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Cypress Tavern

4.0
48 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Perfect For:
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
For many European Cultures food is life and life is food. At Cypress Tavern, we celebrate the Mediterranean culinary passion with garden-fresh ingredients and old homemade recipes. Cypress's signature Mediterranean restaurant boasts Kinnelon's lush scenic grounds while transcending a warm color scheme with subtle blue and yellow accents and dark wood touches. Enjoy one of our twenty beers on draft or one of our signature martini's, or savor a delicious meal in our inviting dining room or al fresco on the outdoor deck. With friendly, engaging service and generous portions, Cypress is the ideal setting to enjoy dining with the warmth of family and friends, and the comfort of authentic Mediterranean cuisine. A casually creative restaurant with a creative menu, sophisticated interior and gracious service. Cypress Estiatorio is Mediterranean dining at its best! Destined to become New Jersey's premier dining and event experience!
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Greek, Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(973) 492-2700
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Yiannis Aktsalis
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Catering
Off-site catering for all occasions available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stone house Rd.
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Entertainment
Every Thursday night we have live music.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 48 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
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4.1
service
4.2
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4.0
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Sorry but I cant recommend this restaurant. It was my second time here and last. They try but are very unorganized. The food is mediocre and over priced. Drinks are ok. Pizza is likely the best but very small pie fir the price. 12.00 would be good. 17/18.00 is crazy for a 14inch pie. I will say staff is friendly..

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The service was slow and terrible. The food was not worth the price at all. (Appetizers are better than the entrees). We never got our second round of drinks from the bar. Bill was high for the quality of food and service level. Not going back.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Excellent food, great ambiance, great service. During the meal, the owner stopped by to make sure everything was wonderful. Great place for dinner or lunch! I will be back!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Lovely renovations, service was very slow. Food was good, wish it arrived in a more timely fashion.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

I have always loved this restaurant through its several iterations, but it is now way too noisy. I will still come there, but wish you hadn’t removed the carpets and the partition in front of the bar.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Friendly nice atmosphere however they are in no rush! If your not in a hurry it’s great!

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

First time we been to Cypress Tavern. The food was good. I had a steak and the misses had Sheperd's Pie. Both were made very well, big portions and priced very reasonably. I would say less expensive than a typical resturant. We also hit happy hour so our drinks were a couple dollars off which was nice. We will definetly go back again.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing pizza and the best chicken Milanese.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Went to see friends band and decided to have dinner first! Great decision, great food and great service!

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1.0Dined on January 10, 2018

This place has gone downhill. They changed it to be more of a Tavern and the quality of the food significantly decreased.

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3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was average at best, service was not good. Way overpriced for what you get.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Sat outdoors which was really nice was a beautiful cool evening however a bit buggy . Food was OK Drinks were just OK. Do not order the Sangria was the worst ever. Service was OK. It was just an OK restaurant. It was crowded so maybe others will enjoy it. I did not.

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1.0Dined on May 28, 2017

I cannot provide a review. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were surprised to find it closed. This was very disappointing. It also suggests that OpenTable should have not have enabled a reservation to be made at this restaurant. We drove an hour from home to get there. I have never had this type of experience previously with OpenTable.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

We had a nice dinner for Mothers Day with 6 people. Everyone was happy with their food and the waitress was pleasant and attentive. Good Greek food selection and very ample quantities.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2017

We ate on a Saturday early dinner. One of two tables in the restaurant and the service was SLOW. Took a while to get our drinks our app order and our dinner. The app was forgotten and came out 5 minutes before the entrees. Food was prepared well. But again service was very slow for only having two tables in the dinning room.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Service was great, but some of the food just didn't live up to our expectations for the price. The food there looks great, no doubt about it, but don't let good looking presentation deceive you. Every entree had some one thing wrong with it that just led to a disappointing meal. Too much butter in one, too well done on another, too bland on another. It could be a five star contender if they could just get the recipes exactly right. The starter bread strips with spread they give you at the start are very delicious but please, never ever serve stale rolls along with them. That's just a big turnoff for us from the start. Fresh bread and rolls daily please! The Cypress eggplant chips and spread were a big hit as were most of the appetizers. The appetizers were definitely prepared much better then the entrees were. Seems like some of the desserts were not homemade and weren't very good at all, ask first if they are made in house to get something fresh. The Baklava was as hard as a rock, it could not possibly have been made that day.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2016

Variety of choices, great quality food

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Waitress tried hard, but did not know the menu. Chef would not debone the whole branzino special sowe all ordered lamb shank special. Was just ok. Didn't taste feshly prepared as it was tough and not heated through.. Baklava for dessert was dry and probably the worst I have ever had.. Greek food was disappointing.. maybe bar food is better?

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2016

Ambience and noise level were better after Happy Hour crowd left around 6:30. Service was very attentive, and not intrusive. Food was quite good, but not real Greek, despite name. Would recommend.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2016

Very good food and service, but bar area got noisy. Upstairs might have been better seating.

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2.0Dined on June 18, 2016

The service was extremely horrible it took forever for our order to be placed and then forever for order to be cooked I would never recommend this resturant to anyone. Very disappointed

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2016

The inside is modern, the bar area and the dining area are cozy. Stepping outside to eat The road traffic behind the restaurant fades away in the distance. The hostess seated us without giving us menus, the waitress came by within five minutes asking for a drink order when we had not been given a menu yet. Apparently this is a standing rule at this restaurant that the hostess does not bring menus when first seated. The food came out in a timely, not rushed, manner. It was excellent!! By the waitress service was good, the busboy service not so great. Several occasions busboys would pass our table with obvious empty plates stacked and pushed to the other end of the table away from us and still no one had cleared our plates. Very friendly service. In the outside seating area a live band plays every Thursday night. They use microphones and amplifiers when really the space is so small it is not necessary, which makes the outdoor seating area quite loud, too loud to get a conversation in over a nice dinner. The good thing however is the band does not start to play until 8 PM at night, so if you are in the mood for a night out on a nice romantic date, this is the place to go but make sure you go before 8 PM
Overall we will definitely be visiting this place again

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2016

This is what you'd call a mixed review. My wife and I took our two daughters, 23 and 13, with us to dinner at about 6 pm on a Saturday. Quick take: my wife and I both liked our dishes-- she had pasta with seafood, I had a fish. Both were prepared quite well, good original recipes I thought, but not radical. Good food. My older daughter also got pasta with seafood (I think clams) and she did not like the taste of her clams. My younger daughter simply didn't like the menu and refused to order anything.
The waitress was midrange in quality; had to wait too long for her to ask if there was anything we'd like. She seemed to have too many guests to serve, considering how often we saw her.
The time it took to get our entrees was just approaching complaint level when the food arrived, not very promptly for a 6 pm dinner, but it was hot on arrival.
To sum up, on the food itself, 66% thumbs up, 33% thumbs down.
Service, acceptable if not great.
Prices, in my humble opinion were as high as Manhattan, but that's just how it is in Northern NJ these days. About $129 for three dinners and three glasses of wine before tip. (Admittedly there was one $18 shrimp cocktail in there too.)

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Everyone was real nice and friendly. I enjoyed everything I ordered. The dishes are well composed and the care they take shows through.
That's all great but I have been thinking about the Baklava Cheesecake for three days now.
If you love dessert you will love this modern twist on a Greek classic. Loved it.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2016

We enjoyed our meal very much and the service was great. We preferred to eat in the bar area which is a bit more lively. One suggestion is to have a separate bar menu so you can pop in and eat more casually. Overall a great local find!

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2016

Lamb Shank. A must. Great variety of Greek dishes and pleasant, Hands on owners.

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3.0Dined on January 2, 2016

Upon arrival, the warm greeting by the host was incredibly nice. Service for the most part also showed a focus towards the customer. Unfortunately, the fish dish I ordered was extremely cold in the middle, they heated it quickly but a cold dish takes away from the positives.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

We made an early reservation for dinner only. This was our second year in a row. There is a limited menu on New Year's Eve but always enough choices. I ordered Wild Boar which was like a thick, juicy pork chop. My husband had Prime Rib and we shared Scallops as an appetizer.
They have excellent salads and a nice wine list. Service is very good.
There are plenty of choices so you don't have to be concerned if you don't care for Mediterranean food,

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2015

Hostess was very accommodating, she changed our table to a location in the upstairs dining room.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2015

We love Cypress, the food is great and the atmosphere is beautiful. Owners really care about the food, service and satisfaction of their customers.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2015

Fresh food cooked to order! I don't like salt on my food and they always accommodate my dietary needs.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2015

We stumbled on to this place randomly. The food was good and the staff really nice. We'd come back if in the mood for Greek food.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2015

The food was excellent as was the selection of bottled and on-tap beers, and wines. Some very unique dishes, both appetizers and entrees. desserts were also very good. The service was very good and the atmosphere was excellent. We ate inside and then had dessert and coffee outside on the patio. Although this was our first visit it will not be our last.

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4.0Dined on September 4, 2015

We don't have a lot of choices for a special occasion meal so it's great to have Cypress. There are lots of choices on the menu including small plates. I ordered 2 for my dint ner. It's not all Mediterranean food, either. The outside patio was very nice.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2015

This nice new venue has been around forever. Now it has nice new Greek/American twist.
Upgraded menu from its opening has made it more appealing. The portions are large, wait staff, Ashley took care of use that night, is excellent and the whole experience is casual and pleasant.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2015

seated outside top deck plenty of umbrellas for shade,waited explained all dishes
ordered food arrived exactly as described

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2.0Dined on July 25, 2015

Outdoor patio is nice. Frozen pre-formed fake gyros meat "slices" - YUCK! We won't be back.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

total makeover inside from the previous restaurant and the food was great

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2015

The food is fantastic and has a great and varied selection.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2015

The place is just opened but they seem to have all the components of a winning formula. Good staff, good attitude, nice decor and excellent food. Came for dinner service and had a great meal. Restaurant is nicely renovated from its prior incarnation. The upstairs dining is good for an elegant dinner, while downstairs at the bar area the scene is more casual. Fish entrees were excellent, filleted and grilled perfectly, with a light touch on seasonings and oil. The zucchini and eggplant strips for appetizers were crisply fried and delicious. We did have a slight issue with one of our orders being undercooked, but the owner took excellent care of it and the service was overall very good. This is a great alternative to generic italian restaurants in northern NJ and I would come back just for the fish. Highly recommended.

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