Metuchen Inn
Metuchen Inn

Metuchen Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://themetucheninn.net/index.html
  • Phone: (732) 494-6444
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm Happy 4pm - 7pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Tommy Romero
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Constantine or Jason 7324946444

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Linber Avenue
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit - Metuchen Station - North East Corridor Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking - Private Lot
A word from Metuchen Inn
The historic Metuchen Inn is now open, newly renovated, elegant new decor, same fantastic food and service with a creative new menu. Come see some old friends and make some new. Enjoy our Happy Hour with your hosts Constantine and Victor
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Metuchen Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)romantic (27)special occasion (25)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (17)good for groups (11)great for lunch (4)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (0)Show More
  • Poor Service for a frequent diner
    GreatSteak
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The service was slow and unattentative. No bread was brought to the table until we asked. All the entrees were not brought out at the same time. I have had multiple meals here and the owner recognized me and gave me a big hug. That was the only attention I received the hole time I was there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Relax
    Kat71cr
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Metuchen Inn has good food, drinks and atmosphere staff is friendly. The attention to the patron is superb from the time you walk in, till you leave. No rush and very polite servers and hosts. The crab cakes absolutely great the pork chops cook to perfection!!! Dessert “White Chocolate caramel bread pudding fig Ice Cream pair with a Bailey’s Coffee was delicious!!!!! Owner did offer us a taste of the cheesecake it was so good that we take the rest back to the hotel for a snack it was more like good breakfast food!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    foodfriends
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Service was great. Food was delicious. Fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Metuchen Inn
    wineanddine
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    More formal atmosphere with very attentive wait-service-almost old-fashioned. The food was very good! We were there for a birthday dinner, it seems like a special occasion place to me.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Our business lunch was a very enjoyable experience. Service attention to detail, good size portions, delicious food. Looking forward to going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and elegant
    FDC50
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I really enjoyed the ambience, elegant tables and settings, and the quiet corner that was provided for mysmall party for a comfortable conversation reunion. The food was superb. The wine selection was mostly unkown to us, and we enjoy a nice glass of wine. No WIFI was a disappointment for those who need to stay in touch with the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neverhomeVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We are always made to feel so welcome to visit here. Had the best table near a fireplace to celebrate my birthday. We were greeted with a glass of champagne. Our server george has taken care of us before and is excellent. We shared a field greens salad to start and both an a special of halibut, which was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We showed up an hour early before our OpenTable appointment and they seated us immediately. The service was great, and even gave us a complimentary salad after we both ordered a sirloin steak (to make up for the time it would take for them to cook it how we like it). They let us stay an hour after we ate just having pleasant conversation. They did not bother us or push us out. We recommend it - it was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It started out as a fantastic night
    MLopezVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Beautiful evening to celebrate a special occasion, we chose to dine at metuchen inn. It began wonderfully, from a very friendly valet, to the prompt seating. For appetizers we shared oysters which were fresh and clean, and the tuna tartare, which I found to be delicious. This was the conclusion of our enjoyment for the evening. We ordered a med-rare duck breast which was served med-well, it should've never came to the table. The halibut was also overcooked and bland, the small amount of flavor it did have, came from the sauce. Moving forward with desert, we asked for double espressos, which took three attempts, and still came out extremely watered down with no froth on the top, I finally gave up, paid and went to have desert elsewhere
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Metuchen Inn Incredible
    LouC
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Went to the Metuchen Inn for a celebration dinner. We found the food to be very good. My wife had the pork chop entrée and it was a sumptuous rib that was perfectly cooked and seasoned. I had the Sea Scallops special and they were delicious as well. Save room for dessert, we shared the special (vanilla chocolate Brule) and the banana in phyllo. Both were excellent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jderwin26VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Metuchen Inn was delicious!!! I enjoyed the pork osso bucco and my fiance had the pierogi pasta. We both were very pleased, though John was slightly disappointed in the size of his entree. He was hoping it would have been bigger. We also had the meatball appetizer and that was very good. The only complaint I had is that it's slightly too expensive for the quality.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    A must dining experience when I'm in the area. Food is delicious and owners/staff are absolutely wonderful. Extensive wine list and amazing choice of entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Walt
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food was excellent and so was the friendly service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sept 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    the wait time between each course is very long. we ordered lamb rack, duck breast, sea bass and scallop. the lamb was good, duck breast was dry even at medium rare, the worst was the sea bass. the sea bass had 2 bones, it was very buttery, i was very thirsty after eating it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doug
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary and the management and staff were very accommodating helping us celebrate, including glasses of champagne. We had a very special time and the food and wine was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • metuchen inn
    foodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    service and food was excellent but... dinner portions were a bit small for the price. Sea Bass $34 portion was extemely small 4 bites if that. Service was excellent, Fantastic bartender and bar food. nice ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible all the way around!
    foodsnobVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I live in Atlanta and was in town for a business meeting with my NJ team. After the meeting, the 8 of us enjoyed an incredible dinner at Metuchen Inn. The food was delicious, the wine list impressive, and the service exceptional! We were even provided a little private time with Constantine, the Owner. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AngeloVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Its been some time since I last ate at Metuchen Inn. Just had an enjoyable lunch with an old friend. He enjoyed a rather pedestrian Caesar salad with grilled chicken. I ordered the Bbq pork loin on a bagette. The pork was tough, but I enjoyed the broccoli rabe and sun dried tomatoes on it. Service was first class and professional.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice but room to grow
    fussyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    the appetizers were excellent but the main courses for our party of 4 were mixed. a pasta with shrimp should have a sauce tasting of shrimp and not some overcooked shrimp plopped on top after the fact. Also, we were not told in advance that one main course was no longer available and a wine on the wine list was un-locatable. As for the servers, they were warm, helpful and friendly. The kitchen just needs to be more consistent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • neverhomeVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We love this restaurant, started with a shrimp cocktail ..large enough to share and then we both had a halibut special. The quality of the fish is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another enjoyable evening
    FoodLoverinEdison
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We've been going to the Metuchen Inn for years on special occasions. This time we went for my wife's birthday. As always, Constantine greeted both of us with big hugs and chatted with us for a bit. The food was excellent, and we were given free champagne to celebrate my wife's birthday. My only complaint is that the service is a little slow, do not plan on going here if you have an appointment later on that evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If You Haven't Been Here Recently
    metuchenlocal
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We hadn't been to the Metuchen Inn for a while. We were pleasantly surprised. It has a very nice bar with ample seating. The staff is very friendly and out-going. The dining area is laid out very nicely. Our dinners were excellent. We both chose a fish entrée but they have wonderful meat dishes, which we will try in the fall. The desert menu has some very interesting deserts. We do plan to come back more regularly (even if it is for drinks and apps).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 304 reviews are from the Metuchen Inn reviews archive.
  • WineWoman
    WinrWoman
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food and Service was excellent. Need to change-up and add to Wine List.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food. Service Needs Some Work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had dinner here with another couple. When we arrived for a 7:30 reservation, the hostess looked at us and said that they did not have a table yet available and "needed to figure something out." Not a good sign but not a big deal as we had some drinks at the bar. Our table was ready about 40 mins later. We ordered a bottle of wine and waited awhile. The waitress came and asked if someone had come to speak to us about the wine we ordered. Apparently they were out. Not a big deal by itself. We ordered another bottle and it came promptly. Appetizers and dinner came timely but water glasses were rarely filled. The food itself was very good. Overall the experience was good but the service was amatuer
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • neverhomeVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Anniversary celebration dinner here.. Just perfect! Started with a champagne toast, appetizer to share of the meatballs and polenta. Dinners were both specials, halibut with roasted beets and lobster taken out of the shell served swimming in what lobster bisque. Both were superb. Had of the best tables looking into the fireplace .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite place
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    You can't beat the food, the service and the ambiance of this special gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC - GO!!
