Every town, no matter the size, needs a Foreside Tavern. In Biddeford, there’s Mulligan’s. Saco, Run of the Mill. In Brunswick, it’s Joshua’s. We all know it when we see it – a big, multi-room restaurant, often with deck or patio seating, a mixed crowd of working stiffs, families and retirees. The wait staff is efficient, and the menu is generally a crowd-pleaser.
In other words, Foreside Tavern is Falmouth’s watering hole, pub and family bistro all rolled into one.
Accessible from the large parking lot out front (which is almost always full), the front doors to the Tavern open to either the dining room to the left or the side bar to the right.
The lodge-like dining room is fit with high ceilings, cavernous booths and a fireplace. The side bar is much cozier, with snug, high-top tables, one large booth table, 12 un-padded stools at the bar and a private room for larger, reserved parties.
On a recent night, the World Cup was playing on all six flat-screen TVs placed throughout the barroom. If you’re not into watching the game, the TVs can seem excessive and annoying.
Whether it was the game or the warm breeze streaming in off the patio, the bar crowd was especially boisterous. It was made up mostly of men drinking beer in groups of three or four, and a handful of middle and high school-aged kids having an early dinner with their parents. At the bar, a few older couples shared Foreside Nachos ($10.95) and ordered from the selection of local beers on tap (Maine Beer Co., Sebago, Foundation, Geary’s).
The patio seating is accessed through the bar and allows for a substantial number of tables. While a canopy of trees nicely shades the patio, it’s known to grow unpleasantly mosquito-y midsummer. Bring bug spray or stay indoors.
Both the food and drink menus are straightforward and balanced. The Tavern has a great beer selection, a quality wine menu, specialty house cocktails and a full bar. The food menu caters to the bar-going crowd, families and then more foodie-centric diners. You can find chicken wings or mussels here, a burger or poached salmon, a Cobb salad or roasted game hen.
Foreside Tavern is an extremely comfortable, laid-back environment that caters to everyone.
With stellar service and a menu that boasts quality ingredients, this crowd-pleaser should be around for many years to come.
WHERE: 270 Route 1, Falmouth Foreside
HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily
SPECIALS: Daily food specials; specialty house cocktails
AMENITIES: Plenty of seating, outdoor patio, live music, fireplace, TVs
PARKING: Large parking lot that is often full. If possible, carpool.
BOTTOM LINE: Foreside Tavern is Falmouth Foreside’s neighborhood hub for quality food, drink and service. You can guarantee that this place will be packed most nights, mostly with families, older couples and working professionals.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes