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McMenamins Tavern on the Square, Bothell, WA

McMenamins Tavern on the Square

4.0
4
1057 Reviews
$31 to $50
Northwest
The Tavern on the Square at McMenamins Anderson School is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and later-on. This Northwest-style café offers comfortable sophistication, making it an ideal spot to meet up and enjoy house-made specialties, such as brioche and desserts.

You'll see seasonal offerings, fresh fish and local produce on the menus here, ranging from Seared King Salmon to Filet Mignon.

Dining options pair well with our handcrafted coffee, ales, cider, wine and spirits-offering upscale classics and modern inventions.

Fresh, inventive offerings make this Tavern an inviting space any time of day or night.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Northwest, Contemporary American, Organic

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (425) 219-4362

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Emily Trettel

  • Private party facilities

    Looking to host a birthday, anniversary, holiday, corporate, or celebratory event at Tavern on the Square? The Erma Olin room is the perfect destination for any type of gathering for groups ranging anywhere between 12-20 people. We have limited availability in our dining room for parties larger than 5. Please note that these often book up far in advance. Large party reservation slots are available prior to 5:30pm and after 7:30pm. We have greater availability for large party reservations Sunday through Thursday so please let us know if alternate dates would suffice.

  • Private party contact

    Evan Petrone : (425) 219-4362

  • Neighborhood

    Bothell

  • Parking details

    There is a parking lot located on site for Customers and Hotel Guests. There is also parking available behind Anderson School in the Pop Keeney Stadium.

  • Entertainment

    Onsite at the Anderson School, we have a weekly live music, a first-run movie theater, billiards, shuffleboard, outdoor fire pits and more.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,057 people are saying

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4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Outdoor Dining

  • Eastside

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. KC

    KristinC

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met friends for lunch. Great venue, fun to explore the property. Servers never pressured us to hurry, but were still attentive and checked in periodically. We all ordered something different and everyone was happy with their choice. Definitely will go back.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Start of a birthday celebration
  3. SW

    StephanieW

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was just okay for the price.
  4. ME

    MissElaineous

    Nashville

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It can be tricky getting good service these days (post pandemic) but our party of 8 was not disappointed. We were seated comfortably outside on a lovely evening and out server was super attentive. As it took a while for our entire party to arrive. He was timely with drink orders and food… all arrived fresh and well prepared. It was a great experience!
  5. TO

    TimO

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Parking impossible. 25 minutes to find a spot, very few handicap. Got seated,got drinks, placed order. for next 45 minutes waiter avoided eye contact, and never came with bread, refilled drink once. at 50+ minutes here comes dinner finally, the salad and entree both at once. I asked why, he said he thought we wanted it that way. We never ever even mentioned anything about bring salad with entree. So I thought i better eat the entree before salad so it didnt get cold. It was already cold. Filet Mignon slightly warm, same with yukon gold potatoes. Like they had sat out for 15-20 minutes. yet, oddly, asparagus was warm. My asparagus was good and normal, my wifes were burnt and charred and super skinny. We ordered exact same meal. So i started on $20 salad. Limp, gross, no roasted hazelnuts as stated on menu. Waiter finally comes back by, offered to have entree done over, but would be another 45 minutes. We said no, he offered refund on entree, we accepted. We didnt eat our salads, they were gross. so we wasted 2.5 hours getting there, parking, waiting, rejecting terrible food. Spent $60 on nothing and ruined our 1st Anniversary evening. I don't know how much McMenamins had to pay Bothell to skirt around required number of handicap parking spots, but somebody got over on permit department! Utter waste of time and money, don't even know why we paid for salads. And by the way, we are VERY easy to please, understand business and understand restaurant business. We aren't complainers, and we don't Yelp. But this was an exceptionally bad meal, terrible food, untrained waitstaff(or trained to avoid) and at least 2 levels of management have failed in an epic fashion.
  6. HA

    HeatherA

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    As always the food was amazing and the service was friendly. The wait was horrible for food. We sat down at 5 pm, ordered by 5:15 and didn’t get our food until 6:20. Server was in a tight spot. Won’t stop me from going again, but I will be prepared next time to wait on the kitchen.
  7. BW

    BarbaraW

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The turkey sandwich was great, and very large. As usual, the service was courteous but slow. A very good lunch.
  8. SP

    SPmom

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    They were Out of the wine we ordered, made a great recommendation for a sub and offer to match the price ( which did not happen). Entrees arrived several minutes before our appetizers - Server comped two of the apps to make up for this. Food was tasty, service was overall slow and restaurant seemed short staffed, I think our server was doing the best he could.
  9. DH

    DianeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We have a very good meal outside and enjoyed listening to the band that was playing.
  10. BG

    BettyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an excellent choice if you want a quality experience. Great food and service. I’ll be back!
  11. A

    Alstake

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    food choices have shrunk. Oatmeal and berries gone New Orleans style beignets were not good. over cooked and dry. Fix the process or drop the item!
  12. LN

    LadiesNightOrganizer

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    This place is a fun spot for date nights but even with a reservation and a request for a nice spot outside we had a bad table seating. We were next to two doors and a stinky garbage can. We wanted to see the beautiful gardens and lights. I asked for us to be moved but they said there was no space, even on a Monday night. We were disappointed. The servers were kind though.
  13. JS

    JandS

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    We've eaten here before, about 5 years ago and it was great. Not this time- We were seated in an area with 4 small tables outside around a fire pit, but didn't get any service at all. The waiter walked by our table 5 times and never even looked at us or asked if we needed naything. I tried to get the attention of another server and he ignored me as well. We willnot be eating here again!!
  14. J

    Jenny

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is a really fun place to eat and have drinks. The food was good and the service was great. The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is because the menu choices were limited with not a lot of options.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Why bother to make reservations. They just dump you at a table. No effort made to meet request made when reservation made. The place is lovely, the service sucks.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Some of our food was delivered to another table. Waited 45 minutes for it to come. Meanwhile, everyone else at our table had finished. Drink orders were forgotten. Noise level from nearby tables was magnified under gazebos. Special requests for seating were not even considered when we checked in
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always! Service, staff, and food were all fabulous. Thank you for welcoming the four-legged family members. Great food, value, and atmosphere.
  18. DT

    DirkTheDaring

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We had been fans because the food was good and they have this great outdoor seating area. However, the last 2 times we ate there the service was so slow as to be painful. It was well over and hour and a quarter from the time we arrived to when we received our meals (both times). They were friendly enough, but the kitchen must be overloaded. I know from their website they are short-staffed, like everyone else, but I won't be eating there again until there is some evidence they have managed to hire enough people. Last night they had live music outside and for once I was glad that they had to seat us inside. It was LOUD! Fortunately we had a large table pretty isolated from most others and by the fireplace, which, if you don't mind the run on sentence, was needed as they had the air conditioner set to "stun". Food was a mixed bag last night. My pizza was good, my daughter's was so so (after they remade it because they realized they had made it wrong, so she got hers even later than the rest of us), and the third was fine. My brother's hamburger and fries had apparently been sitting under the heat lamp waiting for the pizzas. The burger was dried out and fries cold. My wife's salad was not much more than a pile of lettuce and missing the toasted hazelnuts (the best part, right?) The salmon was forgettable. On the place side, we ordered bread and french fries as we sat down and the fries came reasonably soon and were hot and excellent. The bread was forgettable. They must be doing well as the parking lot was full up and it took a while to find a spot. Ultimately, it will be awhile before we return, we'll keep an eye on the reviews and if they show improvement we'll be back. Two more (related) things. The menu on Open Table bore little resemblance to the menu we got at the restaurant, be for warned! And their own website is so hard to navigate that I never found their actual menu, although my wife, smarter than me, did.
  19. J

    Jess

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Ambiance is awesome. Food was good but service was slow and a mistake was made on the order. Price was also high.
  20. KK

    KKandKK

    Seattle

    169 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    169 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a delicious dinner - Tom Kah clams to start (delicious broth, came with sourdough bread to soak it up!), shrimp & grits, and the salmon. Good cocktail, beer & wine selections. The dessert menu looked good, too, but no room for dessert tonight. The restaurant was busy but once seated, didn't feel crowded. We need to come here more often.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Long wait for appetizer and then the wrong food was brought out. Another long wait for correct order. We were headed to Seattle to see a show and received almost no attention from our server, had to stop at the counter to ask for our check. Our check was wrong when it was calculated- too much by $30. I only give it a 3 becasue the food was very good and atmosphere very nice. I would try it again but would hope for a different server.
  22. DH

    DeniseH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The fish and chips were soggy. I expected excellent for the price.
  23. D

    Dawnthemom

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had EXCELLENT service!
  24. NW

    NaomieW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. We ate outside and it was lovely
  25. S

    Shamysharr

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Made reservations for dinner and was seated quickly. Not very crowded at all which was nice. Server was kind and in training. Ordered chowder and truffles fries to which both arrived lukewarm. The servers were apologetic and had new ones made which was a total improvement. Overall, the experience was fun, not sure we’d go again but glad we did.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great. However, they really need to put directional signage from parking lot to various venue’s on site. Theres no way of knowing the whereabouts of any one spot without just happening upon it or stopping in to one of the wrong venues and asking for a map.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service was wonderful. He knew the menu well and went out of his way to keep our allergy family safe.
  28. MO

    MOGR

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We were slow to order but never got any water refills and the salads seemed to take a long time, despite not being super busy… good salads. Breakfast menu looked great too. Nice & quiet- great decor
  29. CW

    CasseyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service, good food and beautiful atmosphere 👌
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was mediocre and barely warm. Atmosphere was slightly old and dirty looking, tables was sticky. Parking lot was packed and no available handicapped parking for 2 disabled guests in my party. Bad experience
  31. AB

    AnniefromBothell

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    McMenamins is one of our favorite restaurants, especially when we can sit on the patio and listen to the live music, which we did last night. The service was excellent!!! They appeared fully staffed. Excellent food as always. It was so wonderful to see people/families out enjoying our good weather.
  32. N

    Nauntie

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Breakfast menu given was different than online menu. Thought $11.00 was a little much for 2 pancakes. Why do restaurants serve ice cold butter with pancakes? Would it be too much to maybe have some whippet butter?
  33. PE

    PETERK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Not your best performance. Seemed overwhelmed. Extra characters.
  34. VM

    VanessaM

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We stayed at the Anderson School for the 3 day weekend and made breakfast reservations both mornings. The Tavern on the Square is still as lovely as I had remembered from our first visit in 2016, and has beautiful light coming through the many stained glass windows and classical music playing in the background. Our servers on both days were very friendly and attentive. The only real disappointment was the food, with most dishes being over $16 and bigger portions, there wasn’t much in the lighter range. I am also sad that the beignets that I loved so much on previous visits were very disappointing - for one, they weren’t even on the breakfast menu and I wouldn’t have even known they were offered if I hadn’t said something to our server the first day and she let me know that they’re only on the dessert menu. And then when I did get a chance to order them on our next visit, they were smaller and frankly not very good (two of the four were hard and crunchy on one end, like the dough had been stale or didn’t get a chance to rise). As one of the main things that I looked forward to on our stay, it really was a let down that they weren’t as good as I’d remembered.
  35. JS

    JenniferS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The tavern must be very understaffed. Despite making a reservation and tables being empty, we were told we had to wait. It took our server forever to bring water and drinks. The wait for food was even longer. When we attempted to dine again for breakfast the next day (we were hotel guests) we were told there was a 40-45 min wait despite tons of outside tables completely empty and many inside tables also empty. Extremely disappointing. Won’t be back to eat until they get their staffing sorted out (unless you sit at the bar).
  36. B

    Barney

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We had reservations on the patio for lunch at 12:30 and were seated promptly. NO ONE came to our table for 30 minutes and then only because we asked a waiteress if they could help us. She said she was not our waitress. Finally another waitress came to our table and took our order. Our food arrived at 2:00 PM, once again we had to find our waitress and ask when our food would arrive. We had to ask for our water to be refilled several times and it wasn't. We asked for more ketchup which came when our meal was over. Our waitress apologized and said we could have a free dessert since our experience was so poor. The dessert was fine but did not make up for the poor experience of the meal.
  37. S

    Stacia

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Lovely venue, service was inattentive. Food was delicious, though we did have to keep asking for missing elements of our meals. It took over 2 hours, as often our server was no where to be found.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends birthday
  39. o

    obiwong

    Seattle

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Came here for lunch on a rare, beautiful, sunny day. It is a lovely, renovated old school house with a lovely campus and lots to see. We initially requested outdoor dining, but it was a little to noisy so we went inside. I think they were understaffed as we waited almost 45 minutes before our food arrived. I had fish and chips which were excellent. The fish was juicy, flaky and tender and the crust was crispy. My wife had the black bean burger. She asked for the sauce on the side but it came with the sauce on it. We wiped it off. Nice selection of wines by the glass, including "Taps for Ten" dollars. Good value on the wine.
  40. D

    Dave

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    When the potatoes are the best part of your breakfast, it isn’t one that you will normally recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

McMenamins Tavern on the Square offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (425) 219-4362.

McMenamins Tavern on the Square is rated 4 stars by 1057 OpenTable diners.

McMenamins Tavern on the Square does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for McMenamins Tavern on the Square

18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bothell

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Northwest, Contemporary American, Organic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a parking lot located on site for Customers and Hotel Guests. There is also parking available behind Anderson School in the Pop Keeney Stadium.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Emily Trettel

  • Entertainment

    Onsite at the Anderson School, we have a weekly live music, a first-run movie theater, billiards, shuffleboard, outdoor fire pits and more.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (425) 219-4362

  • Private party facilities

    Looking to host a birthday, anniversary, holiday, corporate, or celebratory event at Tavern on the Square? The Erma Olin room is the perfect destination for any type of gathering for groups ranging anywhere between 12-20 people. We have limited availability in our dining room for parties larger than 5. Please note that these often book up far in advance. Large party reservation slots are available prior to 5:30pm and after 7:30pm. We have greater availability for large party reservations Sunday through Thursday so please let us know if alternate dates would suffice.

  • Private party contact

    Evan Petrone : (425) 219-4362

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