Where to Eat in Caldwell: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Weston Hennigan

Caldwell is a borough located in northwestern Essex County, New Jersey, about 16 miles (26 km) outside of New York City and 6 miles west of Newark. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,822, reflecting an increase of 238 (+3.1%) from the 7,584 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 35 (+0.5%) from the 7,549 counted in the 1990 Census.
Things to do in Caldwell

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. Ariane Kitchen & Bar

706 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, NJ 07044-1603 Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner SGD 33 - SGD 59 +1 973-744-0533
Excellent
50%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 93 reviews

Ariane Kitchen & Bar

Seasonal, savory, delicious, comfort food, tantillizing cocktails

Reviewed By Onthebacknine - Wayne, New Jersey

This place is a real treat. To start, it's a very inviting space that is both chic and casual. The staff are extremely personable and the service is excellent. Nice menu with great choices for everyone. We started with the octopus, nicely cooked and very...MoreWe are very happy that you enjoyed your dinner and time at AKB, and look forward to your next visit.

4. Highlawn Pavilion

Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, NJ 07052 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 131 +1 973-731-3463
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 330 reviews

Highlawn Pavilion

Reviewed By ninip0st - Bernardsville, New Jersey

We chose to celebrate a special brithday at Highlawn and now regret our choice. Having eaten here over the years we looked forward to sharing lunch with loved ones enjoying what is an undeniably spectacular setting and view of NYC. But, the food today fell so far short of acceptable that not only are we embarassed for inviting our guests here but are saddened that this day was wasted at Highlawn Pavilion. Perhaps the place is irrelevant now, past its prime, and out of touch. My choice of entree was served completely undercooked, I was afraid to eat it, and when I politely informed our server, he returned it to the kitchen where the chef challenged my opinion. The dish was run through the broiler after which it was returned to me in utter disarray. The appropriate, professional, and courteous solution, at a restaurant that purports to be fine dining, would have been to start from scratch and prepare a new dish. My husband's risotto was served cold and inedible and the shrimp component of our appetizer tasted just awful. In the end, our server wished to satisfy and the cost of the my entree was removed from the check - which was fair - but I, in turn, sat without eating. It seems that Highlawn has some catching up to do. The customer, the paying customer, has a right to determine that, if their meal is undercooked or unnacceptable to them it should be remedied, no questions asked - without a dispute from the kitchem.

5. Mishmish Cafe

215 Glenridge Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042-3562 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 973-337-5648
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

Mishmish Cafe

Reviewed By M3659GGsarahs - Montclair, New Jersey

When I want absolutely reliably, traditional, delicious Middle Eastern food, I eat at Falafel Hut, also in Montclair. When I want delicious Middle Eastern food with a twist, I eat at Mishmish or its new sibling, which is even more convenient to my house, Marcel's -- same chef. Marcel's isn't yet on TripAdvisor, but it has a Moroccan chicken soup that makes me want to have a cold, though it's also luscious when I'm not ill. I bought it the first time when I was, though, and it hit the spot. Marcel's is my favorite of the two.

6. Rock N Joe

339 Bloomfield Ave, corner of Smull Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006-5150 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Waitstaff Cafe Breakfast, Brunch +1 973-226-1116
Excellent
43%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Rock N Joe

Reviewed By Michelle M - Roseland, New Jersey

Came here with my boyfriend with our laptops, they are very work-friendly with free wifi. Food and coffee are great and atmosphere is pleasant. Definitely returning!

7. Gelotti Ice Cream

194 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006-5327 Seating +1 973-403-9969
Excellent
52%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

Gelotti Ice Cream

Reviewed By DFNJ - New Jersey

Don't get discouraged if there is a long line - there are always a ton of help moving the line along and the short wait is well worth it. The ice cream and gelotti is always fresh and delicious and the staff is always on top of things.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. The Manor Restaurant

111 Prospect Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052-4202 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 66 +1 973-731-2360
Excellent
55%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 311 reviews

The Manor Restaurant

Reviewed By TRAVELNOW585 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We returned to the Manor for our 35th wedding anniversary A La Carte (not buffet) dinner. We live out of state so it was our first time back. The decor was beautiful, staff were very nice, the service was very fine, the ambience was excellent with live music!!! The food was perfect and delicious! Most all of the people in the restaurant were celebrating something and therefore the staff did not treat our celebratory after 35 yreas return as special! I think they should "fake" it or find joy and rejoice in all celebrations!!! After all if 80% of the restaurant is celebrating, their jobs are in finding joy in celebration!!!

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