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McMenamins Tavern on the Square, Bothell, WA

McMenamins Tavern on the Square

3.9
3.9
1042 Reviews
$31 to $50
Northwest
The Tavern on the Square at McMenamins Anderson School is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and later-on. This Northwest-style café offers comfortable sophistication, making it an ideal spot to meet up and enjoy house-made specialties, such as brioche and desserts.

You'll see seasonal offerings, fresh fish and local produce on the menus here, ranging from Seared King Salmon to Filet Mignon.

Dining options pair well with our handcrafted coffee, ales, cider, wine and spirits-offering upscale classics and modern inventions.

Fresh, inventive offerings make this Tavern an inviting space any time of day or night.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Northwest, Contemporary American, Organic

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (425) 219-4362

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Emily Trettel

  • Private party facilities

    Looking to host a birthday, anniversary, holiday, corporate, or celebratory event at Tavern on the Square? The Erma Olin room is the perfect destination for any type of gathering for groups ranging anywhere between 12-20 people. We have limited availability in our dining room for parties larger than 5. Please note that these often book up far in advance. Large party reservation slots are available prior to 5:30pm and after 7:30pm. We have greater availability for large party reservations Sunday through Thursday so please let us know if alternate dates would suffice.

  • Private party contact

    Evan Petrone : (425) 219-4362

  • Neighborhood

    Bothell

  • Parking details

    There is a parking lot located on site for Customers and Hotel Guests. There is also parking available behind Anderson School in the Pop Keeney Stadium.

  • Entertainment

    Onsite at the Anderson School, we have a weekly live music, a first-run movie theater, billiards, shuffleboard, outdoor fire pits and more.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,042 people are saying

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3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Eastside

    Great for Brunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Some of our food was delivered to another table. Waited 45 minutes for it to come. Meanwhile, everyone else at our table had finished. Drink orders were forgotten. Noise level from nearby tables was magnified under gazebos. Special requests for seating were not even considered when we checked in
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always! Service, staff, and food were all fabulous. Thank you for welcoming the four-legged family members. Great food, value, and atmosphere.
  3. DT

    DirkTheDaring

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We had been fans because the food was good and they have this great outdoor seating area. However, the last 2 times we ate there the service was so slow as to be painful. It was well over and hour and a quarter from the time we arrived to when we received our meals (both times). They were friendly enough, but the kitchen must be overloaded. I know from their website they are short-staffed, like everyone else, but I won't be eating there again until there is some evidence they have managed to hire enough people. Last night they had live music outside and for once I was glad that they had to seat us inside. It was LOUD! Fortunately we had a large table pretty isolated from most others and by the fireplace, which, if you don't mind the run on sentence, was needed as they had the air conditioner set to "stun". Food was a mixed bag last night. My pizza was good, my daughter's was so so (after they remade it because they realized they had made it wrong, so she got hers even later than the rest of us), and the third was fine. My brother's hamburger and fries had apparently been sitting under the heat lamp waiting for the pizzas. The burger was dried out and fries cold. My wife's salad was not much more than a pile of lettuce and missing the toasted hazelnuts (the best part, right?) The salmon was forgettable. On the place side, we ordered bread and french fries as we sat down and the fries came reasonably soon and were hot and excellent. The bread was forgettable. They must be doing well as the parking lot was full up and it took a while to find a spot. Ultimately, it will be awhile before we return, we'll keep an eye on the reviews and if they show improvement we'll be back. Two more (related) things. The menu on Open Table bore little resemblance to the menu we got at the restaurant, be for warned! And their own website is so hard to navigate that I never found their actual menu, although my wife, smarter than me, did.
  4. J

    Jess

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Ambiance is awesome. Food was good but service was slow and a mistake was made on the order. Price was also high.
  5. KK

    KKandKK

    Seattle

    166 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    166 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a delicious dinner - Tom Kah clams to start (delicious broth, came with sourdough bread to soak it up!), shrimp & grits, and the salmon. Good cocktail, beer & wine selections. The dessert menu looked good, too, but no room for dessert tonight. The restaurant was busy but once seated, didn't feel crowded. We need to come here more often.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Long wait for appetizer and then the wrong food was brought out. Another long wait for correct order. We were headed to Seattle to see a show and received almost no attention from our server, had to stop at the counter to ask for our check. Our check was wrong when it was calculated- too much by $30. I only give it a 3 becasue the food was very good and atmosphere very nice. I would try it again but would hope for a different server.
  7. DH

    DeniseH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The fish and chips were soggy. I expected excellent for the price.
  8. D

