Bernards Inn
Bernards Inn

Bernards Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bernardsinn.com/
  • Phone: 9087660002x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Breakfast: Mon - Fri 6:30am - 10:00am,
    Sat 8:00am-11:00am
    Sunday a la Carte Brunch - 9:30am-2:30pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm.
    Dinner: Friday, Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm.
    Dinner: Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Corey W. Heyer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Offsite catering department.
  • Private Party Facilities: Three intimate private rooms with 160 person capacity along with a ballroom with 175 person capacity.
  • Private Party Contact: Bonnie Schleimer 8776775343
  • Entertainment: Live Piano Music Tuesday through Saturday evenings.

  • Special Events: Yappy Hour-Mondays during the summer on the Terrace. Bring your dog for special treats

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 202 & Quimby Lane
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit Train to Bernardsville, Peapack Line, station is across the street.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Two private lots along side the building and valet on Saturday nights.
A word from Bernards Inn
Two magnificent dining rooms and a warm clubby bar with Jazz Pianists are apt settings for the outstanding American cuisine of Chef Corey Heyer. The impressive wine cellar with selections from all over the world encompasses over 1,500 different labels. A six course tasting menu is available with or without wine pairings.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Bernards Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (68)romantic (57)fit for foodies (52)notable wine list (48)neighborhood gem (35)great for outdoor dining (23)great for brunch (16)great for lunch (16)vibrant bar scene (16)good for groups (11)hot spot (9)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Birthday Celebration!
    RUProf
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I were here to celebrate her birthday. The food was wonderful. Even more special was the friendly and knowledgeable attention of the waiters. It was a special meal from beginning to end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Excellent
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Quality service, attention to detail I have recommended this restaurant to all my friends and family
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    A wonderful evening with great music from pianist Bob Egan, fabulous food, and a warm and expert staff who took care of our requests with speed and grace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Speechless on Service!
    Janet
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My experience of going to the Bernardsville in always consistently the best!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Formal setting- welcoming staff
    Sandy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The service was prompt and personal; we had several servers after our order was taken; all were efficient, unobtrusive, and timely. The menu is traditional with touches of special sauces and unusual vegetables. We ordered chicken livers in pasta and poached lobster served with flourless potatoes. The sorbet we ordered for dessert is made in their kitchen and we could order any three flavor combinations. The portions are not large, but they are sized perfectly to allow room for side dishes or for dessert. Everything was fresh, well prepared, and served hot. The complimentary biscuit to start the meal and the small sweet at the conclusion were nice touches. We definitely plan to visit them again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bucket list kind of place
    Kitty
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Had a wonderful meal here, but the prices are too high for me to return. Portions are generous, and they bring out little freebies like an amuse buche and a tiny tray of sweets.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice brunch spot
    Samr46
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Set in an elegant older setting, the ambience was definitely upscale and adult. Food was good to very good. Disappointing eggs benedict but very good omelets and breakfast goodies. Nice dessert section. Some of the seafood, e.g., appeared to have been previously frozen (limp). Overall a very enjoyable experience without having to travel into the city but expensive for value received.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A High Rating
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Judging by what I selected from the Spring menu, the cauliflower soup and the liver and bacon, I'd certainly call this 4 1/2 star quality. I thought the ambience outstanding and the service both friendly and attentive. I dined on a less than crowed Friday, so perhaps I benefited from the attention to detail; nonetheless, I'll return. The wine list offers some great selections in two sized glasses. I thought the prices were reasonable from my expireances in some of the very best restaurants in North and Central Jersey. While they offer a great Zinfandel (my usual choice with liver and bacon), I opted for a Malbec that I thought an excellent match. Overall, this was an outstanding experince. I shall try it again this summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Night Out
    Njbigcat
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My BFF and I had a wonderful dinner. The food was good and the service was outstanding. The drinks were excellent and were a generous pour. When ever I get to Bernardsville I have to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dissapointing experience
    nanaVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We have dined at Bernardville Inn numerous times and recently the restaurant was a disappointment. The food was mediocore and their Spring/Summer menu was limited. Our waiter was not attentive and the service was slow. The restaurant is extremely expensive and frankly I do not see the value.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FergsVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Nice restaurant for special occasions. Expensive. Romantic. Vibrant bar scene on Friday evenings. Service staff went out of their way to make my wife feel extra special on her birthday. Call ahead and let the reservationist know of a special occasion. The staff will remember. Nice touch - they had the pianist perform a quick rendition of Happy Birthday. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Good and the not so good...
