The Fox & Falcon

4.2
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$30 and under
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American
Located in the heart of South Orange resides The Fox & Falcon, the latest project of renowned restaurateur and South Orange resident David Massoni, featuring elevated American cuisine and artisanal cocktails in an inviting and open atmosphere.

The Fox & Falcon serves up a clean, modern menu featuring familiar dishes, each anchored by in-season, locally-sourced ingredients, that shine under the tutelage of executive chef Matt Ruzga’s execution.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.2
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4.4
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3.9
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, and service was on point will eat here again

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is very nice. It is a larger place but feels intimate. Staff was very friendly. The food was outstanding we had the minestrone soup, Cesar salad, salmon, hangar steak and finally the apple cast iron pan dessert. The drinks were on point. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fun night with band playing after dinner

d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a great space with great service.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing! Food was great! Service was excellent!!

SD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Enjoyed dinner here. Food was pretty good but wouldn’t get my entree again (duck confit salad). Was way too loud in the main dining area - we were yelling to hear each other bc of a noisy bar crowd. Would recommend either eating earlier or to request the front seating away from bar. Would come back.

c
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience1

We were seated at the correct time at a very noisy part of the restaurant. We asked if there was a better option and was told that downstairs is better and they would check into it. No one got back to us and we ordered. The noise level was too loud for us to converse without shouting. There is no nosie absorbtion in the décor. The menu was quite limited and the food was mediocre. I had been to this restaurant before, but realized that I had come during the week. I did not remember the menu as being so small.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

It took over 2 and a half hours and we were waiting for almost 2 of those on the kitchen... need I say more?

WC
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good meal but service very slow

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On Valentine’s night the restaurant was full, but tables
well spaced and noice level fine. Food and service was excellent. Our best experience yet at this restaurant.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Fox and Falcon for Valentines celebration. They set up a special Pre Fix Four Course Menu as well as offering Wine Paring. Experience was amazing and over the top. We were seated immediately. Nixon our server was extremely friendly, engaging and efficient. Each course had two selections, entrée had 3 choices, we selected one of each choice and shared them. This added to an truly amazing experience. Food was exceptionally delicious, the four wine parings were excellent. Scott gave some great explanation on the wine. Dave the owner checked on us to make sure all was good. Three piece jazz band played up front with music being piped through the restaurant. We ended the night with another drink at the bar listening to jazz. A very romantic experience. Highly recommend this restaurant.

AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to The Fox and falcon for valentines night. The restaurant is beautiful, the atmosphere was superb, and the food was out of this world. We also had excellent service. I don’t have much in the way of anything negative to say. We will definitely be back to check out their regular menu. Excellent evening, excellent food, excellent time.

a
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience3

The service and appetizers were good: our server Shannon was efficient and friendly; and the Cesar salad and crispy fried fennel were both good.

But we will never go back. The noise level at 5:45 on a weekend night meant we had to shout across our two top to be heard; I can’t imagine what it’s like at the regular dinner hour. Both pastas were dry and undersauced; and the dulce de leche cake was dry and lacking in any of the flavors one counts on fr that dessert.

This is the third time we’ve tried this place. Three strikes folks, you’re out.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing family dinner tonight! Full disclosure, we eat here a lot and have never been disappointed. The service from when we walk in to when we walk out is always warm and welcoming. Definitely a local/neighborhood spot feeling. The staff clearly spent a lot of time on the menu, drinks, and wine selection - and the execution matches that. Loving the new chef and seasonally changing menu.

Side bar. The space is massive and they do a great job accommodating kids but also date-nights and late-nights (I’ve done them all). Hard to create that feeling under one room but that’ve managed to do it!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Took almost two hours to get our meal.

PS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new place!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Bar drinks and food are great. The service is generally good but they never seem to have enough staff so dinner can get long with lots of waiting.

m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good menu, though limited. The drinks and services was amazing. I would definitely recommend.

V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice meal, not terrific. Pleasant service except man at entry desk never once greeted us with a welcome nor any other words, nor did he smile even a little. Not a good feeling for newcomers. Balanced by friendlier wait staff.

PF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place any day of the week, lunch cocktails and dinner.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner from start to finish. Make sure to start with the Fried Fennel appetizer. Steak, chicken, pasta - all excellent main courses.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food took a ridiculously long time, but the band that played that night was awesome!

L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I'd heard a lot about the Fox and Falcon and looked forward to our visit. We arrived at 6pm on a cold Sunday night and the place was very quiet. I asked for a nice warm table away from the door and was told by an unwelcoming host that "all our tables are warm." Not really a good start. The table service throughout the evening, however, was excellent.

