The Pluckemin Inn
The Pluckemin Inn

The Pluckemin Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pluckemininn.com/
  • Phone: (908) 658-9292
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon. - Fri.: 11:30am-2:00pm in "Plucky Tavern"; Cocktails: Mon. - Fri.: 11:30am-close in "Plucky Tavern", Sat.: 5:00pm-close in "Plucky Tavern", Sun.: Closed; Dinner: Monday - Fri.: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sat.: 5:00pm-10:00pm Sun.: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Lattanzio
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Pluckemin Inn has two exquisite rooms in the wine cellar that can be used individually or in tandem. The Private Dining Room accommodates 9-14 guests comfortably. Carl's Room, for 14-18 guests, is a fine choice for cocktail parties, wine dinners, larger board meeting and family gatherings.   In addition, you can choose to configure any of the two main dining rooms upstairs along with the private rooms to fit your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Tal Itzhaki 9086589292
  • Entertainment: 2 Flat screen TV's in the bar.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pluckemin Way
  • Public Transit: Far Hills (NJ Transit)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Pluckemin Inn has curbside entry and public parking, as well as valet parking on the weekends.
A word from The Pluckemin Inn
The Pluckemin Inn features contemporary American cuisine, with a "World Class" wine list of over a thousand labels featuring New World, European, Domestic, Grand Cru, Premier Cru and rare vintages. The Pluckemin Inn has a full bar and private dining rooms in a reconstructed Federalist-styled setting.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Pluckemin Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (66)notable wine list (66)romantic (53)fit for foodies (52)neighborhood gem (32)vibrant bar scene (25)good for groups (16)great for lunch (11)great for outdoor dining (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Warm ambiance/relaxed atmosphere/fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Love the warm ambiance in the upstairs or downstairs parts of the restaurant. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals. I tried the delicious salmon entree this visit followed by an apple strudel desert with ice cream. Loved it all. Table servers are always well-informed, kind and professional. No rushing from the staff yet they are attentive. Always a relaxed yet polished and delicious culinary experience at the Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good prix fixe
    Thistle
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Prix fixe was good. Needed a bit more flavor variety per plate to be stellar. The flavor palettes on each dish needed some creativity and were sometimes bland or one dimensional. Amuse Bouche of squash soup was surprising in its lack of squash flavor. For complexity, appetizer of salmon tartare had a nice selection of herbs and caviar, probably my favorite of the night. The cauliflower soup with pistachio was a big hit with another member of our party. For starters, the king crab leg with thin slices of maroon truffle and I think cabbage was unctuous with a rich flavor, but the truffle and other flavors were lost in the buttery background. The other dish of buckwheat noodles with duck were difficult to eat neatly and a bit dry, need improvement in texture and flavor. Suckling pig was very well cooked, I'd say perfectly, a square of crispy skinned tender meat. Technically perfect, it needed more flavors on the plate that could match the rich but delicate meat, as the different included puréed flavors were a bit bland. Maybe something green/herbal, tarragon, and something else besides the little baked apple plated as fruity, more presentation of apple flavor, cranberry, or orange for the season. The cheese dessert was not very interesting. The pumpkin pie was good. Wine pairings were okay. Service was attentive but casual, good for our party. Kitchen timed our entrees coming out while we were still finishing up our second course. That was strange. I noticed other diners got fast turnaround as well. A weekday night thing, maybe? Overall 4/5
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The presentation and food for all courses was outstanding. Service while acceptable needs some polishing but over all we will return
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at the Inn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a spectacular dinner. I chose the Prixe Fixe which had great selections. My wife had the King Crab Salad,Grilled octopus and Griggstown chicken Fantastic. I had Salmon Tartare, King Crab, Suckling Pig and Pumpkin Pie. Tremendous. Service was courteous and attentive Loved it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    Elaine
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We have been to the Pluckemin Inn on several occasions and love it each time. Ask for the table by the fire if it is cool outside and it will be such a dining experience. It is a wonderful environment, good food and great service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience for an occassion
    CincyGuyinJersey
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Very cozy and comfortable environment. Food was very good, although we both felt that our second courses (the scallops and gnocchi) were a bit salty yet still enjoyable. Good wine list - both by the glass and by the bottle. The service was fantastic, and they included nice little treat after dinner to recognize that it was our wedding anniversary. The bar scene looks like it would be fun. Will definitely come back for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful night
    Dineoutoften
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    From the moment you walk in you feel welcome. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable, they don't rush you and the food is great. It's a bit pricey but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maintain
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Service was excellent, food was very good. I would definitely return more if I lived closer (45 minutes away).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Autumn Dining
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Have not been here since April and after that great experience, I was looking forward to a re-visit. I was certainly not disappointed with my pumpkin soup, Pluckemin salad, and pasta entrée that featured a delicious, house-made sausage. A glass of Pinot Grigio and then Malbec, at very reasonable prices, complimented the three courses very well. Service seemed a little distracted, but not much. What I thought about the food before, 4 ½ to 5 stars, is about what I would say of this recent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    Ims1203
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I wanted to go out in a date night and we didn't want to go all the way to the city, but we wanted a great food experience. I read multiple great reviews of this place and our experience totally lived up to our high expectations. I ordered from the a la carte menu, and my husband ordered the prix fixe with wine pairing - we both loved everything. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creme de la creme
    BaldrabbitVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Brian (the Sommelier and wine entrepreneur supreme) and Renee (the Hostess and front of the house suprema) are the best at what they do. Food is always the tops whether the very simple lunch they serve or the much more sophisticated dinner. Wine selection is encyclopedic and has quality at all price points. I go for business, I go to wine tastings, I go with with my wife, family, friends and Pluckemin has never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pluckemin Inn The Best
    gstull
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Been here many times. Every element of the Pluckemin Inn is top notch. Food, Service, Wine List, Ambiance, I cant think of one thing they could do better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Disappointment
    Historybuff
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    What an over-priced, over rated restaurant. The pasta dish one member of the party had was barely cooked. The portion size of the pasta was that of an appetizer. The pork chop served was tender and tasty but sides were minimal. The wine list offers a huge selection of wines with most in the $100+ range. Mid-level wine choices are non-existant. Didn't bother with dessert.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BEST SCALLOPS!
    njswedeVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I have eaten here many many times and every time is good, but the meal I had this time was even better than usual.....outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Very disappointing. We hadn't been there for a while. Menu very limited. Food so-so. My husband had the skate, very dry and tasteless. The Scottish salmon again not notable. We won't be recommending.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exquisite
    AliCat
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Exquisite in every way, the Pluckemin Inn has no rivals in Central Jersey. The food, service and ambiance are impeccable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A+ experience
    apriltwocats
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The service was marvelous, the food outstanding, and the wine selection encyclopedic. This is one of the few restaurants in NJ that knows to cook pasta and risotto al dente. And if you discover you've left your reading glasses at home, please ask for a spare pair. While the wine list is encyclopedic, the sommelier helped us, via their by-the-glass and half-bottle selections, to make pairings that worked for both of our very different meals (salad and oysters, garganelli with ragu and butternut squash risotto, Griggstown chicken and Niman Ranch pork). We let him know why our budget was and Brian did the most with it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Worth Returning
    PyKnowsBest
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Unfortunately, not a good experience. It was loud and at times we had difficulty hearing one another. We had not dined there for over a year & looked forward to returning. The service was fine & attentive. The salads and deserts were delicious! Everything else was over salted to the extreme. The salty steaks were difficult to eat without gulps of water. The Salmon portion was small the vegetables were ridiculously salty. The worst part after eating the Mushroom soup, was the stomach distress that came on slowly. Made it through rest of the meal not realizing the soup was bad, but it was an awful night of nausea and the bad feeling lasted into part of the next morning. Won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • neverhomeVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our second visit and as good as the first! Had a lovely corner table for 4 of us. Two salads were split, beet and panzella. Dinners were the vegetable plate, chicken, salmon and the skate. All were excellent with unusual sides. We were too stuffed for dessert, but were given a small plate with several truffle candies, warm cookies, and macroon like puffs...what a delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch spot
    TS3269
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Had a great business lunch here. Food and service were excellent. I plan on returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • San Genaro weekend
    Nicky
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I recently celebrated our anniversary at the Pluckamin Inn. They had a weekend Italian menu for the San Genaro festival. We found the menu very limited and sort of pedestrian by Pluckamin Inn standards. Of the four dishes we had none were exceptional or even VG in our opinion. Even the cookies for dessert were disappointing and mostly bland. Disappointing.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cliff
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    You can not go wrong with the Pluckemin Inn, the service, the food, as always, perfect....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mocoVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Good place for a special dinner in the neighborhood Well prepared and interesting dishes.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Traveler
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    perfect place to meet with a valuable client...impressive, quiet, fabulous food, impeccable service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Welcome change
    CHAK
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Third time is a charm. We went to pluckemin inn when it opened. We were impressed with elegance of the place, it's decor, fine food and great service. My wife is a vegeterian, so the chef made a great dish just for her. Next time we went, although my son and I had good experience, my wife had to settle for vegeterian pizza. So we allowed time before our next visit. We were surprised to see vegeterian items on the menu, thanks to the new chef. My son had steak, it was as good as the best steaks in great NYC restaurants. My fish dish was superb. Thanks to the new chef, we had an outstanding experience. My only dilemma: besides Bernard's Inn and Ninety Acres, now a third great choice in Somerset County every time We go for fancy meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • A nice time with friends
    princeton
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As the ranking indicates, the ambiance and the service were both outstanding. The food was good but not as excellence as we had hoped. Certainly not up to the quality the price would merit. We had met friends who we do not see that often. The staff never rushed us so we had an outstanding social experience.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum
    KAL3
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Olive bread and spicy bread sticks were great. Loved the chilled zucchini soup with ricotta and squash blossom. Veal scallopine with polenta and osso bucco was terrific. Dessert petit fours were lovely too.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, attentive service
    Butch
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner on a Wednesday night. The food and wine was excellent and the service was helpful and attentive. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, But...
