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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.34mi
  2. Distance: 1.14mi
  3. Distance: 1.88mi
  4. Distance: 2.28mi

About The Saddle River Inn

Classic French cuisine with a contemporary flair is featured in a romantic, rustic, barn along the banks of the Saddle River.

2 Barnstable Court
Saddle River, NJ 07458
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm-9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday 5pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
East Allendale Avenue & West Saddle River Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(201) 825-4016

Website:
http://www.saddleriverinn.com/

Executive Chef:
Jamie Knott

Private Party Facilities:
Semi Private Loft - capacity 20

Private Party Contact:
Anthony Helou: (201) 825-4016

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking

The Saddle River Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (86)
Special Occasion (81)
Good for Anniversaries (69)
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Good for a Date (61)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Creative Cuisine (52)
Cozy (45)
Good for Birthdays (42)
Worth the Drive (41)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Quiet Conversation (39)
Tasting Menu (35)
Authentic (25)
Seasonal (23)
Business Meals (19)
Local Ingredients (16)
Scenic View (16)
Healthy (11)
Good for Groups (8)
Fun (6)
Organic (5)
Waterfront (5)
Casual (4)
Hot Spot (4)
People Watching (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was pretty much inedible! Veal chop inferior quality -full of sinew -chef said he agreed then why did he serve it. Risotto tasted liked plain rice. Food garbage. Cannot figure out who must have cooked when food critics had tasting,

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Everything we had was EXCELLENT! The service was attentive and we enjoyed the atmosphere. We were pleased to be seated upstairs. The prices are high, especially because the portions are small. But overall, an amazing meal!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent restaurant, this chef never disappoints!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food and service were excellent. The prices were higher than what we normally experience, but were not to high. There could have been more side food with the main entrée. They should consider adding a soup dish to the menu. The deserts were too small.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The food and service is always impeccable. Truly a dining experience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Always excellent, seasonal menu, welcoming staff, great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Every bite was painstakingly prepared , innovative, fresh and off the charts delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Always great food! One is the best dining in our neighborhood

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Saddle River Inn does so much right, but one key thing that is a big deterrent to returning is the chairs they have you sitting in. They need new chairs! You immediately sink into them when you sit, so you instantly are not at the right height in relation to the table top. Then, your back begins to hurt. A fine dining establishment such as this, absolutely should be seating you in a comfortable, supportive chair - period. Everyone in our party of 4 (aged late 40's to mid 50's) left with their back bothering them. Also the Maitre d' we encountered there this week, reminded us of the unfriendly old owners, sadly. New chairs and they'll be the best restaurant in Bergen County!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food and service. Always a wonderful special occasion experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is my third time at the Saddle River Inn. This place never disappoints. Overall, tonight’s meal was one of the best culinary experiences that my husband and I have shared. The service was superb. Jaime M. was our server and he was excellent, to say the least. He was very attentive along with every other staff member. The setting is quaint, rustic and cozy. The meal set up was perfect. I like to sample different appetizers and upon their suggestion, the order of plates was devised appropriately. They split the appetizers for us so we were given individual portions and each course brought a merriment of excitement to our taste buds. I had the most incredible mushroom risotto of wild mushrooms and shavings of truffle. The food is highest quality and the flavors are exceptional...the only thing it is missing is a wood burning fireplace :-)

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 10, 2017

always delicious, the Saddle River Inn, is wonderful for a special occasion or for a nice meal out any day of the week. The service is outstanding and the BYOB policy leaves you feeling like you didn't pay a fortune for an exceptional meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Service was slow. Waiter was rude at one point (we asked for bread and he replied "Well after I take your order and remove the menus, we bring the bread". That's all well and fine, but we'd been there 1/2 hour already!! And the place was not even 1/2 full!

Food was generally well-prepared, but truffle/mushroom risotto was too salty.
As the evening proceeded, the noise became too loud to hear those at our table!

Not what it was before current ownership!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Always great food and service. Always welcomed back; like going to a long-time friend for dinner.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food and service is always top notch.
My only suggestion is that they should change their specials more frequently.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

It was our anniversary. From Anthony who called to introduce the restaurant 5 course menue
to Brian the young charming waiter, they were all very nice and curtious .
The food was very delicious even thoug it was all left to the chef.
I would go back and definitely recommend it to you all readers..

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

As always, whether for a birthday or just for fun, The Saddle River Inn is a pleasure and worth going to. This is what eating out 'well" really means.

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

This place was amazing. It’s definitely expense but I thought it was worth every penny. It was our first time there and we went to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary. We choose to go with the 4 course tasting menu. It was the right choice. My wife would never think of ordering duck or lamb loin. But she loved it. The staff was very knowledgeable and extremely nice. I’ve worked in restaurants for 15 years and it was the best dining experience I’ve ever had. There’s only one word to describe the food, service, hospitality, ambiance: MAGICAL!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

delicious as usual. Had a 7:30 reservation but did not get seated until 8pm being told as soon as we arrived that our table was being set. Not good in that respect.....otherwise, an amazing menu and talented chef make the evening special and enjoyable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great food & service. Menu and specials change periodically. Every dish that we have had on many visits have been great. Some people may not care for BYOB but I think it allows to have a great wine at a lower cost.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

It's been a long time since I've been to The Saddle River Inn. Well before the change of ownership. My recent visit was a culinary pleasure. The place still has the warm country feel from before, and the food and service are still wonderful. The new owner/chef has created his own menu. To his credit the total experience works beautifully. I won't wait as long to return.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Beautiful, hasn't changed in many years and as great as ever. Professional and friendly service and truly great food. I wish I had known it is a BYOB though, would have liked to have wine with the great dinner.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Experience at Saddle River Inn was exceptional. Table was ready. All waitstaff was attentive. Food preparation was unique and very good. (Only glitch was that they picked up the desert prematurely - Probably because we were there or awhile and they needed to turn over the table for the next seating)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

From the moment you walk in to the Saddle River Inn to the the time you leave - everything is first class.

Tomahawk Veal Chop was as good as it sounds!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The Saddle River Inn continues to be a very special place, with a lovely atmosphere and outstanding food and service. It has never disappointed. I highly recommend for a special occasion. Expensive, but worth the price.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent service. Our waiter was superb. Even with reservations be prepared to wait. They were great for our anniversary! Food was good, nice to mix it up. I’ll definitely go back to try something else.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Last night was the third time we had dinner at the Saddle River Inn within the last two months.
We thought the first two times were very good.
Last night was even better.
I’m going on line now to make another reservation .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

If I’m honest it was just OK. The location is beautiful and comes with premier service but the food and atmosphere was not as appealing as I had hoped. To go into more detail the food is trying to hard, I had the duck and there were just too many flavors going on. The atmosphere is a little stuffy and in some ways the upstairs part of the restaurant is too dimly lit. The menu comes printed on a light grey background so it’s almost impossible to read in the light. All in all, excited to go, left a little bit disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was excellent; selection was wonderful; we have not been here since the new ownership but ambiance was as we remembered in the rustic, comfortable setting.

Service was satisfactory but not what we would expect from this caliber of dining.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The Saddle River Inn was exactly what I expected it to be. Great food, service, and ambiance created the perfect place for date night or any other special evening out.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Wonderful evening. Service and food were superb. Delicious crab cake and halibut. Filet mignon was melt in your mouth perfect and the potato gratin, although I’m not a carb lover, was amazing. Hope to get back here when I next return to NJ.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Let's begin with the food and simply say it is outstanding. The menu is diverse, including specials, with a well thought out mix of ingredients that are plated and delivered to your table perfectly. If you know food, Saddle River Inn will impress. Someone mentioned that's it's pricey. So are all the other restaurants in the area. The difference - Saddle River Inn is worth it. Save the trip across the river.

Staff is very attentive but a bit clumsy. Just may have been the night and very easily overlooked.

If you haven't been, buy a nice bottle of wine and get to the SRI.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Delicious food, romantic atmosphere, excellent service- lovely evening

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Outstanding as usual. Not a morsel of food left on anyone’s plate

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is our second time at the restaurant and it was as good as the first time. We came back especially for the foie gras and it did not disappoint. The fish dishes were excellent and the sauces brought out the flavor and made the dish.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I took my Mom for her birthday and we couldn’t be more pleased. The host was so warm and welcoming and the wait staff couldn’t be more pleasant and accommodating. I let them know in advance my Mom was gluten free and they gave her gf bread and the chef even made her special GF cookies that were delish! Highly recommend TSRI but for adults only.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We had a lovely anniversary dinner at the Saddle River Inn. Brian, our server, offered professional service and helpful suggestions for our dinner selections. The chef prepared our food perfectly.
I had the Foie Gras, which was beautifully prepared and presented along with the Truffle Risotto, which also was amazing. Brian was great to point out that an appetizer portion of the risotto was available and would be suitable as an entrée because both dishes were quite rich.
My husband had the Beef Tartare and the Crab Risotto - both were delicious.
It was a lovely evening, lots of celebrations going on - anniversaries and birthdays - which made the atmosphere festive. The evening reinforced our feeling that the Saddle River in is one of the most unique and enjoyable dining establishments in Bergen County.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Overall, SRI was a GREAT experience. For a special occasion, it was memorable. We both chose to do the six course tasting menu. The awesome thing was that they allow each person at the table to have a different tasting for each course. Being able to taste 12 different things in a night is something that I loved.

The only thing I can say is that the portions were just a tad on the small side; even after 6 courses, I still felt like I needed a bit more to eat. When I do go back, I will most likely order directly off the menu. Everything sounded great and I think it would be a bit more filling to order an app and entree.

But overall everything was outstanding. The service was GREAT.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Really nice atmosphere and great staff. The service was a little slow, but very good. It's a BYO, which we didn't know (our fault), so we didn't bring any wine. However they actually offered a bottle from their "personal stash", which was incredibly nice. They gave us a bottle of Pinot Grigio at no cost. Pretty rare that a restaurant would do something like that. Our meals were very good and we'd definitely return for another visit (this time, with a bottle of wine).

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

This was one of the best meals I have ever enjoyed in any restaurant in the world. The experience is so pleasant from the moment you enter until you leave. I had the tuna sashimi as an appetizer and it was absolutely amazing. My entree was the crab risotto which was generously laden with delicious lump crab and was perfectly cooked. We had four different appetizers, four different entrees and 2 desserts and everyone raved about each dish. The service is professional and courteous and the chairs and very comfortable.
The firepit burning outside is a lovely touch. We truly had a memorable evening and I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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