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Stern & Bow, Closter, NJ

Stern & Bow

4.6
4.6
653 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Stern and Bow: a casual, upscale restaurant from Russell Stern of Harvest, featuring seasonal, eclectic American cuisine, premium raw bar, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, oven-roasted dishes, craft cocktails and much more.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Oyster Bar, Pizza Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (201) 750-3350

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Pasquale Frola

  • Neighborhood

    Closter

  • Cross street

    Old Hook Road

  • Parking details

    Valet parking during dinner hours

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 653 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. J

    Janinev

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about it! The owner is warm and welcoming, great service and hospitality, excellent food and drinks (especially like the oyster service, octopus, grilled romaine with shrimp and fried green tomatoes). It’s a busy place and can get very loud but festive. All this, and live music and old movies streaming on the wall, make for a very fun night out
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went to Stern & Bow for brunch on our Anniversary. The food and service were exceptional. I look forward to trying dinner there soon.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High quality food, presented beautifully . Nice variety of menu choices. Fun and different vibe…and service is warm and friendly. Highly recommended for an outstanding meal with great service !
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and good drinks .
  5. l

    laur

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always are so well taken care of !!!!
  6. PD

    PetrieDish

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Took a quick trip to try out the place. High-end date-night place for sure. It has a trendy nautical vibe with food that backs it up. The service was great too.
  7. C

    Charles

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Bergen Count, NJ! If you have not been I urged you to go.
  8. p

    pamelap

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best oysters ever! Never disappointed! Great pizza too!
  9. LA

    LindaA

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    I was disappointed in the veggie burger I ordered. It was deep fried! Why would I want a veggie burger deep fried. Doesn’t make any sense to prepare it this way. I’ve never seen this done before. They have to prepare it in a healthier way.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    food definitely trumped atmosphere- it was NOT outdoor seating it was parking lot seating.... absolutely NO attempt to make it nice- we were under a tree with no tent- stuff falling on me from tree! Food was very good- saved the evening- Waitress was over worked and embarassed by the poor service of busboys! We will return to sit INSIDE!!
  11. SM

    ScottM

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great meal as always. Kudos to Russell and crewe.
  12. TJ

    TevraJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! We sat outside, staff was friendly and we met Chef Wright! Loved the fried chicken and calamari salad. Will definitely be back soon!
  13. V

    Vegigirl

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Great food & service. Fabulous drinks.
  14. R

    Richie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tried the Thai bow, very different and very good, lots of it and plenty of seafood in each bite.
  15. H

    Homecooking

    New York Area

    111 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent and nice wine list. I did put on my open table request that I’d like birthday candle with dessert for my friend- but it never happened. Also very noisy inside - so I would only consider going back if we eat outdoors
  16. BC

    BCFoodie

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous food and ambiance! Best restaurant!
  17. BR

    BenjaminR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around lots of fun to dine! Can’t beat the service, food and the fun atmosphere
  18. B

    Bill

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The ambience and food are very good here. However, I ordered one of their special dishes the other night which was swordfish. It was good however the sticker shock when I got the bill for that dish almost landed me on the floor $51.00!!! It would’ve been nice if the server at least mentioned it was almost double the price of other dishes on the menu.
  19. NB

    NessaB

    New York Area

    59 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    I don't like to say it, but lately this place has been a bit off their game. It wasn't crowded, but our serving staff was not terribly friendly, and the food was bland and served without the usual flourishes, like the lovely mountain of fluffy parmesan that used to crown the crab Caesar salad. Surprising, since this used to be a reliably welcoming and delicious spot for a fun meal.
  20. MF

    MichaelF

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Best to sit at bar & enjoy seafood with drinks. Seating tight and depending on who is next to you just not good.
  21. JF

    JasmineF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Owner, Executive Chef and all staff create an extremely friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Our favorite spot! Great food and great service!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Food is great, nice diverse selection. Service seemed slightly off, not terrible. Owner Russ was very hospitable. Place is loud. Could use maybe some acoustic tiles order tables to absorb the sound. But overall a nice experience.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was perfect
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and service was good.
  25. e

    eveb

    New York Area

    81 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Stern and Bow is one of those places which seems popular despite any justification for same. While the service was well meaning it was a bit harried and the kitchen did not listen to instructions . We asked for half of a pizza to be top with prosciutto. Instead they brought out the prosciutto pie which had fig jam and Gorgonzola which we do not eat. Pricing is a bit absurd at $55 for literally two soft shell crabs over some spinach, or $25 for a “crab “ Cesar that had maybe , possibly 1 tablespoon of crab meat. There is also no amouse bouche, no bread, nothing offered on the house when you sit down. Dessert, a bourbon bread pudding was fine although it really would’ve benefited from a scoop of ice cream or some sort of garnish to cut the richness. They also ignored the comment I made on my reservation which was that it was my husband‘s birthday. The only thing good about this place are the drinks which are flavorful and strong – I guess that’s what distracts everyone from the mediocrity of their experience .The owner who seemed to have his favorite 2 or 3 tables and never spoke to anyone else. Seating outside is bare bones with uncomfortable chairs, harsh lighting. No tenting or anything to soften the atmosphere as the card zoom by next to you. All in all see no reason to return!
  26. SR

    ShahnR

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. Always a great experience at Stern & Bow!
  27. SM

    ScottM

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a great meal at Stern & Bow. Russell has it going.
  28. JY

    JohnY

    New York Area

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best oysters, great food, awesome service, what else is there to say!
  29. DF

    DonaldFagen

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely stunning experience. Oysters were out of this world and the porterhouse special was one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. Can’t believe how good the night was. A+++
  30. S

    Stuart

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Spot. Awesome drinks and eclectic menu. The ceviche is to die for. And the entrees are exceptional. A raw bar, pizza and fantastic fish and meat options. Beautiful modern environment and friendly and attentive staff.
  31. IR

    IronRach

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Haven’t been in awhile and was definitely impressed. Food was outstanding with a terrific menu. Started with the Crab Caesar and we both loved the Halibut which was a special entree. Finished off with the Bourbon Bread Pudding which was absolutely delicious!! Staff were wonderful and attentive. REALLY enjoyed Stern & Bow and definitely will return.
  32. NI

    NathanI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    There was a leaky vent right above my lady which she noticed was dripping on her, so I was able to be the gentleman and change seats with her so she wouldn’t get wet. Don’t know if you did it on purpose to make that move but it worked.
  33. DD

    DumontDiners

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another outstanding experience at Stern and Bow! We have consistently wined and dined here since they opened. We have never had a bad experience so, it was surprising to me to see several bad reviews from Mother's Day. First of all, I don't think it is fair to judge a restaurant on what is one of the busiest restaurant days of the year. Secondly, if someone has an issue with service, food, or anything else it would be best to give the establishment a chance to rectify things instead of automatically posting a bad review. And thirdly, it is not uncommon for restaurants to have a fixed-price menu on holidays. I know for a fact that Stern and Bow posted the fixed-price menu for Mother's Day on their website and also reiterated that information upon confirmation of a reservation. If the diner had an issue with this they should have asked before making their reservation. The owners and staff at Stern & Bow work incredibly hard to make sure that every patron is happy and satisfied. Please, think about the effects of a bad review before posting.
  34. JC

    JillC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent as usual and the atmosphere was great!
  35. TL

    TinaL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great vibe. Good food. Would definitely go back.
  36. AF

    AnthonyF

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Awful service. Host was sitting at bar eating and drinking. Food options were limited for Mother’s Day and completely over priced. Dessert tasted like a microwave cake chocolate cake. Octobpus over cooked and steak portion tiny…filled plate with French fries. Never even asked if we wanted coffee with dessert. Terrible !
  37. A

    Adriana

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Went for Mother’s Day which was a pre-fixed menu. I wish I would have been told it was going to be a pre-fixed menu. No changes or additions could have been made. It seemed that the food was pre-made and warmed up when someone ordered it. Most of my guests food was luke warm or cold. When entrees were served, 2 of my guests had to wait an extra 10 minutes for their food to arrive which made it awkward. Only to have it go back cause it was so cold. Between the subpar food and the music blaring at different parts of the day, this is the first and last time I’d go.
  38. C

    Cosimo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We celebrated Mothers Day at Stern & Bow and everything was fantastic. The seafood was fresh and flavorful. The place was at full capacity but we were still well taken care of. Highly recommend eating here.
  39. AF

    AnabelaF

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious. It was the Mother’s Day brunch menu but our three meals were all great. We enjoyed the lively hustle and bustle noise of the place on a Sunday afternoon. Not sure it is the same on a regular day or evening We definitely go back for a brunch/ lunch.
  40. K

    Kellygirl1

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Mussels were delicious - steak cooked perfect - bronzino also great - drinks great - We love a lively atmosphere so the noise level doesn't bother us... Wish you great success

FAQs

Stern & Bow offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 750-3350.

Stern & Bow is rated 4.6 stars by 653 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


Google Map for Stern & Bow

171 Schraalenburgh Road Closter, NJ 07624

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old Hook Road

  • Neighborhood

    Closter

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Oyster Bar, Pizza Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking during dinner hours

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Pasquale Frola

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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