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Cantwell's Tavern

109 Main St, Odessa, DE 19730-2005
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“crab cakes” (28 reviews)
“flatbread” (15 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
109 Main St, Odessa, DE 19730-2005
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is a favorite due to its fantastic terrace with live music on Saturday nights, good beer selection and laid back colonial setting. The dinner menu is very diverse and interesting but some less exotic options like flatbread pizzas are also available. We always...More

Thank Tessa S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This historic Tavern / Restauant offers Wonderful Menu Selections & Great Food My wife and I visited this restaurant for my Birthday. I had Crab Cakes & my wife had short ribs. Both meals were delicious and the presentation was well done. This was my...More

Thank RLW306
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Cantwell's Tavern last weekend for Sunday Brunch. It was another great experience. Service was great and the food was amazing. The smoked salmon benedict was delicious. The salmon is smoked in house, and the flavor was world class. I ordered the breakfast flatbread...More

Thank Kestrel97
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is much to like here. The service received in both the bar and dining room was wonderful and attentive but the kitchen was slow. They serve the best Bloody Mary with Old Bay rim on the glass! I thought the Pecan crusted Walleye tasted...More

Thank Boomerang025
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Stopped by again for a 1/2 burger with the mrs. She had an american burger, I had the alabama bbq with onion ring. Both cooke dperfectly(rare for me),(med for the lady). Very nice side salad instead of fries. Remember salad comes WITH sandwich unless you...More

1  Thank HonestGuyDelaware
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Got hungry on our way to OCMD from Pennsylvania and wanted something other than a chain. Cute tavern restaurant in the tiny town of Odessa. The decor is lovely, very historical right down to the seating. We were in shorts so we opted for the...More

1  Thank Sue F
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Cantwells Tavern is a great mix of corner bar meets upscale dining. The bar is cozy and welcoming with fire place and mix of high top tables and wooden both seating. It has a great rotating tap list, selection of finer liquors, and a number...More

Thank Carl Y
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped for dinner on the drive back home from PA. It was early on Friday so seating was no problem. The area we were in was small and charming, with a fireplace taking the chill off the room. The seating was befitting the age of...More

Thank ymlea
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We made reservations for early dinner. Plenty of street parking. Seated immediately. Awesome atmosphere. Waitress was attentive and good pace to meal. Recommend crab dip. Would recommend and return.

Thank cvandenbraak
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This restaurant has provided consistently great food and service. Sunday brunch is always a treat. The chef has an omelet special, a quiche special, and a pancake special each week. We've tried several different menu items, and they are always delicious. The chef's hollandaise is...More

Thank Kestrel97
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Ellen M
How big of parties can you handle for lunch or dinner? Are you handicap capable?
17 November 2016|
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Response from paul-delaware | Reviewed this property |
They can accommodate large groups because they have a variety of room sizes. I suspect their first floor is accessible. There are stairs in the front entrance but there may be other options to get in. We have always enjoyed... More
w b
Is there a dress cide. Csn i go in a hoodie and baseball hat
22 November 2015|
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Response from Robert H | Reviewed this property |
No dress code, go and enjoy the great food and atmosphere. But a point of trivia for you:In days of old- no self respecting military officer would enter such an establishment covered (Head gear on) as he knew his incivility... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 Main St, Odessa, DE 19730-2005
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Odessa
  • Phone Number: 302-376-0600
  • E-mail
Just opened to the public on December 14, 2011. Located in the historic Hotel in the historical disrict encompassing The Historic Houses of Odessa. Holiday atmosphere is festive for the whole town.