The Pass
The Pass

The Pass

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.atthepass.com/
  • Phone: 609-961-1887x
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench American
The Pass reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (75)neighborhood gem (49)special occasion (30)romantic (16)hot spot (8)good for groups (4)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Unexpected
    ad2013VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Definitely recommend giving The Pass a try. Service and food is spot on. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cloth napkin please
    BucksCoEater
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changes? So disappointed.
    FoodiefromNJ
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adventurous Diners will love Pass
    gordo
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 42 reviews are from the The Pass reviews archive.
  • Very Small Portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • truly a gem in the country
    Britchick
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good things come in small packages
    Vaya
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A perfect meal
    Gayle
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Simply said, the food I had there on Saturday was possibly the best meal I have ever had, and I am no kid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cathy
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rural Gourmet Cuisine
    Terry
    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"!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Fabulous food in great setting!!
    eallen27
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Friday night dinner
    EpiDoc
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Lindasue
    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 !!!
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    alwayshungryVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    lamb neck was superb. Matt continues to surprise and astound each week with his repertoire.
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    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A destination restaurant
    oenophilesVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place a Foodie would love!
    FishinNj
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rock
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    way out of the way. somewhat difficult to find. Parking lot is small and off road parking is difficult
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  • An odd mix
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    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?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative
    Indigo
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    RR151VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went there for first time
    GiGiGold
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding in Rosemont
    PatK
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Perfection in a funky location. New menu every week brings inventive surprises. Very knowledgeable, charming young waiter handles everyone with an excellent support staff. From the warm foccacia drizzled with evvo through tuna tartare, Steak Daube ending with Ginger Pot de Creme (with hazelnut brittle) our tastebuds were tantalized with every mouthful. The Chef also sent out marvelous side of escarole salad and yummy fried potatoes. We hoped the meal would never end. BYOB keeps the $38.50 prix fixe in line.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful surprise
    2chefmom
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Hunterdon County has some unique finds, and The Pass is one of them. The roasted curried hake was delicious but the scungilli was just average. The brook trout main dish was very good, the sides excellent, the trout itself, rather tasteless. The duck was excellent, making me rethink the way I prepare duck at home. Dessert was our only disappointment, the soufflé glacé tart was so cold it was near tasteless. The ginger coffee pot de creme lacked ginger flavor and had no hazelnut brittle. However, the coffeesnob among us liked the coffee! With a romantic country rustic ambiance, unique flavors and ingredients that awake your taste buds we will be returning to try new dishes at The Pass, in Rosemont.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adventurous Diners will love Pass
    gordo
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Excellent in all respects, Hanger steak was exceptional and could be cut with a fork. All our entrees and appys were creative, different and perfectly prepared. A great place, meal and we will be back
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Dinner
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    It was a rainy evening, but the restaurant was very crowded, so finding parking was a bit tricky. I took a friend who lives 5 minutes away and has never been. The plain, rustic setting was still like the old Rosemont Cafe, but any resembalnce to the cafe ends there. We each ordered three different courses, plus some of those excellent oysters and some cheese, post dessert. The food was outstanding; I'd say 4 1/2 to 5 stars. I think the service was very good, given the amount of people dinning. I have every intention of re-visiting repeatedly. Having purchased meats, veggies and eggs from local homes and farms, I know the quality to be found in this part of Hunterdon, and what the restaurant ought to be able do with these ingredients.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great byob restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great hidden gem of a restaurant. Their specialty is charcuterie, but all the other courses were competently done. The menu changes every week. Check out their website to see previous menus.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High end establishment in rural hun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The food offerings are so unique and always delicious Blows my mind that we have such a wonderful restaurant around the corner
