There are three locations for Burntwood Tavern– Chagrin Falls, Rocky River, and now Solon! The first time I tried Burntwood Tavern was at the Chagrin Falls location. My parent’s took the family when the restaurant first opened on a Friday night. The placed was packed!! The wait was about 2 hours, but luckily we were able to sit in the front/bar area on some couches in front of the fire place, which was perfect for the snowy and cold winter night. There was a coffee table, so the manager allowed us to stay put and order our entrees.
My first opinion of the restaurant was that it was just OK. I was not impressed with the food and I felt as if the menu did not have many choices- I had ordered the Salmon Spinach fettucini and it was very bland. The salmon was poached and did not have any seasoning. The tomato garlic cream sauce was also tasteless. However, I was very impressed with the decor and the atmosphere. It was definitely the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night!
This past winter the Rocky River location opened. I met my friend Kara there. This location was also just as packed as the Chagrin Falls location, but it is a bigger space! I noticed that the menu had changed, and there were many more options to choose from. Kara and I decided to split a few appetizers over some Great Lakes Christmas Ale! I loved all that we tried- The Hummus Plate, Butternut Squash Ravioli, and the Artichoke Fondue.
A few weeks later my friend Erin had her Bridal Shower at the Rocky River location. There is a room that you are able to reserve that can seat a large crowd of people! It is secluded, away from the dining area. I was very impressed with the menu. There were three courses- We were able to choose from 2 different side salads, 3 different sandwiches w/ a side of fries, and dessert. The shower was beautiful and the food was great!! If any of you in Cleveland are planning a wedding shower or any other private party, Burntwood Tavern is definitely something to consider! (I also noticed the Solon location has a room, too!)
Finally a Solon location opened up about a month ago! At first I questioned why the restaurant would put a location so close to another (Chagrin Falls), but after going, I love that it is so close! I went with my parent’s a week ago. Despite how crowded it was, we were able to grab three seats at the bar immediately. The bar wraps around to the outside patio. We were sitting inside, but it felt as if we were outside with no wall in front of us! The patio is covered and therefore you are still able to be seated outside when it is raining. Below is the view to the patio from my seat (with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc!). There was also a live band playing out on the patio.
For dinner I ordered the house salad and the Margarita Flat Bread. The Flat bread had a light and airy crust. There was no sauce, the the tomatoes and basil provided enough flavor. The pizza was not heavy at all. I could have eaten the entire pizza, but I wanted to save room for dessert!
Burntwood Tavern’s dessert menu consists of what they call “After Dinner Delights.” These are small sample sizes, similar to the dessert “shooters” you would find at P.F. Changs or Applebees. I ordered the the Apple Crostada with Salted Caramel Ice Cream- YUM!!
My opinion of the restaurant has definitely changed since the first time I went! This is definitely a place to check out if you haven’t already!
CLICK HERE to view the menu! Another favorite of mine is the Grilled Tavern Steak Salad.