Grove - Briar Barn Inn

4.7
433 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Please note: the restaurant will be closing early (12:30pm) for dine-in brunch service on Saturday, February 6th and will be closed for dinner. We will also be closed for dine-in dinner service on Saturday, February 13th. Take-out will be available!

Innovative, seasonal, and regional cuisine in our relaxed farmhouse setting, with warm and friendly service. The restaurant at Briar Barn Inn offers a relaxed dining experience where guests and locals alike can enjoy inventive cuisine and casual favorites. Our seasonal menu, developed by our award-winning chef at Willowdale Estate, will focus on farm-fresh ingredients, inspired flavors, and classics with a twist.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 433 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JeanneW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Spacious, clean and very comfortable.
Food was ample and very good.

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Daniel
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Sadly, we were diasappointed. Cold food, hard pasta, little heat in back room, waitress was not familiar with options on menu. We heard good things & expected so much more.

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ElliotP
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were so warm and welcoming! The octopus and steamed mussels were epic! So were the rigatoni and succulent duck. It’s great food and drink with a very friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portion sizes were larger than last time we were there - ice improvement. Staff so friendly !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess was very pleasant and our server was very attentive! Food and cocktails were excellent!

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Sara
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It's beautiful inside. Hostess & waitress were very pleasant & accommodating! It was a little chilly in the dining room when people were coming & going. The music was too loud for a nice Sunday brunch. (We were seated right below a speaker), I couldn't have a conversation with my friend across the table unless we spoke very loudly, which was uncomfortable. They ran out of white bread by noon? Other than that, the food was average but the drinks were very good.

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Foodaholic
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Grove was the first restaurant I have sat down in, in an entire year. From the service to the food it was top notch. At one point there was music being played and it was just a good feel brunch. Our server was amazing!!

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Emmanuel
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, service, and cuisine! The service was spot on even though she had to tend the bar as well! We will be going back in about 3 weeks to celebrate my wife’s bday! I can’t wait!🎉

Much thanks,
Emmanuel Montevecchi

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JeffP
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and excellent food. Good value for the quality.

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JenniferD
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our waiter came to our table extremely intoxicated. The manager addressed the situation and then never came back to check on us or to do anything for us. They have the bartender out table. We were a party of 6 and we were no where near the bar so most times we sat waiting and our food was cold

Grove - Briar Barn Inn
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the feedback. Unfortunately, this weekend we had a few changes in personnel that had a negative impact on your visit. Although we try to resolve these issues quickly, what you’ve described is not the warm and friendly atmosphere we want our guests to experience. We’d love to make this right and encourage you to reach out to our team so we can have a chance to serve you again.

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JenniferM
New England
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! This is one of the best restaurants on the North Shore by far and is a hidden gem. This was our first time here and from the second we walked in through to when we left the service was out of this world! May was absolutely outstanding at making recommendations and making sure we had everything we could have wanted. The ambiance here is simplistic elegance and I fell in love with it the second we walked in. We will be doing large group get together here as they have smaller rooms with separate bar areas which are ideal for larger groups! Now for the food - amazing is the only word! This is a scratch kitchen that uses local ingredients and you can taste the difference! I had the mushroom pappardelle and my husband the the grilled pork which came with the most amazing bit of food I’ve ever had which was a polenta cake - this thing was packed with flavor! Honestly one of the most amazing meals I’ve had in a long time. May suggested dessert and we took her up on it and got a citrus panna cotta that was unbelievable! The chef here has serious talent and that mixed with the locally sourced ingredients make for the most stunning dining experience! I see that we’ll be regulars here and plan to go again this week! Can’t wait! Love love love!

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out to celebrate a Friendversary. Food, drink, and service all excellent. Environment felt safe; tables adequately distanced, servers all wearing masks, large open dining area. Service was very attentive and enthusiastic. Had drinks, apps, dinner, and dessert, all aesthetically and gustatorily delightful. All courses served at proper intervals to allow for enjoyment of each. Will definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a Sunday brunch and were happily surprised with this hidden gem!

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BrittanyP
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiance and I went here for Sunday brunch as we booked the Willowdale Estate for our wedding and may do our rehearsal dinner and Briar Barn Inn. The food was amazing, Chef Lightbody's menu was great and they had an awesome array of specials. We got the burger and breakfast sandwich, in addition to the pancakes. The apple butter was out of this world and our drinks were top notch. We will definitely be returning to check out their dinner options and this meal made us even more exciting to share this place with our wedding guests. For sure check it out!

