The Brunswick Tavern

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249 reviews
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The Brunswick Tavern beckons guests and local residents with its convivial atmosphere, generous beverage menu of wines, regional beers and signature cocktails and an ever-changing dining menu of traditional New England favorites prepared with the freshest local ingredients.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Tavern also offers al fresco dining in season on the adjoining patio and covered porch. And join us for a la carte brunch every Saturday and Sunday.
Chef Christian Bassett's menus change frequently to feature the best of Maine's seasons on land and from the sea.
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Daily Happy Hour

Join us for 1/2 priced Bar Bites, $5 well drinks, $4 wine & $3 select draughts (Including craft selections!)

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 21, 2018

Ends: November 22, 2117

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:00PM

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for our annual Mothers Day celebration in the Tavern! Chef Christian Bassett has prepared a prix fixe Brunch menu $49 per person.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for our annual Easter celebration in the Tavern! Chef Christian Bassett has prepared a prix fixe Brunch menu $49 per person.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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TC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The menu was surprisingly upscale, however the food though tasty came out lukewarm. The service was sweet but slow and seemingly over her head. Needs a younger more attentive staff. Also this place is next to Bowdoin College should have better TV screens watching games in bar area and maybe a pre-fixe menu. The Mac n Cheese was delish. Fish and Chips was good a little over fried, scallops carbonara was tasty but cream separated. I get the ethos of the chef and this place can be GREAT but needs some fine tuning. Also the waitress came by few times and could see the table next to us was in need of clearing from last customer but it was left untouched and messy throughout our entire meal.

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J
New England
27 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we enjoyed our meal with excellent service from Brenda!

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DK
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were great! The only suggestion is to have the servers dressed all in black (no blue jeans). This lessens the ambiance of an otherwise fabulous dining experience. We will be back!

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DN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service very good. A bit pricey for lunch. $100 for meal which were salads, 3 alcoholic drinks and tip. I think their drinks were way overpriced. I would go back during their happy hour for reduced snacks and drinks.
Quiet and pleasant atmosphere.

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The tavern has a comfortable pub feel. Surprisingly the food is totally top notch both in taste and presentation. Our waitress was friendly and informative. My only negative comment is that the noise level was quite high, however it was Friday night and there was live music.

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Where to begin? Valentine's Day dinner. The host looked confused as to what his role in the restaurant was. It's take names, clean tables, care about the overall experience and impression exuded by the establishment. He was right in that it'd be about a half hour to 45 minutes before we saw drinks or food. Martini's were WAY to salty, so we switched to manhattans, which were good. Scallops were of good texture, not sure that habanero rings were the best compliment but they were easy enough to avoid. Popover course was very good. The steak that was described as medium-rare to medium at the beginning of the meal came our nothing more than rare. My girlfriend was completely put off. More steak for me but that is beside the point. Grill cook needs to go over his temperatures and feel of the beef. This is grilling 101, on the easiest cut of beef to grill. I'm less fussy but mine was lukewarm at best The desert was also nice, can't get away from the fact that. Our server was very nice but very flustered once it got busy. Fortunately our neighbors were all delightful. Second trip to Brunswick Tavern, second disappointment. It's a gamble given the price points.

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ZD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I was looking to take My wife out for a fancy Valentines day Dinner. She was happy with the experience, which I suppose was the whole point. I was a bit disappointed. Personally I wanted to be seated by the maitre d' station, the kitchen, and the bathroom. But two out of three isn't bad. Note that we had reservations and there were plenty of open seats when we arrived. I think they just sized us up, and they were right. I didn't make a fuss about getting a bad table. The ambiance in the restaurant was nice with low lighting. But every time the kitchen door opened I was blinded by the bright fluorescent lights. The food was excellent but the portions were a bit weak for the price. The drinks were a bit expensive but they used a solid pour. The service (other than the table selection) was excellent.

