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Canal House Station, Milford, NJ

Canal House Station

5.0
5
322 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton—the women behind Canal House Station—are cooks, writers, and artists. In 2007 they founded Canal House, which includes a publishing venture and a culinary, photography, and design studio. Their cookbook "Canal House Cooks Every Day" received a James Beard Award in 2012.

In 2019, Christopher and Melissa opened Canal House Station, a hidden gem tucked into an elegantly restored 1870s train station on the banks of the Delaware River in Milford, NJ. Their idiosyncratic, modern American cuisine is inspired by local ingredients that are ripe and in season in Hunterdon and Bucks County. They are two women, cooking together, and sharing their love of gathering people around the table to eat good food. They have been nominated twice for a James Beard Foundation “Best Chef: Mid Atlantic” award.

Canal House Station offers "Sunday Dinner" every Sunday. It is available for Private & Corporate Events, and Celebratory Gatherings throughout the year.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (908) 995-7200
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    C. Hirsheimer & M. Hamilton
  • Catering
    We offer full-service, on-premise catering for celebratory gatherings, and private and corporate events. Custom, seasonally-inspired menus available for any occasion. For inquiries, email us at eat@canalhousestation.com.
  • Private party facilities
    We are a James Beard Foundation award-nominated restaurant and Private Events space tucked into an elegantly restored 1870s train station along the Delaware River. Our seasonally inspired cuisine is eclectic, modern American. The building features natural light-filled rooms, an open kitchen with farmhouse tables, and a charming open-air garden.
  • Neighborhood
    Frenchtown
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    BYO Wine, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access

What 322 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 5Food
  • 5Service
  • 5Ambience
  • 4.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey

    Best Overall

  • New Jersey

    Best Food

  • New Jersey

    Best Service

  • New Jersey

    Best Ambiance

  • New Jersey

    Best Value

  • New Jersey

    American

  • Hunterdon

    Best Overall

  • Hunterdon

    Best Food

  • Hunterdon

    Best Service

  • Hunterdon

    Best Ambiance

  • Hunterdon

    Best Value

  • Hunterdon

    Good for groups

  • Hunterdon

    Good for special occasions

  • Hunterdon

    Most Booked

322 Reviews
  1. KathyB

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service. A true New Jersey gem not to be missed and worth the trip from the Jersey Shore.

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  2. TigerJCS

    New York City

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly one of the best meals we've had in a long time. The setting is delightfully rustic elegant; the food passionate and really showing the chef's convictions. The menu is set, and I believe you're basically limited to Sunday dinner, and yes, Milford NJ can be a drive, but it's so worth it. I only hesitate to write this lest it make it harder for me to get a table next time!

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  3. JamieS

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Canal House never dissappoints. Every detail is wll thought out. From the moment you are greeted at the door as you walk through the resturaunt and see the fresh flowers and table settings. I did not check the pre fixed menu when I made the reservations, I knew I would not have to because everything that touches the plate is made with condersidate intentions to show their passion and love on a plate! It was my friend's first time there and still keeps talking about it. If you want to have an experience and amazing food go to The Canal House in Milford, NJ!

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  4. AliciaR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been to Canal House several times, but this was our first time for Spaghetti Supper and it did not disappoint. Bolognese sauce was rich and flavorful, Caesar salad was crisp and perfectly dressed and the Tiramisu ice cream was the perfect ending to a wonderful dinner!

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  5. hris

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal and service. Staff very attentive to their customers. Would highly recommend.

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  6. Nmc1950

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lee was the he perfect waitress our newly found perfect place

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  7. OgdenK

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    what a lovely evening, a pop-up pasta dinner with local people! We live down river a ways, though close enough!! The bolognese sauce was super delicious and the salad and garlic bread just killer...every non-eaten bite came home with us. The space is charming with simple decor, great artwork and a great location. We enjoyed meeting and chatting with the folks on either side of us at this community style dinner. We always have a lovely time at Canal House Station...thank you Melissa and Christopher!!

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  8. PattieC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You must try the Canal House Station Sunday dinners. A beautiful space, wonderful staff and the food is excellent. This was our 5 time dining there and it never disappoints!

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  9. ScottS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great experience. We drove from south Jersey with high expectations and they were all met. Food was all seasoned and cooked perfectly. Left feeling perfectly full. It’s bit of a drive for us but will still definitely be back!

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  10. Pastedeechef

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing experience.. everything was incredible… I can’t wait to visit again .

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  11. MarkB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked a pretty sweet place to celebrate Valentine's Day with our daughter and husband! Dinner was delicious, beautifully presented and graciously served. Loveliest night again at the Canal House Station - so grateful!

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  12. StanandOllie

    New York City

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All around outstanding dining experience. Staff was friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. The space is gorgeous. We love that it’s BYOB. We paired the meal with three different wines. We were able to chat with one of the chefs and they both autographed their cookbook that we had brought along as a present for one of our party. We can’t wait to go back again! A gem!

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  13. Redhead

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just the best eating experience. Food, service and atmosphere cannot be beat

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  14. Marc

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was absolutely top notch from start to finish. The food is Inventive, beautifully plated, and delicious. Canal House rivals any high end restaurant in New York City. The service is equally excellent. And the ambiance of the restaurant is pleasant- beautiful room and a relaxed and upscale atmosphere without being stuffy. We had the 5 course meal for $99. That price point might seem expensive, but when you see the quality of the food you're getting, it's a bargain. Each dish was better than the next.

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  15. MaraP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every now and again, my husband and I share a meal that we will never forget. We will talk about it fondly for years to come. Last Sunday, we had one of those meals. It was an honor to share food at Canal House.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can always expect an exceptional dining experience at Canal House Station. We recommend without reservation.

