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  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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for a Date (11)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Romantic (9)
Cozy (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Casual (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Authentic (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Fun (2)
Vegan (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We went for Valentine's Day. Given it was a holiday, we made a reservation. We got there 10 minutes early and they were able to seat us immediately. It was different compared to most restaurants in the area, so we enjoyed that. Plus, it's in the middle of Somerville, a very nice town. Definitely plan on going back in the future.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Verve took advantage of customers for Valentine's with a prix fixe dinner they did not tell my wife about when she reserved a table. (She did not check the website because she reserved just based on reputation and our prior experience.) $75/pp was way over the top. But they did take the trouble to call to reconfirm our reservation the day before, to protect their own interest. Verve is an excellent restaurant and we've been several times. Food is excellent as is the service. Drinks are among the best and feature home-made bitters. Ambience is very nice. But the prix fixe was over the top for a 3-course meal. If you figure $15 for the appetizer, $10 for the dessert, that leaves $50 for the main -- WAY over the top. The salmon was excellent and served piping hot, as was the parsnip soup. The chocolate desert was good. Other main courses were pasta, filet mignon, oso bucco. Nothing worth $50. Because service is always excellent, our tip would have been 20%. But on top of the $75 fixed price, a 20% tip was automatically added to our tab for 2. That was inappropriate. As a frame of reference, compare to Brian's in Lambertville, arguably one of the best restaurants in NJ: Brian's normal prix fixe is $45 during the week, $50 on the weekend. Reasonable for an outstanding restaurant, and the BYO softens the blow. Brian's Valentine's dinner was $70 prix fixe - for 4 courses. The $75 at Verve just did not add up -- over $220 for 2 for 3 courses might be justified at a place like Rats in Hamilton, but at Verve it was a rip-off. Please don't take gross advantage of your customers again just because it's Valentine's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Verve is a high end restaurant with outstanding food, great service and ambiance.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Horrible service at the bar. It was also too crowded and we kept getting bumped into (we were sitting on the high tops in the bar). The drinks were awful too. The place looked a little dirty. Food was great and our waiter was good. Also I called to ask about vegetarian options and was told there are plenty of options and that the chef could accommodate me. There was only ONE option. No accommodations.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was our first time at Verve. We were ushered downstairs where we ate in quiet ambience. I had a cocktail called The PCT which the main ingredient was rye pistacchio. It was outstanding. I had a second. Crab cakes were fabulous and so were the short ribs. Raspberry Sorbet was the finishing touch. It was like two restaurants . Downstairs was quiet and wonderfully romantic and upstairs was lively and more vociferous. Overall it was a home run and a definite revisit.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Too noisy for my liking. They got the salad orders wrong. The menu never really changes. Value is not that good. My wife and I had been there a few times before, but I don't think we'll be going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious and the portions were just right.
The cocktails were out of this world.
The service was warm and friendly.
Everything about our dining experience was excellent.
The only negative comment would be about parking, or the lack thereof.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Good food, good ambience, good service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a large group booked for a wine pairing dinner on Saturday night. There was a miscommunication that we had booked a wine pairing and they did not have it on their book. Despite that and being very busy, they told us it would not be a problem and were able to make it happen. Very nice!! The food and wines were very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The cocktails were ok and the the food was ok- I was not blown away by the restaurant.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was a great vibe in this spot and the food was spot on with a French theme. It was a date night with my wife and I got a winning smile from my lady so this place is "aces" in my book.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Outstanding!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Verve is always reliable. Friendly staff and management. Great food. No place I would rather be on New Year's Eve or any other time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My wife and I visited Verve twice in the last week or so. We enjoyed our meals very much on each occasion. We sat in the bar area the first time which was lively and fun. We tried the dining room on our second visit and the food and service were excellent. We will be back again very soon.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great creative drinks. Intimate feel in the dining area.

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

As always, Verve delivered! Time and time again, its offerings are outstanding and service excellent. We had a special occasion dinner for and with friends there recently and everyone was quite happy. I'd be hard pressed to recommend anything off the menu, because everything is just so good. It's a busy restaurant, so make reservations before you go.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great menu especially the bar small plates. A perfect spot for a dinner date or night out with great friends. Exceptional bar staff and great food make this one of our go to spots in the area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Dining room is very narrow and tables very close together. Waiter seemed a bit confused. Food was good but prices were NYC prices and not commensurate with the food.

Bar are was small and crowded and loud.

I don't think I will be going back there again.
Especially with all the great restaurants in the area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Service Excellent and atmosphere awesome would love to have many more special occasions. Thank you

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Vegan, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We had a friend's birthday here, the food and service was excellent, the drinks were great too.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We always enjoy the evening here!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was truly very good but excessive noise detracted from the dinner. Very active bar scene right next to dining but also very load table of screaming diners. Might go back mid week but not on a weekend

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

Our picky friends enjoyed their choices. Hooray!
My husband loved the pork loin and I will order the Scottish salmon again and again.
We had a problem with the desserts.
My friend found the cheesecake sour to taste.
My other friend was disappointed with the cheese board.
The only memorable taste was the creamy Gouda.
We all enjoyed our drinks.
See you againsoon.
Sue

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always a great experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 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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 (Baltimore)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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