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“Outstanding dinner”

Canal Tavern of Zoar
Ranked #1 of 17 Restaurants in Bolivar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, German
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Fine casual dining in Zoar's original tavern and inn.
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We scored a discount coupon from the local newspaper, which I purchased as soon as it was posted, having read a great review of the new management and chef at a restaurant I'd long wanted to try. Zoar is a half-hour destination drive for us. Calling on a Saturday afternoon for reservations that evening turned out to be a good idea, as they were completely booked except for a 5:30 time-slot, much earlier than we usually eat. That gave us a clue that people have definitely discovered this gem.

As others have said, the historic element of the building is very appealing, but the food is the reason we'll be back.

I was looking forward to trying the stuffed cabbage rolls, but then heard the evening's specials which included a rye-crusted walleye, literally the best piece of fish I've eaten. My husband's 12-oz Angus strip would have been enough to feed a family and was perfection. I was able to snag a bit of the stuffed cabbage from a friend, and recommend that as well. Sides are limited, but the potato pancake and broccolini were nice accompaniments to each meal. We added a side salad, which were more than the usual boring salad. These had lovely big red tomato slices, pickled red onion, homemade croutons, and a tangy house dressing.

After all this, we definitely did NOT need dessert, but could not pass up beignets with homemade ice cream, plenty for two to share.

Our waiter (the son of the owners, according to what I read on the website) apologized several times for slow service or things coming out of the kitchen slowly, and comped our desserts, but we truly felt the service was excellent. Even the hostess kept an eye on us, and other servers would stop by to refill water, etc. They obviously set high standards for treating their guests, and it shows.

The next time we return, we'll book reservations more in advance so we have a table in a less high-traffic area, but a building from 1829 does tend to have small, closed-in rooms and low ceilings. It reminded us a little of one of the Williamsburg taverns, but less pricy.

Highly recommended.

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

The Canal Tavern of Zoar is located along the towpath of the Ohio and Erie Canal just outside the village of Zoar. The restaurant is housed in an early 19th century two story Inn that was built by the The Society of Separatists of Zoar (aka Zoarites) between 1829 and 1832 and has been nicely restored with exposed beams and brick walls. We visited for lunch on a Friday afternoon.

The ambiance of the old inn is very warm and welcoming as are the service staff and owner. The menu is not extensive but includes many interesting choices, daily specials are also available.

The service we received from an attentive, friendly and helpful server was very good. Our food was excellent and nicely presented. Our lunch salads were delicious, with fresh ingredients and flavorful dressings. The roasted scallop appetizer was exceptional as was the apple bread pudding we shared for dessert. Prices were reasonable given the high quality of the food.

The lunch outing was our first visit to the Tavern was our first visit and we plan to return in the not too distant future to enjoy dinner.

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Thank Days-Trips-and-Tips
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

The inn overlooks the Ohio and Erie Canal near the towpath trail and footbridge, and it's near the historic town of Zoar--beautiful setting. We had amazing food for Sunday brunch ($14.00) and truly enjoyed the frittata and pumpkin pancakes. The staff is very friendly...I would definitely recommend a visit.

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Thank culby
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