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“sorry we went there!”

The Red Dove Tavern
Ranked #6 of 89 Restaurants in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, International, Pub
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
York, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“sorry we went there!”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

The "tavern" (a local bar, nothing tavern about it) was recommended by a local who worked at one of the wineries. Called for a reservation, there were 6 of us. They only take them for 6 or more. Wish they won't have had seating. Table was ready, it was right beside the bar, that did not matter. The room is not that large and the acoustics were terrible! The place was full but not packed. It was that loud we couldn't hear our server through out the whole experience. We were there on a Sat. night Oct 20th prime wine season. They were out of
several food items. How can you be out of spinach, hamburger, and several other items you could run to the store for? I dish did not come as ordered. Kale was substituted for broccoli
in the veggie entrée, we had to mention it. There was some excuse menu was not changed. Ok, we should have been told when we ordered. Maybe we don't like kale or we could have considered something else. Arugula salad was tasty if you like a whole bag of arugula. The portion looked like they opened the Dole Salad bag, added a few sliced apples, onion and proscutto. Not enough of the other ingredients to warrant the size.
Fish of the day came skin side up with the cream sauce on top. Why would you serve fish with the skin on? Once you took the skin off the sauce was gone. Tuff Kale served here too. Kale is a very cheap side. Server was not that pleasant, not that attentive. We asked for separate checks from the start. Said no, but they would take 3 credit cards. When it came time to pay that was changed. After discussing that we would tell her how much to put on each card she reluctantly agreed to do it. Somehow she came up with $2 more that the total of the bill? The gratuity was added which we were not told and did not see it in writing. I do not have a
problem with this so long as its warrantied. She knew she was getting her tip so why not make it a pleasant experience for us.
We will not go back. I see other reviews and wish I would have read them first. Surprised how many great reviews verses bad ones. You decide for yourself. Prices are reasonable so if you can live with the rest go for it.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Three nights of fab dining.”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

My wife and I ate here for three nights in a row, having stumbled upon this restaurant quite by accident. The menu has a wide ranges of choices, and that's what kept us going back every night to try something different. Everything that we tried was well prepared and delicious. The beer selection is very good and local Finger Lake wines are available. Staff are very friendly, relaxed and helpful - as are other customers who you might rub elbows with at the bar.

Visited October 2012
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Thank dadioman
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Saratoga Springs, NY
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Wish it were closer to my home”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

I really enjoyed this gastro bistro. My small plate scallops, brie sandwich, and chocolate desert were great.

Service was wonderful. There seemed to be two waitresses with a full house on a week night, yet they kept their cool and had constant smiles.

My only complaint is that they served my wonderful red claret too warm. They need to be careful about where they store their bottles.

Overall, a great experience that I'd recommend. I only wish they were closer to my home. I'd definitely be a regular!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank BikesStrong
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Voorhees, New Jersey
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266 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Good food, eclectic selection, terrible service”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

The food was good, and the menu selection is very eclectic, with a lot of options you wouldn't expect to find in a pub/tavern like this. The service, however, was absolutely terrible. Even though the restaurant was less than 50% full, it took forever for our waitress to take our orders, and our dirty dishes were never cleared (in fact, she was clearing the tables that people had vacated while walking past our dishes stacked up and waiting).

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank SJEK
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The Villages, Florida
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Eclectic menu”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Not your normal restaurant. Chef changes the menu often. Interesting selections. Fun. Bartender & servers are friendly & knowledgeable.

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Thank Roxann M
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