Ideal Tavern

4.5
348 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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SR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations and we were seated promptly. Our waiter came right over to take our drink order and answered any questions that we had. The food was delicious and hot! The ambiance was very nice. There were four people in our party. Everyone was very happy with the food. We had scallops, lobster roll, and a Rueben. All delicious. We will be back.

OT
Naples
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in the area for a business meeting so my husband and I looked up some local restaurants and decided to try the Ideal Tavern. The service was exceptional and the food was delicious and reasonably priced. We really enjoyed the experience.

OL
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding.... Ideal Burger and the Lobster Roll, def will go back again. It was unfortunate the VERY loud couple next to us were the reason we left after finishing our meal instead of staying for another cocktail, however this was out of Ideal’s control. The atmosphere, food and service is stellar. We will be back soon!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ideal Tavern's food is always flavorful and cooked well. The atomosphere is fun and enjoyable for everyone to enjoy. The waitstaff is friendly and overall it's a reliable and nice experience!

KZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was great. Service was outstanding. We all enjoyed our meals and were able to enjoy at our leisure. We are there for 3 hours and never felt rushed. Great choices for food and drinks. Great place for get togethers or date night.

BA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was exceptionally busy and noisy for a Wednesday night. As a result the service was a little slower than we are used to. Nonetheless, the food was great. The flatbreads were outstanding and the shrimp tacos very good. And as always, Greg was attentive and apologetic that service was a bit slow. Will always recommend Ideal to friends and families and it’s our go to place for our special visitors.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was the second time we went to ideal tavern and was quite disappointed with everything except the ambiance and hostess.
After being sat we waited a good 10-12 minutes for our server to come over. Once she did she was quick to try and get our drink order and run but due to the wait we had already decided on dinner.
The menu changed since last time and things like brisket that was a protein choice on the poutine it was replaced with sausage which having had Canadian poutine thought that choice was odd.

Value for the money is not quite there. My son had $28 scallops (4) over succotash which was drown in butter. I got Brussels sprouts as my side and seems as though they took out of the fryer directly to the serving bowls leaving them loaded with grease. Cesar salad chicken badly breaded and dressing is sub par.

Server was inattentive the rest of the night and we had to ask for our check at end of the meal after sitting for a while.

After our last meal there we went back hoping for a repeat performance and was disappointed with the results. Definitely didn’t provide the goods for the money.

CT
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great - friendly, knowledgeable. Four of us all enjoyed our drinks and food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Drinks and food were amazing. Sat at the bar but the music seemed too loud, along with the bartender seemed to care more so about a couple of girls rather than the whole bar itself. Bartender only came to visit when our drinks were completely empty

S
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice atmosphere
Friendly staff
Good food

GT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! We moved closer to the bar because the a/c was a little too cold in the dining room and unfortunately it was VERY loud and hard to talk.....no one’s fault but ours because we chose to move......still enjoyed wonderful food, great service and very accommodating owner/manager. We will definitely go again!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress we had was amazing. Food was exceptional. My first time dining here and I will definitely be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Order was misplaced and had to wait a long ti

SD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. We went for an early dinner so it was not busy yet.

CA
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Basic pub food the Thai cauliflower was ok although a bit hard. Calamari was very good, my son enjoyed his nachos. Scallops were ok but not very flavorful. Server was very nice.

W
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful spot. Met 2 girlfriends for Brunch. Menu is varied, and food was delicious. Good portions and nice ambiance in the restaurant.

J
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good variety of dishes and the service was excellent.

C
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time here for Mothers-day. The service here was incredible. The server was so friendly and efficient. Loved how we could watch the kitchen and see all the staff cook. Thought it was a really nice touch. Will be coming again, my new go to & favorite place in Southington!

k
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was over priced for what it was.
Poutine fries had way too much sauce. Grilled cheese with chicken had hardly any cheese and wasn't fully melted. Paella was really watery and not worth the price.

AC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First of, Kyle is an asset to your team. He was really pleasant and added some fun to the evening. Food was excellent as always, very consistent. Looking forward to next Girls’ Night.

D
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent. We had the Brussels sprouts, risotto of the day, wild salmon, and scallops wrapped in bacon. All were delicious and exceeded expectations. The service was efficient and attentive but somewhat impersonal. The only problem we had was the noise level. It was difficult to have a conversation. Otherwise a great dining experience overall.

M
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. This place is a gem!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely lovely evening. The poutine was some of the best we’ve ever had, and the pork belly was yummy. We had a side of Parmesan truffle mushrooms with our burger that was so perfectly delicious. Kyle, our server was amazing as well! There was live music happening, and it was ladies night, which meant all glasses of wine and bottles up to $50 were half off. We will most certainly be back. Such a great little spot!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We go out frequently with another couple and they included Ideal in the choices of a few spots.
I was able to find reservations on open table and was excited to try them.
The appetizers were spot on. We had the poutine with braised beef, best I had had since Montreal. The meatballs, very flavorful and the prosciutto flatbread which my wife and buddy loved a lot.
We were quite full from apps but decided to push on into dinner my buddy and I got the corned beef Reuben wow really tasty and my wife a burger and friends widgets had the barbecued pork loin and no complaints.
We did skip the dessert as nothing grabbed us.
The only issue was we felt a little rushed to turn over the table.
The staff otherwise was very nice including the owner or manger who asked how things were and wished us a nice night.
Will definitely be back.
Thanks!

GD
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great Kyle was a pleasure! Food is excellent although this time we had one app. We sent back, otherwise great food. I'd like to see drink prices just a little lower or the martini glass a little bigger 😋 Great tasting drinks though! Overall as always all was good.

MM
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff!!! Amazing service! Good food! Good drinks!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So yummy!!!

BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. First here for brunch. We had an order of the breakfast poutin. Had duck confit and a sunny side up egg. Sauce was a little sweet which made a nice counterbalance to the savory confit and fries. I had the eggs Benedict which was served on sourdough. The Hollandaise sauce had just the right amount of lemon. My wife had the risotto. She loved it.

KR
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG! Awesome! Can't say enough. From the waitstaff to the food to the environment...you will not be disappointed!

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and friendly atmosphere.

JI
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual!!! Food wait staff all excellent!!

AM
New York Area
8 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.

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

B
New Orleans
6 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

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.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
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.

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.

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.

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.

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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