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On Tap Bar and Grill

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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4 Park St, Essex, VT 05452-3628
+1 802-878-3309
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Waterbury, Vermont
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had the wings (they were average) and some kind of apple, cheese, cranberry type salad. The salad was surprisingly good. The atmosphere was very bar-like. I imagine they might have live performances where people can dance. Trivia started (around 7?) on the night we were there (a Tuesday).

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Thank BrainstormVT
Hanover, MA
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30 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

I'm in Essex Vermont for a conference, I wanted to try some of the local fare instead of eating at the hotel. I chose "On Tap Bar and Grill" because of Trip Advisor reviews. Being here alone, I sat at the Bar. The staff is very friendly and attentive. My drink was delivered right away and my order taken promptly.... More 

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Thank bowsprit49
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We stopped here for supper. The place is popular. Even though it was crowded, the service was friendly and efficient. There was a band playing which made it tough to have a conversation at the table. We ordered the Black Bean burger, and the Turkey burger - both were a hit - but the deep fried pickles (Frickles) were amazing!!!.... More 

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Thank fancydancer33
Essex, Vermont
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

I've been here several times. This day it was for lunch. They are more popular at night. On this day they were light on clientele which was to our benefit. I usually get a burger because they make good ones but today I got a pulled pork sandwich which was nicely laden with pork. Rather than fries I got a... More 

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Thank Dan P
Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Nice patio space. Live music. Service was a little slow. Had to ask for water twice. Food was good. Burger was excellent. Cheddar Apple salad delicious, added grilled chicken, plenty of chicken, a couple of pieces were a little dry, but not bad. Nice selection of beer.

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Thank Renee B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Food and service with Vermont elements incorporated. Located near "5 Corners" which can be a challenge to travel through at rush hour. Excellent menu and drink selections . Not a Steak House, but the food is very good,and is sure to please just about everyone. Ask for "Chef Courtney" and he will come to your table, and share a Brownie... More 

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Thank Robert T
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Family visit during early evening, midweek. Was busier than we had expected, but had a nice shady table on the secluded terrace. The food was plentiful and good American fare, the drinks were good with a large range of beers & cider on tap and the servers looked after us well. The young children in our group were catered for... More 

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Thank johnv0
Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

On Tap is centrally located by the five corners in Essex and is a good spot for hearing live music and grabbing a bite and a beer. The wings are really good, as are the sweet potato fries. The burgers tend to be really overcooked. They always have a decent craft beer selection (Fiddlehead, Frost), and there are tables outside... More 

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Thank TravelLikeaLocalVT
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

I've been to OnTap several times and have been satisfied with both the food and the service each time. Although it can be a bit loud with the live music playing when trying to converse, the multiple T.V.s can help. Also, when the weather permits, dining and/or drinking outside is preferred.

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Thank Lowell T
New Gloucester, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Great burgers, wings, and beer. The Vermonter burger with apples and bacon was very tasty. Happy to hear the new menu will include a Reuben sandwich.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Park St, Essex, VT 05452-3628
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 802-878-3309

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