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Trattoria Bel Paese

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104 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ
908-276-3336
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Today
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Cooking class

We went here for an Italian cooking class, which focused on different sauce for pastas. George, our host/chef was very thorough and a good host. He made the process smooth. You make 8 sauces total and we were give two large bowls of pasta, with 2 of pastas in each bowl (4 total). The pasta was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
Chris G
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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
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English first
new jersey
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We've been here 3 times, each time trying to give it another chance. The food isn't anything special, service is slow - a bunch of teenagers who all stand around talking to each other. They take forever to bring your check when you are done eating. The have no light fixtures in the place - just tall lamps like you... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The Restaurant was referred to us by a friend. It is Valentines Day so we didn't expect a lot knowing how busy this day is for restaurants. We placed our order with a waiter whom looked like he was going to play a round of Golf! Everyone else that was part of the staff was dressed as if they worked... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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93 reviews 93 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We went here for an Italian cooking class, which focused on different sauce for pastas. George, our host/chef was very thorough and a good host. He made the process smooth. You make 8 sauces total and we were give two large bowls of pasta, with 2 of pastas in each bowl (4 total). The pasta was tasty. This made for... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A local place that could really use a bit of TLC, the walls are wainscot painted wood paneling (orange) with brick paneling above, vinyl floor blocks that have seen better days and water stained ceiling tiles, no table cloths or place mats. The entrance has no protection from the elements, if you're lucky enough to get a table in the... More 

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Clark, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

Cranford is a nice town with plenty of dining options. This place kind of gets lost in the shuffle. For me it's a diamond in the rough. Dinner for four on a cold Saturday night. They had cooking classes there in the afternoon and the place was still set up for that. A few tables were available and we were... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We were a group of 8 friends who wanted to meet for dinner at a central location. Someone in our group found good reviews on Trattoria Bel Paese and made the reservation. We all ordered a variety of tasty dishes and none of us were disappointed. The food was delicious and the staff was friendly. We were there until just... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I went to this place with my boyfriend after finding it on LivingSocial. My boyfriend wasn't really a fan but I did like the pasta and fish we were served. Really well cooked. The interior could be improved and designed to modern state lol.

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Westfield
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This place is a gem! The pasta, risotto and Italian Wedding Soup are all delicious. Staff was super accommodating. My two young daughters ate everything up. Will definitely take out the wedding soup for the girls school lunches. Awesome!

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Cranford, New Jersey
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We had the Royal sauce on veal and it was absolutely amazing. But the salad was lettuce on a plate and the decor looks like it was never updated from the sub shop that was in that location before. For the expensive price, i expected more.

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Milltown, New Jersey
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

So, if you want a fresh and delicious Italian meal, this is the place. Small, intimate, lovely ambiance. PLUS consider taking one of Chef George's cooking classes right there in the restaurant. We took the Sauces class and learned so much while making 5 different Italian sauces. A real gem. Don't hesitate!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 104 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Cranford
  • Phone Number: 908-276-3336

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?