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Cantwell's Tavern

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109 Main St, Odessa, DE 19730-2005
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made reservations for early dinner. Plenty of street parking. Seated immediately. Awesome atmosphere. Waitress was attentive and good pace to meal. Recommend crab dip. Would recommend and return.

Thank cvandenbraak
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has provided consistently great food and service. Sunday brunch is always a treat. The chef has an omelet special, a quiche special, and a pancake special each week. We've tried several different menu items, and they are always delicious. The chef's hollandaise is world class. The historic setting adds to the enjoyment.

Thank Kestrel97
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I live nearby and have had many meals here. The menu hasn't changed much since they opened which kind of stinks. My family of four went for dinner on a Tuesday night after the holidays. We knew it wouldn't be crowded...they seated us upstairs when the entire dining room was open...you're always sure to get slower service when you are... More 

Thank Kate D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having enjoyed several previous meals at this historic restaurant, my wife and I decided to celebrate her birthday here this past weekend. Because of the tavern's 2-story design, we selected seating upstairs in a smaller room away from the noisy bar area downstairs. With a reservation, which is essential on weekends, we were seated promptly and our server came to... More 

Thank Douglas F
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'd like to give a better review, but the restaurant is trying too hard, the thought is good but the execution lacking. I will go back, hoping for better, the setting is nice, the service good; but the food lacked test and texture - the tuna tartare had tasteless tuna overwhelmed with seasoning; the mussel chowder very tasty, but the... More 

Thank thecommissioner41
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First of all, I want to state right up front; we love the venue and the impact the inn has had in our neighborhood. However, this last visit of 2/26, left us extremely disappointed in the food and the service. We sat in the second floor dining room. This seems to be an issue with service. There isn't an elevator... More 

Thank lynettel1
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Never got in a 4 top came in 10 minutes with out a reservation after me and my wife told us 15 minutes the 4 top was sat with in 5 minutes the hostess kept telling us one second then she went up stairs and after 10 minutes we just left WHAT TYPE OF HOSPITALITY IS THIS

Thank Mark D
Townsend, Delaware
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Try to get here for the Monday 1/2 price burger night. All varieties are 1/2 off and usually a chef's selection too. Cooke JUST the way you order them! Yummy fries or salad(nice)! great atmosphere. Can't wait to go back. Still thinking about the Beef Filet i saw at the next table...

Thank HonestGuyDelaware
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017

Recently ate here for the first time, surprising since it's only 30 minutes away from home. Lovely quaint setting in historic Odessa. We sat in the bar for lunch the day after Christmas and enjoyed the decorations and warmth of the local crowd as well as the display of beer mugs overhead. The burgers were really excellent. Service was attentive... More 

Thank BryanSil
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

This was my fourth time in this restaurant and I've finally decided to submit my opinion. I don't enjoy giving negative ratings, but Cantwells is now on my " not going back " list! Delaware and eastern Maryland is crabcake country and good to great crabcakes abound in this area. The crabcake sandwich I just had at Cantwells was just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 Main St, Odessa, DE 19730-2005
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Odessa
  • Phone Number: 302-376-0600
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?