Scotch Plains Tavern

4.4
291 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.

Support Scotch Plains Tavern during COVID-19

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 291 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.6
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JeanneD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was horrible. We waited 20 minutes after sitting before the waitress came over. Not friendly at all. Took over 2 hours for sandwiches, wings and a house salad. Which was mediocre. Very disappointed. Mgr says short on staff. The atmosphere is great but they definitely need to step it up. The waitress looked like she was mad at the world.

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Dommie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food, lots of choices and good atmosphere.
I recommend it.

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John
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Mussels have been the best
Calamari has been very good
Fathers day the calamari was not chrisp and was chewy. Also was greasy. Will continue to use as our go to resturant
Thank you

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LoriB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Such a great atmosphere. Too bad the waitress was horrible and the food mediocre.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for food and entertainment

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Martian
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time visitors delightfully surprised. We sat inside but outside had a band and throng of happy diners. Inside the noise level was lower and the food surprised us. Best ribs I have ever had and many interesting options.

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Jackfruit
Bristol
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great ambiance and excellent customer service but food not so great! Had fried calamari but more fried batter than actual calamari . All other food lacked taste. We hoped it was different but we would give it a 2nd chance just because staff was so nice.

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vipllll
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The place was fairly empty but it took 20 minutes before our waitress got to our table. I don't think there was a trained bartender on staff the drinks were elementary.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great time! Everyone was very pleasant and helpful. Great ambiance and feel. Loved the live music too

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PaulK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall good visit as in our past three visits
Menu is varied and good. Change up tote cod (coconut vs almond crust) a disappointment as we really loved the almond not saying coconut not good but like coming for an old freind and finding they are not in today
Noise from the band up stairs about 10% too much for easy conversation downstairs
Wait staff very nice . mixed one order but recovered very fast
Panko chicken and burgers very good
First time getting mixed drink and might need to give the bar tender a hand with their old fashioneds
Very solid and look forward to returning and what looks like a very fun outside section coming soon

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EvitaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome staff. Happy hour is one of the best around.

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JohnC
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Too too noisy. Loud incessant rock band playing at high decibel. At 7pm. Inappropriate and really annoying.

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ConnieD
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant we’ve been to in a long time ... absolutely awesome !!!

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WendyG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Food! Beautiful place!

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Jason
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great time! Looking forward to my next visit!

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vipRachelR
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

We visited mystic for the weekend and found this great place. We sat outside and listened to an assessment band! Food was good but the atmosphere was great.

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JanelleS
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , beautiful atmosphere and good service. It’s a must go to place 👌🏻

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PaulA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and a varied beer selection. Staff is friendly and weekend music is a bonus

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful experience!!

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ChristopherF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Way too loud. Please tone down your music! I could not hear my conversation.

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NancyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place to eat! Wonderful service, felt comfortable and safe. Menu was perfect, had great choices for all different likes at our table. Waitress attentive and helpful.

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Traveling
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit as we live out of state and I chose this restaurant for my daughters birthday dinner. The service was fantastic and the food was awesome. Even know they didnt have the Boursin chicken. The cod which was my second choices had incredible flavor and I receomend this to anyone. My family had nothing but compliments of there meals. If I am ever in that are again. I will planned going there.
Only bad thing was that it was windy outside and a umbrella flew off one of the tables. No one was hurt but they should be more cautious

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Dreamer
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I’ve been there twice, once upstairs in the sports bar/restaurant area and once downstairs in the main dining room. The food was great both times. Most recently we were downstairs in the main dining room. The area is nicely decorated and more upscale than the sports bar. It was a Saturday at 7pm and every seat both inside and outside was full, which explains why the service was a bit slower than expected. The main issue was that the ceiling over the main dining room is two stories and is open to the sports bar above. During busy times, the noise from upstairs echos down to the first floor, making it almost uncomfortably loud in the main dining room. Despite this, I would still recommend Scotch Plains Tavern and I will return.

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JessicaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was crowded but the waitress was attentive and quick with our orders

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JudiK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun place to go. Good food, service, and even live music. Best steamed mussels I’ve ever had. We sat upstairs and would definitely recommend.

JB
JeanB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Ourvwdd as inter wad great!
Dillon was his name I think.
Sweet fries a bit over cooked.
Berrata blt was great

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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vipWilliamR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Wonderful listening to live music again. Food is good; service is slow and in attentive.

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ChristineB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon entering the establishment, I was greeted with a friendly, welcoming smile. Our table was perfect, high top on the 2nd level.
Our waiter was knowledgable of the menu and was able to describe in detail the specials. The food was delicious, so fresh.

I look forward to coming back again when the weather is a little warmer, then we could sit outside.
Thank you!

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RichardP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was well prepared and of good quality, reasonably priced, and the service was great. It is a great location and the Mass Confusion Band was the icing on a well made cake.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, food is great, ambiance is even better. Rustic

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ChristyK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They’re doing a great job! Loved our experience. Live music upstairs so we were happy to be seated downstairs. Attentive and wonderful server.

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lcfr2
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone serving was upbeat, prompt and helpful. The menu had a good array of options and it was nice to get a draft beer that wasn't served in a can for a change. We'll be back.

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Patricia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful remodel and food was excellent. Complied with all Covid requirements and they do have outdoor seating but wish there was more.

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Bobm
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic, hostess very friendly, nice place! Ordered chicken dumplings and fish taco, burger, and half and half sandwich. Sandwich and burger were very good, fish taco seemed to have stale tortilla wraps. Chicken dumplings were tasty but a little overcooked Overall a good experience. cider was phenomenal!

JC
JoyceC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been since covid, extremely great service, food, and safety precautions.

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MichelleM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We go to Scotch Plains quite often in the summer months as we keep our boat a nearby marina. However, this time we came in March as my daughter wanted to come for her 18th birthday. There was really too much wrong this night, from bad service to the clueless waitress to the cold food. I'm sorry, but you need to get better staff as we were so sadly disappointed.

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DianaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Hair in 2 dishes and bad service as well. Went out for a birthday and only had one round of drinks cause waitress never came around.

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KIMBERLYH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect time. The food was great. Our server Leslie was super!! And the band Java Groove was awesome!! Definitely coming back.

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John
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We missed Restaurant Week because I broke my arm on our day. We went back to celebrate making it through surgery. The food was fabulous and the establishment is absolutely lovely. We enjoy everything about the experience, from great beer choices to fabulous food! We can hardly wait to go again!

FAQs

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

Scotch Plains Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 291 OpenTable diners.

Scotch Plains Tavern does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.scotchplainstavern.com/.

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.