Where to Eat in Fanwood: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Merry Kessler

Fanwood is a borough in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,318 reflecting an increase of 144 (+2.0%) from the 7,174 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 59 (+0.8%) from the 7,115 counted in the 1990 Census.
Things to do in Fanwood

1. Stage House Tavern

366 Park Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076-1129 (Formerly Stage House Inn) Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 908-322-4224
Excellent
31%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 172 reviews

Stage House Tavern

Three dining options: First, The original StageHouse Restaurant, offering fine dining in an elegant county inn setting. Built in 1737 this historic inn boasts many small dining rooms with a fireplace in each room. The Stage House Restaurant offers an ala carte menu every day. Next, The Tavern at the Stage House, which serves up Rustic American fare in a more casual setting. Newly renovated with a new 35 seat bar, a cool little club house and the best Burger in Town. Lastly, The Patio at the stage house, which is a huge outdoor bar and dining room offering either menu. Reservations are only accepted for the fine dining restaurant, the others are first come first serve.

Reviewed By Babs M

This is a great place for drinks and food and live entertainment. Live classic rock bands on Friday night and typically club music on Saturday nights. Hey have a separate sit down eating area inside and during the summer outside tables with full service.

I gave it 4 stars because it is pretty pricey. But they are always changing the menu up and service is typically good.

Also, last time we were there 5 different fights broke out. It seems like they are attracting a younger crowd because it's a great place to hang and no places around it like it.

2. Limani Seafood Grill

235 North Ave W, Westfield, NJ 07090-1428 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 52 - SGD 79 +1 908-233-0052
Excellent
51%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 249 reviews

Limani Seafood Grill

Limani is a leading Seafood and Greek restaurant in Westfield, NJ. Our chefs expertise is evident in preparing our delicious dishes. We specialize in delicious seafood and Greek inspired dishes. Limani has a wide range of options, from steaks to pasta and salads and more.

Reviewed By WonderousTraveler - New York City, New York

Ok. This place had me at “hello lobster fra diavolo” with its amazing, giant messiness and flavors. This place gets very crowded and it’s not a romantic place - you come here to eat and socialize. The service is fast, friendly. Recommended for a fun, yummy night out.

3. Water & Wine

141 Stirling Rd, Watchung, NJ 07069-5904 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 52 - SGD 79 +1 908-755-9344
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Water & Wine

Reviewed By geri d - Watchung, New Jersey

Had dinner New years Eve 20017 party of 10 The place was FREEZING I had to wear my coat all night when we went to the rest room it was worst !!! Asked to put heat up never made it better the whole night was un comfortable ....Shame on You

4. Spanish Tavern of Mountainside

1239 Route 22, Mountainside, NJ 07092-2609 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 52 +1 908-232-2171
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 331 reviews

Spanish Tavern of Mountainside

The Spanish Tavern is the premier destination in New Jersey for awarding winning traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine. Those who have dined with us at Spanish Tavern have come to know us as restaurant they can rely on for superb food, delicious drinks, exceptional service and a gorgeous environment to turn the every day and most special of occasions into warm memories. New Jersey Monthly Magazine has named Spanish Tavern as Best Spanish Restaurant in Northern New Jersey. Our menu is well rounded, with a large emphasis placed on seafood dishes due to the seaside Spanish regions where the owners are from. Favorites include our Shrimp in Garlic Sauce appetizer, Veal Corunesa, Twin Lobsters, Paella Valencia and Branzino Filet a la Plancha. Our lunch menu is accessible for casual lunch meetups in addition to being a smart choice for a business meeting. A children's menu allows for Spanish Tavern to be a dining option for the whole family. Our private dining room can host up to 75 guests for any event, including christenings, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, reunions and charity events. Spanish Tavern also excels at catering and would be happy to work with you to bring you vision to life. Come by or call for takeout to see why we're New Jersey's favorite Spanish restaurant!

Reviewed By Stu S

First the good . . . THE FOOD. We started with the some kind of Spanish bean and potato soup, which was very tasty. We each ordered paella, one order of Paella Valencia, and one of Paella Marinera. The portions were large, and the paella delicious.

Now the not so good. The dining room is one big room, jammed with as many tables, chairs and people as they can possible fit. The have tried muting the noise in the room by covering two walls with sound-deadening material, but it's still very loud, very crowded, and has zero ambiance. Second, service is slow at best. Third, it's grossly overpriced considering the slow service and the loud cramped dining conditions. Too bad, because the food is good enough to command the high price ($100 for two of us, without any liquor), but not in such a pedestrian environment.

5. Ginger Sushi

266 South Ave, Fanwood, NJ 07023-1347 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Japanese, Sushi, Asian Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
30%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 20 reviews

Ginger Sushi

Reviewed By Dancer-Chica

First of all when you pull up to the address along the main street you will see a boarded up building with a small sign that says come in we're open and you have to drive around the back of the building and park to enter from the rear.

The staff were very friendly and attentive and the food came out quickly. We enjoyed the spicy yellowtail roll, Futo roll, Philadelphia roll, and the big mama roll. It was an OK experience. At the end they gave us free mochi which is delicious!

6. Scoops Ice Creamery

2014 US Highway 22, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076-1001 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating American +1 908-322-4550
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Scoops Ice Creamery

Reviewed By Robert H - Barnegat, New Jersey

This delightful place has been a favorite of ours for 3 decades. Same family owners, same high quality, same unending choices. There are many regular customers that just keep coming back because nothing else comes close.

7. Giovanna's Restaurant

1462 South Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07062-1941 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 908-753-6900
Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Reviewed By William C - Plainfield, New Jersey

Attended a fund raising buffet at this restaurant and was pleased with the food and service. Went back to try the regular menue and was not disappointed. The food and service are excellent and the price is right on target. I'm always pleased with good service and the staff are great.

8. Bovella's Italian Pastry Shop

101 E Broad St, # 3, Westfield, NJ 07090-2111 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Gluten Free Options +1 908-232-4149
Excellent
73%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Bovella's Italian Pastry Shop

Reviewed By 777roberty - Clinton

Since my childhood, this bakery, which used to be in Plainfield New Jersey, has provided us with delicious Italian rum cakes for family birthdays. Not only the rum cakes are exceptional, but the Italian pastries are second to none. Keep up the great work and providing wonderful service.

9. Mara's Cafe & Bakery

250 South Ave, Fanwood, NJ 07023-1226 Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 908-322-4422
Excellent
40%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Mara's Cafe & Bakery

Reviewed By Pointe-Claire - Scotch Plains, New Jersey

Strategically located across from Fanwood station, you can get standard breakfast options- do not expect strong coffee, for those diehard drinkers.
Lunch and dinner are good but not spectacular at reasonable prices.
Lots of space, clean, and good wifi.

Bottom line- it is about location and nothing too surprising on the menu.

10. The Coffee Box

1359 South Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07062-1943 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Healthy, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Drinks, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 17 +1 908-756-3285
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

The Coffee Box

Local independent coffee shop featuring Intelligentsia specialty coffees, Kilogram organic tea, Omanhene hot chocolate, fresh baked goods, delicious meals, cookies and desserts.

Reviewed By KateAlways - New Jersey

When you step in the CoffeeBox, it's like stepping into a hip downtown NYC cafe. Very cozy, modern and vibrant. All of their pastries are fresh and made in-house and the coffee is out of this world. I had been a long time Starbucks drinker,...MoreHi Kate - Thanks for your kind review. Of course we would like more people to find this neighborhood gem. People deserve great coffee!

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