    Dawnthemom

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had EXCELLENT service!
  9. NW

    NaomieW

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. We ate outside and it was lovely
  10. S

    Shamysharr

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Made reservations for dinner and was seated quickly. Not very crowded at all which was nice. Server was kind and in training. Ordered chowder and truffles fries to which both arrived lukewarm. The servers were apologetic and had new ones made which was a total improvement. Overall, the experience was fun, not sure we’d go again but glad we did.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great. However, they really need to put directional signage from parking lot to various venue’s on site. Theres no way of knowing the whereabouts of any one spot without just happening upon it or stopping in to one of the wrong venues and asking for a map.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service was wonderful. He knew the menu well and went out of his way to keep our allergy family safe.
  13. MO

    MOGR

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We were slow to order but never got any water refills and the salads seemed to take a long time, despite not being super busy… good salads. Breakfast menu looked great too. Nice & quiet- great decor
  14. CW

    CasseyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service, good food and beautiful atmosphere 👌
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was mediocre and barely warm. Atmosphere was slightly old and dirty looking, tables was sticky. Parking lot was packed and no available handicapped parking for 2 disabled guests in my party. Bad experience
  16. AB

    AnniefromBothell

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    McMenamins is one of our favorite restaurants, especially when we can sit on the patio and listen to the live music, which we did last night. The service was excellent!!! They appeared fully staffed. Excellent food as always. It was so wonderful to see people/families out enjoying our good weather.
  17. N

    Nauntie

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Breakfast menu given was different than online menu. Thought $11.00 was a little much for 2 pancakes. Why do restaurants serve ice cold butter with pancakes? Would it be too much to maybe have some whippet butter?
  18. PE

    PETERK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Not your best performance. Seemed overwhelmed. Extra characters.
  19. VM

    VanessaM

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We stayed at the Anderson School for the 3 day weekend and made breakfast reservations both mornings. The Tavern on the Square is still as lovely as I had remembered from our first visit in 2016, and has beautiful light coming through the many stained glass windows and classical music playing in the background. Our servers on both days were very friendly and attentive. The only real disappointment was the food, with most dishes being over $16 and bigger portions, there wasn’t much in the lighter range. I am also sad that the beignets that I loved so much on previous visits were very disappointing - for one, they weren’t even on the breakfast menu and I wouldn’t have even known they were offered if I hadn’t said something to our server the first day and she let me know that they’re only on the dessert menu. And then when I did get a chance to order them on our next visit, they were smaller and frankly not very good (two of the four were hard and crunchy on one end, like the dough had been stale or didn’t get a chance to rise). As one of the main things that I looked forward to on our stay, it really was a let down that they weren’t as good as I’d remembered.
  20. JS

    JenniferS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The tavern must be very understaffed. Despite making a reservation and tables being empty, we were told we had to wait. It took our server forever to bring water and drinks. The wait for food was even longer. When we attempted to dine again for breakfast the next day (we were hotel guests) we were told there was a 40-45 min wait despite tons of outside tables completely empty and many inside tables also empty. Extremely disappointing. Won’t be back to eat until they get their staffing sorted out (unless you sit at the bar).
  21. B

    Barney

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We had reservations on the patio for lunch at 12:30 and were seated promptly. NO ONE came to our table for 30 minutes and then only because we asked a waiteress if they could help us. She said she was not our waitress. Finally another waitress came to our table and took our order. Our food arrived at 2:00 PM, once again we had to find our waitress and ask when our food would arrive. We had to ask for our water to be refilled several times and it wasn't. We asked for more ketchup which came when our meal was over. Our waitress apologized and said we could have a free dessert since our experience was so poor. The dessert was fine but did not make up for the poor experience of the meal.
  22. S

    Stacia

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Lovely venue, service was inattentive. Food was delicious, though we did have to keep asking for missing elements of our meals. It took over 2 hours, as often our server was no where to be found.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends birthday
  24. o

    obiwong

    Seattle

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Came here for lunch on a rare, beautiful, sunny day. It is a lovely, renovated old school house with a lovely campus and lots to see. We initially requested outdoor dining, but it was a little to noisy so we went inside. I think they were understaffed as we waited almost 45 minutes before our food arrived. I had fish and chips which were excellent. The fish was juicy, flaky and tender and the crust was crispy. My wife had the black bean burger. She asked for the sauce on the side but it came with the sauce on it. We wiped it off. Nice selection of wines by the glass, including "Taps for Ten" dollars. Good value on the wine.
  25. D

    Dave

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    When the potatoes are the best part of your breakfast, it isn’t one that you will normally recommend.
  26. RN

