Service and presentation not
Service and presentation not to be beat. Food can be served warmer., though for a Saturday night and busy, this should be expected.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great evening. Went there for my wife's birthday and they did a great job. We went early(630) and it was not crowded until about 8:00pm. We had the tasting menu and it was very well done. We liked the whole menu. It was great.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great meal to celebrate
Had a great meal to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. The Bernards Inn went out of their way to make this special for my wife and I and it was much appreciated.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We choose the Bernards Inn
We choose the Bernards Inn to celebrate my birthday and had a wonderful evening. Everything we had was delicious including the signature cocktails and wine selected for us by the sommelier. Between the two of us, we had: Porcini Ravioli, Grilled Octopus, Roasted Beets, Maine Lobster, Tilefish and Crème Brulee. Every dish was presented beautifully and tasted even better. The service was excellent but a little rushed. The wine list was extensive and the sommelier did an excellent job selecting the perfect wine for us. We could not stop talking about how great the food was! It was an expensive evening, but well worth it. A great place for a special occasion.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a delicious meal. The
We had a delicious meal. The service was impeccable.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine, cocktails, scotch...they have it all, along with suggestions for those who might find the 50 page wine bible a bit intimidating.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was perfect. The scallop appetizer was fantastic! We will be back.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for our 22nd wedding anniversary, and the place was amazing. Food was incredible, and the service top notch. Oddly enough, I thought it was reasonable as well (such good food and service often comes at high prices, and while not cheap, I thought the bill very reasonable. I would recommend without hesitation.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall, it was excellent,
Overall, it was excellent, but they missed bringing the sausage I ordered with the eggs. I did not complain, although maybe I should have.
The food was delicious. Who would have thought that you could find scrambled eggs so good.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet, Romantic, very Upscale restaurant excellent for anniversaries, significant others' birthdays, or any other romantically themed special occasion. Had flowers delivered to the table, and the dining room piano was a nice bonus to the overall ambience. Would definitely come back to celebrate another special occasion, or recommend to others for the same.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We would definitely like to dine at the Inn again...and maybe next time try out the overnight accommodations. Wonderful place!
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best in Class
Service prompt and attentive
Food exquisitely prepared
Quality and taste superb
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The wife and I enjoyed our second anniversary here and plan on going back in the not too distant future. The food and service were outstanding. Definitely a place to take your significant other or impress your guests with an excellent dinner.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Evening at The Beranrds Inn
Always a pleaser of exceptional quality! The food was just simply outstanding and the service matched. We had my daughter's wedding there 7 years ago and we just keep coming back. We're NEVER disappointed.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impressive and Romantic
I took my girlfriend(now my wife) to this place twice once for our six month anniversary and then again for a romantic dinner.
Both times we went, we were impressed with the quality of service, the food and the atmosphere.
I definitely would return to Bernards Inn and recommend it to friends and family.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
All but the service was superior!
We found the restaurant to be great in all respects except our server that night. He was impatient, intolerant and inhospitable. From the valet to the hostess and sommelier to bus boy, the people couldn't have been more helpful and professional. The food was magnificent both in preparation and presentation. And finally, the ambiance was casual yet sophisticated and sufficiently romantic (including live music) for any special occasion. For us, it was an anniversary and the piano player was able to play our wedding song. In spite of our server (for whom we will chalk it up as a bad day for him at our expense), we will be back to this restaurant again and again in the future.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very special evening
My husband and I went to the restaurant wondering if it would live up to our expectations and were very pleasantly surprised by the elegant ambience and the service we received. As we had expected the food to be excellent it lived up to expectations but the wine list was a wonder with such depth that we could have studied it all night. Great sommelier added to the evening. Of course all of this is not cheap but if you want a great night and are open to the setting it is well worth a visit.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Bernards Inn - Dinner to Savor
It isn't often that you get to experience very fine dining combined with knowledgeable service staff paired with great wines in a venue with both ambience and class. The Bernards Inn is all of this and more. The menu choices are extensive and the presentation wonderful. This is a dining experience to remember. We will be frequent visitors in the future.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
5 Star Experience
A professional, courteous and helpful staff saw to it that every detail was addressed with precision and finesse. We selected from the Sunday Supper menu that included a choice of appetizer, entrée and desert for a fixed price. The roasted corn chowder appetizer was spectacular and we each loved the steak entrée. My wife really enjoyed the ice cream and sorbet made in house. Each course was presented in unison to both of us and we observed larger groups served with the same synchronous ceremony. This was truly a 5 star experience on a par with The London NYC, Butter and Ai Fiori without having to go to NY.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Above and beyond
We sat outside and enjoyed a few bar items, calamari, tenderloin beef tips, and "the burger", all were excellent. Service was on point and timely. The check was extremely reasonable for the quality of food and service given, very knowledgeable staff. I would reccomend The Bernards Inn to anyone I know, for a special occasion, or for just a bite at the bar!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Treated special while celebrating two anniversaries. Vegetarian needs addressed handsomely with choices. All dishes were excellent as were the wines. You can tell a fine restaurant by its bread and coffee, stars for both but leave room for the great food.
