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525 Magnolia Tavern

Gastropub, American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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12 Lexington Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-3918
+1 978-525-3230
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

525 has had some misses and hits since its opening, but lately we have been more than pleased. The bar is comfortable, the menu has a wide variety of choices, the food is very good and the prices are reasonable. Like many places these days however, they seem to have a lot of staff turnover. Fix that and they could... More 

Thank NuclearDuo
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Have been to the 525 3 times, 1st was app. of little necks which were really good, had baked haddock, which that & green beans undercooked (if you can believe it), although rice was very good, 2nd time had little necks again & haddock tacos, which were just average, & last time had margarita pizza, which was just fair, had... More 

Thank Kathy W W
Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
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115 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to 525 Magnolia for a terrific dinner. We started off with an order of excellent Buffalo Chicken Wings with sauce and blue cheese on the side that we shared. We followed that with their special for the weekend of Lasagna Bolognese that was absolutely delicious. Pasta was fresh and the entire offering was lighter thatn... More 

Thank Don W
Montreal, Canada
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

WHat a great surprise this restaurant is! The food is not typical of a tavern at all, nor is the decor. We enjoyed our food (try the goat cheese salad with balsamic vinaigrette), and the atmosphere was laid back, with good music. It seemed to us this restaurant is mainly local, which is a good sign. Even though the service... More 

1 Thank laganina
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92 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

We had seen this restaurant reviewed highly on the Phantom Gourmet, so we decided to give it a try. We were really looking forward to eat here. There's plenty of parking for the restaurant and general area. There are a few tables and a bar. Not as big as we were thinking. Seems pretty popular as all the tables were... More 

Thank Andrew S
Newton, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

We scouted out this restaurant because of a great review on Phantom Gourmet. Everything they said was true - nice atmosphere, great staff and delicious food! I would recommend this one for sure. We will definitely go back again.

1 Thank Valerie S
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

First time at this pub and we really enjoyed our experience. The pub was attractive inside and we sat at a booth which they have quite a few. Lots of room for larger groups. The food was good, fresh, and not too expensive. We enjoyed our beverage choices draft beers and a hard cider. Waitress was excellent, other waitstaff as... More 

1 Thank Salemgirl
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Has all the looks of a good restaurant, but the food is poor, the service is disorganized, the prices are high for what you get. Gloucester has so many wonderful restaurants, but this is not one of them. Saturday night the place is packed with locals (maybe because the it is the only rest. in Magnolia) and the alcohol is... More 

Thank WingearsheekBeach
Boston, MA
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120 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

I'll start by saying I wish I read the reviews prior to going this time. We've eaten here a few times. Always good, never outstanding but good just the same. The menu has something for everyone and it's a nice place. The waitstaff has always been attentive. Never had any big complaints until last night. We both ordered burgers cooked... More 

Thank littlee876
Cape Ann, MA
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

I want so badly to like this 'locals tavern' but it's just not possible. Service is so incredibly slow. It took 45 minutes to get appetizers of nachos and chicken tenders. When the nachos finally arrived, the cheese was cold. Gross. I hoped that dinner would be better but no such luck. My husband's burger looked impressive, if perhaps larger... More 

1 Thank jagoda13

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Gastropub, American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Lexington Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-3918
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: +1 978-525-3230
Magnolia is a beautiful seaside village of Gloucester, located just north of Boston. The Magnolia 525 Tavern is a great place to meet friends, a real hometown neighborhood tavern. Open Tuesday - Sunday 5pm to close (9-10pm dinner stops, stay for drinks until late!). We serve upscale homemade American tavern food, roasted free range chicken, classic fresh local baked haddock, savory steak tips with loaded mashed potatoes, and brick oven artisan pizzas. Our interior design is warm and welcoming, we have a custom, curved-shaped beautiful wooden bar that invites conversation, large booths for the family, high tops for friends and small intimate tables for meetings or dates and a great outdoor patio. Serving the whole neighborhood, come see why the 525 Tavern is the favorite spot on the block.

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