The Best Restaurants in Morristown

Morristown has evolved into one of the state's most vibrant restaurant towns. Here are our top picks for where to eat.

Pork ribs at Roots in Morristown
Don't miss the spicy barbecue baby back pork ribs at Roots. Photo: Courtesy of Roots Steakhouse

In recent years, Morristown has turned its long downtown thoroughfare (South Street, extending past the Morristown Green to Washington Street), from a scattering of small shops and minor eateries into one of the most vibrant restaurant rows in northern New Jersey. Its craft beer scene is a strong point. Add the rest of downtown, and your choice of cuisines, price points and atmospheres are multiplied.

Below are our top picks for the best restaurants in Morristown, in alphabetical order.

Why should you trust this list? Put simply, New Jersey Monthly knows New Jersey’s dining scene. Our editors and restaurant critics spend endless amounts of time traversing the state to dine at all types of establishments, from fine-dining restaurants to pizza places, old favorites to new restaurants bringing their own flavor to New Jersey’s culinary scene.

Plus, New Jersey Monthly is based in Morristown, so our editors are out eating and drinking there on the regular.

Enjoy!

1776 by David Burke

David Burke, the Hazlet-raised commander of many New Jersey restaurants, in November planted his flag on the historic Morristown Green in 2021. (The restaurant subsequently made our Best New Restaurants list that year.) The dramatic, high-ceilinged space often thumps with deejayed music. (The Topgolf suites down the hall are inaudible.) The menu matches the ambiance: assertive pastas, pizzas and seafood; Burke’s patented salt-aged beef; his chili-strafed Hipster Fries and marshmallow-filled cookie sliders that may slide into your dreams. —KT Harrison
67 East Park Place, 973-829-1776

Blue Morel

Sea bass at Blue Morel restaurant

Indulge in the sea bass at Blue Morel. Photo: Courtesy of Blue Morel

Located in the Westin Governor Morris Hotel, the upscale Blue Morel is about a mile from the Morristown Green, the park that represents the center of town, but has plenty of parking and a veteran kitchen team led by chefs Dennis Matthews and Thomas Ciszak. The dinner menu is largely New American, with a sushi section and raw bar.
2 Whippany Road; 973-451-2619

Committed Pig

Pork roll sandwich at Committed Pig

A pork roll sandwich at the Committed Pig. Photo: Courtesy of the Committed Pig

Burgers rule at the Committed Pig—there are a dozen to choose from. Also popular are the grilled cheese sandwiches, egg dishes, pancakes, pork roll sandwiches and a kids menu. BYO.
28 West Park Place; 862-260-9292

Coniglio’s

This retro-chic BYO pizzeria’s swaggering, charismatic chef/owner, Nino Coniglio, “grew up a wild kid in Bridgewater,” he says. “Pizza kitchens saved my life.” With his “Cirque du Soleil tricks with pizza dough,” he went on to rack up international trophies for his pies. Chopped appearances and a robust social-media following created wood-fired pizzerias in Brooklyn, then Manhattan, and since late 2022, Morristown. Coniglio’s chemical-free menu beguiles with his handcrafted pies, pastas, parms, heroes, salads, rosticcerie (Sicilian snacks), breads, bagels, pastries, and fountain-spritzed Cokes and egg creams. Coniglio, wife Shealyn (a pizza influencer), and baby Penny’s commute is a three-minute stroll across the Morristown Green. “This town is paradise,” he marvels. Pizza paradise, too. —KTH
11 South Street, 973-723-9430

Famished Frog

This craft beer bar, with frequent live music on weekends, offers burgers, flatbreads, wings, salads, entrées and daily specials. It adjoins with Hops, which offers an even wider selection of craft beers along with a smaller menu.
18 Washington Street; 973-540-9601

Grasshopper off the Green

A classic Irish pub, Grasshopper off the Green has a bar and flatscreens downstairs and a dining room upstairs. Menu highlights include shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and fish and chips, plus quesadillas, salads and American dishes.
41-43 Morris Street; 973-285-5150

Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen

Occupying the renovated 1918 Vail Mansion, the upscale Jockey Hollow has made New Jersey Monthly’s list of Best Restaurants every year since it opened in 2014. Overall, the menu is New American with a specialty in exceptional pastas. The wine and beer lists offer unusual value and variety, and cocktails are excellent.
110 South Street; 973-644-3180

Inspiration Roll

Fresh ingredients, with many choices of add-ons, characterize this casual spot offering poke bowls (fish over rice or salad) or poke burritos, as well as unusually good ramen bowls brimming with rich broth, high-quality noodles and generous amounts of meat and vegetables. BYO.
40 South Park Place; 973-998-9449

Mehndi

The Mehtani family, award-winning restaurateurs, present a high-quality Indian a la carte menu and a lunch buffet at Mehndi in the Headquarters Plaza Building.
3 Speedwell Avenue; 973-871-2323

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The Office

Maple and chili glazed salmon, parsnip puree, apple and fennel relish at The Office

The Office Tavern Grill offers dishes like maple- and chili-glazed salmon with parsnip puree and apple-and-fennel relish. Photo: Courtesy of The Office Tavern Grill

A large craft beer selection is one of the draws here. There are excellent salads and a solid menu of American favorites, from burgers to flatbreads, wings, entrées and changing regional specialties.
3 South Street; 973-285-0220

Pierogies House

Potato pancakes at Pierogies House

Potato pancakes are on the menu at the delectable Pierogies House. Photo: Courtesy of Pierogies House

Chef/owner Evelina Berc brings the hearty and affordable cooking of Poland, her home country, to soul-stirring life at Pierogies House. The plump pierogies, with a variety of filings, are the heart of the small menu. But the kielbasa is unusually good, and the hearty soups are not to be missed. BYO.
45 Morris Street; 973-432-8270

Roots Steakhouse

Like its sister restaurants in Ridgewood and Summit, Morristown’s Roots is an upscale enclave specializing in prime beef, including dry-aged cuts. There’s also seafood entrées and a bevy of classic steakhouse sides.
40 West Park Place; 973-326-1800

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SM23

cocktails at SM23

Cocktails at SM23 are top-notch. Photo: Courtesy of SM23

Having met an inspirational mixologist on a trip to Australia, Shaun Mehtani opened this sophisticated bar and lounge, with a good small plates menu, on his 23rd birthday (hence the name!). A DJ spins tunes on weekends.
3 Speedwell Avenue; 973-871-2323

South + Pine

Salmon at South + Pine

A seasonal salmon dish at South + Pine makes for a tasty dinner option. Photo: Courtesy of South + Pine

A Bobby Flay protégé who ran several of his top kitchens, chef Leia Gaccione has proven herself a star in her own right with this casual American eatery where the food is relatable, affordable and always touched with imagination and detail that lifts it into super-deliciousness. BYO.
90 South Street; 862-260-9700

Stirling Tavern

Pan-seared scallops with Thai coconut black rice at Sterling Tavern

Pan-seared scallops with Thai coconut black rice at Stirling Tavern. Photo: Courtesy of Stirling Tavern

From the owners of the landmark Stirling Hotel, the Stirling Tavern offers upscale tavern food and excellent burgers in a vibrant, modern space. The bar boasts a creative cocktail menu and a relevant draft list, with local breweries that are often hosted for special beer dinner events.
150 South Street; 973-993-8066

Tashmoo

Opened in 2006 at the beginning of Morristown’s restaurant renaissance, Tashmoo offers a well-stocked bar, a bevy of craft beers, excellent burgers, a menu of American favorites, and a cozy, welcoming atmosphere.
8 DeHart Street; 973-998-6133

TOWN Bar + Kitchen

Slightly off the beaten path opposite the Morristown train station, this sleek, comfortable, two-level restaurant offers contemporary American fare and an extensive wine list. The dinner menu includes a raw bar, charcuterie plates and a range of entrées, including potato gnocchi with pesto, lobster puttanesca and marinated flank steak. Check out the upstairs patio year-round.
80 Elm Street; 973-889-8696

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