The Clinton House

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1072 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Clinton House located in beautiful historic Clinton, NJ was established as an inn in 1743. The cuisine centers on ample portions of fresh seafood prepared with an European flair, prime meats, and desserts baked in our in house bakery.
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JW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. I mentioned I got the bread pudding and I mentioned I didn’t like raisins so they made mine without them. Didnt expect. The cook went out of the way to prepare the desert without raisins!!! Excellent over the top!!! Customer service superior

j
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

One of our favorites but things were off. Food was okay.... too much sauce on scallop special. unfortunately our server Yvonne was very off. luckily it was only glasses of water that were spilt and we requested new tablecloth, but it did drench one of our party . A lot of dropping things and just off and not as pleasant as prior. I think she was worn out

GC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always had a great dinning experience at the Clinton House. Excellent all around.

c
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a regular stop for us and has been for over twenty years. The restaurant never disappoints .
We bring all our friends here when ever they are in town.

a
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Allison was my waitress and was great, friendly, and accommodating as she is always. Open Table always recommends other restaurants for me to go to but I don’t want to dine anywhere else but the Clinton House. The Clinton House is to Restuarants what Muhammad Ali was to boxing, The Best!

The Clinton House
Responded 7 days ago

Anthony, we love you!

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8
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance.

PA
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely structure dating back to 1700's. Ample Parking. Nice ambiance. Service somewhat slow and impersonal. Food very good. Steak and pork chop entree excellent. Dessert fair. May return to reevaluate.

a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jackie, as always, was attentive as ever. The Clinton House should consider themselves blessed to have such an excellent, accommodating waitress.

FR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The steaks were soo good. We enjoyed our dinner very much.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

When I am celebrating with friends, I want everything to be perfect and our experience at the Clinton House has always given us that. I love the crabmeat imperial and the warm fresh bread from their bakery is fantastic. We picked a pie to share from the bakery and had it served at our table. Their specials are always excellent choices and the bar is fully stocked. We love the the atmosphere, the stone fireplace and walls. Have been many times and will continue to go for a fine dining experience.

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

forget a review, why do we never receive points .we now only use your service if the site takes us thier

JR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm quiet atmosphere with a cozy feel. Very clean and the staff could not have been friendlier We immediately felt like regular customers although this was our first visit. We will definitely be returning!!!

The Clinton House
Responded on 24 August 2019

Wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to share with us your experience. Cheers.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came to see. Michael Andrew. Very entertaining

WR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is one of the most consistent restaurants we frequent. Food is always above expectations, the service is friendly and efficient and the overall atmosphere is enjoyable.

RG
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Pleasant attentive and wonderful bar staff .
They could almost anticipate our needs . Food was hot and tasty

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my sons wedding

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food,
Good service
Parking was difficult because of construction

The Clinton House
Responded on 30 July 2019

Thank you so much for your review!

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a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, The Clinton House was very accommodating even for a busy Saturday night. The air conditioning was the perfect solution to the 95 degree weather outside.

BT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 1

Our first visit. The food was excellent.
But, the AC wasn't operating, which negativy affected our experience.
The waitress said the problem has been for several days..
Should have been repaired!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Slow service, it was very warm and uncomfortable inside.

The Clinton House
Responded on 22 July 2019

Hi there, thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, due to the temperature outside being over 100 degrees, one of our AC units overheated and shut down. We apologize for any inconvenience!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 1

We were looking forward to a nice meal in a cool restaurant. On a hot day the restaurant was way too hot. Uncomfortable temperature. Prime rib was delicious. Shrimp were tough. If it would have been cooler we would have stayed for dessert and coffee.

The Clinton House
Responded on 22 July 2019

We're glad you enjoyed the prime rib. Unfortunately, because the temperature was over 100 this weekend and one of the AC units just overheated and shut down! Sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to have you come by again.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Have been there many times and was always very satisfied. This time however my experience was not the best. I now have celiac and felt there was not a lot I could not eat. Also our waitress did not seem very gluten savvy. I have found most of the better restaurants are very familiar with celiac and if there is something on the menu that is not gluten free they are willing to make it without gluten.
Having said all that, I would give the restaurant another try.

The Clinton House
Responded on 22 July 2019

Thank you for your feedback Dennis. We will be sure to go over those menu options with them. We hope to have you in again soon.

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CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful service..loved it, and will definitely go again!

The Clinton House
Responded on 22 July 2019

Thank you Carole!

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PC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner and wonderful atmosphere as we celebrated our anniversary,The owner and the staff were very friendly and efficient and made for a wonderful night. Thank you,Terry and Pete Clark

The Clinton House
Responded on 16 July 2019

Thank you, Terry and Pete, for celebrating your special occasions with us! We are so fortunate to have customers like you and we are looking forward to having you for the next anniversary. Congratulations!

