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The Charles @ Bunratty Tavern, Reading, MA

The Charles @ Bunratty Tavern

4.4
4.4
30 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Charles is a modern American Restaurant with craft cocktails, live entertainment and an old Hollywood Vibe! New to Reading, which is fast becoming a beautiful walkable downtown location, with new new restaurants, new stores to shop at and we are happy to add The Charles to your choice of dining and entertainment choices. We are located right in the center of town which is easily accessible from 93 or 128/95 with a very short drive. Located right next door to the up and coming famous award winning Bunratty Tavern, you can't miss us.
Open for Dinner Thurs-Saturday 5-10pm. Available for Private Functions Sun-Wed and Saturday during the day.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Italian, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (781) 779-8246

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Catering

    Catering for Private Functions in The Charles

  • Private party facilities

    Any and all events! Call us at 781-779-8246 to set up your next private event!

  • Neighborhood

    Reading

  • Cross street

    Haven Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking or Public Lot of Woburn Street

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 30 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Great for brunch

  • Boston / New England

    Healthy

  • Boston / New England

    Hot spot

  • Boston / New England

    Lively

  • Boston Suburbs

    Great for brunch

  • Boston Suburbs

    Healthy

  • Boston Suburbs

    Hot spot

  • Boston Suburbs

    Lively

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  1. JW

    JohnW

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had another great dinner at The Charles @ Bunratty. The acorn squash special filled with pumpkin risotto and scallops was amazing! The chicken piccata was delicious also. Nice music. Can't beat the service and food!
  2. AP

    AlexP

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Went with a party of 6. Drinks were strong but pretty good. But the food was disappointing. The menu lacked cohesion, it just seemed like a bunch of unrelated dishes. We all ordered something different, and were all disappointed with the food. Overall I'd recommend the Irish bar next door (owned by the same people)
  3. RA

    RADD

    New England

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Nice setting, good service, reasonable price on the food. I will say that the dishes, although tasty, were fairly plain and main stream.
  4. TC

    TheresaC

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Husband had short ribs, loved it. I had chicken piccata but asked for zucchini noodles which they were kind to accommodate. It was delicious. Both had a side Caesar salad which was wonderful. I’ll definitely be back. Service was great.
  5. JS

    JohnS

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was delicious (an appetizer of bacon, lettuce, tomato and chicken with balsamic glaze on flatbread, and a meal of risotto and scallops), and the ambiance a pleasant surprise -- black and white photos on the walls of well known performers from the past and a quiet soundtrack of music from the 50's through the 90's. An extremely satisfying visit.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing night! Amazing drinks and apps (had the shrimp, calamari, zucchini, Mac and cheese balls) ! Amazing Meal! Amazing desserts (strawberry shortcake and cheesecake)! Top notch service! Musical Bingo was sooooooo fun!
  7. JW

    JohnW

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been Reading residents since 1990 and this was our first time dining at The Charles at Bunratty. There were 6 of us and everyone loved their meals, including the Chicken piccata, brick oven chicken, short ribs and another chicken dish. The shrimp peri peri app with cauliflower was delicious. We will be back!
  8. CK

    ChrisK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved every part of our experience…great live music and the food and service was sublime!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and so was the service. We will definitely be back again.
  10. M

    Megs

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant and staff ever! We absolutely love coming here for the food, drinks and the awesome staff!
  11. CC

    ChristineC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was our first visit - we generally visit Bunratty's next door. The staff was friendly, welcoming and attentive. Interesting menu options. The first round of Scotch was a bit skimpy, but the pour on the 2nd round was more generous. Food was very good, and was appealing in presentation. And the music was a real bonus. We will be back!
  12. LM

    LisaM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service and ambience. The salmon and tagliatelle bolognese outstanding! We will be back soon!!
  13. KN

    KNels

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    The drinks were fine and arrived in a timely manner; although the cosmo was a little too sour. Appetizers were amazing (had Mac n Cheese balls, flatbread pizza, and stuffed mushrooms). Everyone enjoyed their entrees. All of this would have been fine and would have been four stars. The huge disappointment and the reason we will not return is the strawberry shortcake. I kid you not - not a single strawberry. That’s got to be false advertising. How do you have a strawberry shortcake without a single legitimate strawberry (instead it was some minimalist, cheap purée/jam drizzle around the periphery). If a restaurant can get wrong something so basic, I just can’t rationalize returning.
  14. 9

    92hd

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First visit and everyone in the group were very happy with the meal, the music (not too loud) and pace that we were able to enjoy since we hadn't seen eachother in years!
  15. GB

    GeraldB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and an upbeat atmosphere. We had the stuffed zucchini for a starter, it was excellent. I had the grilled steak for an entree, my wife had the scallops, both were delicious. For dessert we had the house made cheesecake; Save room for it, you'll be glad you did. Loved the live music as well, it got our weekend off to a great start!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Live music way too loud for the space Two dinners came out and it was another 10 minutes before the second two dinners came out. Scalloped potatoes were cold and undercooked Would not recommend

    The Charles @ Bunratty TavernResponded on April 24, 2022I am so very sorry for your less than good visit with us. I can't speak to what went wrong with the time lapse between the meals as it wasn't brought to my attention. I apologize too for the scalloped potatoes, they typically are delicious and crispy almost to the extent of being overcooked, in a good way, but can I ask how the other meals were? On the loudness of the music, I will speak with Selkii and make sure she's not to loud going forward. Regards, Eilish

  17. KC

    KathyC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always look forward to dining at The Charles. Food is always great as is the service. Will be back soon!!
  18. LC

    LCubano

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four in our group, three different meals all were great. Service was wonderful.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Food was amazing ! Great value for the quality.
  20. CG

    CharleneG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, great service and fantastic music! Highly recommend for dinner or just some apps and drinks.

    The Charles @ Bunratty TavernResponded on April 24, 2022Thank you Charlene!

  21. BB

    BostonBob

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The live music was fantastic! A brother and sister duo with wide range, great talent, and fun personality. Food was fantastic. Service was great, short rib was outstanding
  22. PG

    PickyGirl

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious! I had the scallops and zucchini noodles, it was so good. My husband had the braised ribs, which I had a taste. It was melt in your mouth good. We will definitely be returning here!

    The Charles @ Bunratty TavernResponded on April 24, 2022Thank you PickyGirl! So glad you enjoyed your visit with us Eilish

  23. CC

    CCD1963

    New England

    103 reviews

    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    There were only a few diners when we arrived for our 7 pm reservation on a saturday night. Service was efficient and friendly. We ordered drinks that arrived promptly and were exactly as ordered. We started off with the shrimp and cauliflower appetizer that was just the right amount of sweetness and spice. A lot of cauliflower and 6 decent sized shrimp. Dinners: The Bolognese was enjoyed but he didn't offer much beyond it was good and he finished it. The shrimp and zucchini noodle dish was also enjoyed and mostly finished. Two other diners got the short rib...wow! What a presentation with a very large portion of meat with two gigantic bones! The meat covered a mountain of garlic mashed potatoes and crisp tender green beans. The meat was done perfectly with a nice accompanying gravy and extra for dipping. For $26, you will not get a better bargain...a large portion and a terrific tasting meal! Now...the downside and the reason for 4 stars rather than 5...the desserts. The strawberry shortcake was underwhelming and mediocre at best. The shortcake was dry and had a stale taste. There was a generous portion of ice cream & whipped cream but a complete dearth of strawberries...just some jam drizzled around the perimeter. The cheesecake was good but again...skimpy on the sauce. We were given a choice of sauces and prob should have gotten the caramel but we chose the strawberry. All in all, I would come here again so I'm hoping the desserts will have improved by then.

    The Charles @ Bunratty TavernResponded on April 24, 2022Thank you for your very insightful review. We'll definitely step our game up on the desserts, love the idea of serving the cheesecake with all three toppings and will add fresh strawberries to the shortcake... btw, the strawberry jam is actually fresh strawberry puree that we make in house but I hear you on adding actual strawberries! Thanks again. Eilish

  24. KM

    KarenM

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and beveragess, awesome staff and fantastic duet musicians! Can't wait to go back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great but the service was awesome! Our server was fantastic.
  26. SS

    StephanieS

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderfully attentive service, from the host to the table server and manager. Food was fresh, hot, and yummy. Clean, open interior. Lighting was a bit bright, and dimmed when acoustic guitar performer started.

    The Charles @ Bunratty TavernResponded on April 24, 2022Thank you Stephanie!

  27. RC

    RenaeC

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Decided to try The Charles after seeing posts about it on a local influencers page. It was excellent! We had a perfect table and the service was excellent! It is very hard now a days to get great service along with great food! It was perfect a must try! The one pan chicken was phenomenal!

    The Charles @ Bunratty TavernResponded on April 24, 2022Thank you Renae for your wonderful review.

  28. j

    janetc

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff is friendly, service was great! Love the warm and inviting atmosphere of the restaurant. Food was delicious! Highly recommend dining At the Charles!👍

    The Charles @ Bunratty TavernResponded on April 24, 2022Thank You Janet!

  29. J

    Janyne

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our meal and the live music! We really enjoyed our night out at the Charles.

    The Charles @ Bunratty TavernResponded on April 24, 2022Thank you Janyne for your lovely review.

  30. PB

    PaulB

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed a very good meal at the Charles @Bunratty. Service was very good. Food came well prepared, the right temperature and the overall experience was very good. We would recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Charles @ Bunratty Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 779-8246.

The Charles @ Bunratty Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.

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 1 time today
Google Map for The Charles @ Bunratty Tavern

614 Main St, Reading, MA 01867

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Haven Street

  • Neighborhood

    Reading

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Italian, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking or Public Lot of Woburn Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (781) 779-8246

  • Catering

    Catering for Private Functions in The Charles

  • Private party facilities

    Any and all events! Call us at 781-779-8246 to set up your next private event!

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