Morgantown residents love Table 9 for its casual yet upscale atmosphere, stunning views of the Monongahela River, and ever-changing specials and drinks menu. You’re as likely to see businesspeople holding lunch meetings as you are college kids trying to impress their dates and locals enjoying a Friday night with friends. Owner and chef Mark Tasker specializes in what he calls a “contemporary new American cuisine”—a style that relies on local ingredients, multicultural influences, and unique flavors. “America is a big melting pot,” Tasker says. “The food should be, too.” Try the duck confit with bok choy, butternut squash, and mustard seed, or the scallops paired with corn, fingerling potatoes, jalapeno, and tomato consommé. Granted, the seasonal menu may have changed, so ask your server for the chef’s recommendations.
Lots of Light
No matter the season, you can feel as though you’re dining outside while munching Sriracha fries or sipping light seasonal cocktails. Windows line the two long walls of Table 9, showing off excellent views of the mighty Monongahela River.
This restaurant/boathouse offers a maritime atmosphere at once casual and industrial, yet refined and comfortable. Boathouse design elements—like the hangers on the ceiling— complement the easy, open dining area that seems to float right on the water.
The house drinks menu contains many great options to slake your thirst, but if you’re looking for something really special, head straight to the bar for a chat with the evening’s ’tender. You might even run into Kate Lewis, bar and general manager, who can take your requests and create a custom drink on the spot.
All On Deck
During spring and summer in Morgantown, there’s nowhere else to be but outside. Throw off your winter wear and wander out to Table 9’s deck—a long seating area with beautiful views of the river and, on temperate evenings, live music outside.
40 Donley Street, Morgantown; 304.554.2050; dinetable9.com
written by Katie Griffith | photographed by Carla Witt Ford