The Bernards Inn has been honored with the Gold Plate Award from the New Jersey Restaurant Association (NJRA). The Gold Plate award recognizes excellence, outstanding service, and longevity in the restaurant industry. Proprietor Harold Imperatore and General Manager Diane Carr accepted the award at the NJRA’s recent Annual Awards Gala at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, New Jersey.
How it Ranks: The Bernards Inn ranks #5 out of 625 New Jersey Hotels based on an evaluation of expert ratings and awards, as well as user reviews.
Our Take: This quaint boutique hotel in Bernardsville—a small town in central New Jersey—has been catering to Garden State guests since 1907. Prepare yourself for cozy digs, complete with plush, antique furniture and spa-quality bath amenities. Previous visitors adore the inn's romantic atmosphere and savor the gourmet American cuisine (and extensive wine selection) served in the richly decorated dining room. Comments on the customer service, however, aren't always as positive: Some visitors recall indifferent and sometimes argumentative attitudes. Yet despite some unfavorable encounters with the staff, the majority of guests say that The Bernards Inn's relaxing atmosphere is enough to bring them back.
“It is a great honor to be distinguished as a “Spirit of Somerset” Award Winner for Cultural and Heritage Preservation, and we are excited that The Bernards Inn is being recognized for its longtime contributions to the community,” said Harold Imperatore, proprietor of the Bernards Inn that began welcoming guests in 1907.
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Distinguished Restaurants of North America is a non-profit organization that, by recognizing excellence, seeks to promote fine dining throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The organization was founded in 1990 with a mission to serve as the authority for recognizing and promoting excellence in dining. The DiRōNA Quality Assurance Program is the only independent and anonymous restaurant inspection program that operates across North America. An extensive criteria and impartial inspection is used to evaluate of all aspects of a distinguished dining experience. A restaurant eligible to display DiRōNA certification is presenting the highest distinction to be achieved in the distinguished dining and hospitality communities.
www.OpenTable.com, the world’s most popular website for making restaurant reservations online, recently announced the results of its Diners’ Choice survey and The Bernards Inn was voted as one of the top ten best overall restaurants in the New York area! We also made the top ten lists for best American food, most romantic dining, notable wine list and special occasion dining. We’re honored to be in such great company. Thanks to everyone who voted for us.
Established in 1907, the Bernards Inn is an award-winning restaurant and inn located in the heart of downtown Bernardsville, New Jersey. A Somerset Hills landmark, The Bernards Inn welcomes guests with the style and elegance of a small European luxury hotel, while preserving the charm of a historic American country inn.