    Mimi
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This restaurant's fantastic! Just Go! The food is amazing, delicious. The look and ambiance of the restaurant is gorgeous! Just a beautiful spot for personal or for professional dinners! We loved this place and will definitely be back for special occasions or for no occasion at all. (We went for a business meeting and everyone in the group loved everything about the restaurant - and it was a big hit with our guests!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My wife and I love the Metuchen Inn for their superbly prepared foods! We make it a point to spend several of our special occasions throughout the year here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice neighborhood restaurant
    EllesseB
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I've been here before and liked it. I was there on Father's Day evening and there was an especially loud party which detracted from my enjoyment. The food was good but the service was so so which for the price should have been better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect end to the day
    suppersinger
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We were out celebrating a small private wedding, and the entire experience could not have been more perfect. The staff were courteous and very attentive, all of the food was delicious, and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    AmusedAleks
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Took my boyfriend there for his Birthday diner. We had a great experience! The food was amazing and the portions were perfect. I like to try a bunch of different things but not big amounts of it, so this was perfect. I had made reservations and had placed a candle request for the ordered dessert. The waiter greeted us and wished my boyfriend a happy birthday as we sat, we got 2 complimentary champagne glasses which i thought was a very nice gesture. The dessert came out with a candle and happy birthday written on the plate. :) This is def a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Metuchen Inn a Hit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I was very disappointed that a table was not prepared for us. The server had to break down a table for six for our group of five while we were getting settled at the table. Since I had a reservation this should have been done before we arrived . After that the service and food were perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner
    ATSCCVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We enjoyed our meal, the octopus was excellent and I enjoyed the scallops. Our server was great and we enjoyed a nice quiet evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • neverhomeVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Love to dine here. Started with shrimp cocktail. Dinners were a soecisl of black bass...excellent.. And short ribs. Service is always top notch!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I just love the Metuchen Inn. My husband & I have been there twice and really enjoyed it so much both times. I love the decor. The bar area is beautiful and reminds me of restaurants in the Hamptons. We live in Staten Island so it is not so far for us to travel. I love the white table cloths also. The service was great both times. One of the waitresses suggested a drink for me and it was splendid! The best part is the food. I love to cook and am very conscious of quality ingredients. I believe you are using really good ingredients and that goes a long way for taste, health, & presentation which makes for a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary food
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I am rating this five stars despite service issues, as we had a brand new waiter who had NO idea what he was doing, but I will let that pass, given how sensational the food was. Yes, I'm a foodie of sorts, and never expected this experience at the Metuchen Inn, where I had not been for many years. But, every dish looked like a work of art, and tasted equally good. I would have to say that based on this experience, the kitchen is the best in NJ. Truly superior. Recommened items: Mushroom bisque, oysters, rack of lamb, "crispy scallops", sea bass.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't order the steak!!!!
    Jack
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Service and servers were excellent. Most of the food we ordered was very, very good. However, the steak I ordered was not cooked as I ordered it and was as tough as shoe leather. Tons of grizzle throughout the cut of steak I was served and while I was there, I saw 2 other steaks being "returned" to the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very pleasant surprise
    janetluvsfood
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This was a wonderful experience. The restaurant is nice and bright a big change from the prior setting. We were seated immediately.Our waiter appeared immediately to take our drink orders which came promptly. We had the calamari and Lobster potato bisque for appetizers. For entrees we had pan seared bass, pan seared halibut and duck breast. They all smelled, looked and tasted wonderful. For desert we had gelato, almond tart and the BEST cheesecake ever. Even though it was a holiday, everything ran smoothly. No complaints. The prices are extremely reasonable. Our bill with tax came to $197. I really can't wait to make a return trip to this surprisingly enjoyable restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Lmac
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Have always loved going to metuchen inn. Mostly have gone for special occasions. Staff and owners are wonderful!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so good
    abgood
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The wine we ordered off the extensive wine list was not the year we ordered when we received it - the waiter said they were out of that year. Over all, the food was just ok - nothing to rave about. Our waiter was frazzled as he explained that he had to spend a lot of time in the basement looking for wine for his tables as the owners were not around
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet