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Espo's

10 2nd St, Raritan, NJ 08869
908-685-9552
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Ranked #2 of 36 Restaurants in Raritan
Cuisines: Italian
Most recent review
- Sep 11, 2014
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English first
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

The food is wonderful.. the red sauce is almost as good as my Grandmother used to make. The stuffed shells are so, so good! The atmosphere is dark and old.. but the food is awesome..no menus.. offerings are all on chalk boards. I would have given an excellent rating, but a visit to the restroom really shocked me.. it has... More

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Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's like eating at a relative's house. That typical nondescript building in the middle of a neighborhood that locals mostly know about and fill it up most nights.

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Raritan, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Great place for a drink and pasta. Love the down home atmosphere. Drinks aren't watered down. No menus, everything on a blackboard. My sons both love the place.

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North Plainfield, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I don't understand all of the raving, unless we went on an off night. The food was only ok. The restaurant is dark and crowded and the tables are cramped. That would have been fine if it truly was the awesome food I was expecting, given the reviews. The food was only ok, with the exception of my daughter's penne... More

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North Plainfield, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Order the pasta and you'll eat supper (well) for two or three days! Nothing fancy, but a good bar, no menus (dishes are listed on the chalkboards), WONDERFUL meat sauce, rigatoni, meat balls, with salads and GREAT Italian bread and butter - perhaps five choices for dessert (we shared a tartufo - enough for two). Wonderful looking steak parmigiana, old... More

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Delicious food and generous portions at a fair price! I have been there with friends and family and no one has ever been disappointed. Their menu includes all of the standard Italian classics, such as baked pasta dishes, stuffed peppers, shrimp scampi and steak. The wait staff has always been friendly and attentive. This casual restaurant and bar is located... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Been going to Espo's since I was 5yrs old.....recommend this restaurant to everyone I know...you have to look for it in Raritan....say hello to Sweeny!!!

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Central Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Espo's in Raritan, NJ. Read some bad reviews mixed in with the good so I expected the worse when I went here with my wife, (Feb. 2014). Fortunately I am happy to report that this place is great. Its small but in a good way, it is rather dark, and it's true that there are no menus, just the blackboards,... More

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Somerville, New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I've been coming here for 10+ years and have never had a bad meal. Yes, the menu is on a chalkboard in a few spots, it's dark and loud, and can get crowded. They don't take reservations but there is a long bar you can grab a drink (or your meal at). They have delicious classics - Eggplant and Chicken... More

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Branchburg, New Jersey
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Never knew this place existed and I've been in the area for 11 years! Great service, staff was very friendly and accommodating! The food & cocktails were excellent!! We were a party of 6 and ordered everything from Salad to fried calamari and pasta to veal to fish!! Ther is a bar with approx 10 stools and the tight (yet... More

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