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“Good, but has been better” 4 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
Warren, New Jersey
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88 reviews 88 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Good, but has been better”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Four of us went to dinner to celebrate quietly a birthday. We ordered our food without any trouble, ordered a bottle of Super Tuscan, which was delicious. I had the seafood stew, it was very tasty, my wife ordered the Branzini, which was also good, one friend ordered a small pizza, and the other had chicken. We shared a pasta order for an appetizer. We all felt that while the food was good, none of the dishes had the pizzazz that we have come to enjoy on other occasions. The mood was also impacted by a pushy waitress. An example of the pushiness was when she poured the wine she filled our four glasses until the bottle was empty, on the first pouring and she asked if we wanted to order another bottle. She did it so fast that none of us had the time react, but it put a damper. She tried to push specific deserts, etc. It ruined the experience!!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Englishtown, New Jersey
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
322 helpful votes 322 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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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
12 helpful votes 12 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
47 helpful votes 47 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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