Ideal Tavern

4.5
317 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Ideal Tavern is a Gastropub serving modernized, New American classic cuisine, craft cocktails and select beers in a charming, rustic atmosphere!
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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and friendly atmosphere.

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AM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Appetizers and drinks were delicious, my half chicken meal was not cooked through and was pink- I sent it back and then it came back cooked but with no flavor. Very disappointing. Great service and nice ambiance.

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ND
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I was so disappointed With the food but the server and the ambiance and the cocktails were great

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B
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service are always great. It was very chilly in there on Friday night

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as per usual! One of my favorite spots.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was fine and the waitress was attentive, but the service was incredibly slow especially considering how few parties were in the restaurant at 3 on a Sunday. Also I thought it was a little pricier than it needed to be.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure! We come all the way from Springfield, MA for special occasions.

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LJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ordered from the special Southington Restaurant Week menu. It was a very good value. Food was very good. Our waitress was excellent. It was a bit noisy. Might be easier to talk on a less busy evening.

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BS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wait staff is all very well versed and the service is excellent. If something needed to be cleared from the table, any staff member would do it even though it was not their table. Someone always stopping by to see if everything was OK.

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LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The service, decor, and ambience were good. The food was very bland; not flavorful.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good local place to try.

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TE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful time. Food was fantastic. Ricotta meatball loved it. Seafood was great. Loved the options on wine and beer. Noise level was high and it was hard to hear my dinner mates.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time I’ve ever been there. My bf and I have been trying new places to eat these days and this by far has been one of our favorites and new frequent dining option. Great food, fair prices and great menu items all around.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, impeccable service and yummy drinks. What more could you ask for?

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great time and the bartender, waiters, and kitchen staff are SUPERB! The food is always terrific, appetizers were tasty (get the buffalo cauliflower...tremendous!) and our bartender made terrific cocktails (the old fashioned was on point).

Overall, terrific experience. We will be going back!!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful staff!

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LG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food
Drinks can be pricey
Noise level above normal

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu offers a good variety. We were extremely happy with our starters and entrees. Service was also awesome.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and it was great!

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I
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I don’t think there was a big selection in food and the food was pricey.

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CD
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was great, great wine selection. Authentic cocktails and a clean and fun establishment. Plenty of parking nearby.

The burrata salad is delicious, though I do feel the portions of the various ingredients are a bit small (with the exception of the burrata). The crispy chicken I added was very good. The grits are usually fantastic and there was no exception this evening according to my friend who had and enjoyed the red snapper. My boyfriend got the Ideal House Salad, which he loves, with grilled chicken and extra white balsamic dressing. It changes seasonally. The popcorn cauliflower leaves something to be desired.
Melissa, the manager, is the best part of visiting; we will miss seeing here there when she leaves!

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

Love the food and service is always great. I highly suggest the margarita with salt air always my favorite. This time I ordered from the Specials Menu and had the arugula salad with a poached egg. It was delicious!! This is one of our favorite places to go.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was great! We had the short rib poutine appetizer which was delicious. I had the herbed butter filet mignon and it was cooked perfectly the way I asked it to be cooked. My friend had the wild caught salmon and she loved it. We split a piece of pumpkin cheesecake and it was very good. I would recommend this restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Ideal Tavern often, but this time, I was bringing friends who had never been before. The food was great, the service was very friendly and attentive. She forgot to put in a second appetizer that we ordered and when we asked her about it, she told us it was her fault and didn’t charge us for the first appetizer that we ordered and ate (which was awesome!). We were able to sit and relax without feeling rushed. The manager came over a few times to ask us how everything was, also. It was wonderful, all around. Thank you for a great evening!

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DO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really nice cozy tavern in Southington. The tavern is split into a bar area and dining area with a small private seating area in the back looking into the kitchen. I loved the rustic wood decor with fireplace in the center. A very nice cozy casual vibe. The food selection is varied ranging from beef to seafood to paella. I had a cottage pie which was rich and savory. The flank steak was very good and the risotto was rich and flavorful. For me the highlight was the poutine and short ribs. The flavors were rich and excellent but be prepared to get filled up. The beer selection is excellent.

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L
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly environment. Great food. Love it!

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CT
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent. Didn’t rush us. Cocktails, wine, dinner were all great.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Ideal Tavern 3 times now and each time has been a wonderful experience. Everyone we bring to Ideal Tavern wants to come back! Great food and service. The "Chef's Tables" are a very cool and tucked away in the back of the restaurant. A must experience to watch all the action in the kitchen. Amazing!

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BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambience is great .. just wish had more entree options.. staff very pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu

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SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas working gathering

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy coming here.

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

Great food and drinks. Staff was very friendly. Great atmosphere.

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S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burgers were great as usual. I chose the mixed vegetables as my side and loved them. I definitely recommend the margarita’s with salt air. Start with a charcuterie they always have a great mix of meats and cheeses.

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience!
Charm galore along with outstanding food ( cottage pie superb). Attentive service. Fair prices
Bonus was Marty Q performing!

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Cute place and good service. We ordered the half charcuterie board which was great. My only complaint is the entrees werent outstanding. The cottage pie was very salty and the ravioli special was rather bland. The drinks were great though...helped distract us from the subpar entrees.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Meal was not good.

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very efficient, waitress was very pleasant and patient,
and the food was very good as well

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FF
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for date night with great food and service.

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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Martini was served in what looked like a desert glass which I really didn't like. Do they not have martini glasses? Salad was great, Mac & Cheese was only OK and the meatballs seemed like they had too much bread and not enough meat in them. I really wanted to like this place and will give them one more try but honestly I was disappointed.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We three enjoyed a fine evening of very good food and drink - great service - a memorable ocassion

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