Magnolia 525 Tavern

4.5
63 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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The Magnolia 525 is an upscale, beautiful tavern that serves creative comfort food & rocking cocktails! Our award winning interior & chic ambiance makes guests feel at home, with an oversized bar ideal for connecting with friends old and new. 525 also boasts outdoor seating, Sunday brunches and daily chef specials. We have been featured on the Phantom Gourmet, in the Boston Globe, the Gloucester Daily Times and voted Best Burger in Gloucester. Come see why everyone loves the 525!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Burgers, Pub
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Hours of operation
TUES-THU DINNER
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
SUNDAY DINNER
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
FRI & SAT DINNER
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(978) 525-3230
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
Catering services are available! Please call to inquire!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Norman Ave
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Parking details
Plenty of parking, street and private lot
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.6
ambience
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JH
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was wonderful . They informed us that they no longer use Open Table.

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c
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good but the entree arrived while finishing appetiter. Server did not introduce self or check back.

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LL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and accommodating staff. Food was excellent and arrived timely and together as we had a group of 5

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P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent dining experience from the moment we entered; friendly greeting, quick, attentive seating, menu and special presentations were prompt. From order to service, time allowed for familiarizing us with the place, and our quiet conversation. The food presentation was excellent-to-superior. The server, Ali, was attentive without hovering, and the place was busy with constant table turn-over; but there was never a sense of being rushed. I work in Manhattan; 525 is a gem.

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CG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful vibe to this happening restaurant. The best part, there were tons of options and everyone loved their meals. If I lived closer, this would become a frequent destination! Thanks for the great service on a busy Saturday evening.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food. Huge portions. Nice server. TV screens not too intrusive

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AS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We went to this restaurant on a recommendation from a friend. The atmosphere was really nice, we sat outside on the patio. The waitress was very nice and the food and drinks came in a timely manner. Drinks were great. We ordered the spinach and artichoke dip to start which was really good. We both ordered the baked haddock which was just OK. The fish was very watery which leads me to believe it was frozen but I could very well be wrong. It didn't have much flavor to it at all. I'm on a low carb diet so there wasn't much on the menu that i could eat but i would definitely give it another shot. You can't really base a restaurant off of one meal.

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BH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Our first time to Magnolia525 Tavern.
I was impressed by the appearance and overall ambiance, we were seated promptly, but that is all that was prompt.
The waitress never introduced herself , and seemed more concerned about recognizing her regular customers
than attending to her orders and tables
Our drink order took forever to arrive, and each drink came out separately. The bartenders were not capable of handling even a moderate crowd and each time a drink or plate came out we had a different server.
The food was great , presentation was great , but overall, the lack of service really detracted from the meal
I would go back again , and give them another chance, everyone occasionally has a bad night. Hopefully Magnolia 525 can offer up some staff training to complement the great location and food they serve

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B
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Our server was on top of things, never had to look around for her if I needed anything, she was right there. The apps and entrees were served in a timely manner and everything was delicious. Great experience as usual at 525!

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

Love going there. Very friendly staff. Easy parking. Fair value. Great 80s music.

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Y
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is awesome! Larry will take good care of you ! Hidden gem !

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V
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant to dine for any occassian. Great cuisine , Very clean . Friendly staff, and helpfull. Owner operated.From ente to entre was fantastic , enjoyed the whole experience, and that was our third time . Will be back soon Larry,

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IR
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It took a while for our wine to come out. That being said, the food was very good. We shared a grass-fed ribeye steak, sweet garlic shrimp, a salad, and a very nice bottle of Santa Barbara Cabernet Sauvignon. My question is why does the restaurant buy its beef from an up state New York Farm when there are numerous local Massachusetts farms to choose from? Also, the the chairs in the patio definitely need padding or a different style of chair. Sitting on a hard metal chair was not conducive to $100 meal.

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CK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good. The nachos with chicken were tasty, if a bit burnt. Some of the menu items we saw online were not available anymore. Maybe just didn’t update for spring/summer?

Our server was trying his best, but he was the only person there for quite a while, so I truly feel for him, but it wasn’t the greatest experience.

That said, I’d be willing to give them a second chance.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I really wanted to love this place but sadly it did not meet expectations.

