The Hat Tavern

3.7
34 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The enticing menu includes Certified Angus Beef burgers with Jersey fries, a decadent dessert selection and a super affordable children’s menu. It also offers an extensive beverage selection with ales from all over the world, Jersey Craft Beer and wines from the most select vineyards. We also offer an enclosed Patio area for outdoor seating and we are open daily from 4:30pm to 9pm.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 34 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.7based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
3.5
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JerseyDiner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Menu is limited but the food was good.
Service was slow and servers were not friendly or add anything to the dinner. We had to solicit assistance as no one checked in or was around on the patio to help. It would have been more understandable if the restaurant was busy but only half the tables were occupied. Patio is adjacent to the parking lot and could use some greenery or other screening to add to the ambiance.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Have been many times prior till last night 5/22. Always had great food and good service. Food last night was great, no complaints about that. Service wait 15min for service at table. Then appetizers came out and waiter was no where to be seen. My wife had to get napkins and go to bar to get drinks. Finally, waiter comes by and asks if we need anything...next the main courses came and that was about it. Other trip to bar and napkins. Never can I remember a waiter this bad. Unfortunately service is everything to me
and they just couldn’t cut it. Probably will never go back. Sometimes it’s a shame.

JJ
JJJJJ5
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess was amazing- incredibly polite and helpful. The waitress was just as amazing. Quick service, helpful advice about the menu and just made the meal a good experience.

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MichaelD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good but a little pricey. Service was good. The acoustics were not so good if you wanted to have a conversation.

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CraigP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I almost don’t want to rave because then it may be difficult to get a table in the future. The atmosphere is the back of the hotel. They have a charming old school bar with tables inside about 10 patio tables outside. It’s the service and the food that really add the stars. Friendly rom the moment we walked. Super pleasant, nothing was rushed. Had the Blackened Strip steak...DELICIOUS. The location felt like a secret. Well, now, The SECRET is out. Enjoy! 01

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AntC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The s evidence was sub-par, consistently had to ask multiple times for things like ketchup, syrup and an extra fork. Food was too salty for my taste and that's usually not an issue to me.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful, no one ever came to our table to serve us. We got up and left.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Smelled. Loud. Bright. Ordered a medium rare burger and got a gray overcooked burger. Service was slow. Underwhelmed.

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KimberlyW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great for a drink and a burger!

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vipStacyD
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Slow to get seated but staff was friendly and did their best.

CS
vipCharlesS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner outside on the patio. Food was great, and we had awesome service. Great casual spot.

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vipMonty
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The Hat Tavern was an OpenTable pick for a recent Saturday night out.
The noise level was off the charts, even though there were only 5 tables seated (about 16ppl), to the point that it was almost intolerable. The ceilings are low and the sound just bounces around with no adsorptive surfaces.

Mixed drinks we tried were tasty and were good pours. Tap system was mostly down, and beer options were one of the reasons we picked this place. Tried one of the tap wines and icy and bland.

The food had potential, but mostly fell flat. We went for a bunch of starters to mix it up, and it was mostly just oily, so any good flavors were masked by that.

Our server was good - she was attentive and our okayed came out at a reasonable pace and accurate. She was the best and most consistent part of our visit.

I’d say if the bar opened up and we were looking for a place to get some strong drinks and expected a loud atmosphere, we’d go back; just not to eat.

COVID-related (for those that are worried): Restaurant scanned for temps and everyone was masked up, as well as table spacing per current restrictions.

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vipJenn
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Very busy and a little understaffed, but the servers communicated that upfront, and really worked hard.

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CarolG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a lovely evening. We were seated away from the other patrons, so It was quiet. Our waitress as well as the manager were attentive and pleasant. And, our burgers were made to order and delicious. The manager assured us that the “new” fries were good, and they were! It was nice to be back at “The Hat.” We will return.

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vipSZfromNJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were looking for a good burger with no advance planning and because of COVID restrictions, our usual choices had no availability. So, we tried something new and were pleasantly surprised! The Hat Tavern has great food and cocktails and on Saturday evenings, the prime rib is very popular! That’s what we wanted, but they were sold out! We had a burger and filet mignon tips and both were very good. The wait was a few minutes because there aren’t many waitstaff, but they’re experienced, pleasant and made up for the short wait with good service. The lighting is a little bright (hence my ambiance score) as mentioned in another review, but it was fine for us. I will definitely go there again!

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vipJenn
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, and the service was excellent...very friendly and attentive. The restaurant was also following Covid protocols, we felt very safe.

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mickieb
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One problem, my husband has a craft card entitling us to a discount ,he found it on the website prior to going but they did not accept it. He did get on touch with the craft card issuer ,they are going to look into it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love a meal at Hat Tavern!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Don’t know if it’s COVID related but the place isn’t as inviting as it once was. Service was a slow, there was a sense of confusion even though there were hardly any people there. The lights were on full blast like last call time. It was weird.

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vipAnneB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

food extremely overpriced , limited menu, service was excruciating slow - would not recommend

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a nice time service was good food was great

JZ
vipJohnZ
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a great evening with host Ted! Great food and drinks

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MichaelP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Came by on a Saturday for the live entertainment and dinner with the family. The entertainment was great, the server was very nice but the food was well below our expectations. C- level bar food. I would keep it to a burger and beers. Anything more adventurous will likely be disappointing.

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vipOlgaF
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was really bad. So slow and brought wrong food and then charged for it. Food was just ok.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleased with entire evening.

JZ
vipJohnZ
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and food

NJ
NJdiner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice outdoor space in back, friendly service and comfort food. And a bar!

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DonalO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I left a little hungry. Portions small e.g. no veg with crab cakes. Great service. Ambiance fine. Drinks fine.

JZ
vipJohnZ
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Susan and staff great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burgers and sangria were great

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Tucked away in this exclusive hotel in the middle of nowhere, this restaurant is trying to make a classic cheeseburger and grilled
chicken sandwiches a fancy-shmancy thing. The server made the entire experience worth it. He was kind and helpful while
being understanding of the children at the table. He gave honest suggestions and those who listened were happy with their meal. I don’t think a cheeseburger should be around 20 dollars unless
it has bone-marrow in it! Average food, slightly overpriced, but great service can make the differerence.

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KathleenP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I needed to get out of the house for outside dining. We had perfect night at the Hat Tavern. The red sangria was delicious and the chicken special was outstanding. We felt that we were safe with social distancing and all the servers were wearing masks and gloves.

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viphgolightly
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening at the Hat Tavern! The staff, especially our server, were all great. Relaxing, friendly place. We all enjoyed our meals, and also were impressed with the smooth, professional handling of new regs/restrictions. Would definitely recommend.

JZ
vipJohnZ
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great given outdoor dining as the option. Ted our waiter was thorough and knowledgeable in his food recommendations. Food was good and it was good to be back at the Hat!

FAQs

The Hat Tavern does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Hat Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 273-7656.

The Hat Tavern is rated 3.7 stars by 34 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.