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Alice's Restaurant
Alice's Restaurant
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Alice's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alicesrestaurantnj.com
  • Phone: (973) 663-9600
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Lunch: Friday 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Dinner: Wednesday through Saturday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm Sunday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: David Drake
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Alice's Restaurant
"Great food, comfortable drink" is the mission, but at Alice’s, it's about much more than that. With a broad deck that overlooks the main stretch of Lake Hopatcong, fresh produce from nearby Halsey Island, and a naturally simple (but rustic) decor, Alice's is a place that celebrates lake living and good company.

Lake Hopatcong resident Alice Szigethy opened Alice's in June 2009 to expand the selection of lake destinations. In this reinvention of a building that had been a series of eateries over several decades, the space features vaulted ceilings, reclaimed-barn-wood walls, comfy booths, and a full bar that extends from the airy interior to the breezy deck. A mahogany seating bar runs the length of the deck so guests can sit and enjoy a clear panorama of the water, and an austere metal awning gives outdoor diners a shady place to enjoy the view, the breeze-and, of course, the food.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was a fabulous restaurant for a relaxing sunset dinner. The view looking west on Lake Hopatcong can't be beat! The food is very good to excellent - the salmon was done perfectly - crisp on the outside but juicy on the inside. The pasta course was flavorful but overcooked. When the inside is full the noise level is moderate but you don't get the beautiful view. If the outside deck is available it's the best place to dine. Service is spot on - much better than it used to be. We will go back."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "great food, service, ambience and wonderful view of lake, causal with an up market feel. Very quick service, pleasant staff. I had the orechetta pasta topped off with grilled salmon- it was excellent."
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "It's cozy, it's on the lake, the sunsets are beautiful, the drinks are fantastic, the price is moderate....most importantly the food is wonderfully prepared, looks great plates and tastes amazing. You could have gotten 5 stars overall if there was air conditioning.....we just about melted when we were there."
    Dined on 7/18/2013
  • "I was very disappointed in the crab cake sandwich. It was dry and not "chockfull" of crabmeat, as I expected it to be. I have eaten here several times and the entrees have always been very good. The wait service was not very attentive. Don't know what the problem is? Over all a very big disappointment"
    Dined on 7/18/2013
  • "Not sure how easy it would be to find Alice's without GPS, but sure glad we had it and found this place. It was a very warm day and my buddy and I looked forward to a nice place by the water to enjoy dinner on a Monday night while on business. We definitely found it at Alice's. Great service and very good food. We sat on the deck looking out over the lake. It was still pretty warm there, but some cool drinks helped with that. The meal was relaxed to the point where our bill didn't come until our server was sure we didn't want anything else. Nice touch. If you are in northern NJ and in nice weather (or not so nice - the dining room looked very nice,too), please try Alice's"
    Dined on 7/15/2013
  • "Delicious food with fresh ingredients are enjoyed with a nice view."
    Dined on 7/10/2013
  • "If you want to relax and enjoy a constant changing view of the lake, go to Alices. They just opened a mini golf area down by the water with an elegant walkway from the restaurant. So teens can eat then go play golf. My dinner was the scallops with rice and it was wonderful. My husband had the risotto with fresh vegetables and cheddar and parma, I could not get over how long it remained hot in the bowl. I almost ordered that dish but was glad I could grab a few bites, just delicious. My advice, bring sunglasses, you are going to need them if you are there early, they have awnings to shade you but the sun off the water can sometimes be very bright though the glare goes down eventually. Drinks pricey but where else can you enjoy such a view?"
    Dined on 7/10/2013
  • "We had the salmon and it was excellent. I definitely recommend going there and trying it. Definitely make reservations, Alice's is a busy place and we were there on a Thursday night. Their docks are very nice, and there is miniature golf if you're interested after your meal."
    Dined on 6/20/2013
  • "We always have a great experience. The staff is friendly and welcoming. We frequently recommend this restaurant to friends and family."
    Dined on 5/10/2013
  • "I saw Alice's on OpenTable and decided to give it a try. I'm glad we did. The food and service was great and the view of the lake at sunset was beautiful. We enjoyed ourselves so much, we plan to be back soon."
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "Let's keep it simple: Surprisingly good food, friendly service, cheesy decor, amazing view. Makes you feel like you are hundreds of miles from the city and burbs when in fact you are only a 20 minute drive. No better place to have a lake-view dinner."
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "It is a 60 mile round trip to get there and it is always worth it. Great comfort food in the winter, great views, outdoor dining, and wonderful food in the summer. I had striped bass on this visit and it was outstanding. French onion soup was rich and wonderful for a cold winter night. Our other dish was risotto with grilled shrimp outstanding. They also have some of the best ice cream you will ever have."
    Dined on 3/22/2013
  • "My wife an I have visited Alices several times, it is our special occation spot. The food is always well prepared, a nice wine list, and the service is always professional and friendly. We prefer a quieter setting so when it's just us two we try for a later reservation. The menu is limited and somewhat pricey which prevents us from frquenting more often. A great spot to take a date"
    Dined on 3/16/2013
  • "I had the organic chicken and it was very good. It was served with garlic polenta to die for it was delicious. Had calamari that was excellent . My partner had the skirt steak very good. The only thing that was not so good was the dandelion side dish and it also came with my meal . It was too chewy . You could chew it for a hour and it was tough. I don't know if they chopped it that would help., I wouldn't order that again. Otherwise everything was excellent and I would go back for sure."
    Dined on 3/16/2013
  • "1st time. Staff very attentive. Comfortable inside and out with beautiful lake view. My bass fish special was overpriced. Came with a bean like salad and strange sauce that did not compliment the fish which was dry and bland. All in all enjoyed the rest of the food and appreciated the choice of sparking and fresh water. I would go back to sample the other menu items."
    Dined on 7/4/2012
  • "enjoyed our 30th wedding anniversary dining and looking out over the lake at this lovely restaurant.ambiance was lovely ,staff attentive and the the food was delicious.make sure to make a reservation and ask for the ledge."
    Dined on 7/2/2012
  • "Food was very good though a bit pricey for what w ordered"
    Dined on 7/2/2012
  • "As always we had a great time at Alice's, with one exception. We attempted to add our daughter to our table, on 06/16. We were told there was no seating available. We had to advise our daughter that she couldn't be with Dad on Father's Day. This created very bad family dynamics. When we arrived at Alice's @ 12:15 p.m., there was plenty of seating available, a number of open tables, which remained open at the time we departed. This was quite upsetting to our family.As always, the food was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/17/2012
  • "I made a reservation requesting an outside table, which there were plenty of yet they seated us in the doorway. I wasn't happy with our table. You need to make sure you are specific with the hostess when stating what you want. The burger was bland and tasteless and the ceasar salad had too much lemon in it. The bbq was tasty."
    Dined on 6/17/2012
  • "We have loved Alice's ever since we first discovered it and we're so happy to see so many other people enjoying it too. The food is good, very good, but it's the overall ambiance, and the great views over the water, plus top notch service that really keep us coming back again and again. You feel like you've really been on a "break", yet it's close to home."
    Dined on 5/31/2012
  • "We celebrated a 40th birthday on our visit to Alice's. It was a lovely meal, with spectacular ambiance. However, I must admit, two of our guests felt that the portion sizes were a bit small. They felt the portions were more appropriate for women than men."
    Dined on 5/30/2012
  • "Outstanding - once again! The food is always fresh and creative. The service was excellent. The porch and the view of the lake are spectacular."
    Dined on 5/12/2012
  • "Food was great as usual, really love the apple crisp for dessert. We were disappointed with our waitress. It took forever to come to our table, barely stopped by, never brought the bread before our meal, and then handed us the bill while we were enjoying our dessert. Wish we had gotten one of the other wait staff, since all the others looked like they were on the ball..."
    Dined on 4/28/2012
  • "This was our fourth dining experience at Alice's and, as usual, it was a wonderful one. The food was OUTSTANDING and we truly enjoyed ourselves!"
