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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.41mi
  2. Distance: 1.56mi
  3. Distance: 1.68mi
  4. Distance: 1.85mi

About Verve Restaurant

Situated in the heart of downtown Somerville, NJ, Verve serves the best in French bistro fare and craft cocktails. Our Provencal country style is grounded with slow-cooked flavors presenting a creatively prepared dish for every palate.

To enhance your experience, we offer carefully selected bistro wines from our cellar, European and domestic beers, and fashionable martinis and cocktails.

18 East Main Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Bistro, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday 3pm - 12am
Friday - Saturday 3pm - 2am

Cross Street:
Between North Bridge and Grove Streets

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(908) 707-8655

Website:
http://vervestyle.com/

Entertainment:
Please check our events section for DJ schedule and live music.
http://www.vervestyle.com/somervillenjjazzfestival.html

Catering:
Visit vervestyle.com to view options

Parking Details:
There is ample parking in front of or behind the restaurant. Free parking is available nightly after 8pm.

Public Transit:
Raritan River Line-- From New Brunswick NJ-- to Newark-- to NY

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit vervestyle.com/offers-and-events.html for upcoming events!

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Verve Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Special Occasion (7)
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Good for a Date (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Business Meals (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Cozy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Fun (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Casual (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a great experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always worth the drive to Somerville. Narrow, a bit noisy, but the food and service are wonderful. Waiter helpful and friendly, drinks (Dewar's) substantial, food interesting and delicious. Have not tried desserts yet.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Birthday and get together with friend from out of state. Fabulous, style edged, inventive cocktails from the bar! Never disappoints! Amazing, colorful, flavor packed plates. Seasonal taste explosions in the short ribs. Will make any excuse to come again.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

My husband and I love to cook, so we don't go out often. We went to Verve for our 5th wedding anniversary. Based on reviews I had read, I expected more from the food. While my short rib was tasty, both my husband's and my soup was luke warm at best. His duck was also well overdone. Perhaps this was because they were getting ready for a Halloween party, but it was unfortunately a disappointing meal. I normally trust in the reviews of others to offer new dining opportunities that make a hit; however, this time it was a miss for me.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food is fabulous here different items on the menu. The chef does amazing things with simple raviolis for instance. Went there had a bunch of appetizers with friends to sample different kinds of foods. I highly recommend to do this if you haven't eaten here before. Service was fabulous all the workers are friendly and great at their jobs

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Tapas
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

From the viewpoint of outstanding drinks, food, service & ambience, Verve has been & continues to be a winner. Proprietor Rick St Pierre has given Somerville (and Central Jersey) a great dining/drinking & social gathering establishment. Rather than concentrating on volume, Verve emphasizes quality, and for that we are grateful.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

First time visit to Verve last Friday with some friends. Great food, atmosphere and service. Will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Key West)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Outstanding chef, dinner divine!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service attentive and friendly. Crab cake appetizer, duck entree and Parisian cheesecake all excellent. Just right - not too rushed or too slow. We had a great table.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The restaurant was pretty dead when we first got there. The waitress seemed friendly at first but then was awful once we ordered. Soup was the only thing that was good, which for being dead... still didn't come out for about 20 minutes. My date and I both ordered the filet mignon special.. his cooked medium rare, mine medium well. His came out medium well, and mine was so over cooked it was gray inside. I feel if you are going to charge $42 per steak.. it should be cooked the way ordered. The waitress didn't come back to the table for 10 minutes after dropping our food! So by that time we didn't even want to send it back. All the restaurant did was take off a drink for our "troubles "... $140 check for 2 people and you don't even take off 10% for messing up BOTH entrees? Not satisfied AT ALL.. and Will NOT be returning. Don't waste your time or money.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. PLACE WAS TOO NOISEY YOU HAD TO SPEAK LOUD TO HAVE A CONVERSATION.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Exceptional food - very well presented. Loved the specials. They make very interesting cocktails. The wait staff is well informed on the wine menu and had superb recommendations. They had a special event in the bar area that made the restaurant very noisy (couldn't hear my dinner companion over the noise), but that seemed to be a rare occasion. I have been here twice and would go back again. Appetizers, dinner, and dessert were all heavenly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Just a great place! We will be adding it to our regular rotation of restaurants..

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We've had a cocktail at Verve in the past, but never dinner. Really glad we did. Food was great.
And of course, their cocktails are fantastic. I described the type of drink I wanted to our server and the bartender concocted an original cocktail just for me. I would definitely recommend Verve!

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

the noise level was unbearable.......I will think twice before returning. I always loved verve.

It will be a long while before I return.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The Duck special was very overdone and loaded with salt. It was inedible and should never have come out f the kitchen. Too bad. Once a favorite place, now off our list.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

too loud tables too close, too expensive
food good, not fabulous

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Terrible server, overpriced food. Good ambience, though...

