Bernards Inn
Bernards Inn

Bernards Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bernardsinn.com/
  • Phone: 9087660002
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Breakfast: Mon - Fri 6:30am - 10:00am, Sat 8:00am-11:00am Sunday A La Carte Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm. Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm. Dinner: Friday, Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm. Dinner: Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Corey W. Heyer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Offsite catering department.
  • Private Party Facilities: Three intimate private rooms with 160 person capacity along with a ballroom with 175 person capacity.
  • Private Party Contact: Diane Carr 8776775343
  • Entertainment: Live Piano Music Tuesday through Saturday evenings. Special Events Sunday February 12-10:00am-2:00pm Valentine's Brunch-$39.85 adults- $14.95 children 5-12-under 5 no charge. Special holiday treat tables for children will feature make-your-own Valentine's cookies, cupcakes and more. Family Valentine's photos will also be provided. Enjoy made to order omelets, heart shaped pancakes and french toast with toppings, salads, pastas, carving station, fresh fruit and pastries and more. Reservations are now being accepted.
  • Special Events: Yappy Hour-Mondays during the summer on the Terrace. Bring your dog for special treats and 1/2 price first drink for you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 202 & Quimby Lane
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit Train to Bernardsville, Peapack Line, station is across the street.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Two private lots along side the building and valet on Saturday nights.
A word from Bernards Inn
Two magnificent dining rooms and a warm clubby bar with Jazz Pianists are apt settings for the outstanding American cuisine of Chef Corey Heyer. The impressive wine cellar with selections from all over the world encompasses over 1,500 different labels. A six course tasting menu is available with or without wine pairings.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Bernards Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (74)romantic (60)fit for foodies (52)notable wine list (48)neighborhood gem (38)great for brunch (26)great for outdoor dining (26)great for lunch (16)vibrant bar scene (14)good for groups (9)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Disappointing food
    Dtraveler
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If service and ambiance are more important than food,then the formal restaurant at the Bernard's Inn is for you. But if it is an outstanding meal that you crave, I'm afraid the Inn falls short. Delicious gazpacho,but that was followed by mediocre soft shell crab and a disappointing overly sweet dessert . Next time, I'd like to try the more casual menu inthe bar.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family night out a first time visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were a party of three. Started our with drinks. I ordered a Cucumber Cooler which came with Gin, I requested for Vodka instead. The drink was delicious, very refreshing, not sweet. I wanted the soft shell crab appetizer but afraid it would be too much so the suggested that I could Order just one which I did and it was delicious. My pasta dish was very good a little spicy. My husband ordered the duck and son ordered the Red snapper. We were very happy without food. Nicely presented and hot. This was our first time at the Bernard's Inn but we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steaks awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had previously had good food here, but this time the steak cuts were unrecognizable and over cooked. The experience was way over priced at $200 for two having just appetizers, and entree and 1 mixed drink. We will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old World Charm
    keaton7VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Old world service in this historic hotel. Food, however, is very cutting edge, fresh, with interesting preparations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I believe in my previous life I was at the Bernards Inn. I just felt so welcome and so at home. It is a wonderful establishment!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special occasion spot!!
    MikeG
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was divine, atmosphere is an A+, service above and beyond.. If you don't mind spending $250 on dinner for 2, this is the spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always wonderful
    RitzVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I just love this place. They change the menu seasonally and it's always creative and special. It has and always will be my "go to" place . Worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special dinning experience
    Foodfans
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We found the food and service at Bernard's Inn exceptional! Very creative flavors and food presentation, together with the friendly and knowledgeable staff made our dinning experience special and memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    Edw123VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Bernards Inn continues to be a local treasure, with outstanding food, wine, service and ambiance. A special occasion must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great experience
    HelenVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Another delicious meal at the Bernard's Inn! Cozy, warm environs with fabulous pianist playing the song track to your life. Crispy halibut was perfectly prepared following a delicious salad of grilled stone fruits. Terri the sommelier always available with great wine selections.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Tops!
    letseatout
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have gone to the Bernards Inn on special occasions for many years. They are always a sure bet to be the right place for any special day. We were a party of two and started with the grilled lobster and shrimp appetizers and went on to the halibut and red snapper entrees. The preparation and presentation was outstanding. The Bernards Inn should be TOPS on anybody's list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUM
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Best halibut ever, cooked to perfection and a generous portion of this wonderful fish. Great, attentive service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luncheon
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was an outstanding light, summer lunch: kale salad to start and their special recipe chicken salad. Their excellent wine list offered the perfect pairing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite for Years
    JanS
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Whenever we want to celebrate a special occasion, we always think of the Bernards Inn. Tasting menu is always exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Lunch
    Luv2return
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Highly highly recommend. Service was beyond my expectations. Treated my bestie, whose birthday it was, like a queen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more from formal menu.
    honestnote
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I dined on Saturday evening in the formal dining room. High marks for service and atmosphere. The lobster bisque was great. Wished the menu had included some of the food shown on the website like tuna appetizers, etc. We would have like to see some type of potato or rice side dish. Our main meal lacked any type of spice, very bland. Salt and pepper were not on the table. Sometimes "fresh herbs" are not enough to flavor a meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies Birthday Dinner
    Mister
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    One of the most perfect special occasion dining spots! The Inn is so lovely, that you just know you are there to be impressed. The service is refined without being stuffy. Each course is tastier than the next. And, oh The Lobster Bisque! Must have it every time we dine here. So worth our 45-minute drive! For those who want a special treat, come during the Christmas Holiday. It almost feels enchanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Stars
    Louman
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    After all these years the Bernard's Inn is still a 5 Star gem. Everyone in our group of eight enjoyed their dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fabulous dining experience !
    snowbunny
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great menu choices,wine and drink choices as well The night was lovely to eat outside, with a greatly trained staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Everything at The Bernards Inn is wonderful. The service, food, wine, atmosphere and the warm way you are greeted upon arrival. Always a pleasure to dine there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Lunch
    Daisy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Always wanted to dine here so I was anticipating the dining experience and it did not disappoint. Wine and cocktail selection was varied in price and selection. We thoroughly enjoyed everything we ate. The gazpacho was devine with many levels of flavors and perfect for this time of the year. Lobster roll as well as crab cake and accompanying red cabbage slaw excellent. Service was very good while being unobtrusive. Hoping to return soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing Lobster Roll
    PonyoVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The lobster roll was very different from the typical New England style: no chucks of fresh lobster on a nicely toasted roll. The lobster meat was finely chopped and it didn't taste good. The sirloin burger was amazing though. You have to try it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    CrazyRaeVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My family and I had breakfast at the Bernardsville Inn recently and the good and service were first class! I highly recommend this restaurant for any meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy but pricey
    Djb1202
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The Bernards is a beautiful place - very classy. The service is very good - the only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 is the dessert took a very long time and my elderly father in law became very impatient. The food is always good, but very pricey. Two of the three entrees were $48. They have an excellent selection of wine by the glass - but, again, very pricey. My delicious Ramey Vineyards chardonnay was $17.50 for six (6) ounces. It's definitely a special occasion place. They have outdoor tables which looked very enticing but unfortunately my elderly father in law does not like to sit outside. Overall a very nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely place
    Foodheaven10
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A great place for a special dinner, lovely ambience, quiet if not in the bar area.we
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night at Bernards Inn
    Angel
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We celebrated my aunt's 95th birthday. This is a very special, elegant dining experience. Great for a special occasion restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect dining experience
    CrazyCatLady
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Everything we had was delicious and artfully presented and the service was flawless. I had the Tuna Sashimi and the Scottish Ocean Trout and my husband had the Lobster Bisque and the Berkshire Pork Chop. For dessert, we shared the rhubarb sorbet and the special rhubarb and berry cobbler. Portions are substantial as well. This is a special occasion venue and we enjoyed it very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration!
