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525 Magnolia Tavern

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Gastropub, American, Bar, Pub
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12 Lexington Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-3918
+1 978-525-3230
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Rockport, MA
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93 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately we had a very very long wait for drinks and same for dinner. Restaurant was not crowded. Mussels were extremely small and grilled bread served with mussels was incredibly bland. May we suggest a crispy garlic bread. Dessert selection was a lemon shortcake special but we were told not available after we ordered. Chocolate chip cookie with ice cream... More 

Thank BTK1127
Holden, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We've eaten at the 525 three times and had good experiences each time. The seating is roomy; large booths and plenty of room between tables. We had simple meals; burgers and fries and steak tips. Everything was well prepared and tasty. The bread was served straight from the oven.

Thank Robin C
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100 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Having heard great things about this place I finally made my way there. I was very disappointed to find out it was under new management and the menu had changed.(the online menu looked great!) The tavern itself was clean, comfortable and a good place to hang out with friends. The drinks were priced in the range typical for the area.... More 

Thank Teenie2000
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Can't say enough great things about this restaurant! Whether it's dinner on a Saturday night, drinks after work or Sunday Brunch it's consistently good! Great drinks made by friendly bartenders and mouthwatering food! Pizza is tasty and the Gouda and Steak Egg rolls are one of our favorites! Ask about their rewards program the next time you stop in!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

We went for breakfast and we were extremely disappointed. The eggs were lukewarm. The bacon was tasteless. The home fries were terrible, drowning in salt, and I'm a salt lover. The waitress was friendly and nice. The waitress apologized. The host apologized. Breakfast for 4 was over 60 bucks, not including tip. Will not go back.

Thank bamcdonald665
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Ordered a craft beer for $7 - Came in a 6 oz juice glass. Rip off . There should be some notice of mini beers on the menu. Check before you order.

1 Thank Jim A
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I have eaten at Magnolia 525 many times, and I sometimes have enjoyed their nachos. They used to serve them as a full portion (for the table) or a half portion. Now they were only available in one size, which looks more like the old half portion. When they arrived I immediately asked for more salsa, because the toppings looked... More 

Thank Herbert M
Catherine525Tavern, General Manager at 525 Magnolia Tavern, responded to this review

We truly apologize that you did not have a five star experience, that is our goal for each and every customer. Our nachos are our best selling appetizer and people love them, I can assure you that this error will be addressed with the kitchen. We do not microwave any food, and again we are so sorry that you did... More 

new england
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116 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We finally got to this restaurant and were happy we did. This place is small so be prepared. It has a nice vibe. Food was very good and plentiful plus, they had my favorite Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka. Very well stocked bar. We will definitely return!!

Thank contessa1
Cathie H, General Manager at 525 Magnolia Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your experience, we look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Excellent food, beverages, service in a wonderfully designed place with great ambiance. Located in small village with gift stores, old post office and even Dunkin Donuts ~

Thank Carol L M
Cathie H, General Manager at 525 Magnolia Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much Carol, we are very happy you enjoyed your visit with us! More 

Brampton, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner at 8 only to find out kitchen closes in 5 min. They had no issues giving us time to order. Decided to have only apps. Beef and smoked Gouda rolls and lobster Rangoon. Food and service were great.

Thank NickiM1
Cathie H, Manager at 525 Magnolia Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, we appreciate you taking the time to write! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Gastropub, American, Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Lexington Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-3918
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Ann  >  Gloucester
  • Phone Number: +1 978-525-3230
Magnolia is a beautiful seaside village of Gloucester, located just north of Boston. The Magnolia 525 Tavern is a great place to meet friends, old and new, a real hometown neighborhood tavern. Open Tuesday - Saturday 4pm to close (9-10pm dinner stops, stay for drinks until late!). Sunday join us for breakfast/brunch 10am to 3pm, dinner service starts at 4pm. We serve upscale homemade American tavern food, short rib mac & cheese, classic fresh local baked haddock, savory steak tips with loaded mashed potatoes, and brick oven artisan pizzas. Our interior design is warm and welcoming, we have a custom, curved-shaped beautiful wooden bar that invites conversation, large booths for the family, high tops for friends and small intimate tables for meetings or dates and a great outdoor patio. Serving the whole neighborhood, come see why the 525 Tavern is the favorite spot on the block.

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