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The Saddle River Inn
The Saddle River Inn

The Saddle River Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.saddleriverinn.com
  • Phone: (201) 825-4016
  • 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 (201) 825-4016

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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "Another great Dinner in this wonderful Gem, loved the Rib Eye & the U10 Shrimps, it just keeps on getting better, Pepi"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "First time back after change in owners. It is NYC 5star quality at 1/2 the price."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Three of us for dinner. All different choices. All superbly prepared and served. The new owners are into their stride, and we are the beneficiaries. It's not inexpensive, but it's a great place to eat and enjoy a special meal. We had kobe steak tartare, salads, soft shell crabs, scallops, rib eye steak and scrumptious desserts. Stop thinking about it. Go there."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "we had a great dinner at the inn. the new owners have done a wonderful job to modernize the menu and food. the food is not as salty as it used to be but is very flavorful with other ingredients. portions were very good - considering it is quite a costly restaurant. we would return for another special occassion."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "It was our first dining experience at The Saddle River Inn and we will certainly be coming back! From the moment we stepped in the door we were treated with courtesy and respect by the entire staff. The food was outstanding and well-presented. Our filet was the very best we have ever tasted (we have a lot of experience) and our only mistake was not saving room for dessert! The ambiance and view of the water created an intimate and classy experience we look forward to sharing with friends on our next visit!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Lovely food. Top quality ingredients. Attentive informed service. Great desserts. Ambience rustic. Best dinner s"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We used to eat here over 25 years ago. We stopped as we felt it was too "stuffy"; jackets and ties. When we heard it was under new ownership, we decided last year to try it again. We were not disappointed. They new owners pay attention to detail. The food is outstanding. As good as the best in NYC! We have been back a number of times since. Highly recommend it"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "When we first sat down, 3 different servers inquired about water and which wines to to open. Why 3 different servers and 3 different times?. Then later, when looking for a server, couldn't find one!! Also, why Frank Sinatra and why so loud? I felt like I was in an italian restaurant that wanted everyone to know! Unfortunately, they also seated a group right next to us who oromptly rpoceeded to shout at each other to be heard. NOT very romantic! Fortunately, the food is terrific, so we will go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "From appy's to dessert was off the charts. My new favorite Reaturant"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "It's a great place. But my last experience was disappointing (maybe an off night for the chef). I started with tuna tartar. Taste was excellent but the middle portion was frozen so that took away. I had the swordfish. The fish and seasoning was fantastic but the crabmeat places on top was cold like they just took it out of the fridge. I was disappointed with the experience but I would give them another chance because in the past it's been fantastic."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This is a charming restaurant with delightful staff and service. The food is excellent and the menu totally appealing. The plus for diners is that you bring your own wine. It is a spot that for food and service stands up to many of NY's better restaurants."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Since the new owners took over we have been there three times. Each time has been outstanding! We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "From the moment you enter the door until your final goodbyes, you are absolutely pampered by the staff of this wonderful restaurant which is even better under its new management, both in level and quality of service and in the outstanding selection of wonderfully prepared food. The "regular" menu has wonderful selections but the hidden gems are on the specials of the day. Have NEVER had a better lobster roll, nor ever had a better prepared Swordfish entree, both of which were not on the regular menu. Their Maribar filet mignon is still outstanding and one receives a generous portion that is seasoned just perfectly. Don't forget to bring your own wine, and definitely indulge in the pastry chef's delightful desserts."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This was one of our best experiences in this Gem, my wife tried the Kobe Rib Eye Steak & it was the best she ever had, like always Great Food & great Service, we will be back next week"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We absolutely loved our meal, the waiter was very attentive and handsome! The staff are always friendly. Definitely take your date or celebrate a birthday here!! The maribar is outstanding!! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have been going to this restaurant for at least 20 years. I was a little worried when the ownership changed ownership. But Restaurant is better than ever! Food was absolutely fabulous. Had a great time. Again. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Food, ambience, service were all worth a visit to the Saddle River Inn for a special occasion. Expect to pay high prices for small portions. Didn't leave full but did leave with a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was our second visit since the new owners and chef took over the Saddle River Inn. We were very happy with our experience. The noise level upstairs was too high since the noise from large groups below seem to travel upwards. The menu and food were excellent and even better than with the previous owners. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Best food in area but interior is drab and in need of redecorating "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We have been to The Saddle River Inn several times since it has been under new ownership. As in past visits, everything was excellent. Great menu, great specials, and terrific service. The only negative is that it is very expensive---with no wine or liquor cost (BYOB) it cost us, with tip, $100 per person."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The Saddle River Inn is still, in my opinion, the premier dining site in North Jersey. Despite a change in ownership, the food and service remain at a level that is not matched in any other local restaurant. The food remains outstanding and the service is very attentive without being smothering. While there are a few small things that they can work on, I remain an enthusiastic supporter"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Found this restaurant on open table, we were looking for a place to have our anniversary dinner and we are so glad we chose The Saddle River Inn! They set us up on the second floor by ourselves and gave us the table in the window overlooking the river. Food was absolutely fantastic, had a chateu brion that night for two was out of this world!!!!! Can't wait to go back for our second meal!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My wife and I agree - excellent food, stellar service and a really comfortable environment made this a restaurant we'll gladly recommend to friends. Though the menu seemed fairly standard (the usual duck breast, steak and fish options that seem to be on every menu in NJ), a perfectly prepared pork chop with crab vinaigrette and a truly remarkable himachi appetizer (that I can't stop talking about) really showcased the skill of a dynamic chef. Service was top-notch - attentive and informative without being over-bearing. Highly recommend and will be visiting again for certain. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The entire experience was terrific. There were four of us and we all had different dinners. All four of us were raving about our meals. Personally I had the duck appetizer, filet mignon main course with the orange carrots as a veggie. One of the best meals I can remember eating. And because it's a BYOB, you don't break the bank paying for a fine meal plus the ridiculous restaurant wine prices. Still, it isn't an inexpensive restaurant. Meal fou four plus tip was $360.00. And the few bottles of wine we brought to match the courses added over a hundred more. But this is a special occasion place. Go here and enjoy. Shout out to Anthony our waiter. He was the best. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Fresh, quality ingredients used . Chef is amazing at combining fresh herbs, spices, and other ingredients to create amazing yet light enhancement to all his dishes. Sirloin cut like butter, as did the chicken. Delicious, gourmet food that still seems fresh and healthy. Nothing was over salted, overdressed or heavy. Food was outstanding. Only negative-Need to install something to absorb the noise."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The food here has always been excellent and with the new owners it remains the same. It's truly one of the best restaurants in Northern New Jersey. The updated look is very nice. Staff was very attentive and friendly. My husbands lamb was excellent and the spaetzle amazing. I loved my scallops app and swordfish dinner - both specials. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Seems more attuned to younger crowd, menu more varied and all local sourced. Food and service EXCELLENT "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food, ambiance and service. A rare find in Northern NJ."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Don't think it was server's fault, as otherwise service was great, but was an hour between sitting down and getting appetizers, with 30 minute lapses between apps and entrees and entrees and dessert. VERY slow....and I like a leisurely meal. Not sure what happened, as all other aspects of meal were excellent."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I wish I could eat all my meals here. The food was divine and the ambience of he restaurant was great too. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "This was our initial experience with the new owners and chef. Overall impression was very good. We were greeted with a smile, immediately seated and the waite-staff are well-trained. The three of us had very positive comments about the food. The foie gras appetizer was spectacular. Two of us had the lobster risotto. Though technically correct, we found it lacking in flavor, as if the lobster infused broth was under-seasoned. This made the dish less than perfect. The other diner enjoyed a well-made red snapper. Desserts were uniformly delicious."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten at the Saddle River Inn many times in the past and were always very happy with the experience. When the restaurant was sold a few years ago we heard that the experience and food had suffered. We gave the owners some time to address any customer concerns and decided to try it for our 41st wedding anniversary. We were very happy we did. Our waiter Michael was exceptional, and the food did not disappoint. It was memorable, as one would hope for a special event such as our anniversary. We highly recommend it."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We went to SRI to celebrate our 21st anniversary and it was excellent! Food was delicious, staff was friendly and attentive, and we had great table upstairs in the loft. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Saddle River Inn offers exceptional food selections and a romantic ambiance."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "My wife and I had an enjoyable evening. My wife started with a crab salad and I had the smoked salmon appetizer. The flavors are delicious. For the main course my wife had a delectable halibut while I had the lamb. It was a lovely evening. My only issue is that the noise level is a bit high. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had an outstanding experience, from the serving staff, the ambiance, to the phenomenal cuisine. My wife wanted a special place to bring her clients. This was the perfect setting. Best of all, we were not rushed and were allowed to linger after our dessert. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We thought the old owners made the place feel stuffy and pretentious but now It's fabulous. Seated on time, great service, and the food is outstanding. One of the best places in NJ. 5 stars for the Kobe Beef. Has more of a lively atmosphere but still small and quaint. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We enjoyed yet another memorable evening at Saddle River Inn this week. The menu is exciting, innovative, and the dishes deliver on the expectation. The server was extremely professional, matching the caliber of the food. Deciding what to order was difficult, not because we didn't know what to order, everything was so appealing we needed a sampler plate! This is a BYO restaurant that appreciates the fine wines the patrons bring and know how to serve them. The gracious owners care and concern is evident throughout the evening. We'll be back soon! "
    Dined on 4/15/2014