If it wasn’t for New Jersey Monthly, I’m not sure if Jared and I would ever be able to find some of the great restaurants we’ve found in NJ.  I decided to sign up for “Side Dish“, which is an email newsletter from NJ Monthly that provides restaurant reviews and a general wrap up of dining in the state.  A few weeks ago, the newsletter featured Bell’s Tavern in Lambertville. Since the description mentioned that the tavern had some great beers on tap, we decided to go that night!

We’ve been to some great restaurants in Lambertville, a super cute town situated near the PA border on the Delaware.  Bell’s Tavern can be found a few miles from the more popular downtown area.  Although the tavern does not have it’s own parking lot, street parking was available, although a bit out of the way.

We went on a Friday night, so the tavern was a little crowded and noisy.  However, once we were in the main dining room, things quieted down a bit, although all of the tables were full.  The wait staff was very friendly and attentive, coming over almost immediately to take our beer orders.  Jared was able to find a beer on tap he had never heard of before, which is quite the feat!

For dinner, I was really in the mood for a cheeseburger with fries, since I’ve spent most of the past year denying myself these indulgences for a wedding dress.  Jared also went with a non-exciting meal, the cheesesteak, so I can’t speak too much about some of the more fun options.  The special’s menu was pretty robust for a small kitchen, and the options looked pretty decent.  The fries were fantastic and the burger, although not quite done the way I like, was also pretty good.

Although we skipped dessert, the dessert menu looked pretty great, although very traditional.  Maybe next time!

Overall, we had a pretty good experience with the food and staff at Bell’s Tavern. One thing to note:  they only accept cash, which we weren’t prepared for, however, they have an ATM on site to handle people like us, which I consider to be a great service!  Although I’m not sure we’ll go back again for dinner,the bar seemed pretty popular with a really great selection.

My rating:  7/10

Bell’s Tavern
183 North Union Street
Lambertville, NJ 08630