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A Toute Heure

4.4
1549 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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A Toute Heure, the local bistro located in the Centennial Village of Cranford, uses the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms + markets. Their new American menu is an exploration of the best ingredients the season has to offer. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the charming dining room. The food is incredibly wine friendly, so BYO.

Opened in May of 2007, this small bistro, is making an impression with their strong connection to local farmers and artisans.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
*Reservations taken for all services*
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12 noon - 2:00 pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday : 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Dinner: Friday - Saturday : 5:00pm - 10:00pm
"Last Sunday" Brunch (last Sunday of each month) 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

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Phone number
(908) 276-6600
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alexandre Gomes
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Private party facilities
Small, private parties are welcome in the bistro during hours in which we are closed to the public (private dinners, showers, small receptions, business lunches, etc..). For more information, please contact us.
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Private party contact
ATH Catering: (908) 276-6600
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Elm Street
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Parking details
Parking is available on Centennial Avenue (free parking), as well as in two public lots at the corner of Centennial & Lincoln (metered parking). We do ask that you have consideration for our neighbors and do not park on residential streets.
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Public transit
Cranford train station (Raritan Valley Line of NJTransit)
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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What 1549 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I have not been to A Toute Heure for about 7 years having moved out of the area. It was a very pleasant surprise to find that it was even better than when I last ate there. The menu choices were varied, the quality of food was quite superb. My only complaint is that is extremely noisy as it was full and there seems nothing in the place to dampen down the noise levels. I suppose little price to pay for an excellent evening. Keep up the good work.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

As was the case prior to the ownership change, the food was fantastic. However, I don't ever remember the noise levels to be so over-the-top deadening. I couldn't hear myself think and after 20 minutes, the noise began to detract from the wonderful food. I think carpeting or under table baffeling would go a long way to help. I might consider another visit, but only on a weeknight. I would recommend against a visit on a Fri or Sat evening.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

As always had a lovely time

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I loved the fresh and pretty interior, it was cozy and lovely for lunch. We both had the mussel pots, (buerre fondue and the saffron/chorizo) which were delicious and the service was very good. It was not cheap, but it is BYOB and it is a very good spot for a special occasion. We'll be back for dinner

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Fish sandwich and ATH mussels were fantastic. Great coffee, too. Very pleasant, light, open and not crowded. Best lunch in a long time.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Went to this restaurant to celebrate my birthday. It was a quiet Tuesday night and restaurant was not crowded. Had the scallops which were good however three scallops for the price of $36 may make people unhappy. Half of order of mussels were plentiful and a good price. Pommel frites were good as well. Husband also had msc salad which had good aoeli dressing. Biggest disappointment was dessert which was a dry baba rhum with no cherries as mentioned on menu. The attentive kind waiter Adam did not charge us for this item. Food was very good but they need a good pastry chef for desserts!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Food was excellent!! We loved all our meals and were greatly satisfied

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Have now been back several times since ownership changed and continue to be just as impressed with the outstanding quality of the food, preparation and ambience. Thanks for another great outing with great friends and great food!

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Disappointed— we’ve been fans of ATH for years & brought friends that had never been before. Our octopus appetizer was over cooked and my scallops entree was an extremely small portion (3 scallops!) for $36. I miss Jim
& Andrea tremendously.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We were celebrating my son getting into medical school. I wanted to do something a little out of the ordinary to celebrate. The food was delicious, but the portions were quite small, and very expensive, Especially for the size! For three people it cost $240 and that did not include alcohol!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I had to convince my friends to make the 20 minute drive to A Toute Heure, but everyone was glad that I persevered - it was a fun evening with a friendly waiter and great food! My only complaint is that the menu is fairly limited, so check your options before you decide to go.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Dined here for 1st time on a Tuesday night - restaurant was quiet, but service very friendly and efficient, and food was excellent! Four of us shared 4 appetizers: mussels pot, oysters, grilled octopus and kale salad. The oysters were fresh, and the mussels and octopus highly recommended! Entrees tried were the grouper (daily fish special) which was flaky and delicious, and the rabbit which was scrumptious. We all agreed this is a keeper, and will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This was our first time at ATH since the new ownership and we were not disappointed! There was a good variety of items on the menu, it was hard to decide. The octopus appetizer was a good portion, tender, and had a great grilled flavor. The duck with fennel was delicious, and the lamb was cooked to order. Our servers were friendly, helpful, and attentive. Remember it's BYOB. Looking forward to our next visit!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food and service. Catch of the day was outstanding. Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fine dining at its best. This was our third visit. Consistently excellent. BYOB. Motivated and friendly wait staff.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Absolutely incredible experience...the food was absolutely delicious, the service was wonderful, and the ambiance was simple, subtle and just lovely! I will definitely be back and suggest others to experience this gem of a restaurant!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great brunch. Too bad it’s only once per month.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Delicious food from start to finish. But a little skimpy on the scallops: 3 for $36?

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This is a great farm to table restaurant. Food is excellent. We love the small quaint cafe atmosphere. The small details make it stand out.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Food under the new chef is exceptionally good. Service not quite the personal touch as with the previous owners...but certainly professional. no complaints. Price at the higher end of top byos in the area. But, the food justifies that. A be back for sure.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Took us a while to get the reservation but well worth the wait!! Service was very good and our food was served at a good place (some "hot" restaurants will try to turn over tables") We started with the grilled octopus and the lamb special as starters the prep and flavors were great and actually complemented each other. The rabbit stew was a pleasant surprise and delicious and the short ribs melted in your mouth. Can be a little loud, but there was one large party which always turns up the volume but we managed to talk among the four of us without too much trouble. Overall its a keeper in our books and we will definitely add it to our roster of "go to" restaurants

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

usually have a good experience here - will continue to keep going. Waiter was awesome

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We love Victoria. Amazing lady and she gives the best sincere..calm.. and warm service. The octopus dish is so beautifully prepared in large bowls with garlic and greens. The shrimp and sausage in large bowl is phenomenal and delicious but was a bit overly salted that night. The chicken entree was really tasty but too meagre a presentation and should have some interesting veggies to fill the plate for the money and for an entree. The entrees are coming on this thin rectangular plate that is more of an appetizer plate and it's a disappointment to look at ...we noticed this too on another visit for an over 36 dollar entree with hardly any accompaniment....it was like "bites" of great food for a main dish. I'd rather then get the larger bowls with appetizer dishes as above that have more to look at and offer, or the very good mussels versus a disappointment with sparsely presented entrees on a thin strip of a plate. The coffee is always excellent. Choices of cheese still are great...actually even better than in the past...and these have lovely little accompaniments..unlike the entrees. Victoria is our last thread to the really hospitable days with Dan and former wait staff. We miss too the Wednesday night surprise amabushe...yum. oh well. Beautiful large farm steaks are gone and which were worth the hefty price. I guess it's octopus for awhile till those awful rectangular thin plates for entrees are in. Am I the only one noticing this?
We We miss the old owners' presence among the diners and participation. It had a?warmth and appreciation to it and the former owner extra effier with a daily delight of flavored butter. The rolls don't have the same exquisite taste.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Have been enjoying ATH since it first opened. The new owners have kept the general feeling of the restaurant going, farm to table, but have dropped a few of the touches that we always looked forward to- honey butter for the Parker House rolls, a daily pizza selection, an enticing made on premises dessert menu. It also seems that they have had changes in their wait staff, resulting in very pleasant people but less knowledgeable about the menu than the long-standing servers that we expected. Given 2 options about the oysters available when we were there, the waiter could only tell us about 1, explaining that he had not had time to see or sample the newest oysters. Our salads and entrees were very good (if somewhat over-priced) but dessert was disappointing. They need a new recipe for their bread pudding. We will give them another try in a couple of months.

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2.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Great neighborhood place for lunch. Although the food is very good, the close quarters and lack of atmosphere leave it a little short.
It is on par with the previous owners.
They should offer diners a piece of bread with soup.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Service was outstanding. Food was good, though portions were a bit on the smaller side. I would describe the ambiance as 'french, country, chique.' I would definitely go back. Didn't know in advance that it was BYOB - but luckily there was a wine store across the street.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Wonderful Waiter and the food was fabulous.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Went there to celebrate my girlfriends birthday. The food was excellent, the waiter was very nice & helpful. Nice quite, romantic setting. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

One of my favorite places. Their menu never ceases to amaze me. Highly recommend

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food quality and service both excellent. Tables little too crowded together. Timing of prix fixe dinner also excellent. Reputation well deserved.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

My niece and I had a great lunch. Nice atmosphere, great service, and the ATH muscles were, as usual, delicious! It was a pleasant, relaxing lunch

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

I had dinner here with a friend on a Friday night. This place has a very cozy atmosphere and the staff are very attentive. The menu is small but wonderful. I wound up getting 3 dishes from their bites and appetizers section because I couldn't decide on just one thing. I ordered the butternut squash soup - delicious and hit the spot on a cold night. I also ordered the Txistorra (sauteed​ ​chorizo​ ​&​ ​shrimp,​ ​fingerling​ ​potatoes,​ ​mushrooms,​ ​jalapeno garlic-herb​ ​pan) - very tasty (close up of this dish is included in my review); and finally the Sprouts (roasted​ &​​ ​fried​ ​brussel​ ​sprouts,​ ​sesame​ ​seeds,​ ​thai​ ​chili​ ​sauce​) - fantastic and probably my favorite of the 3. That said, I would get them all again. My friend order the Barnegat Sea Scallops (with cauliflower/​ ​turnip​ ​puree,​ ​oyster​ ​mushroom fricassee,​ ​sage​ ​brown​ ​butter). I did not try her entree but she loved it. I highly recommend this restaurant but suggest making reservations if coming for dinner being that it is a small place.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

We had lunch at A Toute Heure:. The food was delicious and the service great: we go back again

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Fabulous and fresh food, great service

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

The food is always amazing! If it is busy the service can be slow but it is always well worth the wait.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Always friendly. Best octopus and organic farm foods . Fabulous coffee and dessert. Warm and kind accommodating staff ....we love Victoria. Already miss Olivia and Dan. We feel st home. Late nignight and never rush feel after ten or later ....

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

wonderful as always, brought my son's there for the first time they too loved the food.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

As always - Fantastic!!!. Excellent service and wonderful food.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was not nearly as good as when under prior managment. Food was good, but the experience overall was average. Under the old owners it was obvious that the entire staff was happy, and it radiated throughout the restaurant.

As my wife and I were having our wine - before ordering anything - we were presented with the check - for a nearby table, and as she presented the check the lady asked "who's paying?" When dinner came, my entree had no grilled seasonal vegetables as the menu promised.

ATH has always been a special place for us, but we will be looking elslewhere from now on.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was excellent, plates cold although food was warm. Bread was cold, not just room temperature, but really cold. Service was good.

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