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Palmers Restaurant & Tavern

18 Elm St, Andover, MA 01810-3633
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Ranked #11 of 54 restaurants in Andover
Price range: $8 - $36
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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65% Recommend
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

I visited for the first time this week and was immediately struck by the warm atmosphere and relaxed nature of the eating area in the bar. The menu had plenty of choice. I went for the tuna. It was excellent, seared but still red in the middle and absolutely delicious. Service was fast, efficient and friendly. I can't think of... More

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North Andover, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Visited Palmers for the first time (wife has been there before). The menu was very creative, lots of different options. If you enjoy craft beer, this isn't the place for you at all. Everything poured is pretty much your bar normals. Ordered the Sam Adams mussel appetizer, flavor was good, mussels were sandy and it didn't really have any broth... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Never been disappointed. Sit on deck on a nice day, or inside the screened in porch area. Bar area can get noisy so be prepared to talk loudly. Favorite app is the chips with dip.

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Andover, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have had many a dinner here, for business and for personal. Never been disappointed, never had trouble finding something I would like. Service has always been excellent. The steaks are excellent and cooked to what you order (unlike many restaurants that always seem to under cook them). Seafood, consistently good to excellent. Good wine list, good coffee and good... More

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Atkinson, New Hampshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Have been to Palmers tavern plenty of times. Its a good place to have a drink and also listen to live music. There really is no dance floor (for they move away a few tables) to speak of. Food is good. It is though a very loud place if you are looking to have conversation so be forewarned. It is... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Finally after several years of struggling to find a good place to eat, we experienced this place. Good service and great food. Much much better than other places in Andover area. Slightly more pricey but not too much, very comparable prices but much better food. We found our food to be really good, service very efficient and a great place... More

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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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113 reviews 113 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We revisited Palmers in mid May 2014 after a year's hiatus. Happened to be in the area and since we've always enjoyed the atmosphere and food we decided to pop in for dinner. We tend to sit at the bar for dinner, on this particular Wednesday evening the place was busy as was the bartender. Too busy for one bartender... More

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Salem, New Hampshire
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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

My family and I had a delicious dinner at Palmer's. Each of us was quite pleased with our meal choice. The service was very good; attentive and unobtrusive. The atmosphere was also quite pleasant. Smooth jazz played in the background; you were aware it was there but it subtly added to the experience rather than overwhelm it. It was quiet... More

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Boston, MA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

It's hard to find non-chain restaurants where you'll be spared the same frozen entrees found at those chains. Palmers has great food and a lot of different rooms so the ambiance can change from one visit to the next. That said, it can get crowded depending on the size of your party.

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Andover, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Living nearby means a visit to Palmers every couple of months. Their Burger special (Monday night only) is a great bargain for a great burger. The downstairs is casual - that is where we eat. Have not really eaten in the other more formal sections of the restaurant. Like the salads, sliders, steak. Have not had a dish that we... More

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