Common Lot

4.6
559 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
A place for family and friends to gather and share great food and conversation. The restaurant is elegant but unpretentious, creating a minimalist but convivial environment. Seating options are the main dining room, with its view to the buzz of the open kitchen; the upstairs Chef's Library, featuring Ehren’s extensive collection of cookbooks; or the four-seat “Kitchen Pass” with its intimate perspective on meal preparation (note Kitchen pass reservations are only by phone or email, and 48 hours notice is required for specific dietary requirements) The food is contemporary and reflects Ehren and Nadine's international experience, training and dedication to the craft of cooking: seasonal flavors, locally foraged produce and fresh ingredients made with exceptional care and resulting in cosmopolitan dishes.
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CG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always whenever my boyfriend and I come here you guys blow us away! The service, the food and the communication from the staff is just unbelievable!!! This is a place I definitely recommend for first timers but you’ll end up wanting to keep it a secret from your friends lol. The pork belly shareables was delicious as per usual. I tried the duck parfait with sour dough and it was AMAZING! I want to make a reservation and go back just for it. Please don’t take it off of your shareables menu, it’s so good, so so good! We’ll be seeing you soon!

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They could use a little more vegetable/salad dishes.

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S
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, seamless service, and a low noise level (I must admit that we sat upstairs), make this a perfect choice for any occasion.

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KJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was not only delicious, but also beautifully presented. The staff was attentive without being intrusive. We also loved the small touches like the aprons of the staff and the fantastic painting in the dining room.

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spot in Millburn. Nothing else is in its league.

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OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious!

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MT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I love the idea of this restaurant. The food is always so fresh and nicely prepared but it lacks flavor. Everything needed more seasoning. Salt, pepper and acid. Otherwise, it’s a great place.

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CP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The host was amazing and a wonderful introduction to the restaurant. Our waiter was just ok. I expect more from a restaurant like this...not bad, just ok. Food was very good.

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WL
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Second visit, not its best night. Wednesday, half full, special request ignored. No extra salt. Pretty simple, yet dish came sprinkled with sea salt. Apparently it's on a lot of dishes. Why the heavy reliance on it? Bone marrow was apparently delicious. Salty, but my date didn't mind. Brussels sprouts were nicely crisp but oily. Waiter was unpolished and hard to find. Won't return soon but might try again.

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Extremely eclectic menu. Very good but expensive

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good, but not as flavorfull or well done as I would expect for a restaurant this picey promoting itself as extremely fine food. Good, but not anything special- would not go back.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my friend’s 60+ birthday and we were eating before taking in the show at the Papermill.

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LF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant is not for everyone as it is out of the ordinary! No boring food here. Loved it and will be back soon! The pork berry is amazing and the beef tartar is one of the best I’ve experienced and the Brussel sprouts are the bomb! Thank-you for getting better and better. I do wish they would add the strip steak back to the menu!!

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R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding reception and welcome by owner. Friendly atmosphere, owner, waiter. Extremely acomodating. Food was excellent but not outstanding. Some more attention to spice and flavor would have benefited. Overall though, the food and experience were great. Will return.

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LF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great experience at Common lot. We tried the steak for two and it was delicious! Could have fed 4 people. The Brussels sprouts were outstanding. I will definitely go back soon for them and some of the shared appetizer plates! Best quality for a NJ restaurant!

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AF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch experience. Delicious food, fun and comfortable ambiance. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are no strangers to Common Lot and the food NEVER fails to amaze us. We had the steak tartare, duck liver pate and pork belly “smalls” and the market fish for two which was a 1.25 lb red snapper filet! Simply amazing!!

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This is the first review I have ever penned on Open Table. I felt compelled to write a review based on what my party perceived was a unique occurrence at Common Lot on Saturday night. Common Lot is a BYO establishment. My party arrived with beer, red wine and white wine. After two members of our party finished the beer they asked for new glasses for the white wine. The waiter proceeded to explain that the restaurant has a policy of only providing 2 glasses per person so that if the two relevant guests were going to also have red wine they would have to use the same glass. We initially thought the waiter was joking - he was not. The food was good, the atmosphere pleasant, but for $75 per person they could wash (or simply rinse) a glass...

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c
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best place in the area. Sophisticated food for NJ that is really well executed and just tastes great.

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FM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party or six is perfect amount to allow for conversation and also, to share many of the great starters. After that, you can get away with only 3-4 main courses if you wish. Gluttons are welcome to order more. As usual, the wine list is outstanding since it is BYO and the price is right too.

Highly recommend for all occasions and even a quick, small bites, meal.

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B
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Almost perfect! Except for the very noisy large party seated near us, this was a rare near perfect dining experience. The wait staff is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and efficient. The dining experience is like a magical journey where each dish presented reveals a new combination of well executed possibilities turned out by a highly professional and engaged kitchen staff. I was delighted that the kitchen sequenced the shared starters as they made much more sense to be eaten in linear fashion rather than all at once. The excellent French dip starter followed by sublime duck liver pate left we wishing for more gastronomic delight....and it was delivered in my choice of entrée...the best bronzino I have ever eaten, crisp skin and very tender moist filet. Bravo! Can't wait to return.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. Perhaps a tad less oil would be better.

Service was very good and polite. I do feel under the gun to keep everything running on a certain timetable.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as usual but the upstairs room was a bit too chilly until we were just about to leave. Loved the shrimp appetizer

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K
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I saw nice reviews, the place looks awesome from the outside with open kitchen, but it was not up to our expectations at all. I brought my friends who happen to be foodies, and one had four appetizers instead of dinner and was the most satisfied. His wife ordered the pig, and it was inedible. My husband wanted a salad and there was none on the menu; he ordered the trout for dinner and it was adequate. I had the branzino and that was fine, but really nothing special.

I really felt bad about bringing my friends there as I thought it was going to be special evening. I would pass.

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LB
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistently good and well executed food and service. I prefer the downstairs seating overlooking the open kitchen over the upstairs. Great for dates or meetup with friends. You can never beat BYOB.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food in an informal setting. A real winner! Not crowded at lunch when we went.

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ND
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service, wonderful experience overall!

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NP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Tastiest food presented so beautifully! Chef and kitchen does an amazing job with my dietary restrictions as well!

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RF
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unusual and delicious small plates ! Remarkable harmony of ingredients !

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. We had lunch and shared 5 small plates and dessert. The food was creative, fresh and delicious. The waitstaff was accommodating and personable.

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AT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food - highly recommend

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DD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Not my kind of menu. Very limited and odd. Convenient location near PaperMill Playhouse but not worth another visit.

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t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wagyu steak was excellent along with the pork belly. A bit too salty on pork belly sauce for my taste, otherwise very nice experience. Will return for the tasting menu.

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EB
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing. Service was a little slow which was a shame.

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Two 85 year old gentlemen were asked to climb a very steep set of stairs for our standing 5pm reservation, while tables went empty downstairs. We had a 7 pm show at the Papermill Playhouse, which we told them!! Yet, the table we requested on the first floor was still empty at our departure. Folks were just arriving when we left for their 7pm reservations.
Very bad decisions by an incompetent young wait staff.....

We were not told it is BYOB!! We eventually, had wine delivered, one bottle of red and one bottle of white. Only the twist off white bottle, was opened by the staff. No one at the table was asked if they would prefer white or red. The entire bottle of white was poured. The red was still not opened.......another set of glasses was never offered. Very sloppy service for a restaurant of this caliber.
The tuna tartare appetizer tasted like onion sticks from a can. The fish appetizer special was inedible. No time for coffee and dessert. Service was too slow.

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c
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is delicious, service outstanding! A little pricey, otherwise perfect.

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LM
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed Common Lot very much. We shared the Brussel Sprouts as an appetizer which were very good. I had the trout which was excellent. My husband had the Branzini which he enjoyed very much. For dessert we had the flourless chocolate cake with a small scoop of chocolate ice cream. We will be back...very friendly staff.

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O
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, thoughtful dishes and small plates. Portions are on the small side and made to share, so be prepared to get a couple different things. You won’t be disappointed with the flavor and creativity put into each dish!

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LC
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a really good experience. We went for lunch before a matinee at The Papermill Playhouse, which was just a five minute walk away. The food is creative and delicious. The service was unobtrusive and excellent. The décor and ambience is simply lovely; I loved it. It was so good I am considering returning next week with some vegetarian friends, because there are so many options. My husband and I had seven small plates, my favorite of which was the pork belly, although all the others - warm sunchoke salad, artichoke dip, cauliflower, steak and duck tacos -- were all quite wonderful.

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VG
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lovely presentation with original crockery. Food is fresh and seasonal and has a little twist to make it special

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