New Jersey food is not all about boardwalk treats or pasta. In fact, five Garden State fine dining restaurants just made OpenTable‘s list of 100 Best Restaurants in America list for 2016. Yup, using over 10 million restaurant reviews, the reservation booking website whittled down its 24,000 restaurants to a list of the best in the country and our state certainly dominated. Just five other states — New York, California, Virginia, Texas and Florida — had more restaurants on the list.
So, which spots made the list? The Saddle River Inn in Bergen County reigned supreme again, adding to its many accolades. Inside Jersey just named it of the 30 fine dining spots for a special occasion in the state and is a favorite for romantically-inclined diners. The destination is situated in a 19th century restored barn nestled along the banks of the Saddle River and has a 6-course, $100 per person French-inspired seasonal tasting menu. “I’ve always dreamt of owning my own restaurant,” Chef Jamie Knott told OMJ recently. “And the Saddle River Inn is that dream realized.”
Other NJ spots that made the OpenTable national list include the classic steakhouse Franklinville Inn in Gloucester County, French eatery Restaurant Lorena’s in Maplewood, Italian gem Sette in Bernardsville, and waterfront restaurant Peter Shields Inn in Cape May.
Last year’s OpenTable list had four N.J. restaurants: Sette, Lorena’s, Nicholas and Clementines in Avon-by-the-Sea.