Stockton Inn

A Stockton, NJ Restaurant Review

Stockton Inn


Stockton Inn
1 S Main St
Stockton, NJ 08559




Restaurant Highlights

Fare: American

Price: Expensive

Food Quality:



Overall Rating:

Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

thumbs up Traditional American dishes using fresh ingredients

thumbs up Set in a beautifully restored 1710 inn with a cozy, romantic ambiance

thumbs down Service tends to be inconsistent and slow, especially on busy weekends

Value: Good

Noise Level: Moderate

Dress: Upscale Casual

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy excellent American food with attractive, upscale historic ambiance.

Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer simpler food in a less upscale, classic tavern setting.

Recommended dishes: When available, The Char Grilled 28 Day Dry Aged NY Strip; The Braised Short Rib of Bison; and The Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass .

Liquor: Full service bar


Restaurant Review


This Stockton Inn is all about history (circa 1710) fine dining, and very charming decor. This is a destination restaurant offering elegant dining with a cozy, warm atmosphere.

The song “There's A Small Hotel?” was about this Inn when it became the centerpiece of this classic song written by Richard Rogers and featured on Broadway.


The restaurant has many cozy and attractive dining rooms. The Mural Rooms, with fireside dining, are the original living quarters used by the Stockton and Howell families through the 1700’s while they managed the Howell Ferry crossing the Delaware River. During the Revolutionary War, many of Washington’s militia used the Howell Ferry to cross the Delaware River during their surprise attack of the British and the capture of Trenton over the Christmas Holiday.


The Glass Dining Room, was the original Stockton Inn patio and is now an enclosed glass dining room with the stone floor having many US Silver Dollars embedded in the concrete between the flagstones. The Silver Dollars date back to the late 1880s and 1890s.


However, for outside dining in the warmer months there is the beautiful tri-level brick patio with terraced gardens, waterfalls, and a variety of hanging plants.

Under new owner Mitch Millett who purchased the inn in 2012, the restaurant continues to be an excellent, fine dining restaurant.


The dining room is under the management of Alan Heckman. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY , Alan honed his culinary skills at Canlis in Seattle WA, at Craftsteak where he worked under famed chef Tom Colicchio., The sous chef at Aspen Restaurant in Old Lyme CT, and before joining the Stockton Inn, he was the Executive chef at the nearby Washington Crossing Inn


The seasonally changing, traditional American menu offers 10-12 entree selections of meats and seafood using fresh ingredients.


Not recommended for children.


The Stockton Inn is open daily from Wednesday thru Sunday @5pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday


(updated: March, 2015)


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