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US$27 - US$44
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I came to Abingdon to celebrate our February birthdays. We were so looking forward to a couple of days away and had dinner tonight at The Tavern. We were excited to have dinner at The Tavern due to the historic building and...great reviews. The building is lovely and we were quickly seated upstairs. Our server was very nice and brought our cocktails and some yummy bread with prickly pear butter. Everything was down hill after this. The stuffed mushroom appetizer was warm and mushrooms seemed not to be fully cooked. The special was prime rib ... blackened, grilled or in au jus. I ordered med rare/rare prime rib and asked about the prime rib since I wanted to be sure it wouldn’t be overcooked. Our server assured me it was delicious. My husband’s onion soup was nothing special and house salad was fine. When our entrees arrived, my prime rib was light brown and at best medium. I told the server I ordered med rare/rare and she returned my meal to kitchen. She came back to tell me the chef said it was an end piece and he was fixing a new plate. The replacement was also medium at best. When I questioned the preparation, our server said the prime rib is cooked to rare then later finished as desired (grilled, blackened, in au jus). Obviously by not serving fresh slow roasted prime rib, you are not going to get med rare/rare meat. Too bad I wasn’t told this at the begining so I could have selected a different entree. My husband’s scallops were mediocre at best. The server eventually came back and offered to have a different “to go” meal prepared for me. I have rarely sent a meal back and since we are traveling did not want anything else. When the bill arrived, I expected there would be an adjustment for the $42 meal I couldn’t eat. Unfortunately that did not happen. Therefore, it was a very disappointing evening due to the food at this highly rated restaurant.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed January 10, 2021

The great food in a historic tavern. Enjoyed the oysters Rockefeller, for a main course surf and turf, and exceptional scallops. The service was friendly and attentive

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed January 1, 2021

Selected Abington as a stop halfway between Nashville and Fredericksburg on 1/1/21. After reading that The Tavern is the oldest in VA., dated at 1779, the history alone was reason to have dinner there. This building has been beautifully preserved and decorated tastefully, with additions...like realistic gas fireplaces, a heated upstairs porch and a back patio that I am sure would be a great spot for an outdoor meal. We were seated in the downstairs room, next to a beautiful fireplace. The log beams, wood floors and white and silver Christmas decor set the tone for our first fine dining experience for many months! Our server Mike, was knowledgeable and friendly, answering questions about the menu, offering advice about favorites and sharing the history of the establishment. We tried the Smoked Salmon and Tomato, Mozzarella and Prosciutto appetizers with mixed drinks from the extensive menu. All were excellent and well presented. The bread and herbed sped were delicious. The salads were fresh and homemade dressings tasty. Our entrees included the signature Stuffed Filet and the Crab Cakes.The Stuffed Filet was amazing! The steak was seasoned and cooked to perfection! Compliments to the chef! We were one of the last tables and were offered a tour of the upstairs dining rooms and porch. Each room is unique and well preserved. This is such a well run establishment! Our dining experience was pricy but so enjoyable!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed December 20, 2020

The Tavern was built in 1779, is on the National Register of Historic Places and oozes character, taking you back 250 years. It is the oldest building in Abingdon, has served as a stagecoach stop, inn, tavern, hospital during the Civil War, and was the...1st post office west of the Blue Ridge. Inside there are many rooms in it's 2 floors, low ceilings, 2 small bars, multiple fireplaces and low lighting giving it a magical glow particularly with the Christmas decorations. Our meal was just as good, with an excellent North Carolina rainbow trout over wild rice, almonds and asparagus. My wife loved her salmon stuffed with tomatoes, spinach and cheese. Our salads were great with a unique orange balsamic vinaigrette as was the warn bread and butter to start. My Wolf Hills honey cream ale was very good and they had a nice selection of German beers as well as local breweries. Our waiter Chris was excellent and we would certainly make The Tavern one of our 1st stops the next time we are in town. The also have a back patio/courtyard for warmer weather dining.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed November 15, 2020 via mobile

Service, food and drinks was great. I highly recommend the Apple Cider Old Fashioned!! After spending time here for brunch this is a must spot on my next visit to Abingdon.

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed November 8, 2020 via mobile

My husband and I spent the weekend in Abingdon to celebrate a milestone birthday. We ate at the Tavern Friday and it was a fabulous experience. Chris was our server and he was attentive and provided wonderful recommendations for food, drinks, breakfast and the Creeper...Trail. The food was superb. I ordered the baked salmon and my husband had the trout. The wine and bourbon selection are on-point. Finally, the atmosphere was wonderful. We were able to enjoy ourselves in a unique setting without numerous interruptions from our server. My one recommendation is inform guests that they may be seated outside when they make a reservation. We made our reservation months before and it was a chilly night when we dined. They had heaters, but we had to keep our coats on the entire meal! Chris honestly saved this experience. Ask for him if you visit the Tavern.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed November 7, 2020 via mobile

I was in town to ride The Virginia Creeper and decided to check this place out . I had a great meal of Jagerschnitzel and Spaten Optimator .

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed November 6, 2020

Ate here twice while enjoying the area and the Creeper Trail. Delicious food, great service. Take time to enjoy the Tavern’s history. Street parking was not a problem either time. Price for quality was fine for my husband and me. Definitely going again when we...visit again.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed November 1, 2020

Loved this place. We came from SC to stay a week and looked for places to eat. I always look at the 1-3 star reviews first. Some made the management and hostess sound snobby and unfriendly. Some said it took 2 hours to get your...food, some said they did not have reservations,hmmm...First, the staff were unbelievably friendly. Josh the manager was super nice! They greeted us with huge smiles. Second, it states on their menu that it can take up to 2 hours to get your food so that was no surprise. Even with the crowd, it was super quick. Third, they require reservations. If you walk in without one, they may not be able to seat you. They are a very popular restaurant. We were there on Halloween so I was not surprised they were so busy. Beautiful old building and our waitress Emily was dressed as the manager Josh and Omgosh, on point! I would have thought she was a guy until she spoke and her long fingernails gave her away. The pic of her as Josh is the one with the nametag.There is a pic included of Miss Emily below and she is a beauty. The real Josh is dressed as a pirate.That being said,you have to visit this very old house with so much history. But, make those reservations and you won't be dissatisfied or disappointed!!!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 14, 2020

This was the best meal I have had in years. The filet was amazing as was the brie, and crème bru le for dessert. Mostly German dishes, which were impressive. We sat on the balcony outside in the warm evening air. MUST have reservations and...book a day or two ahead.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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May 21, 2019|
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Response from terry486 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a bar in there- a small one. The night we were there it was not crowded & you could have sat there... but, based on above response, they may have the right idea about going elsewhere to sit at the bar first.
October 7, 2017|
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Response from N3065LKdebbies | Reviewed this property |
Yes! The Tavern is open on Mondays...many places in Abingdon are not open on Mondays.
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March 28, 2015|
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Response from papa198 | Reviewed this property |
As I recall, the portions weren't particurally large. My wife and I both had a selection from the German dishes and they were great. The management is very friendly and I'm sure that they'd agree to sharing anything. I'd... More
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