Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen - The Oyster Bar

4.6
1338 reviews
$31 to $50
American
Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen is veteran New York restaurateur Chris Cannon's four-part restaurant housed inside Morristown's historic Vail Mansion. The Oyster Bar at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen serves an extensive selection of raw bar and small plates for the table in addition to farm-to-table entrees by acclaimed Executive Chef Joe Mooney.

Guests are welcome to order cocktails from The Vail Bar or select wine from a 450 bottle wine list featuring over 20 wines by the glass. Reservations are accepted 30 days in advance. Jockey Hollow also offers week of reservations in the Vail Bar, a 1920's inspired cocktail lounge located in the mansion's library.

Safety precautions

Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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Audre
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

So I was originally so excited to come here. It was different than I expected a country club to be...being on a main road...cute town though! I did like the different rooms, even though all of them were closed except where we sat. We started off with tea and coffee for Sunday brunch. They were delicious! Then we had the avocado and zucchini appetizer...it was amazing!!! My boyfriend had the French omelette over kale and zucchini...it could've used more flavor...maybe some more Parmesan cheese or some other cheese...manchego is tasty. I got the steak and eggs...I asked for it to be medium...it came out medium rare, so they had to bring it back. When I finally got my food back, there was no more eggs on the plate. He was already finished with his meal so he had to watch me eat. The eggs were a little too runny for my taste...the first batch was better lol. Needless to say, I was a little disappointed...especially that we drove an hour to try it! Maybe it was just a bad day, but sadly we won't be returning. xoxo

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience5

The music level was ridiculous for dining. I couldn’t even hear what the person across from me was saying.

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PriceyButWorthSplurging
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but quality food and wine. The staff was very friendly. The sommelier was very down to earth and not intimidating but able to find a suitable wine spot on. The food was excellent! Interesting and inventive combination of dishes. Most creations were 5 star taste. Loved the appetizers zuccini cappacio & fluke with grapefruit dish! Loved the Bucatini with gorgonzola cheese. Not too crazy about the dessert with the fig & vinegar combination nor the pound cake. Everything else superb!

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GLee
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Really recommend to try this place at least once!

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vipEAK141
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is just an incredible dining experience. The vibe is great, service is outstanding and the food never misses the mark. It’s casual yet gracious and the team there couldn’t be more welcoming.

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AdamF
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Accommodations were perfect for our engagement. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic service! Waitress was so kind and the manager even came over to discuss food allergies in detail.

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ColinL
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Not a great table. Made reservation several weeks in advance.

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GenD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful and the food was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular, inventive food, great cocktails and very interesting wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Fantastic drinks. Awesome staff. The flavor of the food is great. The portion size is miniscule!!

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MikeL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was fine but we sat outside and with the construction going on it was a very far walk to get from the outside tables to the bathroom. I feel that the quality of your food is very good, but I also feel that for the price that you're paying the portions could be bigger.

So the quality is good, the service is good but once again I just think that either the prices should be lower on the food items or the portions should be bigger - that's all I'm trying to say.

I paid $52 for a steak which was very good but it wasn't nearly as big as a steak I would get at Ruth Chris for $52.

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BrendanP
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a special occasion dinner! Would highly recommend

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MollieL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming service! Sat outside… pleasant temp, beautiful setting! Loved it!

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Tess
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Highly recommend the pirogies! Got it as an app. Steak was good. Not a fan of the monkfish dish. Oysters were fresh.
Fantastic cocktails. Wonderful place. Great service!

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
159 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The server was great and food was good but we won’t be back because we were not told ahead of time on phone or on open table that they require vaccine for inside dining, we would not have made reservation and drove all the way there to be forced to sit out in cold

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vipDavidF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The biscuits and heirloom tomatoes were great. The scallops weren’t hot. The server said that the kitchen would do it again, but she brought out the scallops I sent back. They were probably reheated. All the entrees were a disappointment including the shrimp my wife ordered and the pasta made for my daughter.

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vipKenD
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

From the grand exterior I expected this restaurant to be a little fancier, but it's pretty informal. Limited menu but everything we had was very good.

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Zapper
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

My wife and I attended a show at the Mayo PAC, so we decided to try Jockey Hollow. We needed to show proof of vaccination and were asked to wear a mask to our seats. All this was fine, but if the customers are requested to do so, shouldn't the staff be held to the same standard. Almost everyone working there did, but one staff member wearing a black and white floral coat, who I believe was a manager, was not wearing a mask the entire time. This made my wife uncomfortable because all the precautions mean nothing if everyone isn't following the rules, especially a manager that interacts with many of the customers. The food was great, especially the biscuit appetizer, and our server did a great job, but our experience was uncomfortable because of the individual that wasn't wearing their mask.

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GregB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply perfect all the way around

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DeeL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I've been to JC many times in the past. We were celebrating our 20th Anniversary. Food was just OK--the Burratta salad had just a few pieces of the cheese which is the main piece of it. Biscuits were bland and entrees were ok. Overall, not worth the $270 we spent. But the staff and service was great!

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vipLindseyP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful anniversary dinner- wine and food was delicious and the music playlist was perfect!

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vipValeriep23
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had dinner there last night; food was delicious. We had the oysters, they were plump, cold & lushes. We also had the smoked fish on Brioche, doesn’t sound good but was surprisingly delicious. For our entrees we got the strip steak which was so tender & flavorful. We also had the scallops & pork snitzell, both very good & the sides were great. For desert we got the peach cobbler with cornbread crust, so so good!!! The music was great & the service was excellent. The meal was pricey, but the food & service was worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Delicious food but failed to go above in customer service when I had a reservation for 6 over two weeks out and they crammed us in to a table for 4. Our appetizers barely fit on the table and it would have been an appropriate gesture to give something back to us on the house for the inconveniences but nothing like that occurred, that's why stars removed.

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Claire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Wine was lovely. Service was lovely. I paid 50$ for a steak that was sub par at best. Quality has gone down since the last time I dined there.

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WendyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal on the outdoor patio. Each of meals (one seared scallops, one sea bass and one pasta with mushrooms and white beans) and each of our appetizers was wonderful. Also highly recommend the peach cobbler for dessert. The wait staff was attentive and helpful. We were entertaining an out of town guest and this was a great choice for dinner!

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vipFirsttimer
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Fist time experience. Pretty much your average restaurant. High end image that failed to deliver. Only exception was staff. Great service, very knowledgable and welcoming staff.

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KaitlinL
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Jockey Hollow has a lovely outdoor patio and it's perfect for a sunset dinner. Our server was excellent in checking in with us without being disruptive and he made some lovely recommendations for both food and beverage.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JH is a wonderful experience, with great and personable staff. Plus, our favorite NJ Chef has now joined the restaurant. We traveled from Trenton, and will be back again and again.

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LindaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening... Food was expertly prepared.. unique and delicious. Wonderful service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and innovative food. Service was top notch. Staff was awesome.

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Jennifer
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waitstaff and beautiful setting - lovely night out with friends before show at MPAC.

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MustGo
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining here, and we will be coming back. The food was excellent and the service was stellar! We had tickets for a show at 7:30 at the Mayo PAC, so we made reservation for 6:00. The team of waiters kept us on time without feeling like we were being rushed. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were phenomenal

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MSL92
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been promising ourselves to get to Jockey Hollow since Chris Cannon hosted pandemic Zoom wine tastings over the long winter of 2021. Sorry it's taken so long! We sat in the outdoor area and what a lovely setting overlooking the Vail mansion gardens and South Street. Service was outstanding. Food was amazing: Gruyere Biscuits to start. Scallops with cauliflower, leek and almond; Grouper with eggplant tahini. The prossecco was as described, a perfect balance between fruit and minerals, and of course, they order so much of it, it has the JH logo on the label! Would definitely recommend the JHBK patio as the #1 casual-elegant spot with a NYC flair in Morristown.

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RobinI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and special; the staff is wonderful.

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TaraD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. Loved the ambiance. Service was excellent and food was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been regulars at JH but took a break with some less than pleasant experiences with service, food, and seating. We decide to try again and were very very pleased with all aspects. Cocktails, oysters, biscuits, burger, ravioli, and the incredible funnel cake inspired dessert.

Service was excellent and it is not lost on us how hard it is for the service industry to find and train staff. They did a great job and all seemed to pitch in.

The sommelier was great - he even brought over a sample of Armenian wine.

Had an excellent experience and worth the slightly pricy menu - well worth it.

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vipUweT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and like always great kitchen. They opened up the upstairs dining again!

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vipMaalem
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our son’s birthday. The dinner was fabulous all around and the proprietor, Chris Cannon, went out of his way to welcome us and provided guidance on some special champagne to have with our dinner! Z.

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Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen - The Oyster Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 1338 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.