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Jack Tar American Tavern

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126 Washington St, Marblehead, MA 01945-5609
+1 781-631-2323
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

One of Marblehead's local, hidden favorites apparently is scheduled to shutter its doors this Spring -- so, RUN, don't walk, to get in a last meal of fantastic BBQ ribs with coleslaw & fries, or the dearly comforting buttermilk-fried chicken with garlic mashed!! The spinach salad is one of the best for the vegetarian among you. Jack: you will be... More 

Thank TheWhiteRoad
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

This restaurant may be a bit hidden underneath the Muffin Shop in Marblehead, but you will not be disappointed once you find it. Everything on the menu is top notch and highly varied. You can get anything from classic bar bites, to finger licking BBQ ribs, to black bean burgers, salads, and delicious seafood. The owners and staff will treat... More 

Thank ccaliri1
Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Jack Tar has always been a great "go to" spot in Marblehead for dinner and a bite at the bar. The owners recently announced that they're heading home (I think?) to Saratoga, NY (again, I think that's where). So they're closing in February at some point.

Thank Elko11
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Homemade blackbean burger with cheese, salsa, and avacado with side of brocolli or fries. Great friendly service. Located in historic part of marblehead.

Thank Susan S
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27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Very good food in a wine cellar setting. Staff was very helpful, food was outstanding. It is hidden away so be patient.

Thank Ken H
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

The title says it all really, for delicate English stomachs the huge American portions are a bit much. Some might say, "Don't eat it all," but that is difficult when one was brought up to clear ones plate. Found it very noisy as well, not the restaurants fault but there were people"talking" to one another three tables apart.

Thank world traveller 1871
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Jack Tar is our go-to "real" dinner out with our two little ones. I was excited to FINALLY see a new vegetarian item on the menu last night: butternut squash ravioli. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The kids menu doubles as a coloring page and they hang it on the wall when finished! Seasonal specials, including great cocktails. High... More 

Thank stephso
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 October 2016

I was looking forward to dinner here with very close friends we hadn't seen in a while. We made a reservation and were promptly seated. We ordered and waited and waited for our complimentary rolls and had to remind several waitstaff about them. When the food arrived on this very busy, rainy evening, it was great. The ONE GREAT PROBLEM:... More 

Thank Kindella614
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

We had heard so many positive reviews on Jack Tar that we had to make sure we got to experience. Unfortunately, the quiet dinner for two we were hoping for was not to be. The hostess seated us in the back dining room where the acoustics are so bad we couldn't carry on a conversation. The wait staff didn't particularly... More 

Thank Frank A
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I went with a few friends and had a few drinks and appetizers at the bar the food was great had buffalo cauliflower- unexpectedly wonderful. We asked for a drink off menu and the bartender made the "PERFECT" drink for me and my friends. The bar was busy but still quaint and welcoming music was playing but not to loud... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 126 Washington St, Marblehead, MA 01945-5609
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Marblehead
  • Phone Number: +1 781-631-2323
A tavern in historic Marblehead serving comfort foods like mac-and-cheese and soups, as well as pizzas and sandwiches.

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