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American, Bar, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This little hometown tavern lives up to its name. Very nice staff and decent atmosphere. A little loud for me but I expected it. I’ve been a few times and it is always good. The formula is working for you. Keep doing what your doing.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 13, 2022

We had a grerat lunch here Saturday. Great tenderloin, fries and service. We wil be back for dinner soon.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 3, 2022 via mobile

Wasn't as big as the small bun, dry and over cooked. Not the Indiana tenderloin I expected. Very disappointing.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 14, 2022

There are always going to be items on a menu that, even for the most tolerant and open-minded Foodie, aren't going to be a successful choice. Thus, a reviewer who said that perhaps their party had ordered the wrong menu items is correct. We've had...some Not Exactly Great meals there, but know now what is good, as well as VERY good. The Friendly Tavern has a variety of food that is straight-up tasty, fresh, and promptly served -- as long as your visit isn't at the times of being packed full and a line out the door. Many people go for burgers, other sandwiches, appetizers, steaks, and salads. Our family has, for a few decades now, favored -- among other choices -- the whitefish sandwich (or dinner), the salad that has a grilled chicken breast, greens, tomato, croutons, slices of cukes, a bit of shredded cheese for those who like cheese on salads, the burgers, the Rueben, the top sirloin with a side salad and some broccoli (w/ house-made creamy horseradish), and our pork chop fan says those are perfectly seasoned and grilled. The wings are SO good when presented piping hot, so we never get those for takeout. Btw, it seems most of their salad dressings are made in-house -- ask about that, as they're tasty. The ranch dressing is made there, and some people nickname it liquid crack. And, one thing a customer can count on >>> If something is off, wrong, not cooked to order, too salty for a particular palette, or just not what you expected, just tell your wait-person. The staff there will do what they can for the customer ... as they should (but we've experienced at OTHER RESTAURANTS employees who will debate you about some issue, even argue ... WHAT are they thinking??!!?). The drinks from the bar are probably the best value in the area -- a week before our most recent lunch at the Friendly we had dinner at a place that, for a straightforward, commonly ordered cocktail, charged double what the same drink cost at this pub. The reviews that mention the noise level on a busy weekend night ... yes, we've experienced that. It's the fault of diners who are loud and get louder with noise competition, and there's no manager there who will walk around and nicely promote lowering one's voice ... they won't do that, because it's just not a friendly thing to do. ... We found our solution, and it seems many others have, too -- We go to the Friendly for 2:30 or 3:00 pm lunches, or a truly early dinner, OR Euro-style (like, get there before 5:00 pm OR after 9:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays). It used to be that the place wasn't anywhere near full during those times. But in the past several years of keeping those hours for our visits, it's often more than 70% full. And, if craving some Friendly item or dish at 6:00 pm, we call in an order for takeout. Btw, the reason there can't be kids there is due to state law ... (and anybody who said the mgmt was AGAINST KIDS should have, I believe, ASKED them) ... Anyway, if the way to the restrooms goes through a bar, with children legally not able to be in a bar, then ... sorry, but the law says Nobody Under 21 ... although I think age 18 to 20 are allowed to visit if accompanied by a parent. Not sure about this ... ASK if the issue applies to you. We haven't asked about that since our kids were little. They aren't anymore, and when visiting the ol' home area, they go to The Friendly Tavern for a cold beer on tap, a whitefish sandwich or a burger, and an apple dumpling a la mode ... and they're happy, because they know what to order.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed November 13, 2021

Perhaps we ordered the wrong menu items.....both of us were not happy with our food. I had the beef nachos.....very light on meat and cheese. My wife ordered the chef salad....meat limited and lots of cucumbers...not a normal chef's salad. Understandably their prices are up,...but the quality is not what it should be. Further....they recommend tip amounts on the invoice....they ignore the traditional 15% AND their figures include a tip on the amount of the tax. THIS IS NOT RIGHT...not good business.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed June 29, 2021

A Monday evening special....very tasty. Only problem we have with the Friendly is their tipping suggestions on the bill....no consideration for the traditional 15% and each choice was figured on the total bill that includes taxes.....We do not condone this business practice.....poor practice, devious.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 18, 2021

Located on Main Street in Zionsville. Parking on the street in front, in the lot on the south side, or lot across the street. Nice list of libations. Good choices of appetizers. Salad good; 1000 Island dressing very good. Nice selection of main dishes, sandwiches...and burgers. The bacon cheese burger was excellent as were the fried chicken and the fried shrimp. The chili was delicious and fries were pretty good. But this is about the noisiest restaurant I can remember. It is on 2 levels and we were in the upper. Had to shout to speak to our friends. Had a headache by the time we left. We were there on a Saturday night so might do better on the lower level on a week night when it isn't packed.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 2, 2021 via mobile

Great local spot with some delicious food. We had the breaded tenderloin which was definitely homemade and handed breaded with a nice thickness. The prime rib hoagie and chili was also excellent

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed January 30, 2021 via mobile

The locals must be hanging on to a legacy or some memory because we have gone twice in the last month hoping to find the secret joy. Our tenderloins were..well deep fried like anywhere else, a bit chewy and bun was from the grocery store....The burgers don't bother. Go to Rush on Main for a better tavern burger or Noah's for a great upscale. Both only a block away. The soups were ok. The salads not fresh and heavy greens challenged. It felt like the food suppliers were Walmart. I'd just don't get the rave about this place.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed December 29, 2020

The decor aside ( dated, old), this is our area's best (not for children though) restaurant. The food is very well-priced, consisistenly great, and the service is with a smile. They care about everyone they serve.

Date of visit: December 2020
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The bar area is on the ground floor and there is additional seating "upstairs" on an open, elevated area. You may have trouble getting into the door, though, because the space between the outside door and the inside door... More
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Yes, The Friendly Tavern offers takeout services.

The Friendly Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4