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1400 S 5th Ave, Lebanon, PA 17042-7901
717-272-1996
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Hours:
Mon 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 1:30 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 1:30 am
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Good Food

Franz Tavern is a hole in the wall. The entire inside is in major need of updating, but that's part of it's charm. The food is good and their homemade balsamic vinaigrette is excellent. It's mostly pub fare, and those are the best selections on the menu. The fish entrees are just ok. Go for a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2014
Julie S
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Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States
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Lady Lake, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This small but lively Tavern sits in a quiet countryside of Central, Pennsylvania, passed by horses and buggies of the Amish and Mennonites. The place is relatively small, but locals know it is a fun place where many bar games take place and the food is very good. They have crab cakes to die for and their menu in general... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We are in town visiting relatives who live just down the street, and they took us there on Friday night. We were seated fairly quickly but the waitress seemed disinterested, she left the menus but didn't come back for another 20 minutes. We all ordered something different. I had a cheesesteak and fries which was pretty good and ice tea... More 

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Franz Tavern is a hole in the wall. The entire inside is in major need of updating, but that's part of it's charm. The food is good and their homemade balsamic vinaigrette is excellent. It's mostly pub fare, and those are the best selections on the menu. The fish entrees are just ok. Go for a burger or crabcake sandwich... More 

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews 70 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Good crab cakes, decent fries. Others had haddock dinner and fish and chips. Good, but no cole slaw? Hmmm. The surprise credit card service charge tacked onto every meal will keep us from returning. Disappointing...

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Our waitress had to be asked 3 times to get us water. She blamed the bartender for her inattention. Apparently, it never dawned on her that as our waitress she should ask again or go get it herself. The salads that come with entrees were never brought out. Furthermore, my husband's entrée was never even submitted to the kitchen. Her... More 

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orlando
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97 reviews 97 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

The food is very good here. There are not alot of tables, so get there early, or call ahead and make a reservation. Nothing fancy as far as atmosphere but it doesn't matter. You can order REAL comfort food like the "lunch lady special" or something unexpected like fried green tomatoes or the best (in my opinion) Manhatten clam chowder.... More 

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This is a very friendly local tavern with unexpectedly great food! Amazing what these people can do in this small location! Generous servings, varied selections and most homemade by the chef/owner graduate of Johnson & Wales! Specials change on a whim, it's always a treat to see what's cooking here!

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Lebanon, PA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you are going to this restaurant, it is for one of 2 reasons: 1. You live locally and don't feel like cooking 2. You got lost and are starving I was in group #1. Franz's is located on an unlikely road down a neighborhood drive. It is very close to my house, and we have been here a few... More 

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

If you like trivia, friends, and the best crab cakes in town, this is the place for you! Reservations help, as this restaurant is a favorite of locals! Atmosphere is very....old?...retro?...mixed bag? but the food makes up for that! Can be a challenge to get a parking space, so car pool!

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Lebanon, Pa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

But, WAY TOO MUCH OF IT, I don't want a take home box...I'll pay the price, eat a decent serving and leave happy...Fun time, good service, good atmosphere but way too much food for most people.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1400 S 5th Ave, Lebanon, PA 17042-7901
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Lebanon
  • Phone Number: 717-272-1996

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Monday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 1:30 am
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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