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McLoone's Boat House
McLoone's Boat House

McLoone's Boat House Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.mcloonesboathouse.com/
  • Phone: (862) 252-7108
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm;

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Executive Chef- Jimmy Ellis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater to business meeting, showers, birthdays, and wedding celebrations. With three different size private spaces and a variety of different menus, we can accommodate a wide variety of functions!
  • Private Party Facilities: Located within the South Mountain Recreation Complex, McLoone's Boathouse sits on the banks of the reservoir, showcasing spectacular views to our customers. Keeping with the tradition of Tim McLoone's other locations, the menu offers American cuisine that appeals to the entire family.
  • Private Party Contact: Victoria Desantis-vdesantis@mcloones.com (862) 252-7108
  • Entertainment: Entertainment every Friday and Saturday night at 9pm.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Oktoberfest at Mcloones Boathouse
    Sunday, October 27, 2013
    12:00pm-5:00pm
    For tickets, please click the link below:
    https://public.serviceu.com/ticketing/event/?OrgKey=66a3d53c-fde8-4b6b-9711-b3d45d7ac9a0

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Northfield Ave
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit 73
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Self Parking
    Valet Parking-On the Weekends-No Charge
A word from McLoone's Boat House
Located within the South Mountain Recreation Complex, McLoone's Boathouse sits on the banks of the reservoir, showcasing spectacular views to our customers. McLoone's Boathouse features seating for 240 inside, with an additional 80 to 100 outside (FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS ONLY),as well as semi-private dining area that is perfect to host your next party, corporate function or other special event.

Please know that reservations will only guarntee inside seating in our main dining rooms and does not include outside dining.

Thank you!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed the outdoor dining.....food was quite good!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Although I had been here previously and enjoyed everything, this time I and my guests were treated poorly by the waiter. He made us wait too long for our food and our wine; forgot utensils and did not clear the table properly in preparation for our dessert. He had fewer tables than the waitress around us, who was very attentive to her guests. He disappeared for long periods and did not ask if everything was alright. I felt badly for my guests who were here for the first time. I spoke with the "manager" Catherine? who apologized and said all the waiters were given the same in depth training, but would speak with our waiter. If this were my first time here, I would think twice about returning."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Mcloone's Sunday night. Had not heard good reviews from friends but figured we'd give it a try so we could sit outside & enjoy the beautiful evening. I eat out all the time but never write reviews. I am reviewing this because the whole experience was awful. The waitress was inattentive and the food was awful. My tuna was bad quality, rare but very chewy. My husband salad for dinner was a wilted, in fresh, soggy mess. Plus, his simple drink order came out wrong twice! Neither of ate dinner. Went home hungry. Would recommend friends not to go there. Such a shame. It's such a nice atmosphere, could be a great restaurant if run better & cared about their food."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had reservations here on Sunday. The hostess never checked us in her system. She seated a party for the same time that came in after us first. The host area was left unattended for quite sometime. Finally a manager went to the area and I asked if I had been checked in and she said no. I told her I had and had been waiting for over 20 min. When the hotess returned she made up a story about how they had reservations first but I heard them check in. She was EXTREMELY rude to me and never apologized. Oonce seated the server was very nice and accommodating to the two young children we were with. The food was good but $7 for Kraft Mac and Cheese for the kids is insane since there wasn't any side included. Not sure if I'd return."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Disappointing on many levels, starting with a 30 minute wait even though we had a reservation for the relatively empty indoor dining room. We frequent the Long Branch location so we had high expectations for the Boat House. Needless to say, No comparison! At one point there were 6 people at the hostess counter and not one of them acknowledged us, or the three other parties that were there. We actually observed two groups walk out! Once seated we had dirty flatware and the blue glasses on the table were mix-matched. At this point we did contemplate leaving, however, our server introduced himself and we knew we were FINALLY in good hands. He was attentive and pleasant. The food was okay, but not worth a return visit."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "After being seated we waited at least 10 minutes before a waiter came to take our drink order. Ordered our drinks, which took longer than normal. Appetizers came in a reasonable time. Dinner came out in a reasonable time - all of the food was very good. Received our bill and noticed that we were charged for an appetizer that they never brought out. Waiter was happy to resolve the issue. Would probably go back again with hopes of sitting outside, as it is very loud inside and hard to hold a conversation. Make sure to bring a lot of $$ - it's a bit overpriced."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • " We made a reservation and found out that with your reservation you have to sit inside. So the ambiance we wanted with sitting on the lake was not going to happen. We then ordered apps and drinks and when the waiter came back with drinks we ordered our entrees . The apps came out in good time but then 5 seconds later (literally) our entrees came out. We didn't even have a bite yet of the apps. The guy bringing out the food spills the sauce all over the table and was rude when i said we are not ready for them yet. Then i ordered another drink which took the whole time i had to eat my bland dinner to get to me. The complimentary valet took forever to get our car. Food was sub par and service was beyond horrible."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Good service but kitchen was slow. Lobster soup is served with a clump of lobster in center of bowl. Then the soup is poured into the bowl at your table. Impressive, so I ordered it. Oops. They forgot my lobster clump. Enjoyed the buffalo crab meat wonton app. Entre was cold and my steak was well done on left side but rare on the right. All I wanted was medium. What? Mashed potatoes tasted like they were from a microwavable box. Great ambience and beautiful outdoor scenery & bar with live music."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Very impressed with the service. Everyone was extremely nice and attentive. Food was great, except the steak was a little over cooked. The atmosphere was incredibly amazing!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The restaurant was too loud and the service was terrible. My wife ordered a steak had to send her meal back. It took half an hour for them to grill a steak and for it to come back. I was finished with my meal by then and we asked for the check and left. We spoke twice to the Manager but he seemed overwhelmed and was likely more suited for a desk job. Terrible experience. I cannot recommend it for any occasion."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "How long does it take to cook food when the restaurant is half full and most of the guests are at the bar? It took us more than an hour to get our entree. We also noticed other tables sending food back. The wait staff were friendly."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had a reservation with a request to sit outside to celebrate a family event. We were told on arrival that there would be an extra hour wait to sit outside, were seated instead in front of the doorway to the kitchen and couldn't even hear each other speak because the noise level was out of control. Service was rushed to turn our table over as fast as they could. Our entrees appeared while halfway through our appetizers and 5 of 7 entrees were completely INEDIBLE the food was so bad. If you want to celebrate a special event steer clear of this place. You'll spend over $300, you won't even be able to talk to each other, and you'll leave hungry. TOTAL RIP OFF!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The place is great. Parking was challenging and I was disappointed they ran out of wings on a Friday night, the beginning of a busy weekend. There aren't too many places like that in the area which is why it was so crowded. I'm a NYC girl and there are so many choices of other places if one place is super busy. Also, my steak was well done and I ordered medium well. I know it isn't a stem house but if you want medium week, then order medium."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The waitress did not realize our table was hers. She ignored us all night. Had to get the manager to even get water on the table. The food was excellent, but a dinner for 4 should not have taken 3 hours!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We arrived on time for a reservation on a Friday night. The restaurant was already crowded, no parking and loud. We decided that it would be quieter and nicer to eat outside and was told the wait was less than 30 minutes. When we went to check in with the outdoor hostess we were told the wait was 30mins to an hour. Then we tried to get a drink at the outside bar and it was swamped with not enough bartenders. The we returned inside where we did get a drink and eventually an appetizer to keep a hungry child calm. We eventually waited over an hour for a table. The service was rushed and the food was very average. We will not return for dinner."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Loved the scenic location, the ambiance and the service. However the food was fair. My wife order the Chicken Dion which was good but the "sticky" rice was hard and almost inedible. I order the medium raw strip steak and it was beyond well done."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I'm sad to say that we did not enjoy our first dining experience at your restaurant. We where celebrating a special occasion and did not receive a great deal of attention. Just to name of few items; the restaurant was freezing, the flies where huge, food was warm, wine glasses and silverware stained, waitress not attentive at all, etc. Very disappointed. To end on a nice note..we where greeted with a smile from the hostess."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We had an adequate meal at McLoone's though the overall experience left me feeling that I won't be coming back anytime soon. The mussels I had as my appetizer were tiny and my tuna entree was lukewarm and chewy. Using the restroom was an awful experience as papers were strewn all over the floor and the odor was nearly unbearable. For a restaurant that clearly seeks to offer an upscale experience at an equally upscale price, this was a supremely disappointing evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I would recommend McLoone's for diners who enjoy a scenic outdoor setting. I think the prices are very aggressive and the menu is extremely limited. The seafood sampler was very good, and the salads we had had were adequate .... but overall I would recommend for cocktails outside and an appetizer. The parking situation needs to be addressed ... valet parking made for a backlog of cars that caused for a dangerous situation in the parking lots as diners darted around looking for available spaces. We parked at the Tutleback Zoo and walked around the lake to avoid the chaos."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "To start out, the wait was 30 mins with a reservation. We were only seated when I went up to the hostess for the 2nd time to ask when we would be seated. Our server brought out wrong beer because he failed to mention it was the summer version that my husband does not drink - did not ask if he wanted something else instead. Waiter brought out appetizer with no utensils, it was 15+ mins before we could get anyone's attention to get us silverware, the appetizer was cold by then. Brought out bread for every other table besides ours. Finally got a manager and we were seated outside where they gave us a drink and new app on the house. The view outside is beautiful, but the food was unimpressive. Poor service and food - would not recommend."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Worst service ever. We waited for 1hr 20mins for our food and it never came so we walked out. The waiter and manager were unapologetic. It took 20mins just for our bottle of wine to arrive at the table. They never even refilled our water glasses. I'll never go to this place again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Reservations are required well in advance to attend this restaurant - knowing that we made the reservations early and were easily accommodated. The food and service were excellent! We will be returning!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The ambiance is great, the food is great but the service is spotty."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I had to send my dish back since it tasted as if I were eating salt. I fought myself to finish my lobster bisque wondering if it really had any lobster in it or what its ingredients were. Mediocre service."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had a wonderful lunch with my son and nephew (party of 6) and got to sit on the patio and enjoy the view. Really beautiful place indoors and out. Great service, food came out on time (one dish was wrong but they fixed it right away) and was good! We enjoyed the artichoke dip app which was a good size for all of us and the chicken sandwich was also very good. Other dishes our table enjoyed: special burger, BLT, chicken tenders. Not sure what the place is like for dinner but I'd certainly recommend for lunch- esp following a visit to the zoo!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Awesome view, food tasted great...wait staff not attentive and made several mistakes with our order, forgot to bring extra things we asked for like sour cream/butter (baked potato literally not served with anything on it, really? for that price...) Had to ask for more water several times, and didn't receive an ice bucket at any point in the night for our wine. Generally not picky people, so we would definitely go back! Indoor band was great, and the Spinach dip, Skirt steak and NY Strip were ALL excellent. Restaurant clean with amazing ambience. Need more experienced staff for such a gorgeous restaurant. Pricing a teeny bit high, but nothing too crazy. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "A day before my big 28 my BF of almost 4 years took me to the McLoon's Boathouse for an early Romantic Birthday celebration. The food was fantastic, the service was attentive yet not overbearing, and the view was absolutely stunning for what was expected to be a romatic weekend. After dinner we took a walk down to the lake. Little did I know that I would be popped the question! This place will now hold a very special place in my heart."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food was very good and portions were generous. Took too long for our soup to arrive (40 minutes after ordering). Much too noisy for conversation."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for our anniversary and were looking forward to an incredible view and great food. Unfortunately in was like a monsoon outside so we didn't see much except for rain and lighting. The food was ok, nothing special And the service was very slow. They did not manage the people coming on from the outside area well and I think our waitress got overwhelmed by the amount of people who chose to seat themselves. Overall it was a good night but overpriced for the overall experience."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Have been to the restaurant many times. I keep hoping the food will be better - but I'm always disappointed. The bread is warm, but stale. The calamari is tasteless and limp. And to add insult to injury - 3 appetizers, 1 entree, and 2 drinks ($120.00 w/tip)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Had table booked for 8, we wanted to sit outside but was told that would be another 40 min wait! Service was slow & the food is not that great. For the prices we certainly expected better!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "From the dozen of clams to my entree Miso Chilean sea bass w/a side of spinach a bottle of Riesling & my chocolate rum brownie...Everything was Excellent"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Open the door to walk in and remembered how loud the bar really was. the entire restaurant is loud and it is difficult to converse in a conversational voice across the table. I am sure that the out side tables are much better. this aside, the waitstaff were pleasant, cordial and efficient. the food was on par with other venues of the price range. beverages were adequate and well presented. desserts were very good."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "When we made the reservation we stated it was a Birthday. It wad not communicated to anyone. The waitress needs to slow down and listen. We requested Champaign as a surprise to the birthday person bit she was so loud about it she gave our away"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Very loud, very poor service . Had to get up to find waitress twice. Side of spinach had south salt, couldn't eat it."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Our past visits to McCloone's were very nice dining experiences: the food was good, the water view was fabulous, the service attentive. On my most recent visit, we were denied the table of our choice, even though it was vacant and we had reservations. The main dining room had a peculiar smell in the carpeting, that my guest noticed immediately, and when we were moved to the bar area, the silverware was encrusted with food debris. McCloone's has a distinctly chain-like feel to it now. Considering how expensive it is, my guest and I decided to leave, and dined instead at the Highlawn Pavillion."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great view, overlooking lake. Lovely outdoor dining, great food and service."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Nice setting, good food, great service. We weren't disappointed in any way. We would have tried sitting outside with a wonderful view of the lake, but it was a bit chilly. The main dining room was also attractive. The place had a high noise level, but that's understandable given that the US team was playing that evening in the World Cup. The prices were on the high end, but it was a special occasion for us and we were happy we went."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Even with an 8 p.m. reservation through "Open Table," they treated me like a walkup customer and I had to wait about an hour and 15 minutes for an outside table. When I asked the woman at the desk, she said that's how they do it when it's really busy. I had been here before about a year ago. Menu is the same. Food is average at best. Service is slow. But the setting overlooking the lake, with nice tunes in the background, was lovely and helped overcome the shortcomings."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Good quality, reasonably priced burgers, but the mac-cheese entrée is on the bland side (however the $10 optional lobster addition was quite good). Decent food (a bit overpriced in some cases) in a nice atmosphere, but the highlight is the outdoor seating, which is very popular and not reservable. Luckily there are now a few ways to kill time within walking distance - play a round of mini golf, walk or paddle around the reservoir or even visit the zoo. Essex county has done a very nice job bringing this area to life - plan to spend an afternoon and finish the day at McLoone's."
    Dined on 6/21/2014