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Jack-Tar American Tavern Marblehead any good?

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I heard Jack-tar has new owners and new menu. Has anyone been there? I went a few years ago and the food was just ordinary. Great outdoor seating area however.
Curious to find out how things have changed.

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  1. I'd be curious, too. The seating area is pretty nice, isn't it?

    FYI, the new chef there is from Cityside Bar and Grille in Brighton....

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      The owners are in fact new, and the chef is one of them. The seating/layout has remained the same, but it seems much cleaner. The food has gotten alot better! They're keeping it light and simple and it changes frequently. Try the Statler Chicken or the Sweet Potato Ravioli, they're both fantastic. The wine list is better too, but I usually opt for one of the infusions like Vanilla-Pumkin Vodka. They mix in a maple sugar simple syrup... it's scary good!

      1. re: tstarzyk

        the old place should have been tarred and feathered. itwas sooooo bad. give the new owners a shot

        1. re: PAULSCOHEN

          We had an early light dinner there at the end of summer. The patio was nice and the mojitos were well made. I believe they were having some sort of special on small plates, so we had an assortment and everything was pretty good. Unfortunately, I can't remember the details, probably because of the two mojitos, but I do remember that I was pleasantly surprised.

          1. re: PAULSCOHEN

            Hmm I know it's been around for a while but I went when it first opened (maybe 5 or so years ago?) and it was pretty good. Casual pub food but I remember really liking their fish and chips, prepared true british-style. It's been about that long since I've been back though, so perhaps things changed. And now they've definitely changed if there's a new owner.

      2. I dine here quite often and really do enjoy the food and drinks. One of the owners Emily is the nicest person and her husband can cook a good burger!!!

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        1. re: MtVernon

          Emily's smile is warm and sincere! She and Scott truly want your experience to be superb and will go out of their way to make it so!

        2. I eat at Jack Tar's quite often. The food is very good.

          1. Jack-Tar is a fantastic restaurant in Marblehead. The new owners, Scott and Emily, are fantastic at what they do! You can see the passion when you walk onto the outside patio. It is clean and fresh. Inside, the restaurant is cozy, fun, and romantic. It is great that you can see into the kitchen to see Scott at work. The food is fantastic! Try the lobster mac-n-cheese! great comfort food--perfect for the fall. The pizzas are light and satisfying. the wine list is terrific and they are proud of their infused vodkas.
            I recommend this restaurant to everyone!