The Vail Bar at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen

4.7
106 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Vail Bar is located in the back of the first floor of the mansion, just behind the grand staircase. Originally constructed as the mansion’s library, the room now serves as the epicenter of Jockey Hollow’s cocktail culture. The room exudes warmth and conviviality; it’s the perfect place to meet after work for a cocktail and oysters, to enjoy a meal at the bar, to marvel at the cocktail creations being composed in front of you, or simply to party the night away. Our bartending team has created a selection of seasonally-inspired specialty cocktails as well as an extensive menu of classics cocktails catalogued by distillate. The back bar contains over 200 spirits ranging from everyday favorites to rare bottles. Jockey Hollow’s extensive wine list and beer program are also available.
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

This was our 1st inside dining experience since Covid 19 dining restrictions. We generally like sitting at the bar but it was not as expected. Our bartender was friendly with guests he knew and impressed them with remembering their names. As for us...my husband tried telling a joke...
No reaction as he moved on to another customer.

Note:

I cannot use a straw for medical reasons so he dumped the $18 dollar drink into a standard glass leaving a inch of the drink ...which he returned to to be bussed.
As I was sipping my drink he went to remove it...without asking if it was finished. I let him know I was still drinking it.

I have extensive dining experience at 5 star restaurants in every NFL city. This young man knows his drinks...but is challenged with social skills...that is unless he knows you.



Next time I’ll get a table...

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djp64
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and very good food. We ordered the Maine lobster salad, the Jersey girl baratta appetizer, ravioli, and the roast chicken followed by poppy seed and chocolate cake desserts. The roast chicken is a new recipe and the only item I wouldn't order again. It was a pedestrian style and messy bone-in bbq sauce-laden chicken dish that is typical of a summer backyard cookout. JH can do much better. Still, JH is very good restaurant w great ambience and service and we will return.

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darad
New England
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food, top notch cocktails. Great atmosphere.

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Philly
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Vail Bar great atmosphere with a good bartender, great baratta appetizer

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CarolynC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service was great, atmosphere was beautiful. Food was delicious, beer on tap was not ideal. Took the poor bartenders so long to get a decent pour that my beer was warm. Stick to bottles/cans!

Other than that it was great

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really, really good! Fun atmosphere and good service as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service - food was very good and they were able to accommodate the table allergies. The pork belly appetizer was outstanding. We will be back and next time order the chicken and the lobster risotto!

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Covi
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jockey Hollow bar & kitchen is the definition of hospitality. Our sever and bartender were both very welcoming and accommodating! The food was delicious and felt super safe. Would 100% go back.

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TeresaD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went to The Vail Bar at Jockey Hollow for my husband's birthday. There were four of us. Overall the experience was very good. Though there was more noise in the room than I would have liked (I did call to confirm that we would have a room where we could talk and it wouldn't be noisy, but is still was a bit louder than I liked.)

Our servers were very good. Plates were on the smaller side so, if you like larger meals, I suggest ordering appetizers. The crab appetizer was okay -- the short rib was EXCELLENT.

I rated the value lower because the prices are very high for the small plates. However, the building is fantastic and it's a fun atmosphere, especially in the front bar area.

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SvetlanaSlutskaya
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Many people go to the bar here to a large degree, for the crowd and fun atmosphere, so it is a very different experience these days. That said, the cocktails and bar staff are still outstanding, with much less of a wait and far more personal service. The food is still the same quality, and the space is still the same cool place it has always been.

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EuniceT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the service to the food- everything exceeded our expectations. We recommend the Pork Belly (scrumptious!), the cavatelli pasta with pesto (divine), and the Amish Chicken (juicy and rich).

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I’ve been here a few times and had the same results. It’s a beautiful place, but average food, expensive drink and overall - way overpriced. In an area with some many good restaurants, save your money. You stumble into anyone of them and get better.

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit to the Library Bar since COVID and it was heaven! I appreciate all of the precautions Jockey Hallow is taking, I felt very comfortable. Wow, the hamburger was as wonderful as I remember, the best in Morristown! The cocktails were amazing too! All around a wonderful evening - thank you!!

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vipTriciaP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, great service, delicious cocktail. Would definitely go back.

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ManuelM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Completely blown away by the service, the food and the cocktails. The bartenders and whoever the chef is back there do a phenomenal job. I’m excited to go back and try something new from the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reilly Gilligan is an absolute studmuffin

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beachgirl
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very nice plan envisions and I will return. The menu is a bit limited and if you are looking for a huge portion this is not the place. But food is very good. Noise was fine but if it was a full capacity it might be a bit noisy.

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williamp
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our reservation was for 7pm. Our entrée arrived close to 9pm. Why? Our server didn't know or wasn't informed the duck entrée was not being served. That should not happen at a supposedly high end restaurant.

Happily for you, the server knows instinctively about failure resolution and he immediately rebounded by offering us another bottle of wine gratis.

Nevertheless, that extraordinary wait plus the blaring noise of the bar made a bad impression.

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AndrewV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Jockey Hollow and the Vail Bar a few times and have always really enjoyed my visit. Food and drinks have always been on point. This time, however, I had a lot of effing fun, to be quite frank. The drinks on this particular visit were outstanding, to say the least. Margie (I hope I spelled your name correctly) and everyone else behind the bar that night (sorry I forgot your names!!!) were just so nice, warm, informative, engaging, and awesome. Even the server who brought the meals over (forgot her name too, sooo sorry) was so nice and informative. I'm really looking forward to my next visit. Thank you all for a really fun time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are quite impressed with this place actually and it’s a great date night location. It’s a beautiful location and it’s nice sitting in the Vail bar which is a little more casual and having a drink and dinner

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VikkiB
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were warmly welcomed at your restaurant and the bartender who served us food and drinks was fantastic and very attentive. It was a wonderful evening and delicious to boot!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overall service and ambiance was nice however food was pricey and one of the smallest portions I have ever received. Scallops entree came with four scallops and no side for $32. Got an appetizer and dessert and left hungry.

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MrsP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food , special cocktails, friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Timeless, classic and upscale ambience. Fantastic French wines by the glass available. Recommend back bar area for appetizers and fine wine and upscale cocktails.

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alvin
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great ambience. cacio e pepe pasta was fantastic. cant' be homemade pasta

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vail bar is a great space to have a fantastic meal. I ordered the beef tartare and the smoked fettuccine they were both absolutely delicious. Also the wine and cocktail menu is excellent. Don’t pass it up.

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Shea77
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service in an elegant yet casual atmosphere. Very attentive staff, great menu and excellent drinks. Bar area so it can lively but not over the top. Have been twice and will return again!

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rovingreporter
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our first trip to the Vail Bar at Jockey Hollow was not a disappointment. Rather the service was excellent, wine, cocktail, and beer list albeit pricey and more like Manhattan prices, were very good. The menu at the bar is quite varied and interesting. Note portions are on the small side for many entrees and everything is ala carte. While I would heartily recommend I'd also warn that you'd better be prepared to spend a few dollars if your stay for a full dining experience. Make reservations, the tables in the Vail bar are limited. Particularly on nights where the theatre has events.

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KarenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and the service couldn't have been better! Waitress was incredibly knowledgable about our wine and the menu. Delicious! Loved the Vail Bar- cozy and perfect on a winter night!

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annemariee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Very over priced for selection of foods available. What was available was ok, lukewarm pancakes and pork along with runny omelets. Service was horrible. Took over 10 minutes to have waiter take drink order once seated and nobody checked on us once to see if needed/wanted anything in an hour and a half. In fact had to go up to bartender to get check and bring him my card, which he left out on the open bar for all to see.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food was uncharacteristically mediocre and disappointing

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Vidra
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Service was good but food was very average. No unique flavors .

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years eve

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vipMcH2016
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun NYE prefixed menu and fun cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vail Bar - quaint and enjoyable

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vipLCurt
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a fun time! This was my first time in. I was drawn by the reputation, excited for the menu and very pleased with the service. I highly recommend the "Vodka, Not Too Sweet" if you're looking for a cocktail that fits the name and like grapefruit. I also recommend the Shishito Peppers because they are like none other, super indulgent and you also can't go wrong with the Traditional Beef Tartare. I hope you check it out!

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JohnnyBose17
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

One of the entrees wasn’t to write home about but the bread place and tortellini entree was amazingly delicious.

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MichaelD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

My evening at Jockey Hollow was absolutely terrible. The service was mediocre, my entree was bland and flavorless, and my girlfriend’s dinner was entirely inedible. She literally took 1 bite and couldn’t eat it. We are not picky or stuck up, so for her to send a meal back, it had to be absolutely awful. And rather than bring her another meal or replace it free of charge, the manager gave her a single scoop of vanilla ice cream with a cookie. I will NEVER return to or recommend Jockey Hollow!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was not happy with the food or atmosphere. We went on a quiet night and were seated near a very cold window. The drinks and food were also overpriced- not worth the value. The meal was also subpar and we left hungry. Was told wonderful things about this restaurant but was not impressed.

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Elsie
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

New server, not great service, but always fun atmosphere, exciting bar, and great food. Try the beet salad!

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The Vail Bar at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 106 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.