Vale Bar and Grill
Vale Bar and Grill

Vale Bar and Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.valebarandgrill.com/
  • Phone: 2013913195x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday 5:00 pm till 12:00 am
    Tuesday 12:00 pm till 12:00 am
    Wednesday 12:00pm till 1:00 am
    Thursday 12:00 pm till 1:00 am
    Friday 12:00 pm till 2:00 am
    Saturday 12:00 pm till 2:00 am
    Sunday 12:00 pm till 12:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment in our bar/lounge most Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 9pm.
  • Special Events: Be sure to check our website for upcoming special events!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is also available
    Complimentary valet parking available on weekends
A word from Vale Bar and Grill
Situated in the very center of town, Vale Bar and Grill has a unique opportunity to become a neighborhood gathering place, celebrating the town’s historical charms and distinctive character. The mix of old stories and new experiences will attract guests both young and young at heart. Sal and his family look forward to bringing their flavors of culinary specialties to River Vale. Good company and good food ….Vale Bar and Grill is here for the local communities as a destination where friends and family can meet up for a cold beer and share a great meal!
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Vale Bar and Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)vibrant bar scene (8)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (3)special occasion (2)notable wine list (2)fit for foodies (2)hot spot (2)romantic (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Good food at reasonable prices
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The risotto special was excellent. Food and service very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good overhaul
    Localj
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was very good. Ordered pork chops and they were incredibly tender and juicy. The salad was huge and I didn't think I'd finish it but it was so lightly dressed I happily gobbled it down. The bar after was okay. Drinks were consistent and okay, a little weak - a smidgen stronger I would've liked. The service was not great. Not terrible but since they seemed to be prepping for band and the evening crowd, we were a little ignored. We came earlier than usual so I suppose it was just the timing. Will definitely be back. I hear the burgers are amazing!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood hot spot
    LokinVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Loved the ambiance and variety of choices on menu--theres something for everyone! Food was good -but not "fit for foodies" But thats not what this restaurant is all about. Nice wait staff, very friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mell
    sleepingdog3
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was our 2nd time visiting Vale Bar and Grill and we were just as pleased as the first time. The atmosphere is at once homey and sleek. Very inviting. We were seated promptly by a very nice hostess, and wait staff immediately tended to our needs. The food is fabulous here. Nice wine list. There was a slight delay getting our meals to the table, but we'll attribute that to it being Summer and the restaurant possibly not expecting it to be as busy as it was and not having enough help in the kitchen. Something for everyone. Love the atmosphere: low lights, soft candles. Sleek décor. What's not to love? We will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 71 reviews are from the Vale Bar and Grill reviews archive.
  • love the staff
    ktothez
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I gotta say that we absolutely love the staff at this place, and it's really the only reason we keep going back (besides the convenient location for us). The food attempts to be good, but it's just mediocre. Probably better known for their good burgers and steaks, I would stay away from the seafood. This is a great place to go and have a drink in the bar area and grab some appetizers. And although I did not select 'kid-friendly', we have brought our young kids here twice and they were well received and enjoyed it just fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food very good. Extremely loud bar
    KC77
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was very good. Service good until out waitress left for the night without telling us. Very loud bar. But nice ambience in the restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Fun
    sleepingdog3
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This was our first time visiting the Vale Bar and Grill and we definitely enjoyed our time there. All food was cooked to order, and enjoyed immensely. This is a very pretty restaurant, soft lighting and comfortable distance between tables so you won't hear too much of someone else's conversation. We will definitely be back... and soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vale was perfect
    pwar
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Four of us had dinner last night at Vale. We got a nice corner table and, although the noise level was moderate, the tables are spaced well and the decor seemed to mute the sound a bit so the noise was quite manageable, even for my hard-of-hearing mom. The wine list could have used a few more selections "by the glass" and they were out of the bottle that I selected. However, the waitress recommended a wine that matched what I was looking for and not a bank-buster. The service was very good and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First timers
    mitchVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The ambience is very nice and so are the specialty cocktails - try the tootsie roll - the Saturday night crowd was very light so the energy level was not there. We stuck with salads and burgers which were very good and well sized - maybe next time we'll be braver with our menu choices
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great 30th birthday
    30thTimer
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The title basically says it for me. I went there for my 30th birthday, all dressed up as was the rest of my family with me. I had gone once for lunch and noticed everyone in business attire and thought to do the same for a special occassion. The food was great and for the prices you really get a plate full, not just something that fills the inner circle of the plate and nowhere else. The fact that they even serve craft beer is just a huge bonus to the place. My whiskey at the end was a little watered down (and served cold in a cold glass) but I can let that by since they gave a healthy amount. Overall I will be back here for more of dinner/lunch but not as nearly dressed up. Thanks for giving me a great birthday dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vale
    NJFan
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Very good short ribs. OUTSTANDING risotto. Recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood go to
    Aplacetogo
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Glad to see vale is doing well. The food and service were very good. Look forward to returned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and Disappointing
    Lady
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The restaurant was completely renovated and looked great from the outside. The inside was very nice as well. Service was good, very attentive and friendly waiter. Fresh mozzarella was nothing fresh at all - definitely bought from a store, and the portions are extremely small, and the prices are high. Will not be back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Time Perfect
    Escape2Pleasure
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    After opening dined with a friend and had a so-so experience. Many moons later took a bunch of relatives and had a great meal and had a near perfect time. I'm not a "nit picker" so won't start now. Would definitely recommend this place now!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time at Vale!
    Mike
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My wife & I went there this past Saturday night. We had a drink at the lively bar area while waiting for our table to be ready. Later we enjoyed crab cakes, short ribs dinner, wine & crepes for dessert. Our server was very friendly & did a great job.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • having a bad day
    sunnyrocks
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    While I would still recommend Vale, my last experience was not very good. The service is always great but the food wasn't prepared well. There were 4 of us and we all had various hamburgers. Mine was raw instead of medium rare and all of us thought our dishes lacked flavor. They may have been having a bad day or maybe there was a different chef that day. We were disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Lisa
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Never disappoints. We went for Easter and I was pleased that they had their regular menu available in addition to an Easter special menu.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hail Vale
    sunnyrocks
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I had the Calamari stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp-very good and completely stuffed. The salads are large and really good. We went on a Saturday and it was very crowded the whole time but the wait staff never made us feel rushed. We have been there for lunch and enjoyed it just as much. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    sunnyrocks
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    What a treat to have a really good restaurant in town. We were in a rush and the waiter made sure our food was out in a timely fashion but cooked just right. We were very happy with the quality and quantity of the food and the service was exceptional
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    While the ambiance in the Vale Bar and Grill is wonderful and the bar scene was hopping, the food and service was just ok and I most likely will not go back nor would I recommend this place to anyone for lunch or dinner. Coffee was old and had to be sent back with a request that a fresh pot be made. Capuccino we ordered was cold and also had to be sent back. Selected two different items off the dessert menu (one recommended by our server) only to be told one item was not longer offered and the recommended item was not fresh and the Chef did not want to serve it to us.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Lisa
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food and service were excellent. This is my 3rd visit and the restaurant never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Let's begin with the bar...it's lively, the bartenders are friendly making it feel like "Cheers" where you drop by and they know your name. The drinks are good and they have a diverse martini menu! Moving into the restaurant area, the decor is simple but very smart toping it off with lighting that is perfect giving it an elegant atmosphere. The menu has wonderful entrees, everything was fresh, cooked just right and seasoned to perfection. Rounding off this wonderful dining experience with excellent service. I recommend Vale Bar and Grill highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful! A relaxing and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Delightful! A relaxing and most enjoyable evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and not rushed!
    robinmalley
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was better than it was the last time we were there! The service has also improved. We were not rushed and were able to enjoy out dinner!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Favorite Restaurant
    barbe
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    From booking our reservation online, which was a nice touch, and being greeted by the hostess who had our table ready, it was a great start. The vale martini was something different, but great! I had the short ribs and they were excellent. Everyone at the table enjoyed their meals as well. Save room for desert as the lava cake and crepes were amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service needs big improvement
    jen46
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The order of one member of my party was completely wrong. Ordered coke, received diet coke, ordered chicken parmesan, received chicken francaise. Both items were corrected but the chicken was overcooked in part and dry. My dish was not as ordered, but I ate it anyway. There seems to be a lack of leadership in management. After the errors, no one in management ever came over to ask if we were satisfied. The restaurant is beautiful and very close to home. We were so disappointed and may try it again in 6 to 12 months, but maybe not.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very nice pub
    bdegs123
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    good food, reasonably priced wine list. very nice ambiance with excellent service. nice bar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My family tends to stick to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    My family tends to stick to the same restaurants in the area but decided to give Vale a chance. We were all pleasantly surprised from the atmosphere to the selection of beers on tap to the food. Everything was extremely enjoyable and allowed us to have food we typically would not eat. I normally never order dessert but how can you not have a crepe with nutella when it is on the menu. Also, they had live music in the bar that sounded great. My only complaints would be the tea selection was very limited and we waited over 30 minutes even with our Open Table reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little too kid friendly.
