Quick Bite

Bloomfield Steak & Seafood, an Essex County Staple

The restaurant has been family owned and operated since 2002.

Photo by Ken Schlager

Style

Maritime decor enlivens the dining areas in this historic structure, built by Thomas Davis in 1676. The bar has a neighborly vibe, and the dog-friendly patio is a choice spot in warm weather.

The scoop

In its early days, the Davis homestead served as farmhouse, hospital and church. During the Revolutionary War, a tunnel from the cellar was an escape route from the British. The restaurant has been family owned and operated since 2002.

The menu

Starters include Blue Point oysters (raw or grilled), littleneck clams steamed in beer broth, angry shrimp, Buffalo wings and empanadas. Steaks start at $32, including house salad and one side. Ditto for the seafood menu. Twin crab cakes with Cajun-mayo dipping sauce (left) was our favorite entrée. There are chicken and pasta dishes and a Black Angus burger on brioche. The beer list is minimal, the wine list notable for many choices by the glass. Desserts include chocolate or vanilla crème brûlée and coconut sour cream cake.

Heads up

Free parking in back. The only bathroom is on the second floor, with no elevator access.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    American - European - Italian - Steaks
  • Price Range:
    Expensive
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