Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen - The Oyster Bar

4.4
774 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen is veteran New York restaurateur Chris Cannon's four-part restaurant housed inside Morristown's historic Vail Mansion. The Oyster Bar at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen serves an extensive selection of raw bar, salumi, cheese and small plates for the table in addition to farm-to-table entrees by acclaimed Executive Chef Craig Polignano.

Guests are welcome to order cocktails from The Vail Bar or select wine from a 450 bottle wine list featuring over 30 wines by the glass and a rotating selection of sixty wines for under sixty dollars. Reservations are accepted 30 days in advance. Jockey Hollow also offers week of reservations in the Vail Bar, a 1920's inspired cocktail lounge located in the mansion's library.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Oyster Happy Hour: Tuesday – Sunday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 12 – 2:30 p.m. (Closed until Spring)
Brunch: Sunday 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in The Oyster Bar and The Vail Bar

Special Events
Contact our team at events@jockeyhollowbarandkitchen.com
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Phone number
(973) 644-3180
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen offers a variety of spaces perfect for all sorts of events: weddings, holiday parties, and celebrations of all sorts. Our events team will work with you to create a customized experience.
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Private party contact
our Private Dining Coordinator: (973) 644-3180
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Catering
Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen is happy to cater events of all sizes: from intimate dinners at guests' homes to weddings and celebrations. Please contact our events team at events@jockeyhollowbarandkitchen.com for more information.
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Cross street
Pine Street
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Parking details
The Vail Mansion offers limited public parking.
If you are going to a show taking place at the Mayo Performing Arts Center next door, reserved parking is often available on the MPAC website for their lot at Verizon on Oak Street two blocks from the restaurant.
Otherwise, we recommend the Public lot at City Hall (no Fee) at 200 South Street or at Dehart Street
We also offer a 5% discount for 2 Persons coming with Uber.
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Public transit
New Jersey Transit's Morristown Station is two blocks away from the restaurant.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM
Tue - Wed 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM
Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

What 774 People Are Saying
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SN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

We had to wait 50 minutes for our first Marcel of food to arrive at the table. Then two of the dishes were cold. No one offered to bring us anything while it took almost an hour to grill some chicken. Overall a very unsatisfactory experience. And virtually nothing was offered to compensate. Last time at this restaurant.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Not what we expected. The room was over crowded and noisy, not good for an intimate dinner.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I dined at the Oyster Bar pre-Wood Brothers performance at MPAC earlier this week. We've been there a few times, always a great experience.

We began with Bombay Sapphire martinis w/olives, no vermouth, a dozen oysters. I had the wagyu flatiron steak - "smoked fingerling potatoes, black garlic, maitake mushrooms, cipollini onions". Ordered medium rare, it was *exceptionally* good! Wife had the special of the evening, a swordfish plate, which she said was excellent. Two double espressos later, off to the show. 6:30 reservation, 8:00 show - a guaranteed hit.

Note the old rotary phone decor - a wink to the repurposed mansion having been built by AT&T's first president. (And for extra points, know about AT&T's gorgeous original headquarters on Broadway across from St. Paul's Chapel - designed by the same architect! And if you time your visit right, you get live Bach in St. Paul's!)

Only complaint - and this is honestly a false equivalent here - we would've liked a west coast oyster option, but availability probably fluctuates.

Ambiance-wise, expect groups of friends, co-workers in celebration, families, couples of several generations. Table service was ample, valet parking optional and possibly free if you are attending an MPAC performance. Hope you found this useful! (And by the way, the Wood Brothers show later that night was great!).

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CP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

$38 for 4 ounces of swordfish? Ugh. It was really delicious but not a respectable value.

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AT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with excellent food and drinks! Great place for a date night!

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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place needs bigger menu ..good atmosphere needs tv for sports

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DT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Had dinner at one of the 2 bars. Bartenders unfriendly & intimidating, drinks pricey. Orderd a burger med-rare, came well done. Did not send back. Oysters excellent.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were at the Oyster Bar for a birthday dinner, the food was well prepared and very good. Wait staff was a little standoffish but not neglecting. Ambiance was nice but loud as it is a large room with high ceilings. All in all we had a great night and recommend the restaurant.
PS drinks were outstanding.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars all around - from the moment we walked in, everyone we interacted with was so nice and attentive. We arrived about 15 mins early, expecting to grab a drink at the bar, but the maître d sat us right away. The menu selection was unique and seasonal and the sommelier suggested a bottle that paired great with everyone at the table's dishes. A wonderful atmosphere - great for a special occasion OR just date night! Definitely plan to go back - especially when the weather is warmer so we can enjoy the outside seating :)

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a pre-concert or special dinner! Service, drinks and food were wonderful at the Oyster Bar.

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JT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our 2nd visit. The service was great. The portions seemed smaller this time. The one issue was, if I am paying $13 for a Bloody Mary, I want the 2nd one to be as spectacular as the first. I was missing a lemon and a straw and the mix of vodka to the tomato was off and the horseradish was hardly there on the 2nd drink. We'll be back, but will probably order more wisely.

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L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great looking space & ambiance. Tables for 2 are too close together. Someone from another table has to get up to let you out to get to the restroom when you are on the banquette side. Server trying to pour wine at the next table was jammed between tables & we had to move our glasses so his rear didn’t knock them over. Food was very good. Leftovers were thoughtlessly packed. I would expect more care when packing a $120 steak for 2. That was our 1st visit. I would give them a 2nd chance. Table placement is not the servers fault.

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

We were seated at a deuce along a banquet that was so close to the tables on either side that I felt like we had just joined strangers for dinner. We even asked to change tables and the next choice was the same thing. There was absolutely no privacy, you heard every word of the conversations on both sides of you and the tables width put your own partner far enough away that you would have to talk loudly to carry on a conversation, never mind speaking over the pounding music. I do not go to dinner to be a part of the conversation of strangers. My salad was awful. The greens did not look fresh, the sliced pear was hard as if unripe. My husband's pasta was very spicy. We could not get out of there fast enough and will not return.

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DF
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistency excellent.

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s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Raw bar was excellent entrees were just ok. Service was ok. Food delivery from kitchen was a little slow.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like always, we had a wonderful time at JHB&K. Cocktails and food were amazing. Was there the week before for a friend’s birthday (20 people) on the outdoor space. The whole experience was phenomenal.

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SQ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always exceptional and the service attentive. We’ve eaten here many times and have never been disappointed in the menu or quality of the food.

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DD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great, server was great...service not so great. It took over an hour for breakfast/brunch to be served and there weren't many people dining in the restaurant that it should've taken so long.

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SM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and wonderful food. Made for the perfect date night.

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GI
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cerainly a special place. The site is terrific and the food delicious.

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KS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Very disappointing. Limited menu and wine by glass selection. We felt rushed through dinner. My entree was lukewarm at best. Servers were polite though. I was asked if it was a special occasion when booking the reservation, yet no acknowledgement was made. Will definitely not recommend your Restuarant to anyone or return again.

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SC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We stopped in before a show at MPAC. Our waitress asked if we were going to the show; which was nice so we had time to walk over leisurely. Cheese plate was very good and pasta dish with a smoked egg were excellent.

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SS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional. I dine at JHBK at least 3 times a week for good reason. It NEVER fails to please. The ever changing menu is varied, and the food prepared to perfection. Owner Chris Cannon and his chief wine expert Brian always provide superb wine choices, many of which are hard to find, rather obscure, and always brilliant. They added a new dish, a Szechuan Cauliflower as a side which was absolutely brilliant. I could eat it as an entree with a protein side.

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DR
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

This is the 5th time I visit Jockey Hollow either the restaurant upstairs or the Oyster Bar. I have always had a great experience. However, this time it was not the case. The staff was overtly focused on closing down the restaurant despite the fact that the reservation was made for 8:30pm. They said the kitchen was closing at 9pm on a Thursday night. They rushed us through all the meal. It got so bad that the Meitre was hovering over our table every min and clearing plates. This made us feel really uncomfortable. I will think again before visiting next time.

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A
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jockey Hollow has been a welcome addition to the dining choices in Morristown. It is truly unique...
the decor package, a perfect nod to Morristown History and contemporary design. The cuisine is creative,
imaginative and delicious... The wait staff is knowledgeable, attentive and friendly... It's the perfect place to dine for my clients, friends and family.

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F
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service: attentive but slow. Seated between two tables of very loud women...my husband and I could barely hear each other....oysters delicious, burgers delicious, his martini pretty good.....BUT: I had my heart set on a old-fashioned...with really good bourbon, etc. I am allergic to maraschino cherries so asked them to instead put in Amarena Cherries. But, remarkably, was told the bar did not have Amarena cherries. My question: how can a high end establishment/restaurant/bar not have Amarena cherries, especially to put in a $15-$20 drink, depending on the bourbon/whisky used? Kind of shocking.......Seems that Sterling Restaurant, Town Restaurant (both in Morristown), Ninety Acres, Pluckemin Inn, Gladstone.. ...they all serve the Amarena cherries with certain drinks. Get rid of the nasty maraschino cherries...come on now!!!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Had an early dinner with my wife on Sunday. Had reservations. Was shown a table inside that was in a hallway like setting. Refused that table and elected to dine outside. The wait staff was confused and very inexperienced. Waiter didn't and couldn't explain some things on the menu. My first order of oysters went to the wrong table. When the customer said he already had his order, the waiter said well they are on the house then ! The food was good im all fairness but will not return !

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SC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

One of the worst dining experiences, entrees never arrived after waiting almost an hour. Waitress couldn't care less, and didn't even comp. the appetizer. We finally paid for the appetizers and left. We weren't the only unhappy patrons this evening, many people had the same issue.

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OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and service. We were seated promptly and the waitstaff was extremely knowledgeable and attentive!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

three hours for dinner for 4 people. And all they comped was one dish. We will think twice about attending soon and we have been frequent diners

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. The service was slow. The appearance of the hostesses was very disappointing. They really need a much better dress code for their staff that do not wear uniforms. Three were nothing less than scary.

They were understaffed. Seems like management forgot about the details.

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KO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere and terrific service, but was a little disappointed with the food, especially given the high price tag. My mussels appetizer lacked the coconut flavor as promised. My husbands half lobster appetizer (which though I found delicious) was not to his liking. Half it it was prepared as a lobster salad with mayo, with no mention of that on the menu. Was veggie lasagna was good, but nothing to write home about. The polenta accompaniment to the roasted chicken was too rich- a lot of cream in the preparation. Overall, lovely atmosphere for a special occasion dinner, but alive had better.

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1
New York Area
381 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

First time at this restaurant...found it on OT! The ambiance and approach is beautiful...very elegant. The outdoor dining terrace is lovely. I ordered the tuna entree...it was fair. I did mention to the waiter I found it fatty...he did not acknowledge it by doing anything special...I was surprised for such a nice restaurant that he didn't offer any compensation. My partner ordered the lobster roll entree and he enjoyed it. I would go back but order something else next time. I believe they offer special dinners upstairs inside...sure it is lovely.

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HB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 3

Entered in a dingy elevator from the basement garage through back corridor, almost left. Woman at desk wrinkled clothes, water served was warm no ice. Food was good. Internet was not very helpful , didn’t expect just a brunch menus, thought we could get a lunch menu. Outside signage lacking, went past it twice.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was magnificent

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GB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. Every course was amazing, and the service could not have been friendlier. All the servers were attentive without being overbearing. The wine list is huge, with a great selection for any budget. We will definitely be back!!!

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L
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the oysters with our cocktails on what turned out to be a quiet summer evening. We also tried the scallop ceviche soup, which was v good. For our entrees, we had the vegetable lasagna and branzino - well prepared, highly recommend. Overall, an enjoyable date night with prompt, attentive service. Will definitely be coming back again!

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ER
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool venue in the Vail mansion. The oyster bar room where we ate this visit is smart, casual and comfortable. Menu provides interesting meat, seafood, pasta and vegetarian options as small and large plates. The oysters were of 6 varieties and in perfect condition. The wine list is extensive and you can find some values if you hunt. Overall it’s a worldly sophisticated “city” experience in suburban NJ!

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NH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great and the service started off great, but once they got busy the service was spotty.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've been to JH multiple times, but this was by far the best experience. Really exceptional food.

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