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The Italian Bistro - CLOSED

441 Raritan Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904-2739
+1 732-640-1959
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good45%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
Jul 25, 2016
May 19, 2016
“Very average restaurant ”
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Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
441 Raritan Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904-2739
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1 - 10 of 37 reviews

Reviewed July 25, 2016

After being recommended by a friend , we decided to eat there on a Saturday night. Nice and clean , service was good , however the food portions were small and missing a good Italian restaurants flavors . Better Italian restaurants in the area .

Thank bandit132
Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

We went out with a group of friends early on a weekday night. The place was empty, possibly because it was early evening. The menu prices were steep for a neighborhood Italian restaurant. Those prices would be warranted for a special occasion site;the taste and...More

Thank Judy R
Reviewed April 12, 2016

Have been twice for dinner on a Sunday evening & loved! $25.00 for entertainment & dinner separate. Four piece band, Jim Nuzzo on keyboard, Mark Rivera, saxophone, (from Billy Joel's Band) Totally enjoyable! Beet salad w/ goat cheese delish. Chicken Parmesan, among the best I've...More

2  Thank Alyssa M
Reviewed March 27, 2016

What a great find, the menu has plenty to choose from and the food was very good, we didn't feel rushed, actually it felt as if we could of stayed at our little corner table and talk all night maybe order another bottle of wine...More

Thank Tracker129
Reviewed February 16, 2016

Me and My Honey love to go on music nights. Every meal we have had was perfect, even when asking for a Fra Diavolo Meal.

Thank Pat G
Reviewed January 26, 2016

The service was good, food was delicious and people are friendly. The menu is a bit limited. A descent wine list.

Thank JulesHP
Reviewed July 8, 2015

The place is set up nicely with a bar area and a piano for live music I assume (not the night we were there-Wednesday). The bread is amazing and the dipping oil served with it is probably the best I've had. I had shrimp scampi...More

Thank Lane B
Reviewed April 7, 2015

The live music is absolutely terrific! The Italian Bistro has consistently okay food. A weekly change of seasonal specials would be very nice. Also, more vegetarian options would be welcome.

1  Thank ShopLocalHP
Reviewed January 31, 2015

It takes us about 45 minutes to get to the Bistro; so, we don't go there regularly. We visited a few months ago for the first time and had a very good experience (see my Trip Advisor review). You always wonder if a place will...More

3  Thank TeamMan
Reviewed January 31, 2015

Best short rib entree I eve had! All members of my group were totally satisfied with their meals. Th wonderful Jim Nuzzo (pianist/vocalist) provided entertainment for hours. A wonderful experience!

Thank Michael G
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Restaurant Details

Good for
Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 441 Raritan Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904-2739
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Highland Park
  • Phone Number: +1 732-640-1959
  • E-mail