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Trattoria Bel Paese

104 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ
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Ranked #17 of 61 restaurants in Cranford
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
Dining style: Casual Dining
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Dining style: Casual Dining
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English first
Union, New Jersey
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126 reviews 126 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We went here with a Groupon on a Friday night. When we got there at 5:45, we were the only people there. By 6:15, nearly every single table was full! It got very crowded and, once we had our food, we could see why. They were a bit pricey but worth it. They gave us delicious, fresh-baked bread to start... More

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South Plainfield, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

My boyfriend and I went to Trattoria Bel Paese for an Italian Cooking class. It's a great option for a date or even a girls night out. George, the owner and instructor, is a blast! He gives good tips, lets you have a hands on experience and keeps you entertained at all times. The best part: you get to eat... More

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
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138 reviews 138 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We tried this place out from recommendations of our friends. The title of this review is their exact words. They were right on. The food is quite good, and the service was exceptional. We wanted for nothing. They checked on us constantly, and the attention was much appreciated. But, they could use spending just a little to change up the... More

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Springfield, New Jersey, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

ENZO IS BACK!!!!!!! My family and I had been going for Trattoria Bel Paese for YEARS!! Probably since 2006! And have ALWAYS loved it! We have celebrated MANY birthdays and special occasions at this restaurant, but in the past year, the standard of service, portion sizes, and quality of food had sharply declined. We learned that during this past year... More

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Had dinner at this restaurant with my husband and mother last night. By looking at the outside of the restaurant, it would not stand out to you. But once you enter... it's OUTSTANDING. We were the first diners there (early 4:30pm) and we were helped my the hostess, Natalia. She explained the menu and mentioned all the items can also... More

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The restaurant couldn't be any simpler -- tables and chairs. Absolutely nothing fancy about it, and yet that was the charm. There was an honesty of food and service because there was no place for the staff or the owner to hide. If the food wasn't exactly right, or the service just a little bit off, the owner would be... More

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Bradenton, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Trattoria Bel Paese is tucked away in an unassuming storefront at 104 North Union Avenue in Cranford, NJ. If you are not mindful of the address, you are likely to walk right by even when you are looking for it. But this is a venue that no one in search of good food should pass up. First of all this... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

This was my first visit and it will not be my last.The food was tasteful I had the lobster bisque,and the lobster ravioli which had a bit to much lemon . The mango gelato was refreshing I would have left the raisin garnish off.Last the most important thing to me is friendliness of the staff and owner which trumps all... More

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Waterbury, Vermont
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We had a very good lunch but if you're not a garlic lover look out! Our dishes were loaded (which I prefer) but it was perhaps overdone. The mussles were in a delicious but they didn't come w/ any bread to lap up the great sauce so be sure to ask. I had the italian sausage w/ garlic pasta. My... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Went to Trattoria Bel Paese tonight for dinner with a group of 4 adults and 4 children. From the moment we walked in the staff couldn't have been more accommodating to us. Such a friendly atmosphere and the food was delicious! Very appealing menu and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal - the Chicken Parmigiana was outstanding, and the meatballs my... More

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