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Alice's Restaurant

4.0
231 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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"Great food, comfortable drink" is the mission, but at Alice’s, it's about much more than that. With a broad deck that overlooks the main stretch of Lake Hopatcong, fresh produce from nearby Halsey Island, and a naturally simple (but rustic) decor, Alice's is a place that celebrates lake living and good company.



Lake Hopatcong resident Alice Szigethy opened Alice's in June 2009 to expand the selection of lake destinations. In this reinvention of a building that had been a series of eateries over several decades, the space features vaulted ceilings, reclaimed-barn-wood walls, comfy booths, and a full bar that extends from the airy interior to the breezy deck. A mahogany seating bar runs the length of the deck so guests can sit and enjoy a clear panorama of the water, and an austere metal awning gives outdoor diners a shady place to enjoy the view, the breeze-and, of course, the food.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American
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Hours of operation
Wednesday- Saturday 12-10
Sunday 12-9
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Phone number
(973) 663-9600
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AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
4.1
ambience
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TOMC32 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 23, 2015

I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE FOOD TASTING AND WOULD COME BACK AGAIN

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 2, 2015

Waited 40 minutes for entree. Waitress was inattentive.

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Foodievet (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 2, 2015

I was really looking forward to this experience. The restaurant is always busy, and is very popular. The setting is gorgeous, although even after requesting a table by the water, we were seated as far away from the windows as possible. And although we had reservations, our table was not set for 4 and we had to keep asking for basic items (napkins, water glasses). The wine list is so-so. The entire experience was decent, but not outstanding.

Our food was good enough, but not what I would expect for what we paid. I had a scallops special, and not all the scallops had been properly cleaned. I asked for my steak medium rare, and my partner asked for medium -- but the two steaks were switched. Since they were two different cuts, we could not just trade plates. My sides were done well, but presentation was a bit lacking as my potatoes looked like they had been thrown on as an afterthought.

The noise level here is high because the dining room is small, but it's not unbearable. During dinner it seems that someone turned down the overhead music a bit, which was good as it had been too loud. The service was good in term of answering questions, clearing plates, etc, but getting the temperature of the steaks crossed and not noticing that the table wasn't set up properly are detail errors that at this price point shouldn't happen. Hopefully, though, this was just an off day for the restaurant, and the quality is usually more consistent.

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PaulD (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2014

The food is the place! Ambience is nice. In better weather the view is great but the food, the food, the food. Four of us with different dishes start to finish. We could not decide which was better as they were all excellent and delicious and different. BRAVO Chef David Drake!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 25, 2014

I enjoyed my dinner at Alice's but there wasn't much on the menu for my husband. I on the other hand, enjoyed my butternut squash Agnolotti and Arugula salad.

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vipRuby (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on September 19, 2013

This was a fabulous restaurant for a relaxing sunset dinner. The view looking west on Lake Hopatcong can't be beat! The food is very good to excellent - the salmon was done perfectly - crisp on the outside but juicy on the inside. The pasta course was flavorful but overcooked. When the inside is full the noise level is moderate but you don't get the beautiful view. If the outside deck is available it's the best place to dine. Service is spot on - much better than it used to be. We will go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2013

great food, service, ambience and wonderful view of lake, causal with an up market feel. Very quick service, pleasant staff. I had the orechetta pasta topped off with grilled salmon- it was excellent.

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Jfoodie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 18, 2013

It's cozy, it's on the lake, the sunsets are beautiful, the drinks are fantastic, the price is moderate....most importantly the food is wonderfully prepared, looks great plates and tastes amazing. You could have gotten 5 stars overall if there was air conditioning.....we just about melted when we were there.

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Disappointed (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on July 18, 2013

I was very disappointed in the crab cake sandwich. It was dry and not "chockfull" of crabmeat, as I expected it to be.
I have eaten here several times and the entrees have always been very good. The wait service was not very attentive.
Don't know what the problem is? Over all a very big disappointment

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DaveE (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 15, 2013

Not sure how easy it would be to find Alice's without GPS, but sure glad we had it and found this place. It was a very warm day and my buddy and I looked forward to a nice place by the water to enjoy dinner on a Monday night while on business. We definitely found it at Alice's. Great service and very good food. We sat on the deck looking out over the lake. It was still pretty warm there, but some cool drinks helped with that. The meal was relaxed to the point where our bill didn't come until our server was sure we didn't want anything else. Nice touch. If you are in northern NJ and in nice weather (or not so nice - the dining room looked very nice,too), please try Alice's

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Mela (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 10, 2013

Delicious food with fresh ingredients are enjoyed with a nice view.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 10, 2013

If you want to relax and enjoy a constant changing view of the lake, go to Alices. They just opened a mini golf area down by the water with an elegant walkway from the restaurant. So teens can eat then go play golf. My dinner was the scallops with rice and it was wonderful. My husband had the risotto with fresh vegetables and cheddar and parma, I could not get over how long it remained hot in the bowl. I almost ordered that dish but was glad I could grab a few bites, just delicious. My advice, bring sunglasses, you are going to need them if you are there early, they have awnings to shade you but the sun off the water can sometimes be very bright though the glare goes down eventually. Drinks pricey but where else can you enjoy such a view?

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Detrilis (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 20, 2013

We had the salmon and it was excellent. I definitely recommend going there and trying it. Definitely make reservations, Alice's is a busy place and we were there on a Thursday night. Their docks are very nice, and there is miniature golf if you're interested after your meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 10, 2013

We always have a great experience. The staff is friendly and welcoming. We frequently recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 3, 2013

I saw Alice's on OpenTable and decided to give it a try. I'm glad we did. The food and service was great and the view of the lake at sunset was beautiful. We enjoyed ourselves so much, we plan to be back soon.

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vipmsweet (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 26, 2013

Let's keep it simple: Surprisingly good food, friendly service, cheesy decor, amazing view. Makes you feel like you are hundreds of miles from the city and burbs when in fact you are only a 20 minute drive. No better place to have a lake-view dinner.

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vipNJDevil1 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 22, 2013

It is a 60 mile round trip to get there and it is always worth it. Great comfort food in the winter, great views, outdoor dining, and wonderful food in the summer. I had striped bass on this visit and it was outstanding. French onion soup was rich and wonderful for a cold winter night. Our other dish was risotto with grilled shrimp outstanding. They also have some of the best ice cream you will ever have.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 16, 2013

My wife an I have visited Alices several times, it is our special occation spot. The food is always well prepared, a nice wine list, and the service is always professional and friendly. We prefer a quieter setting so when it's just us two we try for a later reservation. The menu is limited and somewhat pricey which prevents us from frquenting more often. A great spot to take a date

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vipluvagoodmeal (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on March 16, 2013

I had the organic chicken and it was very good. It was served with garlic polenta to die for it was delicious. Had calamari that was excellent . My partner had the skirt steak very good. The only thing that was not so good was the dandelion side dish and it also came with my meal . It was too chewy . You could chew it for a hour and it was tough. I don't know if they chopped it that would help., I wouldn't order that again. Otherwise everything was excellent and I would go back for sure.

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Lynn (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 4, 2012

1st time. Staff very attentive. Comfortable inside and out with beautiful lake view. My bass fish special was overpriced. Came with a bean like salad and strange sauce that did not compliment the fish which was dry and bland. All in all enjoyed the rest of the food and appreciated the choice of sparking and fresh water. I would go back to sample the other menu items.

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