The food is very good and a surprise given the location. French and casual. Service could have been a little faster. Waiters are young and don't seem into their jobs. The chocolate mousse was excellent.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Anniversary Dinner
We have gone several times to Verjus for our wedding anniversary dinner. Every meal has been outstanding. If you know the satisfaction and joy of a great meal and some good wine, this is the spot. Some of my friends who often dine in NYC say it is as good as anything in NYC. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Verjus is just a hop, skip and a jump from Winchester Gardens (a retirement place) which makes it an ideal restaurant to go to celebrate special events. I like it particularly for lunch where the choices are many, and one can linger without feeling rushed. Portions are generous so I almost always go home with something for supper! Soups vary from day to day and take advantage of seasonal veggies. Service is always attentive.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Verjus never disappoints. Great attention to detail, attentive service and consistently delicious food. The chef is all round strong but excels over most in the soup category.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family and I went there for my mother's birthday and to celebrate one year before we go to France for my mother's 60th birthday. Everything we ordered was amazing and cooked to perfection. The service was great, we were well taken care of and attended too. We would dine there again.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Verjus never disappoints.
Verjus never disappoints. Their food is always delicious. The staff is accomodating and always pleasant. Jane, one of the owners, runs the front of the house flawlessly. I highly recommend eating at Verjus. I had scallops that were perfectly cooked. My husband had steak frites which he said was delicious.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful in all respects
Everything at Verjus is outstanding, from the delcious food to the gracious, thoughtful and warm service. I would highly recommend it.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
MY husband and I went to this restaurant on the recommendation of friends. Wonderful to have such fine French cuisine so close to home here in NJ! Saved a trip to NYC. The owner was friendly and always on hand. There was a good crowd on hand and it was an overall wonderful experience. The decor could use some updating to attract and newer/ slightly younger crowd. But what they are doing is certainly working regardless and we are sure to go back for another special occasion dinner.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This time for a Sunday brunch. An item was unwittingly prepared with an ingredient the diner could not eat. The kitchen immediately and quickly remade it, no questions asked. The service is outstanding.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The only place in New Jersey that has escargot is seems!!!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is wonderful. I have never been disappointed. The noise level is low to moderate so you don't have to shout to talk to your dinner companion.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Neighborhood Gem
You cannot go wrong at this fantastic neighborhood gem. Have lunch, have brunch, have dinner, go for a night out or a special occasion. Never fails to please.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have dined here before
We have dined here before and have always had excellent food and service. Staff are friendly and experienced. The fresh corn chowder was wonderful - sweet fresh corn was the experience. The veal chop was tender and delicious. Of course dessert was most satisfying - fresh fruit tartin. We have recommended this restaurant to several of our friends and will continue to do so. Thank you.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A hidden gem
I wish I had found this restaurant sooner so I could have eaten here more often! We had a variety of dishes--steak, bluefish, pasta, salad -- and all of them were delicious and perfectly prepared. The service was also very friendly and attentive.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another delicious evening with friends at Verjus. The menu's always good and the dining pace leisurely. Unf neither of the two special summer menus were available and would have liked some lighter choices, some variety, to the usual menu. Sometimes I wish there were small tables by the bar to allow/encourage you to go for drinks and small plates; then perhaps dinner could be served in tables in back of the main room and the side room which always seems curtained off. We love Verjus but the feeling seems almost too reserved and quiet. The food's so good, would be nice to feel as though you could stop in for something other than that once-in-a-while special dinner.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always love this place. They make a point of getting to know their guests, and their warm welcome is just that: welcome and not intrusive at all. The food is incredible. The service is perfect. Can't say enough good things about Verjus.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vergus on a "Shore Night"
Unfortunately the meal was not of the standard of Nicholas or Whispers, satisfactory but not outstanding. Quiet dignified atmosphere, with senior aged diners. Twice Fried baked potatoes and corn on the cob didn't quite fit in for a eatery of reputation. Icre cream sunday was superb - and Ceasar salad as well My friend had soft shell crab, which to me appeared somewhat gross to eat, but I have never eaten crab so maybe that is how it should look after being "operated" upon. I kept thinking about an intestinal surgeon would would find nothing unusual. The New England Clam chowder soup was unique from what I had expected and was tasty.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been meaning to go to Verjus for years, but it's a distance from home and didn't make it until last night. What a wonderful surprise! Excellent food, fabulous servers, well spaced tables and we could hear one another! I don't remember the last time we ate in a restaurant on a week-end and left as contented as we did from Verjus. We will be back soon
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Verjus is a so neighborhood restaurant with New York taste. The owners do it all and it shows.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have had dinner here a few times and it was delicious. So today a friend and I decided to have lunch. Jane, owner and matre d was so welcoming and warm. She actually was the bartender who created our tasty lunch libations. We chose the spinach, mushroom crepes and the grilled cheese with ham for our lunch. The portions were huge with fresh salad with a delicious homemade dressing. Would highly recommend Verjus for lunch.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
High quality, quiet setting
Don’t go to Verjus if you do not appreciate exceptionally good food or the French style of cooking; if you believe that the perfect serving pace of a good restaurant is too slow; or if you don’t like a quiet setting.
