Fraunces Tavern

Fraunces Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frauncestavern.com/
  • Phone: (212) 968-1776
  • 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
141 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (66)great for lunch (64)good for groups (52)special occasion (34)great for brunch (30)vibrant bar scene (30)fit for foodies (28)romantic (17)notable wine list (15)hot spot (11)late-night find (11)scenic view (10)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Had an expensive unappetizing burger. Very disappointed but still love the "historical" ambiance of the establishment.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT JUST FOR TOURISTS!
    Kasha
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Fraunces Tavern has improved their menu in the past few years. The food is quite good, better than most places in the neighborhood. Nice, diverse menu and accommodating staff. This place is great for a business lunch, NOT JUST FOR TOURISTS! And don't miss the museum upstairs after lunch (admission is still included if you eat there I believe).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Colonial setting in Lower Manhattan
    Weisdi
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    If you're a history buff, and find yourself wandering the streets of lower Manhattan in the old New Amsterdam era of NYC, this tavern and restaurant is a fun way to have a nice lunch while paying homage to the history of the area! The food was very good (we went for lunch), and is a local favorite for business lunches, as well as for tourists. The building has stood since the time of George Washington, and was a favorite location for him to speak publicly in the days leading up to the Revolutionary War. It's really a must-do for those who are putting together a walking tour of historical lower Manhattan! There is also a nice tavern attached that hosts live music and happy hours daily.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    disappointed101
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    we arrived at 11:a.m as requested--but doors did not open until 11:20--we ordered lunch-which included 4 bowls of clam chowder--arrived warm and was sent back--not quite what I expected from a $128.00 meal--Oh well--the museum was enjoyable--so all was not lost!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing service and manager
    dineandwinelover
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I made a reservation for 7 people, all family members, to go to this historic building and restaurant. The menu's list of Sides included" roasted local vegetables". Almost all of the selections included house fries, so I ordered this side. It was a bowl 90% filled with roast potatoes, ONE large piece of white asparagus, and eight tiny slivers of green asparagus. We mentioned this to the waitress and spoke to the manager who replied that the dish was "roasted ROOT vegetables" (NOT what the menu said). She did not offer to make things right, but argued with me. We left the dish and were still charged for it. Also, the waitress ignored us, not serving our two bottles of wine nor coming around again to check on our meals. I won't return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very special dining experience
    RENEELOVESSHAKES
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was one of our favorite places downtown. Not only is it an historical landmark with a museum but the ambience is cozy, colonial, and warm. There are a number of dining rooms to pick from and on weekends there is music. We would recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Place Better
    SeamusfromDunChaoin
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great food, great drink (Dingle Distillery Rules) and great new friends to meet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for the history!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    As a history buff, I had to make the trip here. The minute you enter, you are transported back in time. I'm sure the restorations are not 100% accurate, but the charm and romance are all there. The food is quite good, if inconsistent--our entrees of trout and braised ribs were wonderful; the charcuterie and oyster appetizers so-so; nothing striking. Cocktails were typically overpriced for NYC. We passed on dessert as they weren't unique; however, I've seen other dessert items on their rotating menu that sounded great. Had a nightcap at the Whiskey Dingle bar by the fireplace. Wonderful. The second attached bar is too loud; but WD is intimate and romantic. Foodies won't be terribly impressed, but history buffs will love it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon dining at 54 Pearl
    Estellediner
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I arrived early at the restaurant and asked the server if I could dine early. She checked her reservation list and took me to my seat. She was so friendly and cute, and very helpful. The waiter was very low-key, to my liking. He came once to check on me and that was all. Not hovering around or constantly interrupting my dining; the soup, bread and sandwich were wonderful, and the ambience and crowd dining vivacious and convivial.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tablehopper589
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Historic atmosphere. Food was good. Lobster Bisque had a skin on top from sitting under a heat lamp too long. Restaurant was too warm for a 70 degree day- made it uncomfortable. The AC should at least been turned on to circulate air. Service was pleasant but SLOW with no updates on when food would arrive. Coffee was served after dinner but had to wait another 20 minutes for dessert to arrive. They need to get their timing right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food with great history
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had reservations, which we changed because we were early and then arrived earlier than our updated reservation. NBD, they took us right away. The food was excellent, the service was prompt. The live music during brunch was very good. My only comment its that its a bit dark at most tables, with lighting dedicated to wall washing artifacts, not geared to menu reading. We'll go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Atmosphere
    MJK21
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our tour guide recommended this place and we were thrilled he did. The initial service to get a drink was slow but the food was phenomenal so it was worth waiting to get our drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food offerings at Fraunces Tavern
    foodofferingsenjoyed
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    My family had a wonderful experience at Fraunces Tavern this week. The "vegetarian flatbread" with goat cheese, roasted red pepper and eggplant was savory and delicious. Several of us had salads that were outstanding as well and the pulled pork and Cole slaw was satisfying as well. Fraunces Tavern appears to be popular with Wall Street crowd but we had a great time at a corner table. I wouldn't hesitate to return for a cozy dinner for two. There is a bar to the left when you enter and that is private and inviting. We loved the food, the service, the tavern ambiance, and the history of Manhattan's oldest tavern. Fraunces Tavern is a special place and this is reflected in their food offerings. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • History, Ambiance, Warm Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We chose the Tavern as a convenient locale for a mini-class reunion brunch on a Saturday in the Financial District. It is lovely! Its history, atmosphere, food, and service delighted us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Historic Restaurant
    cmginnyc
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We booked a reservation based on the history of the building, and were pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere, friendliness, and good food.We split the house salad and seabass entree for lunch. Delicious! The main room was well lit, and had a nice, casual vibe. After the meal, we were intrigued by the rest of the rooms and adjacent bar, so we stayed a little bit longerfor just enjoying the fireplace at The whiskey bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near Hotel
    Nearhoteldiners
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We found this restaurant online because we were staying close by for the weekend. The menu and wine list was perfect and the atmosphere was really fantastic. We were looking for a private table to enjoy our anniversary but we seated right next to another couple, even though the remaining seats were empty. We had to ask for a different seat and were met with resistance by the hostess. We asked for glasses of water four times and our waiter was replaced by a waitress who didn't know our order. We had to ask the gent who brought us our food (the third waiter) and finally we were given two glasses of water. The food is good. The place is really fascinating for a special dinner - but the service is terrible.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great lunch!
    lunchbunch
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We had a quick lunch so our choices were somewhat simple. Food was delicious. Wait staff was accommodating. Overall a great lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place
    iLuv2Munch
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Cool little restaurant, lot's of history. My seat happened to be in the dining room, next to a spot light. I turned it myself, so not bad. Waiter was great, brought drinks and food fast. Little expensive, but worth a night out
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everyone pleased
    DeeDee
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had a group of 8, 6 from out of town. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered. The price was very reasonable for such an elegant place. I shared the history of the tavern with the group before we went and they found it so interesting. I made reservations for lunch and they immediately showed us to our table which was already set for the group. Each said that it was a great place in terms of food and atmosphere. The only thing I wish they did differently was give 4 separate checks to the 4 couples but our waitress indicated that groups over 6 can only have one check. It would have made it much easier on us to divide the check.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Real Find
    1234
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Hard for out of towners to find but worth the effort. Chicken pot pie not typical and excellent. Lunch salads great. Good wine by the glass selections. Ambiance historic (that's good). Good for just drinks or dinner/lunch. Service the day we ate there was horrid, but may not be typical. Would recommend and return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • tedlind3
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had a great dinner at FT on Saturday night. Great martini and the shepherd's pie was perfect. Also surprised at how lively the neighborhood was - worth the trip downtown.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, lots of History
    Walter
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    During my visit to NYC, to participate in the "Tunnel to Towers" run, I took the time to look for some of New York history, AND I found it in Fraunces. The food and service were great, but it would be enough to just to have a drink, or visit the museum that is dedicated to George Washington and the sons of the American evolution. This was a GEAT experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant surprise
    bklynlady
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The dining experience was wonderful. The food was fresh and delicious' It was like tasking a step back in history
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but slow service
    JH1989VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I had previously come the week before and had experienced great food and service at the bar. However, at the brunch dining area, the service was relative slow despite the quiet morning and the waiters were not attentive enough when I tried to request for the check or more water. That being said, I will still go back for Brunch. The food was worth the wait and I love the beer selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sandwiches
    AMHess
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I work nearby, so I'm glad I finally visited. The ambiance is what you'd expect--lots of old wood, historic fixtures, maps and paintings on the walls. It's a nice change from the rustic-modern look that you find everywhere. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. The slow-roasted pork sandwich is deliciously messy, with tender meat topped with a red cabbage and apple slaw. Service is friendly and prices are quite reasonable. I plan to return and check out the museum!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch at Fraunces Tavern
    luvthehistory
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My fourth visit in less than six months. Food is good. You're surrounded by history. Service is excellent. The Museum is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great place for brunch and after brunch with live Irish music. Comfortable feel like a neighborhood bar where everybody knows your name.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pretty good
    BrooklynTaster
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The menu wasn't what I expected (Indian fare?), but the chicken pie was very filling.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Historic place, historic moment
    GonzalofromSpain
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Very pleased to have visited and had lunch in Fraunces Tavern. The chicken pie was extraordinay, I highly recommend it. The museum above was also an unforgettable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too Noisy
    GCon
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Not the kind of ambiance I had expected. It was simply too noisy and the music was too loud. We were a group of 7 and we were seated in one of the bigger rooms. Maybe it was just that Monday evening.... I might go back for a beer, but if I go back for dinner (don't think I will) I will make sure to get a table in a more secluded area.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not what George would have expected
    2tellthetruth
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This was not the first time dining at Fraunces Tavern, but was not the best experience. While the server was very pleasant, we waited quite a while to receive our food, especially dessert. I ordered Chicken Birhani from the special Indian menu and found that I had to send it back because the chicken was too under-cooked. Ultimately, I enjoyed the dish very much. I would still come back, but next time I'll stay with the Chicken Pot Pie, which is always yummy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historical Gem
    PhilCT
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    It's great to be able to dine in a spot George Washington visited. The surroundings are in keeping with that time which makes for an interesting venue and the food offerings were fine and service was friendly and attentive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finally got there
    Dininginhistory
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Being a history buff I have long wanted to visit Fraunces Tavern. We visited on a Sunday afternoon and was just delighted. Our server, Camilla, just started that day and you would never have known it. Thorough in her knowledge of the menu and helpful with choices. We enjoyed our meal surrounded by history and the light of flickering candles. After lunch we enjoyed a delightful walk around Battery Park. All in all a great experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tavern Delight
    DiGi3
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a really nice dinner here and plan to return. The food was very good and though we were in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, being in the tavern gives the feeling as if your in quaint Boston or Philly. Will definitely return, especially with visiting family members.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mr and Mrs Matsson
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have Heard about Fraunces Tavern, so we desired to book a lunch. Great historic Place !
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    On Sept.1,2014 we celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary dinner at your historic tavern. My wife had sea food and I had chicken potpie. She enjoyed her fare but my potpie had a very soggy crust and the chicken was dry. It seemed that it had been left in the refrigerator for a long period of time. The waitress was attentive the ambiance great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BusterDouglas
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    One of the best dining environments I have experienced. The food and beer selection were both great. I would definitely recommend, especially to any history buff. I will certainly come back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply great!
    APorretta1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    What a great find in NYC! Not having ever been there I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful interior and exterior of this restaurant. A colonial stone building nusteled in the middle of high risers. Food was great and huge portions. Very reasonable in price! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Worth a trip for the historic surroundings and excellent Porterhouse draft beer selections from Ireland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.