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About McLoone's Boat House

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.

Please know that reservations will only guarantee inside seating in our main dining room and does not include outside dining.

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

9 Cherry Lane
West Orange, NJ 07052
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm;

Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Northfield Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(862) 252-7108

Website:
http://www.mcloonesboathouse.com/

Entertainment:
Entertainment every Thursday through Saturday night at 9pm.

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!

Parking Details:
Self Parking
Valet Parking-On the Weekends-No Charge

Public Transit:
NJ Transit 73

Executive Chef:
Executive Chef- Robert DiBlasi

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:

McLoone's Boat House Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

3.9

ambience

4.2

value

3.3

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (30)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Waterfront (20)
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Casual (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Romantic (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Cozy (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fun (6)
Seasonal (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Live Music (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Live Sports (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Authentic (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

When I read other reviews of overpriced food and poor service, I was concerned. We went on a Monday night so it wasn't overcrowded. There was a nice wood fire to add a great ambiance to a cold night. The restaurant is very attractive. In the summer, when you can see the water, it would probably be even better. I have to agree with several reviews: The food was only ok and the price was relatively high in NJ for the quantity and quality. E.g., $40 for 2 small crab cakes. The $20 Monday night burger special was a good deal. The service was ok but with some oddities. E.g., the special included beer or wine. We'd first ordered a bottle of wine. The server somehow thought he shouldn't bring the beer or wire included in the meal price. Overall, I'd go again but not on any regular basis. The noise level was good because there was no crowd.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food quality however very noisy. Not suggested for anyone wearing hearing aids. The help was not particularly attentive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service with great meat and fish options. Steaks were prepared to perfection.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Noisy, poor service, food just ok, not a restaurant I would recommend, go somewhere else!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good food. Nice setting. Will go again.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Seated next to 2 different parties of 15-20 people. Had to yell to be heard. Waiter clueless and seemed to spend his time making inefficient trips between tjebar, kitchen, and his tables. Food good but not worth suffering through the rest for.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service; beautiful view! Food VERY salty... couldn’t even finish my meal!! Great cocktails!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Scenic View, Romantic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We've returned to McLoone's several times because it offers a nice menu and presentation and is close to home. I imagine we would return once in a while if it was further away because the location (next to county park, reservoir, and walking path) There is a fabulous outdoor dining but always crowded so we haven't chosen to wait. Two of us had fish entrees the other night and enjoyed them, and a French chardonnay.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

This restaurant has a fantastic view...My party of 3 were here on a Saturday night around 830pm...it wasnt busy at all however we waited over 40min for our food and it wasnt hot or flavorful...i didnt want to send anything back for fear of the kitchen doing something gross to it...A man in a suit (maybe the manager, he didnt introduce himself) was going to each table asking about the food and overall experience...when we told him it took too long for the food to come out he didnt say anything, he didnt apologize or give an explanation, he just strugg his shoulders and went to the next table...It was an awful experience. I will not be going back or referring anybody that i know to go there

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Went for drinks and appetizers and the hear the music of Jake and the Mayor. Stayed for 2 sets; excellcent cover of a variety of songs from different eras. The Seafood sampler was excellent. Clams, oysters, shrimp and crab were as fresh as can be. The wings had just the right amount of sweet and hot. McLoone's never fails to please.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Live Music, Bar Seating, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food, service and ambience were great. Ample parking made it very convenient. My 1st time there but I'll definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I've eaten here before and always sat on the left side of the restaurant and found it lovely. On Sat. nite we were seated on the right side and found it very disappointing. it was loud and very gloomy. We felt like we were in a cafeteria. No ambience.
Prior to eating , we did sit outside for appetizers and it was abslolutely perfect. Waiter service was excellent.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was my family's first time dining at McLoone's The restaurant is quite large, with different rooms, and also offers outdoor dining and a great outdoor space for cocktails, etc. with a fire pit. It has great space for private parties, etc. In fact, there was a wedding reception taking place in a private room while we were there. Everyone agreed that food was good, but felt the menu was a little overpriced. However, the portions are big. The service was outstanding. We didn't feel rushed, but never had to search for our server when needed. The restaurant has a good selections of cocktails and an extensive wine list, as well.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Cole slow was old and I think it was from the night before

