The New Eli’s Tavern in Falmouth, at The Coonamessett

A fresh new take on New England fare...
This week we visited Eli's Tavern at the lovingly restored Coonamessett in Falmouth.


The Lark Boutique Hotels ( reopened The Coonamessett following a complete redesign. 

The previous owner was William Zammer who operated the inn since 1996.

We had dinner at Eli's Tavern at the inn the other night. The 90 seat dining room is an elegant space with contemporary sparkly chandeliers, cloth napkins and tablecloths. The night we were there they were getting the dining room ready for a large wedding the next day so we had dinner in the tavern.

A full menu is served at the cozy bar, high tops or at plush leather booths. The mahogany walls added warmth to the room.

As we settled in our server Renville appeared with menus, a bread basket and took our drink orders

While enjoying one of their many creative cocktails, "Gin Negroni" or "888 Blueberry vodka Lemonade", a local beer or wine, it was a great opportunity to check out the menu which provided lots of options for everyone.
The chef brings a creative twist to timeless New England classics with local seafood and seasonal ingredients. The menu offered everything from chowder, a nice selection from the raw bar, shared  plates, lobster rolls, to a fine steak selection, seafood and lobster.
For an appetizer we decided to share the Steam Buns ($14) with Korean braised short ribs glazed with hoisin sauce and topped with pickled cucumber. These flavorful crispy short ribs on steamed buns are little soft pillows of meaty goodness. They were exotic and every bit as good as the ones we had in Taiwan, where they are called bao buns.

I also tried a bowl of the Clam Chowder ($6 cup/ $9 bowl). This delicious creamy chowder with lots of clams hit the spot before dinner.

My husband chose the Pan Roasted Cod ($20) for his entree. It came artfully arranged with spinach, whipped potato and topped with browned crumbs and white butter. The cod was moist, flakey and cooked perfectly.  It's hard to get a dish that's any fresher or more local than this.
I ordered the irresistible Cape Cod traditional lobster dish. I make it a point to have a couple every summer.

The menu offered the lobster both steamed or baked stuffed, market price the night we were there was ($36)  I chose the baked stuffed. This delicious moist seafood stuffing included whole scallops and shrimp which took on the flavor of the lobster and added a savory taste to the lobster's delicate flavor. It came with corn on the cob and roasted potatoes. Highly recommended!

Just when you think you can't eat any more, Elli's offers a range of special desserts.  Renville recommended the Jones Pond Ice Cream Puff ($10). The soft pastry puff held a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream and topped with a warm full-bodied chocolate fudge with a light drizzle of caramel sauce, whipped cream and sprinkled with walnuts. A nice presentation and enough for two.

Weekly specials include:

  • Buck-a-Shuck $1 Oysters and little neck clams every day, 4–6pm.
  • Appetizer Happy Hour: Half priced appetizers Monday–Thursday, 4–6pm & Friday–Saturday, starting at 8pm
  • Prime Rib Weekends: $28 Prime rib dinners Fridays & Saturdays starting at 4pm.

Eli's is pleasant, nicely appointed, and a place to lure you back many times.

If You Go

Eli's Tavern at The Coonamessett
311 Gifford Street, Falmouth
Open 7 Days/Week
Lunch and Dinner: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm   (508) 548-2300


The Coonamessett

We decided to stay a couple nights at the The Coonamessett, formerly known as the Coonamessett Inn, that just reopened this spring following a thorough renovation under the boutique hotel collection, Lark Hotels.

There are 29 guest rooms and suites plus various private event spaces with a patio overlooking Jones Pond.

Everyone at the hotel was pleasant and very helpful answering all our questions. We checked into the cozy, newly redesigned Village King Suite with a living room area and separate bedroom.  We loved the living room area because it gave us the option of staying up late without bothering the other. Beds were super comfy.  Both rooms each had a  43" TV. Other nice touches were the kimono bath robes, a mini-fridge, Bluetooth radio, USB outlets, and free wireless internet access.

The complementary breakfast included hot quiche with onions, peppers and mushrooms, bagels, biscuits, fresh cut fruit cups, cereal options, muffins and danish that were all fresh!

The Coonamessett is centrally located near down town stores, restaurants, Island ferry's and attractions.

Open year-round, The Coonamessett, which has retained the "Cape Cod" charm, is highly recommended to anyone that wants a quaint getaway for vacation, large wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners or parties.

There are three private function rooms ranging in capacity from 70 to up to 300 guests to accommodate all.
The Coonamessett
311 Gifford St, Falmouth Open year round
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