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“Well Worth a short Walk Across the Street”
Review of 22 Broad Street

22 Broad Street
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Ranked #2 of 39 Restaurants in Bethel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Mountain Explorer (Sunday River Shuttle) service stops directly across the street (in the winter months only).
Description: Authentic Italian food served in an historical setting in an 1868 home. Martini bar, screened in porch and real fireplace. Great for private parties and special occasions.
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the best meal, by far, of our four night visit to Bethel, Maine. We were staying at the Bethel Inn directly across the street for the first time in 20 years, and were a bit disappointed that their formal dining room had closed. So, we decided to cross the street and are glad we did.

22 Broad Street is in a converted Victorian home, resulting in multiple, cozy, small dining rooms. We had made a reservation on Open Table and were offered seating on their lovely screened porch which was delightful. While their specialties are Italian, every dish we had was outstanding.

22 Broad also has a small bar, The Martini Room, so I had to try a specialty cocktail, the 22 Broad Manhattan and it was great. My husband opted for wine by the glass from their impressive wine list.

We started with small house salads. My only minor criticism is that the plate was a bit small for the beautiful, artistic, fresh, tasty salad, making it hard to cut without spilling off the plate. The white vinaigrette was light and tasty. Their clams casino were some of the best we've had.

For entrees my husband had the chicken piccata which came with green beans and a side of pasta. I was tempted by their scallop special served over angel hair and chock full of artichokes and asparagus with a creamy lemongrass sauce. Best of all, I had leftovers for today!
We ended the evening with one crime brûlée and one decaf cappuccino. Our bill before tip was just under $100, but we had four courses, a cocktail and wine, and loved every sip/bite (and my scallop special was pricier than most entrees on the menu).

22 Broad also offers lighter apps, many pasta dishes and salads. Our server, Katie was delightful as was the "coffeehouse" acoustic music by Sirius Radio playing in the background!

Well Worth the Walk Across the Street!

Thank GloryGirl78
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Very clean and bright,But very pretentious, expensive waterd down drinks, they take al dente TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL,pasta was almost uncooked ,they are shy with the sauce.....GO FIND A PIZZA PLACE for better italian food, try Pats Pizza in bethel

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4  Thank Kelly D
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

In a nutshell...decent experience...very large portions of pasta, consider splitting an entree and a salad...watch the liquor prices. 3 glasses of wine, 3 entrees and we split a salad... $150+ tip included.

Summer in Bethel means that all if the ski area restaurants are closed and there are few (remaining) options left in town. 22 Broad Street is directly across the street from the Bethel Inn. It has a screen porch that is a delightful spot for a temperate evening but call well ahead as it is quite popular. The inside dining is very nice as well so don't be put off if you can't sit on the deck.

Service was quite good. Our server was there when we needed something (life lesson....don't wear a white shirt to an Italian restaurant ) yet never intrusive.

My wife had a pinot grigio and mom had a cab. Both enjoyed their wine but at $11.00, no bargain.

My mom and I both had the Sunday Gravy...spagetti with homemade sause topped with a meatball, sausage and a slice of briacole. The pasta was more al dente than I like, the sausage was okay but a bit bland, the briacole was good and the meatball excellent. Thing is, we could easily have spilt the dish.

My wife had the eggplant lasagna which sounded great but she felt was too salty with odd flavors that she just couldn't put a finger on.

Overall, the meal was okay. We didn't finish any of our entrees and ended up with a very heavy bag of leftovers.

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1  Thank CarolandAlan
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Great food, apps, drinks and service in a quaint atmosphere. It made for a very romantic night for a long awaited date night.

Thank 1naturelover
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

A delicious and comfortable Italian(?) restaurant. They have both gluten-free and vegetarian options on their menu which was great for our group.
The atmosphere can work for either casual or dress-up so it's easy to choose this restaurant for all sorts of occasions.

Thank Christine M
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