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The Pass

4.4
131 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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The Pass is a 5-star, 3AA rosette award-winning restaurant. It is elegantly designed in intricate and artsy deco which has a regal and glitzy feel about it. The Pass has also a well-stocked in-house cellar having the finest wines. The vegan ingredients used in the food come directly from The Pass�s very own kitchen garden.

The restaurant has a unique and special menu which has been personally designed by acclaimed chef Ian Swainson who personally scrutinizes each entr�e to ensure quality. The menu is primarily classified into 6 and 8-course lunch menus, 8 and 10-course dinner menus and also an 8-course special vegan dinner menu. All menus are regularly revised as per the chef's recommendations to ensure only fresh and seasonal ingredients are used and the highest quality of taste and flavors is served at the table.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(609) 961-1887
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mathew Ridgway
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Catering
Off-site catering is available
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Cross street
Rt 604
Additional
BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Takeout
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4.4
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4.0
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5.0Dined on April 25, 2015

We wish all great success in their future wherever and whatever they pursue.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2015

Regretfully, this restaurant will be closing at the end of the month; hence, the phone call to tell diners that it’s now cash only. I thought the new owner of the building (a local mayor) might have something to do with it, but I was told by the staff that the location was too remote, especially for weekday dining. Well, I remember that issue with the former Rosemont Café that was the previous eatery in that location. It’s a pity because The Pass offered wonderfully creative and well-prepared meals. Just because they may be winding down did not lessen the quality of the food that a friend and I had. Good luck to all (many have seemed to find other work) and thank you for bringing outstanding dining to a beautiful corner of New Jersey.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2015

I read many good reviews on the Pass and it did not disappoint in any way. Of course ambiance could use a little help, but , no matter the food takes you to another planet anyway. Recommended highly and would return immediately.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2015

Very warm welcome, friendly , knowledgable-about-food servers (e.g., answered all our questions about menu items), great chef, delicious food, comfortable surroundings, excellent service without "hovering"

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2015

Been wanting to get here forever, finally got to go for a Friday nite dinner. Had the escargot risotto, and pork belly, my wife had the salad and mussels -- all delicious. Be sure to get here before they close on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Don't forget: BYO and cash only.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2015

The Pass is a gem in the countryside. Wonderful food, extremely varied and different. Great staff, very friendly. One of our favorites

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2015

The service and ambiance were outstanding.

The $75.00 tasting menu fell short. The food was good, but the value wasn't there. After the 4th course of rigatoni I was sure a meat course would follow, but in came a small piece of cheese. Followed by cold bread pudding that was simply ok.

If I went back I would definitely pass on the tasting menu and order from the regular menu.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2015

We had a beautiful pre-Valentine's Day dinner at The Pass! We enjoyed foie gras and the tuna tartare as appetizers. Both were delicious and plentiful. We had the duck and the bolognese as our entrees, which were also delicious and split cheese and bread for dessert. The meal was quick and the service was great. I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2015

Really enjoyed this place. The Pass replaces the old Rosemont Café. Really enjoyed the predecessor place, but this is a notch above and really tremendous to have a chef of this quality cooking in Hunterdon County. Met the Chef working the garden just before he opened. This was our first time there, after two other attempts were aborted owing to winter storms. The duck really shows his classical training. Everything was great. Being a Jersey guy, would love to see more product sourced from Jersey, but that is a small niggle compared to how enjoyable this place is.

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2015

Crispy duck? NOT Out of the frig and warmed up to serve. More like flaccid duck. So salty!! served with white beans it was tasty but almost uneatable. Mussels served with an almost tasteless sauce (more like the water they were steamed in). Topped with a slice of burnt bread - I mean charcoal burnt! - not toasted brown. It was uneatable. The cream and cheese courses were served together. Who does that? To top it all off, coffee was not offered before, during or after the meal . Coffee isn't on the menu. Even though the weather outside was bone chilling and the funky inside so chilly my wife kept her coat on the whole time. We were prepared to like this restaurant - especially after the rave reviews it received in the NY Times and Ledger. What is there to like? The wait staff are pleasant and efficient. Take that salt shaker away from the chef!

