Is anybody familiar with Bells Tavern in Lambertville?
Yes. It's an institution. Really good food that tastes homemade. Very casual atmosphere with a good size bar. I think you'll like it. I still think they're cash only.
There's often a wait to get a table.
My husband and I went back in October. Got there early to avoid a long wait. Food was very good - we split the calamari appetizer and each piece was perfectly cooked. I got the spaghetti carbonara which wasn't at all like any carbonara I've ever eaten or made at home. It was good, but not what I think of when I think carbonara. The portion size wasn't very big, which was disappointing. My husband had the chicken parm which came with a house salad. He got the homemade sesame dressing and it was outstanding. Really the best thing we had all night. The chicken parm was good, but he was disappointed with the small portions.
They don't accept credit cards, which they say is an effort to keep prices low. We sat in the bar area and it was very cramped, but my husband struck up a conversation with the bartender and he let my husband try a few different beers before settling on one he liked. We'll definitely be back.
In complete agreement with BC and Sarah above. We go to Bell's often and have never had a bad experience. The food is upscale tavern fare I'd describe as always fresh & comforting with good value for price paid. Service is professional and more than efficient. It's true, the place is always busy (many locals). Stand by the hostest stand at 6 on weeknights and 5 on weekends to ensure a table when they seat the preferred back dining room! The space is tight but congenial! They also have various local artists displaying their work on the dining room's walls. All in all a great place in Lamberville. Tip - find extensive, free parking around the corner at Niece Lumber Company, after hours. See Bell's website for directions.
I've been there a few times and like it. It's certainly the right price. I've had good pasta and salads there, but I also had a chicken dish that definitely tasted like it had been frozen at one time. My boyfriend loves that they have Hennepin on tap and also have a certified Guiness tap (apparently that's a rarity and a big deal for those who appreciate good beer).