very friendly and helpful. The food was great and we will definitely return. The wedge salad with chicken is a great choice and the pancakes were fabulous. Mimosas were great and hope to try the bloody mary flight next time.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Grove - Briar Barn Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 609 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Ipswich

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Our restaurant is located at the far end of a 4-acre property. Enter the driveway for Briar Barn Inn at 101 Main Street in Rowley, MA and look for the white barn labeled GROVE.

  • Public transit

    ROWLEY COMMUTER RAIL (Zone 7) a 4-minute ride from the commuter rail stop, Uber and Lyft are available in our area.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ben Lightbody

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (978) 484-5166

  • Catering

    Our menus from events are customized to your needs- based on the farm-to-table seasonal concept of our restaurant. Tell us more about your event, we would be happy to help you start planning!

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