McLoone's Boat House
Great TimeI had a great time. The peanut butter fudge brownie was amazing and the wine was wonderful.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMoverall experience was good.I had dinner with my boyfriend and my overall experience was good. I am a big foodie so when I ordered the cowboy steak I was excited to brag about my dinner, only it wasn't as perfect as I had anticipated. The broccoli rabe taste horrible. The truffled potatoes was good and the steak was ok... I have had dinner here before with a group and my experience then was AMAZING. I would still reccommend to come here for dinner date, I would just NOT order the cowboy steak again.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a Great Time...I live within West Orange, but barely spend anytime within the township. I was told several times about McLoone, even had friends that stated we'd attempt to have dinner there but we never did. Then I missed a friends birthday, so I decided to take her to dinner at McLoones. She had never been there and neither had I. The food was excellent!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMPre-movie diningWe go to the Cinema Suites (AMC) and prefer to have some good food before the movie, rather than eating the AMC food. McLoon's is perfect. Energetic, fast and friendly service, good menu and wine list, and really hits the spot!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMconsistently fineI have eaten here at dinner and at lunch and the food and service have been consistently first rate. The ambience, inside and out, is really lovely - and unexpected in an urban area. Keep the quality high!5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMVery classy and articulate.Very classy and articulate. Enjoyable. Service was friendly, suggestive, and helpful. Ambiance was perfect, as was the cuisine. Well done to say the very least.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMVERY good Bistro foodEnjoyed the dinner very much. Bistro type food, but prepared well above average. I had the pork chop, which was very juicy, along with very tasty red pepper bulgar. My wife had salmon, which my wife enjoyed. Very nice view of the lake. Very friendly and efficient service. We will be going back/.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding seafood menu.Outstanding seafood menu. Beautiful setting but main dining room noise level can get a bit loud. On balance, a winner.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMhot spotI celebrated my graduation lunch here, was worth every penny! my waiter was soooo nice and on time and professional, will definitely go back..5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMTook my girlfriend here forTook my girlfriend here for her birthday/graduation dinner and she enjoyed herself. Our waiter was nice and very accommodating to our needs. The fountain in the lake was great to look at as we dined.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMPricey, Food Passible, NOISYVERY NOISY - food was good, but service was slow. Waitress was attentive but food took a long time and we didn't order anything that accounted for that. Might be good for groups if you want to shout over each other. NOT good for quiet dinner or if you want to have a conversation with your dining companions. We don't intend to go back for dinner - perhaps for lunch?5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMfirts timeIt was my first time and my dining companions first time dining at McLoone's.
Food, service, ambience, all were top notch. It's nice to have a restaurant like this close to home.
I will be back.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for a Ladies LunchFour generations of ladies in our family recently enjoyed lunch here. The menu accommodated everyone from a six year old to an eighty-six year old. I especially enjoyed the spicy shrimp wrap. The only complaint I have was when the waiter brought the four adult dishes out while the six year old had to wait for her lunch. Children do not have patience, especially when everyone else has already been served. All in all, aside from slow service (it took us two and a half hours from start to finish), the atmosphere and food were excellent.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMReservation's are a jokeWhile the food is good, the atmosphere and service excellent, be prepared to wait even with a reservation. As soon as we arrived we were given a beeper, not a good sign since we had made a reservation. We proceeded to wait at the bar where we ended up eating.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday Dinner for MomMy Siblings & I took our Mom to McLoone's for her 73rd Birthday!!!! As an Orange Resident their is much ado about the new restaurant by the reservoir!!!! While I have been on several occasions my siblings and mom have not!!! So I used this special occasion to expose this GEM right at our back door!!!! Everyone loved the food, the beautiful restaurant and the awesome view!!!!
The Service was impeccable!!! Continue the great work!!! I look forward to more family and social events at McLoone's Boat House!!!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was excellent! OurThe food was excellent! Our server was delightful, knowledgeable & helpful! The view was nice and I imagine in good weather it would be wonderful to sit outside. The nose level was dificult. I would definately go back!5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious but a little priceyLove the atmosphere of McLoone's Boathouse, and the food was great too. I had an espresso martini, and then the shrimp/lobster bisque to start. The herbed butter that comes with the bread basket is to die for. Salty and flavorful.
For dinner, my wife had the filet mignon, and she said it was not the best she ever had, but very tasty nonetheless. I had the Korean Hangar Steak Tower which was really flavorful. The skirt steak was done in a sesame soy marinade, with an awesome risotto cake at the base. Yum!
