The Saddle River Inn

4.8
1274 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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 1274 People Are Saying
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New York Area
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

There was a table of ten very loud and inconsiderate next to us but otherwise everything was great

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TT
New York Area
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, warm and friendly. Specials explained clearly and included pricing. Food was excellent. Very good value in terms of fine dining for the cost of the meal - we were pleasantly surprised. The setting remains cozy and relaxed with high standards of service and high quality food.

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JC
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been dining at the Saddle River Inn for 35 years with the present and previous owners and have always been pleased with the quality of food and the service. It is our favorite "go to" place for special occasions.

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SP
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I actually got married here. The place has incredible food and the atmosphere is perfect! Definitely recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service ruined this place.

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NJ
Atlantic City
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wifes birthday

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New York Area
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I travel all over for business and I still am yet to find a restaurant that can fall into the same bracket as the Saddle River Inn. We try to go 1x a month and from the moment you walk through the front door till you leave at nights end the service is 5-star.

From the highly attentive wait staff you are guaranteed an exceptional evening. Add in the fact that it’s BYOB, make sure you bring that exceptional bottle(s) with you!

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SS
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 5 and had the perfect table upstairs in the loft tucked in a cozy, private corner with a view overlooking the other diners downstairs. The ambience was wonderful, food delicious and service excellent! Definitely worth splurging for a special ocassion!

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New York Area
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable from start to finish! Exceptional food, wonderful service.

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New Orleans
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed our second meal at the Saddle River Inn this past weekend. We shared two appetizers, one being excellent (soft shell crab) and the other just OK. It was chopped fish I believe. No special taste to it. The crab was huge and very good. Our main courses were both the same. We just adore their scallops and the preparation of them. We can't get enough of this dish.

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B
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time and it was outstanding, would go back in a heart beat!!!

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Chicago
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed with the food, service or atmosphere. Always a creative and delicious menu.

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were fantastic

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g
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We came here to celebrate my belated birthday. We had been here once before and enjoyed the experience. The food was very good, but it was rather noisy in the restaurant the night we were there and we had trouble hearing what our waiter was telling us. Loved our table in the corner and will come back again for a special occasion.

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OT
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food. OKAY service. Bad desert.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday experience

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DR
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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l
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable! We enjoyed a delicious meal, beautifully presented and served as a pace that allowed us to enjoy our friends and the special occasion without the need to hurry along. Lovely setting too!

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GB
3.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A very stuffy, formal place, with good, even great food, but so unlike -in the intensity of its formality- from most top level restaurants in NYC - not to mention norther NJ. The wait staff maintains, even augments the stuffiness - their constant mutterings of 'my pleasure' when you thank them for pointing the way to the bathroom - is so distancing. I find the 'upstairs/downstairs' feeling, i.e. we the patrons are of an upper class, and they, the working people, are of a lower class very off putting.
The food was mostly very good, a crab salad was truly excellent, a soft shell crab was very good but I was hoping for better; the duck had too sweet a sauce for my taste, but was certainly very good. I didn't think the food was particularly interesting or ambitious - but certainly of a very high quality.

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Z
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Saddle River Inn.... a go to place for great food , service and a special evening.. or just when you want a great meal.... BYOB... makes it the perfect meal

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our annual anniversary celebration was once again a treat. Satisfying flavors and textures, excellent service and a setting that can’t be duplicated.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated a special birthday at our favorite restaurant. The food is always superior to other restaurants in the area and the staff is very attentive without being overbearing. The Maine Lobster Toast appetizer was filled with chunks of lobster and the Tuna Carpaccio was so beautifully displayed it was almost a shame to eat. I would also recommend the sea scallops and pork chops.

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with really great food and service.

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EG
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent and friendly waitstaff. An overall great experience. The food is a bit pricey but you do get what you pay for. This BYOB will not disappoint. There is a reason that weekend nights book up a month in advance.

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Atlantic City
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal, as usual.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love SR Inn more with each visit..always special from the moment we walk into this
lovely barn and are greeted by Anthony who is so professional and warm. It was my birthday celebration dinner so we’re a little old school in that we like to dress more formally. Most patrons don’t but we never feel out of place. The servers are well informed and attentive but never intrusive.
The food was amazing as always. Maybe the best halibut I ever had!!

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w
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent in every regard. We decided we will visit more often. Best in Bergen County by far.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

An engaging host, attentive staff, and outstanding food make this a regional gem. If you want a table, mark your calendar to reserve one a month beforehand.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My tuna carpaccio and Halibut were excellent this evening

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish we had a wonderful experience at Saddle River Inn. Will be our go to place for special occasions.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect - the food was beyond, service and ambiance amazing. Our favorite restaurant but hard to get into on a Saturday night. The best in N.J.!

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Philadelphia
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Rustic, romantic farmhouse setting with outstanding food. Amongst the finest in North Jersey. However, the portions are a bit small with main courses a la carte requiring ordering side dishes with prices in the mid $30 range. Service has become a bit pretentious.

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DH
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my wife for our anniversary and it was absolutely perfect! Great food and service rounded out the evening.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In celebration of my wife’s birthday, we both had the Chef picked four course tasting meal. It was special that we both were given the option of being served different selections. It was outstanding!

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EM
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner. The food was delicious and we will definitely go back. The service was very polite and helpful though they were slow to clear some dishes and forgot our second bottle of sparkling water. Certainly not a deal breaker but I would have thought service would have been more spot on.

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d
New York Area
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently wonderful. Sea scallops were cooked to perfection. Everything was flavorful, seasoned just right without being heavy. Good healthy options. That being said...the desserts are worth a splurge!!

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New York Area
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening at The Saddle River Inn was a pleasurable experience. The food was tasty and the service accommodating. A beautiful setting for a night out.

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CM
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious at Saddle River Inn. Love the atmosphere and service is always terrific.

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FH
New York Area
5.0Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Far and away the best restaurant in No. New Jersey. Absolutely first class in all areas.

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DB
New York Area
5.0Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been wanting to try Saddle River in for years and even with all that anticipation it didn't disappoint. The service and attention to detail were top notch. We ordered the tasting menu which was a great way to try a variety of items. Now we know what we will be ordering when we return. I hope to return soon!

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