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“The only thing new is the name” 2 of 5 stars
Review of La Primavera

La Primavera
500 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ
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Ranked #19 of 86 Restaurants in West Orange
Cuisines: Italian
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West Orange, New Jersey
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22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“The only thing new is the name”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We came here thinking this was all new now that it is affiliated with Primavera in the Wilshire Grand down the street. Having been to the previous restaurant, Reggiano's, that used to be in this location and being very annoyed and disappointed with them, we thought we would give La Primavera a try. We had made a reservation, and though we were there early enough that most tables were open, they never asked if we had a reservation. Later we noticed that other customers who said that they had made reservations, particularly a large party, the staff was not ready for and they had to scramble to put tables together. This is a huge issue that we had with the previous restaurant, reservations were completely ignored.

As for the food, it may be associated with Primavera but it is NO Primavera. The food is mediocre to average. The pasta dishes that my table ordered were very dry and lacking sauce/oil, not to mention they also lacked flavor. The only good thing I can say is that the rock shrimp was ALMOST as good as Primavera's.

The decor was kept the same as the last restaurant, save for the removal of the TV on on wall.

We will definitely not be rushing back here any time soon. I would rather go down the street to the real Primavera or to any of the numerous restaurants in Montclair.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Antonito, Colorado
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28 restaurant reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Nice small Italian Restaurante”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We had a great friendly service, and there was a large menu selection. Food was very good and plenty of it. I had the same meal at another restaurant the night before and it was a little better than here but I would not hesitate to come here again. Check it out!

Visited January 2013
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New Jersey
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“Undiscovered Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

This restaurant, to be clear, is not the same Primavera as at the Wilshire Grand. It is a stand alone place which has yet to be discovered, but it is also not inexpensive and may lose out for that reason. The bar is very good, the decor is pleasing and relaxing, but the food is the real winner. The mushroom soup is fabulous, the fish are outstanding, the pastas are delicious, but skip dessert. The chef also sends out an amuse bouche, a wonderful pizetta. Don't overlook this for a lovely evening.

  • Visited September 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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