While diners can sometimes find fine cuisine in a casual atmosphere, it's rarer to find casual fare in a high-class setting—with the exception of taco night at Buckingham Palace. Eat upscale fare without having to pay homage to the queen with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale cuisine at Barker Tavern, located in Scituate. This Groupon is not valid for alcohol.
Overlooking the Scituate Harbor, the family-owned Barker Tavern composes a menu of upscale fare in a 17th-century historical building that exudes a casual elegance. Start by nibbling on the baked clams casino starter, sprinkled with seasoned crumbs, butter, bacon, and pit bosses ($10), or delight in a Mediterranean amalgamation of hummus, tzatziki, and eggplant caviar complemented with warm pita bread ($7). The signature center-cut swordfish comes broiled, Cajun, or grilled ($30), while the freshly caught local lobster comes swimming in a sea of drawn butter ($38). Carnivorous chompers can chow down on a grilled rack of lamb frosted with fig-chipotle barbecue sauce and coupled with a navy bean, sun dried tomato, and goat cheese cassoulet ($29).
Barker's New England dining room radiates sophistication, sporting exposed wooden beams, lantern-like light fixtures, alabaster linens, and a forest of green floor-wear. The room easily serves at wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers, where the working colonial fireplace warms wintry toes and melts repeat gifts of Oprah ice statues.
21 Barker Rd.
Scituate Harbor, Massachusetts 02066Get Directions