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The Pass
The Pass

The Pass Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.atthepass.com
  • Email: porcsalt@gmail.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 WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food offerings are so unique and always delicious Blows my mind that we have such a wonderful restaurant around the corner"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The food is exceptional. All side dishes complement the delicious main courses. Fresh ingredients are appreciated. A winner!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went to the Pass to celebrate Valentine Day. The people were very hospitable and attentive. With the chef's background - Lacroix in Philly - we had high expectations. The menu is rather limited - 3 entrees - and overthought. Some of the flavored just did go together. The pork belly had plenty of fat and minimal pork. We may go again but not soon."
    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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We've dined at The Pass a couple times now. Excellent cuisine, perfect portions and great value with attentive service. Couldn't ask for anything more. Chef Matt's creativity in crafting a unique menu each week is what draws us back. We look forward to dining here often. Outstanding."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Service and food were outstanding. Menus at 3 entrée choices may not appeal to some. I would like to see more restaurants say no substitutions on their menu as this one does. Here it makes 100% sense as the unique combinations of tastes made this a great dining experience."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My wife and I tried a new restaurant in Rosemont, NJ. It was well worth the drive. We enjoyed a delicious meal from the menu that is small but changed weekly. The place is rustic and cozy and reminded us of another one of our favorite small BYOs closer to our home. We will be making the drive back to The Pass very soon!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Charming little French place - feels like you're in the French countryside. Wonderful food and great, friendly service!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This is the place we locals wanted to keep a secret and, darn, they go and list it on Open Table, of all places. It is close to the end of the world, well, at least in New Jersey terms, but well worth the trek. Just don't expect anything ravishing except for the food. With the menu changing every week, it is consistently adventurous, varied, and unusual. Sometimes we love it, sometimes we just like it. Not for picky eaters or control freaks. Bring a good wine and enjoy the wild ride."
    Dined on 1/24/2014