The Tree House Tavern and Bistro1094 Centerville Rd..
Warwick, RI 02886 Please note address correction above.
The Tree House Tavern in Warwick does a booming business in the evening. Which is why it is such a delight to visit early in the day for breakfast. You can generally get in and seated right up to lunch with little waiting.
The Tree House has a fun atmosphere and as the weather warms up so do the options you can enjoy. In winter you are typically limited to the main building – a collection of rooms of various sizes that you can dine in. If you call ahead you can arrange to have your favorite.
But with the warmer weather the gardens begin to bloom (the bistro was a garden shop in a former life) and you can eat outdoors.
Outdoors, there’s a bit of bustle from the street, but it is easily ignored. The parking area is adequate and very easy to navigate in the early morning. There is even a traffic light to let you exit back onto the busy street. The entryway is flat and handicapped access is easily possible. There is a bathroom on the floor with a wide door as well. Outdoor dining means that your pooch could come along, but check with the management about their policies.
Indoors you realize that things here are a bit… different.
I first visitied around St. Patrick’s Day and I entered to find an eight foot tall yellow stuffed camel with a green fedora on his head and a pair of bongos lodged between his humps. There was Celtic music playing in the background. Later, outside the window by the small table where I was dining I could see a grey squirrel giving my meal the eye. He’d climbed up a nearby tree to watch.
Feel free to “go walkabout” in the restaurant. There are a several cozy rooms to visit and when you think you have seen them all a new one pops up. No going upstairs or out into the kitchen, of course. The different sizes allow you to have groups of diners gathered for meetings or just a quiet meal.
Looking around the main dining area is a treat, with an odd collection of items hanging on the walls. I personally loved the collection of old saws artfully arranged in an arc on the second floor wall.
Dining is confined to the first floor and the outside areas. The covered open tool storage area with its giant picnic table makes it an interesting choice. The actual treehouse (yes they have one) is off limits to diners but it’s low enough to the ground that a tall person could let a small person take a peek inside.
The food here is very good. I went with traditional fare, but I’ve come back a couple times to begin working my way through several of the apple dishes that fill out the menu. If you want an early morning mimosa or hangover cure they also have a fully stocked bar.
This is Rhode Island and seafood is a must try – even for breakfast. I’ve had both the new England Benny with lobster, asparagus and hollendaise, and the smoked salmon Benedict. Both were very good. I’m also up for the Apple Pie French Toast, especially in October when apple season is in full swing.
I must also add that I had a very pleasant time chatting with the owner, a freindly sort with a wry sense of humor and a great attitude about his business and his life.
So for a fun time year round, and excellent food and service try the Tree House Tavern and Bistro in Warwick.