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Canal Tavern of Zoar

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, German,
8806 Towpath Rd NE, outside Historic Zoar Village, Bolivar, OH 44612-8557
+1 330-874-4444
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (10 reviews)
“beignets” (16 reviews)
“potato pancakes” (18 reviews)
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American, German, Bar, Gluten Free Options
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8806 Towpath Rd NE, outside Historic Zoar Village, Bolivar, OH 44612-8557
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice little restaurant in a historic building. I’d recommend eating a premeal before coming here though. I ordered the brat sandwich and the bun was twice the size of the brat. Everyone else’s meal seemed on the smaller side except the kids, which seemed the...More

Thank James282988
Zoariten, Owner at Canal Tavern of Zoar, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear James282988, Thanks for your visit and review. We appreciate your feedback. Although most guests seem to find our portions to be sufficient - and, in fact, many leave with "to go" boxes, your input is important and we will re-examine our serving sizes. We...More

Reviewed 8 November 2017

A wonderful restaurant tucked away near the historic village of Zoar, Ohio. Visit the village during any of its events or celebrations and then head to Canal Tavern for a meal afterwards. Always delicious. Housed in an extremely old, historic building lovingly restored. Seating available...More

Thank Jane M
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Waitress told us chef was new and possibly had not mastered recipes - shame to practice on paying customers!More

Thank Gerry G
Zoariten, Owner at Canal Tavern of Zoar, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Thank you for your visit. We are a little puzzled by your response as there are no specifics about your low rating and source of dissatisfaction. Although our chef has only been with us for about three weeks, he has significant prior experience . Moreover,...More

Reviewed 22 October 2017

I wish I knew we needed a reservation to get a table here Saturday night (10/21). We walked in about 6:00 and were told they wouldn't have a table for us until 8:15. I would have made reservations for the restaurant when I made reservations...More

Thank DarleneZ
Zoariten, Owner at Canal Tavern of Zoar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Dear DarleneZ, Thank you for your attempted visit and comments. We hope you come back to try Canal Tavern of Zoar. We definitely recommend reservations on Fridays and Saturdays.

Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

My husband, daughter and I had a wonderful dinner on a Friday night! The restaurant is historic and comfortable, located along the canal. One of the specials was Pretzel-crusted Walleye which my husband and I chose, and my daughter had the Salmon. We were all...More

Thank sadams9876
Zoariten, Owner at Canal Tavern of Zoar, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Sadams9876, Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to write this review. We are very happy that you had a nice evening and enjoyed your meals and service. We hope you return.

Reviewed 25 September 2017

The location is quiet, pleasant and historic, and it's extremely popular. Looking at the menu there seemed to be some unique items, like beignets (just back from New Orleans, I have acquired a taste not easily satisfied in Ohio) and German dishes that seemed to...More

Thank travelerS_Korea
Reviewed 11 September 2017

My most memorable dinner experience possibly ever, was taking my elderly father, wife and daughter in-law to the Canal Tavern to celebrate Oktoberfest! Being of German heritage, I wanted to celebrate with my family and wasn't disappointed! My wife loved the sauerkraut balls and has...More

Thank Joe R
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Came here for the schnitzel because it was very near the hike we wanted to take after on the canal towpath, Ohio and Erie Canal, (the same canal the people from Zoar helped build). It goes from Ft. Laurens to Schoenbrunn Village. The trailhead is...More

Thank Sightsee_Eat
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

This was our second time here and the experience again was very good. The servers are attentive, the building is charming, and the food is tasty. The menu is slightly upscale, but not overly expensive. I won't get the crab cake for lunch next time,...More

Thank StigJim
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Great old house, lovely outdoor dining, wonderful menu and drinks selection, fabulous food, top-notch service, and a lovely drive if you're coming in from another area like Berlin, Winesburg, Strasburg, Massillon, etc. Be sure to drive through the historic town before it gets dark --...More

Thank Beulah T
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24 reviews
4.14 km away
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7 reviews
8.99 km away
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10.46 km away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8806 Towpath Rd NE, outside Historic Zoar Village, Bolivar, OH 44612-8557
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Bolivar
  • Phone Number: +1 330-874-4444
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Fine casual dining in Zoar's original tavern and inn.
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