The Saddle River Inn

4.8
1422 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Classic French cuisine with a contemporary flair is featured in a romantic, rustic, barn along the banks of the Saddle River.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm-9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday 5pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(201) 825-4016
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jamie Knott
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Private party facilities
Semi Private Loft - capacity 20
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Private party contact
Anthony Helou: (201) 825-4016
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East Allendale Avenue & West Saddle River Road
Additional
BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking
What 1422 People Are Saying
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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

We have have been to saddle river inn many times before. All our prior visits were fantastic with the food, service, and ambiance being always top notch.

Unfortunately, our experience this time was very disappointing.

It started well as we were seated immediately upon our arrival.

Our wine was taken and we were seated by the the host who was very pleasant.

That was the highlight of the service that evening as our visit lasted 3 and one half hours.

It took at least 45 minutes for our waiter to take our order after he had explained the specials for the evening.

We felt our waiter basically ignored us after that point.

After finishing our dinner at 915 for 7pm seating, our empty plates sat on the table for 20 minutes and our wine glasses were cleared without asking.

I had brought a desert wine with us and was not asked if it should be opened for us during our desert. I did specifically ask for our waiter to open the wine and serve it with our desert when we placed our desert order.

25 minutes later our desert was served with no wine. The next time I saw the waiter 15 minutes after our desert was served, I asked for the check. There was no acknowledgment of his mistake.

After the card was run through, he finally realized his mistake and was not apologetic in the least.

My wife and I were greatly disappointed in the level of service we received. It had been our favorite NJ restaurant up to that point. When you are going to this type of restaurant, serviced can’t be this poor.

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Saddle River Inn is our favorite restaurant... wonderful cozy ambience and delicious and fresh and creative food! The SRI makes me feel
“ special!” It Never disappoints us! Anthony and his wonderful staff always make us feel welcome. Jamie and his wonderful staff always make our bellies happy! 🤓

Love, Love, Love The Saddle River Inn! ❤️💙

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TH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at this restaurant 3 times this year and was excellent every time

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LF
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

A group of us went out for a holiday dinner. The place is very pretty and rustic. It was not as excellent as I expected though due to the service. They sat us upstairs in the corner and we had to constantly be looking for a waiter to pour our wine or bring us water - not acceptable. The filet Mignon was excellent! The lobster toast appetizer was bland.. a bit disappointing .

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NM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pricey and the food didn’t necessarily live up to it. The barn is beautiful and the service is perfect. I just didn’t think that the food really hit. It is definitely an old gem that is popular with a loyal crowd, but I was not blown away by the most important part.

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LC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite restaurant. Our server Carlos was most knowledgeable. The cuisine was delicious as usual. We will be back!

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R
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here often. The place is excellent. Great service, great food, great ambiance. I would highly recommend.

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d
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on Saturday night with friends from Manhattan! It was our friends' first time there, and they absolutely loved it! As always, Nick, our waiter, was most personable and attentive, and he offered our guests some interesting history about the Inn. The evening couldn't have been better! The Saddle River Inn is certainly my favorite restaurant ever!!

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was spectacular and service was attentive. Only issue was that we did not realize that the gratuity had been included in the bill (we were a table of 6). We added an additional 20% on the credit card. We didn’t realize our error until the following morning.
For an establishment with prides itself on its reputation
It would have been nice if the waiter had mentioned that the gratuity was already added. We can’t imagine that our waiter thought we intended to leave nearly a 40% gratuity.

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AP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The advanced reservation was worth the wait.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are not enough stars to rate my experience the way I would like to!! After numerous attempts to get a reservation on a Fri or Sat at a decent dining hour (for us) I settled on a weeknight instead because I just really wanted to get here and check it out!! Totally worth all the frustration & wait. Was phenomenal. I hope to get back for my bday dinner in February (on a Saturday around 7!)

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ER
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived, everything about the experience was outstanding! Service, Food and Ambiance---What more can you ask for?

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U
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice.

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AR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food is superb. The ambiance was cozy. We had the best seat in the house! I have nothing but positive things to say about our experience. We will continue coming here and look forward to our next visit. This place drives your tastebuds insane!

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CS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant. From the minute you walk in it's an experience. The food is always fresh, original and delicious. The wait staff is beyond attentive. Our waiter, Carlos, was engaging, observant and extremely knowledgeable not only about each menu item, but the specials as well. It was an education listening to him explain where and how the ingredients were sourced. We had the aged sirloin and venison special - - both cooked to perfection, flavorful and tender. The truffle risotto is just delectable. It is a little pricey, but worth every penny. It is a little difficult to book a reservation particularly on the weekends, but given the quality of the food, the outstanding wait staff and the beautiful barn atmosphere, I completely understand why this restaurant is so in demand.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place, amazingly incredible food(best duck EVER), definitely a worthy gem in NJ!

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OT
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love this place. Service is always top notch. The pork chop was fantastic. The sprouts are truly a special side dish.

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GV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Anniversary dinner! Food was fabulous ambiance was cozy and special

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious. A real treat for our anniversary!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service and great ambience! Probably the best dining in NJ!

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EJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire evening was exceptional. The ambiance is so romantic, and the staff are extremely polite. The food is amazing. Kudos to Chef Jamie and his staff.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Been a handful of times and love it each time. Highly recommend!

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal ... the truffle risotto was outstanding. Carlos, our server, was attentive, knowledgeable and knew when to just let us talk. We'll be back!

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D
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best restaurant in bergen county. Worth several trips a year

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J
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was decked out spectacularly with holiday lights both outside and interior for romantic effect

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent !!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing. Extremely small portions. Some of the food was sub par like the mustard spatzle that tasted like Snyders honey mustard pretzels: greasy. We ate our entire meal without the waiter even stopping by to ask how everything was or if we needed anything. The experience was nothing like our expectations

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delivers. I can’t say enough great things about the Saddle driver Inn.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal!!! We came for our anniversary and were not disappointed. Since it costs more than we prefer to spend on a dinner, we usually save meals here for very special occasions. I had the szechuan noodles, scallops and warm chocolate cake. My husband had the duck. Everything was delicious! Unfortunately it was so chilly in the restaurant that I needed to keep my coat on for most of my meal, despite wearing a turtle neck sweater. But we had a great time anyway.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time at Saddle River Inn. Perfect spot for a special date night.

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J
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience as always. Saddle River Inn never disappoints and makes even the toughest critics happy.

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L
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Service deteriorated, very slow with menus and taking order 30 minutes. We had to ask for water. Steak tartare not seasoned properly. The fish was also ok but not great.

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DH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Amazing food. The best. Rather small dining area. Cozy but LOUD. Perhaps it was where we were seated but I heard everything but my companion. Our server Andrew was terrific, as were the entire staff. We will look forward to our next visit.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, waiter Nick was excellent, never had anything but a great experience here.

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y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Romantic atmosphere and very unique! Prices extremely high but worth it for special occasion.

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O
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Despite the fact that it was a week night and we had a reservation for a specific time they wouldn't seat my wife and me until the rest of our party showed up, which was downright unfriendly for a place that purports to operate at their price level. The physical seats themselves are uncomfortable. The menu is stodgy and not very creative. Appetizers, salads, and sides were overpriced (and at their prices we shouldn't have to pay extra for sides anyway). Entree portions are skimpy (and while my friend got three lamb chops on her plate I only got two (!) smallish venison chops on mine--and why does the venison come from New Zealand, anyway?). But the most annoying thing to me, even though it may seem on the less important side, is that the bread server only served each person a half a slice of bread and never came back!!! I mean, how chintzy can you get. All in all, the champagne I brought (BYOB) was great (Veuve Clicquot) and the company (our friends) and occasion (wedding anniversary) were copacetic, but all in all at the prices charged the SRI is nothing to write home about.

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TV
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Saddle River Inn was excellent. From start to finish - the host, the servers, the ambiance, the meal - everything was 1st class

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LT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to go here. Food is delicious and the service is always perfect!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant on all levels.

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JT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing else to say other than incredible. The truffle risotto is the most incredibly taste imaginable. The SRI really gets it right!

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