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Steaming Tender

28 Depot St., Palmer, MA 01069
(413) 283-2744
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Ranked #1 of 35 restaurants in Palmer
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
North Woodstock, Connecticut, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

A group of nine of us went to the Steaming Tender restaurant for a birthday gathering. What a great place! According to our train fan in the group, the building is the third largest train station in Mass. Not only is there a cool steam engine in the yard and a train car where they hold Sunday breakfasts, the restaurant... More

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western mass
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52 reviews 52 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We really hate to give this a no-so-great review because the people are so nice… both the management and the wait staff… and, the place is very interesting. That's the upside. The downside is that it is extremely noisy, which cannot be helped because it is in a very large, cavernous space -- which I must admit is part of... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Great food great staff !!! A must visit for young and old !!! Took my 90 yr old father in law for his birthday and he was floored by the way they made it his day

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Southbridge, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I'm giving Steaming Tender a reluctant 5 stars. The restaurant is in a refurbished train station and if you dine mid-day you can be assured of a passing train. The food is good. The lobster bisque, when available, is fabulous. The prices, while not outrageous, are enough to rule this out as a budget option.There's a dining car just outside... More

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Sharon, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Driving back from Amherst, MA to the Boston area and looking for a place to stop for dinner. Stopped in here because it was the only place open late on a Sunday night and had some good Trip Advisor reviews. It was 20 minutes before their closing time, but they still seated us. Food came quickly, was hot, and they... More

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Merrickville, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I make a reservation here every January for the group I travel with the huge model train show in West Springfield, Mass. One of their busiest nights is the Saturday evening of the show. It is in a perfect location in a stunning old (and beautifully restored) train station at the diamond of a number of active rail lines. It... More

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Hartford, CT
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The Steaming Tender in Palmer is located in the classic Boston & Albany station designed by H.H. Richardson- beautifully restored and maintained after years of decline and neglect from the 1960's onward. Good local ales, a wide variety of hearty dishes, and friendly wait staff make for a very enjoyable rail-themed dining experience. Blake Lamoth has decorated the interior with... More

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We stopped here on our way to Hancock MA while on a skiing trip. What an absolutely cute venue. It was fun to see all the train watchers outside waiting for the next train. The inside was decorated so beautifully for Christmas. The wait staff had on railroad overalls. The service was EXCELLENT. My only complaint was our wonderfully tasting... More

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Springfield, MA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I have been here a few times in the past but never wrote a review. Today I felt compelled to after our visit. We went for a birthday celebration with family and little kids. Very exciting atmosphere for a child, especially a boy into trains. It was clean, the service was good, a little honkie, but good. All at our... More

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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

The wife decided to take me to the Steaming Tender for my birthday dinner along with her nephew and his girlfriend. I have seen this restaurant many times as I go by on the train with CSX. The restaurant is a converted rail station. Upon entering it was like stepping back in time, the wood work, the pictures, and all... More

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