Cloverleaf Tavern

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

66 Ratings
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: n/a
Taps: 23
Bottles: 62
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

395 Bloomfield Ave
Caldwell, New Jersey, 07006-4908
United States
phone: (973) 226-9812

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cloverleafinfo

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Reviews by donniecuffs:
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: A second-generation family-owned pub-style restaurant that's been around since the Great Depression, the Cloverleaf (or the 'Leaf as some of the locals refer to it), is a great old-school place, but the problem is that it is too popular, as the bar is consistently jammed, elbow to elbow. Furthermore, the local college kids and middle-age fratboys who show up in droves all too frequently get really annoying when you overhear them bragging incessantly about how they consider themselves "beer connoisseurs", just because they've tried not only Dogfish Head 60min, but also 90min and 120min. Wow. Oh, and another thing...sometimes it gets so loud that you can't hear yourself think.

Quality: The management does a great job of rotating in new micro taps, so freshness is not a concern. My only criticism is that they devote too more tap space to the macros, both domestic and foreign.

Service: The amazing thing about this place...and I stress amazing...is that no matter how crowded it gets, I never feel as if a bartender/server is inaccessible. Furthermore, they are always friendly, and are fans of good beer, if not exceedingly knowledgeable.

Selection: The selection is very good, but I have two criticisms. First, as I had mentioned earlier, way too much tap space is devoted to the macros. Second, while their clever good beer appreciation campaign (e.g. the M.B.A., masters of beer appreciation, and P.h.D., professor of hops and drafts) does get more people to try microbrewed beer, they have an inordinate focus on a handful of the 'large micros', like Dogfish Head and Brooklyn. Both of the aforementioned breweries are fantastic, but this place needs more of the 'micro micros', as diversity is key. That being said, selection diversity appears to be improving, as a recent visit yielded pints of Anderson Valley and Ommegang.

Food: The food offerings resemble a cross between that of an old-school Irish pub, and a standout chain restaurant. In short, it is a decent complement to a night of drinking some good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Toasty
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of njcraft07
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ChadwickHines
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Antc2382
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of JackNip
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Vivs85
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Tobes181
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Had to stop by here when I was told it was rated "best craft beer in north east" I was let down.

The bar area is very small and everything seems to be crammed together, not spacey enough for my liking. The selection was good, but no where near the best selection of craft beer I have seen in NJ, Maybe I came on a bad night?
The service was ok, I was not served my beer in the correct glassware. The food was the best part and the only part I was impressed with. Not to say this place was bad or anything, but best craft bar in north east? NJ has much better to offer let alone the north east.

Photo of rzanders
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Alissa2579
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Resuin
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of WanderlustNJ
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of microbial
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of JoeHopster
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of lknox511
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Russf3181
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of BrokenStones
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Hitmanoo
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Forever rotating selection of great beers.
Nice bar setup, with plenty of seating.
Various dining areas, including a beautiful patio in warmer weather.
Pretty standard pub food, with a few wrinkles thrown in.
Friendly service that is good, though not outstanding.
Simply one of the finest beer bars in the area.

Photo of carlamariegiac
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great selection of craft brews and food! A bit noisy and can get very crowded. Parking is also difficult on busy nights, especially the weekends. The food is decent. I mostly come here for my MBA card, which is an awesome membership that they have. The beers are always rotating, and their selection is usually on point with the seasonal brews as well.

Photo of bkwhoppa66
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ
94 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.