The Village Inn

4.5
130 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Welcome to The Village Inn. Begin your culinary journey at one of the top restaurants Wayne NJ has to offer. Executive Chef John A.Martino cec, has created an amazing dining experience, ensuring The Village Inn’s position as one of the most sought-after New Jersey restaurants. If you’re searching for the leading restaurants Wayne, New Jersey has to offer, look no further. The Village Inn also provides services for any events, parties and intimate dinners. The Village Inn has become known as one of the best American Bistros in NJ. Experience creative cuisine is what has become perhaps one of the most beloved authentic American/Italian restaurants in Wayne New Jersey.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - close

Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday: starting at 2:30pm

Brunch & Lunch open for private parties only
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Phone number
(973) 696-0555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John A. Martino C.E.C.
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Catering
See our website under the Cook and Carry menu - full listing of off-premise catering with prices available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Valley Road
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Parking details
90 parking spots available in our private lot
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Public transit
Bus stop right on the corner of Runnymede Dr.
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Entertainment
Friday nights we have a classical guitarist, Serge.
Go to Youtube him to see him play: Inesperado Classical Guitar.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

There were only three table occupied, and yet it was a three hour adventure. I am one who never likes to be rushed, and want to "dine", not "eat", but this was over the top. No idea why. Food was good, but I'll not go back.

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TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our meals were fantastic! I had the chicken parm with their fabulous sausage bolognaese sauce, and my wife had the salmon. Both portions were huge, leaving plenty to bring home for a second meal. Service was just a bit slower than we would have liked, but there was a large party going on and the wait was understandable and well worth a minor wait!

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DL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service!

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E
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I liked my barbecued salmon but my husband and my cousin hated their meals. My husband said he's never had chicken piccata with a cream sauce and my cousin said what was supposed to be prosciutto on her chicken dish was more like burned bacon and she didn't eat much of it since it didn't taste "right". During our cappuccinos I noted a bug crawling on the wall but didn't say anything in order to leave peacefully since my companions were already in bad moods. Perhaps these comments are unfair to the establishment, since our server was lovely, but it is what it is and we will not be going back.

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As I indicated: food, service, and ambiance were excellent. We, in fact, have visited this establishment on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here. The food was delicious. DELICIOUS! Our server was awesome too. She was a good time. Made us feel very comfortable. Her name was Michelle and would recommend people ask for her lol The food came out at a timely fashion. Was not rushed at all. We were able to eat and enjoy it all. Definitely coming back very soon.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent service outstanding!
If your lucky you’ll get Michelle as your server she was awesome and funny great sense of humor!

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JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and it was a very nice dinner. Enjoyed ourselves very much.

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NV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I regret not getting our waitress's name because she was wonderful and deserves an extra shout out. We went on a Wednesday and it was perfect. Busy but not crowded. Its cozy and comfortable with amazing food and great service.

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent. Fresh and delicious. Server is very attentive and offers wonderful suggestions.
The only criticism I have is the restaurant is cold, so it was not very comfortable.
We will definitely go again.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very nice place and if you have a sweet tooth this is definitely your kind of place Chef goes all out preparing a lot of nice desserts

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RF
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating staff, excellent food and service.

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MF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent service, good service. atmosphere was very comfortable

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EM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly upon arrival and our waitress was very friendly and attentive. The decor has been updated more recently however, just a little too bright. They could/should dim the
overhead lighting a little. It would add to the ambiance of the nicely glowing fireplace. We had two orders of veal chops, a hanger steak and chilean sea bass. All meals were good sized portions and very tasty but seemed to all have the same maderia wine gravy...it was good but odd that it was on everything. We ended with cappuccinos and dessert samplers. All in all, very enjoyable and will definitely return.

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JV
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a very good and fun dining experience. love it here.

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WM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Village in is a 1950’s throwback both in decor and menu. While we were looking forward to some old standards, our three meals were below what we would expect. Tough strip steak was served with over cooked green beens, crab stuffed shrimp were charred and overdone and the burger was over seasoned. Our meal arrived over an hour after we sat down. Although the waitress was solicitous, the manager was unapologetic, stating that was what we should expect on a busy Saturday evening.

