The Circle

4.9
89 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Contemporary American Restaurant located in Fredon, New Jersey

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 89 people are saying
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DanL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The hostess forgot to tell the waitress that we were sitting outdoors, and therefore we had to wait about 20 minutes before she came.

There was an excessive wait between courses.

The food and add the odds were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the food and the service was great. I recommend the oysters amd steak.

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CarolynN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on the patio and enjoyed watching the sunset over the corn fields. The food was fresh and excellent, the staff very friendly and knowledgeable. The only drawback with dining outside was the noise from the road but there's not much to be done about that.

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AlexandraS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good it’s always great! Staff is very attentive. Great overall! Wish breads were warm :)

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Chris
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an absolute hidden gem! The amazing ambiance, service, and not to mention 6-course chef’s menu for $100, you can’t beat it! I would highly recommend! It was worth the hour drive from PA for me! Definitely will be back!

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RayM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was excellent; nice portion size; staff very congenial; will certainly return

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vipthemoodforfood
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic-in every sense-from parking lot to paying the check-a scrumptious,joyous festival for the palate and Kennedy rocks!!

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JosephD
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service needs to be a bit more polished. The food is outstanding and as such, the prices charged are not for the faint of heart.

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vipDonnaK
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant consistently delivers! They have brought a little slice of quality NYC dining to Sussex County. Both Brendan and Tyler are talented chefs and very nice people on top of that! The staff is friendly and handle themselves in a professional manner while keeping it Sussex casual....a very enjoyable experience every time we have visited.
The menu is limited, but always has something for every person in our party so don't be put off by the 'limited' comment. The meats are cooked to the proper temperatures and spiced appropriately, the seafood is fresh and flavorful, and even our vegan friend said it was the best vegetable dish she had ever had (I'll take her word on it...lol!) They change up their menu so one does not get bored with the same entrees. I do miss the duck breast dish, which was coated with a rub that was out of this world and then cooked to crispy, moist perfection! Since it was removed, I have enjoyed every meal hence so am happy to go back again and again.
The bread is so good here, it will make any carb-phobic person question their choices in life. You have to have at least one slice, but choose wisely as they offer several different styles and flavors along with some delicately infused butter.
The pastas are fresh and paired with sauces that compliment each other better than Mac and Tosh (the Goofy Gophers of Warner Brothers / Bugs Bunny....look it up for anyone born after 1970)
Not really a dessert person so will hold judgement on that, but have indulged in the expresso ice cream which is a rich and creamy delight to the senses. It even feels good....
Couple this with being a BYOB and you have all the makings of a local gem.
The building is stylish and rural chic. It can get a little noisy if you are in the front room and they have a full house, but definitely worth the visit! Sincerely, Mayor Mike!

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vipAustinM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Western Jersey. The restaurant we’ve been waiting for out here. Very cool setup inside a house, with fresh ingredients and unique menu. We will be back every week!

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vipSueW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Inventive food combinations, attentive and knowledgeable staff, friendly chefs -- this place is terrific (and it is BYO to boot!). We so needed a place like this in Sussex County!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second special occasion dinner at The Circle and they did not disappoint! Impeccable quality ingredients, presentation and flavor profiles. The Circle is of the highest caliber restaurants—how fortunate to have it in our little corner of NJ! Thanks to our server, Kennedy, and her team for another fantastic experience!

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SueBill
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a tasty meal on 8-20-21 and definitely will go back to try other menu items. Our server was Athena and she was friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu items. We decided to try the tasting menu - 6 courses of goodness! My least favorite course was dessert (!) - only because I am not a huge chocolate fan, although the flourless chocolate cake was good. The accompanying home made coffee ice cream was heaven on a spoon. We both thought the salmon was cooked perfectly. Actually everything was delicious. We sat in the room adjacent to the kitchen and although it's a fairly open kitchen, it's also very quiet and seems to be well organized. Our food came out in nice order, no huge gaps between courses, and also the courses didn't come out too fast. We were able to enjoy each one.

Everyone who worked on our table was friendly and the owner, at least I think he may have been the owner, came over several times to see how we were liking our meal.

We wish them well and we will be going back.

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vipRinTheCity
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely loved The Circle. How incredible to have world-class food right here in Newton, NJ! Can't wait to go back. Amazing food, good service in a lovely setting.

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vipallen
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal here with great service. We started with Oysters to share the I had the roasted corn risotto, pork chop for my entree followed by the flourless chocolate cake and an espresso. All were excellent!

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BradS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food! all farm fresh ingredients excellent presentation etc etc etc amazing experience!

