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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
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
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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
Been going to Espo's for 40 years

LOVE ESPO'S .. Have been going there forever. It is a Quaint wonderful Little Italian Restaurant.Service is 10 Stars. Always The Best...I get the Meat and Cheese Stuffed Shell's.Their sauce is not for the faint of Heart it is Italian.100%.Strong.I tell them go light.It is good.Though a little... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
Joseph P
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

LOVE ESPO'S .. Have been going there forever. It is a Quaint wonderful Little Italian Restaurant.Service is 10 Stars. Always The Best...I get the Meat and Cheese Stuffed Shell's.Their sauce is not for the faint of Heart it is Italian.100%.Strong.I tell them go light.It is good.Though a little acidic for my stomach.It is a Great Place.Nice Candle Light dinner.

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Princeton, New Jersey, United States
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is as basic as it gets. A neighborhood bar and restaurant on a back street which makes an excellent red sauce. Yeah, the linguine and white clam is good, as well but this is basic southern Italian food made well with no pretensions. BTW, the bread from a local bakery that comes with the meal is as good as... More 

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Excellent meal at this nice family restaurant. This restaurant is right in the middle of a residential neighborhood, not a place you would expect to find a gem of an Italian eatery. Recommend you get there early as the place will fill up quickly. One drawback is there is only street parking and since this is in a residential area,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My neighbor recommended. Went here on double date. The portions are GIGANTIC. 3 of the 4 took food home. Bread and salad came with meal. Will definitely return.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

After taking a 25 year hiatus from Espo's - mostly because I couldn't find it - I went back. It was a like a time warp. Nothing had changed. The same bar complete with Budweiser lighting. Remember the horse drawn Bud truck inside the big glass chandelier? It's here, along with the dim lights and dark walls. The same delicious... More 

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Raritan, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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Additional Information about Espo's

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

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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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