Fare: New American
Food Quality: Well executed menu prepared with locally sourced humanely raised products. Many of the ingredients are sourced locally from their on-site farm
Service: Attentive, friendly
Ambiance/Decor: Stunning, California modern rustic lodge ambiance set on 10 acres
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four-star Rating System from no stars = poor to 4 stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: Moderate
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy food with natural locally grown ingredients and a chic ambiance in a trendy, upscale, casual setting.
Not Recommended For: Older diners who prefer more fine dining amenities with old world charm.
Recommended dishes: When available; The Tomato Braised Short Rib; The Artic Char, and The Dry Aged New York Strip
Liquor: Full-Service Bar
The Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge is an architectural gem in the style of a spacious California modern rustic lodge, set on ten acres in the hills of the Watchung Mountains,
Dining Patrons are attracted to this restaurant mostly for its ambiance, the high energy, and trendy setting.
The 110 seat, two-level, western style lodge motif is gorgeously nestled among the trees on a ridge in Warren, and the interior done up with stone walls, copper-clad fireplace, wood beams, prominent three level twin glass towers filled with wine bottles, and a 10-seat chef’s table with a window into the kitchen.
The bar and lounge are equally dramatic with comfortable couch-like seating for intimate conversations. The bar is stocked with an excellent selection of cocktails and wines by the glass. A huge bowl of olives with attractive little plates accompany you at the cocktail tables.
There is also an expansive outdoor area with a huge fire pit. reflecting pool, and bocce courts outside. A popular wedding venue, it is difficult not to be enamored with this eatery.
It's a great dining destination for an evening out with a group of friends, a for a date ---- they offer a friendly dining atmosphere, good food and drinks, and with live entertainment.
The restaurant is the creation of owners Frank and Jeanne Cretella, who also own the waterfront Liberty House in Jersey City's Liberty State Park.
Together they have teamed up with Executive Chef Jerry Villa, a long-time chef at Stonehouse who has risen to become the Executive Chef.
Executive Chef Villa oversees a well-executed menu with emphasis on local and humanely raised products. Many of the ingredients are sourced locally from a company called Zone 7 and their own organic farm behind the restaurant, The Dancing Goat farm.
They are child friendly.
The Stonehouse is open Tuesday - Thursday: 5pm -10pm; Friday and Saturday: 5pm - 11pm and on Sundays for Sunday Brunch: 11am - 3pm and Sunday Dinner: 5pm - 9pm
Their indoor and outdoor bars open at 4:30 pm Tuesday -Sunday
They are also open on Thanksgiving serving a traditional turkey dinner, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve
(updated: November 2020)
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