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Restaurant Latour, Hamburg, NJ: A Restaurant Review

Restaurant Latour, Hamburg, NJ
Restaurant Latour
Crystal Springs Resort
1 Wild Turkey Way (Crystal Springs Rd.)
Hamburg, NJ 07419

Best Rated 2019 New Jersey Restaurant

Restaurant Latour, located in the Crystal Springs Alpine themed hotel resort, is a destination restaurant and an ideal spot for diners celebrating a special occasion.

Restaurant Latour Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  Modern American with International Influences

Price:  Very Expensive

Food Quality:  Extraordinary. Offers well executed, and artfully crafted seasonal menu, using the best seasonal and foraged items, and fresh local produce.

Attentive. not annoying, deferential, and unhurried. Plan on spending three hours for a memorable dining experience.

Stunning, elegant, romantic, modern look using natural and reclaimed elements, with a scenic view looking through the floor-to-ceiling windows out over the golf course to the Kittatinny Mountains.

Overall Rating:
3 1/2 Stars -- One of the best restaurants in New Jersey

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

Value:  Good

Noise Level: Moderate

Dress:  Upscale casual. Jackets are recommended, but not required.

Recommended For:  Diners who enjoy high end fine dining, including creatively prepared food, excellent service, and an impressive wine collection.

Not Recommended For:  Diners on a limited budget who prefer a casual setting with traditional American menu items.

Recommended dishes: When available, The Muscovy Duck with beetroot, chocolate, popped sorghum; The Rabbit Roulade with cascara, prosciutto, king prawn; and for dessert, the dark chocolate with blood orange and beetroot

Liquor:  Full service bar with and over fifty varieties of wines available by the glass.

Restaurant Review

One of the top upscale dining spots in northern New Jersey. Restaurant Latour is located in the Crystal Springs Resort, a 4,000 acre high end Alpine themed hotel resort. This is a destination restaurant and a good choice for diners who can splurge to celebrate a special occasion or for a romantic experience.

The Kitchen is run by Executive Chef Aishling Stevens. Chef Stevens received a degree in Commercial Recreation & Hotel Management from East Stroudsburg University. She later honed her culinary skills in Australia and in the U.K. where she worked as a sous chef at The Walpole Arms, a Michelin Bib Gourmand farm-to-table country pub. Prior to serving as the Executive Chef at Restaurant Latour, Chef Stevens served as Culinary Directer with the American Hospitality Group in NJ.

The well executed, and artfully crafted seasonal menu at Restaurant Latour is prepared using the best seasonal and foraged items, and fresh local produce, when available. The Crystal Springs Resort on-site Chef's Garden provides a seasonal source of organic herbs, lettuces, fruit, vegetables

The menu options include a four-course prix fixe (plus optional cheese) or the seven-course chef's tasting

Restaurant Latour is especially popular with wine aficionados. It contains an impressive wine collection with over 105,000 bottles. Every day at 3 p.m., a complimentary public cellar tour is offered to everybody who signs up for it at the hostess stand by the Crystal Tavern.

In 2018 was inducted into Wine Enthusiast's America's Best Wine Restaurant Hall of Fame. Restaurant Latour is the only restaurant from New Jersey included in the newly-created Best Wine Restaurant Hall of Fame, which also boasts industry royalty like Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Per Se and The French Laundry.

Restaurant Latour has also earned the Grand Award, which is Wine Spectator's highest honor, something it's held every year since 2006. Only 91 restaurants worldwide hold the distinction.

The dining area interior has recently been renovated with a stunning, elegant, modern look using natural and reclaimed elements, including real tree bark, stone from local quarries, caribou hides, and other improvements including antique lighting fixtures from Europe, a hand-woven wool carpet from Barcelona, and custom-made table and chairs upholstered in moss green mohair.

The dining area also has a six-seat Somm table crafted from a local quarry stone and supported by reclaimed train trestles. The Somm Table has communal seating and is less formal than the rest of the dining area. This is nice addition for solo diners who do not want a full dinner and is a popular spot for sampling wines.

A highlight of the ambiance is the scenic view looking through the floor-to-ceiling windows out over the golf course to the Kittatinny Mountains. In the summer there is outside dining on the patio that gets you close to nature with an un-filtered view of the Kittatinny Mountains.

For that special ambiance, arrive for dinner in time to take in the sunset over the mountains. It's a plus for a romantic occasion.

In the warmer summer months, there is outdoor dining on the patio with scenic views of the Kittatinny Mtns in the direction of the Delaware Water Gap and Pennsylvania

Dress Code: Upscale casual. Jackets are recommended, but not required.

Not recommended for children. Children under 12 not admitted

Restaurant Latour is open 4 days/week: Thursday - Sunday for Dinner: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

They are also open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve & New Years Day.

Reservations are required. For weekend dining, suggest making reservations at least a week in advance.

(updated: December, 2019)

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