Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern

4.2
492 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
A local landmark and beloved culinary institution, the historic and charming Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern features five magnificently restored dining rooms and a stylish Library bar. This neighborhood gem offers a modern take of classic American cuisine, with an emphasis on locally sourced, farm fresh produce and sustainable ingredients. Its upscale atmosphere is family friendly, with a more relaxed smart casual dress code.
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance with a round table by a fireplace. Friendly and efficient service and delicious meals.

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MS
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Hohokus Inn seems to have hit its mark after many years of changing ownership and management. I have been a patron since the 1990s and recent renovations and upgrades have made it a very popular place with locals and young professionals. They food is pricey but good and the service professional and attentive. Highly recommend now that they have added the "bar menu" to the main dining room menu which provides more variety and is less pricey. Large wine list and active bar. Fun place.

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MC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Good food, horrible service.

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JK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

On the positive side, the restaurant is absolutely beautiful with a great wine list and a nice menu. We loved our table, in a side room, which was perfect for a sometimes noisy book group. However, it was pretty obvious that the management/wait staff couldn't have cared less about customer service. It took about eight polite requests before someone brought out wine glasses and opened our wine or deigned to take orders for drinks. Then, it was another long wait...one of us finally had to flag down a waiter at another table to find out who our own waiter was. While the rest of the group ordered appetizers and a main course, I ordered a salad and a main course. The appetizer came. And my salad was served with the main courses. My suspicions that I would probably not get my main course was proved right. When I mentioned it to the waiter, I got the equivalent of a shrug and a "sucks to be you," kind of apology. I said I didn't want the food any more but was he even aware that I didn't get my food. Btw, I had substituted the rice for another veggie...something I thought would stick in his mind. We ordered coffee...which was cooler than lukewarm. A couple of others ordered tea which was hot though. My salad was nice and the others who actually got their food said it was quite good...which makes this review harder to write. I wish I wanted to go back there and so do the other 8 in our group but we have voted this down as a venue to which we want to return. The waiter did take the coffees off our bill but that was the only nod to customer service. All in all, a severely lackluster and maddening experience.

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M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointed in the quality of the food and service. Although the restaurant was fairly empty, the service was fairly slow. Also all of the steaks were undercooked. Not sure if it is worth returning.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We celebrated New Years Eve here for the first time and will never return again. The noise level was awful, my husband and I couldn’t even hold a conversation. It seemed as the venue added more tables to accommodate the reservations before thinking about the noise level. We also waited 1/2 hour for our valet parked car, it was pouring but they didn’t notice we were waiting for so long. It turned out they got the wrong car with the ticket we presented. We had to find the car in our own. The food was satisfactory but could have been better considering the price. Next year they should reconsider the number of reservations they take.

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PE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good food, nice service and they have a liquor license and excellent wine list which is not common here in New Jersey. The ambiance is wonderful in a historic house that dates from the American Revolution. Wonderful bar and an excellent place to have a wedding!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was a little slow, but what can you expect on a Saturday before a big Holiday.

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K
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful historic tavern all decorated for the holidays. Small menu but everything was delicious!

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NW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I had been to the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn years ago, and finally made my way back. The ambience is really nice...love that old house feel with lots of rooms. Unfortunately, the restaurant was very noisy, so hard to have a conversation. Also, the quality of the food is mediocre at best, and expensive. The portions are also small, although we would have overlooked that if the taste was superb, which it was not. Despite this, the place was packed, so people are going there for something. Maybe the pub-type food (like burgers) is much better than their dinners (eg, chicken, swordfish, NY strip). Desserts were good.

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s
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifulbplace and reasonable menu. What a wonderful holiday place to go to.

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s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was great. The room was really loud so it was hard to talk.

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SJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was lacking. Food was served lukewarm. Menu selections are uninspiring.

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely Tavern and Inn! Was disappointed not to get original room we asked for when booking our party months ago. But management was accommodating and gave us a better table in the Tavern. The noise level on the 2nd floor, where we original was, was horrible. Way too loud!! People were screaming across from each other.""

Food was very delicious. Carolers and Santa were awesome! Already booked our next party for next year! Well done, Hohokus Inn!

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j
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Group lunch for the holidays, food and service were wonderful as usual. Not rushed, enjoyed our lunch from start to finish.

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L
Miami
155 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a nice evening. The food was good the service was a little harried and we felt on attended two for things like additional cracked pepper, the waiter coming back asking if everything was OK… Other than that it was good

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was good. Food was good, not so much for the service. I think the apps and salads are way over priced

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined here for Thanksgiving - it was perfection! A 4- course set menu was offered and everything we had was delicious.

It was crowded but things went very smoothly - and the service was the best.

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PD
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ho-Ho-Kus inn has so much going for it; first, it's in a historic Dutch Sandstone mansion in a quaint town. It does a great job for special events (this visit was Thanksgiving dinner), anniversaries, birthdays, etc. We've visited it for several of these. The food and service are also outstanding. The only thing we haven't tried it for is regular, day to day elegant dining. Perhaps we will soon after this visit.

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FM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Ho-Ho-Kus Inn is a wonderful place to stop in for a drink at the bar or a nice sit down dinner. The food is all wonderful. They make a great Manhattan. Ambiance is perfect, it is set in a historic inn with great character. I've been for anniversary dinners and just after work drinks and it is great for both.

Can't recommend enough!

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and ambience (an historic inn), and the service was very good. Although we knew it was not very handicapped accessible, it really was difficult to handle with a walker. Particularly when the ladies' room is up a flight of stairs. Luckily there is another in the corner of the bar, far from the dining room. So, it is doubtful that we can return.

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f
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner, excellent service in a historic location. The appetizers were all good and appreciated by our group but what stood out were the two steaks. Perfectly done, juicy and well seasoned.

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DC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 1st date anniversary for our 12th time. We have been doing this for five years at The Ho Ho Kus Inn. It is one of the most charismatic, romantic and cozy places in NJ. You will always be served a outstanding and delicious meal.
We started off wife a cocktail - my wife was served a perfect Negroni and I had Woodford Reserve in the rocks. We then shared 18 of the freshest, mouth watering oysters. Just fabulous!!! My wife had the grilled cheese & tomato soup. She loved it! I had the Norwegian Salmon with preserved lemon risotto and asparagas, the best risotto I ever had! The crispiest salmon skin I ever had! I totally enjoyed every morsel! We then each had a cup of hot & delicious coffee and shared an apple crisp with homemade vanilla ice cream.
We eat at the Ho Ho Kus Inn approximately 6-8 tied a year. I said to my wife we always have a great meal, service and atmosphere here why don’t we come mire often, she agreed so Ho Ho Kus Inn expect to see us more often.

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JA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

sat in the pub room for a casual dinner with a friend. Service, food and ambiance was perfect.

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RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice sat in the lounge for a late afternoon lunch with our son and daughter-in-law. Food was great server was attentive. Haven’t eaten in this restaurant In a few years, was good then and it did not disappoint. We will be back

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S
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was great. We had a wonderful time. It was a busy night but we were well taken care of. Definitely headed back to HHK Inn!

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s
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always love the Cobb Salad - had it with a nice piece of salmon this time. Everyone enjoyed their meal and waiter was terrific.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Horrible service, substandard food

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TJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was shaky took forever to get our dinner order. The waiter was good, the issue was with the kitchen.

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LU
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Nice atmosphere but very poor service. Food wasn't bad but servers didn't know who got what and we had to send our gin and tonic's back because the tonic was flat and had no taste. The restaurant emptied out relatively early (9:30) and the staff started setting up tables in the room we were eating in for a party the next day. It was very loud and very rude to do while we were still there. The busboy also cleared the table without asking us if we were done and took my cappuccino away before it was finished. Not a great experience. Wouldn't go back anytime soon!

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BS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Anniversary dinner. The service was great. Surprised with a custom specials menu with "Happy Anniversary', two glasses of champagne and wonderful attentive service. Highly recommend Hohokus Inn for special occasions. Exceeded my expectations.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

dinner was excellent - always good service - pleasant atmosphere

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NP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

40th Anniversary

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s
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and excellent service.

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AD
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved my dinner date with my husband. We sat in the library and had Z as our server. She is the best! Looking forward to visiting again and having some drinks outside perhaps! Great atmosphere, delicious food, and phenomenal service. Thanks so much!

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M
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally the rain stopped and it was time to get outside. Have been here a few times before, live the outside patio area for dinner. Food was delicious as always.

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LB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Food was beautifully presented and tasty. Many of the dishes had a little twist on what was expected (octopus appetizer). We were a group of 6 and all of us appreciate good food and the restaurant exceeded my expectations. We ate outside which was pleasant but noisy. One of the men is an expert on wine and said it was a very good selection. There seemed to be only one waiter for the entire restaurant inside and outside which meant it took a while to place the order and get our food.

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