Ten of the Oldest 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
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.
The Farmhouse at the Grand Colonial
Homesteaded in 1685, The Farmhouse at The Grand Colonial is a window into the architectural, medical and military history of Hunterdon County. The Blane Homestead was built by master craftsmen and is the oldest known building in Hampton New Jersey. Its walls are two-feet thick and its massive hand-hewn beams support the solid three-and-a-half story structure. The stones in the fireplaces, which are original to the building, are not from Hunterdon County and were likely brought here in the ballasts of European ships to steady their transatlantic voyages. Today the restaurant is popualr as a banquet venue and for diners who come to fresh farm to table cuisine marries the freshest, locally sourced ingredients with an upscale and relaxed ambiance.
Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern was constructed in 1796 by Andrew Zabriskie as a home for his son. It was once used as a parsonage and first became a tavern in 1890. It was a favorite dining spot of former President Richard Nixon. In December 2009, Gordon and Laurie Hamm, Ho-Ho-Kus residents and longtime admirers of the Inn, reopened the borough-owned building following a seven-month, $1.5 million renovation project
Today the restaurant is popular with diners who come to enjoy casual pub tavern dining, and special occasion, more formal dinning in the upstairs dining rooms
Central NJ Historic Restaurants
The Cranbury Inn
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
The Frenchtown Inn
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.
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
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.<
The Sergeantsville Inn
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.
Southern NJ Historic Restaurants
Est. 1720, at nearly 300 years of age this is 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.
Ye Olde Centerton Inn
Founded in 1706. Colonial costumes and antique carriages add charm to one of Southern New Jersey's few 18th Century Inns;
Today diners come to enjoy a taste of early Americana and food prepared using fresh grain, artisan breads, croissants and breakfast sandwiches with quality ingredients