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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, Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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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English first
Newark, Delaware, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

My Wife and I recently met a friend at Cantwell's Tavern in the historic little town of Odessa. The Tavern was established in 1822. It has an interestingly menu with a great Crab Chowder in a red stock. I had a great Pit Beef Sandwich and my Wife had a huge Caesar Salad with grilled salmon. They had a reasonably... More 

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Easton, MD
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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

My wife and I always seem to stop at Cantwell's Tavern for lunch on a Thursday. That's OK, though, since they always have their Flatbread Special Day: $5 for their flatbreads. Their flatbreads always taste great with pleasing combinations of toppings. On our recent visit we sat outside since it was such a nice day. Unfortunately, we were attacked by... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very good beer selection as well as specialty drinks. Menu changes seasonaly so there is always something new to try.

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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

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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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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240 reviews 240 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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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, Pub

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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