The Saddle River Inn
The Saddle River Inn

The Saddle River Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.saddleriverinn.com/
  • Phone: 2018254016
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Jamie Knott
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi Private Loft - capacity 20
  • Private Party Contact: David Madison 2018254016

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Allendale Avenue & West Saddle River Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Saddle River Inn
Classic French cuisine with a contemporary flair is featured in a romantic, rustic, barn along the banks of the Saddle River.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Saddle River Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (105)romantic (95)fit for foodies (73)neighborhood gem (52)scenic view (32)good for groups (12)hot spot (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Food, great night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had a wonderful meal. Definitely a special night. Had a bit of a sticker shock as we didn't see the price of the steak special until the check arrived, but the food was transcendent so worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First rate food and service
    BigKahunaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always a staple for fine dining but new ownership has done a fantastic job of revamping the menu and creating a more professional wait staff while keeping the rustic charm. Bravo. Will be coming back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saddle River Inn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Second time at the restaurant and it was just as good as the first. Excellent service and delicious food. Nice BYOB and we have very romantic dinner celebrating our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful time
    Sherrick
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our third visit since the new ownership team took over and their imprint and vision are everywhere. Particularly in the apparent reduction in formality and increase in user friendliness. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time we had been to SRI since the new ownership took over and we they have not missed a beat. Tremendous service, wonderful ambience and the food was spectacular. The blacks sea bass was probably the best piece of fish I have ever eaten. My wife's black truffle and mushroom risotto was perfectly prepared. We can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Remarkable
    JillCVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We absolutely love this restaurant! The food is consistently outstanding and the menu choices are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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  • tasting menu
    Dinner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have been a customer of this restaurant for over 25 years and it has always been a favorite. However, this is only the 2nd time I have been there since it was sold 2 years ago. As a special treat, we decided to try the 4 course tasting menu, which we were told had to be ordered by the entire table. When asked what was on the tasting menu, the server was a little vague and said it was the chef's choice. At $75/person, we were curious what was to be served and did have a few special requests (beef? fish? gluten? chocolate? nuts?) They agreed to accommodate our entrée requests but the rest was potluck! Overall, everything was delicious with lots of small plates and small servings. We were not rushed in any way and enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep coming back
    BensReviewsVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The team at the Saddle River Inn have really nailed it. They have excellent delicious seasonal dishes that are amazing. We hope to return in a few months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chris Yegen
    chrisiVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food at the old inn was good; now it's great. Every dish is a treat. The chef has created a large enough menu to have something for everyone but not so large that he loses control on any dish. It's now among the best in n.j.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • spongebob
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    it was our first time there and it was fabulous - the food, service, ambience truly loved it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great romatic BYO
    RidgewoodDad
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The lobster corn risotto was fantastic and my wife really liked her halibut with fennel and fava beans. Went a few years ago and it was as good as I remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food outstanding, service very slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was outstanding!!! We have been to all the top restaurants in jersey and this may have been the best food thus far. The atmosphere was charming, however, the service was extremely slow. When our waiter finally got to the table he was polite, well presented and knowledgeable of all menu and special items. Unfortunately, it took forever in between service stops. Once our order was taken the food came out timely so I know it wasn't the kitchen. Our table of 4 was well engaged so the time spent was enjoyable but 3 hours for dinner is a bit much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service, cold food
    Clsoe2home
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Thursday evening 7:15, dinner entre did not arrive til 8:50 and was cold. Waiter overworked. 30 minutes to receive sorbet for dessert. Not up to $$$$ competition.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Keeps getting better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The "new" Saddle River Inn is one of the best in North Jersey. Innovative dishes with special attention to world class presentation. Excellent service. If, like me, you felt the old restaurant was overrated, then by all means go back NOW! You will be impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was outrageous service great totally enjoyable meal. Have been there before and will go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    Kathy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We've avoided the Saddle River Inn for years because it used to be so pretentious and snooty. And frankly, the food didn 't warrant the attitude. The new owners have created such an innovative menu and the service is so professional, yet friendly. We love it and will be back again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Food . . . but Expensive!!
    2ofUs
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food and service are simply outstanding!! The cost astronomical!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Wonderful!
    pittypieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Saddle River Inn never disappoints. Outside of their running out of the special I wanted to order an amazing evening. And my substitute entrée was delicious. Already looking forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delight
    ArtY
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have dined here several times this year. As in years past, the food is original and delicious . The service is efficient and courteous. The atmosphere is comfortable . We just keep coming back. O
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always
    Alisonw
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is our fourth or fifth time at Saddle River Inn and we have never been disappointed! The food is delicious, the service is wonderful, and it made our anniversary that much more special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    they informed us when we arrived that they need our table in 1hr 45 min so we have less then 2 hrs for dinner; I thought it is absolutely not acceptable for a pricy restaurant and it is ruined our mood; we were 20 min late because of the storm and we called them to let them know, but they booked our table for 8 and we had reservation at 6;
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  • getting very expensive
    GERRY
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    the food here, under the former and current owners has always been top shelf. BUT, the prices are getting really expensive. time to ry somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great restaurant
    MalibuahVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The new owners have livened up the place to be a little bit more casual than before. The food is very good but needs some refinement to take it to the old level
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was good before, but better now!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I am never disappointed when I dine at the Saddle River Inn. The food, service and ambience are always exceptional. It was always a nice restaurant, but now under the new ownership it is superior! Better food, atmosphere and energy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JUST WONDERFUL
    Lilola21
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Another Great Dinner in this Wonderful Restaurant, the mushrooms with Truffles were delicious so was the aged Ribeye, thank you David for always taking care of us, sincerely, P.Andres
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice spot
    Graz
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This restaurant provided a nice dining experience. I was used to the old Saddle River Inn which I thought was a bit more cozy. I think they should add some fresh flowers or something that would make the place look less stark. Service was very good. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Culinary Heaven
    Ime45
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This is hands down the finest restaurant in New Jersey. Dinner last Thursday was simply outstanding. Menu selections are mouthwatering, add to that the nightly specials, and we had a difficult time deciding...we wanted it all. Our final choices: fried zucchini blossoms filled lemon scented ricotta, crispy Asian beef wonton, cocoa dusted scallops over cauliflower puree and oven roasted cauliflower florets, tempura battered soft shell crabs with baby arugula. We ended with the sweet offering of Heather, the new pastry chef, flourless chocolate cake, coconut cream creme brûlée, kettle corn and pink peppercorn ice creams. This was culinary Heaven, Jamie and David have brought the New York experience to NJ.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Byob
    Momo2
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Amazing food - NYC quality. But the best part is that it is byob so your bill doesn't skyrocket. Restaurant still has cozy feel but is less stuffy than in past. A great place to go if you want a great meal but don't feel like traveling into the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of the best restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have visited this restaurant many times and each visit is better than the last...the owners David and the Chef are on top of their game and provide a setting and food dishes that make this restaurant the very best. A must visit for an special day. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious & Romantic
    bridgetnoel
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband & I celebrated our anniversary at the Saddle River Inn & we were so happy with our choice. It was our first time there & we immediately loved the ambience & decor. The food was delicious & the setting was so romantic, we sat right by the window overlooking the river. For appetizers we shared the shrimp satay & yellowtail, both were good, I preferred the yellowtail. For our entrees, I had the diver scallop special and it was "melt in your mouth" divine. My husband had the steak special & devoured every bite. We would definitely go back for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Schanette
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have never had a bad experience at The Saddle River Inn. Their food, service and ambience is outstanding. I would recommend it especially for special occasions because it is a romantic restaurant and there are not enough of them around.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • livetodine
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food and service was excellent. We had steak and pork chops and everyone loved their dish. We had a wonderful time. We sat upstairs and had a nice view of the restaurant and the water.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent But Expensive Dining
    aemachVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Visited the Saddle River in for the first time under new ownership. Got a little nervous as they never called to confirm, nor did Open Table send the auto-generated reminder. But all was in order. While the food was exquisitely prepared, the portions were extremely small. I have dined in New York's finest Michelin rated establishments, so I don't mind spending $$$$ on a great meal. The 4 ounce rib eye was $57! While it was expertly seasoned and seared, it was like an app with about two tablespoons of truffled mashed potatoes and one stalk of broccolini. This is a BYOB and I am wondering if the new ownership is making up the loss of alcohol sales by overcharging for the entrees. The desserts were amazing though. Kudos to the pastry chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocore service and selection
    JDfromNC
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Had dinner at SRI on july 10 2014. WE do not live in NJ anymore so this was first dinner there since restaurant changed ownership. WE were quite disappointed. From the stiff greeting at the door, to the wine service to the food service, nothing worked well. The food quality was still quite good but we felt the menu was very ordinary for restaurant that was the best in northern New Jersey. Forget the service - started out asking if we wanted white wine and we only brought red - when pouring he spilled wine on table cloth never cleaned it. Waiter described special incorrectly and my wife ended up with appetizer as entrée. Obviously and unfortunately, we were very disappointed with the whole experience.
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  • Nice evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends at the Saddle River Inn. This long time establishment has retained its luster. The food was well prepared and the service was excellent. Nice, too , that it is BYOB. Truly a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best in Bergen County
    DennisVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    First time back after change in owners. It is NYC 5star quality at 1/2 the price.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • JUST KEEP ON GETTING BETTER
    Lilola21
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Another great Dinner in this wonderful Gem, loved the Rib Eye & the U10 Shrimps, it just keeps on getting better, Pepi
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I like it better than the original
    krmmahrVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I was hesitant to try this restaurant with the new owners - the original was so wonderful and special. But we received a gift certificate as a gift and went this past weekend. The food was outstanding - and I think better than before. The choices are more modern and innovative and delicious. The service is excellent as always. It's a very special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    gladwewent
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    One of the best meals we have had in years. We had not been back to the Saddle River Inn since they changed hands and were totally blown away by the food and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Look at Saddle River Inn
    WCLdiner
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had not been here for several years as we always found it too stuffy. Well, the new owners have improved the atmosphere considerably. The restaurant no longer has a dress code and it is much more modern and relaxed. And the menu is entirely new. The food was great and the service was good as well. Being able to bring your own wine is another added benefit. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate