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The Brunswick Tavern

3.8
196 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Afternoon Coffee
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 David Pendexter's menus change frequently to feature the best of Maine's seasons on land and from the sea.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am
Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Every Day 11:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Every Evening 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(207) 837-6565
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Pendexter
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Maine St.
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Public transit
Brunswick Station is steps away with services from Amtrak Downeaster, Maine Eastern Railroad (seasonal) and Concord coach lines.
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Entertainment
Live Music on the patio featuring a range of Jazz, Contemporary Pop, Acoustic guitar, etc.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 196 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.8
food
4.4
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
value
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great service! Good food, will be back for the live music and outdoor dining this summer.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We had the perfect evening at The Brunswick Tavern and Hotel! The music was good, cocktails and food were great and incredibly reasonable ❤️

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food was bland, boring, tasteless. Two people of our table ordered burgers - both were overcooked and dry. The haddock tacos - flavorless, and the taco shells had a really weird texture to them. Almost as if they had been microwaved before served. The were hard and chewy. Not crispy. A weird texture making them hard to bite into. Even the "crema" drizzle was tasteless.
The two tacos were also just skimpy. Definitely not worth the $14! We did get an appetizer of the roasted brussel sprouts (which is actually one of the "sides" on their menu), which were perfectly cooked and delicious. They were the best part of our meal. The service, however, was very friendly and attentive. The tavern had a great vibe to it. It was fantastic having live music there (Katie Daggert) while we dined, which made the experience fun. We would go again for drinks and the atmosphere - just not dinner.

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1.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food quality very poor.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great bartender, she took the time to explain all the specials and mixed a great margarita! We also had a 2 Maine cheese plate. Dinner was a scallop special that we thoroughly enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

The food was fantastic, the waitress was very friendly and helpful. It was an enjoyable evening celebrating our anniversary.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

This is the third Christmas in a row my husband and I have had dinner here. We go back every year and are never disappointed. It is a lovely place, always clean, always friendly staff, and the food is great. I am already looking forward to going again next Christmas.

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2.0Dined on December 10, 2017

This was our first night at the Brunswick Inn and Tavern. We’d seen mixed reviews, but thought we’d give it a try. I ordered the seafood risotto. It was completely cold when it first came out. The sever. was very apologetic and brought it back to be heated up...cold again..,she brought it back a third time and it was finally warm. They put a cold sauce on top of the risotto, which really doesn’t make sense for a dish that’s supposed to be hot. Our server was very attentive and polite about the whole thing, and ended up comping us for two glasses of wine. I’m not sure that we’ll return though. It was over $100 for two, and we expect more than cold, somewhat bland food for that price.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

I highly recommend this place. The food is excellent and haven’t had a better dinner anywhere else in the area. Service is excellent as well. 5 stars!

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4.0Dined on December 7, 2017

My wife and I met another couple for supper and ate there for the first time. The food was good and the staff was also good. We would go back.

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2.0Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a 5:30 reservation but were not served until 6:20. Restaurant was very busy but there was a Bowdoin hockey game that night versus Colby - an old rivalry. The staff were not informed about it and made little effort to get us out on time. The wait staff was fine but the kitchen must have been backed up. Poor planning on their part. Food was OK but we had to eat so fast to get to arena that it was not a pleasant meal.

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2017

When we booked the hotel for Thanksgiving, tofurky roast was on the menu for Tday so we booked the room because of this. When we looked at the menu that Tday, there was no vegan main entree, instead they offered some kind of vegetable dish but I was not sure if the sauce had diary in it. I eat Plant Based and my partner does not, so this was important to both of us that we could have a Thanksgiving meal that we both could enjoy.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

3 of us did the Thanksgiving buffet which had ample choices and was fairly priced given that it was a holiday. Main choices of turkey, ham and baked fish, with all of the usual turkey-day accompaniments all were ok. Glad i saved room for apple pie, which was the highlight of the meal. I've dined here before and enjoyed the table service (this was a self-serve buffet for the holiday) and the slower pace and less-busy atmosphere. But all in all, the staff did a fine job keeping everyone fed!

