The Saddle River Inn

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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.

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viplisap
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful meal. Love this restaurant

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Tony
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had gone to the Saddle River Inn a few times back during the reign of owner and master chef Hans Egg. Therefore, we were somewhat sceptical of what new owners Jamie Knott and Peter Lioia would do in order to sustain the immense tradition of this fine establishment.
Well, skeptics no more. The new owners have masterfully sustained legacy dishes (read: Maribar) and interlaced new and creative dinners and appetizers alike.
This is to say nothing of their par excellence dining room staff. The wait staff, host, support, and coat check are all extremely professional, lively, and not the least bit pretentious or robotic.
Lastly, we always end our visit with a walk around the wonderful grounds and adjacent areas. The pictures additionally prove the resounding point that this legendary spot remains strong.

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Eddav
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit under the new ownership. First class all around from the service, food and surroundings. Menu prices are reasonable given the food quality. However, the specials were priced high. A Dover Sole was $68. Seems a little steep. Our main courses ranged from lamb and pork to halibut and shrimp risotto. All were excellent.

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SueC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a lovey dinner. The food and the staff were superb.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambient, romantic setting. We love how cozy and rustic the place. We are 100% coming back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal and experience. Cannot say enough. Wish I could get reservations more often

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LynnB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my husband’s birthday. He enjoyed it immensely

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WillyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding dinner. Only problem is getting a reservation at the Saddle River Inn. We like to have dinner there about every 2 months, but availability is limited.

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viplisas
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saddle river inn never disappoints. Food was outstanding. Cheese plate finish. Amazing. Great place for special moments

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Mahwahian
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was good to return for our anniversary. It had been many years. Nice “elegantly rustic” setting. My veal chop special and my wife’s fish were excellently prepared. Service was efficient and attentive. Kale Caesar was different and tasty. Nice citrusy merengue dessert. Pricey, but very good food and a nice special occasion place.

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vipTVD1
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd dinner at the Saddle River Inn; we like to go for a special occasion and it is definitely worth it. The food, service and ambiance are outstanding

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best.
Two terrific sirloin steaks with all the trimmings. The ladies both had fish dishes.
Great service and ambiance.
Nice relaxing non rushed dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. Great service. Great food. Very nice setting. Can’t wait to go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place anywhere, we go as often as possible and would choose to go here more than any other restaurant. Reservations are challenging at times but what great restaurants aren’t.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Chris
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This could be the best restaurant I have ever been to service and food was outstanding. The only thing missing is a liquor license

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vipJohnV
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. Nick was our server. He was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. It was a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best place in NJ for any occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around lovely and delicious. A bit of a wait in the small waiting area was awkward, but besides that it was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I’m not one to have a broad pallet for food. I mostly stick to the things I know. I figured since this was a special occasion I’d try the 5 course tasting menu. What set me even further out of my comfort zone, considering it’s a blind tasting. Well , I couldn’t have been more pleased with my choice. Since we both got the tasting we each got a different plate at each course. We decided to split each course and the food was absolutely amazing. I got to eat many foods I’ve never tried before and i can’t speak more highly of the chef’s talents. Crab, Scallops, lobster, lamb, carpaccio, halibut, BLT, duck, everything was amazing. I will definitely be returning and highly recommend. All the research my girlfriend did to assure this was the place to eat, did not disappoint.

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viprds04
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best NJ restaurant I've been to, romantic ambience, excellent service, top notch ingredients and food preparation, super professional staff, yet friendly

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SusanC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Tye is great server. Only wish we could get in on a Saturday

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vipThirty
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food is consistently well prepared and inventive. I appreciate that we are always promptly seated.

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vipgarym
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb meal in every way. The best duck breast I’ve ever had.

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viptraveler
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Saddle River Inn is still one of the top restaurants in Northern New Jersey. The food is incredible. I had the duck breast and it was perhaps the best duck I ever had. My wife had the Salmon special and it was just as good. The service is impeccable. Although the prices are higher than most restaurants it is BYOB so the value is still very good.

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vipPaulL
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We had the special of the night, bone-in ribeye steak for two, and it was better than any steakhouse I have been to. For appetizer, I had the squash capriccio and it was delicious and gourmet. My wife had the Sichuan noodles and loved it. This is a special place perfect for romantic dinner!

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ColetteM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always flawless in food and service. I think they can do a little more with upstairs decor. The mirror looks dirty & dingy. Love the downstairs more. Our favorite restaurant. Anthony is very welcoming!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food! Very accommodating to my gluten allergy!

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vipjaybird51
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a truly perfect dinner here on Valentine's Day. Very comfortable seating tables not too close together. Service was very good and food was delicious. We shared the octopus starter and both had steak, the Kansas City special and the filet. Very nice ambiance, got dressed for the occasion and we weren't the only ones. Nice to see people making dinner a special night out again. Would highly recommend.

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GR58
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Never disappoints!

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PhillipM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is the best everything always amazing

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BruceW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in New Jersey and possibly the tri-state area. The food is superb and the service attentive and professional. Worth the cost and wait for a reservation!

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BE50th
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to this restaurant. This was our 4 year in a row that my husband has taken me to The Saddle River Inn for my birthday. He know it is my favorite. Just by my ratings, you know how I feel about this restaurant.

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Mike
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the Saddle River Inn. Came here for an early Valentines Day celebration. Ty was our server. Service was professional and attentive but not pushy. Our meals were excellent. Atmosphere perfect. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best. We’ve been going for many years!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints.

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EmmaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saddle River Inn never misses. Absolutely my favorite place for a special occassion.

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Irina
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, service, food ! We will come over and over again! Haven!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food lives up to the hype. Such a great place for a special occasion.

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