Over the 40 years I've been going to this address, it has morphed from a restaurant/lounge, with emphasis on the lounge and party scene in the 80's to a tacky decorated room with less than decent food in the 90's. I lost interest in this place for several years. 10 years or so ago, I was invited to dinner in this space, then called "Copeland's Restaurant". The food was good again. The atmosphere and decor tastefully redecorated and the staff was exceptional. It became a semi regular place to meet friends for dinner.
Seemingly overnight, the place changed names to Blue Morel. Although there is an expanded raw-bar and shellfish selection, the menu really didn't change that much, and the food seemed nearly the same. If there was a change in decor, it wasn't that noticeable to my eye. The wine list has a nice variety of type and price.
It still offers a nice bar area with seating on the side and a good bar-menu. It can get busy there if there's a wedding or event in the Governor Morris Inn (Upscale Westin Hotel), but the bar staff is attentive so you rarely wait for a drink.
A great place to dine with friends in an atmosphere conducive to good conversation.
Although it's in a Hotel ... it's far from a "Hotel Restaurant" and easily stands on it's own merit.
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