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“Nice Venue, Good Food, Good Music, Friendly Crowd = Great Evening Out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Hotel Tavern

The Hotel Tavern
5 West Main Street, PO Box 238, West Jefferson, NC 29694
+1 336-846-2121
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Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Hotel Tavern is a new and exciting restaurant and bar located in the historic Old Hotel in West Jefferson, North Carolina. The Old Hotel was built to service the Virginia Creeper train that ran through the town between 1915and 1977. The warm and comfortable atmosphere at The Hotel Tavern gives the guests the sense of history and community while taking casual fare, including burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, salads, pasta, steaks and more, to a new level of creativity and quality. Whether enjoying a meal in one of our dining rooms, having a drink at our full service bar or celebrating great weather on our outdoor patio, we look forward to providing you a memorable experience.Our teams experience and commitment to service complements our attitude of providing a friendly, attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. From a quick business lunch, a fun family meal or watching a game with a late night snack and beverage, The Hotel Tavern provides something for everyone with a moderate pricing structure. We have been voted Best Restaurant in Ashe County for two years running by the Mountain Times Best of the Best Awards.
Miami, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nice Venue, Good Food, Good Music, Friendly Crowd = Great Evening Out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

West Jefferson is a quaint small town. Very nice place to visit and we plan to return when we have more time to explore the shops and dip our toes in the river.

We were in town for a short visit and had dinner at The Tavern Hotel. The facility was recently renovated and is super nice and clean. Great bar, friendly staff, with both open and intimate eating areas. There are 3 dining areas and we chose to sit in the bar area so that we could enjoy the live music. We began with their signature appetizer which was very tasty and well proportioned. We had a glass of nice wine and ordered blackened salmon as the main entre. All of the food items we experienced were delicious. We did not have room for desert, so cannot comment on those menu items.

Our waitress “Paula” was super friendly, attentive, and added to our overall dining experience. The musician was very good, so try to visit when they have live entertainment and sit in the bar area.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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VA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Tiny food, big prices”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We've visited the Hotel Tavern a few times. It's a mixed bag. They did a nice job with their re-design/remodel of the location. The menu is not very extensive or interesting, but promises adequate variety of classic pub fare.

The first time we ordered the crab dip, it was absolutely loaded with crab--big lumps of crab--and it was delicious. This was an impressive "first note", but this app (that time) set the bar too high--nothing else we have ever had here was as good. The second time we visited, we could neither see nor taste ANY crab at all in the dip...it was like hot mayonnaise, sour cream, and cheese. We haven't tried to order it again.

I was excited to try the shrimp and grits--maybe the most unexpected offering on this mostly-typical menu. The shrimp and grits were OK, but itsy-bitsy...even if the portion were doubled or tripled, it would STILL be a small example of this low-country classic.

Added grilled shrimp to the (itsy bitsy) Caesar salad once. The shrimp were tiny, as was the portion.

We've had good burgers here, and good soups. In general, the food is good. Some menu items are presented in portions so small you'll be looking around for the hidden camera watching the joke. The real downside, and the reason we likely won't return: most everything on the menu is expensive for the quality and portion presented--this is pub food, not nouvelle cuisine or molecular gastronomy. Every time we have visited, at least one thing we tried to order wasn't available--the kitchen was out of this or that. If the other choices in town were better, we wouldn't have given this one as many chances as we have.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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TheHotelTavern, Owner at The Hotel Tavern, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post to Trip Advisor. We appreciate your feedback and take it to heart. Our menu is designed to be well rounded and includes fresh fish, steaks, chicken, pork and pasta as well as salads, sandwiches, burgers and pizza. We strive everyday day to provide quality food at a reasonable price, excellent service and a warm environment. we the owners are there everyday and would love for you to see us personally about any concerns you might have. Your business if greatly appreciated and we hope you will join us again in the future.

Thank you,

The Owners of The Hotel Tavern
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West Jefferson, North Carolina
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“Tasty pizza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Good food, not a large menu to choose from. Outdoor eating area is very pleasant in the spring and fall. Friendly servers.

Visited September 2013
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Miami, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Nice, cozy, good food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

While visiting West Jefferson we dined at The Hotel Tavern, we love the intimate feel of the restaurant, I had the mahi and being from Florida I have to say it was cooked to perfection and delicious! My husband had the pasta primavera and thought the scallops and shrimp was very small in size so this is a heads up to the owners to get better quality of shrimp/scallops, he enjoyed the taste of the dish. Their wine selection is small but they carry good wineries for red and white wine to chose from. We will definitely be back in the summer. We recommend this restaurant.

Visited March 2014
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“Best french fries in town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

It's a limited menu of mostly sandwiches and salads, but everything is done with great care and from scratch.

Boondocks has always been our default choice in town, but we are happy to have this fine new place to add to the mix.

Service is super friendly and efficient. Will look forward to sitting outdoors here on farmers market day.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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