Wellesley Tavern

4.3
524 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
We’re bringing fresh Pacific coast cuisine to our legendary Atlantic dishes. John and Laura Wolfe owned a landmark restaurant in La Jolla, California for 25 years before combining their love for clean, wholesome cooking with classic East Coast dishes.

Culinary Director Andrew Swanson and Chef Josh Gagnon transform and elevate a traditional tavern menu through a Californian lens to create the perfect blend of both coasts. Whether you're in the mood for small plates to share or an entrée to savor, our menus cater to your every craving. Elevate your tastes with one of our chef-inspired creations.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, great service. I wish that they have the music a little loader so they can create a little more of a environment.

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PhyllisC
New England
4 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I would not recommend this restaurant to family or friends.

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vipJillA
New England
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Waitress was nice, lights were too bright and she lowered them slightly. It would have been nice if she asked if we needed anything else or offered dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner!

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vipLinda
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The staff were all very friendly; there were smiles and greetings from all! Thalise, our waiter, was friendly, fun and efficient.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Cocktails were delicious!

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 20, 2021

Thanks for the review. Hope you have an amazing day!

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KimmyK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to the Wellesley Tavern. We loved the drinks and menu. The service was great too. We will be back.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 20, 2021

Hi Kimmy, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipYuliyaks
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, amazing food, outstanding service

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 17, 2021

We appreciate the review. Thanks for taking the time. Have a wonderful day!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A friend and I went out to celebrate her acceptance of a new job. We both haven’t eaten around Wellesley much and thought this restaurant would be a nice place to start. The atmosphere gave off a wonderfully modern and sophisticated feeling but was relaxed and warm enough that you didn’t feel you had to dress to the nines. In addition our server was pleasant and attentive which is always appreciated.
Unfortunately at this Wellesley establishment the up charge in the price of their dishes seem to be validated by the atmosphere around you not actually the food your consuming. The appetizers and drinks we got were all very instagram picture worthy but the actual eating of them left me quite disappointed. The Bruschetta that we had was clearly made with fresh ingredients but like I said to my companion that night; The ingredients were fresh but it was constructed poorly. What really bothered me was that the toasted bread tasted of beef; not a flavor I associate with Bruschetta in the slightest. My guess would be that the chef decided to toast the bread with quite a bit of butter in the same spot in the grille as where he cooked the meat. A careless over site which helped me over the edge of deciding that I was not a fan of the dish. Just thankful neither of us was vegetarian because I would have sworn there was a slice of beef on that plate after tasting that bread. Thankfully the drinks we ordered were properly strong and well made.
The other appetizer we had were the dumplings. These hand-made fried dumplings were good, but the picked slaw that came with the 4 dumplings was delicious! Our waitress gave me a wonderful cocktail recommendation for my second drink I will add.
Over all I feel that your paying the bit extra for the atmosphere rather than the foods attention to detail/taste but for some that is what they look for from time to time. Myself, not so much. I don’t think I’ll be rushing back anytime soon and when I do, it will be for the drinks.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 20, 2021

Thank you for the constructive criticism. We’ll use this as a learning experience as to how we can improve. Have a wonderful day!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been a dozen times. Food and service are terrific. We are both gluten free and plenty of options. Comfort food every time. The takitos, Brussel sprout salad w Chix and tuna tartar are all to die for. If you like a drink, try the Purple Haze! Bartenders and staff are really good people.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 15, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words. We will share this with the team!

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DonnaG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our server was terrific. He was knowledgeable, but when he didn't know the answer himself, he knew who to go to get the answer.
Food was excellent.
We were in the back and there was some loud discussion by one waiter (not ours) that was a bit inappropriate. It is very loud in the back where you can see into the kitchen.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 15, 2021

Hi Donna, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. Have a great day!

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AbeY
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Service was perfect.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 15, 2021

Thanks for taking time out of your day to review us. Hope to see you again in the near future!