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KeithM
New England
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food outstanding. Started with the daily cheese plate. Brie was very good and overall the plate was great starter.. We ordered the duck and beef short rib. Phenomenal flavors with both dishes. Duck comes with lentils (not a fan texturrally but flavor good), beets, and Swiss chard. Great dish. Same with the short rib though with different sides. Server was attentive - even though working the bar as well. No room for dessert. Overall, recommend highly. Great crowd for Saturday night dinner - get your reservations now!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience at Grove! We stayed at Briar Barn Inn for a little one-night getaway and chose the convenience of eating at Grove. When we first walked in, we were immediately greeted by a friendly, jovial hostess who made us feel so comfortable and at home in the restaurant. Service the rest of the night was also fantastic! Drinks and food were delicious and the space has a great ambiance and vibe. Highly recommend!

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xghcudfy
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and the service was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for dinner after doing a wedding venue tour! It was a great experience!

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YvetteW
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good but a bit pricey - $31 for clam pasta and no side salad or bread/oil

It was delicious but only 4-6 clams.

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QuinnS
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Brian’s food creations are fun takes on classic dishes. Always delicious. Customer service staff are warm and attentive without hovering. I’ve been numerous times and will be returning soon.

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CharleneD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! Never disappointed. Thank you!

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LaurenM
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our brunch at The Grove was fantastic! Service was slightly slower but it was a Sunday holiday, so nothing that left us bothered or was unexpected. The hostess was so welcoming & just the sweetest! Our meals were a 10/10. I have a gluten allergy and the chef was able to recreate the special to accommodate my allergy & it was fantastic!

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GregoryC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Grove as in the past was nothing but amazing...... from the the hostess greeting us, to the wait staff to the amazing food this restaurant is a must!!!

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PeterC
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The inside is very warm and welcoming.
The people working here are all very friendly and accommodating.
We have not eaten dinner here, but love the weekend brunch.

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MichelleT
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have been to the Grove 3 times now and have loved it each time. I went once for brunch and twice for dinner. The atmosphere is beautiful and the food is excellent. I highly recommend the Brussel sprout appetizer, cod entree and cinnamon bread pudding for dessert!

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PamC
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service pleasant calm atmosphere amazing food

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LoveGoodFood
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A North Shore gem. Well designed menu, each entree a pleasure to view, to smell, to eat. Well curated wine list.

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luckypunk
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming and attentive service. We never felt rushed and the food was delicious. Great food presentation and the Flight of Bloody Marys is not to be missed!

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DextersMom
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! The food is incredible, the drinks are amazing, and the service is second to NONE. An absolute must-try if you're in the Rowley area!

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DanielaM
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Grove! Amazing food & excellent service! Beautiful atmosphere! Brunch, lunch & dinner a must!

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yummyinmytummy
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Grove and we were blown away. What a great local spot! The food and drinks were both amazing, waitress was the sweetest and the chef was very accommodating of multiple allergies. Would absolutely go again!

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender hustle! Not only did she wait on a few tables she was the only one behind the bar mixing cocktails!!
She was incredible!!! Food amazing...mussels were awesome!!!

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sammy9
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service food drinks all were exceptional.. Maggie our waitress was pleasant on the ball and always smiling engaging in nice conversation

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Lynne
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere and the food was delicious! The staff was also extremely nice. Would definitely go back.

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MichaelK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great. Brunch was delicious

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vipAnnP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 5 stars could start and end with the hostess. I don't know where they found this woman but I want to take her home with me to join my family. She is the sweetest hostess we have ever encountered, and we look forward to her kindness each time we come. Atmosphere is warm, elegantly rustic, servers are knowledgeable and helpful and food is amazing. Would definitely recommend and return many times to come!

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NoShrIps
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So often I go to a restraunt and rarely finish my plate because the food just isn't that great. But here, I finished everything & can't wait to go back next 'date night'. It's like going into Boston for dinner, but close to home. It's my new Favorite!
One suggestion - I wanted creative cocktails or even a suggestion from my server but she wasn't helpful. Great food - but really wish the bar was more creative.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! Everything exceeded my expectations.

HM
HaroldM
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guest and I thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant, and its unique style. The food was excellent and the waitstaff outstanding.

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NicholasZ
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, pleasant atmosphere and wonderful service

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Grove - Briar Barn Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 433 OpenTable diners.

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