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The National Hotel Restaurant and Bar

31 Race Street, Frenchtown, NJ
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Ranked #14 of 18 restaurants in Frenchtown
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: NJ 12
Transit: The Link Bus (local Hunterdon County transit service), Transbridge Bus Lines (PA, NJ & NYC commuter service).
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English first
Philadelphia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My husband and I ordered their turkey "Panini". Although it does say it's on whole grain bread, it was on thin sandwich bread. My first bite was a fatty piece of skin which I couldn't even bite through. I they had to use a knife and fork to eat my turkey "sandwich". These things happen but it also happened when... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My BF and I stopped for an impromptu cocktail and snack and weren't disappointed. The atmosphere at the bar was chill, surrounded by dark wood and cozy lighting. The staff were welcoming and knowledgeable. Seven good draughts available, and a great house Chardonnay. Unlike many local spots, the national hotel had no big screen TVs and blaring music to distract... More

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thenationalhotelnj, Owner at The National Hotel Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback! What a wonderful review--& we are so pleased that you chose The National Hotel for your meal/drinks. We will share all of your comments w/our staff, b/c so much of what you wrote is a reflection of their hard work. Thank you again & we look forward to welcoming you back to The... More

Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We are always searching for a spot that is casual, has good food and bar....found it!! On a recent Saturday evening, we had a causal dinner in the tavern consisting of burgers and sandwiches Our server was courteous and prompt. Loved the bar scene as it had a great mix of people having a good night out. Frenchtown is a... More

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews 75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

A friend and I stopped for dinner around 6pm on Wednesday, February 12th. There was only one other group dining and one couple at the bar, but service was s l o w. Our waitress said she was new and that's ok we all have to start somewhere, but it was obvious to us she had not been trained/briefed as... More

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Frenchtown, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We are locals and went for Mother's Day a few years ago. Some might think the prices are high and the food average to good, but the history surrounding the building made it worth the visit. Remodeled in 1851, and at one time a brothel and stage coach stop, it also boast visits from Annie Oakley and members of Bill... More

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New York
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6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We had great expectations. However, with the exception of the empanada and Lebanese mezze appetizer, our main courses were all bland and tasteless. Even the cheese cake lacked any character or flavor. It will be difficult to give the restaurant a second chance unless we hear of major improvements especially with the growing choices around.

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thenationalhotelnj, Owner at The National Hotel Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We will make sure to look into the issues you experienced. We're glad that you enjoyed the Empanadas and the Lebanese Plate. We would like to let you know that the week after your visit, we launched our new seasonal Fall Menu, which takes advantage of the fresh produce from the wonderful area in which... More

Flemington, New Jersey, USA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

What could have been a great atmosphere was ruined by inexperienced waitresses having to literally run around because they were understaffed. Menu was unusual, with a lot of Lebanese seasonings, and somewhat pricey for what we received. Food preparation was okay but kitchen was very slow. The wine list was pedestrian and overpriced. They do have a nice bar and... More

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thenationalhotelnj, Owner at The National Hotel Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

We appreciate the time you took to post your review. It's always important for us to get feedback from our patrons, in order to address any issues that might come up. We strive to provide our customers with an enjoyable evening. We're very pleased that you enjoyed the ambiance of the room in this historic building that dates back to... More

Yardley, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews 75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

My very elderly mother and I have been there for lunch on several occasions and each time it has been a delicious, well-served meal. The menu choices are varied and a bit unusual with vegan choices. Great wine selection, locally sourced products in a charming, old building. One time, when the weather was very bad, the kindly owner helped my... More

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Placerville, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

FRENCHTOWN IS A FIND! and THE place to hang is the National Hotel. Big porch or old plank floored dining room for brunch. Detail intense, fabulous food! seasonal menu. WELCOMING! LIVE music in the subterrainian pub. Bar is kept with local interesting color. all the characters jammed in with la turistas. the azing din of comraderie. Test the bar menu.... More

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frenchtown nj
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Several visits to the National have produced conflicting results. Our most recent visit confirmed that the National is one of the areas treasures. The menu changes constantly along with the seasons and the flavor combinations are uniquely delicious. The service has (with a few exceptions) been very good and the atmosphere is homey and comfortable. On the occasions where the... More

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