About Us

Our Story

From the 1700’s to today, the Rocky Hill Inn has been a cornerstone and an integral part of the community of Rocky Hill, NJ. Rocky Hill is a very old village truly located on a stone ledge. Originally it was part of the lands belonging to the Unami, or “people down the river,” a tribe of the Lenni Lenape Indians. In the early 1700’s, settlers established a mill and farming community that would form the basis of the village.

The first ‘tavern license’ for the RHI was given to the Harrison family in 1745 and by 1763 both the Rocky Hill Inn and the Nassau Inn (of Princeton) are shown on old maps. Washington visited and indeed stayed in Rocky Hill (Rockingham) during his campaign. It is reasonable to assume that he may have visited the RHI and the Harrison family at least once. The Inn remained in the Harrison family throughout the 18th century. Isaac Stout bought it in 1825. Stout enlarged the structure and it was well known along the route from New Brunswick to Princeton. Stout’s new, larger structure became “the center for community assembly and news exchange among the area residents”. Wesley Morris became the next Inn owner in 1860. He renamed it the Dey Hotel and in 1873 it became the Danley Hotel when I. E. Stryker purchased it. By 1880 the hotel was once again the Rocky Hill Inn and it’s gregariousness was reconfirmed William Gabriel added a third floor and it’s present Queen Anne style treatments that were popular during the Victorian period. The RHI looked then much the same as it appears today. The Rocky Hill Inn is included in the ‘historic district’ of Rocky Hill. The inn portion was closed down after World War II and since that time only the food and bar service have continued. Of interest, is the fact that the RHI was used as a filming location for parts of the 1994 movie IQ in which Walter Mattheu played Princeton resident, Albert Einstein.

 

About the Chef – Evan Blomgren

From New York’s famed French Culinary Institute to the kitchens of New Jersey’s most prestigious restaurants, the Rocky Hill Inn’s Chef Proprietor Evan Blomgren, brings his unique fare and flair to this Colonial era-inn, set in the historic village of Rocky Hill. The past is present in its elegantly restored dining room, convivial tavern and charming private dining room. Chef Evan’s cuisine, with its handcrafted oils, natural flavorings, and farm-to-table freshness are very much of the moment.

Chef Blomgren honed his skills at several of Central New Jersey’s finest restaurants, including Lahiere’s in Princeton, Chamber’s Walk in Lawrenceville, The Metuchen Inn, Church Street Bistro in Lambertville and across the Delaware at Martine’s in New Hope.

A graduate of the prestigious French Culinary Institute, Chef Evan combines classical training with his own vision and the bounty of produce, cheese, fish and meats available in Central New Jersey and nearby Pennsylvania.

Awards & Recognition

The Rocky Hill Inn has been recognized by NJ Monthly Magazine, Princeton Packet Newspaper, and other media outlets as having the Best Burger, Best Lunch and Best Dinner.

What People are Saying

“They Make It Right EVERY TIME”

“I’ve gone to Rocky Hill Inn several times over in the last 2 years. I absolutely love the staff the drinks and the food there. The disco pork belly fries are simply to die for, the chicken nachos are absolutely delightful and they make the best burgers in town. I absolutely adore the spicy a$$ burger. They make it right every time, and are very accommodating. I’ve tried almost every drink on their drink menu, my favorites by far are the pomegranate cosmo and the aloha margarita. They’re just the right combination for the spicy a$$ burger. The service there is great and the staff are all friendly and welcoming. I absolutely love going here for date night with my boyfriend and going here to just even hang out with my friends for a quick bite or a nice drink out.”

Make a Reservation!

“If you’d like to have a nice sit down dinner make a reservation! I’ve always sat at the bar. The bartenders are always super friendly and make great drinks – particularly espresso martinis. I haven’t tried too much on the menu but what I have tried is stupid good. I wish i could eat the fig + goat cheese and the BBQ pulled pork flatbreads every day. They also have disco fries/poutine???? That food item alone is enough to keep you coming back. Also I really like the deviled eggs. Reminds me of Thanksgiving family dinner! The restaurant and bathrooms overall are really clean. There’s a cute porch also if you want to sit outside! Overall, I really enjoy coming here.

“Rated Well on DD&D”

“This place is fantastic and one day I will visit again. We went specifically b/c this place was rated well on DD&D. The food was tasty and all the employees I interacted with were all fantastic. You get a wonderful view sitting on the porch area. Definitely a place worth going to.”

“Well Worth the 45 Minute Drive!”

“My husband and I came for the first time on Thursday night. The food was absolutely amazing. It was well worth the 45 minute drive. It was a very busy night but our server Denise made sure to make our night memorable. She was one of the best servers we have ever had. First night out without our baby was fantastic. Thank you Rocky Hill Inn and especially Denise! We will definitely be back and only want to sit with Denise!!”

“I Absolutely Love Going There for Date Night.”

“I’ve gone to Rocky several times over in the last 2 years. I absolutely love the staff the drinks and the food there. The disco pork belly fries are simply to die for, the chicken nachos are absolutely delightful and they make the best burgers in town. I absolutely adore the spicy a$$ burger. They make it right every time, and are very accommodating. I’ve tried almost every drink on their drink menu, my favorites by far are the pomegranate cosmo and the aloha margarita. They’re just the right combination for the spicy a$$ burger. The service there is great and the staff are all friendly and welcoming. I absolutely love going here for date night with my boyfriend and going here to just even hang out with my friends for a quick bite or a nice drink out.”

“You Must Try One of the Burgers”

“I visited this restaurant almost a month ago. I had onion soup and the fried green tomato burger. The onion soup was very good and the burger was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. It has a really nice atmosphere. I highly recommend this place and you must try one of the burgers.”

“Friendly & Professional Staff”

“Friendly, professional staff. Food is consistently great. Casual gastropub atmosphere off the bar, finer dining rooms, and outdoor seating. It’s a regular stop for us.”

“Never Disappoints!”

“Love this place! Homey feeling and delicious food. Never disappoints. Always recommend!”

“What a Wonderful Experience!”

“What a wonderful experience! My group of 3 (plus a dog) came here on a Saturday in May around 7pm hoping to sit outside. They don’t take reservations, it’s first come serve. There are not many outside tables and they are all on the wrap around porch. We got lucky, and didn’t have to wait more than 5 minutes for a table! There is also a parking lot outside, so it’s nice not having to find/pay for street parking.

The hostess and the waiter were both wonderful and attentive , we definitely didn’t feel “forgotten” like some places when you sit outside. The food was fantastic ! They have a range of options from a $35 steak to a $15 burger, so there’s something for everyone. We got two appetizers and there was plenty to share between the three of us. Meal portions were large, and the food was delicious.

I’m glad this place is 10 minutes down the road. We will definitely be back! :)”

“Burgers Cooked to Perfection”

“Really cozy spot with great food. We all got burgers..the Pub Burger, Fat Daddy, and Fried Tomato. Each burger was cooked to perfection and packed with flavor. Really loved the champagne vinaigrette for the side salad too. Overall great food and service, will definitely come back!”

“Best Burger I’ve Ever Had!”

“Best burger I ever had! It was called the Fun Guy Burger. Cooked a perfect medium rare which is my preference. Came out hot as well. And our server Michael was very good. We are a rough crowd and if we don’t like something we won’t hold back. Everyone and everything was great! Cheers!!!”

” I Cannot Believe a “Pub” Can Whip Up Something So Extraordinary. ”

“Came here on an early Saturday evening (reservations recommended). We were seated on the quieter side of the restaurant, which is perfect for us. This restaurant’s interior felt like a familiar and comfortable B & B. Our waitress was very friendly, explained the evening’s specials and answered any questions we had about the menu. They ran out of Lagunitas’s Sumpin Sumpin (the only disappointment for the evening) but one of my favorite lager, Kona Longboard made up for it. My bride ordered diver scallops over pancetta and mushroom risotto. I had a tough decision to make between pork belly disco fries and pork belly BLT. After much debate, the BLT won because of my mood for a lighter meal during this warm Saturday evening. But either choice would be a winner when pork belly is involved. The pork belly BLT was delicious. Crispy toasted bread, soft avocados and fontina cheese topped off with a lemon aioli sauce. Seasoned hand cut fries complimented this superb BLT. Now comes the real shocker. 5 huge scallops cooked to perfection on top of risotto infused in wild mushrooms and crispy pancetta. We are talking risotto like when we were in Italy. I cannot believe a “pub” can whip up something so extraordinary. The wife put up a valiant fight but I was able to liberate many spoonful of this delightful risotto from her . Great service, charming atmosphere and excellent food. This is a real hidden gem in our area. We will be back.”

“Highly, Highly, Highly Recommended!”

“My wife and I love it here. It’s one of our favorite restaurants. The burgers are incredible and atmosphere A+. Have never had a bad meal. Highly, highly, highly recommend”

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 4:30pm – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 9pm
Outdoor Dining, Indoor Dining & Curbside Pickup

“I Absolutely Love Going There for Date Night.”

Contact Us

137 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553

Phone: 609-683-8930
Fax:     609-683-8931 

info@rockyhilltavern.com