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The Boat House Restaurant

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American, Bar, Pub
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1040 County Road 521, Swartswood, NJ 70877
+1 973-300-0016
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The Boat House is a throwback to a different time, different era of restaurants. Well balanced menu, nothing too fancy, sizable portions and good straightforward value. Setting is wonderful, decor is perfect 1960s boathouse feel but not tired, it's right on. If you want to take a step back to a simpler, less stressful era in dining, this will do... More 

Thank slackpacker
Montville, New Jersey
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Been here before a few times and it is always a great experience. Outdoor dining on a beautiful day can't get much better. The food is consistently good. I'd go back again.

Thank MadisonW22
glenwood, nj
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126 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

I had been looking forward to coming to this restaurant for sometime. I want to start with the positives. Beautiful setting on the lake. Gorgeous patio with amazing plantings. They take pains to keep it nice and the staff is very dedicated. Our waitress Kelsey was so nice and extremely accommodating throughout. She apologized each time a problem occurred, even... More 

1 Thank karenbearcountry
Long Valley NJ
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82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The ONLY place to eat in good weather is on the patio behind the building. The table are set in a paradise of gardens overlooking Swartswood Lake. The owner's husband, we are told, does the gardening and he is truly as expert. The whole spring and summer season finds the most beautiful, colorful flowers in full, healthy bloom surrounding the... More 

Thank newjerseyvagabonds
Hamburg, New Jersey
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is one of my daughter favorite places as it is only minutes away from her home. Reservations are necessary as it is a popular place. We were seated near the lake, nice ambiance. The menu is somewhat limited, pleasant and attentive service . My choice of Chicken Murphy was very well prepared. The seating could use some cushions... More 

1 Thank RENATE D
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

This was a birthday celebration dinner for my 92 year old mother. She loved her Sea Bass. She's still talking about how good the food was and can't wait to go back. A little pricey at $26. They do start you off with soup or salad. Great relaxing view also and nice wait staff. Less expensive for lunch.

Thank Roadtripgirl918
Mount Olive, New Jersey
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353 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

The Boat House offers a great view of a small lake from the main dining room, outdoor deck, or patio below. A bit over half of the seating is outdoors so was promising. Interior is nice, slightly dated but nothing bad. I agree with several other reviews in that the hostess or manager can be quite ride at times making... More 

1 Thank RDCononver
Newton, New Jersey
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170 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Casual elegance with a view of Swartswood Lake--The Boat House is near-perfect as a place for a wonderful lunch or dinner. Friendly service and delicious food. We came for an early dinner; we will come back again and again.

Thank Jean L
sussex cty, nj
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have come here on a few different occasions. It's so hit and miss, and tonight was a miss. We had our family of four, and we sat on the patio. Our waitress left a lot to be desired. When she brought bread to our table, the butter was crumbly and weird and when we realized we... More 

2 Thank 15dogs
New Jersey
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50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Lunch here on a breezy summer day was beautiful! Lovely flower garden, good food & a very relaxed atmosphere.

Thank Judy S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1040 County Road 521, Swartswood, NJ 70877
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Swartswood
  • Phone Number: +1 973-300-0016

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?