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Verve Restaurant
Verve Restaurant

Verve Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://vervestyle.com
  • Phone: (908) 707-8655
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sundays we are open for your private parties and special events.

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Steak, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: go to vervestyle.com to view options
  • Private Party Facilities: Our intimate private rooms can serve up to 50 guests and our offsite location can accommodate up to 150.
  • Private Party Contact: Rick St. Pierre (888) 924-1720
  • Entertainment: Please check our events section for DJ schedule and live music. http://www.vervestyle.com/somervillenjjazzfestival.html
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please visit http://www.vervestyle.com/somervillenjjazzfestival.html for upcoming events!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between North Bridge and Grove Streets
  • Public Transit: Raritan River Line-- From New Brunswick NJ-- to Newark-- to NY
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample parking in front of or behind the restaurant. Free parking is available nightly after 5pm.


A word from Verve Restaurant
Welcome to Verve Restaurant, where contemporary French infused New American food combines with artistic decor and ambience, giving genuine meaning to its namesake. Specializing in Prime steaks, Verve offers steak-house style sides and sauces for every taste. Also offered are carefully selected bistro wines from our cellar, European and domestic beers and fashionable martini's and cocktails. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, visit our Soho inspired upstairs lounge for cocktails, parties and special events or enjoy live eclectic music in our historic landmark bar, the very spot where the first drink was served in Somerville after Prohibition. Whether it's an intimate dinner, a casual evening, or a special occasion, Verve strives to make it a memorable experience.


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Diner Reviews
  • "Drinks are interesting and well made. Wonderful bread. Entrees are dependably very good."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We had the crab cakes for an appetizer, which were very good. Then I had the lobster & my husband had the short ribs. He said they were great. The lobster was cooked perfectly & was served out of the shell plated beautifully. I had the chocolate souffle which had a hot gooey center & came with a scoop of mint chip ice cream. Very yummy. Husband had the rice pudding which was flavored with orange & coconut. That was great too. The service was great, even though our waitress had no personality. I felt the a/c was too high, but it could have just been me. Overall we had a wonderful dinner. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Menu is limited to choices that are at best, ordinary. I didn't find anything on the menu that I wanted, so I chose a salad and 2 appetizers. One of them was the crab cake with sweet corn salsa. It was divine. I've had the bacon at Wolfgang's in New York, and it was better. My husband had the beef rib on parpadelle pasta which was good, but the dish was overpriced. My husband commented that 2 Caesar salads that were a total of $26 were beyond our value tolerance in a small NJ town. He commented "When I next need this style of price, I'll hop on a ferry to Manhattan." The bar scene is vibrant and the drinks are imaginative, but pricey."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We have dined at Verve at least 6 or more times over the years. Inconsistent is the best description. On the latest visit we sat outside in front. The biggest issue with that is the cigar and cigarette smoke from neighboring patrons, drifting toward our table. The food was adequate but not stellar. Service was fine. So I would say hit or miss is the general theme for this place."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This was our very first dining experience at Verve. We saw their ad in the Star Ledger for their Crab Fest and thought this would be a good time to finally give it a try. What a wonderful meal! In fact, the outstanding meal, exceptional wine, and overall dining experience were equal to that of the finest neighborhood restaurants of New Orleans - a hard rating to earn. We will return."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Was crab fest night and food was great! Waiter was very attentive even tho they were really busy."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "With drinks and meal the afternoon of 7/19. Drove an hour for crab fest. Hard-shell crabs were very small. I don't think there was a 1/4 cup of crabmeat on 6 crabs. My husband got the Alaskan King Crab, and didn't even get 1 full leg. Martini and Long Island iced tea drinks were horrible. Not coming back again."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "the food is nothing exciting. It was a very busy friday night. Waited for a cocktail for over 20 minutes - possibly more because the appetizers came out, and still no drinks. The food - chicken & short ribs were just ok. Nothing exciting. The dessert - ice cream was home made and very good. I choose the chocolate "souffle", which is nothing more than a dark choc cake, which comes hot, and after it starts cooling down, starts getting rubbery. The prices are high. Don't think we'll go again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Fairly broad menu with a great cocktail list. Not a deep wine list but workable. Seems to be a hip spot later on Friday/Saturday nights as well."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We go to Verve for all our special dinners occasions. We enjoy every aspect of it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Really enjoyed this upscale, French influenced restaurant. Pleasantly surprised by the simple but tasty preparations and really nice wine selections, by the glass and bottle. Looked like a fun bar scene and even fun to hang out outside even though we did eat inside."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I had been to Verve for dinner and was pleased, so I returned for a special lunch with my family. I wasn't aware that their lunch menu is a just collection of "small plate" items, not really the entree selections that I assumed would be offered. I guess I should have checked the lunch menu before I booked but didn't. Was disappointed in the food and service…."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food and service is always excellent, wonderful ambience, the seating area is small but comfortable. It is also great for corporate and private functions in its private room."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Had an enjoyable dining experience. Stating with delicious cocktails, we had a spinach and strawberries salad and order of clams. Dinner was duck and lobster over risotto - both were very good. Finished off our evening with after-dinner cocktails. Our server was very attentive and knowledgable about the menu as well as the drinks. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I've eaten at Verve before, but this time was a disappointment.Server rushed us.We were mid-conversation and she didn't wait to make her presence known-she just talked over us to tell us the specials without even caring if we were listening!No sooner had our forks touched down after eating than our places were cleared and the dessert menu was put in front of us.From the time we got in until the time we got out, INCLUDING wine, appetizers, entrees, desserts it was an hour ten.The food was average;roasted chicken was okay, salmon decent.Dessert was a MAJOR bummer.I ordered the warm chocolate cake.It was stale to its core.It was hard to cut.I had one bite, left the entire cake on the plate.Server never asked me if there was a problem. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "a strip steak came out cool. no food items had any flavor. server not very attentive. did not fill wine glasses until 95% empty"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Good food, great service, had a wonderful dinner. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice spot to have dinner."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had dinner here to celebrate my husband's birthday.The reviews seemed good so we gave it a try. The verdict- not worth the money. First it was uncomfortably loud in the restaurant. The service was acceptable. Our rushed waiter took our orders but added nothing to the experience. If he was knowledgable about the food or wine he did not let on. I would expect more from a dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Have you ever been at a restaurant and a table of loud people ruin the ambiance? The table two down from us began getting loud and using bad language, which is fine in some places...but not with a romantic atmosphere. The wait staff actually asked them to quiet down for the other diners! On their own! And, the service, food, ambiance, all were just amazing. Rated the loudness 4 stars but was so happy that the staff took care of the noise before anyone else could even complain! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Verve is one of our favorite restaurants in Somerville. The food is dependably good, and the service is prompt and friendly. I highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went for Mother's Day brunch. The food was excellent! The service was excellent! The ambience was lovely. So glad we tried this place, we will be going back for dinner. This is one to put on your restaurant list! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is a lovely classy restaurant featuring delicious food and great service"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I was very pleased with this restaurant. We went because we bought a $100 gift card from Costco for $80 and wasnt sure if we would it all the first visit. Well, we had to use the gift card and still pay more money. The food was fantastic but not more than some other fine restaurants that dont charge as much. Drinks were also great and very strong. One Cosmo was enough for me! Would definitely recommend but would not be going frequently due to the price. Oh and service was very good. The only negative is that the limited outdoor seating wasnt very nice. THere were people hanging around outside who werent eating at the restaurant. Its not a great part of the neighborhood either so i would recommend eating inside. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Received a gift card to Verve from my students at Bridgewater Raritan HS, and couldn't have asked for a better night. My husband and I ordered the flatbread with crab and avocado ice cream, and a perfect Caesar salad to start. He ordered the salmon with fava bean cassoulet, and I had the NY strip steak. Everything we ordered was presented beautifully, and tasted excellent. Our waiter was welcoming, efficient, and unobtrusive while still being helpful. His timing was perfect, which just complimented the perfect "date night" we had!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I recently held a business dinner here for a party of 10. The food was prepared perfectly, and the prices are within reason. I must say the service was a little slow considering I pre-ordered the appetizers, and you would have never known they were placed ahead of time as it took them an extremely long time to arrive. This did not take away from the experience though, because the rest of the food was timely and seriously cooked to perfection! I highly recommend and will go back very soon!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "This is a small, discreet kind of place but top-notch in its food and service. I am a repeat visitor!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "As immigrants from Europe, we are long time fans of French cuisine. We've tried a few French restaurants in NJ that get good reviews, but Verve stands out a mile in terms of quality and value. Outside was informal street dining, through a rather dark but lively bar to a pleasantly spacious dining room. All 3 appetizers and entrees we had were authentic, freshly prepared and delicious. This is the one we will recommend to friends and to which we will be returning regularly."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "This was a special night and the food was really excellent all around. The staff brought us champagne after I proposed to my girlfriend and everyone treated us very well. I highly recommend this establishment. We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Always enjoy the food here. Great bar very knowledgable bartenders. Wait staff always attentive. The food is very good although not terribly inventive. However it never disappoints and is very consistent. I will return as I have numerous times before."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Verve was a great experience for our company's group of 10. Seasonal menu options and wine list were excellent. The spring pea soup, monkfish, and risotto were fantastic. Service is sophisticated, knowledgable and friendly. Quaint bar scene and some outdoor seating are a bonus. Definitely recommend for foodies, special occasions, smaller and larger groups."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. The service is great. The food is outstanding. The escargot and mushroom tart was excellent, as was the salad with poached pear. We both had the lobster with truffle mac & cheese. Unbelievably good!! We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I returned to Veve after a 6 month absence. My favorite restaurant in NJ, great food, wine was awesome and service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was very good, but, my lobster bisque was borderline cold and my husband's poached lobster was overcooked. On the otherhand, the ceasar salad and my NY strip was awesome! Prices are reasonable and service is great. We will definitely go again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We went here for the Mardi Gras celebration weekend. We got beads! We sat at a table, not at the bar. The bar was packed. The food was delicious. Loved the gumbo. The 5 rums Hurricanes really helped to keep us warm during this harsh winter."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was our first visit but it won't be the last. The menu is small but varied. There were 4 of us and I thought the Ahi Tuna was great, my friend really liked the salmon and both guys had the short ribs and said they were OK but were disappointed that they were boneless. For starters, the duck and goat cheese flatbread was outstanding, the crispy pork belly was very good but not crisp enough and the crab cake was good. We shared the chocolate soufflé with home made ice cream for dessert and it was wonderful. Our server was great and the hostess was very accommodating. Tables are small and close and the noise level was high but not disturbing. Looking forward to a return trip to try some other dishes."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Title says it all. A valiant effort but overall, quite average. Service was very good. Drinks, too. The consomme special was, well, frankly not special. Scallops were pretty looking but lacked flavor. An entirely average experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Excellent choice for Valentines day, very cozy and romantic. Absolutely amazing food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was poor the server came around only once except when bringing food. If we did not order from the bar when we came in we would never of had a drink. Added automatic 20% tip even with 2 people. Food was ok will never go back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant has been around for years and has remained consistently good. I love the menu and the atmosphere here. The bar is great too. It's a great place for an after dinner drink."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I understand the bar room noise but we were try to have a very nice dinner and there was one table of 6 very, very loud 30 isn couples that were just drinking and did not want to stand in the bar so they got a table in the dining room.. We had to listen to them for 1 hour of our 1 1/2 hour dining. I don't think this should have been allowed. Very glad when they finally finished doing shots, not eating and the left.."
    Dined on 2/7/2014