    RyanN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It was a busy day being fathers day. Staff was very nice, attentive and the food was good. People coming in after us with no reservation had a very long wait.
  27. SG

    SuperGal

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all enjoyed our food! It was amazing! Fast and friendly server too
  28. JR

    JosephR

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Not very busy and sat in the bar area. Server brought sample of topping we were unsure about. It was excellent.
  29. T

    Telemark

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    If you want to see beautiful structures , design, and gorgeous gardens, this is for you. If you don't like outdoor smoke, mediocre food and limited parking, go somewhere else
  30. L

    2oldLadies

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside on a rainy day. It’s covered with heaters so it was comfortable and lovely. The service was attentive and allowed us to take our time. We didn’t feel rushed. We each enjoyed our food. I had pancakes and they were perfect!! The only thing that was bothersome was the smoke coming from the fire. Other than that, it was great and we are already planning to return. Thank you
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    It’s obvious they were understaffed, but even so, there is a limit to waiting for attention and having to hunt for someone to get a check after 2 hr dinner is kinda absurd
  32. SH

    SusanH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The truffle fries were wonderful as was the Lemon Zest Creme Brule. Entrees were just Meh........ Service was great, if a little hurried
  33. R

    Roserc

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food had some parts frozen.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Neither of us cared for any of our food. We also sent our Bloody Mary's back. Sad because it's always been good before.
  35. d

    davidw

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always great food and ambience. The food is very good and creative. It would be nice if the menu was expanded or more specials were in place.
  36. M

    Mark

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Our food this time was sadly, not very good. The fish and chips was undercooked and underseasoned. The fries were cold that came with the burger. The beer was solid, as usual, and our server was very pleasant. Also, the vibe outside was also great, as usual. We used to love coming here to eat when we lived in the area. Happened to be in the neighborhood and thought we would enjoy Anderson School as we remembered it. Just didn't live up to our memory of the place from a couple of years ago.
  37. RR

    RachelR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    We waited over two hours for our food, which wasn't tasty. Steak dry and overcooked, fish from fish and chips over battered, tomato soup looked and tasted like tomato paste from a can with water added. When I took the leftover soup home I added cream and put some gruyere cheese and fresh herbs and then it was palatable. The waiter did his best, being new, so no fault with him. For the prices not worth it. McMenamins not what it used to be.
  38. TS

    TroyS

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!
  39. M

    Marilyn

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    First impression was the parking lot was full, at 5pm on Friday of Memorial Day weekend. We found a nearby spot on the street (because we have a small car). Helpful server, plentiful portions, good value for the price. We ate outside which was pleasant. Lots of dogs if that appeals to you...bring your own! We had the hammerhead boil, a seafood bouillabaisse that came with sourdough and was delicious. Oddly, when we ordered dessert there was a very long wait. We asked the server to check (twice) and she began to pass our table without looking at us. Finally we stopped her and said we'd just skip dessert and to please bring the check. She apologized and surprised us saying the wait was inexcusable, the dessert staff was not busy, and our dessert should have been here before now. She brought the check & was followed immediately by the hostess carrying our dessert. The hostess apologized for the wait and said it was complementary. When she came back with the corrected check she said she had also comped our salads. So kind of a mixed evening, and a surprisingly frustrated server who was caught in the middle between the dessert staff and her customers.
  40. C

    Chris

    Seattle

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Nice servers but understaffed. Food was soso

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

McMenamins Tavern on the Square offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (425) 219-4362.

McMenamins Tavern on the Square is rated 3.9 stars by 1042 OpenTable diners.

McMenamins Tavern on the Square does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for McMenamins Tavern on the Square

18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bothell

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Northwest, Contemporary American, Organic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a parking lot located on site for Customers and Hotel Guests. There is also parking available behind Anderson School in the Pop Keeney Stadium.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Emily Trettel

  • Entertainment

    Onsite at the Anderson School, we have a weekly live music, a first-run movie theater, billiards, shuffleboard, outdoor fire pits and more.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (425) 219-4362

  • Private party facilities

    Looking to host a birthday, anniversary, holiday, corporate, or celebratory event at Tavern on the Square? The Erma Olin room is the perfect destination for any type of gathering for groups ranging anywhere between 12-20 people. We have limited availability in our dining room for parties larger than 5. Please note that these often book up far in advance. Large party reservation slots are available prior to 5:30pm and after 7:30pm. We have greater availability for large party reservations Sunday through Thursday so please let us know if alternate dates would suffice.

  • Private party contact

    Evan Petrone : (425) 219-4362

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