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NO
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My daughter was pleased with her mac and cheese and her martini,,,my tips were tough as nails not very tender at all,,,fries were great,,,,had to ask for bread,,,,totally disappointed in the Lava Cake,,,,,,all syrup almost no cake,,,,,,my friends risotto was missing half of the items to it,,,,,but was rectified when she mentioned it to the waitress,,,,she also asked for bread,,,was not offered to us, but hey it was busy,,,so I completely understand,,this was my daughter's 4th times there and she still wasn't impressed

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Sunday brunch for my son’s 18th birthday. We had a large group and were accommodated just fine. The ambience is very cozy and the food was delicious! My Bloody Mary was the best ever!!! It was a meal in itself and so so good. Will definitely go back for dinner and another Sunday jazz brunch very soon!! Look forward to the summer outdoor dining too.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal! Everything was so tasty.

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P
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly team that welcomes you and makes you feel comfortable. The food and cocktail menus are varied and just what I expected. This is not a convenient drive for me but I will be back and will bring family

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SD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I felt that the person that seated made sure we were comfortable not only with our table but also with our food and generally inquired to be sure we were enjoying our evening with friends

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RS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I visited Magnolia 525 Tavern recently with a group of six. We were seated promptly and drinks came soon after. The food was very good and everyone enjoyed their selections. We will be back.

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G
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently visited Magnolia 525 with friends and loved the atmosphere! Have a drink at the bar with a friend or have dinner with your family in the dining area. We were greeted at the door and accommodate per requests for seating. The owners checked in on us for dinner recommendations then followed up to make sure we were enjoying our dinners. Everything was delish.. mussels were so good!!!
Definitely will be back

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t know why I haven’t heard more about this restaurant! It was great. We came on a Friday evening with our two daughters. I had the burger and my husband had the fried scallops from the specials menu. My two girls had pizza from the kids menu. All of the food was really tasty. The service was on point. Our waitress was available when we needed her and the food came fairly quickly. They have a good drink menu and a number of beers on tap. The kids meals came with Hoodsies and my husband and I tried a skillet chocolate chip cookie for dessert. The location of the restaurant was really nice. It is right up the hill from the ocean with beautiful views. We will definitely be back!

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GO
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy we found Magnolia 525 on Open Table. We couldn't have been happier with our meal, everything was outstanding!

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MN
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with a group of friends recently at 525. Loved the atmosphere / very welcoming. Christine was our server she was great!! Food and drinks were excellent. Pizza was delicious. Also the nachos were huge. I had the salmon which was cooked perfectly and the veggies were yummy. Can’t wait to go back
Michelle

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was absolutely amazing! However the food was not the level we were expecting.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is in a great location, the ambiance is very nice and the food was delicious! Had a great experience with my wife. Be sure to save room for dessert!

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L
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We found the service to be good and the food very good, ambiance was great.

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RS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice Tavern with a nice selection of food and beverages. Very reasonably priced, with friendly, efficient service.

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JE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Probably wouldn’t go back.

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BD
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family reunion

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SG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Waited a long time for an appetizer of wings that were not great. Waited even longer for entrees and 2 of the 3 were cold. This is the 3rd strike for me here. I definitely will not return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

They ran out of my favorite dessert, which was my reason for going to 525. I was very bummed, but the food was excellent.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance, bartender makes killer Manhattan's, friendly staff,. the food is good, just not a whole lot of it for what your paying for each entree. Although I'm really not that big of an eater, my boyfriend is, I feel they could be alittle more generous with their portion size especially when your paying a higher than average price. I never have a problem paying higher prices to go out for dinner but I do want to walk away feeling like it was all worth it.

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 2

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you were searching for a new religion- we suggest you give the Gouda cheesesteak spring rolls some serious consideration.

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S
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a quiet Tuesday early evening, two of us dining for my friend’s birthday - excellent service, loved our food and our waitress brought out a “trio” dessert, complete with candle for the birthday girl. Relaxed and enjoyable experience!

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CD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

New Years Day Brunch was good at the 525. Service was a little slow-don't think they were expecting as many people as they are not usually open for lunch/brunch.
Great neighborhood spot, plenty of parking, friendly. Bloody Mary's were awesome!

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CW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a wonderful time here. The food is great, the atmosphere is cozy and warm, the servers are friendly and attentive, the chef knows how to cook food the way you want it, and the price for all that is very reasonable.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious burgers!!

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