The Clinton House, Clinton, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

The Clinton House Restaurant, Clinton, NJ

The Clinton House is an historic restaurant circa 1743, located in the heart of the Historical Community of Clinton, NJ serving traditional American food in a rustic country setting

The Clinton House
2 West Main Street
Clinton, New Jersey

Clinton House: Restaurant Highlights

Fare: American Traditional


Food Quality:
The menu execution and preparation is a notch above banquet quality. Serves all natural & grass-fed steaks

Friendly, attentive, though inconsistent during busy periods.

Historic circa 1743 setting, old rustic, cozy with old, beamed ceilings, and a fireplace.

Overall Rating:  2 1/2 Stars

Note:  Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

Noise Level: Low - Moderate

Dress: Casual

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy a traditional American, steak-oriented menu in a cozy historic setting.

Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer eclectic food in a vibrant trendy setting

Recommended dishes: The Filet Mignon USDA black angus topped with sauteed mushrooms and au jus; The Rack of Lamb, New Zealand all-natural grass fed & finished lamb with demi-glace, and a roasted tomato; and The Sauerbraten German marinated roasted beef, served with potato pancakes and red cabbage.

Liquor: Full service bar with a good beer list and wine selection

Restaurant Review

This historic restaurant circa 1743, located in the heart of the Historical Community of Clinton, serves up traditional American food in a rustic country setting. It remains as the most iconic restaurant in Clinton.

It is set in what was once an inn and public house. The bedrooms are no longer for rent, but the old-school dining room is still open for diners

It has recently been renovated to restore its 18th century atmosphere.

The ambiance is warm, cozy with old, beamed ceilings, and a fireplace.

The patrons tend to be 50+. If you get there on a busy weekend and need to wait for a table, they have a cocktail lounge to enjoy a per-dinner drink. The restaurant is especially festive during the winter months or the holiday season when the stone fireplaces are lit.

The Traditional menu execution is a notch above banquet quality, with an emphasis on natural & grass-fed steaks

The menu items are strict a la carte. Sides are priced seperately. Note of caution - verify cost of addition sides before ordering.

They are family friendly with a children's menu.

The Clinton House dining room is open seven day/week: Monday - Thursday 12-8pm, Friday - Saturday 12-9pm, and Sunday 12-8pm

Open on Thanksgiving with a special Thanksgiving menu

(Updated November 2023)

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