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Meritage Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://meritagerestaurant.net
  • Phone: (914) 472-8484
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:45pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:45pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Chris Vergara
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: jamie@meritagerestaurant.net (914) 472-8484

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Heathcote, Weaver, Palmer
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Meritage
Since 2004, Meritage Restaurant has combined the warmth and comfort that you expect from your favorite neighborhood restaurant with an exciting New American menu sourced from local purveyors. This ensures that we're able to present only the freshest seasonal ingredients all year round. Our mission is to offer great food served by a professional staff that truly cares about enhancing your dining experience, while supporting the highest standards of responsible, sustainable food production. Executive Chef Chris Vergara's Italian roots and French culinary training are a unique combination that makes many of our customers feel that we are their "second kitchen". Our attention to detail in the kitchen, along with the welcoming atmosphere created by Manager/Owner Jamie Steinthal, has enabled us to grow and prosper for the past nine years.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "When we arrived on a Monday evening, there were only two other occupied tables in the restaurant. Then several people arrived after us. They ordered their food before we did, and were served before we were served. We sat for at least 45 minutes before ordering our food. We tried to get the waiter's attention, but he neglected us completely. He neglected to tell us about the specials, and when he finally took our order, the restaurant was out of at least three items that we asked for. The food was just OK, but the overall experience was completely disappointing. It is such a shame because we live in the neighborhood and it is conveniently located, but we have no intention of ever going back."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I was having dinner with my spouse in this place and I think that the place is really nice and the service was excellent. However I considerer that the food was in general good but not outstanding."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Meritage is consistently good; the staff is attentive and circulates among the tables making sure people are satisfied. The food is fresh and nicely prepared and presented. The wine list is complete. Always a very pleasant and delicious experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My husband and I love to eat here. We brought friends who have moved away and they liked the food as well. What impressed me most was that my husband ordered the lamb chops and After our appetizers our waiter came out and told my husband that the chef won't serve him the chops because they are too gamey /tough. We eat out often and no other restaurant refused us food because it wasn't up to par. We've just had to suffer through. Or been refused because they've run out. The food is consistently good and fresh."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "How would you like to have overly sweet drinks with no alcohol, food that is over salted and thrown on the over siized plate (appetizer) shrimp that came from a frozen bag' , an interminable wait for main course(over 30 minutes) short ribs that tasted like it came from a tired pressure cooker, fish so dry you couldn't eat it' a replacement of salmon with ill tasting skin that I spit out, flat soda, and a replacement with siugar soda when I said I was diabetic. I think they had some bad kitchen help because food wasn't even attractive on the plate. It looked like it was thrown down. I know this is not the reputation of the restaurant and despite the fact that we weren't charged for our meal, I would advise people not to come back. Ugh."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The menu selections are somewhat limited and should be expanded but the food I had was very good."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Meritage is a fine restaurant - I have had meals for quiet special occasions there often - dinner with wifey etc. Unfortunately this restaurant is not ready for this type of meals. The neighborhood badly needs this type of restaurant, but Meritage should remain the restaurant we have always known it to be - bordering on fine dining. The meals took too long to arrive and children got jittery. The Overall rating above relates to the family style dinners recently introduced."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Always wanted to try and it exceeded all expectations. Special entrees were alittle price but totally worth it. Would definitely go back again especially on a Tuesday where you can bring your own wine. Service was excellent. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We have lived close to Meritage for years and have never been until last night. Our waiter was relaxed and efficient. Our two apps (one being liver crostini) and 4 entrees were all very good. We were afraid the short ribs were going to be dry like at most restaurants, but Meritage's was moist. The Tagliatelle Bolognese and Cauliflower linguni were tasty. Though they do not make it, the cheesecake is amazing. We are picky about restaurants, so we are happy to have this solid option in our rotation. Being nearby is also a big plus."