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Simply great. Chef's menu, portion sizes, depth of flavor, quality of products, service and rustic ambiance - all perfect. Bypass your local fav and make your way to the Pass.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good with Reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Much anticiapted trip to Rosemont for this highly acclaimed spot. Staff helpful and accomodating. Service seemed a bit off Saturday, not as attentive as I had read or expected. Interior much the same as when it was the Rosemont Cafe. Very casual but welcome in this remote location. Portions small, food delicious and creative. The extreme foodie crowd loves the tiny portion thing however it does have limitations and our party found ourselves wondering "where's the beef?" We would agrue that the second course should indeed be a bit larger than the first. Otherwise one is left feeeling you had two firsts. Comfortable, welcoming, but don't go hungry.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a country gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    What wonderful dining . Each item the 4 of us ordered was exceptional. Plus it was reasonable! The size of the food was small, I was fine with that considering it is a pix fixed 3 course menu. The guys were not happy. They are big fellows. The terrine I had for an appetizer was outstanding!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellenceinrosemont
    Favoriteson
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Everything about our experience was extraordinarily well done. The menu was exciting, the presentation was marvelous, and the tasting was outstanding. Portions were perfectly matched to a well served dining experience. Cannot recommend this highly enough. Bring your friends, but no large parties.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incomparable
    edju
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The presentation, food quality, care taken in its preparation-just nowhere else like it unless you travel to Philadelphia or NY City. And even then, I am not sure such care would be taken. Overall, the best dining experience I have had in years. My wife and I were saying that we should just eat here every month instead of eating out anywhere else.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Gem
    MariellaDans
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We celebrated my mothers birthday at the Pass. We ordered pretty much everything on the menu, the food was phenomenal. Even the bread was home made and delicious. You could tell that all of the products were of very high quality. Some of the best wiener schnitzel we have ever eaten and we are Austrian! I highly recommend this restaurant, you will not be disappointed. The only negative comment I have to make is that some of the tables are positioned a bit awkwardly, so make sure you ask for one of the tables in the corners.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not sure I agree with the NY Times
    JaniceVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    After reading the NYT review I was anticipating an amazing dinner. It wasn't. The dinner is prix fixe and priced reasonably. First we had the Red Wine Risotto which was tasty but not great & Parsnip soup with Duck Prosciutto which was excellent but very small. Then we had Fluke which was very good but small and Lamb of the Chef's choice which wad no flavor was so tough it could not be cut and I could not eat 2 of the 4 slices.The waiter explained that lamb was on the menu all week & each day the chef choose a different cut of meat to serve. I understand the idea of using all resource but this did not work out well. They discounted our bill 10%. Dessert was just OK, a banana tart & creme caramel. I wish I could have written a better review.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem in the Hinterlands
    Bill
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    On March 14th my wife and I ventured out to Rosemont to try The Pass, basis a glowing review last month in the NY Times. The reviewer was dead on. We got an early reservation and enjoyed looking around the charming space with its mix of local and international food on display for sale. For the prix fixe, I had the fried oyster, followed by the rack of lamb. Both out of this world. My wife enjoyed the Bouillabaisse, followed by the smoked trout beloute with caviar on top. She loved both. For dessert we had an apple fritter and banoffee (banana) pie. Fabulous, as was the french press. Service was attentive. Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First rate country dining
    George
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We had an excellent meal at The Pass. This was our first time there. We had the lamb sweetbreads and oysters Rockefeller to start, suckling pig and poussin for entrees and king cake and apple tart for dessert. All of us enjoyed our dishes. They were tasty, well prepared, and innovative. They served potato salad and mung bean salad for the table which were tasty but seemed out of place. Maybe some vegetables?
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    fit for foodies
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  • Once again, outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We enjoyed another great evening, dining at the Pass. Perfect concept. Near perfect execution. Great flavors. Limited but creative menu that changes weekly, keeps us coming back. Can't wait for our next dinner - at the Pass.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our host was friendly without
    Finn
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    our host was friendly without being overbearing . service was terrific we were made to feel as a regular even though it was our first time . The food was amazing from the appetizer thru the dessert
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but.....
    HoffVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We read the raves about The Pass and were eager to finally eat there. We knew the restaurant was small and sparse with a limited menu (part of the charm). But we weren't prepared for the uneven service or extremely small portions. My wife's appetizer came out barely warm which she assumed was the intention. Until that is when we saw a fellow diner receive the same dish with their waiter pouring a steaming sauce over the gnocchi. The main courses were quite good - the pork belly was the standout. Desserts, however, were again uneven. Recommendation: go to The Pass, try everything, enjoy the modest bill, explore the creative food... But, try not to read all the reviews before you go.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.