Do go to Verjus if you like mid-size dining areas, amazingly quiet despite the restaurant being 90% full; a sober, high-quality décor; a very professional and friendly owner-hostess and staff; a perfectly paced serving; a comprehensive wine and scotch list; and superb, quite creative cooking.
Away from the city-center buss (maybe a negative for some), Verjus has ample parking, and is the place to go when you want a high quality meal in a quiet setting, or when you want to impress somebody with a very good find.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
We have been dining at Verjus for quite a while. We enjoy their regular menu, as well as their Friday specials; "Bistro Night", the third Friday of each month, and "Shore Dinner Night", on the other Fridays during the summer months. The food is excellent, and the service is extremely friendly. The one knock that I have read in certain reviews is that the service is slow. So let me put this in perspective. When you are seated, no one appears within 30 seconds asking if you wold like a drink to start. You are given time to peruse the menu, order drinks, order food, and have it arrive at a leisurely pace. This is how my wife and I like to dine. We have the opportunity to actually converse and not feel rushed. Great food and beverages.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
First rate food
We celebrated a friend's birthday and were not disappointed. We were unable to sample the normal menu as they were featuring a special menu that evening, but we were all very satisfied with our selections. The Branzino was as good as anywhere. The bread is usually a harbinger of the quality of what is to come, and it was certainly true in this case - very fresh and of the highest caliber. There were only two dessert selections, so we were unable to get a feel for the range of offerings, but what we had was very good. On the whole, it was a very enjoyable experience - great food and attentive service in an amiable atmosphere.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had snails as a shared
We had snails as a shared appetizer, I had scallops and boyfriend had steak au poivre. Food was fantastic all around. Teenaged server was a bit pushy, but otherwise attentive. Amazing prices for both the food and especially wine ($6.50 for a glass?! yes please!). Great find for a special occasion or generic night out :)
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our dinner Friday at Verjus on their "Bistro Night," which features a three-course $45 prix fixe menu, reinforced why we love coming here and dine here more than at Lorena's, also highly rated and nearby. The food is excellent, the welcome is genuine, and the room is quiet and amenable to a thoughful conversation with your meal. We had the escargot and pate campagne appetizers, the steak frites and skate wing for entree, and chocolate mousse and nectarine crepes for our dessert. The waits for plates can extend when the restaurant is crowded (since the kitchen is tiny and most things are made to order). But that doesn't bother us since we go when we want a leisurely evening. We highly recommend Verjus for your next "dinner out."
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently a gem!!!
Just love this restaurant. Food is always good. Tonight our group enjoyed the scallops, Peking duck, chicken, and roasted salmon. All were fantastic. Especially nice was that one of our party did not want the pasta that was with his food. Without a missed beat the waiter offered a number of substitutes. Service was fabulous.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place for French food
We have gone there again and again, never a complain!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
nice party dinner
I had birthday party there recently, just for 3 persons and it was wonderful - food, drink and not a lot of noise. So we could eat and drink and celebrate, discuss current events in very friendly and easy way. Food was very delicious and perfectly cooked, and it was the most important. Service was fantastic, even we overstayed but no complaints whatsoever. I like this place and was there 3-5 times already and it is becoming better, not worse as other places I where I recently did celebrations for my daughter birthday, and other big events. Wine is really good and really genuine. Thanks very much for beautiful celebration.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is really quiet, but each dish is memorable.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
I simply love this restaurant. The menu is creative and diverse. The food is always delicious and prepared with great care. I don't have anything negative to say.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food fit for any occasion
Creative preparation, delightfully executed. If you live in Maplewood, easy choice! If you live in Morristown, worth the drive even during rush hours!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food worthy of a trip into NYC
But in our town. Versus offers excellent food... Great flavors, artfully presented, delicious!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Is all "German" food this good?
I've never been to Germany, but Friday's "German night" was so delicious, I just might have to go someday. We've eaten at Verjus many times, and have our favorite meals from the regular menu, and now we have new favorites on the special menu too. From the amuse bouche to the desserts, we enjoyed every bite...chewy, flavorful potato rolls, hearty pumpkin soup, herring with really tasty onions, trout (included cucumbers a bit too aggressively vinegar-ized), weinerschnitzel (I liked the anchovies but the veal-lover wasn't thrilled with the combination). We don't usually order dessert, but made an exception since it was prix fixe...and the chocolate cake was exceptional.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
great experience !!