Piano music was wonderful and not overpowering. A very pleasant evening.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautifully appointed. Food
Beautifully appointed. Food was excellent fromthe bread to the after dinner coffee. Service was impeccable butfriendly Could not ask for anything better
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bernards Inn Corporate Dinner
I hosted out-of-state visitors for a corporate dinner and the venue, service and food were absolutely outstanding. The restaurant accommodated my request for a quiet table that exceeded my expectations. It was a fabulous dining experience.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was superb, well
The food was superb, well paced service, attentive wait staff. Meals came as requested, and each items was explained by the waitstaff to ensure we understood the complexity of the meal. Have dined here several times and have never been disappointed.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always Love this place
This is my total standby restaurant when I am looking to just have a great dinner and a wonderful cocktail. It is pricey, but it is never a disappointment. This time, I must say, the wait for the entree to come out seemed a little longer than usual. Well worth the wait though.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took daughter here for celebratory
Took daughter here for celebratory dinner after she graduated with her MBA. Food and service were wonderful, made a special time even better
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great all-around restaurant with great service and excellent food. The menu is a mix of the tried-and-true and interesting. It does not disappoint. Wine selection by the glass is good; the cocktails are very well prepared. Overall, looking forward to my next special occasion to enjoy the restaurant. The outdoor seating looked particularly nice!
The only "issue" that we had was that there is a downstairs party venue. The music was so loud we could hear it over the piano player at the bar. The staff was responsive to requests to turn down the volume a bit, allowing us to enjoy our dinner and the music from the piano.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had dinner on Monday night.
Had dinner on Monday night. Was interesting to see how popular they are on a regular week-day night. This was not a slow night for Bernards Inn. Service was outstanding; I especially enjoyed the fresh vegetable salad. Dinner was served in the Conservatory, a nice location, but I prefer the back dining room.....a little more quiet!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine for treating VIPs to excellent dining.
My food was too fancy - thd tuna pieces were almost unrecognizable with "stuff on top.
It is very expensive for most diners.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was perfect. Food, service and atmosphere. Absolutely a fine dining experience. The choices on the menu, were superb and everything was cooked to perfection.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our anniversary and
It was our anniversary and the staff us very well. Dessert was served with anniversary wishes written on the plates, and we left with a signed card from the staff and a box of candies. Very nice, personal touches.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impecable service, good food
The ambience and serviced were above reproach. Food good IF you still go for the "presentation" is everything. Would recommend
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great special dinner with
Great special dinner with my lovely wife of 25 years. Food was great and the service was pleasant, attentive but relaxed.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch and Learn!
I know this restaurant as a dinner place but I tried it for lunch. Not one for overly ornate lunches, I feared the menu would be dinner on a smaller scale but menu is tri-level with gourmet fare, familiar luncheon items plus lower calorie and vegan choices. My butternut squash soup included bits of parma ham and carmelized pecans along with an intriquing blend of spices. I had a salad with shrimp and my dining partner enjoyed the turkey burger; rarely have these been so well executed. My shrimp were fresh and perfect with an interesting greens and goodies salad. Her burger was juicy and delicious and so big she took the rest home for dinner! The service was impeccable and the seating at the window wonderful. We said "Let's do this again!"
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice Experience!
Greeted with a big smile. Waiter/Waitress were outstanding with both their service and recommendations. Food was WOW! Will definitely return. We'd highly recommend this establishment.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took friends here to celebrate their recent wedding. Wonderful choice. The service is impeccable, the food original and sublime. It was the second time we had been there and I will certainly be back.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bernards Inn - Fabulous dinner!