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2.0Dined on February 7, 2015

It was such a disappointment. I guess I didn't research this restaurant enough. My pumpkin soup was very good, however it was a substitute for the chestnut soup which I had been looking forward to trying. At 6:30 in the evening it was too early to be out of it. Presentation of all the dishes ordered was a disappointment. Mussels entree was just average. The pork belly entree was tough & hard to cut and chew. The duck confit was good although the portion was small. As far as the desserts go, nothing stood out. Again a lack of presentation. We do eat with our eyes. The bread pudding was served in a bowl and it was cold which didn't help improve the flavor. Not even a rasberry was placed on the dish to make it look more attractive.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2015

I live in Philly and work at a restaurant there, so I eat out all the time. While visiting my parents, we tried the pass and were thoroughly impressed. The ambiance is quaint and cute, fitting for the area, but the food is what i cared about. I can't say a bad thing about any dish. Do yourself a favor and get over there now.

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2015

Too salty! If they reduce the amount of salt that use, it will be much more successful establishment.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

The food is terrific. Other than suggesting one not do the three course tasting menu in the current format--rom a value standpoint--everything else is wonderful. GO as soon as you can, a great, friendly, foody place.

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3.0Dined on January 23, 2015

I have recommended The Pass many times. We enjoyed selecting from two choices for each, creative course. This time, however, we had the "winter" menu. It was limited, and the servers seemed less enthusiastic than before. I was disappointed--food was OK, but not spectacular.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2015

Just visited PASS for the first time. Great to see my old friend Steve installed as GM! This ensures great front service for all visiting PASS. The kitchen seems capable, but falls short in what they are offering. Both app's and mains are good, but uninspired. To become a regional gem, the chef owner needs to "go for it" by offering inspiration and excellence thru the menu. Setting is good and service is excellent. Just need inspired food and you'll get needed word-of-mouth.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2015

very good. had to wait 20 minutes to get our table even though we had a reservation.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2014

All three courses were a delight and were matched only by the positive energy of the server. Well worth it.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2014

It's a bit out of the way for most folks but the food at The Pass makes it worth the drive. Very nice seasonal a la carte menu, or see what the chef puts together in one of the fixed price tasting menus. You will not be disappointed. Chestnut soup was delicious. I had a boneless chicken breast that was moist and delicious - very hard to do given the size of the chicken breast. It was our first time there, but the folks around us all seemed to be getting the 6 course tasting menu, and given the excellent preparation of the dishes we had, I can understand why. There were only two servers doing all the work (host, serve, bus tables), and they did have a decent size crowd given the size of the restaurant. An extra pair of hands would have helped each table gets a bit more attention.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2014

Another great meal at the pass. The new a-la-cart menu is a nice option but you are better off with putting yourself in the chef's hands and trying the tasting menu. Our new " go to" place.

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4.0Dined on December 11, 2014

Have been there 3 times. Food is excellent. Bit pricey, so not something you can do very often..Kind of food you get in New york restaurants. My only issue last time was for the price fix menu the portions for some of the courses were so small it felt like tasting portion rather than the actual course.. Would be back..

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2014

Without doubt, " The Pass" consistantly provides the best food in the New Hope / Stockton Area. The creativity of the dishes and the consistant execution is unmatched in the area and rare anywhere at the current price points. The most impressive thing about dining at "The Pass" is the obvious focus on the food. From the front desk, to the floor staff and into the kitchen you can feel the passion for what they are creating. The restaurant decore is very casual but I would eat in the parking lot for the food. The quality of the ingredients is exceptional and the preparations are unique and inspired. The only reason there isn't a two week wait for a reservation is "The Pass's" location. Well worth drive if you truly appreciate food. Hurry before the word gets out or they decide to move. Just don't tell too many people!

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2014

We had the larger pre fixe menu. Everything was great. Best cooked octopus I ever had, venison and scallops were very nice also. Best part it is a BYOB. Looking forward to going back again.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2014

I hesitate to state my true feelings about The Pass for fear that I will never be able to get another reservation there, but suffice it to say that this restaurant is an unbelievable find for anyone who loves food. The food is incredibly sophisticated, wonderfully conceived and perfectly executed. Anyone who is a foodie should not miss this place.

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4.0Dined on November 29, 2014

A small restaurant in the middle of nowhere...price fixe menu only, apparently rotates every couple of weeks...Wife and I were here on a busy Saturday night, and the service and food were very good. We went for the six course price fixe, and each course was tasty and well presented...especially the open face octopus sandwich and venison...Outstanding! Honestly, you come here for the food and service, since there is absolutely nothing else in the area...

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2014

A long time fan of this gem, we were disappointed with the move to a menu with fewer options. Many weeks, we found ourselves going elsewhere when the two main dish offerings just did not appeal. However, we understood and kept looking for a menu that offered items we would enjoy, Recently, the menu did appeal and we returned. And, we were delighted that we did. DInner was outstanding. The tastes were sublime, the presentation was lovely and the service as attentive as ever,

Plus, the quick ten-minute drive from our home in the country was a pleasure.

