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The Pass
The Pass

The Pass Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.atthepass.com
  • Phone: (609) 961-1887
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French American
  • Executive Chef: Mathew Ridgway
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rt 604
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Pass
Chef and charcutier Matthew Ridgway has transformed a rural landmark into a showcase for his vision of French-inspired cuisine in a setting that's casual by design. Take home some artisanal products from the charcuterie counter, or join us for dinners Wednesday through Saturday.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "you'd have a hard time finding a place in this cozy of a setting with the urban pedigree hat matt brings. authentic french cuisine in a provincial New Jersey Town surrounded by trees, valleys, and a river. It's almost like cheating, you get Paris, Philly, etc. without the mania and cost."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Casual fine dining. A bit hard to find the location first time there, but well worth the effort and then some! Service was ok."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "There were four of us for dinner. We each made a point of trying everything. First we began with the oysters. We did not like them that much. they tasted a little old. Next we had the rillettes and lamb heart and kidneys. They were good but not to die for. the bread was the best I have other had in my life. next we had soft shelled crab and salmon. They were both outstanding. the soft shelled crab was the best I have had in a long time. Our main courses of lamb and halibut were just OK. The preparation was just not that interesting. finally the desserts were also good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very creative, never boring. I've eaten here 5-6 times, once with a group of 12 or so guys, really love it every time."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Dishes are thoughtful, unique and aim to delight. Staff is knowledgable and take great care of you. One of the few places locally we go."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The rabbit polenta was mouthful after mouthful of delicious umami. And the amazing nori-wrapped swordfish "en chemise" is STILL on my mind. I've been fortunate to dine in many of the world's best spots, and I have to say, The Pass is among them. How lucky we are to have this taste destination right here in Hunterdon County!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Although the menu is limited (two appetizers, two entries, two deserts for a fixed price), every offering is creative. Our group of four tried everything and pronounced each dish outstanding. We practically licked the plates. I especially liked that there were meat and fish choices. The room is pleasant and filled with natural light. Easy to have a conversation. And we like that it's BYOB."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The Pass is great little restaurant offering big city fare and presentation in a small town context. The fact that it's a BYO is a big plus given that the $49 4 course prix-fixe is your only option. In addition, make sure you look at the current menu on line before you go as there are only 2 choices per course, except for the appertivo, with which you don't have a choice. 4 courses is not a dining experience we would flock to on a regular basis as we just don't do dessert all that often. The food itself was first rate and quite innovative in a way that you'd expect from any of the top chefs in NY or Philly."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The Pass continues to be our favorite restaurant within driving distance of Princeton. Creative, delicious, and a bargain to boot."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Love the variety of dishes and low key vibe. Service is efficient and friendly, and everyone wants to make sure you're enjoying your meal."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The drive there is scenic, the menu is creative, and execution on the menu was very good. We went with the main menu (as opposed to the six-course option) and shared every dish on it. Of particular distinction were the pate and softshell crab. Another fine addition to the Lambertville-Princeton restaurant scene."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The meals served at The Pass never cease to amaze me: the chef is amazingly creative and adventurous, and everything that comes out of the kitchen is special. This week I had a swordfish appetizer on a bed of avocado mousse and a soft-shell crab main course, with seasonings I have never tasted before and it was fabulous. I always think there is not enough food but I leave full. $48pp for this level of food is a bargain. Anyone who needs cloth napkins or more of the same Italian food that's in most every restaurant in the area shouldn't come here. This is a special place and one that I hope will stick around to cater to foodies like myself."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The greeter was a bit snooty. Our table was cramped - when we asked to be moved we were re-buffed - "too busy." But, there were open tables (no pun intended). Even the water order was wrong. We asked for tap - they brought sparkling - "well that's what you ordered." Fiber-like napkins in a restaurant like this?? Our local pizza joint has cloth napkins. Head waiter was good, knowledgeable, but not getting much help. Appetizers were inedible - pork fat with skin? Entrees were good, but too much salt!! Desserts OK not great. NY Times gave The Pass an excellent review. The menu changes often here, so maybe it just wasn't our night. Funny that the prices went up since the review."