My husband and I visited the Bernards Inn for the second time, this weekend. We were here for our 5th wedding Anniversary and now our 10th Anniversary. The food was fantastic, again. They have a seasonal menu with local items and prepared in creative and interesting manners. The service was impeccable as was the ambiance. They really took excellent care to celebrate our anniversary by presenting a special dessert tray, a card from our waitstaff and a box of chocolates. It really was a memorable experience!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is not a place to come to if your in a rush. The food was delicious with a select variety of items that were appropriate for the Fall season. The staff is very knowledgeable and attentive but not over bearing.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dining experience. Great and attentive staff. Having shared with family an awesome celebration for our 50th anniversary we looked forward to a quiet dinner for two and we certainly hit the jackpot.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved everything about this restaurant. We all had lobster bisque which was wonderful. I chose the lobster pot pie, which was a poor choice since the sauce was the same as the lobster bisque with vegetables and potatoes added. It was served in a soup bowl with puff pastry in the center. The lobster was quite generous! My husband and daughter both had flat iron steak which they said was superb.
The service was excellent -- the breads delicious -- as was dessert. We dined in the "bar" and the atmosphere was very nice. The only negative remark is that we felt the prices were a little on the high side.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
just a tad off
This was our first time to The Bernards Inn. Overall, my wife and I have a very enjoyable evening. The service and ambience were outstanding, as were the desserts. I ordered the local scallops, which had a very good flavor, but was surprised to find that almost every one of them were gritty. We did decide that we would try them again.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Arrived on time for our 24th Wedding Anniversary, were seated at a quiet table in the formal dining area, as requested. Waiter was attentive but not intrusive, the sommelier stopped by to ask if we had questions about our wine selection, and offered some background on the nice Pinot Noir we selected. Reviewed the wine list prior to arrival, as the 1,500 selections are a bit overwhelming. A waiter stopped by to offer a selection of fresh breads, and our primary waiter arrived with a taste of rutabaga and creme-fraiche soup the chef was experimenting with. Appetizers and entrees were unique and flawless. The waiter had a few nice surprises to top off our special occasion, the Bernards Inn is a top choice if you are celebrating.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
This restaurant is perfect
This restaurant is perfect for special occasions! Everything we ate was delicious. The only criticism was that two of the entrees were not hot enough , but that did not stop us from cleaning our plates. Be aware that the quality comes with a price. We did not go over board, but our bill was still $200 per couple with gratuities. We'll definitely return for another celebration.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great experience
If you're looking for top service, excellent food and wine, The Bernards Inn will never disappoint. High end, without being snobbish, they always make us feel welcome and comfortable. Always worth the price, great for a special occasion or a romantic dinner.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dignified and Quiet Dining
While the bar area is joyfully exuberant, the dining room is quiet and dignified. The service is friendly and extremely competent...none of that "hi guys, what can I getcha?" that is the standard in New Jersey. We go there for special occasions because it feels special and the menu is always changing depending on the season and the market. I love the tasting menu and I can always anticipate something on the menu that I've never eaten before. This time every dish was new to me and everything but dessert was wonderful. Each course was delicious, served with care. Each was presented beautifully. Dessert was three times the size of any of the courses and extremely sweet except for the sherbet or ice cream (I couldn't figure out what it was).
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic. My tuna sashimi
Fantastic. My tuna sashimi appetizer was the best I have ever eaten. Lamb shank was equally magnificent. My wife 's squash soup was superb and the poached chicken was extraordinary . It had been a long time since our last visit. The next time will be much sooner .
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stupendous but prepare to spend!
As expected, our dinner Saturday at the Bernards Inn was exceptional in every way. I had the short ribs, my date the scallops. The short ribs fell apart with my fork. They were prepared with a slightly peppery barbecue sauce. I had the butternut squash soup as well. We split an 18 layer chocolate cake topped with a scoop of pistachio ice cream which was out of this world. We had a phenomenal 2008 Barde-Haut St. Emilion with our dinner which was decanted perfectly and started out great and only got better as the night progressed. This was *not* an inexpensive dinner. Very high end but you get what you pay for! We will be back!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the Best in NJ
Bernards Inn remains one of the standards of the culinary scene in NJ. It is hard not to consistently rate it in the top 5 restaurants. The food, service, ambiance and setting come together to create a memorable overall dining experience. Don't miss it!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great dining experience in upscale but relaxed surroundings. Sommelier/wine director Terri Baldwin is an absolute gem: knowledgeable, friendly, helpful... and she NEVER tries to up-sell. Had pork belly, roast suckling pig and pheasant roulade on our most recent visit: all of it was prepared, plated and served to perfection.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I celebrated our birthdays. We had drinks at the bar at first, and was never rushed. Very relaxing before the dinner and a lively bar crowd. Great live piano. We were seated in the bar side by the windows at a very cozy table - it was nice to still be able to enjoy the piano music. We opted for the tasting menu with first tier wine pairings. Every course was outstanding. I never thought Brussels sprouts could taste so amazing! Lovely dessert for both of us with candles for our birthdays and ballotins of chocolate to take home. We will be back.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM