Blue Bottle Cafe
Blue Bottle Cafe

Blue Bottle Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thebluebottlecafe.com/
  • Phone: 6093331710x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Aaron Philipson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: Customized catering for your off-premise event is available. Please contact the restaurant directly for more information.
  • Special Events: We've had all sorts of requests... from cupcake decorating parties for kids' birthdays to ladies night out cooking classes. A buffet brunch for a baby shower, sure, we've done that too. Let us know how we can personalize a great experience for your group!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elm Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking lot on site with additional parking available on Elm Street.
A word from Blue Bottle Cafe
With seasonally inspired menus featuring local produce, hormone/antibiotic-free meats and sustainable fish and seafood, The Blue Bottle Café will delight even the most discerning diners. Chef-Owner Aaron Philipson is known for his bold flavors, pristine sauces, and thoughtful combinations of delectable ingredients. Comprised of three intimate dining rooms, the restaurant is perfect for casual get togethers, business lunches and dinners and other private events. The current Fall 2013 menu features dishes like our Duo of Wild Boar with Boar Chop and Housemade Sausage, Spaetzle, Gruyere Pilsner Fondue, Pretzel Crumble, Garlic Spinach and Sauce Charcutiere. Our in house pastry chef has your last bites covered too with her Butterscotch Pot du Crème, Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries...
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Blue Bottle Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (90)neighborhood gem (69)special occasion (66)romantic (39)great for lunch (20)good for groups (14)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Salmon was just a bit dry. Dessert and local vegetables were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant -- 50 mile radius.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    One of the best locally and beyond. Incredible dishes, incredible service. Always impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    MTCCVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Awesome dinner at Blue Bottle. We both had the monkfish - it was absolutely outstanding. Appetizers were great, and the service is very friendly and efficient. Can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not
    joeygVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    People have no clue if they rate this 5 srars. Period!
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  • Always a Winner
    stmshop
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have been dining at BBC for years. I have never had a bad meal here or bad service. The food is fresh and innovative. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    Baldeagles
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Another fantastic meal. The salmon and scallops were wonderful. Service was great - attentive but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Blue Bottle is the best around
    Doglady
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Blue Bottle is our favorite restaurant. The food is amazing and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    sveninlanc
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our Second time here and we forgot what an excellent experience it is. just wonderful service, excellent ambiance and most important the food was excellent. Its a small intimate setting with the coziness you want.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have been meaning to try this restaurant as we heard very good reviews by people we know. We finally made it and very happy. We had a great table, good friendly and attentive service and the food was very good. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE THIS RESTAURANT
    Shar
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I would live at this restaurant if I could, it's that good. If you're a foodie, get yourself over to the Blue Bottle immediately. Immaculately prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blue Bottle...always wonderful
    foodluv53
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This may be a little unfair because ever since finding this wonderful spot many moons ago it is still my husband's and my favorite. I also frequently bring lunch guests from nearby BMS because it's an outstanding place for a business lunch. You can have a quiet, meaningful discussion all the while enjoying excellent food and knowing you are treating your guests very well. It's also a very romantic spot where my husband and I have celebrated anniversaries and birthdays...and we always try and take our friends and family visiting from out of town here. Although I love going to NYC and Philly (more Philly these days) this gem, in my opinion, beats the pants off most places...and it's right here in NJ!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Attentive wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The wait staff was very welcoming and appropriately attentive throughout our dinner. A bit inconsistent in quality of dishes; for example, the vegan entree reads elegantly, but was only average and portion way too large. Would dine there again, nice atmosphere. Anonymous
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delightful and thoughtful service. I mentioned before we came that my friend was allergic to garlic. Upon arriving, they provided her with a special menu with anything that had garlic in it already highlighted. She was so pleased and it was extremely helpful and saved us time. Food and service perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnniversaryEvening
    AnniversaryEvening
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was excellent in both flavor and presentation. Service was excellent. Will probably dine there again but not on a regular basis because the food is on the pricey side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Food
    GreenVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great food and a BYO. Consistently very good in many ways.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently excellent.
    lulubelle
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Locally sourced ingredients make for a richly varied seasonal menu. Chef Aaron Philipson ably transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary, giving a creative twist to each dish. Whether you like a new slant on old favorites, or want to have a gourmet adventure, this charming Central NJ BYOB is for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was a really great meal on a wonderful starter (chicken liver pate) and an entrée (wild-caught salmon). I did remember to save room for dessert (and was so glad that I did)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I've been to Blue Bottle several times now and am always glad I came. Great wait staff, interesting and delicious menu using fresh locally grown ingredients, and casual and relaxed. Love the BYOB and jump on any opportunity to go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Find
    Shar
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We love this restaurant & have been many times, it never disappoints. The layering of flavors on each dish make this restaurant a true gourmet heaven. We are usually talking about our meal for days. . The waitstaff is very professional & friendly. The scallops are outstanding & you can't go wrong with any dish. Even the chicken is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, Inventive Cuisine
    UlteemitVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed an excellent dinner here for our wedding anniversary, which fell on a Saturday night. The Blue Bottle salad was a delicious combination of several lettuces, pine nuts, halved red seedless grapes, and shave Manchego cheese. My entree of broiled diver scallops was perfectly cooked and succulent. My wife's entree of marinated tofu and pave of roasted summer vegetables was good but a bit bland. The coconut cake with coconut sorbet was to die for. All in all a great dining experience. Wait staff was very polite and attentive without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big City Quality Small Town Ease
    FlushingFirstTimers
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Though we hadn't been to the Blue Bottle in a year, we found the quality of the food and service still top notch. The menu offered a number of different choices from salmon and sea scollops to steak and pork. The side dishes were an array of locally grown vegetables and herbs. Everything was cooked to perfection and attractively served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Off the Beaten Track
    FoodieFunNJ
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Just outside the borough of Hopewell NJ is an unassuming looking building housing the Blue Bottle Cafe. Inside is a powerhouse restaurant with some of the best food in Central NJ. Interesting menu changes seasonally with good selection of vegetable, meat and fish dishes. Excellent staff and lively if a bit noisy environment. Worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Hands down, the best restaurant in central NJ. The food changes with seasons so there is always something new to try. The chef is a sauce wizard! Scallops are always divine; tonight's variation with chanterelles, shallots, corn and farro was no exception. A delicious popcorn cream added a really nice touch. Equally successful was a meatball appetizer with an excellent spicy tomato basil sauce. Desserts are plate licking good here as well, all made in house by one of the owners, tonight I tried profiteroles with caramel sea salt ice cream and hot fudge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DjdtVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Blue Bottle is one of our favorite places to eat. We had chicken and salmon. Sauces make the dishes special. Blue Bottle salad is something we always get. Very good food and nice people waiting on customers. BYOB is nice too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Outstanding
    JerseyGirl
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The Blue Bottle is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is fantastic and service outstanding. I had the Day Scallops, which were prepared to perfection. My husband had the Pork dish. which he raved about. For dessert we shared the Profiteroles and they were absolutely delicious. Service was very attentive, but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    Beanie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My husband and I went to Blue Bottle for our 35th anniversary. The restaurant was a perfect choice. The atmosphere is cozy and charming, and the food is outstanding and beautifully presented. The rock shrimp lettuce wrap appetizer and the monkfish entree are particularly recommended. The service was excellent also. it was a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, but also a great choice for a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a wonderful find
    princeton5
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Found this restaurant through Open Table. Small, quaint and unpretentious. Great for a romantic night out. Top notch food without the stuffiness, BYOB and they'll provide the glasses and ice bucket. Seasonal menu with few choices for each course making it a easier to decide. Caramel sea salt ice cream was amazing for dessert. Food, service, ambience all spot on. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood questionable
    Dineine
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My teenage daughter told me her shrimp was pasty, not sign of freshness, and my wife found her seafood pancake tasted foul. Salmon was so unremarkable. Its dull taste also indicated unfreshness. However my scallop was fresh and nice. A restaurant with a creative bent. Please make sure your seafood is fresh! We wanted to like the food, because the staff and ambience were nice. But we have to admit, it was not worth it.... Other restaurants of similar price range have better quality control of the freshness of their ingredient.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    MiamangiaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Consistently a great place for food, service and atmosphere. The offerings are presented beautifully, but more importantly, delicious! We had the chicken liver mousse, and it was so creamy and full of flavor. The chees plate was likewise as tempting, with the perfect accompaniments. Service was outstanding, very informative and efficient. \Even the hostess, took her job seriously. Always a winner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Odd
    Mateo
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It's strange to have serving staff not make eye contact with you once while dining. It's also odd to have your bill given to you just as you get dessert. Perhaps it's not so odd, but it all seemed a push to get you out. The food was unnecessarily complicated, though the scallops were good; a bit sticky. Dessert was frozen and thawed. Bleh. On a lighter note, the front hostess was lovely, smiled, made eye contact and even refilled our water glasses as we were overlooked for a little too long. Many have recommended the Blu Bottle Cafe, and we disappointed. We will not be returning. So odd.
