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The Boat House Restaurant

££ - £££
American, Bar, Pub
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1040 County Road 521, Swartswood, NJ 70877
+1 973-300-0016
11:00 - 21:00
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Branchville, New Jersey, United States
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was there with a large group,(22 adults) . Food was to be served starting at 7pm, half the group arrived early, just to chat and have a drink or 2 before dinner. They had 2 tables set up for the group. When the table was full they brought out the first course 20 minutes early and only half of the... More 

Thank Mike F
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great late lunch on a Tuesday afternoon. Great crab cakes that are mostly crab and a yummy Caesar. We split an open faced roast beef melt also delicious. We'll be back to sit on the back porch and enjoy the view!

Thank NJwanderlust2010
Newton, New Jersey
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The menu has a nice selection but the prices are way too high compared to most. The view is nice but it smells "fishy" from all the mud and rotting seaweed around the dock. I couldn't tell you if the food is any good because we decided to go elsewhere for lunch because we were so turned off.

Thank Jim H
Newton, New Jersey
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Excellent food. Attended a wedding shower there most recently. They did and excellent job. Decor is really nice, lakefront dining in warm weather, lake view dining in cold weather.

Thank Linda S
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The Boat House is a throwback to a different time, different era of restaurants. Well balanced menu, nothing too fancy, sizable portions and good straightforward value. Setting is wonderful, decor is perfect 1960s boathouse feel but not tired, it's right on. If you want to take a step back to a simpler, less stressful era in dining, this will do... More 

Thank slackpacker
Montville, New Jersey
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Been here before a few times and it is always a great experience. Outdoor dining on a beautiful day can't get much better. The food is consistently good. I'd go back again.

Thank MadisonW22
glenwood, nj
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127 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

I had been looking forward to coming to this restaurant for sometime. I want to start with the positives. Beautiful setting on the lake. Gorgeous patio with amazing plantings. They take pains to keep it nice and the staff is very dedicated. Our waitress Kelsey was so nice and extremely accommodating throughout. She apologized each time a problem occurred, even... More 

1 Thank karenbearcountry
Long Valley NJ
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The ONLY place to eat in good weather is on the patio behind the building. The table are set in a paradise of gardens overlooking Swartswood Lake. The owner's husband, we are told, does the gardening and he is truly as expert. The whole spring and summer season finds the most beautiful, colorful flowers in full, healthy bloom surrounding the... More 

Thank newjerseyvagabonds
Hamburg, New Jersey
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is one of my daughter favorite places as it is only minutes away from her home. Reservations are necessary as it is a popular place. We were seated near the lake, nice ambiance. The menu is somewhat limited, pleasant and attentive service . My choice of Chicken Murphy was very well prepared. The seating could use some cushions... More 

1 Thank RENATE D
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

This was a birthday celebration dinner for my 92 year old mother. She loved her Sea Bass. She's still talking about how good the food was and can't wait to go back. A little pricey at $26. They do start you off with soup or salad. Great relaxing view also and nice wait staff. Less expensive for lunch.

Thank Roadtripgirl918

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1040 County Road 521, Swartswood, NJ 70877
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Swartswood
  • Phone Number: +1 973-300-0016

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?