The crab and avocado tower
The crab and avocado tower as an app was excellent however the pork osso bucco (we ordered 3 at our table) was just ok. It was a bit dry and overcooked but still quite edible.
Dessert was great as well. Cheescake and creme brule.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
a little pricy but very good dinner
Not much to say but good things about the Metuchen inn: 4 of us, 2 Americans 2 Frenchies, all foodies, we quite enjoyed it
The food is between good and very good (depends what you order) and the menu is very attractive and balanced with venison, boar as well as good fishes. Wine list a little lower than the menu, and prices a little too high but not overly pricy though
Noise level was OK, the bar is nice, service was good, all well dressed...
Recommended? for sure! i'll return? Certainly
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food most of the time
The food is usually really good I had steak this time and it was just ok a bit tough. Oysters w crab very good venison very good last time I had duck excellent. One note they have a good wine list but several times did not have the wine in stock. That's frustrating. Also this time we were told theynhad a Italian beer got our hopes up. only to find out they were out of that. A little consistency goes a long way. We would go back occasionally.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was amazing! So close
The food was amazing! So close to home and always passed it by! Glad we decided to make reservations for our 3 year anniversary! The service was a little slow(think because there was a benefit that night) but the food more than made up for it!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fish recommended by owner
Fish recommended by owner was one of the best ever tasted. Rest of meal was as good including salads.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I go back again and again and it is always great. The staff is always attentive and the food is always exceptional. If you have not been there since they renovated you should give it a try. The bar is much better but is still secluded from the restaurant and so dining is still intimate.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Metuchen Inn Is Top Quality
Another outstanding meal. This is a can't miss restaurant , excellent service, warm atmosphere, great food. Can't wait for our next meal there. Go for a New York type quality meal in a quaint suburban town.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quite a pleasure. Service
Quite a pleasure. Service was wonderful. Dinner was excellant. Only ploblem, very loud. Could barely hear each other across table.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
ONLY FEW MINUTES FROM THE HOTEL, Great Restaurant. Love the Quaint/Romantic/casual feeling to the place. Best salad. Lamb best I have had, melts in your mouth. Thoroughly enjoyed the crème brulee. Looking forward to our return to this area so I can dine at this restaurant and try more of the fine foods they have on their menu.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Live in the area
This was my first visit. Very good food, the menu had some nice variations but limited choices. The inside was clean and crisp. I did expect to find a much older charm, though there was a fire a few years back and i guess some of the old masters carpentry cannot be replaced. i'd say its worth the try.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice evening for two (or more)
The restaurant was modestly active on a Tuesday night. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgable about the food. The place was its usual pristine self and the owners were extremely friendly and cordial. The food is very consistent and came out at the proper temperature. I ordered the short rib appetizer and was extremely pleased with the flavor and the tenderness of the plate. The size was very decent, almost dinner portion size (for what my son calls a "two bite" restaurant. My wife ordered the tuna tartar and crab salad which was well plated as well. My entree was the osso bucco (waiter's suggestion) and that came out perfectly done with the right amount of risotto as well. My wife had the duck but didn't care for the special risotto.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gourmet Dining in an Elegant Settin
The food was delicious from the appetizers until the desserts. A little expensive but worth it if you like gourmet dining--and who doesn't?
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
I loved my main course and service was excellent it was my birthday and I was looking forward to desert and it came out burnt :(
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Dining at the Metuchen Inn
We had another fine evening at the Metuchen Inn. The food was excellent, the service terrific and the total ambiance was great. All in all, a wonderful experience. We highly recommend the Metuchen Inn.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, service, ambience was lovely. Each plate was a picture. Every item on the plates was perfectly done.
Kudos to all.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good...quality dining
Very good...quality dining experience! Good food & good service.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
All in all a very pleasurable
All in all a very pleasurable dining experience. Beautiful renovation and excellent menu with many apps and main courses to choose from. Lots of nice seafood choices.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
gem in the neighborhood
Had a lovely experience from start to finish. Quiet athmosphere, no rush to give you the bull, delish meals, appetizers were great!
Favorite apple strudel dessert to end the night. Great presentation of foods.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Service!
Food was exceptional from appetizers to dessert!
Excellent service from our waiter, Galloway!!!
Highly recommended restaurant. Will rival any great NYC restaurant!!!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Metuchen Inn is one of our favorite restaurants. This is a very romantic, quaint inn, with very good food and service. It's excellent for special occasions. If you're looking for a wonderful place to dine, which is also very quiet, then you would love the Metuchen Inn.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been to the Metuchen Inn several times and found food and service very consistent.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was pleasantly surprised how good the food was. It was homemade, meticulously plated and delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meal. When I pulled into the parking lot, I was afraid that the restaurant was too fancy but the decor was tasteful and sleek with a very nice casual atmosphere. The owner was very friendly as well as the bartender. I will definitely dine here again.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed The Metuchen Inn very much. Beautiful place, excellent food, and very attentive wait staff. Owner came to talk to us during our meal and was extremely friendly and engaging. Will definitely return! Highly recommend.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Ambience and Good Food
If you are looking for a lovely place that is quiet and has good food and good service, this is it. We will return to celebrate a special occasion because it is a bit pricey for routine return. For our experience, the Coppela Cabernet Savignon wine was an especially good choice. Each couple shared what turned out to be a smallish salad. Next time we won't share. My husband had the scallops which were exceptional. I had the swordfish, which was good but skimpy, as did my friend who accompanied us. Her husband had lobster with pasta which he said was delicious and looked ample. The rest of us had a surprisingly minimal amount of vegetable. Altogether we found the experience most enjoyable.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We decided to have a very early dinner on a Sunday, and there were only a few other parties there. We each had the spinach salad, which was absolutely wonderful. I had sea scallops and my husband had the rack of lamb. Both entrees were prepared beautifully - wonderful to taste and a lovely presentation. We found the service attentive, and left the restaurant very satisfied with the experience. Since there were so few people there, it is not possible to determine how noisy the restaurant would be we had gone later in the day. The bare hardwood floors are lovely to look at, but I suspect that it may be quite noisy in the absence of carpeting to absorb sound.
We would definitely return.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was cooked to perfection!
The food was cooked to perfection! Both the octopust appetizer and the lamb entree were very tender.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
we were celebrating our anniversary
we were celebrating our anniversary and when seated were brought 2 flutes of champagne! we shared a field greens salad, steamed clams and both had the halibut o the menu. a bottle of wente sauvignon blanc rounded out the meal. truly enjoyable.
7/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a wonderful meal
I really like the Metuchen Inn. It is a pretty room, very comfortable. The food is excellent.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great lunch. Although Octopus was on the website lunch menu, when we arrived it was not on the printed menu and I was disappointed. However I asked the waiter if they would make it for us, and he said yes without a doubt - it was great. THe owner stopped by all the tables to say hello and was very friendly. Great service. My scallops were cooked perfectly. I will return with my family.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
90th Birthday Party
We decided to take my mother to the Inn for her 90th. The food was outstanding. My wife had halibut, my mother had vegetarian ravioli and I had scallops. Each dish was cooked to perfection. Our vanilla bean cheesecake was outstanding. As a added treat, the restaurant served champagne on the house in celebration for my mother's special occasion.
The wait staff were also excellent. They seemed to enjoy serving.
