Set inside The Bernards Inn, The Bernards Inn Restaurant is a respected bastion of fine dining in the New Jersey countryside, offering contemporary American food in a gracious, elegant setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Four distinctively and traditionally decorated spaces — The Library Piano Bar, The Conservatory, The Great Room and seasonal Terrace — all boast comfortable seating at well-spaced tables dressed with white linens.
Executive chef Corey Heyer’s globally influenced, seasonally appropriate menus are fresh and exciting without being trendy. His deft preparations demonstrate the benefit of his extensive training, which includes a degree from the Culinary Institute of America and a stint at Daniel Boulud’s Restaurant Daniel in New York City. For a casual meal, locals like the menu at The Library Piano Bar, which lists burgers as well as creative pizzas and salads. The dinner menu offers à la carte options or the chef’s six-course tasting menu, with or without wine pairings. A large wine list includes numerous selections by the glass, available in six- or nine-ounce pours. The roster of specialty cocktails also changes with the calendar, as does a line-up of craft beers on draft. Expert yet friendly service completes the impressive package at the Bernardsville restaurant.