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“Very unorganized”

Tavern in the Square
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Ranked #30 of 234 Restaurants in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Woodstock, Connecticut
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7 reviews
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“Very unorganized”
Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

A group for friends and I dined here while visiting Salem this past weekend. It was centrally located to everything we were seeing that day. Upon entering the extremely small waiting area we were greeted by two young women who behind the hostess counter who were arguing about spreading out where patrons were seated to make it fair for the waitresses. Finally she asked for my name and # in our party. I was surprised that she then wrote down a description of what I was wearing so they could find me when our table was ready. We asked to wait at the bar and made our way there. The war staff seemed very overwhelmed. All draft beers were not available as they were having an issue with the kegs. Waitresses were waiting for drinks. Drinks were sitting on counters waiting for the wait staff to take them. At one point a kitchen member came out to deliver an appetizer to the bar to be told by the bar staff that the customer already received them. After 40 minutes and three times asking we were finally seated at our table. Our server seemed very confused as to why we were seated at our table. She had no idea where we came from or if she was our server. After a few minutes she figured it out and asked for our order. Thankfully we had all looked at the menu at the bar because we were never given one when we were seated. As we began to order we the server informed us that some of those items were no longer available because they had reduced their menu for the weekend. They may have wanted to mention that upfront. We ordered burgers and quesadillas. They food was ok. It wasn't the best burger I had ever had but it was by no means the worst. All the menu items were reasonably priced.

Overall the restaurant was nice. I think the staff needed a little more training and more organization. They definitely did not seem prepared for Saturday evening business.

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English first
Middletown, Connecticut
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“yea right”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Went there sunday around 7pm hostess sat us right away at a table 10 minutes pass no waitress or waiter 20, 30, 45 minutes pass still no one has come up to us. We stand up bring the menus back to the hostess stand put them down in front of hostess she is to busy flirting with one of the other employees takes no notice we look back at the table we were sitting at they are wiping it down.

  • Visited September 2012
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PA
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“noisy but good food”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Excellent beer selection and the menu had some tempting items. I selected the fish and chips and was impressed with how tasty it was. My wife had the boneless buffalo chicken and it also was very satisfying!

Visited September 2012
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7 reviews
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“This place is a must eat”
Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

This is a must eat while in Salem. The fried pickles are delicious; watermelon and blueberry beers are outta this world; quesadillas are ubber yummy !!! The atmosphere & staff are exceptional. I'm from NY & eat here every visit...even told friends who went for the weekend to go- they loved it too !

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Mahopac, New York
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“Great place”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

prices are good and the food is delicious. great selection on the menu. the also have a brunch buffet on selected day. the loaded nachos and the fried calamari is awesome.

Visited September 2012
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