The Saddle River Inn

4.8
1308 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 1308 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

I have been to the SRI before and had a great experience which is why I wanted to go back to celebrate an anniversary. I made reservations a month in advance to get the date and time we wanted. We arrived a couple minutes before our 7:30pm reservations on a Friday night. We waited a half hour to get seated. They give their guests a 15 minute grace period to arrive for reservations, a place like this I feel should then seat their guests within 15 minutes of their reservation. Every other time I have been to the SRI we receive a small tasting of something the chef has prepared that night, it’s fun to taste and see what thwe chef has created. Tables around received this but we did not. We ordered the tuna carpaccio as an appetizer because the last time I was there it was delicious. The basil totally made the dish. This time it was served with micro greens instead of basil which are much less flavorful. When we received our dinner our order of truffle fries did not come out. We had to get the waiters attention to inform him of this instead of him coming to check to make sure we received everything we had ordered. He did apologize that it was his fault, that he forgot to submit the order. I understand this happens but at a place like the SRI this shouldn’t happen. I always get the filet and it did not disappoint. We also got the pork chops which were delicious. We found ourselves having to refill our wine glasses. Again, I have two hands and can pour my own wine but I go to the SRI for the exceptional service and food and unfortunately this visit left me very underwhelmed.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Excellent service, fantastically creative cuisine.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The best restaurant in the area. Hands down. NYC quality dining.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Just all around great! Loved it from the moment we stepped through the door. An exceptional dining experience

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

My husband and I have had the good fortune to have been to this restaurant many, many times. It NEVER disappoints!! The food, service, and ambiance are wonderful (which is why we keep going back). My only criticism is that they tend to run late with reservations. That said, it is still worthwhile and I look forward to going back again soon!!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

This is a great restaurant for special occasions. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The food is outstanding!

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Overall, we enjoyed our time, but there were way too many improvement opportunities to count. The Wagu beef was too tough; Wagu should be tender, luscious, and almost melt in your mouth. While Australian truffles were interesting to try, they don't come close to French and Italian truffles -- yet the price was nearly the same! And yes this restaurant is BYOB, but every server should have formal wine service training. Corks should always be offered. Never store any bottle in the sun prior to opening! And always ask the guest if his/her preference is to put a white wine on ice or keep it on the table -- never assume on ice! The wine service ruined our experience, as we brought rather special bottles of white and red Burgundy to celebrate.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

They are absolutely the best BYOB you will ever attend. The food is five star, the service is wonderful and the overall ambiance is original to the 200 year old barn it is. The location is fantastic, they set up an outdoor seating area by a fire pit near a brook that is wonderful to have a cigar and port wine. What else can I say than you must try this fine dining for yourself. If you would like caviar just call the GM Anthony in advance for any special requests and if at all possible he WILL get it done.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We had an excellent experience at the Saddle River Inn. We decided on the tasting menu and we absolutely loved every course. We’ll definitely be dining at the SRI again.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Haven't been in years but I will definitely return. Food was fantastic! Great taste and presentation. Peanut butter Mousse was out of this world with banana sorbet!
Service was very pleasant and professional. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Absolutely outstanding!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Just a fantastic meal. Service is top notch.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

As always Chef Jamie is amazing and Anthony is always there with a friendly smile

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

My compliments to the Chef. Everyone's meal was outstanding.

The service was not. We even had to pour our own wine during dinner. As you are aware our reservation was made thru Open Table. There was no indication anywhere on the reservation that we had a time limit to eat our dinner. We were told that we had to order since another party would be arriving and our table would be needed. All of us was surprised this was said to us. When we go out with friends, we want to relax, catch up on our families, have a great meal (which we did) and enjoy the evening. The four of us go out quite often, we go to less expensive as well as very expensive restaurants, and this was the first time we were told we had a time limit.

Note: When we did leave, we did not see anyone waiting for our table or any other tables.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

By far the best food & service in all of Bergen County

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Wonderful experience with Manhattan - caliber cuisine!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

This is a fantastic restaurant. Certainly #1. The food is beyond delicious. The service is attentive as always.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Incredible as always. Definitely our favorite place....

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Service ruined this place.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

My wifes birthday

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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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