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McLoone's Boathouse

9 Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ 07052
(862) 252-7108
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Ranked #21 of 87 restaurants in West Orange
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Northfield Ave
Transit: NJ Transit 73
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154 reviews from our community

38% Recommend
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English first
New Jersey
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242 reviews 242 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Essex County has really utilized this space well, adding a gorgeous restaurant - McLoone's Boathouse and a miniature golf to add to the county's zoo and skating rink located next door. I'd heard mixed reviews on this restaurant and we had a chance to eat here with friends. The views are spectacular and the restaurant is truly a gorgeous structure.... More

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West Orange
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Enjoyed a beautiful happy hour by the water. A pretty setting, but also a most enjoyable time as the food was well prepared. We took advantage of the happy hour specials -- wine, drinks and appy specials. The ribs were delicious and the edamame were made with salt and lime! Fabulous !!!

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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Large space, great location on the edge of a reservoir where new family-friendly facilities are being installed. Fairly standard steak; chicken; fish menu with seasonal lobster menu for the "special" Food was good but not exceptional. Service was average with moderately lengthy waits. Crayons for the kids. Reasonable wine list. Noisy because there were many kids below age ten.

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East Orange, New Jersey
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Great view for dining but the food was average. The Sunday Brunch is better but a little over priced. Still it was a nice change from the everyday and that makes it worth.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We come often, but the last time we came, there was plastic in my appetizer, hair in my dinner and we waited over an hour for our food, at the bar! Our drinks took FOREVER. They comped our meal. It's scenic and the outside seating is awesome, but the service outside is HORRIBLE! !!!!. Too bad, it would make a... More

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West Orange, New Jersey
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Kinda like a mirage. Looks like something good from a distance. But, is a total disappointment. Food is horrible, service is poor, beer selection is weak and they no longer offer free mints when leaving. So stay away! Better off at McDonald's. Almost forgot, way over priced.

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New York City, New York
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560 reviews 560 reviews
368 restaurant reviews
1,327 helpful votes 1,327 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

I was visiting a friend who suggested McLoone's Boathouse for dinner. We were seated inside at a window table just outside the main dining room. Because of the location the noise level was acceptable. Good food and attentive service.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I was very impressed with the restaurant's large, upscale interior. However, with the high ceilings, the busy dining room was very loud with echoing voices. The three of us had lunch outside on the terrace overlooking the lake. The landscaping and water created a relaxing scenic atmosphere. We even walked around the lake after lunch. Our sandwiches were all very... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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180 reviews 180 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I attended here as part of a work dinner. The views are just fantastic and the outside terrace is well worth sitting on. We ate in the dining room in a cordoned off bit and this was good. It was a set buffet and this was fine. Serving staff were efficient and friendly. Highly recommended and I would return

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Newark, New Jersey
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I recently visit this location for a last minute met and greet. We made no reservation. It was a Monday night around 630 and we were able to get a table outside where the view of the lake was just amazing. The menu is very limited and a little costly. I was a short meet and greet so we had... More

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