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a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress Cheryl has been waiting on me for almost 30 years. As always, she is always accommodating to my food preferences. She and the Maître d’ Kevin make it such a pleasure that I look forward to when I go to this Restaurant.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, stuffed salmon was delicious! Our waitress Sarah was the best! Great way to celebrate my husband’s birthday!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We’ve been to the Clinton House a number of times. We sit in the bar dining area. It’s a mixed bag... this time the food was great, the service was ok. It was a Monday night, not many diners, but the service was slow.

In addition, we started out ordering draft beer. Our server came back to the table to inform us that the IPA was “blown”, so I changed my order to Stella, then she came back and informed us that the Flemington brand beer was not available (which my husband had ordered) and the draft beer was warm due to the “lines being warm”... holding a glass of warm Stella and asking me if I wanted it. Ahhhh... noooooo.

Thankfully the food was delicious. But, we won’t be going back for a long time.

The Clinton House
Responded on 16 July 2019

Camp, we're sorry you had such a strange experience with us. Please email us at your convenience and hopefully we can rectify this. Theclintonhouse@comcast.net

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a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laura was my waitress and she contributes to a very relaxing atmosphere. No matter how crowded it is, her individual attention is in no way stressful. I would highly recommend her and the Clinton House for dinner as your waitress on a busy Weekend or any other time.

The Clinton House
Responded on 1 July 2019

Laura is fantastic, thank you for your comments!

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a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sheryl has been my Clinton House Waitress for the last 25 years. Back then and now she is awesome! Always remembering my personal food preferences.

The Clinton House
Responded on 27 June 2019

That's awesome Anthony, we'll be sure to tell her.

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AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere at Clinton House is warm and inviting. The food was excellent. Our server was very friendly and accommodating.

The Clinton House
Responded on 1 July 2019

Thank you Anne, we're so happy you enjoyed your time with us!

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LN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We've been to The Clinton House many times over the years and this visit was a disappointment.
The food was mediocre. I had the lobster bisque and it was bland. It had not been mixed well and there were 'chunks' of the creamy base. For the salad, I had the house catalina with blue cheese crumbles. All they did was plop one large blue cheese chunk into the middle of the dressing. My entrée, the seafood newburgh, was very good. Lots of seafood in a tasty sauce. Over steamed veggies on the side though.
Husband had a steak which he reported as underseasoned, surrounded by potatoes that were quite dry.

There are plenty of other restaurants in the area that serve steak and seafood, we'll be going to one of them next time.

g
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overpriced food, casual but effecient service and a good one time experience!

a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very nice and quite a surprise for the Waitresses to sign Happy Birthday to me as they were serving my favorite cake with a lighted candle. Thank you. Evonne was my waitress and Kevin was the maître d’. Both are very nice staff and so accommodating.

The Clinton House
Responded on 21 June 2019

Thank you Anthony! We hope you had a wonderful birthday and look forward to having you back!

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DS
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were wonderful ! We loved the ambiance. We will definitely be back.

The Clinton House
Responded on 21 June 2019

Thank you Deborah!

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L
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Clinton House has a very warm however my filet mignon could have been more tender. The cheesecake was absolutely the best I've ever had. Our waitress was very attentive to our needs and all the courses were brought out in a timely fashion. I could have done without her calling me "Dear" every time she referred to me, though. Toward the end of our meal we heard a horrible banging, which was completely out of their control, but it was a bit disturbing. Over all it was a good experience.

The Clinton House
Responded on 11 June 2019

Hi Linda, thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, the banging you heard actually came from fireworks that were going on in the town festival, so there wasn't anything we could do. Our staff treats everyone like family, and that's probably why "dear" was used. We apologize for any offense taken. Again, thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

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a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level was not quiet but not disturbing. It was nice to to other people enjoying such a fine place especially with a Graduation Diner and a 92 year old woman’s birthday party.

The Clinton House
Responded on 11 June 2019

We are so glad you enjoyed yourself!

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch on Saturday since Dinner menu is extremely expensive. To be honest, we didnt have a high expectation thinking its juz another fancy old restaurant but we would love to try due to its history. The Restaurant is so charming but so sad it has no outdoor seat. Service was excellent. But to my surprise, the food was AMAZING!!! Oysters were so fresh, crab meat was so fresh ! My short ribs was to die for except i would prefer more of that delicious gravy lol But the most surprising thing is the beet salad!! And i hate beets!!! The lunch was so impressive that we are now decided to go back and try the dinner!!! AMAZING!!

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Waiter spoke poor English and one meal out of 5 arrived uncooked. Other 4 guests were finished with entree when the cooked prime rib was finally served 25 minutes later. The beef was excellent and very large, however, the waiters language limitation and lack of knowledge of menu made it difficult. Having an advance reservation, the hostess seated guests in the bar area, where there was live music and the entertainer opened it up to very bad, disruptive karaoke at 7pm. For an expensive dining venue, the location for reserved tables was poor and the only accomodation offered was 1 complimentary dessert on a 500plus dining bill. Very disappointing

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service.

The Clinton House
Responded on 11 June 2019

Wonderful to hear, thank you!

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