    RUProf
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I were here to celebrate her birthday. The food was wonderful. Even more special was the friendly and knowledgeable attention of the waiters. It was a special meal from beginning to end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Excellent
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Quality service, attention to detail I have recommended this restaurant to all my friends and family
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    A wonderful evening with great music from pianist Bob Egan, fabulous food, and a warm and expert staff who took care of our requests with speed and grace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Speechless on Service!
    Janet
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My experience of going to the Bernardsville in always consistently the best!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Formal setting- welcoming staff
    Sandy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The service was prompt and personal; we had several servers after our order was taken; all were efficient, unobtrusive, and timely. The menu is traditional with touches of special sauces and unusual vegetables. We ordered chicken livers in pasta and poached lobster served with flourless potatoes. The sorbet we ordered for dessert is made in their kitchen and we could order any three flavor combinations. The portions are not large, but they are sized perfectly to allow room for side dishes or for dessert. Everything was fresh, well prepared, and served hot. The complimentary biscuit to start the meal and the small sweet at the conclusion were nice touches. We definitely plan to visit them again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bucket list kind of place
    Kitty
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Had a wonderful meal here, but the prices are too high for me to return. Portions are generous, and they bring out little freebies like an amuse buche and a tiny tray of sweets.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice brunch spot
    Samr46
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Set in an elegant older setting, the ambience was definitely upscale and adult. Food was good to very good. Disappointing eggs benedict but very good omelets and breakfast goodies. Nice dessert section. Some of the seafood, e.g., appeared to have been previously frozen (limp). Overall a very enjoyable experience without having to travel into the city but expensive for value received.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A High Rating
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Judging by what I selected from the Spring menu, the cauliflower soup and the liver and bacon, I'd certainly call this 4 1/2 star quality. I thought the ambience outstanding and the service both friendly and attentive. I dined on a less than crowed Friday, so perhaps I benefited from the attention to detail; nonetheless, I'll return. The wine list offers some great selections in two sized glasses. I thought the prices were reasonable from my expireances in some of the very best restaurants in North and Central Jersey. While they offer a great Zinfandel (my usual choice with liver and bacon), I opted for a Malbec that I thought an excellent match. Overall, this was an outstanding experince. I shall try it again this summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Night Out
    Njbigcat
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My BFF and I had a wonderful dinner. The food was good and the service was outstanding. The drinks were excellent and were a generous pour. When ever I get to Bernardsville I have to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dissapointing experience
    nanaVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We have dined at Bernardville Inn numerous times and recently the restaurant was a disappointment. The food was mediocore and their Spring/Summer menu was limited. Our waiter was not attentive and the service was slow. The restaurant is extremely expensive and frankly I do not see the value.
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  • FergsVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Nice restaurant for special occasions. Expensive. Romantic. Vibrant bar scene on Friday evenings. Service staff went out of their way to make my wife feel extra special on her birthday. Call ahead and let the reservationist know of a special occasion. The staff will remember. Nice touch - they had the pianist perform a quick rendition of Happy Birthday. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 585 reviews are from the Bernards Inn reviews archive.
  • The Good and the not so good...
    Trish
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    It's always a wonderful experience dining here. We love sitting in the bar area for dinner. However, the piano player was so loud that it was very distracting. He was playing a harsh,staccato beat the entire time.No soft, mellow music at all. We ordered bottled water which came in a bottle that was not sealed. We questioned this and was told about the filtration system. That was fine; however, when we finished 1 bottle the waiter automatically started pouring another bottle without asking us if we wanted it. I don't even know how much each bottle costs but normally they would ask before pouring; especially near the end of the meal when we might not finish it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bar, excellent meal
    2jamestowners
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Perfectly executed Manhattens in the lovely old bar started the evening on a high note. The menu was extensive and the four of us had different appetizers, entrees and desserts and all were very good. The head sommelier was attentive and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate