Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen - The Oyster Bar

4.5
1254 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 AJ Capella.

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.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChristopherL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sommelier recommended a fantastic wine from Germany that we enjoyed so much, we ordered 2 bottles of it. Food and ambience were great.

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BrettF
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was great to experience jockey hollow again after so many months of being closed down. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. Glad to see they're back and better than most!

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vipCentralOtago4
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very nice patio, food unfortunately was average. Definitely expected more from an upscale restaurant.

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julieN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a wonderful meal, oysters, brioche toast and the scallops. Service was great, will keep coming back.

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vipJerszdiner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best meal I have had in Motown in a while. Outside it started to rain and it is not very equipped to handle that but other than that all was great- best sommelier I have dealt with in a long time.

JD
JerseyDiner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was fantastic and staff very welcoming and helpful.
Food was very good and plated well. A little pricy for the plates.

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KarenL
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. James - the mixologist is phenomenal. All of the food was outstanding, ambiance is beautiful. And the service was top notch.

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vipJames
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Huge improvement over my last few times there. Food was great, being charged $14 for bread n butter in what is by far the most expensive restaurant around rubs me the wrong way. Just know drinks are very expensive! I eat at expensive places all the time these prices are much higher. Set that aside the food was great, the place had new lighter feel, the service was greatly improved. I’m hoping they can have consistency so I will go try again soon. I’m cautiously optimistic it could be a place I go much more often.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food served well in a nice setting.

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RichardH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was good but a bit over priced . Service was decent. We ordered wine by the glass . It is insulting to give such a meager pour on a glass of wine when you are charging such an exorbitant price. What are they thinking .

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RmacL
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on the patio. Incredibly friendly and attentive wait staff without being intrusive. All food came out at excellent intervals to make sure we did not feel rushed, but not waiting too long between courses. Very enjoyable evening.

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Gregh
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Superb and attentive staff. Food is amazing.

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NinaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Octupus appetizer great.
Scallops and Oysters were delicious.
Cocktail was great.
Berkshire pork chop was disappointing, would not recommend
Accommodated our small children which was nice

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TripleAces
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. The staff was extremely attentive and pleasant. Our meals were exquisite and the grandeur and ambiance was amazing. A bit pricey, but worth it. Highly highly recommend it!

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Elle
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice but a bit loud.

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vipMKLK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful evening to dine outside and tonight, the terrific ambiance was matched with outstanding service and food.

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vipLmk442
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was pretty awful, especially for a high priced restaurant. I had the pork which was tough and fatty and my husband had the barbecue chicken which was practically inedible and our friend had the tile fish which was ok. The only thing that was good, was the service. The waitresses were very efficient and attentive. This is my second time eating here and there won’t be a third.

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KellyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. It’s a beautiful restaurant with great ambience. The staff were all very friendly and attentive. And the food was amazing, one of the best meals I’ve had out in quite some time.

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JennieS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We had high expectations for this restaurant. It ended up letting us down, the food wasn’t executed well with the exception of the clams. The cocktails were too sweet. Wine was good. Overall way too overpriced.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the complimentary dessert wine was delicious and much appreciated for our anniversary!

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vipljschwarz
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Falling from grace…. First of all two of the four main course dinners arrived room temperature, or even cooler than room temp. And the dishes were seafood, so obviously either not cooked to order or sat for a Ling time while other dishes were being prepared. Either way, not a good sign. And it was a WTF moment to have to pay $14 for a “variety” of bread and butter, only to receive one variety of very ordinary rolls. Lastly, there was one variety of oyster available and desert was just Ok for me.

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MelissaM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, excellent service. Can't wait to go back.

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DreM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend here for her bday… she absolutely loved it. We both did. Atmosphere was great, service was excellent, and food was phenomenal. The raw bar was so good.l, oysters and Humber shrimp. We had the pasta and some ravioli, amazing. Pricey but worth it in my opinion, at least for a special occasions drinks get you, $18 a pop but again delicious l. Will return for another occasion!

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vipMeg00
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best meal I've ever had at JHBK. Highly recommend the small plates and the by-the-glass wine list is as interesting as ever.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

First time back to Jockey Hollow post covid. The food was pretty good, service good, beautiful room of course. What really annoyed me was a $14 charge for bread! I’ve now been to a few fine dining restaurants that either ask you if you want bread or charge some nominal amount, but $14! And for that our party of four got 3 smallish square rolls! Three smallish rolls! Really!?!? Not even a roll apiece? Not that I need the calories of course but I always get a cocktail right away and like to have some bread with it. A serious put off, as much as I might enjoy the occasional meal there, that will make me think twice. Thanks. Regards. Ned.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing new menu and Jonathan the waiter was exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for a date night

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Overall, I would not recommend. Maybe it was an off-night. I doubt I’d come back and make the investment needed to find out. Raw seafood served dirty and warm. Serving sizes were incredibly tiny. Terrible value. Over $200 with no drinks. Jumbo shrimp, oysters and scallops biggest rip-offs. Waiters and managers were the positives of the night. Desserts ok to good.

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ProfBob
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to the Oyster Bar to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and it was fantastic. The service was stellar, the food outstanding and the wine selection was amazing. We received constant attention and the staff made our 50th diner very special.
Thank you so much!
Bob & Kathy Reid

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vipJohnT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really glad that they’ve reopened. The menu has completely changed & is delicious. The wine list has also been expanded & has several great choices to suit every price point. The ravioli & lemon poppy seed cake were particularly delicious as were the fresh Barnegat oysters. A welcome return to the Morristown restaurant scene. Will definitely be back.

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Marc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful menu and setting, looking forward to our next visit.

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BrandonC
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love dining at Jockey Hollow. Wait staff is top notch and the food is outstanding. We had the Parpadelle and Chicken entres. Both delicious. Can't wait to come back.

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MicheleZ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly consistent! Fabulous food and ambiance. We booked every week again for at least three weeks in advance- it’s that great!

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vipNEfoodie
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and friendly severs, knowledgeable and helpful. Great cocktails, we really enjoyed the small plates and oysters!

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KatherineP
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Beautiful location!

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Tommy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The upstairs was closed (which I was not aware when I made the reservation) so sitting downstairs or outside was the only option. Our table was positioned in the middle of the room with servers and people walking around our table constantly. The noise level was high due to all the people talking in a relatively small space, making it hard to hear.

If for whatever reason they can't offer the level of service and atmosphere that they have in the past, then they either need to lower their prices or set things up better. Patrons don't want to pay $150-$200 for 2 and feel like they are in a pub bar with loud noise, difficulty having a conversation and be sitting in a make-shift space in the middle of the room with other diners and servers constantly walking around their table. If I wanted that, I could have just gone to a local pub and paid a fraction of the price.

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ChanningF
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here! Every experience has been delicious and special.

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BarbaraH
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place. The service was very good. Drinks and food were great! Worth going!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The JHBK team knocked it out of the park, service was excellent and we didn’t realize how much we missed the food. Best food in NJ

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AricG
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

The service was atrocious, incredibly slow. They brought food out at different times. My friend's drink was sub-par. In addition he asked specifically for no parmesan cheese on his. It came out 2 hours late with parmesan cheese on it. He was not about to wait another two hours! Manage never came over to apologize will not be going back!

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Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen - The Oyster Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 1254 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.