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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
  • Email: david@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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "There is no finer restaurant in New Jersey. The food and service is impeccable!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The entries were great. The appetizers and coffee terrible. Overall overpriced, pretentios place. Not worse the money."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Excellent evening all around! Food, service, decor......"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "visited this restaurant many times in the past 20 years, and now with its new management--still SO special!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Everything about Saddle River Inn is top notch. Unlike other overrated and overhyped restaurants in the area, it had all right ingredients from the friendly and accommodating staff, to the ambience, to the GREAT food. I had an octopus appetizer not only delicious , but beautifully presented and tender as could be. The chateaubriand was cooked and seasoned to perfection . The black truffle mashed potatoes were off the hook. Dessert was no let down either. Like a great story, our time here was great , from beginning , middle to end. We will be back for more."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Enjoyed an absolutely superb meal this past weekend at The Saddle River Inn. The food was outstanding and very person at our table raved about their meal. The fact that it is a BYOB is also a plus, as you can enjoy your own favorite bottle(s) of wine with your meal. The service was excellent and always attentive. Overall, this was one of the most delightful meals I've had in quite a while and would highly recommend The Saddle River Inn."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Country cozy barn setting turned New York contemporary barn setting. Food is as good as the old place but slightly different. Portions though are a little smaller. Still a great place to dine."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "this is the best restaurant in the bergen county nj area- consistently good food and service with seasonal changes to the menu."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I hate to tell everyone that this is one of New Jersey's best restaurants because it is already hard enough to get a reservation. We arrived for our reservation as two instead of the intended party of four. David could not have been nicer and his main concern was about rearranging the table for our comfort. The food and the service were excellent as always. It is wonderful to have a neighborhood restaurant that has an outstanding chef preparing quality food, and dining in comfort in a beautiful room that is warm and inviting,"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went to the Saddle River Inn with another couple on Friday night. This was our first visit since the change in ownership, and we are all so glad that we were finally able to give it a try! The decor is simple and rustic, and the windows allow for a view of the beautiful wooded area outside, which gives you a feeling of being in Vermont. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive, but we never felt rushed through our meal. The food was absolutely delicious! The menu was varied and interesting, with something for everyone from fish to meat lovers. We had the crabmeat salad (amazing!), filet mignon (perfect!), halibut and sea bass (both delicious!), followed by dessert. Overall, the meal was fabulous! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Does not fail to impress. Our waiter was very professional with his delivery and very personable. The kobe beef dish is a "special" special dish. Nothing disappoints at Saddle River Inn."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My husband and I eat here at least once a month and it is always exceptional! Definitely should try it."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I know this restaurant for long time. Always had good food and experience going there. Last Tuesday it was first time for me since the new owners and it was outstanding ! We loved everything about that night; food was so good, I'm so hungry just thinking about it and can't wait to go back. The service was exceptional, everyone so attentive and knowledgeable about their product. This is my "go to" place for my special occasions :) Happy Eating !!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We have hade several great meals at the Saddle River Inn. The food is fabulous with refined service. The new owners have taken a gem and put a new luster on it. The menu is updated and modern."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My husband & I returned to the Saddle River Inn now that it is under new ownership and we were very satisfied with our overall experience. Having dined at the Saddle River Inn when it was under the previous ownership, we had stopped going during the final year of that ownership because the food, service and ambience had begun to deteriorate. We recently dined on a Thursday evening and our meals were outstanding, our waiter and other members of the wait staff were attentive and courteous. David, the new owner was efficient and showed good management skills. We will definitely put SRI back on our "favorite list" of restaurants in Bergen County."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I love the place, I love the atmosphere. My husband and I had the chateaubriand for two. It was tender and delicious, but I would have preferred it without the sauce on it. I felt that it took away from the flavor of the meat. All I tasted was the sauce....it was too much. I would have liked it better if the sauce was on the side. So for the price I was a disappointed with that."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "new to area, found Saddle River Inn online, and it lived up to expectations. A Fine Dining Experience, with excellent unobtrusive service, and a quiet ambiance. BYOB, with a Smart Casual dress code, that allows Jeans. Perfect for a comfortable but excellent evening out with friends."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant about 10 times since ownership changed, and every time the food, service and ambiance has been outstanding!!! Sorry to hear that the escargot is no longer on the menu, but I was happy that it was a special during this visit."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "this restaurant is wonderful except the noise level was way too loud. Could hardly hear my dining companion. Would love to go back if the noise was more buffered."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had always enjoyed the Saddle River Inn. We were very disappointed in our visit this past Tuesday. The greeting we received when entering was poorly received. A guy was sitting in a darkened coat room on a computer and acted like we were disrupting him. Not a good start. There was no warmth or friendliness, took no interest in us. Then he proceeded to give us specials and totally turned us off with an appetizer costing $125. I can not believe how they changed what was a lovely restaurant."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "My husband and I went for our first time here on a "date night" and we were very impressed with the restaurant. It was absolutely romantic and classy. We had a little trouble finding it at first because it sits in the back and it was dark, but very happy with it! Great service as well!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I had heard of the Saddle River Inn for many years and just never got around to going there. its worth it."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The new owners of Saddle River Inn have taken what used to be a great dining experience and moved it up a notch. The kobe beef was truly outstanding and worth every penny. Service was impeccable. We'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Food and service were fantastic. Had braised short ribs. They were the best we've ever had. Wait staff was attentive and professional."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal with friends, however, once dessert was served it was apparent we were expected to leave quickly. Numerous waiters began removing water glasses and half eaten desserts. Considering we were not there long, this definitely detracted from our experience."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We have not been to the Saddle River Inn since it changed hands. The change of ownership has breathed new life into the restaurant for sure. Food and service was excellent and it has a lovely ambience that is rare to find in New Jersey."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Overall excellent food but I thought too pricey. We were nervous after reading several reviews about the owner being somewhat rude with guests, but we had only good experience with the service and did not feel rushed. Lamb tenderloin superb as was the crab risotto and fish. Dessert average. Octopus, tuna carcpaccio appetizers very good."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "No one should miss this experience. It is pricey, but BYO saves the day (the night!)."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We had been here a few times, food was always very good, but atmosphere was way too serious. We had gone with a small group once, and were actually shushed by the table next to us, for one short moment of laughter! We were pleasantly surprised when we went back this past weekend. Not only were the food and service excellent, the restaurant still as beautiful as it was before, but the mood has lightened up a lot. It was a very friendly place, and a nice date night out. We will be going back very soon!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Service excellent, Short Ribs excellent,Crumble excellent, Halibut waaay toooo hot...no mention of that much eat on the menu descriptor, in fact no heat mentioned at all."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The quality of the food, service and staff was excellent. The entire dining experience was orchestrated so well that I was able to focus on the night out for my wife's birthday and not chasing someone down for water or the check. This was my first time and I will surely go back in the near future."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Had a wonderful evening on Friday night with a few dear friends. The food was wonderful and looked as fantastic as it tasted! Would certainly recommend to friends and family as I will be back here again in the very near future."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Our dining experience was phenomenal. We loved the food and the atmosphere is wonderful."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great place to celebrate a special occasion. The setting is warm and comfortable, and the service is excellent. Their take on classics is inventive and enjoyable. My only quibble is the new-fangled idea of having a chef from another restaurant take over their kitchen for a night. We were surprised by that (did not check the restaurant's website, just used OpenTable), and missed out on trying the Saddle River Inn's menu. If I wanted to eat another restaurant's food, I would go to that restaurant."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I have been going to this restaurant for 25 years. It recently sold and the new owners have kept the same outstanding standard and modernized the menu. Still a true gem after all these years."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We (4 of us) hadn't been to the Inn in a while, so after reading some recent reviews decided to try it for my wife's birthday. We were not disappointed. It seemed rejuvenated while still retaining its original charm. Service was excellent thanks to a very attentive staff, in our case Michael and Brian. Nice range of choices on the menu including several specials, all beautifully presented and from the silence around the table, delicious. What we originally thought of as a special occasion spot may now become our favorite BYOB. Try it, it's back on track."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is excellent. The food and service is awesome. Highly recommend it to anyone who loves a romantic dining experience."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "This was my first experience dining at SRI, but it won't be the last. Everything was great. From the first greeting when I walked in to the discussions with the young waiter during dessert, it all screamed comfort and class. I had the kobe beef and I have mever had a piece if meat so tasty. The look of the barn is cool and the meal was awesome. I can see why so many people speak well of the experience and it won't be long before I go to the SRI again."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Fine dining at its best, The Saddle River Inn, under its new owners, continues its reputation of excellence. This "tucked away" romantic Inn's cuisine consistently delights the palate while its service staff is respectively attentive. Rissotto with truffles (which we split as an appertizer) should be a right of passage! Attention to detail in every presentation only matched each entree's delicacy. Make sure to leave room for an incredible array of desserts, none of which will dissappoint.( Yes, we sampled them all! )"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "They consistently deliver a great dining experience. The food is always delicious and the service is very attentive!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013