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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.
Somerville, NJ 08876
Contemporary French / American, Bistro, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday 3pm - 12am
Friday - Saturday 3pm - 2am
Between North Bridge and Grove Streets
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Please check our events section for DJ schedule and live music.
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There is ample parking in front of or behind the restaurant. Free parking is available nightly after 8pm.
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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
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Verve Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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