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“Nice selection but average meal” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Morini Osteria

Morini Osteria
107 Morristown Rd, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
908-221-0040
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Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Finley Avenue
Englishtown, New Jersey
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66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
323 helpful votes 323 helpful votes
“Nice selection but average meal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

First - this is now the 3rd attempt to make a restaurant work in this location. New look in spacious room and nicely stocked bar helps ambiance. The manager and staff are generally pleasant enough, the menu has sufficient diversity (Italian) and they will do something off the menu if you ask them to. The food is generally well prepared and served at proper temperature. Prices are fair for what you get and the area the restaurant is in (Bernardsville), but there is one major drawback. The kitchen is open which makes it interesting but also stifling hot and unpleasant in the main restaurant area (the dinning area). As you can imagine some tables are literally next to the kitchen display which makes them just unbearably hot so your meals tend to be rushed just so you can get out of there. Overall a good place to visit but take a table by the door.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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38 reviews 38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great place if you just want to hang at bar and have a good time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Been now a few times to this restaurant and always enjoyed the ambiance, service and food. Last time we just stayed at the bar and bar tender, "Kathryn" was just GREAT. She was knowledgeable about the food and drinks. And certainly made us feel welcome, I would even say special.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Far Hills, New Jersey
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great food, service, and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Went here last night with another couple and sat right at that table in the middle of the picture! The bartenders were friendly, the table service was friendly and the food was very good. We got there early to have a drink at the bar first and the hostess had no problem holding our table past our reservation time. It was crowded (not over-crowded just stating this as a positive) and it seemed to be a trendy spot.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Excellent Pasta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Two of us had a delicious dinner at Osteria Morini last weekend. We started with the fava bean and cheese crustini and enjoyed every bite. My date ordered the chicken which came out quickly and tasted great. I ordered the pasta sampler and loved each of the pastas, although they were very rich. Next time, I'll order at least one pasta with a lighter sauce. The dessert was yummy and we left feeling like we'd return. Good solid restaurant and a very good value.

Visited July 2013
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Little Falls, New Jersey
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41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great Concept”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

You get the feeling that this joint has something special about it as soon as you come in from the vestibule.

Chef Michael White has successfully transplanted his NYC ambiance here into the rolling hills of western NJ. Blackboard specials, farmhouse tables, paper napkins and an extensive Italian wine list are just some of the touches that keep this place fresh.

The pasta list is broad and deep, and they all deliver comfort. We like to customize our meal with the available small plate choices of charcuteria, cheeses and accompaniments. There are several meat and fish entrees always available.

Prepare to drop some coin as it ain't cheap. The service is good and the food is well executed. It always delivers on our expectations.

This is a fine manifistation of the bistro concept - fine dining updated for the casual post-recession times we live in.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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