    KK2nd
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    There was a large group of children ( 8) sitting next to us. Their parents were about three tables away. The parents were inattentive and the children were being as you would expect unsupervised children to be. It was quite disturbing. I'm a teacher and at one point I instinctively glared at them. :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and worth another visit
    Amazingplace
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    We had a nice meal. Good appetizers, very tempting entrees and a nice selection of proteins and fish/seafood. Execution was good. My double cut pork chop came as two pork chops, which negates the reason I get pork out. They were overcooked but would have been cooked perfect had they kept them as one "double cut" pork chop. The sauce on the chops was fantastic! Borolo braised short ribs were very taste, and eggplant rolatini was good as well. A good meal but not out of this world. Will definitely try them again and will make a final decision then. Wine list was nice, but limited, which is OK. Had a very nice Merlot at a reasonable price. I would give it a try.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I had our date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    My husband and I had our date night at Vale. It was our first time at the restaurant and we both had a great night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Virgin experience positive
    smooth14
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Very attentive service, food was tasty, music was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable food - getting
    MikeTsVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Dependable food - getting better with each visit. Fist time must have been when they first opened and the service was confused. Third time was last weekend, and it was greatly improved. The building renovation was done tastefully and it makes the place elegant, yet comfortable like a ski lodge. Give it a try - give them your feedback on the spot. Thee owners seem like they really are invested and want to make this place work. Out of three meals, I had a chicken Milanese which was not quite as crisply pan fried as you would want in perhaps not the best olive oil, A pork chop that was very good, and a filet mignon with sautéed onions served over a crisp potato hash which was outstanding, Getting better every time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally Got In...
    HungreeBoy
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    After seeing a very crowded restaurant for the first few months of Vale's entry to the area, my wife and i were finally able to critique the new venue ourselves. The atmosphere was immediately inviting (and comparisons were naturally made concerning the previous restaurants which occupied the location)... From beginning to end, our dining experience was a pleasant one: the review of prices once menus were given met our approval and our wait staff was warmly cordial and helpful. Of course, our main focus was on the presentation and quality of the food, both of which were very good. Portion size was about right (we weren't 'stuffed' or 'left hungry') and were able to share a 'yummy' dessert. We're glad to have Vale as a new local favorite!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice for a special occasion
    bigbelly
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Was expecting more of pub menu (based on the name = Vale Bar & Grill) and ended spending more that expected. However the Wasabi Crusted Ahi was one of the best I ever had. The garlic shrimp appetizer was great too!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been several times
    Luv4food
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    We have been several times and each time we just found the food to be fair at best.. It's conveniently located for us but I would only go back for a drink and light bite.. Big bar scene..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Day after Christmas
    Danish
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Party of 9 for lunch the day after Christmas. Great place to relax and catch up. the Vale burger was TOPS! Go, GO GO to Vale.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicely renovated space in
    MikeTsVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Nicely renovated space in a location where few restaurants have survived more than a year or two. We loved the warm vibe - stone wall in the dining room, flickering fireplace by the entrance, and good food. This is an upgrade to the previous 3 restaurants at this location, and we feel like we have a new "go-to" spot for a pleasant meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've seen many restaurants
    AmyW
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    I've seen many restaurants come and go in this location, but I think Vale is here to stay! We've gone twice recently and enjoy the food very much. We'll definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent evening
    DS34
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We went to Vale Bar & Grill as a group of six. We were greeted warmly at the door and the door by a friendly hostess. I was impressed they had East Coast and West Coast oysters and we ordered both. All appetizers were very good and arrived timely. We each ordered a different entree and we all loved them. I has the short ribs which was outstanding. The Red Snapper was also prepared great. We then ordered 4 different desserts. The must have is the cheesecake, the crepes and the lava cake. In all, it was a great evening and we all left impressed and thankful to have such a fine local restaurant. Finally, our waiter Kelvin and other wait staff members were very friendly and attentive without feeling overbearing. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.