Ideal Tavern

4.6
540 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Ideal Tavern is a Gastropub serving modernized, New American classic cuisine, craft cocktails and select beers in a charming, rustic atmosphere!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 540 people are saying
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Durge
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Primary reason for making my first visit here was that I see this restaurant listed on Beer Menus and this week they had an unusually high quality selection of craft beers with big imperial stouts among others, some I haven't seen anywhere else in the area. Had another beer enthusiast friend join me. Beers were as expected, excellent at the bar. The bar area is pleasant, clean and friendly, decent bar ambience. We moved into the dining room to eat which is pleasant as well, but nothing unusual. We ate quite early so there was little crowd at the time. We had a delicious mussels special with a curry juice. I had the flat steak dinner which was over cooked despite my request for medium to rare. It came with polenta which was fairly dry, a bit of a disappointment, but flavor wise it was all good. The broccolini was excellent and done just right. I had also ordered a meal to go which was forgotten by the hostess so we had to wait a little longer for that to be ready. Not cheap but considering that they're trying to present a more upscale meal, it wasn't ridiculous. I would go back for the beer, the food would depend on what they were offering at the time. Friendly staff.

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Suez
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our “Go To” place in Southington. I love the variety and the Special Menu. Margaritas are my favorite. Last night had the cauliflower flatbread with the sweet potato purée and it was absolutely amazing.

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vipGiuseppe
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is our first time at ideal Tavern. We enjoyed it quite a lot. It's not a large place and the noise level is quite energetic. However, not so loud that you can't have a conversation. The four of us had four different meals and each and every one of them was rated a five out of five by all of us. In other words, what I'm saying is it seems as though they prepare all meals quite well. The menu is not large which is what I like about it. This means the chef is cooking what they want. This would be a highly recommend.

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience, great food, and very friendly waitress. Salmon was delicious and the brussels sprouts app was AMAZING! Can't wait to go back.

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DavidD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was not nearly as good as I hoped. Might give it another try someday.

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MaureenG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch with family at Ideal Tavern yesterday.

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JohnC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Went for New Year’s Eve with the family and didn’t know it was a fixed menu until we were being seated. Definitely would have left if they told me it was $75 per person and a very limited menu. Had a family friend with us so felt like we had to stay and ride it out. Service was okay but food was lukewarm and meh. Definitely not worth $75 per person and definitely would not have made the reservation if their website was clearer on the ground rules ahead of time. For the $75 you should maybe have thrown in a free drink. I honestly feel like I was taken advantage of and the $520 total bill (with tip) was a TOTAL WASTE of my hard earned money. Shame because I genuinely liked going there before but I won’t go back now. Fool me once shame on you.

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Kaylee
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Very disappointed… we made reservations for New Year’s eve, and I thought it was odd that the restaurant was pretty empty at 6:30 when there was no additional reservations available. I was really craving their ideal burger which is usually SO good. We sat down and was told they had a pre-fixed menu (4 course for $75) and could not order off the regular menu. There was nothing i wanted or could eat off that menu so we decided to leave. I felt really bad for the waitress who said it was her first week and we were the 9th table to leave because of the menu. This should have been communicated to those making reservations.

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JessicaE
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super busy! Everything costed extra. Change a drink extra charge. Wanted Mayo, extra charge for it. Very expensive

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PatB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared appetizers with drinks -all good and planning to return

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there on a whim after searching on Open Table. The inside was cozy and comfortable. The drinks were great and the food was very good. Our waitress was very attentive. Will definitely be back

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LAURENA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Burger was not cooked to order but otherwise very good. Excellent service, all the staff were great.

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Nice atmosphere and good people

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MeganS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in starving after waiting 1.5 hr somewhere else and mentioned that to our hostess. She took our order before even filling water and must have put in a word to the kitchen because the apps came out near immediately. We literally cheered. She and her runner treated us like we were the only people there and we were so grateful. The food was fantastic. Try the buffalo cauliflower, calamari to start. All the entrees are great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was good just a little slow going

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DawnW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The servers were wonderful! We are always welcomed and taken care of.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Briley was great! Great customer service and very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We have been to Ideal before and we keep going back because we have always had good food and service. But, when we made a reservation for dinner last night, we stood at the door for 10 minutes before anyone greeted us. When we were seated at our table, we sat for 25 minutes and no one came to our table to take an order. I have seen it be busier before and we were frustrated as to why we were never approached for even a drink order. The wait staff keep just walking by our table without even looking at us. So after 25-30 minutes of waiting we got up and left. It will be a while before we try to go back.

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TraceyG
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks and the food were outstanding. Only had the nachos and a Flatbread but it filled us up.
Very creative cocktails.

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vipJoananne
New England
67 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The staff and ambiance and value excellent. Will return soon. Thank you. Peter and Joan D Cahill

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Suez
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu selection and drinks. Service is always friendly and attentive.

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JenniferD
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Ideal 5-6 times now and have had a great meal and great service every time.

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Frank
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Experience was not the best. Happy Hour limited to only the stools around bar. NOT very customer friendly or conducive for conversation with groups of 4 or more.
Tables in bar area should be available for happy hour.

Bar bites menu has decent selections. However, we were disappointed the chicken tacos and shrimp were too over the top (spicy hot) without any warning on menu.

Will not be going back.

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DaveM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Very quaint and romantic. Couldn’t believe how fast the food came out and was very good.
Appetizers are very large portions.
Best espresso martini I’ve ever had.
The drinks are exceptionally well made. And the staff was very polite and attentive. Will definitely return

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DonJ
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, very unique cocktails, excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Ideal Tavern! The food was delicious. I also love the speciality cocktails.

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Ursie0210
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

French toast and espresso martini were delicious!

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KarenA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kitchen delivered from a great menu. Service excellent. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks & great staff! Would definitely recommend!!

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AmyA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was amazing, food delicious and quick service

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JaimeP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Too many great apps to choose from...we picked 3 and they were all delicious and big portions. (Brussels, fried pickles and cauliflower) We split the short rib entre and it was so tender.

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vipMarinaJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious love the changing menu every season

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nicoled
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant with the nicest, most accommodating staff. Extensive Drink menu, wonderful craft cocktails and seasonal twists on classic comfort foods. Tried it for the first time for a birthday celebration and it was was wonderful dining experience. Cannot wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner with our dog. Everyone was so nice and accommodating. The food was fabulous. Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the cocktails at Ideal! Always updated for the season. Food was great!

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vipBOBandANGEL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always "on point." Love it!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in after a hockey game. Seated right away. Waitress was great. Food delicious

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vipVickil
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

interesting and eclectic food with great cocktail menu. Friendly staff
Nice evening out with friends

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MarilynD
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was ok ,so we will try again, to see if something else is better. Atmosphere was very dark and cold. Server was very friendly and knowledgeable but didnt come to check on us enough. Prices were on the high side.

FAQs

Ideal Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 863-5444.

Ideal Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 540 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.