17 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY,11901
DescriptionTweeds Restaurant and Buffalo Bar is located at 17 East Main Street in Riverhead. It is open for lunch and dinner.
Parking is in a lot behind the restaurant and on the street in front. Both the front and rear entrances are street level.The aisles are narrow but wheelchairs will fit at the front tables and in the outside dining area.
There is a single occupancy restroom with handrails, but a wheelchair will not fit through the door.
- Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: behind restaurant
Transportation to venue offered: na
Number of floors: 1
Width of aisles: narrow
Location of restrooms: rear of restaurant
Type of restroom: single occupancy
Ease of entry and exit: wheelchair will not fit through door
Available food services: restaurant
Friendliness of staff: very friendly
After visiting the Aquarium in Riverhead, we decided to travel west for another couple of blocks to have lunch at Tweeds Restaurant and Buffalo Bar. “In 1896 the restaurant and bar opened for business in the well-known J.J. Sullivan Hotel at its present location on East Main in Riverhead. It is believed to be the oldest continuing restaurant, bar and hotel in the town of Riverhead and the North Fork.”(website) We went there because we wanted to have a bison burger. The restaurant owner raises bison on his nearby farm which is served here with other locally grown items. We enjoyed the food and the very pleasant service.
The restaurant is worth the trip. It was restored to its original old world charm. It is warm and cozy with Victorian furnishings, an old mahogany bar complete with antique cash register, and a fireplace. There are many old pictures on the wall and a huge bison head reported to be of the “last bison hunted by Teddy Roosevelt in the ‘Dakota Badlands.'”
The restaurant is old. It is accessible, but may be a little difficult for wheelchair users. The back and front entrances are street level with street parking in front and in a lot in the rear.
There is outside seating behind the restaurant and seating at tables near the front door which can accommodate a wheelchair. The aisles are narrow. The restroom is single occupancy with handrails, but a wheelchair cannot fit through the door.
After dining here, we can understand why Tweeds is such a popular place. There is an extensive food and drink menu and entertainment on weekend evenings. It is suggested that a reservation be made.
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.tweedsrestaurantriverhead.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”