Urban quality with suburban conviviality, all in a cool lofted barn? It’s a tall order, but Smythe & Dove delivers the whole package in downtown Andover. They serve thoughtful but unfussy steakhouse fare for lunch, brunch, and dinner in a setting where you’ll be just as comfortable in sneakers as in stilettos. And whether you’re down for a pint or a craft cocktail, their Dakota Bar will be happy to pour you and your friends a few.
The lowercase typewriter headings on the Smythe & Dove menu are a solid indicator of its content—well-curated, a little playful, and not that concerned with how the other guys are doing things. Whether you’re stopping in for a speedy lunch or a multi-course dinner, you’ll find classic American steakhouse fare prepared simply with fresh local ingredients. Think artful salads with optional grilled proteins and awesome, hearty sandwiches for lunch. For dinner, choose between pub-style apps, shareable (or not) globally-inspired tapas, and self-explanatory “By Boat” and “By Land” categories. Visit “The Butcher Shop” for a more classic steakhouse experience with a la carte meats and choose-your-own sides.
You won’t be starved for things to talk about at Smythe & Dove, with a barnful of conversation pieces like the enormous brick fireplace (adorned with steampunk Princess Leia) and a weatherbeaten antique truck perched wheels-and-all over the doorway. The big barn doors outside give way to a warmly lit interior, where you can choose between the homey copper-ceilinged bar with casual seating framed by bookshelves, or two floors of dining tables with wrought iron chandeliers suspended from the rafters and natural wood throughout. The room brings rustic authenticity to the hearty menu, but modern details like retro booths and funky portraits keep the restaurant from feeling too honkey tonk.
89 Main Street
Andover, MA 01810