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“Go for the Prime Rib Sandwich” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Frog Tavern

The Frog Tavern
1116 S. Harkless Drive, Syracuse, IN
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Ranked #5 of 28 restaurants in Syracuse
Cuisines: American
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Go for the Prime Rib Sandwich”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This is a great, if not a bit quirky, spot. To look at their website, you'd expect that this is just a bar with a bunch of young folks getting trashed! But we found it a pleasant lunch and/or dinner spot with good food and lots of people watching. We ate there twice on vacation. One discovery… do not choose one of the high-top tables near the bar. The bartender waits those tables and we had terrible service. But eating outside, we had quick, attentive service, plus an up-close look at the boats coming and going.

The highlight was definitely their prime rib sandwich. While half expecting a sandwich with thin-sliced beef, we were pleasantly surprised with a thick cut slab of char-broiled prime rib, so big that it was twice the size of the delicious potato roll. And with the add on of sautéed onions and mushrooms, this sandwich was heavenly. Add a side of their awesome potato salad and you won't be disappointed.

Visited July 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Chicago
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Pretty good food, but REALLY slow service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We went to dinner fairly late (~9 PM) on Friday night of this past holiday weekend and while the food was pretty good, service was bad.

Lots of tables were not cleaned off when we went in, and stayed dirty the entire time we were there. We and the tables next to us resorted to moving our dirty plates and empty bottles to unused (and dirty) tables to give ourselves space when more food came. The tables stayed dirty the entire time we were there.

We waited a while before our waitress served us, but getting her to come back was a challenge. Many of us wanted refills on beverages, but that was not to be since she never came back to ask if we wanted more. (And since some of us were drinking cocktails, the restaurant lost out, too.)

The food was pretty tasty and well cooked. It took a while (maybe 20+ minutes) for our appetizers to come. This was well after the main dinner crowd, too. Our main courses came just as we finished the appetizers, which was nice.

Service quality was pretty bad, too, though. One of our party ordered soup and the waitress brought half a cup, saying that was all they had left. It was like getting the dregs of the pot.

At about 10 PM a band started playing (loudly), which made conversations pretty much done for. Do not come here late if you want to talk and socialize over dinner.

The Frog has some good food on a good location right on a lake channel, which is nice as someone else reviewed, but it definitely needs some work, service-wise.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“Dockside Drinks and Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

While we were visiting in North Webster, our relatives recommended The Frog Tavern just north in Syracuse, IN. This casual local haunt clearly has been around for years but is pleasantly maintained. It was quite early for dinner when we arrived and the restaurant and bar were empty. We were seated dockside at round picnic tables and soaked up the water-side atmosphere until our orders arrived. My wife enjoyed a tasty smothered chicken dish and I worked my way through a very large and delicious cob salad. The restaurant is also accessible to lake cruisers by boat.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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