    Dined on 4/28/2012
  • "What a wonderful addition to Lake Hopatcong! The ambience, service, and food are all great. Everything is done right. The 2 complimentary bottles of water, one sparkling, one flat, in cool blue and clear bottles is a nice extra. Fresh flowers on the table, beautiful views of the lake and cool vibe make this an excellent choice for a good night out. I have been to Alice's at least 4 times, and can't wait to return. Might buy a t- shirt with the cool logo next time..."
    Dined on 4/14/2012
  • "everything was great except for the food. Hate give poor reviews but c'mon. Maybe great for a cocktail."
    Dined on 4/6/2012
  • "Very very nice place. Outstanding view, very good food. Service could use a tweak. But nothing that changes my recommendation as a place to have a very nice meal with friends or family."
    Dined on 4/5/2012
  • "Fun restaurant on Lake Hopatcong, nice atmosphere, very friendly service and nice menu choice ranging from burgers to fish of the day- good prices., We will definitely go back. Would be fun in the summertime! Easy to get to!!"
    Dined on 3/31/2012
  • "A lovely view, great service, yummy food, nice ambiance, a hidden gem for special occasions of all kinds from birthdays to Ladies Nights! We are Alice's biggest fans! :)"
    Dined on 3/30/2012
  • "This was my friend's birthday lunch, and we were fortunate to have a comfortable booth. No-one rushed us. The food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 3/25/2012
  • "The service and food at Alice's Restaurant couldn't be better. I was excited by the menu options and everything was cooked perfectly, I contemplated to my girlfriend that I was thinking of ordering everything on the soup and salad selection as I couldn't decide. Once our entrees arrived they were perfectly cooked and well timed after our appetizers."
    Dined on 3/24/2012
  • "Good, down-to-earth food - old favorites like ribs, meatloaf, pulled pork, burgers, as well as up-scale items and specials. Also a long list of dessert; the two we had were delicious. Bottles of still and sparkling water are provided to the tables. Great practice! Lots of choices for wine by the glass as well as special martinis. Service was efficient and friendly. Sound travels in the main restaurant, so if there is a large group dining, you won't be able to have an easy conversation except while the group is eating. The porch is quieter and has great heaters to keep warm in winter. We had an Open Table gift card to use and unfortunately found out that they couldn't take it because it was issued by Amex and they don't take Amex!"
    Dined on 2/25/2012
  • "The food was under-seasoned. I had the calamari appetizer and it had no flavor because the calamari and the coating were not seasoned with any salt. Disappointing. Could have been really good. Not a gourmet place but good for a average meal. Not too expensive either."
    Dined on 2/18/2012
  • "Love this restaurant---I've only been here during the winter months, but I look forward to dining outside when the weather warms up. The food is fresh and delicious, the selection is creative and diverse and the ambiance is warm and inviting. Hostess and servers were all friendly and professional. Alice's Restaurant is the perfect blend of urban sophistication and rustic casual. I look forward to my next dining experience here!"
    Dined on 2/12/2012
  • "It would be great if items on the menu could be marked as Gluten Free (if they are)."
    Dined on 2/11/2012
  • "We had a lovely romantic dinner. Staff was knowledgeable and curteous, did not rush us and the food was very good. This was february, probably very differnet during the summer months."
    Dined on 2/3/2012
  • "Everything was good, except I was a little disappointed since it was my birthday and I requested a booth thru opentable comments on the reservation. When we arrived, there were empty booths available, but we got seated at a tiny table by the bar. Eventually people walked in and they got to sit at the booths...."
    Dined on 1/28/2012
  • "First time out with baby since our son was born. Alice's Restaurant is beautiful with a great staff and delightful menu. The specials made it even harder to choose what to order! We enjoyed the entire evening. We will be back and cannot wait for it to be spring/summer to enjoy outdoor dining on the lake."
    Dined on 1/27/2012
  • "We love Alice's Restaurant - if you are on the fence on Alice's or another restaurant - Go to Alice's!"
    Dined on 1/14/2012
  • "I can imagine that during the Summer Alice's is packed and probably someplace I'd avoid. However, in the off-season it's a wonderful, quiet spot with VERY good food and a great view of the lake."
    Dined on 1/8/2012