West Caldwell Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in West Caldwell

April 14, 2018 Etsuko Causey

West Caldwell is a township located in the West Essex area in northwestern Essex County, New Jersey. It is located approximately 16 miles (26 km) west of Manhattan and 6 miles (9.7 km) northwest of Newark. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 10,759, reflecting a decline of 474 (-4.2%) from the 11,233 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 811 (+7.8%) from the 10,422 counted in the 1990 Census.

1. Cloverleaf Tavern

395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006-4908 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 9 - SGD 25 +1 973-226-9812
Excellent
35%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 248 reviews

Cloverleaf Tavern

Reviewed By TonyK300 - New Jersey

A permanent fixture in the area, this place has been featured on TV as well as earning a great reputation for good food and reasonable prices. Although it's an essentially Irish Pub the menu options are more robust and very tasty.
I've never been able to get past the burger selections they have because they are huge as savory - try the triple Double if offered - then go to the gym.
Lively at night and weekends and parking is sometimes difficult, it's worth the effort especially in the warm season when their delightful rear outdoor seating area is open.
Clientele and staff are friendly and the atmosphere is casual. Always a great place to go in the area.

2. Cinar Turkish Restaurant 2

632 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell, NJ 07006-7518 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 862-702-3861
Excellent
48%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Cinar Turkish Restaurant 2

Reviewed By KidLove - Pennington, New Jersey

Had the Ayran Yogurt drink, Red Lentil soup and the Hunkar Begendi which is a classic Ottoman dish of lamb or chicken in a light tomato sauce over warm eggplant puree. Very delicious. The bread they serve here with oil is also very good. Esengul my waiter was patient and helped me with the food selection. Great place for a good meal.

3. Jose Tejas

647 US Highway 46, Fairfield, NJ 07004-1556 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 973-808-8201
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 338 reviews

Jose Tejas

Reviewed By Framm617 - Parsippany, New Jersey

Amazing Tex-Mex! Never leave disappointed. The wait can be a little long, but that just shows you how great this place is. It's a cozy and comfortable mardi-gra atmosphere and the margaritas and chips/salsa are top-notch. One of the best in the area!

4. Starbucks

546 Passaic Ave, West Caldwell, NJ 07006-7449
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By Quinnscommentary - Chatham, Massachusetts

Friendly staff, good fast service. Nice environment to sit, work, chat. They get to know regulars and you don't even have to order, they know what you want. Sandwiches prepared promptly. Nice variety of seating which is appreciated.

5. Sorrento Bakery

36 Eagle Rock Ave, Ste 2, East Hanover, NJ 07936-3171 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Lunch, Breakfast +1 973-887-4442
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

Sorrento Bakery

Reviewed By Artsyfran

Both the deli and the bakery (breads) are wonderful. The Italian bread is always fresh. As another reviewer noted, be prepared to wait in line, this place is always busy. Their Easter bread is soooooo delicious, and I patiently wait for that each year (only made at Easter time)!

6. Dough Artisan Pizzeria

437 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006-5423 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 973-226-3300
Excellent
56%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

Dough Artisan Pizzeria

At Dough, we have a deeply rooted passion for hand-crafted cuisine. Our philosophy means sourcing the finest & freshest local ingredients to provide our patrons with an authentic dining experience. We are proud to partner with local farmers & promote sustainability within our community. Our approach to food is simple: Use fresh ingredients, use the best techniques, & remain focused on the smallest details.

Reviewed By Quinnscommentary - Chatham, Massachusetts

Great service, friendly people from start to finish. Very well organized. Soup of the day was delicious, but a tad salty.

Pizza was different, true wood burning oven. Very tasty; thin and crisp. You have to have a taste for this type of pizza.

Unfortunately, very noisy.

7. Calandra's Mediterranean Grill

118 U.S. 46 East, Fairfield, NJ 07004 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 66 +1 973-575-6500
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 129 reviews

Calandra's Mediterranean Grill

Reviewed By rayej - Clifton, New Jersey

I was a guest here for a 60th birthday party. The establishment was impeccably clean and beautifully decorated. Our food was served buffet style. Everything was delicious! The dessert platter of Italian pastries was to die for. This restaurant is inside of Hampton Hotel and nearby are two other Calandra's businesses so be sure to get the address for the right establishment. TIP: For some odd reason, the hosts were not allowed to bring home the leftover food that was paid for. So, establish this with management before booking in order to prevent any issues.

8. Pf Market Restaurant

1090 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell, NJ 07006-7118 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +1 973-227-1007
Excellent
44%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 63 reviews

Pf Market Restaurant

Reviewed By Jax12122015 - Roseland, New Jersey

First the service was horrible. Sat for 15 min after we were given menu, thought we were invisible. This happened all night we had to flag down a different waitress to get dessert menu and only 3 tables occupied
Food very disappointing, the fra diavlo sauce was not at all spicy, way too much salt and over cooked shrimp. Also pricey, for what they charge should be perfect. Have noticed the food is never consistent. Had chocolate lava cake for dessert, they need to look for a recipe because I had chocolate cake with Hershey syrup warmed and topped with ice cream, cake was so dry. Don't know if I would go back. Acoustics are bad can't hear any one at your table talking.

9. Divina Ristorante

461 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006-5424 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch +1 973-228-5228
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

Divina Ristorante

Reviewed By David T - Seattle, Washington

Have been frequently visiting family and doing business in the north New Jersey area from Seattle WA for many years, and always include a dinner at Divina Ristorante. A wonderful place that meets (and exceeds!) all the characteristics of a top quality dining experience: outstanding menu, top rate food preparation, delightful staff, and always a warm welcome. Its very popular with only a few tables, so it's a must to book a reservation in advance. Bring your own wine (there's a good value wide selection wine shop just across the street).

10. The Original Pancake House

817 Bloomfield Ave, West Caldwell, NJ 07006-7154 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout American, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 973-575-9161
Excellent
39%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 79 reviews

The Original Pancake House

Reviewed By Luvs2TravelAnywhere - New York City, New York

This place is awesome. There was no line on a 90 degree Saturday morning in September which was a treat. Huge menu with huge servings - every dish comes with a side of pancakes so bring your appetite. The egg white vegetable omelette is baked in the oven, largest I have ever seen, and delicious. Pancakes are consistently good.

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