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Claremont Tavern - Wow what a bad start


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Claremont Tavern - Wow what a bad start

carlylecat | Mar 27, 2010 09:46 AM

Wow another dud in Bernardsville...I dont even know where to start...I guess it all starts at provisioning....where do they get this food from...I know this is intended as a family place but the quality of the food product is just dreadful....

The menu is long and varied with interesting choices from chili and burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and hanger steak and chicken...after 5 visits now we cant think of anything memorable

The lowlights were certainly the Kobe burger which was somehow pasty and had an odd flavor of wood, the beans in the chilli somehow hard...what is going on here is way past opening jitters. Sandwiches were served with burned toast, once at lunch twice at dinner.

The appetizers were by far the best food served, the duck tacos were the one item everyone liked.

The decor is done with nice touches but the bar area ended up really drab,it is so bare and sparce it looks undone, the addition of brown kitchen paper on the tables for a covering make it even worse...and just to grab your attention the old time tavern look is jarred by a psychodelic music box just plopped onto the wall....very strange and as our guests said last night...simply ugly.

The dining area is an incredibly poorly designed room that has people sitting right on top of each other, the wall space on the front creates odd table configurations...

While the B'ville area needs a good family restaurant choice, we end up with another good idea gone bad...too bad, but no doubt a new spot will arise here soon after this crashes and burns in a few months

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