We definitely will be going back.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for dining clients
The menu is sufficiently diverse and everyone has always been thrilled with the food. This is our go-to restaurant to take clients in this area.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Atmosphere is nice. Not your
Atmosphere is nice. Not your typical menu. Portions were appropriately sized. Rack of lamb was perfectly cooked and presented well. Seafood medley was good. Menu stated it had mussels but there weren't any in the dish. The calamari appetizer was tasty and enough for two. We loved the dessert! It was bananas, coconut and chocolate wrapped in phyllo dough and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We were not thrilled with the drink prices. $2.95 for a club soda and $3.50 for a diet coke and $12.00 for a Sambuca to put in my espresso. We may return for a special occasion in the future.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were welcomed with a smile despite arriving before their dinner service officially started at 5pm. Bar service was good, but the real reason to come is for the food. Appetizer included calamari (delicious) mushroom ravioli and mussels-all very good. Entrees: Scallops with corn and a port wine reduction that I highly recommend. Husband had sesame tuna-cooked perfectly and excellent. All of our dining companions raved about the food. (Orders included rack of lamb, swordfish and mahi-mahi) Wine was excellent. Service was very good - owner even stopped by our table personally to make sure we were happy. Glasses were kept full, and we never felt rushed. Really a lovely restaurant - one of the very best in the area.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Metuchen Inn is my first choice when I want an exceptional dining experience. The food is superb, the menu enhanced by the nightly specials, presented by a knowledgeable staff. The grilled octopus appetizer and the yellowfin tuna were sensational,
Service is as attentive as you wish it to be, without being intrusive. Chat as long as you wish without interruption, and they appear when you are ready for them.
My out-of-town colleagues unanimously applauded my choice. As General MacArthur once said, "I shall return"!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The newly renovated Metuchen
The newly renovated Metuchen Inn was lovely. The food and service was excellent and all 4 diners would definitely return again. The rack of lamb was cooked perfectly and all dishes were presented beautifully. All in all, we had a perfect evening!!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Neighborhood Restaurant
Surprised us with free flutes of champagne after we were seated because I mentioned we were celebrating a birthday when I did OpenTable reservation. This was a nice touch! We shared the Calamari appetizer which was ample and delicious. The Rack of Lamb was excellently prepared and presented and so was the Filet Mignon. The Raspberry Almond Tart was attractively presented but tasted a little too sweet. The dessert selections did not appear to be their strong point - adequate but nothing to write about. The menu had a selection of gelatos and sorbets that I will try next time.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is one of the best around. The owners are very friendly and the service is great, the waiters are very attentive and the food is excellent. Try it and you'll like it!!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful service, food and atmosphere.. Osso Bucco was exceptional, although my Amish Chicken could of use about 5 more minutes.. complimentary salads were a very nice touch.... my wife and I and friends always enjoy ourselves here.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful and elegant place to eat that is so close. You get a Manhattan style chef and service but don't need to travel so far. I highly recommend this place. Will go back again.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
celebrated my birthday dinner
celebrated my birthday dinner here this week. we were greeted like long lost friends and feted with champagne. just so nice to feel so important and special. we shared an arugula salad with cheese, fruit and nuts. one diner was halibut from the menu and the other was a duck breast special, which had butternut squash and brussel sprouts. shared the almond tart for dessert. wonderful ambience in a corner table.
10/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's my third trip in a year....
My third trip in a year and I live in Montclair where there are also some very good restaurants. This is a terrific meeting spot if you are trying to find a place that is midpoint between points north, south and west in New Jersey. The food is excellent as is the service. I have never been disappointed and neither have the people I've met there for lunch. Haven't been for dinner, but I suspect it is equally as good. The dining room and bar area are very attractive and make for a lovely ambiance....certainly a nice spot for date night.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
just what you want
great seating for four; wait staff on the ball and to be commended for service and at the same time not annoying; food was
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us - food was great, service was great. I had an excellent Rib-Eye steak, friends ordered the short-rib dish, whole Branzino and the Halibut. Everyone loved their meals - we will be back.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
I go to the Metuchen Inn every year for Thanksgiving...and they always make it special and the food was excellent!!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a winner
Have been dining at the Metuchen Inn for years. Constantine is a warm, wonderful host. He greets you like he is welcoming you to his home. Right now they are decorated for the holiday season - beautiful. Everything is warm and elegant. From the moment you enter, you know you're about to have a fabulous experience. Servers are well informed and helpful, but never hover. Try the arugula salad with poached pears, candied almonds and goat cheese - excellent. For entree I had the shrimp and tagliatelle in a garlic, tomato and white wine broth. Seriously delicious. I live far, so only get here 2-3x a year, but in the area, this is my first choice for lunch or dinner any time. Whether with friends, on a date or with clients, you can't go wrong.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM