Fraunces Tavern

4.5
1955 reviews
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Contemporary American
Fraunces Tavern Restaurant, is one of the city's most historic landmarks in the downtown Financial District. Fraunces Tavern Restaurant offers a large range of small batch and specialty beers, serving traditional American food. The building holds eight different rooms each offering unique public and private dining experiences. Invite friends to sit around the warm fire in the Dingle Whiskey Bar or hold a formal dinner under the crystal chandeliers in the Washington Room. If you're looking for something more informal, step into The Hideout off of the Water Street entrance to watch TV and meet friends for happy hour. And don't forget to make your way upstairs to the Bourbon Lounge to relax in large leather sofas and enjoy food and beverages from the bar. If you're a history buff, visit the Bissell room where you can't miss the beautiful mural painting done in 1717, depicting downtown New York City.
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Traveling to NYC for fun.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returned from KC and was happy to share the experience with my sister and daughters. Nice museum upstairs, included with lunch.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just a great spot. Warm service. Food is solid. Best bet downtown.

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San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Fraunces Tavern (three of us) for an early dinner before a show. We love the history of the place, but the food is top notch as well. And, not to be missed if you are a fan is the great selection of whiskeys. They make a good cocktail to boot.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Los Angeles with family.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I had a reservation for 4 people at 7:30. We were told to camp out at the bar and at 8 were told there was no table available. The hostess in the bar found us a spot to eat there as they had not accounted for us in the dining room at all.

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Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steak!!

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l
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

love this place - has so much character everywhere you look - make sure to wander through the various rooms and, if you're there in the day time, check out the museum. After the great meal take a walk to battery park - just around the corner!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

It was not as crowded but it was on a Tuesday and had a thunderstorm so it was perfectly quiet.

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Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We had a large group, with reservations. I think we overwhelmed the staff, as the steak on a stone were way over cooked for many of us. They usually arrive rare and the steak continues to cook to the temperature desired. They arrived well done, a big disappointment. There’s no way the staff did not know they delivered us these filets overdone.

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I’ve been here many times, and it’s always fantastic. This time, I was disappointed in our steak on a stone. The first few people received their steaks rare, which is good because the steaks keep cooking in the stones. The last people to get the steaks, they were just too well done. They were ruined, and this dish costs $42 a plate.
The service was good, but just not enough staff. I think the second group of steaks just waited too long to get to our table. We had a group of 20, with reservations so they knew we were coming.
Sad.

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LH
Montana
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all thoroughly enjoyed our time at Fraunces. The food was excellent and the service beyond expected (thank you!!). The drinks we had were the best ever. A standard all others will have to reach!

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch in a charming location. Portions a bit massive, so maybe share.

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GN
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We love Fraunces Tavern. Been there before. Great atmosphere, good band. Food OK, but not great.

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SU
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to this establishment since 2013 and it never disappoints.

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TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place. We had 5 little kids and while waiter was great, it was not a place for little kids

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There is always great but this time one dish was cold.

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OT
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Historic restaurant, cozy, very good casual fare.

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DA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never ever disappointed! Delicious food!!! Pot pie, fish and chips, burgers, salads, all scrumptious!!!

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CP
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fraunces was fantastic. Had lovely time there celebrating my best friend’s acceptance to Columbia Law school. Highly recommend.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect get together with out on f town guests.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Unique ambiance

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HM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We took visiting family for dinner. Always wanted to go to this oldest building. Dinner was wonderful. The place is so charming. Do walk around and see it all. We had a great evening.

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DJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful. I love the decor and feel of the tavern! I will definitely go back there.

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RR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and atmosphere.

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the historic setting and the wooden tables with perfect candle-like lighting. Our food was delicious--homemade pasta dishes. The cheese platter was also great. The wait service was excellent. Great dinner.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Ordered the new York strip. It was under seasoned and burnt.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic menu with lots of choices for drinks. The atmosphere was fantastic and really enjoyed the service.

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New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fries were cold-service and staff are lovely

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

My food was delicious (butternut squash ravioli) and our shared appetizer was practically fought over it was so good (grilled asparagus). That said, the service was lackluster. We had 6pm reservations, walked into a nearly empty dining room and were sat against an old covered up fireplace by the kitchen instead of one of the 6 open 2 seater tables with views. We asked to move (when the waitress showed up 5-10mins after we were seated). We were given warm water in dirty glasses. We mentioned it was a birthday but no acknowledgment (not required but it is always appreciated). Overall, I recommend the food and the warm, quiet atmosphere but wouldn’t go here if you prize service. (Also- skip the soda bread that is complimentary - it’s so dry I had trouble swallowing it and had to gulp down my tepid water to avoid gagging).

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently celebrated my husband's 60th birthday with a few out of town friends. My husband is a huge history buff and enjoyed the history of the tavern. We were fortunate on a Sunday afternoon to have live Irish music which added to the celebration. We will definitely return to Frances Tavern and hopefully have an opportunity to visit the museum.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Service was seriously poor. I wanted to order a hamburger and asked if medium was pink or red. The waiter told me he was a vegetarian so he didn’t know. Shouldn’t he still know the food? Ordered medium, came burnt and dry. Yuk. The waiter never checked on the food or to see if we wanted desert. He was totally disinterested in his job.

Skip the Tavern but don’t skip the museum.

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch! Really enjoyed our visit to this most historical building. The price fix brunch was abundant and amazing!

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MC
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Jazz brunch was very good but the service was very very slow, maybe they need more servers.

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JJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unsure of what to expect, we found great food, creative cocktails, and excellent food. Will recommend to others and plan to return to Fraunces Tavern

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MG
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Seating is very open with seating for larger groups in the middle. This elevated the noise level, though being on vacation, we didn’t mind. It was interesting to see people from all over come together in this historic building.

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It was cool to have dinner here because of the history.
We made reservations a couple of months in advance, and we were put in the overflow dinning area (there were 5 of us). We know that because the manager was giving a tour to someone, they stood next to our table and he explained that it was the overflow area. No other customers were back there for our entire dinner. It was a high traffic area for severs, which was annoying. Food was ok, not worth the price. Drinks were incredible.
My family and I were really looking forward to dinner here, but were very disappointed with the experience and food.

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M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I very much enjoyed my birthday dinner at the Fraunces Tavern! The table was ready at the time of the reservation and was right in front of the fireplace. All of the waitstaff were friendly and responsive. The food was excellent!

We arrived a bit early to visit the museum and enjoyed that as well.

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Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool, historical place! Nice place to go and get away from the NY hustle and bustle!

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