    DrLewie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have dined at the Pluckemin Inn at least a dozen times. The service is extraordinary and the food never disappoints. What did disappoint this time was the summer seasonal menu. The meal we each had was terrific, but the menu provided severely limited choices for myself and one other in our party. I estimate the menu was 90% seafood, which I am allergic to. My friend felt choices for his tastes were also limited. I realize that seafood is popular this time of year, but more than a handful of choices for those of us who don't or can't eat seafood would be greatly appreciated.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great experience at the Inn
    Viking
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I took my wife and a few others for a 'business relationship building' dinner. The Pluckermin Inn once again proved to be a great choice. Our server was excellent, she was very knowledgeable with the menu. They have an unbelievable wine list and the food is fit for foodies. We like this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NJ Top 25?
    JDSD
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had never been even though very clode to us. Went because of its listing in NJ magazines top 25 restaurants list. Menu was interesting in that you had multiple offerings in style and serving size. Prices were on the high side. I had skate whichwas fine and different. My wife had salmon which was ordinary. Service was somewhat slow although the placwe was not busy though it was a Friday. Green beans served on the raw side in salad and main course. Bread basket was the best feature. Not as good as the reputation or prices would require.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful place
    SUZEVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had a fantastic dinner here. The staff were all genuinely friendly. Our waiter Kevin was attentive but not overly so. The restaurant itself is much bigger than it looks. Has a great tavern area and even has an outdoor patio for additional dining option. Will definitely plan a return visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful birthday celebration
    ilikefoodtoomuchVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Fabulous fresh food, expertly prepared, finest ingredients, knowledgable and courteous staff all helped make my birthday celebration extra special. the wellfleet oysters were fresh, the chicken succulent, the home-made pasta cooked perfectly, the Spanish octopus tender, and the dulce de leche sunday divine! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wow!
    bobby
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    What an overall great experience! The service was wonderful and the food was outstanding. The grounds outside although not large was beautifully landscaped with in bloom crepe myrtle and the koi pond was so tranquil. We didn't drink in the bar- but it looked fun and lively. The staff made the special occasion we were celebrating extra special. Highly recommended and the wine selection was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mikecamVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have dined at Pluckemin Inn numerous times mainly for dinner. This was our first time we had lunch in the dining room. Although there only a few tables occupied, we felt rushed. Our entrée was served BEFORE we finished our appetizer and left on the table. I felt like I was in a diner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not To Disappoint
    jbarbieri
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I went here for our anniversary. The moment we pulled up, the valet was attentive, from opening the door for my wife to smiling and being polite. We walked in and from that moment we felt special. We did not have to wait for a table even though we were fifteen minutes early from our reservations. We were escorted upstairs and were explained the menu and the specials of the day. The price is just a bit high but well worth every dollar. The food was plentiful and in fact we did not order dessert. My wife did tell the waiter we were celebrating our anniversary and he then came out with a tray of chocolate and cookies with a lite candle. It was a very pleasant surprise.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 752 reviews are from the The Pluckemin Inn reviews archive.
  • Creative cuisine
    Wayne
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was very impressive, not the normal high quiality fare, but really creative options. Amazing wine list, although our first bottle was not perfect it was handled well by the restaurant and replaced quickly. We had a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I am visit many notable restaurants but very few are able to satisfy for all courses. PI was excellent on all courses. Glad I found you.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A class act -- don't miss it!
    diningwithdan
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Just the right combination of fine ingredients, creative culinary skill, and impeccable yet friendly service make this restaurant worth every penny of the price. The wine list is beyond compare. It is always a delight to come back to the Pluckemin Inn -- it is without doubt one of the classiest restaurants this side of the Hudson.
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • Unique dishes perfectly prepared
    htmccannVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    In addition to friendly, efficient service and a beautiful setting, the Pluckemin menu is unique. More important, each dish is delicious and memorable. Earlier this week I had the best octopus dish I've ever had. Served with some carefully selected greens and a sauce that complemented the fish expertly, I hated to take the last bite. My wife had a similar reaction to her ricotta/gnocchi appetizer. That was a warm-up for the main dishes: cod for me, salmon for my wife. Again, unique presentations, superb taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate