Verjus Restaurant - New Jersey

4.8
1032 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
Owned by Chef Charles Tutino and his wife, Jane Witkin, Verjus serves contemporary French/New American cuisine in a stylish, understated dining room decorated with works by local artists. The menu changes daily and seasonally, taking advantage of local markets and direct sourcing whenever possible. Verjus has a full bar and a list of excellent wines, primarily French and American, at surprisingly low prices. Verjus also features an extensive line of single malt scotches.
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious meal with fresh seasonal ingredients prepared perfectly. Service was outstanding, even the owner came by and remembered us from months ago. All in all a delightful evening.

f
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

An oasis. The quiet music contributed to the very relaxing ambiance. We ordered the bluefish and sea scallops. Both were expertly prepared. The usual mesclun salad was enhanced with endive and the shrimp cocktail was a very generous portion. The only downside was the wait between the courses, about a half hour between the first courses and mains.

MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Verjus is just the right place to go for very good food, a good wine list, and marvelous service that makes you feel like they want you to come back, again and again.

MB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails. Always a great dining experience with delicious food prepared perfectly by the chef and a gracious staff who are attentive without being intrusive. The Friday night weekly themed menu is not only reasonably priced but has plenty of dishes to choose from. A+

C
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Verjus! Hands down the best restaurant in the area!

E
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine made with care and style, adopting traditional French style with the chef's own touch. The house cocktails are an inventive addition.

DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Atmosphere is great. Servers are attentive and the food is great. Would recommend to anyone looking for a pleasant, relaxing evening (with great food) at a reasonable price. Have been a regular for years, and can say (without reservation) ambiance and quality has never wavered.

L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Friday for the three course Shore Dinner which was outstanding. I had their delicious New England clam chowder followed by the lobster 🦞 thermodore entree with their to die for Verjus fries and summer squash. Dessert was excellently prepared blueberry crepes with whipped cream. My husband had gravlax (cured salmon wrapped in thinly sliced cucumber and a mustard sauce)for his appetizer, skate wing for his main course and he also had the delicious blueberry crepes for dessert. Everything was really, really good! Wait staff was excellent.

g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to restaurant close to home. Great food, good wine prices and menu which always has great dishes. Not the boring steak, chicken and salmon most serve.

M
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I don't understand why this place isn't filled to capacity every night. Fabulous food in a lovely tasteful setting at a fair price. Uniformly excellent.

OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing. The best escargot I have ever had. Very calm and quiet atmosphere.

f
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thought the food and service were excellent. A little pricey, however worth the quality.

MJ
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Verjus has been a mainstay in Maplewood forever, and their service and food quality never waiver. They are consistent in their offerings, their service, their ambiance, and overall quality. Would highly recommend.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A French jewel right here in Maplewood! Their bistro nights are wonderful. I recommend it for every occasion.

JS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a quiet birthday dinner here the other night. The restaurant was mostly empty and very quiet. The host was very friendly and eager to make a special experience for us. The food was amazing. Will come here for many more special occasions in the future.

GB
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have dined here on many occasions and always leave more than than satisfied. The food and service are suburb.

LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch ever! Delicious! Wonderful service! We love Verjus!

p
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s just a wonderful place—service, food, attentive

KA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pure hospitality! Soft lighting, jazz music, relaxing ambiance and the most perfectly cooked food! Can’t get better.

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, as usual, was excellent and the service and friendliness of the staff was excellent.

PM
London
21 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden jewel! We had such a nice time. Foods are excellent and service is great. We highly recommend this place.

JP
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food and service. Every dish was exquisite and service was very friendly. Considering quality price was reasonable. Strongly recommend for special occasions

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably delicious & gracious.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a friendly, refined atmosphere. Lovely!

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the Sunday brunch. The service was outstanding and the food was flavorful and fresh. It is real food, made from scratch with seasonal ingredients. The desserts were wonderful. We had rhubarb ginger ice cream, lavender creme brûlée, an amazing chocolate almond cake.....We were a party of 5 and everyone was very happy with our meals, including a very picky 4 yr old. We are absolutely going back.

KT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent yet the very limited menu does not induce a return visit in the near future.

AL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This is a local gem -- a Parisian bistro in our backyard.
Friendly hosts and good food, with a well-selected and affordable wine list, make for pleasant dining.

P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner at Verjus for my wife’s Birthday. Mushroom soup and mesculin salad for starters. We shared the scallops over pasta in a white mushroom sauce, and the hanger steak medium rare. The steak was delicious as were the french green beans and mashed piped potatoes. The seasonings from the salad to the entrees were perfect. Thanks for the great service Verjus!

RB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We've eaten at Verjus for years and it is consistently excellent. Dining is leisurely and the owners are committed to training a young staff to be servers in high end restaurants, so the service can be not perfect, but always very good and well meaning. (personally I will always forgive less than perfect, but well meaning, service and much prefer it to technically perfect, but snotty). The food is always excellent, and the wine list very good.

JM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food every time. And the best cocktails to found bar none. If you ever see the skate wing on the menu do yourself a favor and order it.

CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another memorable evening at Verjus!
The food is delicious without being pretentious. The service and atmosphere are gracious - welcoming and attentive to details. We look forward to our next visit.

r
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful hostess and waitstaff as well as good food. would like more traditional french options on menu.

EU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

1. No ability to handle food allergies. Their solution is to provide poached food "seasoned with salt and pepper". Daughter w allergies ordered salad off the menu, but asked that they not include egg & cheese (her allergens), but keep the avocado & bacon. They served her plain romaine. When we asked where the avocado & bacon went, they returned w avocado, but had "run out" of bacon. This was a menu item and others at our table had bacon on salads! They then OFFERED daughter sorbet for dessert, but, alas, it had "melted". Ridiculous. They should be embarrassed. My poor kid was treated so badly.

2. The owner/hostess was horribly rude to all of us. I called to see if we could come 15 minutes early ("if you have to" she snarled), when my husband asked for sauce for our daughter's naked fish and suggested, "maybe a teriyaki?" to which she snapped, "this is a FRENCH restaurant!"

3. The food is stuck in 1979. Old school French. Overcooked. Gloppy sauce.

4. The waitstaff was excellent. Professional. Polite. I feel sorry for them given how cranky the owner/hostess is.

b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent choices on their prix fixe menu. And the owner even stops by to chat!

CN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was delicious, and the service was very attentive.

RO
New York Area
609 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first visit to Verjus and it was a really nice evening. We started our meal with a great bread and delightful tasting pickled cucumber and red onion salad. We shared crab cakes and a frisee salad, both were enjoyable. Our entrees were Peking duck and a Berkshire pork chop. The duck was tasty but we prefer the skin a little crispier. My pork chop had a savory flavor and was cooked well. My only criticism was that there was an abundance of thick fat around most of the meat, which I would have liked trimmed leaner. The service was cordial and attentive, and the owner, a delightful woman, engaged us in stimulating conversation over cups of coffee and a superb lemon ice cream. It was a wonderful evening.

SN
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I made reservations after a show at NJPAC as part of our anniversary celebration. We were promptly greeted by the an owner/manager who made us feel very much welcomed.

This was a night of firsts for us as we had never dined in a French restaurant before. Escargot, skate wings and a few of the sides were new to both of us. One taste and we knew we made the right decision to step outside our culinary comfort zones. Serving sizes were adequate in that we were satisfied when the meal was finished. Just enough to make us feel full but not as if we'd over eaten. I must say we were surprised at the size of the crab cake appetizer. It consisted of two good sized crabcakes that contained just enough filler to hold everything together and was served with a modest sized salad.

The service was fantastic. Staff were attentive and quick to take care of any additional requests. Most importantly, at least for us, the staff did not seem overbearing. We were able to enjoy our meal without feeling as though someone was hovering over us or trying to rush us along.

Overall we had wonderful dining experience and got to taste some excellent cuisine outside our normal fare. Certainly a restaurant that we would return to in the future.

a
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most delicious dinner at Verjus the other night. Everything was perfect: from the friendly welcome, to the excellent cocktail, to a truly wonderful dinner. Special delight was their asparagus salad with blood orange - it was perfect. We both had the scallops and loved them. I highly recommend this restaurant.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still absolutely the best in the SO/MW area; along with Lorena's.

P
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect evening! Never disappoints! The special Friday night menu was well-executed.

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