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Elyse
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite restaurant. My boyfriend and I chose the 6-course chef's tasting menu and each dish was a new and exciting experience. The flavors of the delicious food from course to course complemented each other so well, especially in the clean and cozy atmosphere surrounding us. The service was impeccable. Everyone was genuinely friendly and knowledgeable about each dish, which was so helpful. I plan on telling everyone about this place.

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TQuinn
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED The Circle. I took my sister to dinner there in celebration of her upcoming 50th birthday. We are both foodies - she a bit more of a foodie than me. The food was spectacular and we enjoyed trying things we had not had or made before. It was nice and quiet and the courses were leisurely and relaxed. What a wonderful night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food. We did the chefs tasting menu. Everything was delicious. There ambiance was lacking and they didn’t do any outdoor dining despite it basically being the perfect weather night. It was almost empty but we were seated in a sparsely decorated room with no windows or view.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was good/great but nothing was exceptional. For appetizers, we got the red gem salad, the burrata, the oysters, and the foie gras…our favorite was the foie gras. Rich flavors which contrasted nicely with the peach purée. The patty pan squash agnolotti was delicious!! The hanger steak and the scallops were anticlimactic….best part of them was the chimichurri on the steak. The sorbet was surprisingly delightful but the peach trifle and semifreddo were lackluster. The portions are minuscule. This was the meal of two people!!! Honestly, found it to be overpriced. If the cuisine was a bit more elevated or the portions were bigger then the prices could be justified.

Our highlight was our server, Kennedy…she was EXCEPTIONAL. Attentive, friendly, honest, helpful. I would not go back for the food or the ambiance but I would go back for her.

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HelenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very excited to try this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The food was delicious, our server was attentive and our bill was moderately priced. We will be back!

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LaurenC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was overall a great dining experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and the chefs were able to accommodate tasting menus for both our dietary restrictions- one vegetarian and one gluten-free! hats off to Kennedy the server who was attentive and efficient, it was a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Without umbrellas the deck was very hot and sunny. They accommodated us very well by setting up a table on the front patio.

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DarylS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was attentive and friendly. The food was excellent and sourced form local vendors. We sat outside and the view was gorgeous. A great overall experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really solid food - creative

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AnnaB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

It has been a few months now since the restaurant opening but the place still feels a bit not finished -bare windows and walls, very sparse decor and lamps that don't fit the place. We sat upstairs this time and the noise level in that room was a bit tough to deal with, although there were only four or five tables occupied. The food is still good and is the reason we would come back for but the menu is pretty much the same, so the best choice for me this time was pasta, which provided the seasonal variety I was looking for. Probably will wait for the change of season to come back.

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eric38
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Demonstrates the art of gourmet cooking. Imaginative, creative, every day at least one new experiment.

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RobertA
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This might be the restaurant Sussex County has been waiting for and needs badly: really good food in a nice place. Yes, quite expensive for the area but you generally get what you pay for. Basically a very good Manhattan restaurant set down in a field. BYOB keeps the cost of the meal within reason. The only service glitch was taking away three of the four diners' plates while the fourth was still eating: a "no-no" that will hopefully be fixed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting, plentiful and delicious food.

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Chester
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Our server was very attentive. The recommendation was to have a multi-course meal; this was not what we expected, but we tried it. It drove up the bill and we over-ate. Overall I'd prefer more choice in selection and smaller portions if I were to go for a multi-course dinner again.

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maureenj
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, will definitely be returning

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VictoriaV
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was excellent. Would definitely recommend The Circle to everyone.

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service spot on. Kennedy was fantastic.

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HaroldP
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very upscale fine dining in rural NJ. Wish they could tone down the noise level.

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SMB51
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Casually elegant with superb food. NYC caliber. BYOB makes it a real deal.
Portions not huge, but enough to satisfy with appetizer + pasta + entree.
Good veggie options.

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vipRichard
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absutely perfect dining experience from start to finish. A welcoming staff of professionals began the evening, a knowledgeable and attentive waitress helped guide our choices and our meals were outstanding. Service flowed smoothly, never rushed but never slow. Salmon and scallop entrees were winners, flourless chocolate cake delicious. We can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

If you would like to experience the best of what the chef offers, come hungry and order the 6 course menu.

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Pretty
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely place. Nice staff. Food was amazing! Great menu and beautifully done. One of the best meals I’ve had on NJ. The skill of the chefs is very impressive. Wow. What a great way to spend our anniversary. Cheers!

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ChitraK
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. Excellent service and food. Great addition to this area. High-end cuisine in a warm and comfortable setting. BYO
We did not do the six course dinner but we will definitely do that next time. The oysters are some of the best I have ever had. The short ribs and morel pasta was exquisite. I have a dairy allergy and the chefs were more than accommodating. The only recommendation I would have is that the portion sizes were extremely small.

FAQs

The Circle is rated 4.9 stars by 89 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.