Fraunces Tavern

Fraunces Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frauncestavern.com/
  • Phone: 2129681776
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11am-4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Irish
  • Executive Chef: Victor Miranda
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour
  • Private Party Contact: Alexandra Aguilar 2129681776
  • Entertainment: LIVE IRISH MUSIC EVERY FRIDAY 6:30-9:30PM
  • Special Events: Contact David 212-968-1776

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Subway: 4,5 train at Bowling Green 1 train at South Ferry R train at Whitehall
A word from Fraunces Tavern
The Porterhouse Brewing Co. at Fraunces Tavern, is located in one of the city's most historic landmarks in the downtown Financial District. The Porterhouse offers a large range of small batch and specialty beers, serving traditional American food with a strong Irish influence. Fraunces Tavern has been a part of our city's history since 1762. Now under new management, you can expect a modern experience in an authentic historical space while enjoying great food, drinks, and atmosphere.
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Fraunces Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
153 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (76)great for lunch (73)good for groups (58)special occasion (38)great for brunch (30)vibrant bar scene (28)romantic (17)fit for foodies (15)kid-friendly (15)scenic view (11)notable wine list (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (7)Show More
  • Usually better
    JimFood
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is usually a good experience but wattress forgot our meal - 1 hour bf we got served. But manager came over and offered us free drinks and then took our first round off. He also refunded one of our meals (it was wrong). Manager was a pro and handled it perfectly. Thk you Manager!!! Everybody has a bad day so I'll definitely go back. No worries.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    sav0408
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Extensive menu. good service and a historical atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Bar :), Food and Service - :(
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The place is excellent and has a great bar. The ambiance is probably one of the best around. Sadly, the food menu is minimal and leaves much to be desired.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Short stroll from Native American Museum. Memorable lunch on a historic site with a stellar Whiskey list... does it get any better? Allow time to view the George Washington Museum above the Tavern.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Lunch
    Rick
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Cool place with lots of different rooms including nice bar areas. Impressive from a historical sense. Food was great as was the service. Definitely worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Night
    olah
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food and drinks at Fraunces Tavern were awesome. I would recommend the the Skirt Steak and any of the house brews.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BigApple Visit
    BigApple
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My boss, was visiting New York and this was booked for a business lunch - he loved it - Very Oldie Woldie. Great Choice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing dining experience
    JCDiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    In the hustle and bustle of downtown, it is hard to find a spot to eat that doesn't rush you through your meal. Fraunces takes you back to a slower, more relaxed time with a plethora of drink options and a nice diverse menu (in price too, from entrees in the 20 dollar range to a Tomahawk steak for two for $80. We had a lovely evening. Try their signature chicken pie--it's incredible!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Typical Pub Fare
    DeputyAsst2ComishOfEating
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Chicken pot pie was very good, served in an awesome super flaky bun/roll. My son had the burger; it was ehh. My wife had the fried chicken BLT - the bacon was outstanding. The place has a decent beer menu, but they were out of 2 of the ones I wanted to try. The server was friendly, but not too helpful. Not the place if you're looking for haute-cuisine, but if you're into history, this place is chock full of it: artwork on all the walls and museum upstairs.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came for the History
    MadridNYC
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We just wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to eat and drink in a historically significant place. However, we found Fraunces Tavern also to be a very pleasant environment with delicious food. Each of my party of three raved about their lunch, one of whom selected the lettuce wrap for her sandwich. She was very impressed. If you are allergic to wheat or diagnosed with celiac disease, you may still want to ask about flour on the fries. The staff is very nice and were quite welcoming, even though we were poking around a bit in the various rooms. I recommend it highly!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fraunces Tavern: Burgers & History!
    Aanoo
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I have been to FT couple times and had pleasant experience. It's unlike any other dining establishment. I am a history buff so taking in a museum tour after the meal is a treat for me. For lunch I had their signature burger, which was prepared to my specification and was enjoyable. My companion had fish and chips and it was well done. Their craft beer list is quite extensive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    acclark1
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A group of co-worker met for brunch before going to the Staten Island Yankees baseball game - food was great as were the drinks - and right across the street from the ferry - Had great food and a great time -
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Met Expectations
    Familyof5
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had a party of 5 with a reservation thru OpenTable. We were a few minutes late but the table was all set waiting for us. The waitress was very good and very friendly. The only odd part was that she did disappear towards the end of the evening but it didn't effect our service as others stepped in and didn't miss a beat. And they were very friendly and accommodating as well. Everyone enjoyed their entrees, particularly the Filet Mignon on a Stone. The beer selection and suggestions from our waitress were also very good. The atmosphere was what we expected and was cool. Overall a very nice dinner. We would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most enjoyable..
    Heike
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Arrived early for our "for 2" reservation, the dining room buzzing at 1 p.m.. Asked the receptionist to find us at the bar when our table was ready. A very good bartender, humor flying. Yes, we were found and our drinks transferred to a good table position near the window. The long tables full with young people or families. Noise level started rising strongly at 1:30 p.m.. Fish and chips wonderful, wine good. Table service attentive and friendly. But the food delivery very hurried, without waiting to hear if all was good, just dropping off the plate and racing off, it was peak hour, we understood. But waiter came back to check on us. When the long table groups cleared out, all became more peaceful, allowed more ability to talk.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab Fraunces
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Took my out of town friends here who had never been to NY and they just loved it. Especially because my friend loves beer and there were 120 to choose form. The portions were huge and tasty. I had the puff pastry goat cheese tapanade without the tomatoes as I am allergic and it was yummy. My son and I had the fish and chips. THe french fries were exceptional as they were huge and potatoey and the batter was crunchy with flaky fish inside. Judy loved her chicken pot pie and Tom loved the Jambalaya. It was a very special and tummy filled evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Fraunces!
    MJNYC
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was absolutely delicious. I had the mahi mahi and it was just perfect. You can't beat standing in the same space that our founding fathers frequented!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WestchesterVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Loved chicken pot pie! Very historic setting & provides a great sense of the old time tavern that it has always been.
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  • Enjoyable experience
    TheaterFan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent service. Pleasant atmosphere. Orange goat cheese and Fraunces salad - very good. Steak - excellent. Chicken pie - too dry, tasteless, do not recommend it at all. Home-brewed beer - excellent. Dessert - blueberry mousse and apple pie, both very mediocre. All in all, would go there again, but definitely stay away from the chicken pie and desserts.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Historic atmospher
    port4u
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Good food in a fascinating old building. Great Musem too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • different dining room/bar options!
    38SpecialVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    In addition to historic furnishings, different "ambiance" choices adds to fun!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aces on all fronts!
    Hungry4more
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The bar was great as was the service and drinks. The food was fantastic - especially the fillet on a stone (magnificent)! The wine selection was very good and our bottle was excellent. Service was very good and friendly. Atmosphere was charming, historic, inviting and comfortable. I will definitely come back next time I am dining downtown.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    a kind of home made taste, the chicken pie is extremely good
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining in History!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The rich history of Fraunces Tavern adds to the ambience of the restaurant and makes the dining experience really special. The staff were friendly and pleasant, but not intrusive. The menu offered a nice variety and we did not have a long wait before our meal was presented. The food was very tasty. I would definitely recommend Fraunces Tavern to a friend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Chicken Pot Pie
    OlgaVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I went to Fraunces Tavern very late at night on a Thursday, and it was very quiet--a perfect date spot. Historical and well-preserved, they had an extensive list of beer and whiskey as well as an amazing Chicken Pot Pie.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Impressed with Fraunces
    FirstTimeFraunces
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I took my boyfriend here because he is a history buff and I wasn't really expecting to have such a good time myself. I was completely blown away! The decor is as though you have stepped back in time in the middle of NYC. The food was great and we had the nicest most attentive server. After dinner we checked out the museum upstairs and it was really neat! I would definitely go back and also recommend it to anyone who is looking for a unique and historical food place in NYC.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Experience
    NYExpatriot
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We made a reservation for 8 PM. We were seated in a bar-like area so noisy it was painful. We told hostess we would have to leave because of the incredible high noise level. She reseated us in quieter area. Seating old wooden church pews. Atmosphere is colonial era themed. Food is uninspired and generally disappointing. The pork belly was nearly inedible. Scallop appetizer contained 2 small scallops! Incredibly small, even considering NY prices. Chicken pot pie could not win a blind taste test vs. Stouffer's frozen supermarket stuff. Overall, I would say you could throw a dart at a listing of NY restaurants and do a lot better 95% of the time. Exception: If you love a very noisy bar scene.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch deal
    ilacewords
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had the prix fixe brunch which include two drinks. Very good value for amount of food. We both tried George Washington's Chicken Pot Pie and it came with a side salad which was great and very fresh. Great historical value to this site. Server was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food quality was exquisite
    NorthernJoe
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We picked Fraunces Tavern as one of our stops in our NYC trip due to its history. I was expecting the food to be decent, but it was outstanding! What's more, my 11-year-old was on "overload" from a hot morning, and such she didn't want anything; my wife asked the served for a totally specialized plate for her, and they not only accommodated but made it feel like no big deal. My daughter left totally happy and feeling much better. High praise for this restaurant. The museum upstairs was great to tour as well, for those interested in the tavern's history!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Meets History
    6inthemix
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Because my family and I love to go out for lunch or dinner together and because we are American History buffs, dining at Fraunces Tavern was just the thing for us to celebrate our son's 16th birthday. Not only was the atmosphere of the tavern full of old American flavor, but also the food was delicious and served in a courteous and timely manner. Visiting the museum part of the tavern was a treat we did not expect to find and we were pleasantly satisfied with the artifacts, the attention to detail, and the respect for our great Nation's history exhibited in the most elegant manner. Our visit definitely re-inspired us patriots to the fullest degree.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • citylunches
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We had a wonderful time - everyone enjoyed their food and the service was great. The atmosphere was very comfortable and we loved learning about the history. Will definitely return !
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historical/touristy spot
    AJiLVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Don't go here on July 4th- they overbooked their reservations and so we didn't get seated until 45 minutes after our reservation, and then weren't allowed to order food for 2 hours because their kitchen wasn't accepting orders. We were lazy and not terribly and decided just to keep drinking instead of leave, and when the food came it was fine, but still peeved at the wait. However, I've been here before when there isn't a crowd, and it was a pleasant experience, with lots of beer selection.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jlw1234567
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Came in for dinner on the Fourth of July, and as this is a historic place, they were pretty busy, which should've been expected. The restaurant was extremely understaffed. Worst service I have ever gotten. Waitress only came by the table to take our drink and food order, and avoided our table the rest of the time. Had to get up from the table three times to ask the buss boy and bartender for things. Manager offered us free dessert or a glasses of wine to compensate, but the waitress didn't even come over to ask if we needed anything else. Had to pay with the hostess. In the end manager ended up taking off only 15%. Food was great, but not worth what we had to go through here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great experience
    jockkk
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was better than expected in this historical setting. Wonderful service, great historic atomosphere. Would go back even though we have now seen the very excellent museum upstairs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Great history, bland food
    PaulaVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Uninspired menu, food under-seasoned. Fish and chips were overly breaded and lacking in flavor, shepherd's pie the same
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Down to earth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Easy access, good sandwiches, fun ambiance, not toopri ey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • weekend lunch
    michele
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I was showing some out of town family around downtown, and decided it would be fun to see what's actually inside this old building. The ambiance was great; there are several different areas to dine in. I can see this being a cool spot to grab a cocktail after work. The food was better than expected from this type of establishment. Prices were more than fair. The jazz brunch seems like a lot of fun and the music was good, not too loud that you couldn't have a conversation (we were in the room adjacent to the music). I'm putting this on my list of places to revisit in NYC.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • great brunch
    Marge
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Reasonable cost for Brunch and great selection of food. Delicious. We got to tour the museum as a bonus
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The skirt steak, while having flavor, was the toughest piece of meat possible. Finally cut it into very small bites in order to be able to swallow. The chicken was very good. Very noisy but to be expected in an old building. Our waiter was not very good - checked on us once.
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  • Great historical experience
    EasyRider
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went for an early dinner. The waiter was attentive. The food was good. Overall a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I would recommend you try this
    taster
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I was not impressed with the food but the history and the ambiance and the food servers make made up for any deficiency in the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.