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About Water and Wine
Charming ambience and stunning outdoor views provide the setting to experience our steaks and seafood with Mediterranean flair. We invite you to enjoy our celebrated new American cuisine in this comfortable and elegant atmosphere.
Watchung, NJ 07069
American, Italian, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30-3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We also have a private lot.
Private Party Contact:
James: (908) 755-9344
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Water and Wine Ratings and Reviews
I did not like being seated based on the Open Table algorithm instead of where would have liked to be seated (since we did make a reservation). With a completely empty restaurant, the next couple after we were seated were put right next to us. Then, a table of seven people (including young and loud children) were crammed into a small table next to us on the opposite side. We felt uncomfortable with the wait staff and other customers so close to us. I probably will NEVER use Open Table for a reservation ever again, and I will NEVER go to Water & Wine. We were rushed by our waitress, we had to ask for utensils, and the ambiance was more like a sports pub than what we expected.
Food was good, but not great. Portions are generous. We were seated at a strange unusually long table which was not conducive to a cozy Valentine's day date. When we asked to be moved, we were told nothing could be done about it.
The service was prompt, but perhaps too prompt. They were clearly trying to rush tables through so they could get more "turns" during the big Val Day holiday evening. I was offended that the server pushed back on our request to delay bringing out the desserts a little while so we could digest our entrees. Ultimately they relented and gave us time, but it was not handled well.
First, there is only valet parking - it was fine, with friendly, conscientious attendants. Upon entering the hostess handled coats and seating, which took some time. Understandable, but you are waiting in an entry area that includes a bar. While waiting for our coats to be hung, we are in the middle of traffic and guests at the bar - very uncomfortable (and those poor waiters dodging people!). Once seated, we had a lovely dinner with very attentive waitstaff. The menu is very creative, and expensive (roughly $200/couple) for cocktail, wine, entree and shared apps & dessert. Entree special was halibut which was perfectly cooked but lacked seasoning. Appetizers (octopus and an asparagus/prosciutto dish) were very good. Desserts very good also. So, nice place to go, but certainly not every day and they need to check seasonings. You are well taken care of here.
We are regulars, as in once a week. The wine list is wonderful, but Italian and California - centric. Never fail to find something very good or bette to drink. Food always top notch. Steaks and chops, fish and pasta for every taste and mood. Just went back fir more of the black linguini with bottarga- truly great dish.
I can't even count the number of times we have enjoyed this restaurant! We have visited many times over the years, and it is always a perfect experience. I have celebrated my birthday here many times and tonight was such an occasion. It may be hard to believe, but I can't remember a time when I had less than perfect food and service.
There are many fine places to eat in this area, but Water & Wine remains one of my absolute favorites! Rita took care of us, as she has many times in the past. She even remembers our preferences. James always takes time to great us and all the support staff are delightful!
Can't wait to return!
As always the food was excellent. Our server was not very attentive, didn't come back to ask us if we wanted additional drinks or needed anything. We had to wait for food to be delivered to request drinks. I love Water & Wine, but have always said the decor needs updating. It's a lovely restaurant, but it can be so much more.
We love Water and Wine. Food is outstanding. Drinks are very good. Atmosphere is excellent. James (Manager assuming) makes you feel at home. He treats everyone with such respect. Recommend this place to all.
Only gripe I had is waiter spelled butter on my jacket and did not even say or do anything about it. Annoying. It happens and would not let this stop me from going to such great place.
Please go and support this place, you will love it.
Out traditional Christmas Eve dinner never disappoints. The Ambiance, food and service are consistently excellent. The management here should be commended for being able to maintain high standards in all areas. The dinner menu is large and the daily specials are great. There's a reason we look forward to coming back!
Water & Wine has such a great ambiance that is second only to its delicious food..from entrees to desserts. Wine list is exceptional as well. Yet, most important is that I feel welcome, honored and totally taken care of by all wait staff! A most special place to dine.
Mariano was a great server and the host made sure our napkins were folded on the table. I go to W&W monthly and it always pleases. This is the first time I was in the wooden floor section, but my feet did not fail me -I did not slip, even with my heels. The bone-in filet is unreal! I suggest that and that crab cake app.
The service was amazing. Every person was very attentive to our needs. Champagne and wine was highest quality. I don’t know which was better, the meatballs or short rib raviolis. And the filet mignon special was tender and delicious. Still one of my favorite restaurants.
My fiancé and I dined this pat Sunday I ordered the gnocchi bolognese, he had the angus steak on a bone. They were both very good l, just a little too much salt for my liking. The fig special was amazing along with the bread! This will definitely be a new spot for us!
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