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Ideal Tavern

4.7
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403 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 403 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.7
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been to ideal tavern since before the pandemic and can say we’ll definitely be back! Menu has changed a bit and had so many options we had a very tough time deciding! All of the food was cooked perfectly, service was great, we loved their drinks- all around great experience.

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Sassy
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Best cocktails in town

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Warm evening in October not to crowed and a new updated menu. It was all good !! Chicken Milanese and arugula salad was delicious.

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Anniversary
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Staff was friendly and attentive! 10/10 recommend

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vipDaveC
New England
46 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nashville Chicken sandwich was very good. Good draft beer list and cocktail program.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Popcorn cauliflower with the sweet chili sauce is the absolute best! Delicious burger and of course their Smoke on the Water cocktail is amazing

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RandallL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Linguini with scallops was SUPER flavorful with fresh fall veggies!

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StephanieG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and food options. Very clean and fast service.

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TracyW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We decided here as a recommendation my birthday daughter wanted to try. I made a reservation. We arrived and were seated. Everyone was very pleasant. The food was bland and way over priced. I know supply and demand can be an issue. I ordered the steak sandwich and Caesar side salad. I’m low carb so I opened my French bread to 2oz steak (if that!)and cheese (not melted). No seasoning and very bland. Caesar salad was soggy. Two other meals were Very small pasta meals. Last meal- looked the best- a burger! Add 3 drinks and poof - $130 bill! We walked out hungry and disappointed. Sorry 😐 I don’t like giving reviews like this.

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vipfoodreviewer8
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch and the menu, drink specials, and service were great as always. Thanks Donnie!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Truffle fries and espresso martini combo sounds like it won’t work, but it does!

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LuisR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and services were fantastic! Have never had a bad experience.

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DeliaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love it here. Food & service were both so good!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress, staff, food, everything was amazing! We loved the host and the server ever more. The drinks and food were top tier! We will definitely be dining with them in the very near future again!

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Matt
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ideal is a place we will always be happy to return to. Every time we come in, we’re greeted with great service, relaxing ambience, and excellent cocktails. The food is next level - every single dish we’ve eaten at Ideal has been perfectly seasoned and cooked, fresh, and beautiful. The kitchen runs like a well-oiled machine, and food always comes out quickly and piping hot. If you haven’t been to Ideal Tavern yet, don’t wait. You will not be disappointed!

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willie
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love their craft cocktails the best, but their plates are creative and palate pleasing. I would recommend this place to a friend

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vipfoodreviewer8
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, and service were excellent as always.

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KathleenF
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and service! Drinks were delicious.

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KendraV
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was AWESOME food was also great. I love that the menu changes every season.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so fresh and favorable. A lot of appetizing options on the menu. Went with the charcuterie board, tuna tartar, chicken skewers, and ribeye. Everything was very tasty and seasoned well. Wished the skewers were left on the grill a little longer but still very good overall experience

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Hoops
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ideal Tavern is such a great place to get a great meal and spend a beautiful night outdoors. The food is always exceptional and i believe it is the owner who will come by to check in on you or even to serve you your dinner.

Drink specials are inventive. Can't miss with the Ideal Tavern.

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BOBandANGEL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot in town! A hidden gem in downtown Southington. Great drinks and the menu is always fresh. We eat there at least once a week. The staff is experienced and the service is great. Since Donny took over as manager about two years ago the turnover which was an issue has completely stopped. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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em92
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Got to sit outside which was super nice. Definitely would go back and recommend

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NoelS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening! The buffalo cauliflower never disappoints! Server was friendly and accommodating!

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BigFans
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had a great time. Donny the manager was super hospitable, moving the umbrella around during our meal to block the bright sun from blinding and overheating us. The drinks are super delicious, except way too small for $12 dollars. The food was wonderful as always. Thanks Ideal Tavern!!

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Mich
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place to dine. Food is perfectly seasoned and expertly plated. Cocktails are outstanding and wine/beer list is impressive.

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NoelS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! The service was great and the outdoor seating worked out really well. Overall great evening.

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vipJoananne
New England
51 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always a great evening out. We love the vibe. The management and service is always excellent always aiming to lease and making sure the evening and food is satisfactory. We dine here weekly .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great Live music which was not too loud and Dannie our server was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Polite friendly service food was good but a little loud for dinner conversation

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Wpark83
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food! Ideal Burger can get a bit messy, but it was delicious.

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JoeD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great staff and food. The only disappointment was that the adult drinks took too long when ordered.

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LissaT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Brussel Sprouts!!! The staff is very attentive and friendly , a fun place to eat , great prices and a very relaxed vibe.

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good drinks, huge beer list, lots of cocktails. The food was good as well. The portions were kind of small for the price, but were delicious.

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William
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Let me start by saying we ended up at The Ideal Tavern
Only because the place we made our original reservation was not open but we were pleasantly surprised.They have an outstanding beer list I had The Bad Sons bad Billy Brown and my wife had The party. We got the artichoke dip as an appetizer and my wife said it was the best she ever had. I had the Reuben sandwich that was outstanding I highly recommend it my wife who does not eat red meat got the BLT except it was a CLT she change the bacon to chicken she only ate about half of it and also I said it was very good we passed up on dessert because we were too full The wait staff was great even the owner came over to our table and asked how everything was. Too bad we live over an hour away I would love to go back and try some of their other dishes. It was a little on the loud side but not to the point that my wife and I could not have conversation. I will finish by saying that I highly recommend the ideal Tavern.

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MeganS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foggy BLT was excellent!

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DanaM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious from apps to dessert. Their charcuterie is my favorite in the area

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They served little cornbread muffins. Then we had the charcuterie board, it was a nice collection of snack items. The meals were enjoyable. They have fun cocktails that range from vintage to trendy with a drink that is presented with dry ice.

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MarkM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, and a friendly atmosphere. Very cool to order the ‘bartender’s special’, and not know what drink was coming...but it was good!

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Ideal Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 403 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.