We shared a piece of flourless chocolate cake for dessert and my gluten-free wife REALLY enjoyed that. We left there very full and satisfied. The cost of dinner for two (including my one drink) was 100.00 before gratuity.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMwell doneFood and service executed with finesse. We were greeted appropriately, service was prompt and needs attended to along the way. I was pleased.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went to McClones for theWe went to McClones for the view and felt like we got the worst table in the restaurant for a view. There seemed to be plenty of tables available on the other side of the restaurant and did not know why we could not have been seated there.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMView is worth a visit; food less soThe decor truly evokes a boathouse, and the view is worth a visit. If only the food matched the setting. It isn't terrible, but it isn't great, either. On the other hand, kid-pleasing children's menu is a plus, as is the friendly service. The large interior space is divided up, but if you're seated in the dining area adjacent to the bar, expect loud music and a lot of noise. The dining rooms at either end of building are quieter and more intimate.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMFriendly staff ,great foodFriendly staff ,great food with a view, fun patrons.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our second time diningThis was our second time dining at this restaurant. Both my husband and I loved the service. The food is very good. If you love fish, this restaurant is for you. There are steak, chicken, pork and pasta choices also on the menu. Everyone should try this restaurant. A little pricey but service is great.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceWe always have a great experience when we come to the boat house. Food and service was outstanding as always.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMDan our waiter was great,Dan our waiter was great, very attentive and knowledgeable. I love the tuna salad. In fact that is mostly all I ever order for lunch.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Chilean Sea bass I haveBest Chilean Sea bass I have ever had. Great appetizers as well.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThey have a new menu and theThey have a new menu and the food was outstanding. Special note the Chilean sea bass was fantastic and the crab cakes were great. Service was also outstanding. Only complaint is very noisy but I recognize that some people like that4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Addition to West OrangeWe were expecting McLoone's to be overpriced surf and turf. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the service, atmosphere, and food. The seafood options are wide and varied. Many of our party had steak and it was prepared and cooked perfectly. Even the token sushi menu can be forgiven as they ride that trend.
The prices make it prohibitive for a weekly trip but it's definitely a great spot for special occasions.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely RestaurantGreat food, great service, comes with great noise... I loved the food, the service, the drinks, but the noise level meant I couldn't hear most of the conversation at our table for 4! Not sure if we'll go back unless we can sit outside (beautiful view by the way). So I guess it has to be a Summer restaurant for us. Can't wait for warmer weather, as we'll definitely go back.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMI had been waiting for thisI had been waiting for this restaurant to come to our area ever since it was announced at the Seton Hall U basketball games.
Couldn't get to any of the other locations, but now consider the Boathouse as the premier overall restaurant in Essex County.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMA little disappointed thatA little disappointed that the menu changed from when I was there in December. The food is good,but it is a little difficult to get your meal changed to your liking. What would be the big deal to get a different side on the plate, isn't it all about pleasing the customer?4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe absolutly love this restaurant!We absolutly love this restaurant! We will be returning on 4/29/13 to celebrate my husbands birthday! I can't wait!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were seated near the doorWe were seated near the door to the outside. It happened to be a cold evening. Whenever someone opened the door, we felt the wind. Otherwise, it was great food.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMNice atmosphere, good foodWe met friends at the bar during happy hour for a drink one evening, then had dinner in the dining room. The bar was abuzz with conversation. We were lucky to snag a few seats. Nice happy hour...good prices, nice selection and generous drink sizes. The atmosphere is upscale lodge. Warm and inviting. Among the four of us, we had a variety of dishes. The food, was delicious and the service attentive and friendly.
Also went with a group of 9 for lunch on another occasion. Very nice selection, and the food was delicious. The service was a little slow, however (not sure if it was the kitchen or the waitstaff),
Overall, good experiences both times...we will definitely return.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMOur new destination restaurantVery well balanced menu with dishes that are modern and interesting but not making an unecessary statement. The food was fresh and wonderfully prepared and the environment was fun but relaxing and surprisingly calming for such a big place (the bar is lively but positioned far enough away so it doesn't encrouch on the diners). Truly exceeded our expectations and we wish we had discovered it sooner.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMSuch a nice place to go toSuch a nice place to go to dinner! Food was great, service was wonderful, romantic atmosphere, & an overall amazing evening!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is our local go to inThis is our local go to in West Orange! We love it and are never dissappointed!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was good and the placeFood was good and the place is beautiful.
Service tried very hard but was consistently uneven.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMI have wanted to try thisI have wanted to try this restaurant for quite some time. It is always so crowded for dinner. We had out of town guests and decided to try lunch, knowing it wouldn't be so crowded. LOVE this place! My only complaint is that it is noisy, possibly due to the high ceilings? Can't wait to go back when the outside seating is open! I made a lunch reservation through Open Table and there was no reservation when I arrived. The host told me I wasn't the first person this had happen to that day. Not sure what the glitch was, but there were plenty of tables open.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was good . Could haveFood was good . Could have been hotter. Service was excllent3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe loved the restaurant. WeWe loved the restaurant. We intend to definitely return in the near future. Service was great. Menu has a wide selection of items for everyone's taste.
I had an appetizer,Short Ribs with Stir Fry Rice. The portion size was equivalent to an entree and the quality of the food was exceptional.
One note-before you make your reservation check the restaurant's webpage. Some nights they have Jim McLoone's Radio Show in the dining area at 7PM. It happened to be going on while we were eating. Slightly distractive.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe meal was one of the bestThe meal was one of the best ever. That includes food, atmosphere and service.
Not only will I be back again, but already have purchased gift cards for other family members.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food!Special was excellent and everything off the menu was very good. Pricy for 2 people and it was very busy where we were sat. Good to at least experience for yourself.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWife wanted McLoones for BirthdayWent to dinner there for my wifes birthday and had an excellent diner. I wanted to bring a cake in but didnt realize they charge $1.50 per slice just to slice it. Learn something new every day. Salads are incredible, but crab cakes have a good amount of filler in them. Just a personal preference I like mostly crab in my crab cakes. Atmosphere was great and overall a good time.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGood timeI'm going back with more friends next time I really enjoyed the whole night and it was snowing out1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM