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Barker Tavern

21 Barker Rd, Scituate, MA 02066-4821
781-545-6533
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Ranked #3 of 30 restaurants in Scituate
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: American, Middle Eastern, Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The Barker Tavern is a fully restored 17th century building, home to a quiet casual fine dining restaurant and lively Eli's Pub, both serving new american cuisine. The historic restaurant and modern ball room sit on top of a hill overlooking Scituate harbor, centrally located between Boston and Cape Cod.
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: The Barker Tavern is a fully restored 17th century building, home to a quiet casual fine dining restaurant and lively Eli's Pub, both serving new american cuisine. The historic restaurant and modern ball room sit on top of a hill overlooking Scituate harbor, centrally located between Boston and Cape Cod.
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English first
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

One of the most noteworthy seventeen century homes in America, the Williams-Barker house is said to be the second oldest standing house in the United States.  Located across from Scituate Harbor.  Dined with 2 other couples at the Barker Tavern (est. 1634).  We were seated in a private room. Rustic but elegant decor; casual fine dining. Extensive fine wine list.... More

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shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for such an excellent review. We truly appreciate that you have taken the time to share your experience with others. From all of us at the Barker...Thank you! More

Pembroke, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

My wife and I were married at a The Barker Tavern in 2007 and enjoy returning at least annually to celebrate our anniversary. We love it here! The Jordan family is so wonderful and so are the rest of the staff. Colin is a hoot and Charles is a genuine professional. Don't miss the swordfish. It is the best I... More

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shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much Tim. We consider you and your lovely Barker Bride to be part of our extended Jordan Family and it's always gratifying when you return to visit. You are more than a customer to all of us at the Barker and we would not be successful with out your support. We will pass along your comments to... More

honoluul
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Some of the best food this side of NYC. We stumbled on this place over the weekend. The food is so good we are planning on a return trip(we are from an island off coast of Maine) just to enjoy this restaurant. It really is that good. Rivels the best in NYC.

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shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this review

We cannot be more pleased to be favorably compared to the dining scene in NYC. You must know your restaurants and your comments are particularly welcome. We look forward to your next visit. Thank you very much! More

Scituate, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Soaked in history and always a treat, Barker Tavern stands steady against the smaller, trendier places in the Scituate Harbor. This is to a great extent as a result of it's bartender, Colin. While eating in the main dining room (especially on those family occasions that call for celebration) remains a place for memory creation, the Pub is for every... More

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shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much, you are very kind and we really appreciate your support. We will pass along your comments to Colin who is also " soaked in history and always a treat " . : ) More

West Palm Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We first visited this restaurant last year while renting a house in Scituate. We went to all the tourist spots and finally found this gem. We went into the bar area and were sat at the last table available. Full of locals and laughter, we had a fantastic meal and time! This year, we were meeting friends and decided to... More

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shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for such an excellent review. We really appreciate that you take the time to visit us while you are vacationing in beautiful Scituate. Please come see us whenever you're in town. More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I come to Scituate every year to walk in the Cohasset MS walk and have. Been to the tavern this year we decided to try the restaurant and were not disspointed. We made reservations online and when we arrived they knew exactly who we were. Once the rest of. Our family joined us Katie took care of... More

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shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your comments. We are so happy that you and your family chose the Barker and enjoyed the experience. We will happily look forward to your next visit. More

Scituate, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

If you want to have good food, good service and you don't really care about (water) views, then this is a good place to go. It's predictable, but sometimes predictable is exactly what you're looking for. I prefer an ocean or harbor view, if I have a choice.

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shoreweb1634, General Manager at Barker Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your valuable feedback. Although we are perched on a hill overlooking beautiful Scituate Harbor, views of the water from inside our historic building don't quite match the magnificent views from outside the building on our manicured lawn and garden. We just couldn't make the necessary changes to our great building to allow better views. That being said... More

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great atmosphere and excellent food. Both the Tavern and the restaurant provide great service. Steaks, salads, seafood and the very best lobster bisque (gluten free too)!

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shoreweb1634, General Manager at Barker Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We will continue to update our menu with healthy choices and more gluten free options. More

Boston, MA
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Barker Tavern is a family owned and operated restaurant that holds their standards very high. There are two options for dining. The formal dining room is lovely for a special evening out. Eli's Pub is a fun option for a less formal venue. While the formal dining room takes reservations, which we recommend making, Eli's Pub is first come,... More

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shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much for you kind review, It means a lot to us that appreciate our efforts and you took the time to share your views with others. Thanks again! More

North Conway, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We've been going here for years. It's a perennial favorite & the best restaurant among a number of of places to visit in Scituate. Tonight we dined in the "tavern/pub" which enables diners to order off either the pub or the restaurant menu in a more casual atmosphere. The tavern has limited seating. Get there early because the tables (about... More

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shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your excellent review. We truly appreciate your support. More

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