- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
buffalo, sweet chili, general tso's
Sunny egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, bearnaise aioli
Crispy Brussels Sprouts
fig balsamic glaze, parmesan
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.
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.
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.
Nice ambience, great food, and very friendly waitress. Salmon was delicious and the brussels sprouts app was AMAZING! Can't wait to go back.
Food was not nearly as good as I hoped. Might give it another try someday.
Excellent lunch with family at Ideal Tavern yesterday.
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.
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.
Super busy! Everything costed extra. Change a drink extra charge. Wanted Mayo, extra charge for it. Very expensive
We shared appetizers with drinks -all good and planning to return
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
Burger was not cooked to order but otherwise very good. Excellent service, all the staff were great.
Great food and service. Nice atmosphere and good people
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.
Amazing food and service!
It was good just a little slow going
The servers were wonderful! We are always welcomed and taken care of.
Briley was great! Great customer service and very attentive.
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.
The drinks and the food were outstanding. Only had the nachos and a Flatbread but it filled us up.
Very creative cocktails.
The staff and ambiance and value excellent. Will return soon. Thank you. Peter and Joan D Cahill
Great menu selection and drinks. Service is always friendly and attentive.
We have been to Ideal 5-6 times now and have had a great meal and great service every time.
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.
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
Outstanding food, very unique cocktails, excellent service.
Love Ideal Tavern! The food was delicious. I also love the speciality cocktails.
French toast and espresso martini were delicious!
Kitchen delivered from a great menu. Service excellent. Will definitely return!
Great food, great drinks & great staff! Would definitely recommend!!
Waitress was amazing, food delicious and quick service
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.
Always delicious love the changing menu every season
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!
We went for dinner with our dog. Everyone was so nice and accommodating. The food was fabulous. Definitely recommend.
Love the cocktails at Ideal! Always updated for the season. Food was great!
Always "on point." Love it!
Came in after a hockey game. Seated right away. Waitress was great. Food delicious
interesting and eclectic food with great cocktail menu. Friendly staff
Nice evening out with friends
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.
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.