The private road that leads to Steaming Tender Restaurant is just off of Main Street in the heart of Palmer, Massachusetts. Visitors are immediately sent back in time as they drive down the original Palmer Union Station dirt road and reach the final stop on Depot Street.
The 19th century Romanesque style building, designed by renowned architect H.H. Richardson, is wedged between two rail lines, with trains coming and going all day long. Behind the building is a diamond crossing, a unique configuration of rail lines that allows trains coming in to travel North, South, East, and West. Inside, the thirty-foot ceilings and high brick arches make the space feel open, but our friendly atmosphere and collection of train and railroad memorabilia keep the dining hall feeling cozy and warm.
We pride ourselves on our fresh seafood, our inventive weekly specials, and generous portions of New England comfort food. Even picky eaters will find something delicious, and healthy, on our kid’s menu. We also have a full bar, a variety of wines and local craft beers, plus moonshine and specialty drinks, including our signature drink, the Locomotion.
We are known for our excellent Breakfast Buffet every Sunday from 9 am and we seat up to 11:30 am. People all over know of our delicious Prime Rib Dinners! (Served Thursday, Friday and Saturday Night after 5 pm). Come try it for yourself and discover what a great experience our delicious food and authentic, old-world ambiance is!