Thank you!

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2014

This is a gem of a restaurant, set in scenic Rosemont which is minutes away from Lambertville NJ and New Hope PA. Inside you will find a country store like atmosphere with colorful shelves, pottery and spacious wooden tables. The food is served (oh so quietly) on large wooden trays with the large white plates set upon hockey pucks for better placement. Steve, our waiter, was charming and funny, while all the while serving us quickly and efficiently. Yet we lingered over our meal and were never rushed. It is, however, the food that will keep you coming back. The menu changes every two weeks, and there are limited options so if you are picky, check the menu before you come. We had the four course dinner which had two options per course, and so we shared in order to taste everything on the menu. I'm glad we did. Everything was delicious and well presented. The deserts were especially inventive - we had an apple cider concoction paired with chocolate that was amazing. If you care about good food and value creative cooking this is the place for you. Having Steve wait on you is the icing on an already delicious cake.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2014

The Pass serves exceptionally delicious food, the kind that you wouldn't find anywhere else. The chef takes enormous trouble to come up with original dishes that makes you want to know what is in them with the end result that they are so especially tasty. The ambiance is a little funky which has always been part of the charm of this restaurant. It is good that it has not had a glitzy makeover. My friend was very relieved when she saw that the general atmosphere under former management had been preserved.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2014

The menu is fixed price and includes very creative and well prepared dishes. Service is very friendly and the ambiance is casual. It's only a few miles from Lambertville, but you may need your GPS if you are going here at night for the first time. It's a great find. BYOB. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2014

A super dinner with talented chef Matt Ridgeway! The menu, which changes every two weeks, is set, two choices per course, and each dish is executed with creativity and flair as well as attention to the freshest local ingredients and inventive use of herbs and spices. Amazing breads! "Pork powder," pork belly, rillettes, etc., many dishes provide a nod to his love for the pig and evidence of his background with charcuterie products. Check out the well-made video on The Pass's website. Service is professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and well paced. "Grandma's cozy kitchen" decor with open shelves, homey atmosphere, and personal notes.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2014

My wife and I had the pleasure of dining The Pass Saturday night and fell in love with it. Fantastic! The food is intelligent, rich and beautifully composed. We'll be back as often as a babysitter is available.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2014

Truly outstanding flavors. Inventive menu. Menu changes weekly, always a treat.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2014

I would consider the food at The Pass gourmet excellence, obvious talent went in to every dish. Ingredients used, I have never liked in the past, but found very delicious when prepared by the chef.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2014

Matt is truly an outstanding and creative chef - rate him best in the area

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2014

Great staff, very attentive to food sensitivities. Fun, relaxed, well paced meal. Loved the reasonably sized portions

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2014

This is our 2nd time dining at The Pass. The food is exceptional and the 3 course dinner inventive and delicious. The restaurant rivals the best of Manhattan. Another plus is that The Pass is a BYOB. Be sure to make a reservation beforehand. A++

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2014

The only trend here is the commitment to buying the best local ingredients possible. After that, this kitchen's innovation in preparing those ingredients is incredible and unmatched in the area. Nothing is front loaded. Every dish through dessert is carefully crafted to have each bite build in flavor and texture for an evening of exquisite sensory experiences. We've eaten here over a dozen times and there has never been a disappointment. You do not go here to find a classic favorite, unless that is to bring home some charcuterie. You eat here to discover a new pleasure every time.

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4.0Dined on October 3, 2014

Excellent preparation of limited prix-fix menu. Flexible and attentive accommodation of gluten-free needs of one diner. Friendly but unobtrusive service.

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2014

Just above Stockton, off the beaten path and far from NY or Philly here is a unique and transcendent dining experience. It's a BYOB with a very limited (VERY limited) menu that allows Chef Ridgeway to offer a level of quality and creativity that would not be possible anywhere near this price point otherwise. The menu changes every 2 weeks and that keeps things interesting so as long as you bring your foodie friends who "get it", a good bottle or two and your appetite you will be in for the best meal in the area. Been here about 7 time now and there are dishes that are huge hits and some where the chef's creativity may push limit's a bit but always fresh and interesting, frequently delicious with top notch local farm fresh ingredients.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2014

This very special dining experience is second to none. The four courses were each a culinary delight. The aperitivo is the specialty of the chefs. The ambiance is quite relaxing, very warm, staff attentive. Only wish we could experience this more often - from the Boston area

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