Tavern at GrayBarns

4.6
476 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

About

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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4.6based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.7
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4.0
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Reviewed on September 16, 2019
Overall2foodserviceambience

Went for brunch and waited 40 minutes for "our" table despite other tables being available and the hostess lying about it. Once seated, the wait for someone to give us menus and then serve us was too long considering not being crowded. Food is average with very small portions, but very expensive...$23 for two small pieces of toast with a litte crab salad on top? Nice looking room especially during the day but poor service and expensive small portions of average food certainly does not have me coming back anytime soon...suggest you avoid it as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints !

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HopeH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipmtraub
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always excellent food and kind, unobtrusive service.

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luluz
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Helpful waiter to guide the choices

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipDavidG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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LuizS
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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cookwholikes2eatout
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMiamichica
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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...

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vipSusanE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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Celesteb
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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PJ21
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMPizzle
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

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.

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MARGARETP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son home from college

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JohnO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid..William makes a Great Irish Coffee

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vipRobR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipJosephF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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MarkF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipbarryr
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers day

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mrm06820
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and creative well-made cocktails. My only gripe is the wine is not stored at the proper temperature. This is still our favorite in the area.

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silvial
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipCherp
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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GailS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambience, service but food absolutely delicious!

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vipJPNYC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

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vipTimothyS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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PeterV
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, beautiful decor, great food and service

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Myerbong
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipElsie
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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KimP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The fried artichoke appetizer was delicious.

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KristenB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. Service and food.

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MarcieH
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

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Tavern at GrayBarns is rated 4.6 stars by 476 OpenTable diners.