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McLoone's Boathouse, West Orange, NJ

McLoone's Boathouse

3.7
3.7
3190 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located within the South Mountain Recreation Complex,

McLoone's Boathouse sits on the banks of the reservoir, showcasing spectacular views to our customers.

The offerings range from fresh seafood to hand-cut steaks, as well as pastas, burgers, salads & homemade desserts.

We also host Private & Semi-Private Events as we have banquet coordinators on site.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (862) 252-7108

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We cater to business meeting, showers, birthdays, and wedding celebrations. With three different size private spaces and a variety of different menus, we can accommodate a wide variety of functions!

  • Private party facilities

    Located within the South Mountain Recreation Complex, McLoone's Boathouse sits on the banks of the reservoir, showcasing spectacular views to our customers. Keeping with the tradition of Tim McLoone's other locations, the menu offers American cuisine that appeals to the entire family.

  • Private party contact

    Heidi Fischer -hfischer@mcloones.com: (862) 252-7108

  • Neighborhood

    West Orange

  • Cross street

    Northfield Ave

  • Parking details

    Self Parking<br />

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit 73

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment every Friday and Saturday night at 9pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,190 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. L

    Lori

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Service was horrible. We waited 25 minutes for a waiter to come to the table to take our drink order. Our dinner took over 30 minutes to come out. Our drinks still were not served even after dinner arrived. We had to ask for our drinks. Food was good but the service took away from the meal. Definitely will not be going back for dinner.
  2. SR

    SamR

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    I know everywhere is short staffed, which is fine, but out drinks took a while and I had to ask my server 3 times for bread. Finally the person who dropped off our food promptly gave it to us. The food was good. However I wont be back. The 1st time I was there I called and asked if they were taking reservations which was told only walk ins. . When I got there 20 min later I was told it was a 3 hour wait. I asked why I want told on the phone? There always seems to be an issue with this location. I never had a problem in Asbury which is where I will continue to go. But as for the price of food, not worth the time or effort.
  3. P

    Peaches

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Prior to the pandemic brunch was phenomenal but after going there Sunday I was so surprised with the quality of the food. The French toast was stale and cold, the potatoes weren’t great and the bacon was really hard. Hopefully this improves overtime.
  4. AO

    AntoinetteO

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always enjoy going to this place especially in the summer beautiful view
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always and you never feel rushed.
  6. EB

    EmmaB

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Decline in quality of food since I was here 2 years ago. It was cold and slow.
  7. BK

    BeeKay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff were so friendly, good food, great ambiance.
  8. DR

    DianeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our lunch outside on the terrace. It was a very enjoyable lunch. Food was delicious. Overlooking he lake was beautiful. Service was good.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food2service1ambience4
    Waiter kept forgetting to bring what we asked for
  10. PG

    PattieG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The bar was being renovated during business hours. Fries were cold. Fish tacos were not good. Clams on half shell weren't fresh and I eat them other places. A piece of coconut cloud cake was $12.00
  11. d

    datenight

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Lovely location with good service, but the food is really not great.
  12. CB

    CruzBeauty

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shrimp scampi special was delicious.
  13. F

    Food

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Wait staff was very challenged and stretched thin, we waited 15 minutes to even be asked to order drinks. We did not receive bread at the table, and it seemed the waiters only cared about the tables with the large groups. Service for those groups seemed much better than ours
  14. C

    Chris

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    About 20 min after ordering I suddenly received my entree, without having received my cocktail order or appetizer yet. Reason given was “We’re backed up today” and they “ran out of alcohol”. I got the cocktail several min later and a while after that got my soup which was barely lukewarm. But the halibut entree was very good and the New England clam chowder was very good otherwise. This was on a busy Saturday. I would come back for the quality of the food but only on a weeknight I guess. The surroundings are very pretty which is the main selling point.
  15. DM

    DinnerMaven

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    We've eaten at McLoone's dozens of times over all the years they've been in W. Orange. This is the 2nd time in a month we had bad service and mediocre food. I don't fault the server who was very nice. I do think management isn't functional.
  16. JA

    JoAnnM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We waited 15 minutes and no one came to our table. Finally one of the waitresses agreed to take care of us even though we weren’t her table. I’m sorry I didn’t her name. She was so nice
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We waited 15 minutes for a drink at the bar. After being seated outside, we waited another 20 minutes before the waitress greeted us. It took so long to get the appetizer, we decided to pay the check and have dinner at another restaurant. The waitress was nice but the service was incredibly slow.
  18. SM

    SandraM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The place is very nice. My halibut was delicious. The drinks were also good. Only draw back we waited an hour for appetizers. Very very slow kitchen.
  19. RL

    RedLeila

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My first time dining indoors because rain closed the porch. The main room with the fireolace was not as loud as the bar, but not as private as the porch feels. Bacon-wrapped scallops were thankfully neither greasy nor too salty, but the scallops while cooked, were cold. Calamari was crisp but sauce was meh: think that's my personal preference for a fruity salsa with some heat, instead of the bland marinara served. I had a special of Cajan penne with shrimp, just the right spiciness, big plump fresh not overcooked shrimp. My three fellow diners all had the blackened mahi mahi with garlic mashed potatoes and cleaned their plates; I forgot to inquire if it was exceptional because we were having very animated conversation. Our perky server apologized for the slow delivery of drinks and food: the kitchen may be understaffed as most are these days. All in all a good meal for friends coming from Brooklyn and Jersey City and my drive from Bergen County was 40 minutes: we come here for exceptional food and the view from the porch. Last night was my least enjoyable at one of my favorite restaurants; can't fault the restaurant for the rain, only the misses on some dishes.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I will never return back. Wasn’t happy with service and quality of food.
  21. AD

    AngieD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The Boathouse itsef was absolutely beautiful, but the prices were out of line for the food quality. But the service was seriously disappointing. We waited a long time to order, then a long time to receive our drinks. Our order was messed up, fries instead of salad and then she made us give back the fries. Then we waited a long time again to get out bill and then another 20 minutes to pay. It would have been understandable if the place was busy, but servers were just standing around talking to each other. I would not return.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Father’s Day 2022. Had reservations for 7 PM, was seated immediately. We were sat in the room to the right which is nothing like the main dining room. Dark, dirtyLooking and no Eye appeal at all. The wait staff was very slow ,waited over an hour for two drinks out of four ordered. We placed our food order shortly after our drink order but never received anything after an hour and 20 minutes and never received our other two drinks. Asked to speak to a manager who wasn’t very helpful. We got up and left. I would never go back there again, I wouldn’t even send my dog.
  23. n

    nope

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Showed up on time for our reservation and was seated, waited a long time for someone to even come to the table. After an hour we still didn't have our drinks so we just left.
  24. MS

    MyberlineS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We had reservations for five and spent over two hours to receive our food. We understood that it was Father’s Day but they were severely backed up. There’s also been some menu changes and I am not a fan!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I think there was a lack of communication between front and back of the house, but at the end the server make the experience enjoyable.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our father’s day celebration! Food was good, but it was cold. Unfortunately, customers kept the lids up so food was cold.
  27. EA

    EllenA

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Ambience and service was very good. Unfortunately food was very mediocre. Not a great value for money.
  28. EM

    ElizabethM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We went for the Sunday brunch for Father's day. I made reservations and we were seated roughly 15 minutes after arriving. The food was great and the view was amazing. I wish the service was a little better. He didn't check back that much and we needed to track him down for refills a few times. Also we needed him to clear the plates for when we went back up to the buffet. Otherwise everything was great!!
  29. M

    Mari

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent service and great food. Relaxed and welcoming environment
  30. TH

    TishawnH

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I'm somewhat in the middle with my overall view. If you're looking for a place with great scenery and ambiance, this place is perfect. The service and staff are also very professional and pleasant. Our waitress was excellent and accommodating. The portion sizes of the food were not agreeable. the prices are up there and for the amount that you are expected to pay, you'd want to at least feel like you were served a decent amount. Most of the party that was with me, including me also didn't like the dryness of the food. It almost seemed overcooked or dried out. This portion was a disappointment for me. I also think that they should allow parties over 8 people to enjoy the outdoors and not stuff us all in a corner at a rectangle table where you have to scream at each other across the table. That was also uncomfortable.
  31. T

    Traci

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    I took my father here for Father’s Day. I was disappointed…I had read the reviews before hand but went in with a very open mind. The whole reason I requested to sit outside was because of the so called views and ambiance. Well there was none! When seated at Our table, after sitting, I first noticed how dirty the table was! Food on the umbrella pole and floor under table… really gross to have to keep looking at during Our meal, also the menu was greasy and had hand prints on it! Seemed as if who ever is responsible for cleaning the tables, menus and dining areas after people eat, are not doing there Job! With that being said, I ordered the Chicken entree and My Dad ordered the Fish. Both came out fairly quick but not very hot. I ordered Broccolini with My Chicken and when they brought my food to the table, there was no Broccolini! No problem, I was kind and patient but dissappointed and hungry! So I had to call our server back to the table and tell him! Apparently who brings out your food, is not your server but a food runner. The server was very apologetic and said he would go to the kitchen and get My Broccolini. After waiting almost 20 minutes longer, he brought it out to me! So by this time, my Chicken was Cold… and although the Chicken was fairy tasty, for $30 the little portion They give You is kind of Ridiculous! I did not complain at all to Anyone because I did not want to ruin my Dad’s Father’s Day celebration. I feel there is no management in this establishment doing what they should be doing to assure Customers are happy and being taken care of properly and things are cleaned properly. Would I go back? That is another Story…🤷🏻‍♀️
  32. JD

    JillD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Excellent service and atmosphere. Good menu. Food was average.
  33. AR

    AshleyR

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Super disappointed with the entire experience. Our drinks came out super late. Our food came out super late. They messed up our order. Better management is needed to ensure that during the transition between lunch and dinner there is enough staff to efficiently accommodate guests.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    We were disappointed. The staff was very inattentive and service was extremely slow. We had to find our servers to get refills of water or anything else we may have needed. The food was good although it took over an hour to prepare. It was just overall disappointing as we were there for a celebration and it was overshadowed by hunger pains and complaints about how poorly run the restaurant was.
  35. LC

    LindaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Service has dramatically improved. So glad they have been able to hire competent servers.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a bday brunch it was great
  37. m

    mmm1075

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch and service! Will definitely be back!
  38. K

    Kidteacher

    New York Area

    98 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We liked the outdoor seating but food and service were fair. We had the blackened mahi mahi which was good. The salmon was well prepared. Potatoes weren’t hot enough. Lots of families enjoying dinner there so if you are looking for a more ramsntic experience go later in the evening.
  39. EM

    ElsaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The restaurant itself and the scenery are great however some areas of the restaurant could use a refresh. The chairs are made of a cloth material and had many many stains. Server was great but delivery of food was slow and took a long time to get. My meal was a NY strip with fries. The steak was not good and later that night my toilet was punished with the after effects.
  40. JP

    JoeP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Service was absolutely horrible. It took 35 min for server to come over and the whole meal was over 2 hours. Multiple drinks were “forgotten” and never came. Stay away.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

McLoone's Boathouse does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. McLoone's Boathouse also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (862) 252-7108.

McLoone's Boathouse is rated 3.7 stars by 3190 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 35 times today
Google Map for McLoone's Boathouse

9 Cherry Lane West Orange, NJ 07052

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Northfield Ave

  • Neighborhood

    West Orange

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Self Parking<br />

  • Public transit

    NJ Transit 73

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment every Friday and Saturday night at 9pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (862) 252-7108

  • Catering

    We cater to business meeting, showers, birthdays, and wedding celebrations. With three different size private spaces and a variety of different menus, we can accommodate a wide variety of functions!

  • Private party facilities

    Located within the South Mountain Recreation Complex, McLoone's Boathouse sits on the banks of the reservoir, showcasing spectacular views to our customers. Keeping with the tradition of Tim McLoone's other locations, the menu offers American cuisine that appeals to the entire family.

  • Private party contact

    Heidi Fischer -hfischer@mcloones.com: (862) 252-7108

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