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Alex
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Service and atmosphere were great. Unfortunately the food was a D. Meatballs were soggy with too much cheese, dumplings were over cooked and hard, fish and pork tacos had no flavor. The only good thing was the brussel sprout salad. We all liked it. Sorry to report we will not be back.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 15, 2021

Alex, thank you for the feedback. Your comments will be passed along to the management team.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good as usual. Expensive. Consider 1) more vegetarian meals 2) bread and oil ; also when we have a 5 pm reservation you should have front door open and unlocked at 445. We are fine waiting inside near or at bar. It’s a bit rude for us to show up early but then be locked outside in the rain, even if u unlock door at 5:03

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 15, 2021

Really glad you had a positive experience. Thanks for reviewing. We will share this with the team!

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OpenTableDiner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and unique cocktails. Highly recommend the Salmon Pad Thai entree and the Crispy Beef Teriyaki Dumplings for an appetizer.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 15, 2021

Really glad you had a positive experience. Thanks for reviewing. Have a wonderful day!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a quiet night, the restaurant staff was awesome and very attentive. The food was good but not great. My fried chicken was a little chewy. Fries were yummy and Brussels sprouts pretty good.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 15, 2021

We appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. Have a great day!

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vipFridaynightlights
New England
78 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The service was incredibly slow. It became very frustrating.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We will share this with the rest of the team.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It’s as if the owners hired a consultant or followed some paint by numbers business plan for a local slightly upscale tavern esque feel. There is zero conviction or passion connected to the menu. It would be one thing if they executed on the dishes, but they didn’t.

My fired chicken breasts has zero flavor. None. The Mac and cheese had no point of view and bland.

The slaw was fresh and used interesting veggies, but lacked a POV re flavor.

My wife’s tuna sandwich came well done. It was nearly impossible to flag someone, so I left my seat to inform the bar. They did replace it, but the replacement was just a cold version to achieve the rareness they promised. Again, a signal that there really isn’t much commitment to excellence. They are using very thin slices. So, not my problem that it creates a problem for a kitchen to cook that consistently.

Will I go back? Not clear. I may try the burger next time.

So the other day, my wife and I went to the Cottage across the street. I ordered a burger. It was pretty good. However the patty was very thin relative to the price. So, I won’t hold my breath.

For some reason, sub par restaurants survive in Wellesley. Given the socio demographics, you’d think it would be different.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 15, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We will share this with the rest of the team.

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vipSueT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at the Wellesley Tavern. The food was good, cocktails interesting and we can see returning for another visit.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 9, 2021

Sue, we are really glad you had a positive experience. Thanks for reviewing. Have a wonderful day!

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IC123
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place exceeded my expectations. The food was super and the portions were generous

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 9, 2021

We’re so happy to hear you had a good experience. Have a great day!

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StaceyG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot and yummy cocktails. The food is mostly good- had a couple of misses in food being cold when it arrived but otherwise tasty

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 4, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words. See you soon!

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Doogamundo
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very lovely space, but on a Monday night, there were very few diners so it was quiet. My friend and I remarked that it would be a fun place to go when it was busy.

Our waitress was working her very first shift and she was earnest. She was shadowed by a manager who took our drink order and had to be reminded to bring it after ten minutes or so, which was odd because we were one of the only tables. We had to wait longer than expected to be asked for our order (I do not think it was the fault of our new waitress). When we placed our order, my friend ordered something to take home to her husband and asked that it be ready when we were finishing up. After dinner, we paid the bill and waited another fifteen minutes or so more for that order, so that was a little annoying.

Overall, the food was good. Nothing spectacular, but tasty. I had the short-rib tacos which could have been hotter. My friend had the Cauliflower bowl and said it was delicious. I would try it again on a busier night.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 4, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. Your comments will be passed along to the team.

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LaneyD
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was fantastic! Service was amazing! Red Sangria was delicious!
Ambiance is relative, right? The space is white and brightly lit, so if you prefer the typical dark "tavern" experience, this is not it, but the space is welcoming, clean and spacious. Will definitely be coming back again!

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 4, 2021

Thanks for the review. We will share this with the team!

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ThomC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised. Great ambiance. Love the bar and would be very happy eating upscale tavern. Cocktails excellent. Food was very good. Service was outstanding.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on November 15, 2021

Thanks for the review. Hope you have an amazing day!

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vipbethl
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booth in bar area. Quiet Sunday night. Great service. Loved our waitress. Tacos, cerviche, scallops, burgers, salad. Excellent

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on October 27, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words. Hope you have an amazing day!

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vipAdele
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only issues is that they seem short-staffed, as many restaurants are. Service was a little slow, we didn't get exactly what we wanted (substitution of veggies for fries didn't happen), and one dessert didn't come. We love the place so we forgive them.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on October 27, 2021

Thanks for the review. Hope to see you again in the near future!

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PattiMcG
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Highly recommend.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on October 27, 2021

Hi. That’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. See you soon!

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vipfreshfoodie
New England
28 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter!

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on October 17, 2021

We appreciate the review. Thanks for taking the time. See you soon!

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DavidA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ambience was lively, but food was mediocre. Should stick to American fare. They shouldn’t try to compete with sushi restaurants. Ceviche was not the real McCoy. Apps were too big and too expensive. French fries were good but were served cold. Sent them back immediately. Waitress was nice but needed help. Will try one more time. Maybe I just ordered the wrong things.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi David, we wish your experience could have been better, but appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. We will share this with the rest of the team.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service food & drinks always great- second time there- enjoyed both times

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on October 14, 2021

So glad you had a great experience. Hope you have an amazing day!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food we’ve had in a long time. Amazing.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on October 14, 2021

Thank you so much for the review. Have a great day!

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vipvoomel
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

food not good. overpriced. too many choices and none were great. waiter was amazing tho.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on October 10, 2021

Hi, we sincerely apologize for the experience you had, but thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, our server, Taya was great, friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The food was really good!! We had the short rib tacos, that are always amazing, burgers and the steak tips. Everything was delicious.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on October 6, 2021

We’re so happy to hear you had a good experience. Hope to see you again in the near future!

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vipLeeW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Steak was so tough couldn’t cut it & sent it back. The service was slower than a sloth. Asked for a glass of wine & 10 min went buy & the server wheres the wine & she said it was coming. After 20 min I had to flag down the server & told her to forget it! The tuna tartare was soooo spicy we couldn’t eat that either. When the hostess asked how everything was & we told her not even dessert was comped! Will never go again!!!!!!

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on October 6, 2021

We appreciate your feedback but are sorry to hear your experience wasn’t great. We’ll look into this.

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vipchefDJ
New England
46 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I loved the cauliflower rice, kale, roasted beet dish with salmon. I loved all the gluten free options. It's nice to see lots of vegetables on menus.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on October 3, 2021

Thanks for taking time out of your day to review us. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipNomie
New England
181 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Spicy tuna roll served ice cold without soy sauce and rice was congealed. Steak tips and everything else on plate was barely luke warm. Salmon pad thai was hot and flavorful. Service was slow, uneven and provided by a rotating number of people.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We’re sorry your experience wasn’t the best it could be. We will share this with the rest of the team.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great drinks. Great food. Will come back.

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on September 21, 2021

We appreciate the review. Thanks for taking the time. Have a wonderful day!

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vipRogerM
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were very good, this was our first visit. The roasted peach cobbler desert was Outstanding!

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on September 13, 2021

Roger, we’re so happy to hear you had a good experience. We will share this with the team!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wonderful service, thank you!

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on September 13, 2021

We appreciate the review. Thanks for taking the time. Hope to see you again soon!

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AimeeM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Wellesley Tavern! The food and presentation was great! very nicely presented and served. And the flavors were so good. well prepared and creatively made. we all loved from our burger, to fish taco. To wings and falafel. Something for everyone. Very comfortable seating. a tiny too loud near the bar on Sunday evening for very older parents with us around age 80. But not too bad. I'd probably sit outside or further away from bar/TVs. The management was so friendly and great. Checked-in. And so nice when father accidentally received cheeseburger and wanted plain hamburger. Draft beer and coffee wonderful. Nice outdoor seating. Definitely visit--wonderful and will be back!

Wellesley Tavern
Responded on September 1, 2021

Hello, we’re so happy to hear you had a good experience. Hope to see you again soon!

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Wellesley Tavern is rated 4.3 stars by 524 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.