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10 2nd St, Raritan, NJ 08869
908-685-9552
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Down to earth Italian food in a cosy venue

When I found Espo's restaurant it was a pleasant surprise. Someone at work had recommended it so I gave it a try. That was ten years ago and I've been back quite a few times since. When I first tried it it immediately reminded me of a restaurant we used to go to in Whitestone, New York when I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Raritan, New Jersey
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Raritan, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

When I found Espo's restaurant it was a pleasant surprise. Someone at work had recommended it so I gave it a try. That was ten years ago and I've been back quite a few times since. When I first tried it it immediately reminded me of a restaurant we used to go to in Whitestone, New York when I lived... More 

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Newark, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

By far some of the best iItalian food you'll find. The restaurant looks like a house on a residential street. Go inside and it reminds you of an old joint from little Italy. Dark, tight but smells great!.. Order off the chalk boards. Menu does not change. As a matter of fact... neither does the staff! Same crew has been... More 

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Traditional Italian "red sauce" food served in this cozy place. It is very reminiscent of 1970s ITALIAN food. Service was good. A friend and I went. We both had veal parmigiana which was very good. Five drinks and an antipasto. Bill wad $89. Well worth it!

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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86 reviews 86 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Even though we really enjoyed our meals and our lively chats with the two bartenders / waiters throughout the evening, in all fairness I couldn't rate this restaurant any higher than "good" solely in light of the competition in the general area (5-10 mile radius). We visited for the first time on a Monday night around 9pm and had a... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Great spot for very good food, great service and no frills atmosphere. Nothing fancy about this place, it's basically a tavern, with chalk boards as menus. We had a variety of dishes including meatballs, steak parm and the penne vodka was great and it lasted for 2 additional take home meals. They now accept cards.

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Lords Valley
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102 reviews 102 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I note that most of the reviews are from New Jersey residents who may not be familiar with Dominicks in the Bronx. Dominicks has been famous for decades. They don;t have a printed menu but do have a chalk board near the kitchen which I believe is for the waiters. The waiters ask what kind of dish you would like,... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

This is a perfect place for relaxing while eating a home cooked Italian meal. We eat here often so I gave tried many items on the blackboard menu. Everything tastes great! Dress down and just let the busy day go by.

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Millstone, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We sought out Espo's on a recommendation since our favorite go to spot was closed on Monday's. Don't let the quiet unassuming exterior on a residential block stop you from entering. Warm and inviting inside, no menus just blackboards and good old fashioned Italian American fare. We tried the veal Parm and it was excellent. The waiter offered several pasta... More 

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Bound Brook, New Jersey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Came here for a family celebration over the summer. The place is fairly cramped so a table of 7 adults, 1 kid and a baby was tight. I would describe the service as sufficient but not attentive. The food comes in ample portions with leftovers that will take you through at least another meal. The food is very good but... More 

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We visited Espo's with friends over the summer, and it surely did not disappoint! We were prepared for a long wait, as the place is small and doesn't take reservations. Fortunately, it was a fairly quiet night and we got right in! Everything is VERY casual - the menus are written on chalkboards around the restaurant, and the bar is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 2nd St, Raritan, NJ 08869
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Raritan
  • Phone Number: 908-685-9552

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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