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“Last minute choice was a pleasant surprise”
Review of Wild Goose Tavern

Wild Goose Tavern
Ranked #11 of 68 Restaurants in Chatham
Price range: $16 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
New York, NY
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Last minute choice was a pleasant surprise”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

As a former resident and frequent visitor in our later years to Chatham, recently had the opportunity to take my folks out for their wedding anniversary while staying nearby. The Wild Goose Tavern, is located within the landmark Wayside Inn, a hotel that has been well known and loved by many for over 50 years. Having stayed there as children, we sort of look at the restaurant there as a tourist trap. While we have happy memories of eating there as kids (clam casino, fish n' chips, etc), we usually look for other standalone restaurants that can support a more sophisticated palette. Well, last weekend, town was mobbed and we were turned away by others. The Wild Goose was rocking, so we thought we'd pop in. While the interior has a large dining hall with old school windsor chairs and hardwood floors, there is a quaint pub area if you'd like a drink with booths, etc. Honestly we felt we settled at first, but ultimately ended up being pleasantly surprised, by not only the quality of our food, but also by the service. We were greeted by a friendly hostess, seated, and then welcomed by our waiter all within a couple of minutes (and the dining rooms were full!). From the drink order, to the delivery of our appetizers to the main dishes, everything was easy and well done. Our waiter was very attentive, polite and mature. Our food, included their famous clam chowder (if you don't try once while on the Cape, it's really a sin), your typical ceasar salads (all of their salads are offered in two sizes/two price-points)...entree's cover a typical pub range, like burgers, fish n chips etc, but also higher end seafood, chicken, and beef dishes. My filet was cooked exactly as I asked...served in a lovely demiglace, herbed mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. The meat was well seasoned, with a nice salty crust, a rare occurence in most of these place in my opinion. My folks both ordered the fish n-chips, which was a giant piece of fluffy, moist cod, in a light batter, cole slaw, crispy fries..they both said, of the three times (I know, they love it!), they had fish n chips that week (including one of our other regular hits - the Red Nun down the road), they said this was the best one they had. If you're looking for a good meal, with no drama and in a friendly atmosphere, you can't go wrong. The sad part is that so many places were good in past (Campari's is one), but have either failed and closed, or have really come downhill. The Wild Goose also offers a pleasant brunch, and outdoor eating on a patio that is right on the Main Street. (Great for ppl watching)

  • Visited September 2011
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Nashville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“YUM”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

We have been wanting to go here for many years, but never have. Boy was I missing out!! We sat oustside and it very nice. The table on the inside are NOT clumped together, so you have plenty of space. I had the chowder and the fish and chips. Food temps were perfect and so was the service.

  • Visited July 2011
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Horrendous food, rude service...but they have the best spot on Main St so people go. Shame"”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

Wild Goose is the restaurant on Main Street with the biggest real estate and a sprawling porch for outdoor seating (which is rare on Main St). They are located adjacent to a hotel/inn. The meal was horrific, really poor quality food and prep; the service was characterized by a super rude foreign manager who clearly does not susbscribe to "the customer is always right" .. and his bevy of college student waiters/hosts who he clearly bullys into executing his rules with customers. Our waitress had her head in the clouds and was clearly busy pondering what to wear to the ritzy beach party she was going to later that night. She knew nothing about food prep or the menu...and she gave off a wonderful ora of entitlement. (sorry for the sarcasm)

My sister in law ordered lamb cooked med rare, it was well done. We asked for a bread basket as soon as we sat down because we had an antsy 5 yr old, and were told by the 20-something waitress that they are not allowed to bring the bread until we place our order and the menus have been taken away, otherwise the menus get dirty. You're kidding right?! My vegetables were supposed to be green but they were so overcooked they were limp and had lost their sprightly color (asparagus if you are wondering) my sister in law had to send back her sangria, because it tasted terrible...my blackened Salmon was not on par with being in a seaside town .. I def could have ordered bigger and more tasty at Outback. Portion was tiny and dry/overcooked.

Later, when we finally paid the 250$ tab, my brother spoke to the manager to complain about the service and food. He was offered a free cocktail of his choice. Right, we have a 5yr old and a 3 month old sleeping in a car seat, and we're going to stick around for all the trouble, poor service, and foul food, to get a free 8$ glass of wine?!

Most of the staff is no older than 23yrs old .. and it showed. Complete apathy, no friendliness, totally distracted with their own 23-something world. What a true shame...but this place is a must avoid alert. It's not worth the awesome porch seating, that is unless all you plan to order is dessert or cocktails. Sorry.

  • Visited August 2011
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New Jerey
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59 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Average weekday evening dining experience”
Reviewed September 8, 2011

Visited for an early weekday evening dinner. It was a post Labor Day evening and the restaurant was not crowded. We were immediately shown to a pleasant table by the front window, providing an enjoyable view of downtown Chatham. An attentive and personable waitress quickly joined us at our table, and she worked to ensure we had a pleasant evening. The restaurant had a comfortable early American atmosphere. From a service and atmosphere perspective, the restaurant deserves high ratings.
Drinks and bread came quickly. The bread rolls were warm and crispy and accompanied with pesto butter - quite enjoyable. We started with salads, which also came quickly. The orange-feta salad, with crispy walnuts, was excellent. We were looking forward to an evening to remember. However, then the entrees arrived. The shrimp pasta dinner was bland tasting. We had to request grated cheese to assist the taste. The dish was devoid of spices and other ingredients to enhance flavor. The horseradish salmon was also bland and the horseradish was not detected. The salmon was requested to be served medium rare (pink in the center). The salmon arrived dry and overcooked - a well done salmon filet.
From a food perspective, the bread and salad deserve high ratings; however, the entrees left us wondering. Perhaps we visited the restaurant on the chef's night off. The restaurant is moderately expensive; and given these were not complex entrees, the restaurant did not serve the expected memorable evening dinner.

  • Visited September 2011
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Harwich Port, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“poorly run”
Reviewed September 3, 2011

Busy summer evening..6:45PM. Inquired at the desk as to wait time and snotty hostess with an attitude says "one hour but maybe sooner if you stay right by the desk"....zero eye contact or smile. One hour and 15 minutes later, after sitting on the pew like front hall bench, we inquire for the second time and are shown to our table. (we are 2 adults). The main dining room has 6 empty tables ranging from 2 tops to 8 tops and everything in between!
This place clearly does not place importance on customer service and the person they place as the "first impression" at the desk needs a major course in attitude and organization.

Food was ok but quite honestly we had lost our appetites and table service continued to be slacking. If you are staying in town and have no transportation and are not in a hurry or particularly fussy about your food or service then this is the place for you :)

  • Visited August 2011
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