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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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Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Drinks
American, Bar, Seafood
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Table Service, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed August 3, 2020

The starters were fine but our main course - which both of us ordered at $35 a piece - was AWFUL. Seafood pasta drenched in oil / butter / gobs of capers. So rich our stomachs are upset. Scallops and swordfish in it both tasted...funny. We didn't complain because the staff was so nice.More

Date of visit: August 2020
shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review, please contact us at barker@thebarker.com so that we can look at your experience further and identify the problem. The Seafood Picatta is one of our most frequently ordered dishes and it is vital...More

Reviewed July 29, 2020

For many years we have celebrated special occasions at Barker Tavern and have always been pleased. Recently we were there to celebrate a special birthday. We were very disappointed with our evening. Although we had reservations and were seated promptly, service was very slow and...inattentive. Our waitress disappeared for long periods of time. We waited a long time for our drinks and even longer for our meals. My favorite dish, the lobster casserole, was nothing like I have had on previous occasions. I asked for light on the crumbs but received more crumbs than usual and very little lobster. The other meals were satisfactory, but the service and my birthday meal were disappointing. I have always given Barker Tavern a five star rating in the past, but our recent experience was nothing like our previous visits.More

Date of visit: July 2020
shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to post share your experience. I am very sorry we failed to meet our mission to provide a memorable experience for you and your guests. Unfortunately we were under staffed which has been happening more often for...More

Reviewed March 6, 2020

My brother-in-law declared the Beef Tournedos the best he’d ever had (and he is picky.) My hubby loved the Mediterranean swordfish (he is a swordfish fan and swordfish appears to a Barker Tavern specialty.) Clam Chowder was also excellent.

Date of visit: March 2020
shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed your dinner! The Beef Tournedos and Swordfish are definitely fan favorites. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and we hope to see you in the restaurant again soon!

Reviewed February 23, 2020 via mobile

The perfect spot for a cozy dinner on a winter night. Sitting by the fireplace in the restaurant that dates back to 1700's enjoying a delicious dinner. Prices are very reasonable, portions are generous, service was excellent.More

Date of visit: February 2020
shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2020

Shelia, We are so happy you chose to dine with us and thank you for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review! We love that you were able to enjoy a nice dinner by the fireplace and appreciate our charming historic building. We...More

Reviewed November 24, 2019

My boyfriend and I sat at the bar for lunch. I had swordfish for lunch. It was amazing. Cooked perfectly. The bartender, Robin, was friendly and engaging. The portions were perfect. If you’re in a rush, don’t go here. It took awhile for our entrees...to come out but we were didn’t need to be anywhere so it was fine. Honestly the food was worth the wait. My only other comment is that it was a little chilly in the bar area. When I go back, I’ll bring a shawl.More

Date of visit: November 2019
shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2020

Thank you Robin for dining in the Pub with us. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal. The chefs take pride in ensuring each and every meal is cooked to perfection! We strive to create a warm and cozy atmospher in our Pub so...More

Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

Cozy atmosphere and friendly staff. Patrons also friendly...just s very pleasant way to spend a Saturday night with friends. Top food items are the swordfish, the filet and the duck. Definitely end your dinner with the raspberry milfois.

Date of visit: November 2019
shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2020

Thank you Laura for spending your Saturday night with us! We are so glad you all enjoyed the swordfish, filet, and duck. It's always great to end the night with a sweet treat. We hope you come to visit us again soon!

Reviewed October 27, 2019 via mobile

We had a 6 PM reservation and were seated immediately. The staff are truly an exceptional group of talented professional individuals. Our party had two people with food allergies and the staff member who was our table server was well-versed in every menu item that...could cause a problem for those people . Every appetizer was presented beautifully and arrived well in advance of our meals. Each meal arrived hot off the line and was presented with eye appeal which only made the enjoyment of eating each meal more enjoyable. I had the 16oz center-cut swordfish, a signature menu item, broiled with twice baked potato and spinach and it was incredibly delicious. Other items ordered were the rack of lamb and a special swordfish item which were also throughly enjoyed. Coffee and Indian pudding finished the meal. This restaurant is the only place I have been able to find a center-cut swordfish filet. I can’t imagine visiting Barker Tavern and not enjoying this menu item. The food is outstanding and the physical building is like stepping back into New England history. As a final note, the Executive Chef and kitchen staff are extraordinary as well. Food doesn’t arrive at a guests table without a truly talented back of the house caring staff. Kudos to Mike for loaning me his tie I really appreciated it. Looking forward to a return visit.More

Date of visit: October 2019
shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2020

Thank you so much for dining with us and for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of your night. As a family business, we take pride in every aspect of the restaurant and are so happy to hear that your experience at...More

Reviewed October 21, 2019

We had our wedding reception here, and it couldn't have been more perfect. From the location, to the beautiful interior of this building, to the FOOD (we got so many compliments on that), and especially the people. Becca and is so far ahead of everything...you don't even have time to worry :). Thank you Barker Tavern for a perfect day!!More

Date of visit: September 2019
shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2020

Thank you so much for trusting us with such an important day in your life. We are so pleased to hear that your day was perfection! Becca and her team do a wonderful job making sure everything is taken care of so the happy couple...More

Reviewed September 21, 2019

Our first time at the Barker Tavern. Friends have been raving about the restaurant and their swordfish for years. I opted for the petite swordfish and one of my fellow diners opted for the signature swordfish entrée which is a much larger portion. Both dishes...were cooked perfectly, and were moist and delicious. The swordfish can prepared in several ways, I opted for grilled the other diner opted for Cajun. Other diners had the seafood casserole and enjoyed that dish. Shrimp cocktail, little necks, and oysters were enjoyed as appetizers and all were excellent. The shrimp were jumbo and the little necks and oysters were fresh. I was a little disappointed with the escargot appetizer. It was not what I expected, but I probably didn't read the description carefully. Desserts did not disappoint. Service was excellent. Suggest you make reservations if you wish to dine during peak hours. Parking not a problem. Overall, the meals are pricey, but worth it.More

Date of visit: September 2019
shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2020

Welcome to the Barker Tavern Denise! We are so happy to hear that your first experience was enjoyable. It is our passion to bring fresh seafood dishes like our signature swordfish to our customers and support our local fisherman in our coastal town of Scituate....More

Reviewed July 10, 2019

The Barker is undoubtedly one of the finest restaurants in town. You can dine in a formal restaurant setting or in the "Back Bar" in more of a casual setting. You can get the same menu in either location. It's been said that you get...a smaller portion if your in the back bar, I haven't experienced that. The food is unbelievable.The bartender Colin is a extra treat, he can also "Whip Up" some of the best cocktails I have ever had. Cathy the other bar tender hasn't been there for a while, I think the two of them were inspired to be the best bartenders in the world. I think they succeeded.There may be a little wait if you try and go at peak times. Prices are fair for what you get. It's our favorite restaurant. When friends visit it's an automatic. Large parking lot out front. Excellent place.More

Date of visit: July 2019
shoreweb1634, Owner at Barker Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2020

We are so honored to be your favorite restaurant! We love when customers come to celebrate with friends, old and new, at our establishment. Colin is definitely a mastermind behind the bar, as you said "whipping up" those delicious cocktails. Hope you visit us again...More

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I'm sorry to be getting back to you this late, if it's still not too late, I can only say, to call them. Sorry, i wasn't much more helpful.
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Yes, they are open on Tuesdays - the pub at 4pm, and the dining room at 5pm
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Barker Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5