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Though there were few diners and that made us concerned that the food might not be great, it was delicious! The service was prompt and efficient, the presentation attractive. It was quiet. The decor modern and simple. Overall, an excellent dining experience!

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3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

The Brunswick Tavern is very noisey, especially with Friday night and Sunday brunch live music. The wait staff are terific and always helpful and quick. The food is standard tavern/hotel fair. Hambergers, seafood risotto, pancakes and eggs. This is a small restaurant with some bar seating that uses local ingredients.

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3.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Burgers very good. Execution on risotto and steak less successful

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3.0Dined on October 5, 2017

we arrived late after a long day of travel. we chose to sit outside at a fire pit on a cool evening. the ambiance was great. food was good--the pasta and vegies for our vegetarian member of the group was much improved by the addition of a cheese mix that should automatically come with the dish--otherwise it is way too beige. portions were good sized. definitely have dessert. service was the best part--attentive and helpful.

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Tavern is no where near as good as it was back a few years ago. The chief have changed over the years and you can tell it's only gone down. We used to go here atleast once a week. We haven't been in awhile. Decided to give it a try again once it's been awhile. Needless to say it's still bad.
At this point I think we are done with the place. Not unless something drastic changes. Which is sad as we live so close to here and we remember few years back how good it used to be with the old Chiefs.

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3.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Convenient for pre-theater dinner. Good waitstaff; but, food mediocre. Kitchen has a "cook" , not a "chef" !! Hopefully the new owners will correct this deficiency. We've tried several items on the menu and been disappointed. This time, as last, we had a cup of clam chowder (good,tasty), then crab cakes & salad (overdone, but editable) and our favorite Lemon marscipone cake desert--previously served with blueberry compote. Now just a tad of blueberry decoration on top. There are far better restaurant choices in Brunswick, which we will frequent during the Summer Theater hiatus.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Watching our waistlines, we didn't have much, but everything hit just the right note-- crabcakes, chowder, caprese, red wine, white wine

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Under new management; but unfortunately not a new chef. He couldn't make a decent lobster roll, let alone prepare a tender Bistro steak meal. However, wait staff is attentive, courteous and service is excellent. Deserts are very good, especially the lemon cello cake/blueberry sauce.

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2.0Dined on July 26, 2017

We ordered their version of fried haddock, and it was the worst we've ever received in a local restaurant. It had a strong fishy taste---much like one would find in a frozen product (Mrs Paul's/ Gorton etc) that somebody would get from a grocery store. It was awful!!! Folks here in Maine know what fresh haddock tastes like, and this simply wasn't either fresh or maybe even haddock.

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2017

Maybe we caught them on a bad night (Sunday) but food was uninspiring and service slow considering place was half empty.
Hadn't been there in a year but had enjoyed previously.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Have eaten here many times. Food is good. Location is excellent. Great spot to eat before the theater. We like the outside patio seating in the warm months.

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2017

My friend and I chose the Brunswick Tavern because it is conveniently located to the Brunswick Music Theater. The Tavern was busy but we got our food quickly once we had ordered. The waitress seemed rushed to take our order but never refilled our water glasses and had to ask for the bill so we could get to the theater. The food was good but way over-priced! I liked this restaurant better when they offered soup and sandwich specials on theater days!!!

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2017

They were not quite prepared for the pre-theater crowd, but Brenda the bartender waited on us and the service was great. Loved the environment and proximity to Maine St Music Theater.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

We came for dinner with my vegan children and had a great experience. The vegans are VERY fussy, and when they were pleased, we knew the evening was a success.
I had scallops which were divine.
It was a very busy place with many of us there for the theater, so staff was crazy busy. Suddenly a waitress named Carla(?) appeared and she was just marvelous. Give her a raise!
I shall definitely return.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Food and service was excellent. Nice, relaxing atmosphere. Will definitely keep in our go to restaurant when we are here in Brunswick/Freeport. If you are here, make it a point to stop in. You won't regret it.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Came for supper before a show at MSMT as they are a sponsor. The restaurant is warm and inviting with ample space at the tables for large people as myself and they offer outdoor seating as well. The service was quick and attentive and the menu had many options that looked good. We had clam chowder for starters which was very tasty and full of clams. both our entrées were delicious as were the deserts. We plan a return trip to try some more from the menu and perhaps even stay at the Inn.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2017

Friendly staff. Charlene was knew but excellent- friendly and attentive. Martinis were awesome. Wedge salad and burger was excellent but I should have ordered the lobster ravioli. Convenient location for the MSMT. Food is always good!

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2017

We were a table of 4. Took 10 minutes to see a waitress for water and drink order. Another 10 minutes for drinks to arrive and food order. Waitress was one of the bartenders so wasn't real familiar with the other side of the house. Salads were good, salmon was excellent, steaks were fair. Waitress came to ask about refreshing drinks. The order took so long to be filled and my meal was almost done that I got up to go to the bar to cancel the drink. Was told that it was too late, the bartender was already making it. Paid the bill. Left a tip because it was my upbringing - drink remained untouched. Have been here many times over the last few years - very disappointed with the trend I see in service. Won't be returning until I forget how disappointed I am.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2017

We were a party of six representing three generations, went to lunch after an MSM performance at Bowdoin. The inn is quaint, the tavern a wonderful find. When we are in Brunswick again, we will definitely return. The service was outstanding and the food consistently good.

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2017

I ordered a steak cooked medium. It arrived obviously cooked rare. My wife ordered salmon. We both had mashed potatoes and broccoli. The potatoes were tasteless and both the potatoes and broccoli were cold. We sent our meals back to the kitchen. The steak came back medium rare and the potatoes and broccoli were still cold.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Went to Brunswick Tavern for a special occasion with a group of 10. For such a intimate place there was more than enough room for several large parties. Our server, Carla, was fantastic. Knowledgeable about the menu and so patient with our large party. The food was really good and she was fantastic so we had a really great experience. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Have had wonderful meals here before, however I feel this time I was taken advantage of. The Mother's Day brunch buffet was extremely overpriced for the value. I think I could have gotten a much better meal anyplace else in Brunswick for a quarter of the price I paid. Will not be frequenting there unless just ordering off the menu.

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2017

I was looking forward to a nice Mothers Day Brunch however this Buffet left a lot to be desired. The food was very disappointing. It was Buffet Style but it was lacking for the price and it tried to hard to be different with their menu items but fell very short. So short I left hungry and unsatisfied. My 9yr old also left the same way.

Next time you need to make things simpler. Instead of Bluberry French Toast, just plain French Toast. Instead of vegetable pancakes, just regular pancakes. Don't make your only egg option a quiche style of vegetables or lobster. There should be an omelet station or a plain egg option. When you are making a buffet Brunch you need to cater to a wide variety of palates, dietary restrictions and allergies. My husband is Gluten Free due to an allergy and there were very few options for him.

The waitstaff was working hard and very pleasant, the atmosphere was nice, however I think the chef missed the mark and it was an expensive Mothers Day Brunch for a very limited amount of options to choose from.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2017

WE were a group of women enjoying the night out. The service was excellent! The fish and chips were the best I've ever had. Light and not so bready. Others seemed to enjoy their meals.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2017

Had visitors in from Virginia and Indiana and wanted them to have a dining experience in historic downtown Brunswick. Our guest loved the facility and the setting, and the meal was outstanding. We were greeted warmly and the service was excellent. I will definitely bring clients back to this wonderful facility in the future.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter buffet was delicious. My family enjoyed the experience and Justin our waiter.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter Buffet: We arrived at 1:30 for a buffet meal that was being served from 11-3. I was disappointed in the limited selections of salad ingredients, most of the food was only like warm, the fish overcooked and dry, and there was a scant Tablespoon of hollendaise sauce on top of an average English muffin. Our waitress was awesome!! The ambiance was nice, but for $32 the food was more like I would expect from an inexpensive buffet place. I have never been here to eat from the regular menu so this is based solely on the Easter buffet.

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