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“Awful! Smelled so bad that we left!”
Review of Tavern On The Lake

Tavern On The Lake
Ranked #9 of 24 Restaurants in Hightstown
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Tavern On The Lake is a Family Restaurant and Sports Bar. We have food and drink specials Mon. thru Thur. and live Bands every Fri. and Sat. night. Our upstairs Banquet Hall can hold up to 200 people. We open at 11:30am everyday.
Monroe, New Jersey, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Awful! Smelled so bad that we left!”
Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

We decided to give tavern a shot since it is so close to our house and looks cute from the outside. Bad idea! We entered through the back and walked past 3 filthy dirty tables on the back deck... Piled high with dirty plates and bits of chewed up food! We walked in the restaurant and the staff just glared at us. No one asked us if we wanted a table or even acknowledged that we were there. It smelled like a giant urinal! We got the hell out of there!

2 Thank Chay M
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  • English first
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
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80 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“A delightful surprise”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Our hotel recommended the Tavern and we were pleasantly surprised. Located in the quaint village of Hightown, we found a great local pub and restaurant offerning fun, entertainment, great food in a wonderful atmosphere with fabulous service. If you are ever in the area, don't miss this place. The burgers are to die for!

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank EuroTexan
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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Visited with my friends to celebrate my birthday. The waitress seem to be tired and had a non welcoming expression. The virgin pina colada we ordered was so pathetic that it had to be sent back. It was a mix of coconut milk and soda with no pinapple juice! At least they did not charge us for it. Potatoe soup was sour. We told the waitress of our friends was vegetarian still she did not warn that the pasta had bacon in it. Overall the food was okay. We went on a Friday thinking that live band will start at 9 PM and it did not start until 10 PM.

Visited October 2012
Thank Sandra117
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Only an outdoor spot”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

The inside will make you want to go outside... But that is okay. The outside is nice and the service is good.

Visited September 2012
Thank Cheryl Z
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Dirty ... dirty ... dirty ...”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

Don't know how the health department lets this place operate. Was there once last summer and the whole floor area behind the bar was dirty .. ordered Mozzarella sticks -- silverware was dirty and the drink I was served came in a glass that had to be replaced due to some type of stain on it ... YUCK!

1 Thank Rangerrcg
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