The Washington Room at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen
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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We had a great dining experience. Our server Adam made us feel special and his wine knowledge was amazing. Chef AJ came out to say hello. My wifes birthday celebration was a blast.
Menu choices were good but not great. All dishes were very good, but not exceptional. Nice to be able to hear conversations at our table.
I am never one to write a review because I know as a business we all have good days a bad days. Unfortunately this was a very bad day for Jockey Hollow and this review is to simply warn people before making the choice of getting a tasting menu for here.
This being our first time here when we walked in we were very impressed with the historical and modern details that went into designing this restaurant. Very impressive staircase that lead us up to the Washington Room. We were great very graciously and welcoming. We ordered a round of cocktails as we reviewed the menu.
It took roughly 15-20 mins to get our drinks which when it did arrive there was an apology which we brushed it off with the understanding maybe the bar got a big push. Fine, no big deal.
4 out of 6 ordered the 3 course tasting menu. 2 ordered the NY Strip. 2 of us ordered went with the wine pairing. It took between 30 and 40 mins by the time we saw our first course. One of us who did the wine pairing actually finished his before the food reached the table. At no point did a server or manager at least come to the table to show that they were aware of how long it was taking. When it did arrive 4 of us that did prefixe had shredded lettuce with sautéed calamari in a chili vinaigrette. Which was tasty but again to take that long and the receive that was disappointing. This is when we again got an apology for taking as Long as it did.
The next course came out in a timely manner and for us who did the tasting and not knowing what was to come we were hopeful that we would be “wow’d” especially being the main course. We ended up with a smaller portion of the NY strip with farro and broccoli rabe. Cooked to a nice Med rare but was room temp assuming they let it rest a bit to long. Again was not impressed.
Dessert for the tasting menu was a gelato with macerated pears. Again disappointed.
Maybe it’s just me but when you advertise a tasting menu. I expect to see a Chefs culinary creativeness. Nonexistent.
We came for our anniversary despite a few negative reviews as we know this has been the place to be. We chose the prefixe menu as we often do as we love to eat adventurously. We were disappointed to be given a tiny piece of overcooked pork loin as our main dish. We sent it back and the chef sent back out a perfectly cooked and delicious steak. Dessert was a few pear slices and golf ball size of ice cream. I think you may be better off ordering from the a la carte menu here and would imagine the portions are larger for less money. The sommelier, Adam, was wonderful and truly understands good service. Offered a complimentary flass of wine. If it wasnt for him and the way he handled the meal snafoo, we would have been extremely unhappy. Overall, I don’t think we will be back for a meal as I just felt the quantity for the price was sub par.
Our evening was a disaster from start to finish. Our expectations were high based on reviews and also on two successful board dinners held here during the last 6 months but our private, "special" dinner was anything but excellent. Service was poor, food quality was average and our dinners were not delivered to the table at the same time causing some of us to each tepid food.
My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here on a Saturday evening. The ambiance and service were spot on. We went with the 5 course chefs tasting menu and were a bit disappointed. Portions were extremely small and we were not served a beef dish of any sort. The room was quiet upon arrival at 6pm but quickly became crowded and a bit loud as there were a few large groups.
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.
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.
Lovely food and environment. Service was good but inconsistent.
Very romantic setting on a cold autumn night. Excellent food!
Excellent , but would have liked a more extensive menu
Not impressed with the food. Food was cold unfortunately. Poor service, very hard to get a drink at the bar before our reservation.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lovely, romantic evening out. The somalier was especially entertaining and informative.
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.
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.
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.
Was a very nice experience, none of us were wowed over the food.
I will stay downstairs from now on
Outstanding. Food was great, service friendly and excellent. The decor was classy and the view was awesome. A great way to spend our anniversary.
Extensive wine selection and an exceptional menu. I highly recommend the 6 course Chef's Menu. Beautiful presentation and dynamic flavors.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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,
The service, ambiance and drinks are fine.
The food is horrible.
Celebrated our 24 year anniversary. Food was beautifully delicious. Staff kind and attentive without being intrusive. Som was great!
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.
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.
Increasingly rare dining experience in suburban NJ. Stunningly beautiful restaurant... ambitious, inventive and well-executed menu; professional, engaged and attentive service. Treat yourself!