The Tides Estate was New Jersey’s best kept secret—but not anymore! Now everyone knows the finest catered affairs are at The Tides Estate. From the seven acres of magnificent gardens with beautiful gazebos, to the first-class, exquisite cuisine with professional white glove service, The Tides Estate has achieved nothing less than total satisfaction among its clients for over 30 years, serving as New Jersey’s best banquet venue offering a variety of services including catering for weddings, cultural weddings, proms, sweet 16s, and more!

The Tides Estate boasts spacious, tastefully decorated banquet rooms which can accommodate parties of any size. Impressive crystal chandeliers and a strikingly beautiful spiral staircase provide the most impressive setting for any affair.

The Tides Estate. A secret no more, recognized as one of the finest caterers in New Jersey.

Feel free to contact us through our online form. If you prefer not to wait for a reply we may always be reached during our normal business hours at (973) 423-2282.


The Tides offers more than 4,300 square feet of unobstructed exhibit and event space, and its five accompanying breakout rooms and opulent bar and lounge range from 1,223 square feet to 360 square feet, making the venue flexible enough to handle multifaceted events and multiple breakout sessions. Its in-house event staff work around the clock to transform our versatile space into the perfect setting for your Ballroom wedding, celebration, or performance.


Strategically positioned amid fine hotels, notable restaurants, and cultural attractions, The Grand Ballroom offers guests the best of everything we have to offer, including excellent walkability, numerous public transportation options and abundant evening parking.


We strive to accommodate any special requests, maintain absolute discretion always, and offer our clients the City’s most professionally produced events in a truly legendary space. Our team is focused on the total guest experience, from gourmet food and beverage service down to the smallest detail of event production.


Originally the Tides Estate was a 200 acres property: George Werner, an immigrant from Germany, purchased it late 1800s. George used his Estate to make Bootleg Whiskey to sell it to taverns in Paterson. Then he converted it, to a picnic grove.

As the years went by he started selling pieces of property to immigrants coming from Germany.

Later, George Werner Jr., the son, became the owner. He no longer did the picnics & decided to open up a restaurant on the property: He operated til 1965 and sold it to Benny Nestco who changed the restaurant into a catering establishment until John Mele Purchased the place in 1980. He started a complete renovation of the building and made numerous continuous improvements to the property and still does til this day.

The Tides Estate for Weddings and Receptions

John Mele graduated from Boston University with an accounting degree. He worked his early career years in the family grocery & deli business where they concentrated on off-premise catering. He then started his own gourmet specialty foods which consisted of homemade soups and sauces. His success in the family business and the gourmet foods led him to the purchase of the Tides Estate.

Our main goal here at the Tides Estate is provide memorable and unforgettable service for each and every guest that walks through our doors. My staff and I strive on giving each visitor 100% regardless of the occasion celebrated or cost of the event.

Because of this philosophy, our guests return to the Tides Estate for all needs from elaborate weddings to birthday parties, Sweet 16, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Christmas parties, Proms, Company dinners etc.

Aside from repeating business, our excellent service and professional environment earns us new clients on a daily basis with referrals from guests that have visited the Tides Estate.

We also pride ourselves in the presentation of our facility and location. We have 7 acres of manicured gardens, magnificent crystal chandeliers marble floors and stairways, which we aim to maintain in impeccable condition.

Our highly experienced event coordinators also play a huge role in the success of our business. Our event managers are knowledgeable, with many years of experience in this field. They successfully coordinate over 300 events yearly, which is quite a task; however, their professionalism and excellent service makes it easy for them to perform.

Therefore, these are a few of the main reasons why the Tides Estate has been successful for the past 3 decades.

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