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  • So yummy!!
    Sarahd80
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    First time here and food was delicious & dessert (lemon box pie) was amazing!! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    Happydiner
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is the second time that I have visited this restaurant in the past year. The atmosphere is lovely, the food selection are very innovative. We had a delicious meal. My only complaint the last time we were there was that the jokes level was quite high. That was not the case the previous time that I dined there. I absolutely plan to return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I seem to always have a great experience here and this time was no exception. From the chicken liver pate to the NJ monkfish, everything was done to perfection. I don't normally order a dessert as I am usually quite satisfied after the two courses, but I couldn't resist Rory's Lemon Ice Box pie; it shouldn't to be missed and is wonderful conclusion to a summer meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, charming, but loud
    nsnj
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We met up from PA, NJ and NYC on a Sat eve. Our alternative is Lambertville/New Hope and this restaurant easily beats ones I have tried there. Blue Bottle is a modest house from outside, but charming inside. The food was very good--interesting without being too far out there. Everyone found a dish to like and all seemed very fresh. The scallops were a hit, and the tofu dish was great (and I'm not a vegetarian). I also love that it's BYO. Service was unobtrusive and they helped out with a candle on mom's dessert. However, tables were packed tightly, so dishes had to be passed to/from the server for some of us--Not great. If you were 2 or 4, it would be better than our 6. Also, for a small place, it was very noisy. Still, hope to go again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always exceptional
    DrMom
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We are not sure why this excellent restaurant is located in little Hopewell, NJ, but we are very glad it's here. Most recently, we chose it for a family birthday celebration and the evening was a great success. Our party of five sampled a range of dinner entrees and all were delicious. A special birthday dessert topped off our evening. Just remember to book ahead - it is a relatively small establishment and has a loyal following.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    FoodieInNJ
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Once again, Blue Bottle Café served up a fine meal with great service. The owner greeted us with a smile, we were seated immediately and were taken care of by an attentive (but not overly so) waiter. The food was excellent (I had the butterhead lettuce with pate crostini and the scallops, my with had a salad followed by the gnocchi, and we shared a coconut cake/sorbet dessert. Really terrific, all around
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent restaurant, wish they'd open another nearer the PA border.
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  • Creative sides, vegetables & sauces
    psfoodie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Perfectly cooked fresh salmon & flat iron steak. Loved the matching sauces and accompanying vegetables. New lettuce wrap appetizer with rock shrimp was fabulous and perfect to share. Server friendly and professional. Delightful, creative food combinations that do not overwhelm the fresh, natural flavors of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Wonderful Experiences
    CrazyRaeVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I have eaten at Blue Bottle numerous times and have always had wonderful experiences! The good and the staff are always on point. Stop in and try the new menu-it will not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make Reservations
    gogogadget
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is a great (little) place. With only about 15 tables throughout 3 rooms, getting a seating time of your choice on a weekend can be chancy. We changed our original booking from 5:45 on a Saturday to 9pm. The place was still hopping when we left at 11pm. This is a B.Y.O.B restaurant. There is a very well stocked liquor store about a mile down the main street. My sea scallops were very good. Our waitress was delightful.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.