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F
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The menu is extensive and each selection was excellent.
Our server, Heidi, is a real pro.

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JV
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistently good meals. Great value. Warm, friendly and inviting. Great bar. Nice party room and wine cellar for small parties. Perfect neighborhood restaurant.

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a
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable, food was outstanding! we’ll be back soon

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ML
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious as usual. Michelle our server was great.

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ML
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our server Michelle was great and the food was delicious. Will definitely return!

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VG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went for our birthdays. Had been there 15 years ago, remembered it was good. On the reservation request it asked for any special requests. I asked for a table near a wall or in a corner as my husband has hearing issues. Got there and was seated in th middle of the restaurant, with a birthday party of at least 40 people right next to us. I told the seater that we requested a corner table or near a wall and was told this was the only table for 2. The others were tables for 4. I explained the issue and was told this is all I have for you. Why ask for special requests if they are ignored? The food was good and the server very good, but the noise level was soooo high, we couldn’t have conversation! I will never go back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of my regular spots for a relaxing dinner,with conversation and good food!

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LT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This is a nice local restaurant with good food and a generally quiet environment. The restaurant is possibly overly ambitious; concentrating on fewer more choice selections might be a better option. The prices are not a bargain and the decor is a bit dated. Nice bar crowd. Great potential for the future.

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ET
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

been coming here for years. consistently great food and good value. Nice atmosphere. Lively bar and John has great appy choices to accompany drinks. Reasonably priced

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s
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and great food! Wonderful times whenever we go. People and staff are friendly and the place is a great value for the meals you get. Interesting combos for meals, so food is high quality.

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GG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Took our mother here for her birthday. We loved it! We were from out of town so we needed a neighborhood gem. We found it at The Village Inn. Delightful in every way. We will go back for sure. Great friendly service. Food was very good.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There are plenty of dining options in my area and we enjoy going to most. However, we now consider The Village Inn our "go to" place for a great meal and friendly service.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife, son and I came to New Jersey to visit family, on a whim we decided to find a local place with good reviews. The Village Inn already had good reviews and we a groupon to go with it, so we decided to give it a shot. My wife and I are an interracial Muslim couple, and given our current political climate I was a little on edge to begin the evening and I readied myself for anything. However the wait-staff, fellow patrons and even the ownership/management were so kind and courteous to us that my worries were quickly dispelled. The food was delicious and delivered in a timely manner. Our hostess/server, Heidi, was extremely helpful and even gave us directions to make it to the restaurant in order to avoid the flooded roads. The ownership and other patrons played with our son and engaged with us too. I really hope that we can make our visits to The Village Inn a regular occurrence for years to come! Thanks everyone!

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

We have been here several times and never dissapointed. Awesome

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

wonderful restaurant for the value. Food was vry good as was the house wine.

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J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our waitress was very efficient and friendly
Food was delicious

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OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thank you to the wonderful staff at Village Inn for honoring my request for my dinners to be as low in calories as possible. They really created "spa cuisine," and I'm very grateful! (Photos are grilled veal chop with steamed broccoli rabe, and plain broiled Chilean Sea Bass with simple vegetables.)

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RV
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

This was for a Mother's Day Dinner. The menu was limited to a few items. I had the filet mignon and my wife had the shrimp scampi. The dishes tasted like they were precooked and were just warmed up when I ordered. My wife's shrimp was over angel hair. It was made with RED sauce and not garlic and butter sauce. I have never heard of scampi made with RED sauce. We brought our 8 yr old son. They would not deviate from the menu present for that day. He wanted a burger and they would not accommodate him. The desserts were various slices of cake that appeared to be sliced from the night before. They were dried out. Would not go back again!

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food!!!!! Been here a few times and they never disappoint! You feel like family when you walk through the door! Highly recommend if you haven't been here yet!

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WW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit and still love it. The service and the food are awesome

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WW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and was not disappointed. I plan on bringing my parents for a visit soon

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Not a great experience at all. Took 1 hour for salads to come and then all the meals were not as described on menus. One person had to send the burnt sea bass back and it was half a portion. And on top of it no concession at all from the restaurant

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CA
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the meal, service and bar.

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JW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great food, great service and great ambiance. One of Wayne's hidden treasures.

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