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A Local Treasure: The Washington House


At the Washington House Restaurant in Basking Ridge, you’ll fast learn the motto, “Life is celebrated around the table with nourishing food and good friends.” Located in a beautifully restored house in the center of town, the restaurant opens its doors for lunch and dinner every day. The Washington House is the quintessence of refined casual dining. Here why the locals love it.

1. It offers a contemporary take on the classics.

The Washington House’s take on food is focuses on using seasonal ingredients that honor their time and place. Supporting community farmers and local artisans, the menu features classics like fish and chips and burgers while also offering more contemporary dishes like house-made shrimp dumplings and pan-roasted branzino. When it comes to creativity in evolving a classic dish, the kitchen really shines. The salmon burger offers a twist on a traditional burger with salmon, miso, shitake mushrooms, wasabi aioli, avocado fries.

The House Slate: two shrimp purses with Thai coconut sauce, two hot or sweet wings, two sliders with American cheese, tuna tartare on taro root chips, and two battered cod filets with tartar sauce

2. You’ll enjoy weekly specials and live entertainment.

The Washington House offers weekly specials on food and drinks: all drink specials at the bar apply after 5 p.m.

  • Tuesday: Half-priced bottles of any wine
  • Wednesday: $1.00 oysters
  • Thursday: Late night happy hour from 8:30 p.m. until close

The restaurant also features live music on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Sea scallops with sugar snap peas, bacon lardons, lemon mashed potato, and herb salad garnish

3. It’s an ideal spot for any meal or event.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as Sunday brunch. With its charming, quaint ambiance, the Washington House works for pretty much any kind of event. Whether you’re meeting friends for a casual lunch or looking for a date-night dinner spot, you just may find yourself here. and when you’re at the Washington House, you’re part of the restaurant’s community.

The bar area, ideal for mixing and mingling, is separate from the dining area, making the Washington House a solid choice for groups and family friendly. Multiple rooms and the front porch are also available for private events large and small.

Washington House Restaurant
55 South Finley Avenue
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
908-766-7610

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