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The Tavern


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Shrimp Cocktail
Jumbo​ tiger shrimp served with a citrus cocktail sauce and lemon.
Smoked Norwegian Salmon
Norwegian smoked salmon rolled with herbed cream cheese. Served on toast points with thinly sliced red onion and capers.
Fresh Mozzarella, Prosciutto and Tomato
Layered, served with cracked black pepper and drizzled with olive oil and an orange balsamic reduction.
Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed with bacon, parmesan cheese, basil and breadcrumbs.
Oysters Rockefeller
Baked oysters in a parmesan cream sauce stuffed with spinach, bacon, and parmesan cheese.
Brie Cheese
Baked with honey, brown sugar and toasted almonds. Served in a toasted bread bowl.
Escargot baked in a herb garlic butter. Served in a toasted puff pastry.
Tavern Onion Soup
Caramelized onions finished in a sherry beef broth with homemade croutons and swiss cheese.
$11 per person
Combination Platters Available for Large Parties
A​ combination of four of the asterisked items above.
Filet Medallions
Medium to full-bodied red wine, eight ounces of filet tenderloin, sliced into medallions and grilled to order.
Ten ounce $25.00
Prime Rib
Medium to full-bodied red wine, available Friday and Saturday only, slow roasted black angus ten or fourteen ounce prime rib seasoned to perfection and served with horseradish dill sauce and au jus. Also available blackened.
Stuffed Filet Mignon
Palermo style, complex and mature red wine, eight ounce filet with a stuffing of shrimp, bacon, ricotta and herb cream cheese. Breaded and glazed with a marsala reduction.
Black and Bleu Medallions
Spicy and fruit forward red wine, eight ounces of blackened filet topped with bleu cheese crumbles and port wine reduction.
Full Rack of Lamb
Medium to full-bodied red wine, full Frenched rack of lamb, slowly grilled and smothered in a shiitake mushroom, lavender and mint sauce.
NY Strip
Medium to full-bodied red wine, ten ounces of a seasoned grilled center cut NY strip. Served with a chipotle honey glaze on the side.
Chicken Saltimbocca
Medium​ to full-bodied white wine, two breaded chicken breasts stuffed with spinach, prosciutto, parmesan, almond and herb puree. Topped with a tarragon bechamel.
Peppercorn Encrusted Duck
Spicy​ and fruit forward red wine, eight ounce peppercorn encrusted double duck breast, served to temperature with a blueberry port wine reduction.
Scallops Au Gratin
Semi-dry to sweet white wine, pan-seared scallops finished with a basil parmesan cream sauce.
Baked Salmon
Fruity and dry white wine, baked salmon stuffed with tomatoes, spinach and feta cheese. Served over basmati rice and grilled asparagus, finished with an herb compound butter.
Our salad dressings are all homemade.
You may choose from
Garlic Parmesan
Honey Dijon
Creamy Bleu Cheese
Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette
Max's Coffee
Bushmill's Irish whiskey, Bailey's, kahlua and coffee
Irish Coffee
Bailey's, Irish whiskey and coffee
Frangelica, Bailey's and coffee
Warm Stinger
Barenjager (honey flavored liquor) and lemon hot tea
German Brandi/Liquors
Kirshwasser cherry brandy, asbach brandi, obstler apple/pear brandy, apfelkorn apple brandy, baranjager
Sandeman Ruby Port
Churchill Port
$27 - $44
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Dinner, Late Night
American, German
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a quaint old place with period piece furnishings and very good food, a bit pricey. Our table was on a slant though which was a little awkward. I had chicken risotto which I would Definitely have again. The host or owner was very attentive...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank paulendo
Reviewed March 12, 2019

Four of us visited with a 7:30pm reservation last Sat evening. For starters we ordered French onion soups which arrived at the table barely above room temperature, not even really warm. Our young waitress did not appear surprised or apologetic about the situation, she simply...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Altamira01
Reviewed February 24, 2019 via mobile

Our first visit to the tavern was outstanding. Black and bleu filet was delicious. The Brie cheese appetizer was was of our favorites.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank kristimelodirae
Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

One of our favorite places to dine! Delicious appetizers, steaks, seafood and A special Valentine menu. Max is terrific!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Deb K
Reviewed January 26, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I ate dinner here while in town. It was delicious! I love the historic ambiance of the place. Friendly staff, delicious food and great ambiance. It's expensive, so be aware of that. It's always good to have an expensive meal from time...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank athenatoby12
Reviewed December 23, 2018

When we were seated on the ground floor on this latest visit, I could not help but to take notice of the rugged bare rock wall at my left elbow and assume it must have weathered the centuries ever since The Tavern opened in 1797....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank oaktownboy_37
Reviewed December 11, 2018

Hidden gem that's for sure. The food was delicious, services was outstanding & the history was was there! It was great to sit down and be able to enjoy dinner without loud noises and being able to carry on a conversation without yelling across the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank punk1nz
Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

In Abingdon to shop, and we decide to try the tavern a highly rated restaurant. We're not disappointed. It's a historic building, with much of the Interior just as it was many years ago. The service was excellent, and the food was above average. My...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank scotthH4362LT
Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

Very historic building. Atmosphere lighting with wonderful fire in the fireplace. We were personally greeted and checked on by the owner several times. There are 3 traditional German dishes on the menu (schnitzel). Our group tried all 3 and all were delicious. The meal began...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank BarbJ1
Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

The Tavern is always my fall-back in Abingdon. Make your plans and make a reservation at this hidden Gem. Max and his crew will take good care of you. German-American flare is ever-present and always over the top. Great list of wines and cocktails as...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank WeekendTraveler606
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October 7, 2017|
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Response from N3065LKdebbies | Reviewed this property |
Yes! The Tavern is open on Mondays...many places in Abingdon are not open on Mondays.
R. G. C
March 28, 2015|
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Response from papa198 | Reviewed this property |
As I recall, the portions weren't particurally large. My wife and I both had a selection from the German dishes and they were great. The management is very friendly and I'm sure that they'd agree to sharing anything. I'd... More
R. G. C
March 28, 2015|
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Response from mattwatts5 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the dishes would be plenty to share - if you ordered an extra salad and/or another side. However, according to the menu - there is a $10 share fee per plate / which I did not appreciate. My wife and I also share at... More
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