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Steaming Tender

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28 Depot St, Palmer, MA 01069-1808
+1 413-283-2744
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 20:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The building is spectacular! The food good , BUT, we had a reservation for 6pm, sat at 605, ordered at 610, and waited........... until 715 for our meals!!! Don't know if I would return. I was so stressed out over my diabetic dad

Thank LostAgainAndHungry
palmerdepot, Owner at Steaming Tender, responded to this review

Please accept our sincerest apologies for the dissatisfaction you may have experienced in respect to the timeliness of your food. At the Steaming Tender, we take pride in ensuring our guest’s satisfaction is a top priority. Unfortunately we did not meet your – or our own – expectations. As a testament to our strive for perfection, we had taken steps... More 

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63 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Once a year I travel to the West Springfield, MA for business. There are many, many restaurants to choose from and year after year, we always eat at the Steaming Tender on one of the nights that we are in town - even though it is about 20 miles from West Springfield. The restaurant is located in Palmer Union railroad... More 

Thank William C
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Atmosphere, great staff, excellent food and servings sizes for price exceptionally well balanced! The station ambiance and trains passing make for a unique experience. No rushing you out, were able to sit, eat, visit and enjoy our dinner night out!

Thank Terry H
Housatonic, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Sunday brunch is great, especially the whiskey bread pudding. I love bread pudding and I've never had it better than this! Sandwiches are large. Dinners are perfectly done. No one goes home hungry, ever. Being about halfway across the turnpike, it's a great place to get off to eat and rest. Also, especially for the young and young at... More 

Thank Ethel K
Granby, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were out for a ride and we found this old Railroad station that is now a restaurant. What a wonderful surprise when we walked inside and saw that the station had been restored. The place was amazing. It looked like the original floors were still in place and the walls and ceiling were breathtaking. Even the... More 

Thank Patricia G
Boston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Okay, so you're driving across Massachusetts on the Pike with all the rest stops and fast food. Your app shows a place in Palmer called the Steaming Tender, which sounds like small pieces of chicken cooked the bad way. It is not. It is a really great restaurant in a former train station. And it's not just any train station,... More 

Thank GrannyKar
Suffield, VA
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice restaurant located in an old train station. The tracks are still active and Amtrak goes rolling along but not disruptive....its an ambiance enhancer. The restaurant had a polar express dinner in December where the conductor comes around at dinner and then ushers you into their dining car for a reading of the polar express. Food was very good, the... More 

Thank Dan C
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in Palmer, MA, situated on the mainline of busy railway (Springfield-Boston), is a historic train station lovingly restored to perfection by the owners of the Steaming Tender. It exudes the atmosphere of yesteryear, when train travel was commonplace and magical at the same time. The restaurant itself is located in the main waiting room, a large, comfortable, beautifully decorated... More 

Thank Sue A
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65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took our great nephew who is 2 and a half, it was a pleasant day of 59 degrees which is extremely warm for mass in January, we heard great things about this place , the restaurant was great , they have a lot of antiques in there, the owners spent 17 years remodeling the old palmer train station ,... More 

Thank suwwoz58
Stafford Springs, Connecticut
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is one place that I go often with both my family and group of friends. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is great. The building is great for people that are into historic buildings.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 9 - US$ 24
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28 Depot St, Palmer, MA 01069-1808
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Palmer
  • Phone Number: +1 413-283-2744

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?