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“Great bread basket! Everything else? Not so much.”
Review of Marsh Tavern

Marsh Tavern
Ranked #25 of 59 Restaurants in Manchester
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The historic Marsh Tavern was the first building erected on the site of what is today the expansive Equinox resort. One of the first lodging houses in Vermont, its history predates the Revolutionary War. Today it is home to a celebrated restaurant and meeting place. Renowned for its hearty New England fare, patrons can enjoy a delicious lunch and the finest regional dinner cuisine. And for good fun, spend a while in the Tavern Lounge for cocktails, a tasty menu and outdoor seating for wine and spirits. Open daily.
New York
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great bread basket! Everything else? Not so much.”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

My fiance and I stayed for two nights at the Equinox Spa & Resort. We ate at the Marsh Tavern for the first night. The bread basket they served at the beginning of the meal was fantastic. It came with three types of bread (flatbread, scone, and a hearty country white) and three accompanying spreads (hummus, jalapeno jelly and fresh butter). We started by sharing the local charcuterie plate (salami, duck terrine, and a local cheddar) which was also excellent. For our entrees, my fiance chose the short ribs and I got the bouillabaisse. Both dishes were sorely lacking. The short ribs were tough and did not have any sauce. Short ribs should just fall apart, but he had to cut into them with a steak knife. My bouillabaisse was served over overcooked angel hair and accompanied by two pieces of bread that were slathered with this garlic butter spread that was not appetizing at all.

This place should be much better than it is, especially for the prices it charges. Our meal (a shared appetizer and two entrees, no beverages) came to $110. Too expensive for mediocre food.

  • Visited October 2012
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new england
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“Good food - Very good Service”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

Food was very good and varied from fish to short ribs all were happy. A little expensive but worth the price. Service was excellent well trained attentive but not overbearing.

  • Visited August 2012
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Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not as good as it could be”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

Currently staying at The Equinox, we ate lunch in the Marsh Tavern today. Excellent service and delicious bread. Unfortunately, the "lobster roll" turned out to be a lobster salad sandwich with scant lobster. The Tuscan flatbread was a cold, soggy mess. My son's pasta from the kids' menu was adequate if a bit soft. We really expected better from The Equinox. Disappointing.

  • Visited July 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“My Idea of a Hotel Tap Room”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

We were exploring Manchester and it came time for lunch. We figured we would do well at the Equinox and we weren't disappointed. A great tavern menu. I had the corn chowder and the chicken pot pie. Both good quality. The chowder was not too thick, in other words they didn't cheat with flour. But my wife was in heaven with the lobster roll, a proper generous one. And there's a well laid out beer list, something sadly lacking in a lot of restaurants. Service was personable and attentive.

  • Visited June 2012
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Manchester, Vermont
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6 reviews
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“Classy, laid back, done right”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

My husband and I visit the Marsh tavern several times a year as its one of our favorite places yet often overlooked by locals as it is in The Equinox Hotel. The atmosphere is very nice, cozy inside and a really nice outdoor dinning experience on the big porch on a summer night. My only complaint is that they dont change the menu very often and as a local its a bit repetative. Im sure this isnt a factor for hotel guests however. We also love to grab a drink at the Falcon bar in the hotel after dinner. Overall very good place to eat.

  • Visited April 2011
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