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Permanently Closed - David Todd's City Tavern

678 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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David Todd's City Tavern is a contemporary American restaurant and lounge having an explicit wine bar as well. It offers vegetarian dishes for those who are on a diet and also has an el fresco dining area. The interior of the restaurant is comprised of 2 elongated dining areas, with each one running parallel to the other one to provide a good semblance of privacy. The bar at David Todd's City Tavern is in a separate area which consists of its own dining setting.

David Todd's City Tavern's special meals include Parisian pizza, fried calamari, duck confit tacos, foie gras burgers and veal Demi. The restaurant allows the patrons to indulge in tartare testing as they enjoy their salmon, tuna and avocado-mango relishes.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11:30a - 4:00pp
Saturday, 12:00p - 4:00p

Dinner: Monday-Thursday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm

"Happy Hour" Monday-Friday 5:00p-7:00p
Special Drink Prices and $5.00 appetizers
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Phone number
(973) 993-8066
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Prusin
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Private party facilities
Our private dining with its flowing curtain wall and large decorative mirrors is perfect for 12 to 25 guests. It's the perfect size for a business dinner meeting, training session or family get together. We have pre-fix menus available or we can design a menu just for your event.
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Private party contact
Todd Redmond: (973) 993-8066
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We have a private room for 12p to 25p We can design a specific menu for your needs. Call for availability.
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Cross street
Elm Street
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Parking details
Street parking in front of us.
Two municipal lots within a block.
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Special events & promotions

Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

I was entertaining last minute guests from overseas, and I'm glad we went with David Todd's. The daily app (sausage) went perfectly with the drinks, and the duck confit tacos were tender and balanced. It was refreshing to see a restaurant with trendy food remember that appetizers are meant to excite the appetite, not to just show off flavors. For the entrée, several of us had the foie grois burger. Medium rare was a true medium rare, and the amount of foie grois was quite substantial. Definitely among one of my favorite burgers in the country, if the quality is consistent. My guests were pleased with their entrées as well. All in all, I'll definitely be back!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

We enjoyed our meal and the service was great. There were not a lot of people in the restaurant as it was the Memorial Day weekend so that probably helped keep the noise level quiet. We will definitely return to David Todd's.

TeGia (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

Every time we try this Restaurant we are very pleased. Food is delicious and dishes presentation is very chic!

vipmama73 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

We don't come here often, but my husband and I brought our son this past weekend. We dined early for a Saturday (6:30). For there only being four tables at that time, it took quite some time to get our drink and food order put in. We weren't exactly sure what was going on there. After the slow start, we had a very good meal. We started with the calamari and "sausage of the day" (chorizo). Both were very good. I especially liked the sauce on the calamari. For diner, my husband enjoyed the duck breast but thought the sides with it were pretty lacking in flavor. I had the mussel appetizer and spinach salad. The spinach salad was really nice. The mussels were in a nicely flavored sauce, although a bit too much of the sauce (think buttery soup). My son had the fried chicken dish which he ate every bite of and enjoyed. Great comfort food meal! Overall a solid meal. Service, as in the past is fine -never outstanding.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

Food was alright but I think is time to update the menu, service was efficient, like the bar side.

vipLora (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

We felt that it was grossly overpriced for the quality of the food they serve

Chris (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

Came here for dinner before a show at MPAC. Though it was early and the restaurant was not yet crowded, our server seemed to be bewildered throughout the service.

The first disappointment came when the restaurant menu lacked a vegetarian option that had been posted online. The waiter dismissed the discrepancy, saying that it had been updated for spring (so why not update it online as well?). He offered to check the kitchen to see if the chef had any vegetarian options available. When he returned to take our food order and we asked, he said, "I never got a chance to ask."

The next disappointment was with the drinks. I ordered a vodka martini with olives. The drink came with no olives. I asked for them a few times. The olives never came. I ordered a second drink early in the meal. When it hadn't come out by the time I had finished eating, I canceled the order. She ordered a Moscow Mule. It was cloyingly sweet. Not what was expected. She switched to wine.

Positives--food was tasty. I had fish and chips; she had the pasta. ambiance was pleasant.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

Though, they were out of mussels for the moule mariniere. Which is always exquisite. I tried the tri-colored beet salad along with the beef & lamb sliders and was very pleased! Always a great meal at David Todd's!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

Food was good and it is convenient to the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Service was too slow. There were only two people serving too many tables thus poor attention and very slow service. We passed on dessert and coffee for this reason. Also we ordered multiple appetizers and asked that they be divided between the two of us. Lack of attention to detail and the devision was not equal. I got all the pecans on my plate and my friend got one and all the yellow beets? This does not happen at other restaurants. We would not want to sit in the back of the place as the decor is depressing . Needs something done to up the ambiance. We would like to give it another try since this was our first time there.

vipMulligan (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

We have had really good experiences here, unfortunately last Friday was underwhelming. It started good, we (party of 4) had reservations requesting a booth, and we were seated right away. Then, when our waiter came to the table, you could tell he was having a bad night. Looking around, all the waitstaff were rushing around. When we asked if he was ok, he said they were so busy because Jewel was in town and there also was a large loud group so things were going to be backed up in the kitchen. Net net, oysters as an app were spectacular. Wine list was great, dinner tasted good but was served lukewarm. We will be back, but have to say, it wasn't our best experience at David Todd's... It was just an "off night" we hope.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

This is our 3rd time at David Todd's. It is our go to place when watching a show at MPAC. The first two times we went the food and service were excellent. In fact Todd introduced himself to us on our first dinner. Although the crowd tends to lean towards the older side, we didn't mind because we were so fixated on how delicious everything was.

This trip...meh. The menu seemed to have be scaled down. Online showed much better options. We ordered the mussels as starters and the scallops and mahi mahi as entrees. The accompanying vegetables with the meals were way off. The scallops had dried lima beans and mushy shiitake. The mahi mahi had minced bok choy. The mussels on the other hand were out of this world.

Service was not as personable as we experienced previously. Although she did get the food out quickly since we had a show to catch. Thank you for that.

Overall it was a miss for us this time.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

We truly enjoyed the food and drinks, but were dissatisfied with the service. It was simply mediocre.

BusinessCasual (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

Morristown has dozens of restaurants and bars, but many of them are either steak houses, Italian eateries of one kind or another, or downscale American. David Todd's goes for a more unusual mix with a large wine selection. The food was simple, well prepared, and somewhat overpriced. The decor is ho-hum tavern style. Service was slow, though we told them we needed to leave early. Not bad if you're in Morristown and want to eat someplace different.

vipIEAT (Dallas)
1.0  Dined on April 28, 2016

We shared 3 bottles of wine among the 5 of us so you might be tempted to think that we didn't notice the service. However, when our server left in the middle of dinner without notifying us, (in my opinion, a big no-no) we became the responsibility of two very rude servers. At one point, we even noticed them rolling their eyes when we asked about our server, Heather's, departure. Because she neglected to tell us she was leaving, of course we asked, only to be met with rude attitudes. This was a business dinner so we left a tip but very much regret doing so.

vipBrad (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

Food is almost inedible. We were a group of six, and have never left a review here before. This was a universal bad meal. Every single appetizer and main was actually bad. It tasted gross. Pan seared tuna? How bout still frozen in the middle??? With so many great options in the area avoid this place.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

We had a superb meal here last weekend. The service as perfect, our waiter Sebastian was attentive but not pushy. Everyone in our group of 6 enjoyed their meals and the bar was awesome. This place is a must try in Morristown

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Good spot for a casual dinner. Great service, friendly and helpful stuff. The menu was good and nice variety, rich wine list. We would recommend this place to other people.

vipclubquark (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

Its been a while since returning here. Menu has been updated since my last sit down.

Service was good however the food was just eh..

Was pretty energetic as they were hosting a tasting.

SaraMac (London)
3.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

Spot on with entrees pairing with wine, just over the top. Unfortunately the table next to us was so loud we could hear ourselves talk.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

My husband and I went on a weekend night and sat at a table in the bar area. The wine, food and service were all great. If you want a more private/not getting bumped into by passerby dining experience here go with a group and request a table in the room off to the side. Most of the two-person tables appear to be in the bar area only .