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Have always passed by and have ordered take out on occasion but had never had the chance to sit and eat at Meritage until last Monday. We made a reservation for 6 at 8pm on what was Passover evening. Although a typically quiet evening for restaurants they made sure we were well cared for. The food was delightful and the staff was very attentive. We're happy we got the chance to enjoy the restaurant and we return for sure."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Friends had recommended this place. I like the atmosphere And menu but the service was very inconsistent and The food came out very slowly. When we first day down No one face us menus or came over . I had to flag Down the waiter . Then there was a huge gap between Our appetizer and entree so they comped us drinks. No reason for that on a Friday night where 2-3 tables were free. The service brought the experience down ."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We went once and appreciated the appetizers. The spaghetti with cauliflower was dry. There is no selection for vegetarians or vegans really, just a few things. For the price and the hype built by the web page it was a bit underwhelming. Good enough."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We hadn't been back to Meritage in a while, and the menu had changed from small and large plates to a strightforward menu offering delicious options. The food was well-prepared (my husband loved his veal parm on the bone), and they were accommodating of my gluten-free requests. We always appreciate being able to have a conversation at Meritage, even on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were really excited to see Mertiage on the RW menu. We've been wanting to try it since we ate at it's sister restaurant Harpers. Everything was just delicious. Located in a little mall in Scardale you might almost drive by it on Weaver St. It's a definite "must-try." the chef is innovative and his food really spot on. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Great food. Nice, but uninspired atmosphere. The serving staff seem to assume that you have been there before. It seems that most people in the restaurant were locals who knew each other. They acted as if they were in one of their homes as opposed to a public space, which was not always a considerate way to behave. In summary, a great meal with casual service surrounded by people who were less than considerate. I would eat here again for the food and will probably be more likely to try the chef/owner's other locations in hopes of a different crowd with the same excellent food."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Although we say Scarsdale lacks restaurants of quality, I must say that Meritage never disappoints...and I must remember to go more often. We went for Valentine's day dinner with another couple and were seated immediately - no wait-at-the-bar games here! Our dinner was delicious..The pasta "pillows" with butternut squash I had was outstanding and my friend said her arctic char was yummy.The red velvet cake we had for dessert, as well as the other items we ordered, was all so good. We loved how the tables were not on top of each other, like in some other places, and that we could totally hear each other talk.Our waitress was terrific and caring of allergies - we can't wait to eat at Meritage again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "No matter how many times I go to Meritage, I cannot buy a bad meal. The only way to leave disappointed is if you get jealous of someone elses order. The standard menu is perfect, the service is friendly, accomodating and never slow. You will always run into your friends there, and that is one of the best parts. No amount of money can get you a bad meal there. You can throw darts at a board and come out happy."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We live near the Meritage, but never knew what type of restaurant it was. Thanks to Open Table, and the reviews of the Meritage, we decided to try it and it surpassed both of our expectations. We will definitely become regular customers!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Went here for New Year's Eve and, unlike many places that don't do well on special occasions, Meritage did everything right. The food was excellent, and the service couldn't have been better. We'll be back for more!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "After spending a day in the city, we returned to Westchester for an enjoyable dinner. The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. This will now be on pur lists of favorites."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The food at Meritage is always delicious. Their menu changes seasonally and is always fresh. The waiters and bartenders treat you like family."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Food was excellent. Had the pasta bolognese and the veal milanese. Both were excellent. Given the restaurant wasn't full, wait service could have been more attentive. We waited a lot. (Went during the middle of the week.). Still, the food was worth it."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "I love the relaxed feel of this place - like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. My wife and I had the duck confit on a bed of braised brussel sprouts. I had the squash soup; she had the beet salad. Both were excellent. The dessert, chocolate bread pudding, was truly a treat. Generous portions. Chef Tatou (sp?) hugged the regular customers as he visited the tables and promised to dazzle us upon our return."