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

food and service were excellent. wine list was great. atmosphere was ideal for a romantic night

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

A local establishment that we use to enjoy. This last visit was so disappointing. Were there for crabfest. Kitchen was backed up so much that our server said everyone was waiting. My husband ordered poached crab legs and was give two small crab legs not split and with no utensil to crack them with. Ask the server for something and he looked at him as if we had asked for something out of the ordinary. Was my husband to use his teeth? What horrible service and I won't even start on the price for those two crab legs. If I could leave a zero rating for this night out. I would. New renovation clearly caters to a larger bar crowd than a dinner crowd. Have always liked this restaurant. NOT SO MUCH ANYMORE.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Went for Crabfest. Crabs were delicious! My husband was able to have his steak because he did not eat crabs and he said it was delicious. My only complaint is the orange juice and grapefruit juice that you use for the drinks it was definitely canned and not very good. I would stick to Vodka with seltzer or something else.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Verve was one of our favorite places to eat when we lived in Somerville. Now we go back only on a occasion but we try to make it during their annual Crab fest. Really good food, good service. Crab salad was delicious!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

We went for Crabfest. We both ordered the king crab legs sauteed in butter. Well they weren't kidding. There was so much butter it was dripping & you could taste the salt. Otherwise they were delicious. The stuffed fig appetizer was yummy too. It got a little loud in the downstairs dining area when I large party arrived. So I wouldn't recommend this for a quiet romantic dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Delicious food, kinda pricey but a nice date night

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Excellent food and Service. Nice ambiance. Bar area quiet

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Excellent all the way around. Great , intimate setting. They pay attention to details

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Very slow service. The food we ordered took almost an hour to arrive. We were given a complimentary salad during the wait.

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 (London)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I ordered the spinach ravoli AAnderso-Dobbins it was creative and kinda perfect. It has roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, and crab meat. The flavors really worked. My waiter was in training, I have been there and remembered being thrown in the deep end. He did a good job. I did order a vodka based martini and it was gin based. I don't like him and sent it back. Other than that it was a great night. I've already appreciated the vibe of the Verve.. Since the early 2000's because it's where my staff and I would drink after closing. Great memories. I love it there. Don't change anything.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Food was fantastic in a NYC-like long, narrow pub in front, restaurant in back space. Noise level rather high but not offensively so. Prices on the higher side. Will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It was our second visit and we'll be back again. Verve is just a really nice place, small, friendly, excellent menu and food, innovative cocktails, excellent service. Only problem is it gets very noisy, though we had no problem having conversation. A bit of sound dampening would help. Short ribs were excellent, just rich enough to make them interesting without being fatty. Reduction sauce was perfect -- not overly rich or salty. And the drinks are the best. A great place for a nice evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Wonderful experience all around!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Excellent dinner. We eat often at Verve and have never had a bad meal. Great place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

The experience was neutral. I wasn't happy with my chicken entree, but the potato was good. My husband enjoyed his port entree, but not the appetizer. I didn't enjoy the appetizer either. My son had the salmon; he said it was good but he wasn't overly enthusiastic. Expensive for not really enjoying.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Stale bread, flat soda and the lobster with macaroni was awful

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 22, 2017

I thought it would be a classier experience and expected more from the good. They substituted pistachios for cashews in the salad. The Brussels sprouts were extremely peppered up and just too many of them. A waiter dropped a bottle of beer which sprayed the back of my jacket add then mopped it and the bottom of my jacket! No one ever asked how we liked our food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

My wife and I were thoroughly unimpressed. Very disappointing given the other reviews we'd read. We each got the lobster bisque, and it tasted soy saucey, and the lobster was chewy. We also got the shortribs, which resembled beef stew beef (stringy and flavorless). And the lobster mac 'n' cheese was incredibly bland.

The one bright spot was the bread, which was fresh and was served with seasoned oil that was tasty.

As for ambiance - we ate downstairs, and it resembled a dungeon. We needed to use our phone lights to see the menu, which - by itself - isn't really a problem. But that, coupled with the outdated decor, left us feeling less than festive.

Good thing I love my wife enough to enjoy her company anywhere, or the evening would have been a complete bust.

Also, $14 for a glass of house wine is pretty ridiculous. I don't like to leave negative reviews, but this was necessary.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

The food was delicious. The waiter was a bit pushy with ordering. They could stand to expand their liquor options, but the drink I got (the cinnamon cocktail) was delicious

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

There were three of us for Mother's Day brunch, which was great--interesting menu options--all dishes were well prepared and tasty. The only drawback was that our server was not at the top of his game, which was surprising, as Verve service usually is a home run.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

It's a fabulous place to dine for any occasion. My wife and I have always enjoyed our experience at this great place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2017

This restaurant has outstanding food very well seasoned and cooked perfectly .

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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