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Yellow Plum
Yellow Plum

Yellow Plum Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.yellowplumnj.com
  • Phone: (973) 893-3681
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday-
    Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: closed
    Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday :4:00pm- 7:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Lukic
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Dennis Lukic (973) 893-3681

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Watchung
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large Lot behind the restaurant.
A word from Yellow Plum
Contemporary New American Cuisine created by Chef Chris Lukic. Chris's Experience includes 6 years working with the Top Chefs in New York and 3 years with Wolfgang Puck in L.A. Casual Dining with Specialty hand-crafted cockails. Patio Dining and Full Bar Enhance the Culinary Experience. Join us for Happy Hour Monday Thru Thursday 4pm -7pm.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We found the Yellow Plum kind of by surprise and I have to say we were so incredibly glad we did. It's a 30 minute drive from where we live, but I can't wait to go back and bring friends with us. The interior is decorated in this kind of modern/retro/chic kind of way. The staff was perfect and the food was absolutely divine; some dishes had a subtle hint of flavor perfect for warm comfort food, while others were intense and robust. The portions are generous but you still wish you had one more bite because it just tasted THAT good. We already have plans to go back this week!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Had never been to Yellow Plum until last Saturday. The menu is excellent - plenty of choices for everyone. The food is excellent, particularly the crab cake sliders (an appetizer that could be an entree for a light eater!). Red snapper was a great entree. Didn't try any desserts."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere, food was great. My wife and I will definitly be back"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our dinner at Yellow Plum was delicious! We started off with a bourbon flight and a maca and cheese appetizer. The whole meal was great, but the best part was the homemade peanut butter ice cream. Definitely will return to yellow plum."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The food at the Yellow Plum was superb. We have dined here several times and always had a great meal. Their brussels sprout salad is something I order every time we go its very good. We would definitely recommend this restaurant. Drinks are very good but a few sips and you are done. One area I think they need to work on in terms of giving their customers what they pay for. Overall experience was very good."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My husband and I honestly don't know why this place isn't packed every night! The food, the service, and the atmosphere are all top notch, I've seen some comments about small portions - just not true! Dishes are all prepared with quality ingredients and generous portions! The oxtail ravioli and lobster bolognese never disappoint. My husband and I are definitely fans!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "What an unexpected gem. My wife and I had an amazing meal. Quality food. Innovative menu. Just well done, all around. I had the Wild Boar Risotto. She enjoyed the Lobster Bolognese. We shared the Sweet Potato, Brussel Sprout, Bacon side (that may have been the most impressive!). The craft ale selection was strong, as well. All in all, a great experience and worth saving for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went on a slow Tuesday night, sat at the bar and were served by Erica, a very sweet young lady. We were glad we read several on line reviews before we went since there were so many different menu options, and not all were provided at first. We opted for the $35 prix fix in order to sample several items. The short ribs are as good as described with Brussels sprouts and sweet potato purée. The chef provided all white meat, instead of mixed white and dark, for the other entree, also very tasty. The fried brownie dessert and ice cream sandwich desset were both very good. We will definitely return to try some of the other entrees, tapas, and the delicious looking burger."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Fabulous flavors....and NOT oversalted (a rare find these days). I thought the ribs could have been ever so slightly moister and the fish could have been cooked a LITTLE less. Crab cake sliders spectacular! Staff was terrific. Great menu. Cocktails look exciting and unique. Will surely come back"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Yellow Plum is a great find. Very nice decor, knowledgable wait staff and terrific food. Specials and menu items were prepared well and very tasty."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I love this place, it's some of the best food around."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had dinner at Yellow Plum after reading a terrific review in the Essex Magazine. We were not disappointed. They have several different menus, including small plates, regular dining and vegetarian. We started out with the shredded brussel sprout salad which was delicious. My partner had a wonderful pasta and I had a perfectly cooked steak sandwich. We will definitely go back. The owners have done a great job renovating the space....brand new rest rooms, and a beautiful bar scene. They will have outdoor dining, once we get rid of the cold and snow. I highly recommend Yellow Plum."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The bar bites continue to amaze and serve as great accompaniment to the fantastic menu. The restaurant I'd been waiting for."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Excellent wait staff and food, but it is overpriced."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Nice place, good food, easy parking front or rear. Love the wine, but especially enjoy the bourbon flight Appetizers: Oxtail Ravioli (8.5) Tender Oxtail, perfect ravioli, great balance with kale and pickled sauce BLT Slider (5), Nicely done Pork Belly on good mini brioche, but lacked flavor, not a memorable dish Mac n Cheese (5), Tantalizing but failed to execute. Lacks flavor. Entree: Lobster Bolognese (8), healthy portion of lobster meat and nice light flavor Short Rib (8), Cooked very well, melt in your mouth, fall off the fork. Nice Sweet Potato puree, but underwhelming Brussell Sprouts"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had a very nice time at the Yellow Plum. They began by offering us a sampling of bourbons or wines. I declined, but my husband had the bourbons, and enjoyed them, although I think it was a bit strange for pre-dinner drinks. My dinner of crabcake over pork belly, and short ribs for dinner was well prepared. The ambiance and decor of the restaurant was my only complaint. It was very cold - wood floors, wood tables with no tablecloths, and wood cafeteria-style chairs. Chairs were not comfortable. I went to the ladies' room which was by the bar, and was afraid to touch anything. Perhaps there's a rest room in the restaurant side that's cleaner and more up to date, but the one I used was awful."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Potential is there as Chef has fine credentials. ...General quality of ingredients is good....but very uneven in the entrees we received. The special.entree...mussels ...was not so special. Service was good and the resto has nice ambience. But needs to"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Yellow Plum does things right, for the right price- a true gastropub that elevates comfort food, with generous portions for a moderate price. A nice craft beer selection and an even better cocktail bar, live music on Fridays, bar bite bargains until 10pm on weekdays, from oxtail ravioli, chorizo meatballs, fried oysters, to standards like fried calamari and tasty ancho chile dusted fries and a fine bar burger, it is everything you want in a neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was nice, if not too terribly creative. The wine selection is excellent. The service was friendly and competent, but intrusive and resulted in our feeling rushed - not fatal but it was Valentine's Day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went there for their Valentines special. Food was good."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was delicious, server was pleasant and knowledgeable. We had a great time! Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Although the space is nearly unchanged since it was Bar Cara (nice, relaxed space), the new owner/chef and his dad (out-of-retirement chef/restaurateur) have made outstanding food and wine choices. This was our second visit in the past 30 days... in total we've tried 4 different apps, 4 different entrees and 2 desserts... loved them all (some were menu items, some specials)! The on-menu items we enoyed were: (apps) shaved brussel sprouts/arugula salad and mac/cheese with short ribs, (entrees) lobster bolognese, short ribs and sea bass, (desserts) fried brownie!! Extra points for serving the cappucino piping hot! The right way!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My husband and I had a meal here on a recent Friday night and thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The interior design is contemporary and very comfortable. We shared the calamari appetizer which is always a litmus test for us at a new restaurant. In this case, the squid was very fresh and the coating was light and divine. We shared the short rib entree and lobster bolognese entree -both were spot on. For desert we shared a pot de creme - again a home run. My husband, who enjoys wines, was very pleased with the wine list. The extensive experience of the father and son team behind Yellow Plum is very apparent from the quality and creativeness of the menu through to the professional service. We will be back again soon. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Decadent comfort food and American cuisine with a Southern zing, Yellow Plum amazed on all levels. From cocktails to dessert, they have an imaginative menu of familiar dishes done with their own flair. Blue cheese potato croquettes were rich, mashed potato sticks; BLT sliders with seared pork belly were fantastic. The entrees range from crispy duck breast to pastas, seafood, and a ribeye with broccoli rabe. The meals all come with sides, but you can also order ala carter. The short ribs macaroni and cheese was an excellent choice. For a relatively new restaurant they have everything mastered as if they've been there for decades. They also have a great chorizo burger, thick fries, and happy hour bar bites at prices that can't be beat."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Really good food, presented beautifully. We spent New Years Eve at the restaurant. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys fine food."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had tried Yellow Plum when they first opened and was not impressed. Decided to give them a second chance and was not expecting much based on the reviews which are all over the place. Came away happy. Raw brussel sprout salad very good, but you better like garlic. Duck breast also very good. Service was excellent. Prices about average for this type of place."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Went to this new neighborhood spot. Owner, excellent, service excellent. Very small, quiet crowd for a Christmas eve dinner. Varied, foodie type menu which i liked. Croquettes were excellent ! Made from i guess their "smoky mashed". One small crab cake for appetizer, while 6plus croquettes. The lobster pasta special was underwhelming to say the least, and the seabass was average. This a local restaurant, and fairly new, so we will give more tries. Lots of free parking, great bar area, and good ambience."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Not really expecting comfort food, we were pleasantly surprised at the food offering. The crab cake sliders and Mac and cheese were excellent starters even though the rolls on the sliders were yesterday's. The croquets were flavorless and mushy. All starters were very large and were split amongs four of us. I had the chorizo burger, good. My wife's burger was great according to her. My daughter got another appetizer the chicken lolly pops which were chicken legs. Good not great. My son had sea bass. He said was good. The drink pour is weak. One of the reviews was the pour a great drink. We did not experience that at all. We switched to wine and beer after our first cocktails as the pour was so bad and on the high side of pricing."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "From the warm welcome to the excellent food and service - Yellow Plum is top notch. My husband and I dine out frequently and were both very impressed by the inventiveness of the menu and the attentiveness of the staff. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Despite some negative reviews, we went to the newly-opened Yellow Plum and are very glad that we did. The space is pleasant with room between the tables. The food was excellent. Although the menu is small, there are items in every category so everyone can find something to please. The short rib (even reviewed by a person who rarely likes meat) was intensely tasty. The bone-in skate was also excellent, as were the salads. If you think a restaurant can't mess up a simple salad, you're a lucky diner. The bartender makes a terrific martini. The service was polished, but relaxed and friendly, and not too obtrusive (which can be annoying). In fact, the entire staff was warm and welcoming. We'll definitely go back."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "From the clueless servers to the exorbitant prices, the whole experience was disappointing---especially in a location that used to have a stellar restaurant."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Yellow Plum seems like a simple restaurant from the outside, but from the moment one steps in the ambiance really takes over. There is beautiful art everywhere, low lights, and comfortable seating. The staff is attentive without being annoying. The drinks are amazing and the food is very good. My cousin and I had a great night out."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Just wrote long detailed review only to realize OT does not allow for those - so service was stellar, atmosphere clean but nothing special, menu extremely limited with maybe 8 entrees to choose from a no specials, even on a Saturday night. For apps, brussel sprout salad was tasty but overdressed, ancho fries were outstanding but ask for extra ketchup - ur given enough for about 5 fries. Short ribs very tender and tasty but rich, bass was excellent. Forget about fresh pepper - u may think the open ceramic dish is trendy but it's not. Decent wine prices. Fried brownies were not as superb as prior reviewer had indicated - only thing we could taste was the grease in the fried dough. Not bad but too many other good restaurants around @ $130/2."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Food excellent, chairs comfortable, i particularly liked the fact there was plenty of room btw the tables so we didn't feel we were in any other party's conversation. My only negatives were the wait staff we had couldn't split the bill btw (3) credit cards easily. She was very challenged in the math dept. also the coffee was bitter & too strong. Otherise, delightful!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Went here this past Saturday evening with a group of friends. Saw it online and decided to give a "new" place a try. We had a very early reservation at 6:45 which didn't matter as the place was nearly empty. That being said, we ordered 6 drinks and it took 15 minutes to deliver them which was very strange as only 2 drinks were cocktails and the others were glasses of wine. The menu was very limited but the selection was interesting. Portions were a bit on the small size for the price which averaged $25 but the food was, in my opinion, just good and nothing really special. So in an area where restaurants are plentiful and some fabulous, I think they are going to have to pick it up if they want to stay around for a bit."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Went to Yellow Plum the other night to try it out.. We had the BLT sliders and Prawns for an appetizer. The sliders were mostly roll and the rolls were very greasy. Not much pork belly or any other ingredients. The Prawns were very good but very messy. Trying to get the heads and tails off while they are covered in sauce was quite a challenge. For entrees we had the NY Strip and the Duck. Both were fine. Not bad but also not good and for around 30 bucks a plate I would hope it would be better than fine. For desert thfried brownie was very very good. But It is a fried brownie...it better be. Service was prompt but our server was kinda off somehow. He just seemed over it, almost like he was rolling his eyes everytime he walked away"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Food, service and decor were on the money! The menu selection was appropriate for autumn and everything tasted great. The decor was modern and clean, trendy but warm. The "owner" came to the table for comments which was a really nice touch and the staff seemed genuinely concerned and knowledgeable. This place is a winner in all regards. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Four of us enjoyed a lovely meal at Yellow Plum on Saturday evening. The restaurant is large, understated yet warm and intimate. It was peaceful and serence, with lovely art on the walls and dark warm wood throughout. I ordered the short ribs. They were tender and delicious. The restaurant also has a great selection of wines and craft beers. I highly recommend it. It was a pricey meal, but worth every cent. I look forward to returning. My friends loved the distinctive cocktails, as well."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "The food at this restaurant was quite sophisticated and prepared very well, much more than you'd expect from a neighborhood restaurant."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "The title really says it all. First time here since changing owners and names. Loved the old place. Not much new in the way of decor. Some of the old staff stayed. Menu completely different and on the small side. Quality of the food was very good, but a bit pricey. Will think twice before returning."
    Dined on 9/21/2013