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "We hadn't eaten here in many years but decided to try it for Restaurant Week even though the restaurant doesn't post any menus (other than a Sunday special) online. The food was OK but with so many excellent places at comparable prices and atmospheres this doesn't stand out at all. The wine list is unusual, with a good selection of unusual vineyards at fair prices."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Meritage is a sophisticated dining spot with great food. The wine list was reasonably priced and extensive."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Food is always consistently above average. The variety of food makes it easy to always find something you like. Great Sharing appetizers and interesting desserts. Meet friends there and we have never had a bad experience. The waiter that we usually have has b een there for a long time and is amazing. Attentive but not annoying. I will continue to go there on a regular basis."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Very good food; nice ambiance. Interesting and creative drink specials. Went with two girlfriends and we really enjoyed ourselves. They did not rush us out although it was a Friday night and crowded."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "very good but overpriced. We basically had two appetizers and the bill didn't reflect that."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Meritage never disappoints! The menu is carefully created, with a varied standard menu that offers something for everyone . But check out the specials also. New to the menu is artichoke char tartare, with avocado cream and arugula, it was outstanding, as the special duck breast with parsnip purée, perfectly cooked! our waiter Tony makes the evening that much more special,Describe the wine by the glass that you want, and he brings it. Meritage is always a great spot to linger if you wish over dinner, not too noisy and not rushed to peruse the menu or eat. We will continue to keep going back"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Fabulous meal, fabulous service but quite a stuffy atmosphere. The food was so good that we will return but prefer the atmosphere of Harpers in Dobbs Ferry which is the sister restaurant. Maybe it's just the difference between the Scarsdale crowd vs rivertown crowd. The service was also outstanding."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "The restaurant was a little warn! Our reservation was at 715pm and when we walked in, we thought it was senior citizen night. The food was only mediocre but the service was very good."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "My husband and I took our aunt out for her birthday and decided that this was a suitable special occasion place to do it. While she and I were being seated, my husband spoke with the maitre'd asking that her dessert be presented with a lighted candle. She graciously agreed. That did not happen so I got up to rectify the situation. The wait person came back, removed her dessert and THEN brought it back with a candle. I had requested that an additional dessert be brought out with the candle. (We had only ordered 2 for the 3 of us originally). I felt that this was an awkward way to handle the situation. Her dessert should not have been removed after having been served. Quite embarrassing!"
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "We have been going to Meritage for years. Our family (teens and college students) always enjoys the food. Cozy, cute room. Really good food. Great wine list. Staff has been on board for a long time and always pleasant. Our favorite "go-to" place."
    Dined on 9/2/2013
  • "We just went the other night and the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "excellent food preparation and Tony delivers excellent service"
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "We were pleasantly surprised coming in to this restaurant based solely on other online recommendations. Our Server had just the right balance of knowledge and was able to engage us in for a great experience. From solid appetizers thru to the main course and dessert. We left smiling which is rare for 5 of different age and taste expectations."
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "We have been to Meritage a number of times and were a bit disappointed at our recent dinner. The new menu is spare and uninteresting. Prices are high and the food was fine, but not particularly noteworthy. The service was uncharacteristically poor. It was inattentive, slow and I was brought a bottle of wine with a different vintage than indicated on the menu. When I mentioned it, I was told dismissively that they had just moved over to the more recent vintage."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "The food is very good but sometimes the servers seemed overwhelmed by the many diners. Always a favorite for a really good meal close by."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Living in Scarsdale for 20 years, I can truly say this is my favorite restaurant. Despite changing management, the food is consistently, the ambiance is unpretentious but lovely, and the waiter is the best!"
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "If you live in the area this is place some regulars go for good food and service. I must say that while the crowd was rather 'wise', the food and service was perfect! If you live near this spot then it is a good meeting place and the food was yummy! It was a bit expensive for an appropriate portion size (as we Americans are used to HUGE) and our server Sarah was EXCELLENT. Overall - no complaints! Just not a place to be crazy or silly but good for family dinners."
    Dined on 7/26/2013