The Tavern

4.7
270 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The Tavern is a restaurant by Mark Tarbell, who has operated the multiple-award-winning Tarbell's since 1994. In fact they are right next door to each other, and The Tavern offers Tarbell's quality and service in a more casual atmosphere. Connected both visually and philosophically with Mark's third venue, The Wine Store, The Tavern has the unique addition of a "Walk In Wine List", where retail wines can be selected from the store and added to your restaurant tab.
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Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always fantastic. Not to mention, it's the closest to a BYOB you'll come to AZ. You can purchase a bottle of wine at the Wine Shop next door (at retail prices) & enjoy it with your meal at the Tavern.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A truly enjoyable evening! Jaime was delightful and described several wine choices from the Wine Store as she helped us pick a very delicious Rose Pinot Noir. The Scottish Salmon was the best we’ve had anywhere. Bringing our foodie friends from out of town to The Tavern was a perfect choice!

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KI
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, very diverse menu. Knowledgeable waiter. Who is able to provide gluten-free Options.

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Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

A friend shared with us that the restaurant was a little noisy and so I phoned the restaurant the morning of our reservation to see if we could be seated in a quiet spot. I was told they could accommodate me. When the first of my party arrived, the restaurant was 2/3 full and she was told to pick out what ever she thought might work for us. At that point, there were no choices open , and obviously none had been saved as promised. The food served was acceptable, nothing special. The charcuterie platter was bland, the lettuce wedge was bitter, and there was NO blue cheese in either the salad or the dressing. I made the reservation with the burger in mind, and it did not disappoint. We all agreed the chiliquillie was the best choice that night. I do want to say that our waiter Moses was excellent in accommodating all our needs. Unfortunately, I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone I know. They really need to do something to deflect the obnoxious loudness of the restaurant.

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San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the lobster roll which was chunks of succulent lobster on a roll- simply delicious. My husband had the risotto which was rich and creamy and a large portion. He brought half home for lunch the next day. Great casual menu and full wine menu next door. It is a little loud for conversations, but we are in the high season. I highly recommend this restaurant for a gourmet experience in an upscale casual atmosphere.

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CC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and even though it was very busy, we were impressed with the staff and food services.

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Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Our wait person was great and very helpful. Love the fact you can order half portions. We tried 3 things. Pork green chili was excellent. The grilled cheese and tomato bisque also very good. The mushroom risotto was so-so. It had cool spots in it and needed something to punch up the flavor, but please not truffle oil.

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j
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Love the wine store next door!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently providing good service, with a menu full of variety. This is an easy choice for light, casual fare.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines day

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with eclectic choices in unpretentious but intimate setting.

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Phoenix
103 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is unusual and offers delicious choices. We ordered warm lobster salad and scallop serviche. And had 2 glasses of Prosecco for a Valentine lunch. Adriana is a delightful server.

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Phoenix
49 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was very good, friendly, helpful, attentive.
Terribly noisy group,at an adjoining table detracted from our experience. Food, wine, and everything else was very good.

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Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drink were all outstanding including some of the house seafood specialties. The band there on Saturday afternoon was also great!!!!

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Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a bit of trouble getting our order out in a timely manner but the restaurant took care of the problem immediately and made it right. Great food.

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RM
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The Tavern is a great neighborhood restaurant with excellent food and wines. We like to support locally owned restaurants, and in particular, Mark.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the lamb burger....best I've ever had! Great thin, crispy French fries on the side. Background music too loud.

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Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is eclectic, the food was delicious, the service was wonderful, and the atmosphere was delightful. This is a gem of a restaurant.

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Phoenix
44 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and Service we're exceptional, however, noise level was not energetic it was just painfully loud. I didn't come expecting an intimate romantic dinner but I didn't expect a rock concert level.

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j
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service while dining at the bar. Burger was excellent. You can buy a bottle of wine in their wine shop next door and have it served with no corkage fee.

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Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch with a wonderful waitress and enjoyed ourselves.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

always great

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Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of ur go to spots in the Phx area, great food and the wine selection is outstanding

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern never disappoints! Good food and nice ambiance.

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Phoenix
103 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern food and menu choices were outstanding. Not at all boring. Warm lobster salad was divine. Big chunks of lobster claw meat. I went with the girls. I will bring my husband soon. He will love it.

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Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the fact that we can walk next door to buy retail wine and bring it into the restaurant. Huge variety at The Wine Store at Tarbells. Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Scallop ceviche was amazing...so was the BLT and charcuteríe.

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TM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there last Saturday, liked it so much I was there again, with my boss and wife on Tuesday.

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Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wanted our house guests to experience Tarbell’s cooking. I was a little disappointed in the octopus street taco. The octopus was very small and slightly overcooked. We do love the wine selection though.

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PO
Phoenix
78 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I'd never visited the Tavern before, but have been to Tarbell's many times. The food was very good, but the service was outstanding. The only downside? It closes at 9 pm! What???

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CP
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cozy spot with very good food and good wine list. Wine store next door one of the best in the city.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The restaurant was very cold on a cold day! Couldn’t get warm which spoiled our lunch!

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IH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Lovely NYE Dinner
We came here because I forgot to make NYE reservations and they were open. The service was great, the ambiance is great...the food was really good, just not great.

And the place was FREEZING because it opens to the wine store.

If you are looking for a casual dinner out, Tavern could be your place.

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Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service. Nice atmosphere.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall. Fun place with unique local feel. Wine store attached provides opportunity to select bottles for dinner at retail prices and no corkage fee. Service is always outstanding. Don’t miss the coconut cream pie.

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JR
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the food was great! We sat in the Wine Room and although a tad chilly, it was a lot of fun and not quite as loud as the restaurant. We all had a great time and will be back!!

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and superb food

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Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Seafood Paella and Lamb Burger were delicious!

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Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have a great meal and enjoy the ambiance. The staff is welcoming and very attentive. One of our favorite 'go to' restaurants.

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FC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Limited menu that could use a few more healthy options.

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