Loved the food , only about a dozen choices but will make changes as requested always very attentive loved it
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Verjus is a gem
Maplewood has several excellent restaurants. Verjus is the best. The owners pay special attention to every detail. I had a complete autumnal meal: velvety pumpkin soup, saurbraten (the real thing!), and an apple tartin. The perfect meal for the fall! Don't miss this speacial place.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, classy, intimate
Excellent, classy, intimate restaurant. We enjoyed the evening and the slow paced service over a nice bottle of wine. The food was very good, the escargot appetizer was especially outstanding. Small but interesting collection of wine choices, but plenty to chose from.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
always a delicious and thoughtfully prepared meal at Verjus. We come here to celebrate special occasions. Our server was very polite but could have been a bit more alert to us.
however, there are enough staff around to get you that drink or coffee that the server forgot.
We will continue to come her.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was incredible start to finish. I'm kind of shocked really. I haven't had that kind of restaurant experience in a long time. Crab cakes were the best I ever had -- almost all crab, not overspiced as they often are. Then I had the duck with cabbage and wild rice, which was sort of a mix of comfort food and high end, in the best way. My wife had the snapper, which was out of control good. Dessert was profiteroles, the special with pumpkin ice cream (which tasted like real, not canned, pumpkin) and butterscotch sauce (same). Couldn't believe how good it all was. Only downside was that it took a long time -- the owner told us one of the kitchen staff wasn't in. Would go back in a second.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently excellent; fine dining in a comfortable, pleasant environment. Creative kitchen - and wonderful desserts. It's no wonder it's a NJ favorite. Many thanks for another great meal.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food as usual
We enjoy the Friday pre-fix dinners and the themed meals. We had Italian French.... Delicious. Wine suggestion also good.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Cozy French find
We saw the reviews for this on Opentable and though we'd check it out, having just moved to South Orange. It was a great experience all around. Great prix fixe menu for Friday night, good service, and a very relaxing environment. We're looking forward to returning and bringing friends!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The essence of Verjus
This is an intimate, personal restaurant. The food is always excellent. It is unique because this type of restaurant no longer exists:
good cocktails, good food, subdued atmosphere and good jazz in the background. In addition,
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to meet for lunch
Truly terrific: the chef is in the kitchen! Delicious, freshly cooked food with a variety of choices. Plus, this is an elegant restaurant: white tablecloth, proper silverware and flattering lighting. An amazingly convivial atmosphere which put my group at ease: been there twice and planning a return!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are never disapponted when
We are never disapponted when we eat at Verjus. We always get a delicious meal in a nice, quiet setting.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is our favorite local
This is our favorite local place. Charles Tutino is an awesome chef, and the place is great.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A superb dining experience!
Outstanding food, wine, drinks, service and ambiance. What more could you ask for!!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Good But Could Be Better
As always, Verjus' food quality and preparation were excellent. Our sincerest compliments to the chef! However, there were two negatives which detracted from our dining experience:
1. Our entire family -as do a lot of other people, hates liver and as a result, your complimentary liver pate` appetizer was not eaten. Suggest you choose a complimentary appetizer which is not so narrowly targeted to specific diners.
2. Since food is good for the stomach and music is good for the spirit, the ambience and dining experience at Verjus could be enhanced greatly by low decibel background classical music and/or the singing of Edith Piaf and/or Boccelli and/or Domingo etc. etc.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was a halfway point for
It was a halfway point for old friends to meet. We wanted good food,good wine and a place we could reminisce. Verjus did not disappoint ! We were all from out of town. I picked Verjus based on location,menu and reviews. It was a warm relaxed atmosphere and the brunch was delicious. Three courses with multiple choices for each course, all were happy. No one seemed to mind that we lingered for over 2 hrs. Parking right on the premises and easy access to the interstates. Delightful experience at Verjus!
Hope to be back next year!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
TRUE NEIGHBORHOOD GEM
I have gone for lunch numerous times over the past few weeks and have thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service.
If you have not tried it, I would highly recommend it.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
French food at its best
We found this place with a web search on a recent visit to Maplewood, and we'll go back to it every time we're in the neighborhood. It's a classic husband and wife small French restaurant, he in the kitchen she running the front of the house, now twelve years old and going strong. The food was excellent, the service well staffed and polished to a tee. The wine list was brief but to the point, with the expected emphasis on French wines. Oh, and the ambience was all you could hope for, whether celebrating an anniversary, catching up with old friends, or just relishing a quiet dinner out. You had to look out the window to remind yourself that you hadn't happened into one of those neighborhood gems on a quiet side street in Paris.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM