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Cypress Tavern

4.5
4.5
139 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Greek, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (973) 492-2700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Yiannis Aktsalis

  • Catering

    Off-site catering for all occasions available.

  • Neighborhood

    Riverdale

  • Cross street

    Stone house Rd.

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Entertainment

    Every Thursday night we have live music.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. VC

    VictoriaC

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to Cypress Tavern and we will definitely be back soon. We had lunch at the bar. Elaine, the bartender was great. She served food and drinks to the entire room on her own and everyone was pleased. The food was delicious. My husband and I started with a grandma pie. Great! We then had our entrees which were also delicious. Can’t wait to come back and sit on the patio outside.
  2. S

    Spezzareilpane

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We asked to be seated outside when we saw there was a band setting up. It was nice outside but our table was in a bad spot. We went there wanting to try the Authentic Greek Food. Very Disappointing. We should have taken the hint when we saw everyone else ordering hamburgers, pasta, pizza. My martini was in a glass that was half the size of a regular martini glass while my husband's Whiskey was in a large whisky glass. Tried the grilled octopus appetizer which was very overcooked and tough without much flavor. My husband's crab cake was burnt and tasteless. We did not finish the rest of our meal but did stay for the band, which was outstanding, and we had a good time listening to the music. Our waiter did ask us about the food and we were honest about why we didn't eat anything. I would go back to see the band but would probably just get a pizza or burger.
  3. MA

    MichaelA

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food is very good at the Cypress Tavern. Unfortunately a number of the specials were sold out by Saturday night. We were told that the specials start on Thursday so it is not unusual for the most popular ones to be sold out by Saturday. Service could be better. Like most restaurants, the Cypress Tavern is a bit short staffed from pre-pandemic levels so a short fall in service is to be expected. But the short fall in service does not prevent eating at the Cypress Tavern from being an enjoyable experience.
  4. P

    Pomptonplains

    Denver

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with fireplace option in winter and outdoor dining in summer.
  5. c

    charlest

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    In the past, we had nice meals; however, this last visit; the food was cool. the food was overcooked. the food beer was stale.
  6. V

    Veep24

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fresh food. Great service. Live music on weekends.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Owner was very unfriendly. She couldn’t find my reservation from Open Table. Music was way too loud for indoor dining. Martini was half the size of a normal martini glass and cost $10. Food was terrible. Clams on the half shell were very tiny, seafood salad was skimpy, and the chicken gyro was dried out and no sauce. Will not be going back.
  8. F

    Frank

    New York Area

    56 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Terrible food and service. Entrees were served before appetizers were finished. They were then “kept warm.” When returned my swordfish was dry as toast. My wife described her meal as hospital food. Will not return.
  9. T

    Timothy120

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    First disappointing visit ever. Food was meh and service was meh. Usually this place is crowded on weekends. Not this time. Maybe something going on with the chef? We’ll give it another try though…
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Setting and Excellent Food.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome food, awesome service! Great suggestions by our waitress made the meal even better. First time here with two other couples and We all said we can’t wait to come back!
  12. CD

    ChristyD

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    overall2food5service4ambience2
    Not a great experience. Seems to be hit or miss at times. Food is always good, service was good, Pam is awesome however she was clearly overloaded that night. Food delivery was slow at best. Felt like the entire staff was being pulled in different directions. Obviously they were not prepared for the amount of reservations and walk ins they had. The band was wayyyy too loud and I don’t typically mind but the night just didn’t need that on top of all the other short comings that transpired in a chaotic atmosphere. Won’t be back for some time. They really need to assess that turmoil
  13. l

    lisat1962

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Hostess didn't have our open table reservation and didn't ask for my confirmation so I doubt I received any points for dining. Restaurant very busy, some guests not abiding by mask requirements when not seated. There also seemed to be some service related issues and confusion over who was waiting on our table. Overall a nice night but with minor issues
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Awesome Greek food at a great place. This will definitely become a regular of ours for date night
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants! Great job, amazing staff, and overall enjoyable experience!
  16. MA

    MARLEEO

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Food was not very good and our service was terrible. 2 of us ordered steak and we kept asking for steak knives. 3 different people said sure they would get them to us and never did. We finally got up and got them ourselves with the help of someone from the band, after 15 minutes and our food was getting cold. Would not return here.
  17. DB

    DianaB

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Not the best - food and service disappointing
  18. DS

    DeniseS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2020

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Traveled to see Smooth and Sassy 7-10 pm Staff started shutting off the heaters at 9:00. We learned that ownership was closing down at 9:15. I will not return
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere! Always enjoy the bands!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place! Live music made our experience great! Great food for the price. My fiancé is gluten free and had plenty of options. We will be back!
  21. KM

    KarenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great experience. Will definitely go back again soon.
  22. LP

    LPark

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful outdoor venue. Great service and ambiance. Food is always well prepared.
  23. DC

    DanaC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu options. Delicious food.
  24. CD

    ChristyD

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good!!
  25. F

    Frank

    New York Area

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good food and service. Will return.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2020

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    Food was good but one of the people in our group ordered a pizza and it did not come out with the rest of the meals. Despite multiple requests about it, the pizza did not appear until the rest of our meals were finished and boxed up to go. The staff did not offer any apology or compensation, which is very frustratinf
  27. CD

    ChristyD

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Somewhat disappointed this time. We have been dining regularly but our last experience was not up to par. Very unorganized, perhaps a bit overbooked. We had reservations for outside and no table was available so we sat inside. Food was not as good as usual but the owner did make a point to ask us how we were doing. I’m not one to complain, I will return but I was disappointed
  28. BH

    BarbaraH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived to find the restaurant totally closed. Not a person to be found
  29. JN

    JoNo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We made our reservation days in advance through Open Table and it was confirmed. When we arrived the hostess informed us that due to an emergency the chef had to leave and there was an hour and a half wait for food. So we left. Even though this may sound like a bad review, I think the hostess did an excellent job being up front and honest with patrons so they wouldn't sit down and be hungry and annoyed. Emergencies happen. We appreciated the honesty of the hostess and were able to go somewhere else nearby. My star review was based on previous visits.
  30. CD

    ChristyD

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and service. We are weekly diners, love this restaurant!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was my second time there and most of the evening was as I expected. Unfortunately there was a faint and at times a stronger smell of mold by the water feature. I didn’t have that the first time I was there perhaps because I sat on the parking lot side. The food and service was very good both times.
  32. CL

    CarlaL

    Poconos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful way and place to spend my birthday with my family
  33. CD

    ChristyD

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always very good
  34. CD

    ChristyD

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious, love the outdoor seating area, drinks are great and our waitress Pam was awesome!!!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nina was a great server. We loved how social she was and gave us the good and the bad for what type of food we wanted. Spot on employee and very sweet and loving and caring.
  36. BB

    BarbaraB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My husband enjoyed his meal. Prices are reasonable. Waiters could be more knowledgeable and professional I ordered scallops over linguine but it came with red sauce. It wasn’t stated on the menu. I should have asked or been asked if I preferred a white wine sauce. I asked that the scallops be well done or well seated but they were not. I guess the waiter did not know how they were prepared because they were pale. I thought perhaps they would be grilled or broiled. We had to ask for bread. It was our anniversary. So it was just ok.
  37. MC

    MikeC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, large portions and great value
  38. CD

    ChristyD

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and cocktails were excellent and Lani our waitress was the BEST!!!!
  39. VA

    VictoriaA

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent outdoor venue. The food was fantastic.
  40. VA

    VictoriaA

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second trip to Cypress Tavern and we had another excellent dinner. The outdoor seating is the best in the area as you don't see or hear the road traffic and they have a lovely covered patio. Our food was delicious and the service was fantastic. We are looking forward to visiting again.

FAQs

Cypress Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 492-2700.

Cypress Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 139 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 Cypress Tavern

174 Kinnelon Rd. Kinnelon, NJ 07405

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stone house Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Riverdale

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Greek, Italian

  • Dining style

    Home Style

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Yiannis Aktsalis

  • Entertainment

    Every Thursday night we have live music.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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