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  17. ChristineP

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal, service and overall dining was absolutely outstanding. It is the best restaurant we have ever experienced 🎉🎉

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  18. ChristineH

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious. Service is outstanding. Wonderful ambience. Highly recommend.

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  19. MarkS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent. Sunday dinner with BYOB! In nearly a dozen meals, never a single dish that wasn't at least very good.

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  20. WilliamC

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best duck confit I’ve ever had. Everything was spiced lightly with minimal salt to let the flavors through. These prices fixe dinners are superb.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal in a beautiful setting with great service. The best!

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  22. jodym

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service impeccable, food a gift to the palette, venue charming

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  23. IvyS

    Philadelphia

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the highlight of a dining experience. The Sunday set meals are reflective of local produce and inspiration.

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  24. LoisW

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and a beautiful environment. A very special place.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, wonderful service, and a beautiful environment! What more can you ask for!?

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  26. LynnC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is a gem. The food, service and ambiance are impeccable. It is well worth the price to have a dining experience which is truly out of the ordinary. It is hard to find restaurants of this caliber these days.

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  27. BiancaP

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The welcoming staff, the warmly beautiful rooms and the elegant yet down to earth courses all contributed to a sublime experience. I am not exaggerating. I've dined at Canal House Station on many occasions and each visit has evoked warm memories with crystal clarity. Thank you!

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  28. PeterT

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If looking for one of those cannot forget places this is it! The moment you arrive everything is exceptional! The menu, the people, and the venue make the trip worth while! It is the end of the rainbow!!

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  29. KennethB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our expectations were very high but we didn’t anticipate the slow service. Long waits between courses. We had to skip one course entirely and it still took 2.5 hours. Lovely place and people working there. We hope it was not representative of a normal experience. Will try again.

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  30. BethG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience from start to finish. The freshest most delicious food and a ver relaxed atmosphere. We loved it!

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  31. MAGGID

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect 10 all around! From the moment we walked through the door until the moment we walked out!! Amazing….

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  32. ChristinaC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is beautiful in a simple farmhouse way and the servers were kind. We had a 4:30 reservation on a Sunday for their Sunday dinner fixed menu. Though we typically wouldn’t have ordered Paella as a main course it was very good. All of the food was fresh and prepared carefully. Our biggest disappointment was the time between the mostly small courses, which averaged about 30 minutes. I’m all about taking time to savor excellent food but I don’t need 30 minutes to eat literally 4 leaves of lettuce and 5 olives. The length of time between courses was simply too long for our taste and we won’t be back.

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  33. SteveL

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a leisurely dinner, highly recommend giving it a try.

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  34. IgorZ

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In the middle of nowhere, but it is definitely somewhere. It is a restaurant, but it is more because of the attention to details. Each detail seemed crafted effortlessly, whimsically, tastefully, appropriately, as if serendipitously.... just for fun, just for us. Picture perfect eye candy followed by delight for our taste buds. We enjoyed in wonderment...... everything. Sublime! To be immersed in the definition of gastronomy is priceless. Thank you. I wish you were not a 3 hour drive away.

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  35. MaryB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat in the garden on a very warm summer evening; our dinner was accompanied by visiting yellow jackets, which hovered about the whole evening, bumping up against us from time to time and coveting our steamed mussels. Although we, undoubtedly, could have moved inside, we opted to sit out with the apple and fig trees and despite the yellow jackets, we enjoyed the ambience of the garden. As always, the subtle complexity of flavors - from the first course to the last - was delicious, and everything was thoughtfully prepared. One of the other diners admitted he has dinner here every Sunday night with his companion and their lovely dog, Ginger, who was so well behaved, we didn't even know she was there until it was time for them to leave. The other guests added an unexpected intimacy that only improved the experience. If you'd like to break the familiar pattern of summer - or any - Sunday afternoon and explore a new venue, we highly recommend Canal House Station. The chefs are inspired and committed creatives who understand nuance and the impactfulness of something as simple as salt. Stop in and let them surprise your palate and notice the great care the wait staff exhibit as they tend to the details of your afternoon/evening.

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  36. RichardD

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A surprising gem in the area. Lovely food and service.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was an amazing meal Everything good exceed my expectations. 100% recommended

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  38. Matt

    New York City

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in every way!! Food, service, & environment!

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  39. DinahF

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were absolutely delighted with our Sunday dinner experience. The ambiance was romantic and beautiful and the flower were lovely. The service and the food were superb, really outstanding. We drove from an hour away to get there and even the drive on the backroads of NJ was beautiful! We can't say enough about this top New Jersey restaurant. We will definitely be back! Melissa and Christopher do a fantastic job! We purchased a cookbook on our way out! Terrific experience!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Canal House for Father’s Day. From start to finish the entire experience was so full of care and goodness. Our dinner was exquisite and the service was perfection. We cannot wait to return.

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FAQs

Canal House Station is rated 5 stars by 322 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Canal House Station

2 Bridge St., Milford, NJ 08848

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Frenchtown
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 11:00 am–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    C. Hirsheimer & M. Hamilton
  • Additional
    BYO Wine, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (908) 995-7200
  • Catering
    We offer full-service, on-premise catering for celebratory gatherings, and private and corporate events. Custom, seasonally-inspired menus available for any occasion. For inquiries, email us at eat@canalhousestation.com.
  • Private party facilities
    We are a James Beard Foundation award-nominated restaurant and Private Events space tucked into an elegantly restored 1870s train station along the Delaware River. Our seasonally inspired cuisine is eclectic, modern American. The building features natural light-filled rooms, an open kitchen with farmhouse tables, and a charming open-air garden.
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