Where to Eat in Watchung: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Kelli Reichel

Watchung is a borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,801, reflecting an increase of 188 (+3.3%) from the 5,613 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 503 (+9.8%) from the 5,110 counted in the 1990 Census.
Things to do in Watchung

1. 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

2. Silk Road

41 Mountain Blvd, Warren, NJ 07059-2630 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Middle Eastern, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 908-561-8288
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 155 reviews

Silk Road

Reviewed By maxinedds - Westfield, New Jersey

Good food with a very helpful staff. The Dumplings are so light and airy the melt in you mouth. The chutneys and sauces are fresh accompaniments. The rice dishes are wonderful and if you can't decide what you want with you dinner they'll let you split your order. The chicken and lamb chop dinners are good choices. Dinners come with a small salad and soup. Usually there are leftovers for lunch. The piping hot fresh bread is amazing!

3. Pepe's Italian Restaurant

117 Watchung Ave, North Plainfield, NJ 07060-4840 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 908-753-5727
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Pepe's Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By jwolinsky - Watchung, New Jersey

This is an old fashioned family owned Italian restaurant and pizzeria. We shared a meal among the five of us that included the margherita pizza, penne vodka with chicken, eggplant rollatini, chicken rollatini, and eggplant parmigiana. Everything was excellent and the server, Sandy, was very friendly and attentive. It is also a BYOB. The prices are very reasonable, but they only take cash. I think we have just found our new favorite Italian restaurant. We will definitely be back!

4. 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.

5. Dunellen Hotel

120 N Washington Ave, Dunellen, NJ 08812-1244 Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 732-968-2900
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Dunellen Hotel

Reviewed By Terry M - Marstons Mills, Massachusetts

While visiting my daughter and son-in-law in NJ we went over to the Dunellen Hotel on a snowy evening. We have been there several times and always been pleased. One of the specials that night was a stuffed pork chop that was the biggest thing I've ever seen. Three in our party opted for this and thought it was delicious. Only one was able to actually finish it. I was looking for comfort food and found it in a huge chicken parm dish. It was excellent. A great evening of good food and good conversation!

6. Ancona Bistro

645 Valley Rd, Gillette, NJ 07933-2011 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Italian Dinner, Lunch +1 908-647-5755
Excellent
40%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Ancona Bistro

Reviewed By darius s

after several visits here, it is only absent-mindedness that I have not yet given this restaurant the excellent rating and review it deserves.

with a standard new jersey Italian menu and a few specials of the day, what makes ancona excellent is the consistently fresh and spot-on preparation of each dish. we can vouch for the osso bucco, the veal ancona, the veal francaise, the pork chops, .. having forgotten the dishes praised by our friends had. the salads and soups are always fresh and well presented. the chocolate soufflé and an espresso are a perfect end. the service is always just right, accommodating all requests and attending to details without hovering over you.

7. Capital Craft

171 US Rt. 22 E, Green Brook, NJ 08812 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 732-968-5700
Excellent
36%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 80 reviews

Capital Craft

Reviewed By Jennifer L - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Had dinner here tonight with family including two small children. Our server, Katherine, was great with the kids, service was fast and friendly and we enjoyed the atmosphere. Our table had a variety of beer and drinks and all were wonderful. We had two different pizzas and both were great but the true winner of the night was the cheese curd appetizer; true Wisconsin style.

8. Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery

279 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922-1214 Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 908-665-1755
Excellent
35%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 170 reviews

Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery

Reviewed By rokkap - Ascona, Switzerland

We had time only for beer... but the restaurant and its service were very enjoyable and courteous...

9. Stirling Hotel

227 Main Ave Ste 1, Stirling, NJ 07980-1485 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 908-647-6919
Excellent
38%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 128 reviews

Stirling Hotel

Reviewed By Salde49 - NYC

Top-rated burgers? Not according to the two in our party of four who ordered the ale house version - decidedly average. Fries no great shakes either. My German potato bacon soup was devoid of both and quite bland. Steak and soft shell crabs were okay but can't really screw those up. But when the salad is the best dish, it doesn't say much for the chef. Saving graces are service and a great beer selection.

10. Uproot Restaurant

9 Mount Bethel Rd, Warren, NJ 07059-5603 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 908-834-8194
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Uproot Restaurant

Reviewed By Rocky P - Manchester, Vermont

This restaurant doesn’t think so. The chicken stir fry would have been good had it been hot. Unfortunately it wasn’t. My wife’s chicken pot pie was good.

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