Ideal Tavern

4.6
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376 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Ideal Tavern is a Gastropub serving modernized, New American classic cuisine, craft cocktails and select beers in a charming, rustic atmosphere!

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJoananne
New England
49 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

As always a great evening out. We love the vibe. The management and service is always excellent always aiming to lease and making sure the evening and food is satisfactory. We dine here weekly .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great Live music which was not too loud and Dannie our server was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Polite friendly service food was good but a little loud for dinner conversation

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Wpark83
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food! Ideal Burger can get a bit messy, but it was delicious.

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JoeD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great staff and food. The only disappointment was that the adult drinks took too long when ordered.

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LissaT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the Brussel Sprouts!!! The staff is very attentive and friendly , a fun place to eat , great prices and a very relaxed vibe.

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Good drinks, huge beer list, lots of cocktails. The food was good as well. The portions were kind of small for the price, but were delicious.

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William
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Let me start by saying we ended up at The Ideal Tavern
Only because the place we made our original reservation was not open but we were pleasantly surprised.They have an outstanding beer list I had The Bad Sons bad Billy Brown and my wife had The party. We got the artichoke dip as an appetizer and my wife said it was the best she ever had. I had the Reuben sandwich that was outstanding I highly recommend it my wife who does not eat red meat got the BLT except it was a CLT she change the bacon to chicken she only ate about half of it and also I said it was very good we passed up on dessert because we were too full The wait staff was great even the owner came over to our table and asked how everything was. Too bad we live over an hour away I would love to go back and try some of their other dishes. It was a little on the loud side but not to the point that my wife and I could not have conversation. I will finish by saying that I highly recommend the ideal Tavern.

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MeganS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Foggy BLT was excellent!

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DanaM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious from apps to dessert. Their charcuterie is my favorite in the area

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

They served little cornbread muffins. Then we had the charcuterie board, it was a nice collection of snack items. The meals were enjoyable. They have fun cocktails that range from vintage to trendy with a drink that is presented with dry ice.

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MarkM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great drinks, and a friendly atmosphere. Very cool to order the ‘bartender’s special’, and not know what drink was coming...but it was good!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Waffles were tough and French toast was tasteless.

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NoelS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food. The cauliflower popcorn and Brussels sprouts are a must!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, drinks and service.

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foodreviewer8
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drinks as always.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal and service as usual!

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amandaL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great variety of food, nice atmosphere and great service.

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vipJoananne
New England
49 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service

MK
vipMichaelK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and the service was wonderful.

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MattL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Sunday brunch. Place was empty. Food was really good. Server was a flake.

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KristinD
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We had a great time here with friends. Food is very good. Our waitress was very attentive. Would have given 5 stars but the guy who delivered most (not all - one guy with glasses was so friendly) of our food was very rude. He just dropped the plates in monotone voice and ran off. When we asked for small plates to share he seemed like it was a big imposition. He didn't fit in with how freindly the rest of the staff was. I would definetly go back though. Very nice evening.

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RosaO
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent. Portions were good. The beverages were great. It was pricey but it was a Birthday celebration so I didn’t mind spending more than I normally spend at a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

It was the Apple Festival and they make wonderful cocktails it’s a cool tavern and very friendly

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MYSV3340
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is a very quaint tavern, cozy and inviting. The menu was interesting with many options. We had the chicken and waffles and risotto from the brunch menu. The flavors are bright and refreshing. There is a large selection of beer and cocktails. The staff was friendly and attentive. We’re excited to back and try the dinner menu.

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vipLoriK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We were disappointed in the menu choices. We previously had a delicious salmon dish which was no longer on the menu. The flatbread we did have was very good. There was a vocalist in the bar who was way too loud for the size of the restaurant. There were 4 in our party and we had to yell to carry on a conversation. One friend of mine remarked how sometimes she couldn’t hear the conversation so just nodded. That’s unfortunate since we hadn’t gotten together as a group all summer

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yummers
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Kid friendly. The Music playing was great. Service a tad slow however they were attentive and food was good. We went here on a whim and I would go back with my kids. Parking around corner was convenient.

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SusanR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had reservations and we were seated promptly. Our waiter came right over to take our drink order and answered any questions that we had. The food was delicious and hot! The ambiance was very nice. There were four people in our party. Everyone was very happy with the food. We had scallops, lobster roll, and a Rueben. All delicious. We will be back.

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vipTerryP
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was in the area for a business meeting so my husband and I looked up some local restaurants and decided to try the Ideal Tavern. The service was exceptional and the food was delicious and reasonably priced. We really enjoyed the experience.

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OliveLucy
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was outstanding.... Ideal Burger and the Lobster Roll, def will go back again. It was unfortunate the VERY loud couple next to us were the reason we left after finishing our meal instead of staying for another cocktail, however this was out of Ideal’s control. The atmosphere, food and service is stellar. We will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ideal Tavern's food is always flavorful and cooked well. The atomosphere is fun and enjoyable for everyone to enjoy. The waitstaff is friendly and overall it's a reliable and nice experience!

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KatZG16
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The whole experience was great. Service was outstanding. We all enjoyed our meals and were able to enjoy at our leisure. We are there for 3 hours and never felt rushed. Great choices for food and drinks. Great place for get togethers or date night.

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BAC2119
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The restaurant was exceptionally busy and noisy for a Wednesday night. As a result the service was a little slower than we are used to. Nonetheless, the food was great. The flatbreads were outstanding and the shrimp tacos very good. And as always, Greg was attentive and apologetic that service was a bit slow. Will always recommend Ideal to friends and families and it’s our go to place for our special visitors.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

This was the second time we went to ideal tavern and was quite disappointed with everything except the ambiance and hostess.
After being sat we waited a good 10-12 minutes for our server to come over. Once she did she was quick to try and get our drink order and run but due to the wait we had already decided on dinner.
The menu changed since last time and things like brisket that was a protein choice on the poutine it was replaced with sausage which having had Canadian poutine thought that choice was odd.

Value for the money is not quite there. My son had $28 scallops (4) over succotash which was drown in butter. I got Brussels sprouts as my side and seems as though they took out of the fryer directly to the serving bowls leaving them loaded with grease. Cesar salad chicken badly breaded and dressing is sub par.

Server was inattentive the rest of the night and we had to ask for our check at end of the meal after sitting for a while.

After our last meal there we went back hoping for a repeat performance and was disappointed with the results. Definitely didn’t provide the goods for the money.

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vipCTVisitor
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was great - friendly, knowledgeable. Four of us all enjoyed our drinks and food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience5

Drinks and food were amazing. Sat at the bar but the music seemed too loud, along with the bartender seemed to care more so about a couple of girls rather than the whole bar itself. Bartender only came to visit when our drinks were completely empty

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vipSimplefolk
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Nice atmosphere
Friendly staff
Good food

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GailT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere! We moved closer to the bar because the a/c was a little too cold in the dining room and unfortunately it was VERY loud and hard to talk.....no one’s fault but ours because we chose to move......still enjoyed wonderful food, great service and very accommodating owner/manager. We will definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waitress we had was amazing. Food was exceptional. My first time dining here and I will definitely be back.

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