Ideal Tavern

4.5
298 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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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 13, 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 6, 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
48 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 22, 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 16, 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 December 1, 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 25, 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 18, 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
23 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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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at 6:15 PM before it got crazy. The food was exceptional. The sangria was out of this world! Thoroughly enjoyed dinner

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always top notch. Can’t say enough good things about the cocktails.

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DR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My Husband and I had a very long Brunch here once and decided to try Dinner as well after a movie. It was exceptional. Our waitress, Dani, was absolutely amazing and quite attentive. Their cocktails have always been fantastic and creative!! Food is filling and worth the price.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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AM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite go-to restaurant. Great, food, wine, cocktails and service.

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KM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great night out, delicious food and drinks!

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WS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for our first time to celebrate our anniversary. The staff went out of their way to welcome us and provide great service. The food was amazing!

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TR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ideal Tavern really goes over and beyond with their service. They are very attentive and strive to make you leave with a happy stomach and a smile on your face. The food is good as well!!

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

this was the worst meal, the portion was small and it was way overpriced. I don't recommend this restaurant. we won't return.

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LL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server and the manager were fantastic. Loved everything about it

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MP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Awesome food and atmosphere!

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JT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Donnie was the best waiter we have ever had - personal and professional. Attentive, but not intrusive. Mellisa as General Manager knows her craft. Presentation and quality of meal was exceptional. A unique find. Thank you.

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AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the chefs table to watch the action in the kitchen.

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CD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time visitor. Was unaware of this restaurant and surprised waitress said it was 2 yrs old.

The initial beverage, house brewed ice teas were weak and undrinkable.

However, the food was more favorable.

We shared a house salad which was split in kitchen, as it should be.

We shared small plates: meat balls, roasted Brussels sprouts and a third plate I now cannot recall.

For dessert, we shared a creme brûlée which was excellent.

Prices were in line with others offering small plates.

Overall we will return and try some other items, which waitress says are frequently changing.

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AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great dining treasure. Awesome drinks. Staff is attentive and friendly.

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g
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good, service was good as well, we frequent dinners here and have never been disappointed with the food.

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YG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Popcorn cauliflower was great

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Ideal has been our go-to for date night! Thanks again!!!

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PS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was Great. Food was great. Our server Don was great.

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