16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro

4.3
206 Reviews
$30 and under
American
16 Prospect wine bar & Bistro is located in the center of charming Westfield, NJ. In the front we have a warm bar, lounge, and stage area featuring live music five nights a week while a 72 seat dining room occupies the back. Our menu is a reflection of the varied interests and eclectic tastes of our owners, making us unique among restaurants in Westfield NJ. Our dishes feature fresh ingredients accompanied by bold flavors, a focus on making everything in-house down to the bread, fruit juices, cocktail mixes and bar snacks. This dedication to excellence at every level adds up to a memorable experience.
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
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4.2
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4.3
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4.1
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and dessert. Service was also excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The bar area of the restaurant was fun and upbeat - there was live music the night we went, which was nice. Unfortunately, the drinks and food weren’t very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Food was great, the service was great too. Live band played

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
278 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch and the service was great

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vipMichaelL
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our newest favorite place! Been here twice this month. Don't sit and front to eat, the music is too loud, sit in the back. (We LOVE the music, but like to talk also, so listening to the music in the back is perfect!!!! First time there I had the Lobster Risotto and the Scallops Melt and my wife had the Lobster Ravioli, This time I had The Escargot appetizer and the Lobster Risotto. (TAKE THE HINT, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LOBSTER RISOTTO!!!) our third party had the scallops which looked great to me but he said they were too rubbery. Perhaps needed to be grilled more?
Will be back! Would love to see a few additions to this French Style Bistro. Short Ribs (usually found in a French Restaurant) and a skirt steak. The Hangar Steak someone had was tough. All in all, glad we discovered it. Not as pricey or formal as Chez Catherine, but the food certainly is more than up to par and in some ways better than them!

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MatthewC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful time.
Everything was perfect for a date night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Disappointing Valentine’s Day menu. Went with the standard menu. The goat cheese and strawberry salad very good as well as the shrimp and cucumber salad. Entrees go with the cedar plank meals. The scallops were delicious as was the hanger steak. Not over seasoned and not over salted. The food was perfect and holds its own. The wine is always excellent and finish off listening to the duo play. A great night

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, wonderful food, good service

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vipArielK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy and will come back.

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ChristopherK
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, food was amazing (pricey though!) there was a sax & guitar player & you could hear them throughout the restaurant made for a nice background. Very cute, quaint feel - Great experience.

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NormanL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around from drinks at bar to table service and food

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Scourtney
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and atmosphere

JD
vipJoannaD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a lunch on a Saturday , great Food , very nice ambiance, be back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster tortelini, goat and Strawberry salad and creme brule the best

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place

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Jwryan21
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A local favorite of our family ... we will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
278 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had dinner at 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro. The food was outstanding and we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is first time we have been to the restaurant. We where sat in the back room away from the front entrance next to the rear door where all the staff went out to smoke. Whenever an employee would open the door. the area would smell very heavily with cigarette smoke. Note there where many open tables throughout the facility.

The food came out luke warm to cold, the waiter never returned to the table to see how we where doing and to think I spent over a $100 for dinner with no drinks.

I would not recommend the restaurant for dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is the first time we visited this restaurant and selected it to celebrate a family dinner with our son after getting back from school for Christmas. After entering the place, it is very surprising how large it is as it extends quite a bit past the bar into the back.
The overall atmosphere is very comfortable and eclectic in decoration making most people feel comfortable.

Service was very kind and attentive while the food offered large variate and stimulating choices.
Overall a great place to visit if you want good atmosphere, variety of good food and potentially live music in the bar area (which was not disruptive in the back)

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chopper
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bar and good food. Waiter and Hostess were terrific can’t say enough good things about our visit and bought a Gift certificate to give to a friend that says it all.

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vipGregB
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A wonderful and magical spot to enjoy a date. It was a warm atmosphere and a living and enjoyable bar scene.

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vipFrankHague
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

2nd time I've eaten there. Good food and service, with a nice atmosphere.

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DJNL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance...as soon as you walk int, the feeling is 'comfort'. Nice wine list and reasonable prices. Very good service...although we had not even sat down when they were delivering our bread and pouring the water...I would have liked a little time to settle in first. My Branzino filet (one of the specials that evening) was OUTSTANDING...flavorful, moist, perfectly cooked and served over sliced red-skin potatoes (also perfectly cooked) and sauteed fresh spinach w/ garlic...I would order this over and over again. My DH had the hanger steak w/ smashed red potatoes and the spinach...the steak was delicious and perfectly cooked for him. All and all a wonderful dining experience...we will be returning.

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KathyS
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is always a pleasure dine at 16 Prospect. We can count on great service and a fantastic variety of small plates and dinner entrees. We had a mix of both on Friday. Friendly patrons, helpful staff, and great music in the front room.

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AndreG
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was good, but I thought portions were small. The pear salad and pizza definitely could have been bigger. Buffalo shrimp however, was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
278 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch at 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro and enjoyed it. The food and service was great

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vipEddieP123
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service. Nice atmosphere. Nicely decorated. Must have the Lobster Risotto. It is one of a kind.

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KathyS
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable experience at 16 Prospect this evening. Excellent special dinner of grilled swordfish and risotto with a calamari small plate to share.

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Like2eat
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was great. Had a tasty swordfish. Service was great ,attentive but not intrusive.
Ambience could be better, too many rooms, feels chopped up., no flow.
We were in a very back corner, felt far away from the heart of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were seated in a quiet, cozy room with a fireplace. The food was great! The service was excellent. Wonderful atmosphere. We had drinks at a high top after dinner. Very lively crowd for a Tuesday night!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We ate at the bar. The food was good and it came out quickly. The bartender was neither helpful nor friendly, and she was unprofessional. My husband asked her if she could make him a blended drink, and her response we a very sarcastic “no” and then she proceeded to tell the other bartender what he had requested, and they both laughed about it. I felt uncomfortable, but didn’t say anything because we were there to have a good time. She never approached us to check on us or ask if we needed anything. The restaurant lost revenue that night, because we definitely would have ordered more food and drinks and stayed longer, but she made us feel so unwelcome I doubt we will return, and if we do, we will not sit at the bar.

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vipDavidF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was okay. My wife and I shared the Goat Cheese and Strawberry salad, which did not have enough dressing on it. The server brought me some extra when I asked. My wife ordered the Balsamic Chicken and I ordered the Grilled Salmon. Both were ordinary. I remember it being a little better the last time we were there. We probably won't go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
278 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at 16 Prospect wine War & Bistro snd it was wonderful. The food and service was excellent and we will be back

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Stephen
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hangar steak I had was seriously the best steak that I've had in years!

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MichaelF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic time at 16 Prosepct. Fantastic staff, excellent food and great company...

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went Tuesday for lunch. Only ones in restaurant which is why there was no noise level. Food was very good. Nice diverse menu and all prepared well. The decor was off- sort of like an 80's bennigans mixed with 70s Poconos hotel. That needs an update.

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BarryW
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, would recommend it. I plan on going back

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Sophia
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have never had a bad plate of food from them
Everything is well cooked and flavors work well together

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Never had a bad meal. They make an amazing smoky old fashion cocktail!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely amazed with how good the food turned out to be. Lived in the area for a while and this was our first visit. The service was attentive and everything we ordered was perfectly prepared and every plate was cleared by the end of the meal. Great drink selection and because of the shape of the venue, the live music doesn't overpower conversation in the dining area. Definitely worth checking out.

FAQs

16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 232-7320.

16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 206 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.