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5 Best BYOB Restaurants in Hunterdon County


When the last thing you want to think about is cooking dinner, the first thing to do is decide where to eat out. Whether you’re going on a date or enjoying family night, there are many local options in Hunterdon County. This list will fill you in on the best restaurants in the area where you can BYOB at a variety of different price ranges. From Mexican to Thai, here are the top picks to take you around the world in less than 20 miles.

1. Viva Mexico- $

Located in the heart of Flemington, Viva Mexico combines delicious, authentic menu items within a warm and inviting setting. On Wednesday’s a live four-piece Mariachi band entertains the guests during dinner service and if it’s your birthday, you will be serenaded tableside! Customers love the chicken tortilla soup with avocado, and if you enjoy spicy dishes, the Chiles Rollenos is a must. Fresh ingredients and artful combinations make their menu memorable and delectable. Outdoor seating is available upon request, and reservations are not needed. Phone: (908) 788-0744

2. Caffe Galleria – $$

Caffe Galleria in Lambertville is a great spot to visit for date night. With a bright red main dining room adorned with paintings by local artists, it certainly has a unique flair. Even better, Caffe Galleria offers countless vegan options. With delicious seitan, tofu, and vegetable chili, even the most discriminating foodie will find something they love. For the meat eater, the Chicken Cordon Bleu won’t disappoint. Caffe galleria has a case of 16 home-made gelatos, and you can taste all of them before deciding which to have for dessert. Veteran server Jennifer Sebbagh explains what makes Caffe Galleria so special, “We are all a big family here, and it comes across in every dish. The chefs put love into what they make, and it’s what keeps our customers coming back.” Outdoor seating is available but fills up quickly. Phone: 609-397-2400

3. Savory Thai – $$

Are you having a craving for curry? Savory Thai in Flemington offers a delicious fusion of Thai and pan-Asian cuisine. With bright orange walls and dark wood furniture, the décor sleek and bright, blending together traditional expectations of fine dining with modern appeal. Even better, Bourbon Street Liquors is located right next door in case you forgot “bring your own.” Reservations are not required, but are suggested on the weekends. The most popular dish by far is their Tamarind duck, cooked to buttery perfection. Phone: (908) 782-8812

4. Matt’s Red Rooster – $$$

Matt’s Red Rooster is a local favorite, and is worth a visit for a special occasion. Situated in a Flemington Victorian, there are dining rooms on both floors and an open kitchen where patrons can see the chefs cooking with precision. Matt’s serves a variety of American style entrées using locally sourced, and often organic ingredients. With a menu that changes weekly, the one staple that is a customer favorite is “The Classic” center cut filet, complete with Applewood smoked bacon and a bleu cheese crust. A current appetizer is the “Jersey wedge salad,” garnished with locally harvested heirloom tomatoes and fried pork roll. Matt’s is Zagat rated, with a score of 26 for food, 24 for service and 24 for décor. Reservations are suggested. Phone: (908) 788-7050

 5. Brian’s – $$$

Brian’s in Lambertville brings traditional French cuisine to Hunterdon County in a comfortable and quaint setting. The menu is prix fix and varies from $40-$50 per person depending on available menu items that vary weekly, so be prepared to indulge. The décor in Brian’s is reminiscent of a French country home and since it is a small restaurant, each guest is given an individualized experience. The wild Nova Scotia halibut with citrus sauce is a popular entrée choice, and the chocolate pot de crème is a sweet finish to any meal. Brian’s is Zagat rated, with a score of 26 for food, 21 for décor, and 24 for service. Reservations needed Friday-Sunday. As a reminder, this is a cash only restaurant. Phone: (609) 460 4148