Tavern at GrayBarns

4.6
474 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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The Tavern at GrayBarns includes a bar and terrace overlooking the Silvermine River and Guthrie Pond, a rustic-beamed dining room with a dramatic stone fireplace, a private dining room, and an intimate library for a relaxing after dinner cocktail. The Tavern menu is comprised of large and small plates of elegant comfort food drawing on seasonal ingredients and featuring local purveyors.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Wed–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon, Tue 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Phone number
(203) 580-1900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ben Freemole
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Cross street
River Road
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Complimentary valet is available at the front of the Tavern entrance.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food. All other parts good but not anything amazing or outstanding. Service sent but drinks took 20min and over all "OK" experience

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for my 82nd year old dad. The restaurant remembered that I had written a note in the reservation that he was celebrating a birthday . They brought a Prosecco toast and a dessert with a candle. I was impressed they read the reservation note and made the experience so nice !!

OT
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints !

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HH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The arugula salad was so gorgeous and sumptuous and so enormous that I thought it would be impossible to finish. But it was so good that we couldn’t put our forks down. Our server was so accommodating and pleasant that I can’t say enough nice things about him. All in all: a delightful experience on a beautiful day with a lovely water view.

m
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and kind, unobtrusive service.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. Helpful waiter to guide the choices

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We reserved dining room seating and we sat in the bar. When we requested to move we were treated rudely and made to wait to see what could be done. They finally “ found” a table.

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

The entire staff is so welcoming and pleasant, from the valet to the hostess to the wait staff. Brian, our waiter could not have been nicer! Food was superb, a lovely evening!

DG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The scallops were delicious. However, the Crispy Artichokes were tough and a little over cooked.

LS
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I visited the place with my wife to commemorate our anniversary. Food and service were very good. Just didn't like the small space between the tables. The noise level can be annoying at times. If the guests on the table next to you happen to speak loudly it can become difficult to have a conversation.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great attentive knowledgeable service, terrific food, beautiful atmosphere
Always a lovely experience! Thank you!

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This is the third time we’ve been here (one lunch, two dinners), and it’s the third time that it’s taken 30+ minutes between the clearing of our first course and the serving of our second course. The restaurant was only half to maybe 3/4 full, so it was not a situation of the kitchen being overwhelmed. We were told there was a kitchen fire while we were there, which they blamed the 30+ minute wait on this time, but we knew better from our previous wait times (as an aside, kitchen fires usually happen when something is left unattended or dirty, so I’m not sure they should be telling diners that’s the reason their service was delayed, IMO...). Finally, one of the most popular dishes on the menu is fried green tomatoes, and when we went this time, we were informed they were out of them. It’s summertime (tomato season), a specialty of theirs, and a fruit... We were there for an early dinner on a weekend night. Seems like mismanagement that they’d be “out” of that dish. The place is a solid restaurant close to our home, and we’d like to continue patronizing it, but for the prices they charge, they need to start addressing some of these issues. We’ll give it one more shot before relegating it to our “no” list...

SE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Disappointed with 'terrace'. It felt like you were sitting on the side of a house. Much less ambiance on the outside terrace than of the original Silvermine.

C
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This historic property and the area surrounding it are beautiful. The restaurant is classy and contemporary. The food is creative and delicious. The service is spot on. This place has great atmosphere and the staff makes it a memorable experience every time.

PJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch on the deck which had recently opened, It was a Saturday and quiet, but a beautiful day.
We really enjoyed the excellent food and the beautiful setting.

OT
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of the top experiences. Ambiance and setting second to none, service and food spectacular, fabulous cocktails.

MP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere, bar was deafening due to a party of 10 and low wood ceiling. All food was delicious with the exception of the halibut which was very over cooked, hard and chewy. 2 in our party left the majority on our plates and were never asked about it.
Servers were extremely nice but sporadic. The Valet pulled the car up to spot which had a large puddle , ran back to the front door, and the driver had to leap over the puddle to get into the car.
We will be back but hope these comments are considered.
The design details were impeccable but service and small details count as well.

MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son home from college

JO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid..William makes a Great Irish Coffee

RR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding. A gem! Halibut was superb, we went 2x in the same week... and may go again. The sides and extras are wonderful, wines by class perfect. Dessert list brief, but tasty.

JF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern is a fantastic casual/elegant restaurant with lots of light and great food. It will put a smile on your face for the thoughtful architectural touches and the innovative food. Presentations are lovely but not too lovely; not too self-conscious of their style. This is a great place for a special lunch or dinner. It is not inexpensive, but it is worth it.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was our second visit this year. The food is amazing, the cocktails are creative and tasty, and we love the ambience. Tonight, the service, while friendly, it was a bit off. It would have been better if the server suggested ordering vegetables for the t-bone. Also I was finished with my cocktail when the entree arrived. We had to chase her down for a glass of wine. Waiting for the vegetables and wine, the steak got cold. Disappointing that timing of the perfect meal was completely off track. We plan to return but now know that we may need to more proactive about the service.

MF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

this place is one of the very best in Fairfield county - so go

b
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers day

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about our actual dining experience (server was great, food delish and ambiance was lovely)! The only thing negative we had to say was the the hostess was curt and rude when we walked in.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the only reason I gave it one less star is we had an artichoke appetizer that was a little tough and we also had the creme brûlée for dessert and it was little too warm. The other items we ordered absolutely made up for it.

C
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Tavern is in a lovely setting overlooking gardens and a bubbling fountain. The dining space has been totally redone by new owners from its former incarnation. Everything is crisp whites, gray walls and natural woods. It is quite attractive and immaculate. The staff was very helpful and attentive. The lunch pricing was excellent in comparison to comparable establishments in other parts of Connecticut.

There were eight in our party, yet five of us ordered the same dish (lobster club sandwich), two ordered another dish and one ordered something different. We all thoroughly enjoyed our dishes, but I question whether there should be additional lunch entree options since the majority of us gravitated to the same dish. I will definitely return to try the dinner menu as well. The experience was very pleasing overall.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious. Cocktails were great. The restaurant is beautiful. The only complaint I have is that there was a very, very loud group seated nearby. However, It would not deter me from going back.

GS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambience, service but food absolutely delicious!

JP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has such a gorgeous atmosphere! Not only that, but the food was sublime. I went for a special occasion but I'd like it to be an everyday dining thing :)

TS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely New England restaurant overlooking the meandering Silvermine River. Restaurant interior is all wood and has a comfortable feel. Food is excellent...prices are high though.

PV
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place! Fascinating and charming. When ordering, stick with the things you can visualize and understand. Great food with a very nice presentation, but some entrees need a little work to achieve acceptability to all pallets. The menu is not as loaded as most restaurants, but the offerings are from a talented chef and kitchen staff.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, beautiful decor, great food and service

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy to report that the food and service were quite good, the setting tranquil overlooking the pond.

E
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Terrific Appetizer of Fried Green Tomatoes with Smoked Trout. Delicious scallops.
Nice wine list.
Very beautiful place. A Special occasion restaurant for sure.
I had a slight problem with my entree and they took care of it immediately.

KP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The fried artichoke appetizer was delicious.

KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. Service and food.

MH
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

A couple of dishes were a bit salty. The waiter was phenomenal!

a
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to GrayBarns. It was an extremely busy evening. The bar drink menu was innovative and fresh. The drinks did not disappoint. Once seated, the magic begins. Our appetizers and entrees were spectacular. Service was attentive . The Duck à l’Orange is probably the best I have ever had. The ambiance is pleasant. Everything was timed perfectly. The after dinner drinks were also terrific, notably, Strange Brew.

NC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Beautiful interior but poor service. My son ordered American cheese on his burger, wait staff failed to mention that is not an option. When the burger came, theyvtold him to remove the cheddarvthat he didn’t order! Father-in law ordered his burger with fries and it came with a salad. They promised fries, which never came, and then charged us anyway. Very disappointing.

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