Overall the experience was a bit meh. I wouldn't have been upset if it didn't cost almost two bills. I know about a half dozen places in Portland where I could have gotten a better experience for 2/3 the price. My wife and I are relatively new to town, and limited by a baby sitter. We wanted to shop locally. Also now that we have a child we can't afford many fancy dinners. I feel like this was a bit of a miss, and I wasted a shot at a great experience. If I was looking for just a regular meal it would have been fine. As a fancy night out it was a bit of a letdown. There's more to a dinning experience than beautifully plated food.

*It's worth noting that I almost never bother to leave reviews. But it's 4 days later and the experience still smarts.

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RG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We went to the Brunswick Tavern for Valentines Day dinner out. The service was Great ! Food was awesome..The only thing that was not wonderful was our table location. I had asked for a quiet table and we were seated at a table next to the bar and the servers were going in and out.. We still had a great time and would go again..

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SH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service! Only reason not a 5 was the ambiance. Not bad but could be a little cozier. However, the staff mentioned the coming renovations and we look forward to our future visit!

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SI
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the right place to find delicious food--nice variety on the menu--and a quiet enough atmosphere to hear your friends speak!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Mediocre food - terrible service - unapologetic. Would avoid.

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UM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

New Year’s Eve dining with what we were told was a fixed menu, all though others ordered off the regular menu after us. The pairing of courses and choices were not appealing (shots between courses, maybe consider sorbet). The filet was very good. All other courses were odd, unappealing, and tasted bad! All with $158 price tag not including tip. Won’t go back, not worth it. Suggest that they taste the food before serving. Manager new we were unhappy with meal, never approached to try and accommodate.

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KP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have gone here for Christmas dinner for the past four years. Our food and service has been consistently wonderful. My husband can't stop raving about how awesome the fish and chips were. The beer was cold and our server was wonderful.

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PM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best filet I have had in 20 yrs. Awesome pork belly. Excellent appetizers. Fabulous waiter. Will now be a regular.

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N
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch and the service was great ! The waiting staff was extremely nice ! The food was delicious !

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J
New England
27 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New menu food was excellent, prices seemed to have increased.

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TB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Thanksgiving buffet left a lot to be desired. Our server was fabulous, but had too many tables to keep up. The buffet was often out of an item, and people would stand their waiting for it to be noticed and then replenished causing traffic jams, etc. The food was okay for a buffet, nothing stellar. The pies were "store bought" and ran out frequently resulting in really long dessert lines.

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CB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner was excellent. The delicious turkey and prime rib were served at carving stations, and I enjoyed the vegetables, salads, and desserts too. I plan to go back for Thanksgiving and on some other occasions too.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant in the hotel. Great food and local beers!

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GC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Overcooked Food, had to change my order three times before they had something in the kitchen arrived dry adn nearly not edible for 34 dollars. Will never return.

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j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food and great service in this boutique hotel restaurant. Full bar and quiet at 8pm.

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PD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Had to move from outside table to inside due flies getting into our food, there were flies bothering inside as well. The chicken salad sandwich was very good. The green salad with grilled chicken was very disappointing: the salad was meager and uninteresting, and greens limp. Chicken was good. We asked for a side of bread and got three slices of stale bread with no butter.

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K
New England
116 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way! The mussels were the best I have ever had! Great place to go before or after a play at MSMT. We have eaten in the courtyard in the past and loved it!

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D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice setting great food. A bit pricey for salad and crab cakes but enjoyed it

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JW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was our first time at The Brunswick Tavern and we will not be back. The restaurant was extremely loud, service was forgetful and slow, and the food was bad. My wife ordered the duck which came out COLD, not even warm it was cold. She sent it back to the kitchen and it was returned on a warmer plate but the entree was still barely room temperature. Her whole entree was disappointing, not only was it cold but also lacking flavor. Save yourself the hassle and expense; go somewhere else.

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J
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a delicious meal before heading over to the music theater which is right across the street.

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G
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was cold or over cooked. One portion of the haddock was two bite at most. It’s a shame as it’s a nice venue and great location. Managment needs to get on it.

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RW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It seemed a tad overpriced for the quality of the meal. There were too few items on the menu.

