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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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(973) 663-9600
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4.0
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4.0
food
3.8
service
4.1
ambience
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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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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Wednesday- Saturday 12-10
Sunday 12-9
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(973) 663-9600
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Additional
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