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were very excited to try The Pass, having scheduled several weeks in advance and supporting our local businesses. While the staff and owner were very attentive and caring, and the effort was absolutely there, the food was not flavorful and the portion size was quite small. I hope they can find their stride and perhaps take another approach with the menu. It's sad to write this, as we really expected so much more. Maybe down the road we'll try again, but not too soon. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The Pass is a delightful gem in the quiet town of Rosemont. The food is inventive, the service is wonderful, and the prices quite reasonable! The Pass is also a BYOB restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a fabulous prix fixe menu at the Pass. Our interest was prompted by the 4 star review in the NYT and we were not at all disappointed. The food was outstanding and the service attentive and well-informed."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This is a great place, but you need to be open to a very limited menu, so if your palette is limited, you may be intimidated. We were a late table, so we were never offered coffee after our meal with our desert, which is pre-ordered. We thought the pricing is appropriate for the quality of food, but lined napkins would be more appropriate at this price-point. And if you cannot do that, maybe you could use a good quality multi-ply paper napkin! All-in-all, even though I express our dis-likes, the food is AMAZING! We loved it!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The Pass has recently changed its prix fixe menu to four courses, at a new, higher price of $49.00. Not a bad value for the superb food that is served, but I think four courses is more than I can handle. I don't usually order dessert, so I wish there were a way to choose three courses. Choices are limited to two entrées, so I advise diners to check the menu before making a reservation, to make sure there is a dish you like. Service is still great and the bread is to die for! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Started going here soon after they opend last May and have been showing up every couple weeks the food is exceptional and the service is friendly and efficant. The head Chef Matt and his staff are probably the most creative kitchen team I have ever come across and the execution is flawless. You will find yourself enjoying things you thought you didn't like or want to try I know I did and so have a couple of people I have brought here. Each menu (They started out changing every week ,now every 2 weeks) holds surprises and even education but this is not the kind of place to come for old favorites. Take a friend to this BYOB in a funky OLD general store in the country and enjoy "Haute cuisine" in a comfort food setting."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Definitely recommend giving The Pass a try. Service and food is spot on. We will be back."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "wonderful food. the choices are very limited, two for each course but my wife and I had one of each and could not decide which what better. One of the best meals we have had it years and light years ahead of the acclaimed prix fixe, byob restaurant, five minutes down the road in Lambertville. We are definitely going again. And the beauty of it is the menu is always different. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We have been coming the the Pass since it opened. And, we loved it. We have been there so frequently that I cannot count the number of visits. For the first time ever, I am disappointed. Why? It isn't that they raised the price $10.50 per person. The food has always been a bargain; I would not bat an eyelash to pay the extra money BUT…. why add another course? Why limit the selections (where you had a selection) to two rather than the three or four it has been? Why do away with the chef's surprise side dish? It worked. It was better than great. So sad to see this change as it all limit the number of visits we make… WHY? Simple. I/we may not like or be able to eat one of the two choices offered that evening. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Extremely creative combinations that were delicious and unusual. imagine escargot and salmon wrapped together; and octopus pasta - with real octopus - this was excellent. new 4 course prix fix had a very nice ceviche to start. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food itself was very interesting, not typical menu items, and well prepared, but the servings were very small. We are not saying small in comparison to the over-sized portions at casual dining restaurants, but small compared to a normal portion size for health conscious diners."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Love your video on utube which says it all. Local ingredients, exquisite menu, perfect portions, friendly staff, fabulous service and all very affordable. We wait in anticipation of each course placed in front of us and relish every delicious selection we have made from your amazing menu. Your passion and love for your craft goes into every mouthful we have the pleasure of experiencing. Thank you."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "If you are a "foodie" and anywhere near the Delaware river close to Bucks county (be it Pa or Nj) you have to try this place. The chef/owner is amazing and his staff have the same commitment to quality that he does. Ingredients are as local as you can get. Diners have to choose from a 3 course menu that has so many interesting selections you may be tempted to order 2 meals if your partners don't like to share. You can order individual selections off the menu, we didn't know this until after the meal. This is a byob too, and factoring in the cost of the 3 course(about $38) this restaurant is one of the best values for the quality of food that you can find. The menu changes every week because local food is used so prominently. I will return."