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ED
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our wedding reception here in 2015 and came back to celebrate our 3rd Anniversary! This place never disappoints!! Our server was extra attentive and even stepped in to play photographer and wished us a Happy Anniversary. All of other dining experiences here have been just as stellar!!

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DM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quaint and pleasant

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KW
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Food took forever, waitress couldn’t be bothered to explain the full specials menu, and portion sizes were laughable for the salmon and caesar salad. For the cost, this was in no way worth the money. Lots of potential in the cozy, convenient spot, but you just keep missing the mark.

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UR
New England
28 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We reserved for 6pm pre theater dinner. Arrived on time and immediately seated.New menu main course selections very limited, e.g. Crab Cakes full meal now relegated to Appetizer ( 3 miniature). No daily specials. We were served at 6:45. Waitress apologized saying kitchen overwhelmed. Some 30+ walk ins in addition to 29 reservations. We had to depart at 7pm to walk to theater, thus no time for desert. Very disappointing dinner!
Have dined there pre-theater past month and for several summers. Pleased with new chef, until he recently changed the menu

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G
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service is disorganized and slow. Food can be good.

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R
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Special occasion for a child in our group, as noted on the reservation, but the restaurant did nothing to make it special. Table right next to the door...lots of noise and traffic nearby.
Food was good enough. Steak on Caesar salad was over done and cold, but still tasty. Children’s pasta dish was sticky and chewy. Salmon on mixed salad was good. Children’s chicken fingers good. Had to ask for kids menus.
Didn’t see the specials until dessert...they’re on the same board.

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PM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The Tavern finally has an excellent chef who is using locally sourced meats, produce, and seafood to serve up interesting meals. As a hotel dining room it continues to provide standard offerings ( fish and chips, a good clam chowder, sandwiches and burgers, and Caesar salads with steak, salmon, and shrimp add ons) but the other night I opted for Moule Frites with Boursin Aoli ( sic ) and a white wine sauce with pork lardons and tomatoes. Very tasty! The flabby lardons would benefit from crisping instead of being submerged in the broth but on the whole an excellent dish.
In the summer the Maine State Music Theater next door attracts pre- theater diners. To meet the evening rush the Tavern provides light, reasonably priced standards. However, if diners have the time the chef also provides a number of interesting alternatives focusing on duck ( sweet and sour, and a confit taco) a gravlax blini, and composed salads. The Tavern offers only one dedicated vegetarian main featuring radish, beet, and Swiss chard.
The Tavern features a variety of Maine craft beers as well as old faithfuls in the bottle. They also offer interesting cocktails.
The staff, as always, is professionally friendly and willing to suggest offerings that children may enjoy.

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PM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This was our fourth time here this summer and it's not going very well. I had the lobster roll which was good but suffered from a price tag of $29. For this one would expect claw, knuckle and tail meat; this one however had only claw meat. For this price this is not good.

My wife had the fish and chips and I believe the fish was frozen, then fried. Again, not really state of the art.

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CD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We have been dining fairly regularly since the tavern opened. During the summer at least every three weeks before attending the Maine State Music Theater. During the last three weeks, since the first performance at MSMT the menu changed. It is much more limited, and more pub fare than a dinner experience. Gone are the best, wonderful salad with greens, berries, cheese and toasted pecans. Gone are steak, fish of the day. Gone are the gelato flavors of the day from Gelato Fiasco. We shared the salad on the menu with no choice of dressing and a pitiful set of greens. We both settled for fish and chips, which seemed unchanged. The waitress warned us that the dessert selections were small now. She should have said they were mini. We both had the blueberry Creme brûlée, which was four bites served in a ramekin of possibly 2.5” and the brûlée itself was not more than 1:2” deep. Quite tasty but pathetic. We will not return. It is very obvious that management’s directive to the new chef, of three months, was cut cost. We believe this will result in far less diners. They have most certainly lost us and friends that we used to bring with us. Very disappointed, to say the least.

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WJ
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great at the Tavern!

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BV
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Event:MSMT everything was great except food was not cooked to order but over cooked

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GB
New England
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Convenient location. Great outdoor seating and live entertainment.

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