Historic Restaurants of New Jersey

The  Oldest, Historic Restaurants, Many With a Rich Colonial History

New Jersey, one of the original 13 colonies, has many historic restaurants that date back as early as 1706 with connections to the revolutionary war and other historic events.





Northern NJ Historic Restaurants


The Fox and Hound Tavern
The Fox and Hound Tavern
Lebanon, NJ
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T he Fox and Hound Tavern at the Lebanon Hotel (formerly the Cokesbury Inn) is an historic restaurant dating back to the 1800's when it served as a stagecoach Inn..
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Gladstone Tavern
Gladstone Tavern
Gladstone, NJ
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An upscale yet casual landmark restaurant housed in an attractively restored 1847 farmhouse, serving a well-executed menu..
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Ho-Ho-Kus Inn
Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
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The Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern is an historic Circa 1796 restaurant listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They serve a well-executed menu.
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Central NJ Historic Restaurants


Clinton House Restaurant
Clinton House
Clinton, NJ
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Established in 1743 and nestled in the heart of the Historical Community of Clinton, New Jersey resides the Clinton House. Recently renovated to establish its 18th Century Charm. The restaurant is popular with diners who enjoy traditional American food in a warm, cozy historic setting.
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Cranbury Inn
The Cranbury Inn
Cranbury, NJ
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The Cranbury Inn is a landmark Cranbury restaurant with a historic past that dates back to the mid 1700's. It also is an alleged stop on the Underground Railroad. Today it's a popular venue for banquets and holiday dining.
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The Frenchtown Inn
The Frenchtown Inn
Frenchtown, NJ
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Built in 1806 and opened as the Old Brick Tavern. In 1838 it was reopened as The Railroad house. In 1985, an on-going renovation project was started. The first floor was transformed into three beautiful dining rooms and a bar area, which resulted in a fine dining restaurant in Frenchtown.
Today the restaurant is a popular dining spot for diners who come to enjoy fine dining amenities and well prepared food in an attractive historic setting.
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Moore's Tavern
Moore's Tavern
Freehold, NJ
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Moore's Tavern is a restored, historic tavern in dating back to the revolutionary war. Today the Tavern it has been expanded to include a sports bar popular with sports fans and families
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Lambertville House
Lambertville House
Lambertville, NJ
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Built in 1812, this building is on the National Register of Historic Places. A popular stagecoach stop between New York and Philadelphia, Presidents Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant have stayed here. In 1994, a change of ownership occurred and the task of renovating the hotel finally began. By 1997, restored to its 19th-Century glory, the Lambertville House Hotel reopened. Today the restaurant is enjoyed by diners who come to enjoy a seasonally prepared menu that features small plates, Cheese & Fine Charcuterie.
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The Sergeantsville Inn
The Sergeantsville Inn
Sergeantsville, NJ
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The Sergeantsville Inn began as a private residence in the early 1700's in a small city called Skunktown. When the United States Post Office came to town, they would not legitimize the name of Skunktown and it was renamed Sergeantsville, after the well known Sergeant family. With the addition of the two wings in the 1830's it became a grain and feed store. Before the restaurant opened in the early 1900's, the building was also used as a grocery store, ice cream parlor, and a pelt trading center. Although the building has gone through several owners, the original structure and additions have been preserved. Three of the dining rooms, the Library, Ice House and the Wyeth Room still use the original fireplaces. In 1983, the ice house then joined to the main building and now serves as one of the Inn's four elegant dining areas.
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Southern NJ Historic Restaurants

Barnsboro Inn
Barnsboro Inn
Sewell, NJ
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Est. 1720, at nearly 300 years of age thisis one is the oldest; taverns in NJ.
Today it is a popular place for casual dining --- comfort food, with a limited entree menu with nightly live music, boasts a solid outdoor terrace.


Smithville Inn
Smithville Inn
Absecon, NJ
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The Smithville Inn is the featured restaurant in Historic Smithville village with 60 over shoppes. The Smithville Inn serves a well prepared menu in a charming, elegant setting, The Inn has been designated as a Historic site by the United States Government.
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Ye Olde Centerton Inn
Ye Olde Centerton Inn
Pittsgrove, NJ
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This historic inn dates back to 1706 when it was a former stage coach stop between Philadelphia and Greenwich, NJ. Open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
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