Bernards Inn
Bernards Inn

Bernards Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bernardsinn.com/
  • Phone: (908) 766-0002
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Breakfast: Mon - Fri 6:30am - 10:00am,
    Sat 8:00am-11:00am
    Sunday a la Carte Brunch - 9:30am-2:30pm
    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, 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: Bonnie Schleimer 8776775343
  • Entertainment: Live Piano Music Tuesday through Saturday evenings.

  • Special Events: Yappy Hour-Mondays during the summer on the Terrace. Bring your dog for special treats

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 WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Bernards Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (67)romantic (62)fit for foodies (55)notable wine list (43)neighborhood gem (34)vibrant bar scene (18)good for groups (13)great for outdoor dining (13)great for lunch (12)great for brunch (11)hot spot (8)late-night find (3)Show More
  • 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
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Stars
    LoumanVIP
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We went to the Inn to taste the new spring menu offerings and we weren't disappointed. From the minute we walked in until we walked out of the revolving door, we were blown away. The service, the food, the atmosphere was second to none. This is our favorite restaurant in New Jersey and it shouldn't be missed.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alwaysthere1VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Fit for foodies.but many other restaurants have food more appealing to my taste. Portions on small size.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations!
    YogiBoo
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Had Easter Dinner here. Had Thanksgiving Dinnern 2013 and was disappointed by the service, noise and overall ambiance. Decided to try again on a hoiday and all of my expectations were exceeded. Liked the chicken liver agnolotti (the snap peas and pea puree were special spring additions) and the lamb loin was delicious (a welcome change from the familiar rack of lamb). Service was excellent, attentive and well-paced. I think the best tables are in the Great Room. Made reservations early, requested a table in the Great Room, and that solved the noise and ambiance problems. At Easter the room was filled with families enjoying good food and good company. Glad I tried Bernards Inn again on a holiday......and will eagerly return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Outstanding experience for a holiday dinner. Food offerings very well planned. We were 4 people and all were extremely pleased with our meals and wine selection
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Easter Brunch
    Birdy
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We made a family trip to the Bernards Inn for Easter this year, since nobody had time to have the holiday at home. The Bernards Inn food is always excellent and I like the subdued setting. Valet parking makes life easier, although there is ample parking in the lot across the street. There is always a seasonal cocktail list and an extensive wine selection. I enjoyed the filet mignon and the lobster bisque. Both were excellent. Service is attentive and professional. I like to come here during the week for cocktails and small plates.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Compliments to the chef!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Food and service are fabulous, very comfortable surroundings, however I wish I could afford to dine here more often. Prices are fair in today's economy, but not for the average family such as mine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Culinary gem
    Saraht
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The Bernards Inn is a wonderful place to experience delicious food and wonderful wine in a beautiful setting. The service is stellar and the sommelier is extremely knowledgeable. Treat yourself to the Bernards Inn. Try a wine flight. It's not offered many places but it's a good way to try new varieties and promote conversation.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old school charm
    HospitalityJim
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Located inside a 21 room inn, with a large professional staff, polished wood island bar, this restaurant has character. Solid food and small but functional menu. Had customer dinner and received perfect service and fine food. Interesting offerings included beer salad, lobster and black fish.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Bobk
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Top tier dining experience. Service was super and subtle. Food was excellent. Very nice setting. Very professional operation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprised!
    scarletknight1
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I took business associates to lunch and was very disappointed. Ambiance was lovely. However the service was extremely slow and less than attentive. The food was fair and not up to my expectation. One of my guests found a piece of plastic in her soup. Of course it was removed from the bill and we received an apology from the restaurant host. Would have preferred the Chef had come to our table and offered and explanation/apology, complimentary desserts or something other than just taking the price of the soup off the bill.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Brunch
    Trudes
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We had a lovely Sunday Brunch at the hotel dining room. It is a pretty country setting with a beautiful circular bar off of the lobby. Our group all chose egg dishes, and they were all served at one time, and were delicious. Drinks and wine were plentiful, as well as delicious fresh bread offerings, and attention was paid during our service. We were celebrating a birthday, and the staff made a lovely presentation with a candle lit dessert, and a box of truffles for the birthday guest. It seems that a lot of the restaurants in NJ do not offer brunch. Unless you go to a mall, or a highway type of chain restaurant, the best choices seem to be in our local hotels.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not as scenuc as I thought it would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I was thinking for area more of s country wood setting not a main highway was disappointed
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • thought food was good but
    powderpuffVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    thought food was good but not great, nothing to write home about. the ambiance of a historic inn and restaurant made the restaurant cozy and elegant. We were celebrating my husband's birthday and anniversary and they were great at acknowledging our celebrations with complimentary sweets and good wish cards. OUr service was outstanding. I would recommend the bar area for a light fare and some nice piano music
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised...
    Pickyperson
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My husband and I met a couple that I hadn't seen in some years at the Bernards Inn for dinner. We wanted a nice place to meet for dinner about half-way in between N. NJ & Bucks Co with a comfortable environment to catch up. Not being familiar with local places along the route, I had some difficulty getting reservations. I expected the Bernards Inn to be stuffy with only so-so food. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The service was outstanding, food was great and there is a lovely bar and dining room. I would go back & would recommend the Bernards Inn to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Jeff and his staff were extremely accommodating for our 4 hour business meeting. As always, their food and service were excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.