The Washington Room at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen

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Veteran James Beard Award Winning New York City Restaurateur Chris Cannon (Marea, Alto, Convivio, Osteria Morini) opened Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, his convivial, multi-concept restaurant, bar and event space in Morristown, New Jersey in October of 2014.

Located at the historic Vail Mansion, Cannon’s JHBK is composed of four distinct spaces, each with a unique food and beverage element. With inspiration stemming from the property’s elegance and unique history, the mansion houses a collection of contemporary artwork, many of which were commissioned exclusively for the project.

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Sun 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Tue - Wed 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

What 192 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.6
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Had to ask for lemon twice and waited 40-45 minutes to get one cocktail after being seated.

Food was fair at best and certainly not worth what I paid.

RA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining at JHB&G and the food was delicious. The building is beautiful and energetic. It was a great place to dine with friends. We would go back and also can’t wait to go to the other areas as well. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely food and environment. Service was good but inconsistent.

UT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic setting on a cold autumn night. Excellent food!

c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent , but would have liked a more extensive menu

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Not impressed with the food. Food was cold unfortunately. Poor service, very hard to get a drink at the bar before our reservation.

CR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Very expensive. The food was excellent but minimal. There are other places with better food, in a larger quantity, at a more reasonable price. Nothing wrong with the place - just won't choose to return. The service was impeccable, the atmosphere and decor - "all right". You are paying for the hype, it's not necessary.

JD
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience5

My wife and I planned a day in Morristown at an antique show and an early dinner at the highly touted Washington room at Jockey Hollow. Finishing the show early we saw the crowded town and called to confirm valet service (which they did). Arriving early (5 ish) we waited behind other cars for the valet to arrive. After 15 minutes (and 2 trips inside) a valet appeared with a placard that read valet lot full. We finally found an outside parking space and was seated at the worst table for 2 in this stunning room, against a wall where all wait service used to get into the next room. Since the room was nearly empty we asked for a better table and were told they were for special occasions. We were impressed though that they recognized the issue with the valet and brought us a nice glass of bubbly.
Hoping to put the bad start behind us, we ordered some very nice oysters. We chose to share the porterhouse steak for 2 ($138). The platter looked lovely with 2 baked stuffed potatoes. We were so disappointed and shocked that each piece of the meat was impossible to cut through and chew. It was also barely warm. We reluctantly called our waiter over and he brought over the sommelier. The sommelier offered to comp my husbands glass of wine and offered me one, but I didn't want one. I wanted a good steak! He then asked me if I wanted to bring the steak home. Why would I want to do that? Finally, he said he would ask the kitchen what they could do with either a steak or a pasta. I was served a tortellini dish and my wife was served a pasta Bolognese. It was also barely warm, but we just wanted to be done with this so we ate what we were served. We both ordered cappuccino after dinner ( also barely warm).
It was awkward long wait for our check. Our waiter finally brought the check and said the sommelier thought it fair to charge us for the steaks and comp us the rest. Best to just pay and go which we did.

s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The three course with wine pairings was very nice. The wine steward was conversational and enthusiastic which added to the experience. Food was excellent for all in our party. Scallops were very tasty and well prepared. Shrimp and lobster from the raw bar were fresh and excellent.

F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend The Washington Room. My trip there was a little eventful. My daughter’s boyfriend’s train hit a car and we were delayed. Needless to say, I arrived in a frazzled state of mind to celebrate my birthday. I was greeted and my needs were immediately attended to. I was given a complimentary glass of wine and a convenient place to park. Wow, my evening was turned around! Thank you for making me feel special. Additionally, I have food restrictions due to a medical condition. This makes the ordering process awkward and frankly embarrassing. This was not the case at The Washington Room. I presented my list of restrictions and was told that I could order anything on the menu and the chef would tweak it to accommodate my needs. Thank you!!

AL
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, equal to my birthday dinner one year ago. Gorgeous setting, wonderful bar and bartender. Beautiful menu, fantastic service. We enjoyed out complimentary glass of Prosecco,as it was my birthday. Great place for a celebratory dinner. One minor complaint; while interesting, I would have preferred my skate in one piece, instead of being cut into “scallops”.

CP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Although my husband and I have visited this restaurant many times this was our first time in the Washington Room. We were seated in a virtually empty dining room but provided a small table on the wall despite the fact that I had indicated it was our 30th wedding anniversary. The restaurant was empty and the table was quiet so we chose not to cause waves and sat down. From there we were greeted, the menu was explained, and because we are pretty adventurous we ordered the tasting menu.This is “chef’s choice”. One has no control over what is served. This is pretty risky but I will say everything was delicious. We ordered the premier wine pairing and each of the wines were perfectly paired to its accompanying portion of the meal. Dinner was lovely from beginning to...and here is were it gets dicey. A large party began to congregate in a room behind us. We watched as busy servers rushed to attend to their needs. Then suddenly we observed that our servers were attending to them as well. We waited over 30 minutes to get our check. I brought this to the attention of the maitre d and he was quite apologetic and charged us for the standard wine pairing instead of the premier. A savings of about $65. Much appreciated, however when you are spending $400 on dinner this lapse in service is unacceptable. Had we received our bill in a timely manner, we would not have had the lengthy exposure to the noisy party behind us and our experience would have been much different. Interestingly enough I was discussing this experience with a friend and someone listening to our conversation had the exact same experience!! Clearly this is a problem for this portion of the restaurant. I do not blame the servers I blame management for not staffing properly when the expectations for the service is so high. I will likely be visiting Jockey Hollow again but that will be our last visit to the Washington room.

BH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening dining in the Washington Room at Jockey Hollow. We were celebrating an anniversary and everything was lovely, the food, the wine, the service and the ambience. Will definitely come back again.

A
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This our third tome dining here, the previous two times when it was Da Pesca. We preferred the tasting menu option from Da Pesca, it allowed for more variety. The food on this visit was excellent, well prepared and presented with a nice balance of flavors. The one difference we didn’t like was the service. We were seated immediately but we waited a good 15 minutes before getting menus and a long time before anyone took orders. We ordered drinks and one came out, but 10 minutes later the other three appeared. The waiter for very nice, answered all our questions but was very harried. He did comp our second rounds of drinks to apologize for the wait, which was extremely nice. However, we had extensive waits between each course. I don’t like to be rushed or pushed along, but this was excessive. Not sure we’ll make a big effort to return. Really preferred the Da Pesca experience.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We did the 5-course blind tasting menu, and it did not disappoint! Every course was not only delicious, but also artfully prepared. All of the items served were not available on the a la crate menu, so it was a real treat. I would recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Menu is uninspired and limited to few choices. Service was pretentious and slow. It took more than twenty minutes to be served our bottle of wine, which we ordered first. The excuse was that the wine cellar is far away from the dining room. Our waiter was difficult to understand and couldn’t answer basic questions about the menu. Will not return.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely, romantic evening out. The somalier was especially entertaining and informative.

BB
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our second visit and overall another great dinner. I chose the chef’s blind pairing three course. The food was very good. Wine service and description was excellent. Only thing lacking was a good description of what the blind courses were. The server didn’t do a good job of telling me what I received. Since these were not menu items I had chosen I needed a better description The wine description of each pairing was much better.

b
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I had eaten in the Washington room before and the service had been attentive and prompt. Last night, this was not the case. It was an entire hour from the time we were seated until we were served our appetizers and that was only after my husband reminded our waiter that we had been waiting. In a room of nine tables, seven of which were occupied, we were the second party to be seated and the last to leave. This was not because we lingered over our food or wine but because we were not served promptly as the other tables seemed to have been. Although the food was good, service also plays an important role in the overall experience of a meal. If anyone should consider Jockey Hollow for their next meal, reserve in the Oyster Bar- it is a better alternative. Wait staff is business, not empty fluff.

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience5

We did the blind tasting and it was just that - completely blind. As in, no one seemed to be able to tell us what we were eating. Our waiter was very nice, but the others (bussers?) seemed confused. At one point, one of the wait staff dropping off our plates mumbled something about “venison beef” and when we asked what it was, he had to go and check. He returned to state simply that it was “beef,” which was fairly self-evident by that point.

It’s disappointing that a restaurant of this caliber wouldn’t present the food with a passion commensurate with the price point. We were excited, we wanted the same from the staff. And we weren’t alone in our feelings. Another couple, also first-time patrons, volunteered similar sentiments.

Overall, I think we’d be willing to give the restaurant another try, but considering the better experiences we’ve had at other, more local places, it’s unlikely to be any time soon.

PE
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Was a very nice experience, none of us were wowed over the food.
I will stay downstairs from now on

D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Food was great, service friendly and excellent. The decor was classy and the view was awesome. A great way to spend our anniversary.

NB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive wine selection and an exceptional menu. I highly recommend the 6 course Chef's Menu. Beautiful presentation and dynamic flavors.

TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Truly excellent service and attention to detail. This was an anniversary treat, and we were seated at a great table overlooking the courtyard. We opted for the tasting menu with wine pairing. The food was all excellent and I’d say the wine was good, but wasn’t quite on par particularly given the price point. We also had a few oysters to start and they were exceptionally good. I’d go back for those alone but the whole experience was great.

PS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were let down by the terrible time between courses, constant 86'ing of items, and the lack of attention on a few errors on what we ordered. Food ended up being good and the space is really nice but I didn't feel a compelling reason to return any time soon.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Ambiance was lacking. Food was just OK. Cocktails and wine were great. Service was fine, nothing special. I’d dine somewhere else for the price.

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Cocktails were perfect, wine selection excellent, food was excellent & unique, service was very professional. The only issue was the noise level.
I will never understand why folks need to shout/talk loudly in restaurants! You all are seated at the same table well within normal voice range!

TC
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Beautiful house converted into restaurant, but horribly decorated with modern art pieces, etc that makes it look like TGIF rather than a fine dining establishment,

EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The service, ambiance and drinks are fine.
The food is horrible.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 24 year anniversary. Food was beautifully delicious. Staff kind and attentive without being intrusive. Som was great!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to da Pesca with my family, and our experience was amazing. The staff made us feel very welcome and they were knowledgeable about our drinks and food. We got the four course meal, and the food was outstanding. I would love to eat at Jockey Hollow again.

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Order the 4 course prix fixe menu and 2 of 3 courses weren't seasoned in the slightest, with the 4th dessert being nothing of note. My overall meal was incredibly underwhelming.

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Increasingly rare dining experience in suburban NJ. Stunningly beautiful restaurant... ambitious, inventive and well-executed menu; professional, engaged and attentive service. Treat yourself!

TC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully chic restaurant with a foodie experience. Wait staff is professional, fun and good humored. From the New Girl cocktail to the ravioli and scallops and cheesecake truffles, it was an experience that lined up properly with our 22nd anniversary celebration. A+

AD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, wine, and service all consistently excellent.

S
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Honestly, pretty disappointed in the experience. I brought 5 work colleagues here expecting a decadent experience but it ended up being pretty disappointing for everyone. It’s clear that the staff have no idea how to serve groups of 6 or more.

The food was often cold or room temperate by the time we received it. We got bread 15-20 minutes after being seated but no oil or butter. We didn’t get menus until we asked for them. We asked for the temperature to be warmed up a tad as all of us were cold, they said they would but nothing happened. We were there for over 2 hours.

The vegetarian options on the menu were mediocre, but it was the meat options that were really disappointing. I had gotten the Wagyu steak - it was cooked in such a way that it was both cold and tough. They never provided a steak knife either. The sides were potatoes but they were also bland and ultimately flavourless.

One of our colleagues received his main 20 min after the rest of us - we had almost finished ours by the time he finally got to dig in. Luckily, we were open to sharing so he didn’t have to sit and wait the entire time in hunger.

For dessert we eagerly ordered a variety as a group but I ordered the sorbets. By the time we received them, the waiter commented that they “used to be sorbets” - as in they had melted and were blending together. Unacceptable, to be honest.

Finally, I ordered a cappuccino. Very similar drink that turned out terrible. The beans were clearly old, and the espresso was bitter and burnt. For someone who can normally have cappuccinos without sugar, I had to add 3 sugar packets. I ended up drinking it only because I needed the caffeine - not because it was enjoyable.

All in all it was an embarrassing night for me. I had been very excited to bring my team here, and they all left feeling less than happy with my choice.

While the ambience was truly very nice, I would not recommend this restaurant.

VB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was definitely under par, i.e., tasteless. Servers were very inexperienced young people that spoke inaudibly.
The setting was great and servers were trying hard to please. However inexperience was cpming thru.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service and drinks were excellent. We ordered the 4 course menu; two of our group chose the lobster as the third course and it was dry and bland. Disappointing for an otherwise lovely meal.

BF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! I’ve been here multiple times and it never stops impressing me. From the service to the food menu and cocktail menu everything is always wonderful! I would highly recommend it.