    Trish
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    It's always a wonderful experience dining here. We love sitting in the bar area for dinner. However, the piano player was so loud that it was very distracting. He was playing a harsh,staccato beat the entire time.No soft, mellow music at all. We ordered bottled water which came in a bottle that was not sealed. We questioned this and was told about the filtration system. That was fine; however, when we finished 1 bottle the waiter automatically started pouring another bottle without asking us if we wanted it. I don't even know how much each bottle costs but normally they would ask before pouring; especially near the end of the meal when we might not finish it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great bar, excellent meal
    2jamestowners
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Perfectly executed Manhattens in the lovely old bar started the evening on a high note. The menu was extensive and the four of us had different appetizers, entrees and desserts and all were very good. The head sommelier was attentive and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We went to the Inn to taste the new spring menu offerings and we weren't disappointed. From the minute we walked in until we walked out of the revolving door, we were blown away. The service, the food, the atmosphere was second to none. This is our favorite restaurant in New Jersey and it shouldn't be missed.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alwaysthere1VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Fit for foodies.but many other restaurants have food more appealing to my taste. Portions on small size.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations!
    YogiBoo
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Had Easter Dinner here. Had Thanksgiving Dinnern 2013 and was disappointed by the service, noise and overall ambiance. Decided to try again on a hoiday and all of my expectations were exceeded. Liked the chicken liver agnolotti (the snap peas and pea puree were special spring additions) and the lamb loin was delicious (a welcome change from the familiar rack of lamb). Service was excellent, attentive and well-paced. I think the best tables are in the Great Room. Made reservations early, requested a table in the Great Room, and that solved the noise and ambiance problems. At Easter the room was filled with families enjoying good food and good company. Glad I tried Bernards Inn again on a holiday......and will eagerly return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Outstanding experience for a holiday dinner. Food offerings very well planned. We were 4 people and all were extremely pleased with our meals and wine selection
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Easter Brunch
    Birdy
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We made a family trip to the Bernards Inn for Easter this year, since nobody had time to have the holiday at home. The Bernards Inn food is always excellent and I like the subdued setting. Valet parking makes life easier, although there is ample parking in the lot across the street. There is always a seasonal cocktail list and an extensive wine selection. I enjoyed the filet mignon and the lobster bisque. Both were excellent. Service is attentive and professional. I like to come here during the week for cocktails and small plates.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Compliments to the chef!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Food and service are fabulous, very comfortable surroundings, however I wish I could afford to dine here more often. Prices are fair in today's economy, but not for the average family such as mine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Culinary gem
    Saraht
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The Bernards Inn is a wonderful place to experience delicious food and wonderful wine in a beautiful setting. The service is stellar and the sommelier is extremely knowledgeable. Treat yourself to the Bernards Inn. Try a wine flight. It's not offered many places but it's a good way to try new varieties and promote conversation.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old school charm
    HospitalityJim
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Located inside a 21 room inn, with a large professional staff, polished wood island bar, this restaurant has character. Solid food and small but functional menu. Had customer dinner and received perfect service and fine food. Interesting offerings included beer salad, lobster and black fish.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Bobk
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Top tier dining experience. Service was super and subtle. Food was excellent. Very nice setting. Very professional operation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprised!
    scarletknight1
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I took business associates to lunch and was very disappointed. Ambiance was lovely. However the service was extremely slow and less than attentive. The food was fair and not up to my expectation. One of my guests found a piece of plastic in her soup. Of course it was removed from the bill and we received an apology from the restaurant host. Would have preferred the Chef had come to our table and offered and explanation/apology, complimentary desserts or something other than just taking the price of the soup off the bill.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Brunch
    Trudes
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We had a lovely Sunday Brunch at the hotel dining room. It is a pretty country setting with a beautiful circular bar off of the lobby. Our group all chose egg dishes, and they were all served at one time, and were delicious. Drinks and wine were plentiful, as well as delicious fresh bread offerings, and attention was paid during our service. We were celebrating a birthday, and the staff made a lovely presentation with a candle lit dessert, and a box of truffles for the birthday guest. It seems that a lot of the restaurants in NJ do not offer brunch. Unless you go to a mall, or a highway type of chain restaurant, the best choices seem to be in our local hotels.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not as scenuc as I thought it would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I was thinking for area more of s country wood setting not a main highway was disappointed
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • thought food was good but
    powderpuffVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    thought food was good but not great, nothing to write home about. the ambiance of a historic inn and restaurant made the restaurant cozy and elegant. We were celebrating my husband's birthday and anniversary and they were great at acknowledging our celebrations with complimentary sweets and good wish cards. OUr service was outstanding. I would recommend the bar area for a light fare and some nice piano music
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised...
