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Cantwell's Tavern

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109 Main Street, Odessa, DE
302-376-0600
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Just opened to the public on December 14, 2011. Located in the historic...
Just opened to the public on December 14, 2011. Located in the historic Hotel in the historical disrict encompassing The Historic Houses of Odessa. Holiday atmosphere is festive for the whole town.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
First time. Slow service. But busy time!

My husband and I went here after seeing recommendations on a local area facebook. We arrived at approximately 6:20 and did not receive our meal until 7:20. We did order tapas which were $5 each. The tapas took very long to come out, but a male worker came to our table personally to apologize. Also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
Monica R
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Galena, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

I've been to Cantwells several times. I really enjoy the cheese board and they are hard to find in restaurants around here. Service was extremely slow. Five hours for a two course meal. The staff was nice, but not welcoming - hardly making eye contact. The server was hard to find, and when the food came out, not only did... More 

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Marco Island, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A lovingly restored vintage home, set the scene for a delicious dinner with co-workers. We had a "room" upstairs for a party of 6, just private enough to enjoy our conversation. All the food we ordered was excellent, as was the service from a very busy server who had to go up and down, up and down, up and down... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This was my second visit. My last visit was a few years ago, about 4 months after they opened, food choices were better on my first visit. On both visits the service was great. My most recent visit was for lunch. Waiter was very attentive, checked back with us often, always asked before touching anything on the table. As with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

My husband and I went here after seeing recommendations on a local area facebook. We arrived at approximately 6:20 and did not receive our meal until 7:20. We did order tapas which were $5 each. The tapas took very long to come out, but a male worker came to our table personally to apologize. Also, we did not have to... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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235 reviews 235 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

After touring Historic Houses of Odessa, we wanted to round out our day with dinner at Cantwell's Tavern. As it was still early (5pm) and a wee bit cold, we were greeted and seated immediately within the first dining area to the right. As host took our drink order quickly and everything was off to a great start. I will... More 

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Delaware
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The first time I visited this restaurant, I have a wonderful time and delicious dinner. The wine list was quite nice, and the dinner salad with salmon was large and delicious! It was quite worth the money. I went there a month later and had a very different experience. I ordered the same salad, and the size was much smaller.... More 

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Chesapeake City, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Feeling the effects of advanced cases of Winter Cabin Fever, my husband and I decided to make the half-hour drive to Odessa yesterday for lunch at Cantwell's Tavern. Friends had dined there and recommended it quite heartily. The building itself is lovely - an historic brick tavern complete with deep window wells, a warm fire, and worn, old floors. Our... More 

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Smyrna, Delaware, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I'm at Cantwell's at least once a month and I've never had something I didn't like. Crab dip is delicious and their desserts are out of this world. Love the atmosphere and the wait staff is very pleasant

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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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94 reviews 94 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This tavern is a perfect fit for this lovely little historic town. It is nicely renovated with interesting cozy rooms. The food we had was very good. Southern Fried Oysters were perfectly done and served in a substantial portion. The menu is diverse with interesting new choices and variations on old standards. All were quite satisfied with their choices. We... More 

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Chestertown, Maryland
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125 reviews 125 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We've eaten at Cantwell's many times and it's always a favorite. Odessa is a pretty, small colonial town and Cantwell's is also a historic building with a number of dining areas on 2 floors. In the summer, there is also outdoor dining. Food is very good, nice beer selection, and the menu is changed regularly.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 109 Main Street, Odessa, DE
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Odessa
  • Phone Number: 302-376-0600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Just opened to the public on December 14, 2011. Located in the historic Hotel in the historical disrict encompassing The Historic Houses of Odessa. Holiday atmosphere is festive for the whole town.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?