The Saddle River Inn

4.8
1334 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 1334 People Are Saying
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F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was perfectly cooked and served, great flavors, regrettably small portions, 4 Scallop Entree $36.00?

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h
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything wonderful-- only critique would be difficulty in getting resrervation. Open Table a month in advance and if u don't do within minutes of availiability you're out of luck. Have been there many times, but would go more often if reservations were easier.

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EF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing short of a 5 star experience! Try the 6 course tasting menu - you won’t be disappointed.

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here! From the moment you walk in, you are transported to an ideal dining experience. Great for special occasions as well. Never disappointed here with the selections.

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P
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, excellent service, gorgeous room. We will return!

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R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance with a dedicated staff

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good tuna tartare. Fabulous Vesl Chop.
Excellent service.

We will return regularly,

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Advised them in advance it was a birthday celebration and of an allergy to bell peppers. Waiter greeted us with "Happy Anniversary"
Waiter brought a complimentary gazpacho to the table. Advised afterwards it contained bell pepper. Luckily only a mild allergy effect.

Specials were pricey. Food was okay but nothing special.

Overall disappointed only because previous visits over the years were quite good.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond excellent. Spectacular place to dine and the service is extraordinary.

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T
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. Jamie keeps the quality an ongoing standard. Every meal is excellent. Great attention to detail!

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k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is absolutely outstanding. The service was not quite what I would have expected of a restaurant of their reputation. We had a 5:30 pm reservation and were one of the first ones in the restaurant on a Saturday. The service started out fine, but service slowed as the meal progressed. The server could have checked in with us more frequently. I can understand not wanting to be intrusive, but at least walk by or eyeball our table once in a while, particularly after our dinner plates were empty. Then receiving and paying the bill took a long time - I was about the ask the server serving the table next to us to please track down our server. By this point in the evening the restaurant was filling, but still not at full capacity, so I don't understand the lack of attention.

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick did a great job as our server. Chef very accommodating for wife who is gluten/wheat free. Five stars all around.

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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite date nite spot. Food and service is always top notch and memorable. Thanks SRI!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place; it’s my favorite restaurant. It’s expensive, but worth every penny. The service is impeccable and the food is always amazing. The setting is elegant but not stuffy. I’ll never tire of eating here.

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s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate our anniversary after having it on our "must try" list for many years. It was well worth the wait!! We did the chef's tasting menu, and we each had different foods brought out to us. We basically got to sample half the foods from the menu by choosing this option and it was phenomenal! All the portions were the perfect size and they were served beautifully. The taste was even better. We were very impressed with the preparation and the attention to detail. It was a truly memorable experience!

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KC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband has a food allergy and sometimes eating gluten free is boring, our meal was delicious and catered just for us. With some minor modifications - not eliminations - the plates were changed to accommodate gluten free dining. The food was delicious and just the right amount. Not too much and every bite was worth eating. Would recommend highly to a friends. Thanks for taking the time to make our dining experience delicious.

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Z
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food service and general feel is outstanding....always a go to place if you want a wonderful meal....

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l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant for our anniversaries and birthdays. I have celiac and they are incredibly accommodating and understanding. The food quality is as high as the best in NYC. We will continue to celebrate at this restaurant.

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PK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food and service were excellent. We have been going for the past few years. We typically go for either of our birthdays and our anniversary. Great romantic evening.

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Y
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Nice corner table. Service was odd and not consistent with a top tier restaurant. We have been here several times before and did not have an issue.
This night after taking the wine, the server seemed to forget the 1/2 bottle of prosecco as well as the white wine until we asked about it after the appetizer round which also came before bread which we had to ask for as well. My husband also needed to pour the red wine for both himself and my son except for the last few drops. Our seltzer bottle was also empty before dessert and no attempt to refill or ask if we wanted more water was ever uttered.
There were 2 bigger parties in the middle that seemed to garner most attention even though some of them were dressed in casual jeans.
We dressed nicely for a Friday night special occasion dinner and wish the service and dress code would be consistent with the level of the food which was delicious. The meal itself was enjoyed by our entire family as well as the beautiful presentation since we taste first with our eyes.
I will try again and perhaps look to avoid the weekend in summer experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my 39th Birthday at the best nj restaurant. Such a great dining experience. Great food and wonderful service. It never disappoints.

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As always, the food was great. Quality rivals many of the top NYC restaurants. Did the 5 course tasting menu and was pleasantly surprised by most of the chef's choices. Was a bit disappointed because waiter indicated we would have a cold and a hot appetizer, and we received two sets of cold apps, but they were all tasty. Portions on the tasting menu are small - they could stand tone a bit larger.

Service was good - but at certain times our waiter was not very attentive. For example, we had to find him to open our red wine for our meat course after he had already emptied our white wine during the previous course. They used to be silently always present.

Overall a great experience. Would definitely come back. It is quite pricey though, so would save for a special occasion.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been for the past 20 years or more( even when Hans Egg owned it) my husband’s and my favorite restaurant... for special occasions and more! The Saddle River Inn is a “ special” dining experience” in every way! Love it!! ❤️💙

Carol and Tom Palmieri

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Crabmeat Appetizer was very good and the desserts were excellent. Unfortunately, both of our fish entrees were extremely disappointing (scallops undercooked and my branzino sauce was too heavy). The waiter never asked if we were happy, or I would have given him feedback.

IF we go back, we’ll only get our standby — the filet. Kinda miss the old Saddle River Inn.

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JD
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lived up to expectations. We were a group of four, each with a different entree and everyone loved their meal. Attentive, professional service. Pricey, but boy helps. Only negative is having to reserve weeks in advance.

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RH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an incredible restaurant. The food was spectacular and the value was fabulous. It was a very enjoyable evening.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this place! This time my filet was a little too over cooked.

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food very good. The service was not good and certainly not up to fine dining service. Not going back anytime soon.

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S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Saddle River Inn and Very Delicious :)

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P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each visit is as outstanding as the last! We noticed new bread this time and we were thrilled! This restaurant just never disappoints!

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for special occasions! Food was wonderful and the service was great. Everyone was very attentive.

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R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good food with price as expected. Service excellent, but portions a little on the small side. Ambience meh and byob. If local to us would def go back.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most memorable dining experiences of all time. The mushroom risotto at Saddle River Inn is by far the best risotto I have ever tasted, superior to other notable dining establishments. This is not a place to be missed.

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JD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming for years Staff is always very professional Anthony is the best and Jamie is an outstanding chef. Always top quality food , never have we had a bad meal.

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DL
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful place, great service and wonderful food. It never disappoints.

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CP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit was for our 10th anniversary. A number of people had recommended the restaurant so we decided to try a new place. The food was incredible, the service was impeccable, and we’ll definitely be back!

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WC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , great service. I would recommend it to anyone. We're great time

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KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always ! We were celebrating my Mother's birthday (96) and she loved it!

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in New Jersey. Love love love the tasting menu!

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JO
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The absolute best, creative, delicious, excellent service and the definition of consistency.

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