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“The BEST Restaurant in New Buffalo!”
Review of Bentwood Tavern

Bentwood Tavern
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Ranked #3 of 47 Restaurants in New Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$25
Cuisines: American, Pizza, Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Berrien
Description: Chef Jenny Drilon's sophisticated spin on pub fare, responsibly sourced and beautifully prepared. A warm, friendly gathering place featuring eight Michigan craft beers on tap and a curated wine list. Waterfront dining with outdoor seating available whenever weather allows. Lunch and dinner daily, with brunch from 9am on weekends. Please be advised that the restaurant is operating on Eastern Standard Time.
The Villages, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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“The BEST Restaurant in New Buffalo!”
Reviewed 25 January 2012

As residents of New Buffalo (yes, locals do eat here), Bentwood Tavern is our go-to restaurant for a great meal with fresh offerings and awesome service. As other reviewers have mentioned, some items on the menu run in the high-$20 range, but most are very reasonably priced, like the best fish and chips on the planet (2 huge pieces of panko-crusted cod with delicious cole slaw and handcut fries) for $15, the out-of-this world tuna and avocado tartare appetizer ($13), and fabulous shrimp tempura appetizer ($10). A giant Angus burger is $10 and the flatbread pizza runs $12-$13. All are very well priced and competitive, if not less expensive, than most restaurants in town. Bentwood always has a specials menu that is incredibly creative. Last night, I had the whitefish, which was fresh and perfectly prepared. My husband had the spaghettini special and loved it. Chef Jenny and her team are always willing to prepare food the way the customer wants it. There is nothing premade here.

The martinis are always perfect. My husband is a craft beer lover and Bentwood always has a great selection on tap.

The service we receive really depends on the server. We always get great service from Kym, Val, and Debbie.

Bentwood is also very supportive of the local community and holds a monthly giveback dinner during the off-season (which was the reason for our visit last night), where they donate 50% of all food and beverage sales to a different local non-profit organization each month.

If you have not tried Bentwood Tavern, I recommend that you put in on your Bucket List. In our experience, the best days to visit for a quiet, easy paced dining experience in the tourist off-season are Sunday through Thursday, except for Sushi Night when the place is packed and the atmosphere is "very energetic," as some would describe it. We love the sushi but the noise level is too intense for us. Thank goodness for carry out.

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Bridgman, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Nice location”
Reviewed 15 January 2012

Great food- nice outdoor eating. Great Kobe Burger.

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LaPorte, Indiana
2 reviews
“Love Bentwood--but”
Reviewed 7 January 2012

I will for sure go back--we love the outside area. I would add lighting and heat lamps for extended usage. Menu is extremley limited. Would like to see more variety--mashed, Baked potatoes??

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La Grange, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great food, wine and service!”
Reviewed 6 January 2012

Loved this place! We had a great waitress and she recommended a very good bottle of wine. Enjoyed our dinner!

Visited August 2011
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
187 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
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“Good food; unexceptional service”
Reviewed 2 January 2012

Bentwood is a surprisingly hip restaurant in the humble resort town of New Buffalo. The food is very good, the cocktails unique, and the decor is very nice; the volume is a bit loud. I prefer to go here in the summer and sit outside. It seems to do a brisk business in the winter, though, and is populated by folks from Illinois. I could do without the attitude of some of the servers display. You are not doing me a favor by waiting on me. This is typical of the restaurants in New Buffalo, though, so not unique to Bentwood. We dine here several times each summer and the food has yet to disappoint.

  • Visited December 2011
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