    Pickyperson
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My husband and I met a couple that I hadn't seen in some years at the Bernards Inn for dinner. We wanted a nice place to meet for dinner about half-way in between N. NJ & Bucks Co with a comfortable environment to catch up. Not being familiar with local places along the route, I had some difficulty getting reservations. I expected the Bernards Inn to be stuffy with only so-so food. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The service was outstanding, food was great and there is a lovely bar and dining room. I would go back & would recommend the Bernards Inn to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Jeff and his staff were extremely accommodating for our 4 hour business meeting. As always, their food and service were excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall the experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Overall the experience was fantastic.. One course of food a little overcooked and the coffee served was llukwarm
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I looked up best restaurant's in NJ and The Bernard's Inn came up.....we gave it a try and it was absolutely superb. Elegant and befiiting for a special occasion, with teriffic food and service. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What do you want
    jimbo
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    It was a very nice place for lunch with our friends. It was a slow day and the kitchen was slower, but the table service was attentive. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't understand the hype
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Second time eating here. First was for dinner this time for brunch. When I cam for dinner I couldn't help but think everyone who worked at the restaurant was full of themselves, and my meal did not match their prevention. Left feeling the same after this brunch experience. We were stuck in a back room that was poorly lit and had not an ounce of ambiance. My eggs Benedict were nothing spectacular and I think everyone at the table felt the same. Too many other restaurants for me to waste another experience on this one!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We haven't been here in a few years and we were so pleased that we returned. Our table for two was private and the tasting menu was fantastic. Everything we ate was delicious and the wine pairings very nice as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok
    chip
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I had suckling pig which I did not care for. I was very disappointed in it. The portion was small, overcooked and dry. My wife had the lasagna but was ok but not great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    Ronzo1162
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Bernards Inn is just that one of the best restaurants in NJ. The food is out of this world, the service is always top notch, abience is great, cozy, romantic, classy without being stodgy and stiff. We have never been disappointed everytime we go. If I would have to say one thing that would have made it an excellent experience I would have preferred be sitted in a different room/locaton than the one that we were sitted in..the previous area/room that we have sat in was much more romantic and cozy. Next time we will request the room/location that we like, other than that which is pretty minor - this restaurant is superior.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Disappointment
    WorkingNJMon
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We go out to nice dinners each saturday night and are pretty familiar with most of the fine restaurants in NJ. We were seated in the lower level which looks like pizzeria - we stared longingly at the beautiful bar scene in the level above us. The waiters seemed inexperienced and were very slow. My husband and I ordered the suckling pig which was shredded and packed into a rectangular patty with a hard crust on the top and had zero flavor. The boiled potatoes had no flavor as my husband's had the added bonus of a HAIR! Since service was slow, my husband had eaten half his suckling pig before we could show him the hair. We had desserts and coffees. The check came and nothing was taken off or free to compensate for the hair. Not going back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Amazing food and service that is second to no other restaurant including those in Manhatten. We choose to "Graze" and between the bar menu and the a la carte menu we had the chance to try so many different dishes. The tuna topped with oxtail marmalade was sushi grade (no veins) and the combination was incredible. Kale salad with cranberries and preserved lemon was one of the best salads we have had. Foie Gras with a warm banana bread was complimented wiith a glass of sauterne recommended by our waiter. We ordered a side plate of dates filled with peanut butter wrapped with bacon that melted in your mouth. We had an amazing red wine from Austria that was only 39.00! The wine list is very impressive, just wanted to sit and read it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs some updating on food
    AwesomeScottVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    everything was good but for the price, the food just wasnt up to its usual top shelf status. Just Average at best.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not go back
    Ella
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Extremely noisy in bar room. Had to change our table to main dining room. Service very slow. Food mediocre. Would not dine there again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • old-style elegance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Terrific chef -- everything was beautifully prepared and delicious. Impeccable service if a little over-attentive. This is an old-fashioned place that strives for a kind of elegance that has gone rather out of fashion. The wine list is formidable, but the beer selection is small and uninspired -- nothing on draught, no pale ales. Someone at Bernards needs to wake up to the craft beer movement if they expect to attract the next generation of patrons. Prices are very high. For the money I would favor Elements in Princeton, but BI certainly boasts one of the best kitchens in central NJ.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate