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We would be very pleased to have you visit us for lunch or for a candle light dinner. Our chef uses only the freshest ingredients in his preparation of a nice variety of steak, sea food, and pasta dishes. You might consider us when you are planning a party, business luncheon or just a family get together. You may be surprised at how well we can accommodate your special needs.
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
American, Steakhouse, Bar, Grill, Fusion, Wine Bar
Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Private Dining, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
We now have two visits to Boiling Springs Tavern under our belts, and in the end left feeling satisfied (and full) both times. Each visit was not without some issues, however. The building and bar of the Tavern are charming, and we were able to...find parking in their lot easily each time, even though there was a banquet going on when we first visited. A cheery fire in the back corner of the main dining room provides some ambiance, and there is light background music. The rest is a bit tatty in comparison to the friendly, professional service and elevated menu. Tables are clunky, the carpeting and walls seem very worn and tired, and old accordion-style partitions lurk in the doorways separating the front area from the back, with decorative ropes partitioning the two areas. The dining room really could use a face lift.
The dinner menu provides a nice variety of dishes, some a little more inventive than others, and entrees include warm rolls, butter, and a fresh, crisp salad served in a chilled bowl and accompanied by a choice of house-made salad dressing. On our first visit, we tried the French onion soup and the seafood bisque. The former was very good, served as an ample crock of rich broth and tender onions. The seafood bisque, a Tavern specialty, had an excellent flavor and perfectly cooked seafood morsels, but sadly contained numerous clumps of undissolved roux. The floury taste ruined the soup for me, and I sent it back to the kitchen.
Our dinner orders on the first visit were the veal piccata and salmon Rockefeller. A side of pasta was gladly substituted on request for the rice listed as an accompaniment to the piccata on the menu (who serves rice with veal piccata anyway?). The dish was several slices of perfectly cooked veal in a lemon butter and white wine sauce that could have used just a bit more lemon to bring up the sharpness. The pasta was properly cooked, well dressed with the same sauce, and the vegetables were just done but could have used some seasoning. The salmon was likewise perfectly cooked—a good portion, marked on the grill and done to a beautiful medium in the very middle. The sauce and spinach/bacon/onion mixture with the salmon provided additional flavor and richness. The roasted potatoes and vegetables (served with most of the entrees) were decently cooked but needed butter and seasoning.
In addition to a full bar, the Tavern has a specialty cocktail menu, beer, and a selection of wines by the glass that is well thought out and reasonably priced. Both times I chose a nine-dollar glass of German Riesling to go with my meal.
On our second visit, the French onion soup was just as good as the first time, and our server remembered us from our first visit. The service here is at a high level, efficient and anticipating the need for refills and the like. We ordered the New York strip steak and the apricot-glazed duck as entrees. After we enjoyed the soup and salads, our mains arrived without a long wait. The steak was nicely marked on the grill and cooked to a perfect medium, accompanied by mashed potatoes and lackluster green beans that needed seasoning and butter. My dining partner ended up taking home a chunk of the steak and some of the mashed potatoes, his appetite sated prematurely by the rich soup. For my dinner, the semi-boneless half duck looked a bit shriveled and was doused with a heavy, sweet apricot glaze that smothered any crisp skin that there might have been. It was not completely dried out, though it was cooked to well-done, but the leg/thigh portion had become stringy, and overall it was tasteless and seemed to have needed seasoning during the initial cooking. Our server offered to replace my unsatisfactory dish with a different selection, and I went back to the salmon Rockefeller, which was almost identical to what I was served on our first visit. This time it seemed to have more sauce, but with a little less of the Pernod flavor that makes it “Rockefeller.” Still, it was a fine selection, though again, the accompanying roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables lacked butter and seasoning.
There is so much potential behind the Boiling Springs Tavern. Whoever is in the kitchen knows how to perfectly prepare and cook proteins, but something is holding back the seasoning on the accompaniments alongside on the plates. Little touches like warm rolls and chilled salad plates harken back to an era of restaurants that went the extra mile for their customers, as do the staff, who attend to every need and request. With a remodel to the dated, worn dining room and some improvements to the side dishes, this could be a star restaurant for the area. As it is, Boiling Springs Tavern is a dependable option that will treat you right. I'd like to be able to give them a provisional 3.5 stars (but this site only allows whole numbers), which would go up with the improvements suggested.More
I had dinner here with a group of people before a show at Allenberry. I haven eaten here in awhile but always remember that you can't go wrong on anything you order. I got the salmon. It was a large portion and excellent. Everyone in...our party was pleased. I'm anxious for the renovation to happen because it needs it.More
My husband and I love to walk around Children's Lake. We wanted to have lunch while we were out and decided to try the Tavern. What a wonderful lunch. The food was cooked to perfection. My husband had the Salmon Rockefeller and I had the...pecan-crusted chicken breast. The accompanying vegetables - carrots and green beans were cooked perfectly - not soggy at all! We even had dessert - and at the waitresses' suggestion, went with the peanut butter pie - light and fluffy with an oreo crust - made on site. The staff were also excellent as well and the decorations for Christmas were lovely. An excellent spot for a special lunch.More
Service was excellent, food was delicious. The seafood bisque is absolutely delicious and thick enough that you could have a meal of it alone or perhaps with a salad, but not a bowl and then dinner, very heavy.
We have been here under previous owners so expected more than we received. Our reservation was honored and we were seated. Two buns were placed on our table. They were hard enough to drive nails. We mentioned this to our waitress, Ally, and new rolls...were brought, explaining the ones we first were last weeks buns. Why serve them in the first place? Next, my wife ordered Shrimp with angle hair pasta and I ordered angle hair pasta with meatballs. Our waitress walked by telling us not to be disappointed when we received our food since they were out of angle hair, not giving us an opportunity to refuse the changed order. They then served our orders with standard pasta. My wife's shrimp order was changed from shrimp to mussels and the waitress tried to get her to accept her incorrect order by saying the mussels were very good. After an argument they replaced the mussels with the shrimp. We now had much of what we ordered but with a different pasta than ordered. At this point we tried to graciously eat the proffered food. The flavor was ok but the salad I had was limp yesterday's lettuce with very little else in it. By now our appetite was off, as you might have imagined. We boxed most of the food and after paying full price for the food, took it home hoping for better appetites the next day. Ironically, my wife ate my meatballs the next day and became sick? We will not be repeating this experience.More
This is a very nice restaurant with a great menu. The prices are below average for the quality of food and atmosphere. A good place for special friends and celebrations. Recommend everything on this menu.