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Went there for pre-theatre and waitress was attentive and put order in right away. Very noisy and crowded bar at entrance, but DR was cozy w fireplace going and comfortable, much quieter. Food was over-priced but OK -good for the most part, altho my $32.00 raw seafood sampler had very small-sized clams and oysters and the shrimps were overcooked and dry. The side salad was nothing special, MINISCULE w only some greens and a few chopped veggies, not worth $6.00. My meal was > $50 !
Would go there again for drinks, maybe some bar food, cause ambience and setting are really nice. But food was quite ordinary and very pricey for its quality and quantity.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We went to McLoone's for their Sunday brunch to celebrate my mother's birthday. While I think the buffet option was a little pricey ($35), there was a rich variety of food from an omelette station to pasta and a raw bar. They were able to accommodate our party of seven plus two children without a problem. I was slightly disappointed when the waitress told my mother that her birthday cake was in the back. It was supposed to be a surprise. However, it was an honest mistake.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We sat outside, Carter was a nice server, the food was yummy and it was such a lovely evening. We really enjoyed everything!

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Unfortunately we were disappointed with our visit. Food was very expensive and only fair. Service was terrible. We ate outside, and the ambiance was beautiful then it got cool and windy. We planned to sit outside by the fire pit after dinner, but then when we got outside, there were several smokers of cigarettes and cigars, and made it uncomfortable for a non-smoker. Ended up leaving early. The place is probably best for a happy hour drink and maybe an appetizer.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The hostess didn’t treat us like we had a reservation and made us wait along with guests who just walked in. She never told us how long it would be for a table to be ready. We were on a time schedule so we wound up sitting at the bar, which we could have done w/o a reservation and w/ o waiting for the hostess to figure out where to seat us. Won’t be returning.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Waitress was friendly but brought the desert tray when we said we didn't want to see it. She said she had to show it to us anyway. Drinks were awful, Bloody Mary not even half drank. Food was good but portions were very, very skimpy. Not even a handful of fries and about a handful of calamari appetizer for 5 of us.

If not for the beautiful view of the lake I would not recommend.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Went on a Monday night in early October the restaurant was not crowded. Received outstanding service from our waiter, Woody. Food was ok, not bad, not great. My only complaint is that the music is too loud in main dining area. Will visit again when weather is warmer to enjoy the outdoor seating area.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Seasonal, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

McLoone's is a new addition to Essex County with regards to the updates made to the parks in the South Mountain Reservation area. The food is good with many selections in appetizers, entrees - both seafood and meat and cocktails. Eating outside is very nice if the weather is warm and inside if you are near the fireplace. The restaurant is quite noisy so if you want an intimate setting ask for a table far away from others.

We did not like our server who seemed like she did not want to be there. I know everyone has an "off" night but it seemed all the waiters were like that. And our hostess was not friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had a lovely time at McCloones. We received a gift card, which is why we made the reservation. I had read some negative reviews about refills on water, waiting long for food, etc. Our waitress, Marsala, greeted us right away, brought water and bread came out right away, soups, salads and appetizers came out in the order we asked for, she kept refilling water, etc. The food was excellent. Our table had a lovely view of the water and the ducks. It is obviously a family place, so it is a little louder, but it's happy noise. Cant wait to bring our grandchildren there after a game of Mini-golf!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Live Sports, Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great scenery, great food, great service, love coming here.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Quick Bite, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great place to eat would highly recommend. Staff was really friendly and courteous. The atmosphere was romantic, my wife and I are celebrating our anniversary.

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Mediocre food, nothing special about the service, great setting. Overall, a disappointing experience. Certainly not worth the prices.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very Disappointing: Upon making reservation on OpenTable, I requested Outside Table. When I checked in, they asked if I wanted to sit inside or outside and did not see my request. They advised they would text me when my table was available. As we know, my cell # is on file. After waiting 20 minutes, I went up to the desk and they asked for my cell so they could add it to their other system. We waited another 20 minutes. Restaurant should have servers checking water glasses and make continuous rounds. Had to wait to find wait staff just to get water filled. One little dish of oil for 3 people to share. The best was when I asked for a to go box for my half rack of ribs. I was handed a plastic bag and container. I would only expect this at a fast food restaurant. I didn't complain. I just slid my ribs into the container. One of my hand wipes was covered with BBQ sauce when delivered to the table. Overall, not a good experience. Disappointing. Went through many hoops just to dine outdoors. It's not cheap and will take much convincing for me to return and refer others.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

GREAT experience. Food, Music, service were all PERFECT.

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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Way over priced!!! Servixe was horrible. Waiting 15 min just to have server come give a glass of water.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The establishment is beautiful! The brunch food was well displayed . My only complaint is that by 1:00 ( brunch starts at noon ) they were not refilling the buffet so that people could either start getting food or others could go back up for seconds.
They even ran out of plates . They finally came out with wet plates and dried each one by hand which caused people to have to wait for plates. The ambience I give a 9 for . The food I give an 8 for. Service a 8 for . Running out of food and not to keep refilling I give a 2! It's not cheap at all ( the price) and for what you pay for this it should be refilled immediately! If you do book this establishment for brunch then get there when it starts and fill your plate up. Don't expect to go back and to find what you didn't try to be there

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

While I will say our food was all excellent the service was horrible. My husband and I had never been before and decided to try it for our anniversary. The restaurant is about 40 minutes from our home. We sat down and almost immediately a waiter dropped a shrimp appetizer on our table and proceeded to walk away we had to yell to him to come back because it wasn't ours- we hadn't even ordered yet. We ordered drinks and appetizers from our waiter who came back ten minutes later because he forgot what appetizers we ordered. We sat near the bar so we could see my husbands beer sitting there for 5-7 minutes before it was brought to our table. We were basically finished with our appetizers by the time our waiter came to see how it was. I had to remind him we were still waiting to order our entrees. Might I add while eating our appetizers another waiter brought two entrees to our table that again did not belong to us. Not once did our waiter stop at our table to ask how our entrees were. By the time he came over we had been finished about 10-15 minutes and waiting for him so we could request to go boxes. He never offered us coffee or dessert. Honestly we would have turned dessert down because we had already been there for 2 hours- most of which we were waiting around for our waiter. Again, our food was great and I have no complaints there but for the caliber of restaurant we expected so much more when it came to the service aspect. We were certainly disappointed and probably won't make the drive again.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

I have to say I was very much disappointed! I took my grandson there while visiting him and I was disappointed.
Service was slow , place was loud and the food was so so. I would not recommend!
Sorry!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were there celebrating my dad's 80th birthday on Saturday 9/9. There were a few private events going on which isn't normally the case. This made it a little louder than usual since seating was limited. However, my dad loved it, the food, and of course being with family.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Pricey for the quality and taste of the food. I have been to several McLoone's restaurants and would definitely think hard about returning.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Wonderful dinner! Will be back! It is a beautiful place with a friendly staff and delicious food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Cozy, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Our Server was very good, however, the place was very noisy and the food was just above OK

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

everything was lovely EXCEPT i forgot to present my 10% discount coupon. We were seated outside and it started to rain. No one asked us if we want to go inside..So we stayed in the rain..not a big deal..but it would have been nice to be redirected. :-) Ronni Krauser

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

We've been at McLoone's many times and usually it's a good experience. This time there were a few things that weren't done well and weren't addressed well. We were given 2 wrong drinks and instead of taking those out of the check, they were left. Also, when we were asked for soda refills we assumed they're free, but they weren't. We don't mind the cost but it would've been nice to be told that they're not free. I'm not sure if we're going back there again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Came here with my wife and two young kids. Overall very nice and the scenic views make up for the slightly unorganized staffing approach to service. Food is good and choices are plenty.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

I had planned a big birthday dinner for my mom and was so embarrassed!! I was so excited to order an entrée that I had at the Long Branch location and it was not on the menu (already a bummer). We waited over an hour for our food to come out, which came out horrible! The burgers were all cooked beyond burnt, actually black so we did not eat them. The waitress insisted that the Sirloin that my brother had order was the same thing as a "bigger burger" (I do not think that is correct, pretty sure he was just given a hamburger) but even that was a burnt brick. A chicken salad we ordered was beyond dry and tasted like it was sitting out for days. I am very disappointed and now feel like I have to make this dinner up to my mom.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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