The menu is small, which is always a good sign, but largely unoriginal. And the majority of offerings, we discovered, are largely pub-style (burger, roast chicken, steak, three pastas and a salad) BUT at reasonably expensive restaurant prices for the area. Wine comes by the small carafe at about $17 a time. Our party of four shared two appetizers, ordered a variety of entrees and we shared one huge apple pie and ice cream dessert. Three of us had a carafe of wine. My hanger steak and potatoes (no accompanying veggies, which cost extra) was fine but unspectacular at $34. The total bill was $65-70 a head. By no means cheap for a pub ambiance (lots of TV sets at the bar, albeit off in the distance) and standard menu.

The British have developed gastro-pubs, an upbeat version of the traditional pub. Fox and Falcon seems to have modeled itself on this style. Still, its a lot to pay in NJ for that kind of food and ambiance. I'd certainly return for a drink and maybe brunch. But the value isn't there if the menu remains as unadventurous while the prices remain as steep.

DS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Our dinner for 4 was a mixed experience. We were seated in a booth at 6:15, relatively early, and our waitress was attentive at the start. We had 4 good entrees--fish, chicken, and pasta. And 4 sides, of which two were very good and two were pretty good. Our drinks were fine.

We ordered around 6:30 and got our main courses after just 1 salad appetizer at 7:00. Seemed like a while for a light crowd. We then wanted to order coffee and the fun began. "No decaf" we were told. Huh? Then we got a coffee and a tea, and the coffee was lukewarm and bottom of the carafe. We asked for warmer coffee and literally got a small holder, 1/3 full, with more bottom of the carafe. And no new cup. Then they said they might be brewing some decaf.

Dessert (chocolate something) was essentially crackers and syrup. Blech.

The waitress thru all this was exasperated and making excuses.

So I would say that no one was making coffee, the kitchen must have been chaos, and the basic menu is solid when they can execute it. For the price we paid (with just one glass of beer) of $250 with tip, this meal started off strong and finished real weak. And tepid...

KP
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. We got recommendations for cocktails that were both excellent.

JL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried fennel is one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted! The cauliflower entree was amazing. Excellent service. A must go to restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our server seemed to want to turn tables, wanting us to order quickly. Didn’t seem that busy. Other than that we really enjoyed our evening. Other servers that came by were very nice. Everyone enjoyed their dinner, loved the short rib with horse radish sauce. Dulce de Leche dessert was a bit dry.

QB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome environment! Friendly, smile bearing staff! Cool patrons all creating a great night out!! Menu items are limited. They didn’t have Mac and cheese that night, however the food was gooooood!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Food and atmosphere were good. The service was abysmal. We were seated on time for our reservation at 7:30. Our dinners took an hour and a half to arrive. We were not served our meals until 9:15. No staff member apologized to us, nor did they even bring us a basket of bread to tie us over until our food arrived. They completely ignored us. On our way out, we asked the manager why it took so long. He told us a food critic cane in at the same time as us and the staff tended to the critic’s table and we were pushed back for that reason. No apology from the manager, no coupon for a discount or free meal on our next visit. I have never been treated so poorly by a restaurant in this circumstance ever.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

$18 for the cheapest glass of wine

Pretty much ridiculous

m
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The service was excellent, but the noise level started at loud and proceeded to deafening! One of our group had puttanesca and wouldn't eat it - thought it was terrible. The rest had chicken and it was OK but too salty. Started with fried fennel which could have been great but also too salty.

BD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great addition to the town dining scene. Locals will love it and those out of town will make it a destination spot. New chef has kicked up the menu a notch with the addition of blistered shishito peppers and a Barrell cut hanger steak

DJ
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to Fox and the Falcon specifically to see the jazz group performing, but looking forward to experiencing the food as well. We ordered a side of Brussels sprouts as an appetizer, the salmon, and a pasta dish. Everything was very good and prepared as described and ordered. My personally feeling was that the price point was a bit high for the dining experience, hence the low value score. Other than that there were no complaints and with the entertainment, which was excellent, I would give it a 4 star value rating.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food took forever to come out.

T
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The staff could not be nicer, but the restaurant is just okay. The menu is good, but the food was eh. We ordered the grilled brussel sprouts, which came out very hard. We shared the cauliflower steak, salad nicoise and branzino. The cauliflower didn't have much flavor, the seared tuna on the niciose was delicious, but was served with a caesar-like dressing and the fish was okay. We wanted to like this restaurant as it was recommended to us. I don't feel we can do the same. Sorry.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was awful. Slow, had to ask for things 3-4 times, Food orders messed up twice. Really disappointing!

AS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, pleasant atmosphere, but this place is a bit overpriced for what it is.

J
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food stood out among restaurants. Very special and fresh so we felt comfortable spending a little more. But just loved the atmosphere. Beautiful space. Loved it!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Steak was outstanding. A bit pricey but so close to SOPAC and cozy place.

PH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service and food before going to show at SOPAC