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Cantwell's Tavern

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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109 Main Street, Odessa, DE 19730-2005
11:30 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wife and I always pass through Odessa driving north from Maryland; decided to stop here for lunch. Excellent service, food, ambience. Had an omelette, wife had a roasted chicken salad sandwich. High quality, prices reasonable - and the server was very attentive. Definitely will return on future drives.

Thank Tony C
new york
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The colonial tavern is very cozy. The food and service are very good and the food is varied. Parking is very easy.

1 Thank ffi41548
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48 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great dinner here tonight... My old fashioned was stiff....filet was cooked just right....the smokey tomato bisque and "thanksgiving" small plate was all phenomenal.

1 Thank ESMDVAShorereviewer
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Arrived fifteen minutes before our reservation. It was a busy time at the restaurant. We were seated approximately 15 minutes past our reservation time. We were told that an item on the brunch menu was out. Ordered different items. Midway through our wait, a kitchen staff member arrived at our table to advise that an ordered side was out. Opted... More 

Thank Nancy K
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Cantwell's Taveran is located in historic Odessa Delaware. Its decor is in a historic colonial style . The food is wonderful with a menu that includes seasonal items such as pumpkin cream soup that is thick and flavorful. A relaxing atmosphere that makes you want to sit back and take your time eating. Service was very good by an experienced... More 

Thank Paul S
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

My husband proposed to me at this beautiful historic restaurant! The food is amazing, the service is excellent! So close to home that I wish I could go there once a week!

Thank Vivian V
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We booked a family dinner (4 adults and 4 children) and were accommodated on a long table in a quiet area. The food was pretty good; a great selection from which everyone in our party found something they liked. Drinks were a mixture of soft drinks, excellent local beer and cocktails. Everything was served efficiently and with warmth and friendliness... More 

Thank Ian M
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Husband and I were coming back to Jersey from a mini vacation at the beach. Wanted a place to stop for a quick bite before getting home. Cartwell seemed interesting, even with a few mixed reviews we took a chance! Well it was some of the best food we've had! Will be going back and making this a must stop... More 

Thank Anna A
New Castle, Delaware
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We've been to Cantwell's several times and always have great meals. It is an old colonial tavern with dining rooms, a bar area and an outside patio, depending on where you feel like eating. They also have an extensive beer menu and interesting drafts on tap. Highly recommend a trip to Odessa to check it out, it's just a few... More 

Thank Julie D
Delaware City, Delaware
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

When the restaurant first opened, I was impressed. The food was good, the establishment was clean and the staff was knowledgeable. I always thought the food was somewhat overpriced but the atmosphere was what sold me. The last few times I have gone, the service was bad. It took forever to get drinks and food ordered. I was especially disappointed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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 Street, Odessa, DE 19730-2005
  • Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Odessa
  • Phone Number: 302-376-0600
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?