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Simply said, the food I had there on Saturday was possibly the best meal I have ever had, and I am no kid."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The restaurant is located a bit out of the way but definitely worth the find. The menu is pre fixe but offered several options for all three courses. Everything we had was excellent and I would defintely recommend it for those who enjoy interesting, very-well-prepared food. The restaurant is housed in an old general store, nicely redone with a lot of character. Note that it is BYOB."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The Pass is located in a very quiet and scenic area of rural New Jersey. The building is rustic, yet the restaurant exudes a warm charm as one enters. The biggest surprise to our party was the quality of the food. Although the menu is not extensive, each item offered is lovingly conceived and prepared. The flavor combinations are superb, and the quality of each dish is excellent. I found the portions to appear to be small, but at the end of the meal I was satiated. This restaurant is a real "find"!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Although we have dine out extensively at many world class restaurants (Per Se, Alinea, Eleven Madison, etc) we have always been reluctant to evaluate restaurants on line. Now that the Pass in Rosemont,NJ is approaching it’s first anniversary, we can no longer contain our unbridled enthusiasm for this most creative restaurant. We have dined here weekly over the last year and each week we are virtually blown away by Matt Ridgeway’s culinary creations. The casual country house atmosphere belies the spectacular quality of both the quality and presentation of Matt and sous chef Paul’s creations. In the front room expert service by Steve and staff tops off a great experience. BYOB completes the picture. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "What a wonderful place to dine! Amazing juxtapositions of interesting taste combinations, nicely focused menu selections, all presented by very knowledgable waitstaff in a quaint old country store. All for a reasonable prix fixe and a byob to boot! Absolutely a must, you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Very pleased with the creative menu. Some very different items prepared extremely well with wonderful flavors. We liked the idea the menu changes weekly & that there were just a few choices because then you know the food is fresh. We will definitely go back. Kudos to the chef !!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Friday night dinner for 4 friends was great. Every dish was delicious. We were licking our plates. Waiter and Chef was able to handle special request for gluten free options. It might be good to consider how to handle GF requests - designation on menu that certain dishes can be prepared gluten free to help diners with their choices. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "lamb neck was superb. Matt continues to surprise and astound each week with his repertoire."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "way out of the way. somewhat difficult to find. Parking lot is small and off road parking is difficult"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The Pass has some of the best food in NJ. The service is also excellent. The plates are small but are exceptionally presented with food (changing menu weekly) that will blow you away. I almost didn't write this review because you can still get reservations here, I am afraid it is going to become so popular that reservations will be hard to get. This place deserves a lot of success."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The raves we'd heard about The Pass, a BYO, were no exaggeration. We were totally bowled over by Chef Matthew Ridgway's sensational French-inspired cuisine. What's truly amazing is that (a) he offers a completely new menu each week -- with choices (5 appetizers, 3 mains, 3 desserts); and (b) the cost for the 3-course prix-fixe is $38.80 -- an incredible bargain for food of such superb caliber! Friendly, attentive service and a dining room with charming decor added to our impressive first experience at The Pass. "
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Such an odd mix of atmosphere, like an old general store -- but lacking any real decor (or acoustics help), with outstanding creative cuisine. Everything we had was outstanding -- particularly one starter of chicken livers and fried oysters jambonette, and an excellent cheese instead of dessert. Our only complaint was the size of the entrees. When we mentioned the tiny piece of duck breast, the waiter said they usually make them 3 to 5 ounces. If this one was 3 ounces, that would be a stretch. And I was a bit taken back that choosing cheese over a complex dessert is $3 extra, then getting only one small piece of one cheese with a slice of bread. But still, the food was exceptionally good. A salad fork for my entree?"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Matt is one of the most creative chiefs in the tri-state area. I've had dishes made with ingredients I typically never liked prior, but with Matt's magic touch they were turned into delicious adventures. Every time I visit the place gets better. Little touches to the decor and, friendly additional staff . Since the menu changes weekly, I never tire of this place."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went there for first time on April 5. Wonderful, exquisite food. By far the best in Hunterdon and Bucks county that I've experienced. Coming back in 2 weeks. Will now be my go-to restaurant, especially when I'm showing off the riches of the area to my out of town guests. So so happy it's right in my back yard."
    Dined on 4/5/2014