Scotch Plains Tavern

4.5
371 Reviews
$30 and under
American
You choose your experience; enjoy a meal in our upscale downstairs dining room featuring an inviting fireplace and unique lighting features. Or a casual feel in our upstairs Tavern featuring multiple TV's to catch your favorite game and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 371 people are saying
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vipDinnerDiner
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it and can't wait to go back! It's Covid but the restaurant and bar are so spacious and airy that I felt totally comfortable. The beer options are great for those who love craft beer.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place, great service.

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CAthy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The onion Soup was cold and was delivered after the meal.
We were Never asked if we wanted dessert and coffee and as we were leaving the hostess never acknowledged us.

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It was New Years Eve -- everything was great so my one critique I will chalk up to the holiday and possibly a short staffing back of house. My main meal was just warm, the mashed potatoes were actually cold, but I didn't complain because I loved everything else and think it's not the norm - positive vibes only!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool vibe - good food - drinks !

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vipRedhead1951
New England
53 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Grandson took us to dinner!

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Michfix
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Having made a reservation I was disappointed that our Table was on the bench with another table so close by. We all felt crowded.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great time from joking with the hostess to dinner to dancing. Thank you

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CoreyE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was kind and thoughtful, even on a busy night

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner after polar express

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CarolC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Waiter was rude and short with us. Service wasn’t great and it was extremely loud.

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JenniferK
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food selection, all presented as expected and delicious! They were out of their “staple” - the Tavern chips - bit made up for it with a great PEI mussel fish! Music by Christopher John was great - a really nice evening all around. Looking forward to returning!

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall a very nice experience. The wait staff is outstanding. The food was very good. The only issue was they ran out of nachos (unbelievable seeing we sat at 3:45pm) And they also ran out of ginger beer which was an ingredient in a mixed drink the ladies were having. We did not get bogged down in those details and substituted just fine.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner after the North Pole Express. Great food and drinks, very quick service for a busy Saturday night and a really nice restaurant. Kid friendly with a good selection of kids meals. Great overall spot.

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ashef
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service burger was fantastic cooked just right and the onion jelly with the cheese was fantastic

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CadyG
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Wonderful sandwiches as well as entrees. Service was outstanding.

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vipArleen
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The menu was fabulous. So unique so it was difficult to choose. Our waiter was very patient even though there was a large kids party nearby. Would go again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really good food for the price. Good service. Great atmosphere. Really nice bar.

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Klutzyrt
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Too loud with the band. Couldn’t hear my friends talking.

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vipAlisa62
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burgers, sandwiches and fries. Varied selection on menu but we stuck w the basics.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid all around

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Service and food was excellent. The band on a Sunday night was terrific. Can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were very pleased with our lunch at Scotch Plains Restaurant. The service was excellent and the food tasty.

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vipSueC
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub food and drinks in a beautiful setting. Waitstaff was so friendly and attentive.

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vipPuffsWife
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunch yesterday a SPT! From the moment we walked in and were given lots of seating options by the congenial host/manager, to the exceptional service we got from Hope (she is just AMAZING!!), to the delicious entrees (husband had the ribs that had a really nice kick to them), and I had the signature burger with stilton and port wine - so good!!), I would describe our lunch as the kind of outstanding experience we used to get in many places pre-COVID. Now, with staffing shortages, service in many restaurants is understandably erratic, but not at SPT! Hope was the only server we saw on the floor (in the main dining room), assisted with a few deliveries of food, etc., by the manager and another gentleman, and she OWNED IT! We will DEFINITELY be back to SPT, and also look forward to enjoying the large and inviting outdoor area, when the weather warms up again!

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vipsusan
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, as were the cocktails. We were very surprised at the reasonable prices overall. I loved the contrasting atmosphere between the dining room and the bar area upstairs! Both were extremely inviting. Our server was very accommodating. I look forward to returning.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We went on a Sunday afternoon to watch the 4pm football games. I have only been to SP in the summer and sat outside so I didn't realize they had live music from 4-7pm...yes I could have found that on their website but I didn't see it. So just a little odd that they have amazing TV's and a bar to watch sports but they had very loud live Jazz type of music...definitely a first for watching football for me. Only other thing about the music was that it was VERY loud...I'm not that old haha but I had a hard time having a conversation with others at my table...just turn it down a level or two.

Onto food...everything was great! Garlic parmesan wings, kind of a dry rub which I prefer, came out crispy and were very good. California burger was cooked to perfection and the bacon on it was amazing. Lastly, the Asian salad was a sold B...great dressing and plenty of oranges but the actual lettuce could have been a little better. Service was on par for a post-covid world and the beers were delicious. I will definitely be back...just might reconsider if I will be watching football!

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AndreaC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This was our first time visiting and overall our experience was wonderful. We went the night before Halloween and the servers were dressed u in costumes. There was a band playing that was very entertaining. We got the chicken dumplings, ribs, tavern burger, brownie sundae, and their special peanut butter pie. All the food was delicious. For drinks we had sangria and their seasonal pumpkin espresso martini. We will be back!

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vipmjm97011
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Decor and service were 5 stars all around the food however was a disappointment. The pretzel app and beer cheese had an metallic taste to it that was off putting. Fresh out of the freezer and tin can taste. The French onion soup was too salty, had no onions and was served entirely too hot. The buffalo chicken wrap was lacking buffalo sauce and was served with cold, stale French fries. We were excited to try this place and the ambiance and service were great but didn’t make up for the lackluster food.

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DonaldM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Servers, Leslie and David very pleasant. Good pour on the drinks. A musical group played very nice music, not too loud and very enjoyable.

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LaurenW
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambience ! Outside is spectacular and the food is great !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Meh. Love the decor both inside and out, but the food is only so-so and it’s very noisy inside. The pluses are the fire pit tables and the pool table for before/after dinner.

Avoid the cucumber martini and don’t go by the outdated menu on OpenTable. Several items are not on the actual menu at the restaurant.

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vipGingy
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Told that the fire table not working at the one table left outside
Service was awful. Never checked to see how food was.
Ribs were dry and my tuna tacos were awful.
Too loud
Band that was supposed to be there cancelled short notice only to find out they cancelled months ago
Never will go back

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JamesV
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very decent food and extensive menu
Great service and welcoming atmosphere
Outdoor dining very pleasant
Recommend this dining venue

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ElizabethF
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place for an outdoor evening! We sat at one of the firepit tables and had a great night! I had the Fish Taco small plate, which was delicious! The Pineapple Coconut Martinis are quite scrumptious too! Thoroughly enjoyed the live music by Sweet Tea Daddy - loud enough to enjoy, not so loud that you can't carry on a conversation. I will definitely be back again!

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AlanHandKris
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were a party of four and wanted it quiet so we could talk to each other easily. We sat inside on the first level in a booth and it was perfect.

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DJT1
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual

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

Cool vibe fun place loved it outside !! We will be back !

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TracyL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great ambiance! Fun vibe- food was good - next time I want to try more appetizers. There was a band - not that good but still enjoyed the night!

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AllenB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

My wife’s lobster roll was very shy on lobster and not worth the cost. We had an excellent experience last time we came here and were disappointed with our trip this time. Off our list.

FAQs

Scotch Plains Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 662-4032.

Scotch Plains Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 371 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.