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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Saddle River Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (110)romantic (99)fit for foodies (83)neighborhood gem (58)scenic view (36)good for groups (14)hot spot (7)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • A Must!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had a wonderful birthday dinner. My husband and I always look forward to celebrating special occasions at this charming restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harriet
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food and atmosphere were good, however, I think that the cost of the evening was too high. I have been to this restaurant many times in the past when the previous owners were still there. I liked the atmosphere better and the food was also better. I think that now it has become too expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightfully Perfect
    Thelma
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Celebrated a special occasion with friends. The staff was friendly, accommodating and easily managed a full dining room. The menu was great and the specials were a bit above perfect. We enjoyed the lobster roll and stuffed zucchini appetizers. Main course was selected to accompany our wine and it was delicious. Recommend the filet mignon!! desert just delicious. Only wish the staff followed on our request to decant our wine...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    Nina
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Tremendous dining experience. Amazing food, excellent service. Romantic setting. We will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 5 Star Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The next time you want to celebrate an anniversary, propose to that special someone or have a very special business dinner, this is where you want to go. The food and atmosphere are spectacular! A classic, relaxing restaurant on the Saddle River with food that competes with 5 star restaurants in NYC! Waiters make you feel very special and give just the right amount of attention. And, don't forget to bring along that special champagne and/or wine! (BYOB) Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • much improved
    DionisVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The frist time we went after the change in management we were very disappointed. We gave tehm a second chance. Not yet up to teh level of prior management but getting there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best!!
    GoldDDS
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I think this place is one of the greatest restaurants ever!! I simply love this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went to the Saddle River Inn to celebrate the birthday day of my fiancé. Everything was perfect, the service, the view over the pond, and the food was great. Will be going back even though we are about to move into the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Jo74
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Fantastic service and a unique interior at this old rustic and yet romantic barn. Saddle river inn offers an extensive and interesting menu. The lamb chops are so delicious you will find yourself nibbling on the bones because it's too good to waste. My lobster roll appetizer was light and refreshing and the Mint basil semifreddo, was a different and yet oh so tasty dessert. We gladly return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    bobbarbara
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Saddle River Inn is a special place and the service, food and atmosphere speak to that. Price is in line with the quality and portions are reasonable, so possible to enjoy a complete food experience. Warm greeting from David, great friendly service from Bryan and a perfect evening for our 40th anniversary. We go to the Saddle river Inn a few times a year and it is Always Great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but pricey.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food and service were excellent but portion size very small and extremely over priced.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food, great night!
    fejalo
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful.....!
    RRrr
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The summer menu was terrific, and I would have happily ordered almost anything on it. We were 4 and all tried everything, so we got a good sampling. Every appetizer, every entrée was amazing. All around, a wonderful dining experience and we look forward to coming back and trying a different seasonal menu. 2 small notes....my sister ordered lamb chops which, while delicious, tasted a bit oversalted. Also, when I made the reservation I noted that we were celebrating an anniversary. My sister also told our server that we were celebrating our 25th and 35th wedding anniversaries and he took a photo for us. The restaurant did nothing to acknowledge our special event, which was a bit of a miss. Overall, a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saddle River Inn
    SaddleRiverInn
    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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
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    • 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
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
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    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.