Cypress Tavern

3.9
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$30 and under
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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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SP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Greek salad was excellent. My husband's favorite here is the veal parmesan. My lamb burger was frankly tasteless. Waitress attentive. Covered outdoor patio provided a relaxing ambiance.

MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was basic

RJ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We had heard such great things about Cypress and decided to go there for our anniversary dinner. We decided to share the Poutine as an appetizer. It was very disappointing. Barely any gravy and the cheese was plain mozzarella. For 8 bucks you’d think that they would use real cheese curds. Could’ve gotten better disco fries at any diner for half the price. Our entrees came before we were done with our appetizer, and one of them was cold. Had to send it back (probably to microwave). Our waiter was good...very apologetic, but we will not be going back.

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and the service was great. I really liked the Cypress Tavern and would go back soon!

JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best Greek Salads I’ve had since my trips to Greece. My Tuna Steak was cooked perfectly.

AS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was great, the service, terrible. We sat at the bar, the blonde bartender literally forgot to look down the bar, or walk down for 45 minutes at a time. We would have ordered more food, but she didn't bother to ask us. Was our meal ok? She did not bother to ask us.

L
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

They must have recently changed their chef because the Greek salad and the french fries used to be so much better than they were this time. Disappointed that the recipes have changed, but overall, this restaurant is solid.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Hard to say which was worse - the service or food. Basically inedible!! Don't waste your time!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining at Cypress. Everyone was so friendly and the food was outstanding. There was even live music. Looking forward to warm weather and sitting outside. Be back for sure!

NG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it. Recommend the shrimp risotto and the steak. Large menu and we plan to come back soon

LJ
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Service was great when we said it was warm in the restaurant, action was taken to reduce the temp. Great experience

LP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Pizza was fantastic!! The owners are a husband and wife team and they are very vigilant and stop at every table to make sure their customers are satisfied. The wait staff and food was great as well

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

It as basically

j
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good lunch! Loved it! The Greek salad and chicken kebabs were great!

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cypress Tavern is fantastic and we're lucky to have such a wonderful place so nearby, right in our own town! Great food, service, prices, atmosphere...perfect...

R
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food tasted good, service haphazard though waitress tried very hard. We got a bit queasy after the meal.

B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Unexpectedly there was live music. We loved it. But if you wanted a quiet dinner after 8:30.... we were upstairs and it was totally fine. Main floor and it was quality loud live music.

RR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

All was absolutely perfect until the band started playing and we could no longer what hear each other was saying and had to leave

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable evening at Cypress. Great dishes, many choices and great service!

LK
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

I had been to cypress before they expanded their menu when they just offered Mediterranean food. Food was fantastic. Went again last week and ordered the hummus appetizer and was disappointed. The hummus tasted fake, definitely not homemade. The eggplant dip also lacked flavor. Ordered the chicken souvlaki platter and that was delicious. Place is beautifully decorated and the service was excellent. Will try again one day and try something else.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

My friend found hair in the marinara with the calamari. Our waitress seemed bothered to serve us. But the brick oven pizza was very good.

RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have eaten take out here many times before and always enjoyed the food. This is the first time we sat down for a meal. The appetizers (blue point oysters and pikilia) and sangria were perfectly enjoyable, the blackberry bourbon cocktail wasn't great but it wasn't terrible either. My wife and older daughter enjoyed their meals. The only issues came when my younger daughter's meal was given to the child of a table seated well after us, which made our daughter wait even longer for her food. The second issue was that my pork chop was well overcooked and bone dry. The waitress and manager came out to tell me that it was cooked that way due to USDA guidelines on proper cooking temps....which is all well and good....but you can have the correct temp and still have a juicy pork chop. Honestly, it was no big deal. I sent it back and asked them to remove it from my bill. I did make sure to tip the waitress as if the item was still on my bill...since it wasn't her fault at all. I am sure the next time it will be magnificent. Even the best kitchens get one wrong every once in a while. So over all...this was a good meal...and a good experience. We will most certainly be back.

S
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a large party that they accommodated with trouble. Food was delicious and in larger than average portions from a vast menu. Our server hustled and we all received our food as ordered. This is a neighborhood gem we will visit again-wish it were warm enough to sit on the patio!

N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a favorite spot of my and my husbands. Nice atmosphere, diverse menu and nice wine and drink selection. Went with my cousin recently and all was great. Was a decent crowd for a Friday, beautiful weather so we sat on the patio. Live music started around 8. Outdoor patio is lovely. They have a mix of wood and Wrought iron seating. The iron is a bit uncomfortable, although they added seat cushions which helps. The menu changes have been great. A lot of variety for apps and meals, love the mix of Italian and Greek cuisine, and the brick oven pizza is awesome. Fig and goat cheese is my favorite. We shared the dip trio, the Eggplant crisps, and my husband and I had Gyro platters while the others had pizzas. Nice dessert selection although we were too full. My only comment was that the waiter was overly attentive in the beginning when we got there and we felt like he was rushing us. We were catching up, choosing drinks and looking at the large menu and we had to ask him to come back several times. Then later on in the meal, we had to ask him three times to bring back the drink menu as he kept forgetting. He was Just inconsistent. Overall Great place!

ML
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was a bit odd, we had two waitresses and the communication between the both was lacking. We also wanted to sit outside due to a band that would be playing soon and they couldn't sit us outside due to lack of busboys even though there was plenty of tables. After we sat inside basiaclly every person that came in after us sat outside, it was disappointing. Other than those two issues the food was good and the drinks as well.

HV
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cypress! Great food, great service and so close to our home. It will be our new go to place!

HS
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was good, the waiter was attentive and friendly, and the outdoor patio was delightful.

p
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

a neighbor hood restaurant, good food, so,so service, very noisy.

SK
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly place, we ate outdoor and had a very pleasant experience. Menu was very nice and the meal I had was very good. Great wine list and a friendly staff.

k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the brick oven pizzas the clams casino pizza Was our favorite. I can’t wait to go back again!!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible ambience, poor food prep, not worth your time

OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother's Day dinner at Cypress was lovely. The service was a little.slow but we were not in any rush. The atmosphere was beautiful and the restaurant was clean. I don't love fixed menus but the options appealed to everyone and our meals were delicious. I have dined here before and their expansive menu is impressive. We will definitely be coming back again.

JV
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

A little bland and the entrees were very dried out. Other diners seemed to all order pizza so maybe that's where it's at. Service was good!

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we ate at Cypress for our wedding anniversary. we had a great waitress, Kayla, and everyone was very friendly and attentive. the food was great and we were given a complimentary dessert with a special presentation for our anniversary. it was a lovely evening.

LM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were extremely disappointed with our service and our food. We were upstairs and basically forgotten about. The fish tacos had no taste, my margherita wood fired pizza was just a plain pizza with way too much salt, and even the soda from the fountain was flat. On the plus side, the place is decorated nicely and has a nice outdoor area to sit. We were just disappointed with the food and the service.

AK
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome!! Our group of 20 were warmly greeted. Our server was atrentive and willing to cater to all our requests. The food was simply so delicious!!
It’s great to have Cypress in our neighborhood. We all left thinking when can we go back. Highly recommend!!

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The wait staff and the food were excellent but with bare floors, the noise level was extremely loud.

KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was beyond terrible; food not so good - would not go back!

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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..

EM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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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