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“This could be your next favorite restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ursino

Ursino
1075 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
(908) 249-4099
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Ranked #5 of 119 restaurants in Union
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Green St.
Transit: The NJ Transit Raritan Valley rail line stops at Union Station on Morris Avenue, a 10 minute walk from the restaurant.
Description: The name Ursino was inspired by the rich history of the colonial era Liberty Hall Estate (previously called Ursino), located on what is now part of the Kean University campus. The estate boasts a 4.5 acre farm, from which we harvest many of the ingredients used on our menu. Chef Peter Turso and his staff use these ingredients to create a menu that embraces Modern American cuisine. We also support local producers as much as possible; not only in our menu selections, but in our wine, beer and cocktail offerings too. Our goal is to provide a memorable, quality dining experience for every guest that arrives at our door. With knowledgeable and attentive service, along with expertly prepared food second to none, we aspire to be considered by our guests as one of the top restaurants in New Jersey.
New Jersey
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“This could be your next favorite restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

I was surprised on my first visit that this is on the campus of Kean University. In addition to the restaurant itself, they also have farm property on campus from which they get (some of) their veges and herbs.

They have a creative, healthy (if you want it to be) menu, and a nice, relaxing environment. They aim to source locally. I will definitely be back.

The only issue I had was the parking, which is a bit of a walk to the restaurant. Not normally an issue, but on my first visit, there was torrential rain, so it was a drag.

They serve lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, dinner only on Saturday, closed Sunday.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Palo Alto, California
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“Great Food, Great Service, A Bit Pricier than Justified”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We had a dinner for four the other night.I'll say that we had to book a super early reservation, since we were told all other slots were full, but we were seated quickly and had excellent service (also, while we were there for 2 hours, the place never filled up and we never felt rushed). The food was outstanding and the atmosphere reasonably nice. I just think it was a little overpriced to merit an "excellent."

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Summit, New Jersey
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“Outstanding Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner recently at Ursino. The night we ate there, diners had the option of eating inside or outside on their patio. Either option is very pleasing.
Many of the produce items offered on their eclectic and interesting menu come directly from their local garden, right by the restaurant. The offerings are creative and the hard part is trying to decide which ones to select!
We tried fish and meat choices, all were excellent. We recommend saving room for dessert, these are not to be missed! We are looking forward to our next visit there.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Sophistication in all ways right in Union, New Jersey!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Who would believe that this fabulous restaurant would be sitting on the campus of Kean University. This suburbanite was stunned after driving through the campus gates to see the valet parker waiting for us in front of this magnificient glass building.

Upon entering the restaurant we were blown away by the dazzling bar sitting below a breathtaking chandelier sweeping the ceiling. The reflection shining on the glass walls of this setting formed a honeycomb pattern. It was gorgeous.

We were ushered down a spiral staircase where keepsakes from Governor Kean were encased in the wall. At the bottom of the steps we walked around an Asian stoned circle in the floor creating a pathway that led to the main dining room. Great detail went into the contemporary decor, such as, the huge planters hanging down from the level above. One wall was cleverly covered with the blueprints of the restaurant in a glazed color blue. The other was all glass looking onto the campus. I loved the feeling before even sitting down.

The staff was cordial and efficient. We learned that some were students from Kean and nearby colleges. They were well trained and aimed to please.

The menu was varied including the wine and cocktail list. Their concept is to use homegrown produce and local foods as part of the ingredients, and this was even incorporated into the signature drinks that were well priced at $10. I selected an exotic concoction with fig infused vodka. It was quite good.

A delicious bread was served with a bean puree that was wonderful. I enjoyed my Autumn salad that was incorporated with local cheese, apple, squash, and cranberry. My husband's grilled octopus was most flavorful with the taste of chorizio caramel and tomato emulsion. We continued with our entrees. I thought I had winner with the Cod garnished with cockles and chorizios served over a sliced potato until I tasted my husband's roasted veal loin. The meat was so tender, and the tomato marmalade, olives and artichokes made this dish a "10". The portions were fairly sized. We were getting quite full, but after looking at the dessert menu we couldn't resist ordering. We opted for the pumpkin bread pudding that was "beyond". It came with a scoop of pumpkin ice cream and a brittle cookie that was out of this world. I usually don't even like pumpkin. We also had an interesting lemon ricotta ice cream sandwich that was refreshing.

Perhaps I was most impressed with the tea caddy of all things. A lovely wooden box was presented to us with tiny jars filled with various tea leaves. We were encouraged to open each to get a whiff of the divine aromas before making a selection. I jokingly told our server that I loved the presentation, but unfortunately the tea box was too big to fit into my handbag!

We enjoyed that dinner so much that we asked to speak with the chef who was most generous wth his time to meet us. While paying the bill we were presented with small carrot muffins individually wrapped to take home for the morning fare. There was even an urn filled with warm apple cider that we sampled while waiting inside for the attendant to bring our car.

There were no complaints from us diners, and we are still in awe that this all took place in Union, N.J. As transplanted New Yorkers, go know!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Still thinking about this wonderful meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Treated to a fabulous dinner for a birthday celebration at this surprising restaurant. Opted for 3 appetizers which had a connected theme: a delicious onion-apple soup, poured tableside over two tiny grilled cheese sandwiches and apple foam (though stem on tiny cherry seemed a strange inclusion); yummy and beautiful beet salad with candied walnuts and a sheet of dehydrated apple paper; and incredible seared scallops with a delicious cream and tiny pieces of apple. Celebrating spouse thought Cod with chorizo might have been one of favorite dishes ever. Table adored the sweet and salty pumpkin bread pudding (4 easily satisfied by dish advertised for 2).

Tips and notes: Valet parking at dinner. There's a private room for 10-12 that would be fabulous for a small party. Restaurant is downstairs from main entry and bar level, with a large curving staircase to access (elevator also available). One unisex bathroom across from entry station or apparently outside downstairs level restaurant in University building (not accessible when we were there due to ongoing private party).

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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