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“Go to for Drinks and Apps”

Palmers Restaurant & Tavern
Ranked #9 of 66 Restaurants in Andover
Price range: US$8 - US$36
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Boston
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Go to for Drinks and Apps”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Never been disappointed. Sit on deck on a nice day, or inside the screened in porch area. Bar area can get noisy so be prepared to talk loudly. Favorite app is the chips with dip.

Visited June 2014
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English first
Andover, Massachusetts
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120 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Varied menu, good food, nice presentation”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I have had many a dinner here, for business and for personal. Never been disappointed, never had trouble finding something I would like. Service has always been excellent. The steaks are excellent and cooked to what you order (unlike many restaurants that always seem to under cook them). Seafood, consistently good to excellent. Good wine list, good coffee and good desserts. I think it is the best restaurant in Andover and surrounding towns. If they were just a bit more adventurous with their food I would bump it up to excellent.

  • Visited March 2014
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Atkinson, New Hampshire
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“An Andover gathering place for locals”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Have been to Palmers tavern plenty of times. Its a good place to have a drink and also listen to live music. There really is no dance floor (for they move away a few tables) to speak of. Food is good. It is though a very loud place if you are looking to have conversation so be forewarned. It is has a cozy atmosphere and is casual place for a night out with the girls or guys.

  • Visited May 2014
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NY
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80 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Great Experience in Andover”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Finally after several years of struggling to find a good place to eat, we experienced this place.

Good service and great food. Much much better than other places in Andover area. Slightly more pricey but not too much, very comparable prices but much better food. We found our food to be really good, service very efficient and a great place to sit.

  • Visited May 2014
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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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291 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Disappointingly mediocre”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

We revisited Palmers in mid May 2014 after a year's hiatus. Happened to be in the area and since we've always enjoyed the atmosphere and food we decided to pop in for dinner.

We tend to sit at the bar for dinner, on this particular Wednesday evening the place was busy as was the bartender. Too busy for one bartender who was also serving dinner to his bar patrons. He later observed that he was stressed out over the need to provide the service bar for large parties in the upstairs dining room.

Result was slow service, which I'm OK with since it was obvious they were busy. OK, I get it that the bartender was busy but that's not an excuse to be remote and detached. It was like he was doing us a favor taking our dinner order.

We both had the steak tip caesar salad which was jut OK. The tips were flavorful but on the chewy side. Lot of noise in the bar which I guess is understandable given the wood decor, nevertheless it's still unpleasant. Bread apparently is offered only upon request...which we did resulting in the bartender leaving the bar for a couple of minutes. His facial expression let us know he wasn't happy about our request.

We've enjoyed Palmers in the past but this experience is enough to not return.

  • Visited May 2014
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