Cypress Tavern

4.2
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115 Reviews
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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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4.2
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vipFrank
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and service. Will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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

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vipChristyD
New York Area
10 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

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BarbaraH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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JoNo
1 review
Dined on August 29, 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.

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vipChristyD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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CarlaL
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful way and place to spend my birthday with my family

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vipChristyD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very good

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vipChristyD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 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.

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BarbaraB
2 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.

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MikeC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, large portions and great value

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vipChristyD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were excellent and Lani our waitress was the BEST!!!!

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VictoriaA
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent outdoor venue. The food was fantastic.

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VictoriaA
Baltimore
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.

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VallerieV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food big selection!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Live band was great overall a great experience will definitely be coming back.

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vipCraigK
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Once again, an enjoyable evening. Thanks

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Joec
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very nice up stairsv ery quiet and relaxing at fireplace upstairs until music began at bar downstairs. then it became loud and Singer was terrible! would have been a very nice Valentines Dinner at the fireplace if music was softer. Requested a seat near fireplace for 7:00PM and when we got there the hostice told us there was someone there that paid and was just leaving and she would seat us there in a minute. They were very accommodating. food was great - had shrimp and scallops. Will return soon.

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StephanieI
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was the first time we were there. Went for a valentines dinner the day before Valentine’s Day. They offered us the special and it was fantastic. Very nice ambiance with a casual atmosphere and very reasonable.

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vipluvagoodmeal
Tampa
88 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food,drinks , music, great service. Why didn't I get points? I went.

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JoeB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place. Clean. Good, fresh food. Definitely will return.

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MJSushi
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Sat in the bar area on a Saturday night and it was a little too loud for us but we absolutely loved the food! The grilled octopus was wonderful!

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Jerseygirl
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere! Went for a first date. Was really nice ! Not too noisy which is preferred when on a date in my opinion. Highly recommend!

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CraigB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This restaurant has been going down hill ever since it opened. It originally opened as a more formal Mediterranean (read Greek) restaurant. After about a year, the quality and service started to drop. About a year ago it revamped itself as a Mediterranean tavern, serving pizza from a newly installed pizza oven and offering entertainment in its bar. That is definitely the best part of the Cypress Tavern. But the restaurant, food and service suffers horribly. We went for dinner for eight. We were seated in our own corner in the newly renovated top floor. However we were quickly forgotten. We didn't even get waiter service for 75 minutes into our adventure. Even then, we had to basically beg for bread. We ordered a bottle of wine. We sent back the glasses the first time because they were dirty. Honestly, I have never, ever, done that before in a restaurant, but they were truly disgusting. When the wine was poured and the bottle left behind on the table, it was the wrong wine. It just got worse from there. We finally finished the main course about 2 1/2 hours later. #Never going back.

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yellowdoor19
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We stopped here for lunch with a toddler and were able to sit outside on a sunny day. The service was just right. Attentive but not intrusive. And the launch menu had something to satisfy everyone’s taste. Would definitely return to see if dinner was equally satisfying.

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SueP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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MARYR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was basic

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RJS81812
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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.

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Ekres
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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JamesA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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AmyS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

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.

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Loler
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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NormaG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LisaJ
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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LeeP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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FAQs

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

Cypress Tavern is rated 4.2 stars by 115 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.