We will be closed April 1st as we are participating in the New Jersey Food and Wine Festival Grand Tasting Event

Welcome To Common Lot Restaurant in Millburn NJ

We Are a Young and Talented Couple With a Commitment to Sophisticated, Relaxed Cooking and Great Service at Our Millburn Restaurant Common Lot


 I grew up in Australia and have lived in India, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Canada, The Channel Islands, Austria, England and now the USA. I apprenticed under Matt Moran, one of Australia’s most successful chefs and honed my skills in some highly successful (and tough) Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe. These included Pierre Gagnaire’s London establishment, The Lecture Room, Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner by Heston, The Atlantic Hotel in Jersey, as well as The Hotel Kristiania in Lech am Arlberg, Austria and as Head Chef at The Cottage Point Inn in Sydney.

This international experience has greatly influenced my sense of culinary adventure and style, which I now bring to our first restaurant, Common Lot.


I am Austrian and, like my husband and partner, have lived abroad and traveled extensively, including Switzerland, South Africa, England, The Channel Islands, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and now the USA.

I studied front-of-house restaurant management at the Hotel Management School in Bludenz, Austria, where I learned European restaurant fine dining service and received certification as a Cheese Sommelier. I am passionate about teas and the art of tea-making and have studied this intensively.

I have a commitment to great service in a relaxed and accessible environment, and look forward to welcoming you to our restaurant.

Ehren and Nadine at Common Lot

Our Approach

Common: something shared, communal, a tract of land for everyone…
Lot: a crowd of people, abundance, plentiful…

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The surroundings are elegant but unpretentious; comfortable but handsome — an expression of our personalities and our commitment to the dining experience. We have created a relaxed, convivial environment with minimalist design, unexpected finishes, natural materials, texture and light. Check out the upstairs Library, which features a selection of Ehren’s extensive and beloved collection of cookbooks; our dry-aged room; the four-seat “Kitchen Pass” with its intimate perspective on meal preparation; and the main dining room, with its view to the buzz of the open kitchen.

And the food? It reflects our global experience, training and dedication to the craft of cooking: seasonal flavors, locally foraged produce, and fresh ingredients made with exceptional care and resulting in cosmopolitan dishes.


Contemporary cuisine made with local, seasonal ingredients combined in unexpected, exciting ways.

Even the most beautifully prepared meal can’t be fully appreciated until people gather to enjoy it. That’s why each item on this menu, every nuance of the space around you was created with one truth in mind: The best way to eat good food is together.

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The Kitchen Pass is our exclusive four seat counter directly overlooking the kitchen. It is our take on the traditional Chef’s Table and is a unique feature for Millburn nj restaurants. Our concept is that the diner purchases the seat for the evening and then joins us for a culinary ride. Subject to any dietary requirements, we will ‘feed you’ dishes of our choosing. The menu will be a surprise! We will include some dishes that are on the main menu, as well as some that we will prepare exclusively for you.

We want you to interact and have fun with the chefs. Seated as close to a working kitchen as possible, you will experience the heat, noise and pressure of meal creation, and see how a kitchen runs and operates. We look forward to seeing you.


Common Lot Recipes For The Home Cook: Millburn-Short Hills Magazine

Common Lot Restaurant Featured: Inside Jersey: 30 Best Meals

Featured in “The 25 Best Restaurants of 2016” by NJ Monthly Magazine

3 & 1/2 Out of 4 Stars in NJ Monthly Restaurant Review “Ehren and Nadine Ryan (he from Australia, she from Austria) bring uncommonly good food to Millburn. Why there? Hint: Family.”

Review:”Common Lot, in Millburn, Is a Newcomer With a Global Touch” NY Times

Review:”One of N.J.’s most anticipated new restaurants is here, and it’s excellent” -NJ.com

Common Lot Restaurant Review In Edge By Andy Clurfeld: Edge Mag Online

Common Lot NY Times Review



Grinding cumin seeds the old fashioned way...and still the best way #morterandpestal 
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Guinea Fowl, spinach, mushrooms, for our @56wine wine dinner on Monday.
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Common Lot will be closed Tuesday 3/14/17 for the safety of our staff and customers. 
We will be open as usual Wednesday.
Stay safe.
Common Lot team.
Pork porterhouse, white bean and smoked bacon cassoulet, dried apricot, pine nut puree, sorrel pesto, mustard jus. Working on dishes for the new spring menu 🌱
In-house Dry-Aged Duck breast, celery root, walnuts, figs, spiced jus @bestfoodny
Roasted mushroom broth, sautéed mushrooms, roasted chicken skin, radish, sea beans, chive oil
Happy #humpday everyone! We are halfway to the #weekend.
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We’re excited to be cooking an @out_inthefield farm dinner on Friday September 22nd at @riverineranch! 
@common_lot is the only restaurant to be selected in NJ this year 
Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure that travels around the country setting their long table in fields, gardens, beaches and vineyards. Their mission is to promote local food and agriculture and get people out to the farm to see where their food is coming from and meet the producers.
Fluke w/ sauce from the bones, shrimp, capers, shallots, preserved lemon // old school dish for the kitchen pass last weekend

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