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The Bernards Inn is Named Best Boutique Hotel with Meeting and Event Space for 2016 by the Readers of New Jersey Meetings + Events Magazine

The Bernards Inn has been named to the "Best of New Jersey" awards list by New Jersey Meetings + Events Magazine for 2016.  The Bernards Inn was chosen as "Best Boutique Hotel with Meeting + Event Space" in the publication's first annual Reader's Choice poll.

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The Bernards Inn Earns Four Diamond Award From AAA And Is Only Hospitality Property In NJ To Receive The Prestigious Rating For Both Dining And Accommodations

The Bernards Inn, a luxury boutique hotel located in the quaint hamlet of Bernardsville, is the only restaurant and hotel in New Jersey to receive AAA’s Four Diamond Award. It is the 18th consecutive year that The Bernards Inn has earned the prestigious rating.

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The Spirit of Somerset Award for Cultural and Heritage

“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.





These establishments are upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.




Our second-tier award, created to give special recognition to restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the Award of Excellence. These lists display either vintage depth, with vertical offerings of several top producers from major regions, or excellent breadth spread over several winegrowing regions. These wine lists typically offer 400 or more selections, along with superior presentation.



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.


DC Badge 2016

Open Table, 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.


Forbes recommended gold

Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. “Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. These ratings serve as the most authoritative guideposts for guests seeking exceptional travel experiences. Our primary mission is to contribute to excellence in hospitality, serving the global tourism industry as well as the guest,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide.


World Of Fine Wine 2016 3 Star Award

World of Fine Wine

The Bernards Inn has earned the top-tier, three star rating and joins such esteemed restaurants as Eleven Madison Park and Per Se in New York City, Noma in Copenhagen and The Ledbury in London. The international panel of judges from the World of Fine Wine judged over 4,000 restaurants globally and only 300 received the top rating.


NJRA award

The Bernards Inn Named 2013 Gold Plate Award Winner By The New Jersey Restaurant Association

The Bernards Inn has been honored with the Gold Plate Award from the New Jersey Restaurant Association (NJRA). The Gold Plate award recognizes excellence and longevity in the restaurant industry, as well as positive community involvement. 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.

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