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“A restaurant that tourists haven't found (but need to)” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Dante - CLOSED

Casa Dante
Price range: $31 - $40
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Kennedy Boulevard
Transit: 3 short blocks from the PATH Station at Journal Square. Convenient to local bus lines as well as all major highways. Beat the rush into Manhattan and stop at Casa Dante!
Description: Known for fine food, excellent service, great ambiance and a history of exceptional quality since 1971. Weekend live entertainment rounds out a diners experience at this Jersey City Landmark restaurant. Jazz Fridays with Happy Hour and Saturday night live standards & pop entertainment. A favorite of foodies, celebrities, sports figures, politicians and many loyal customers in the N.Y., N.J. metro area. Large banquet room and lounge area available for parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners, on-premise valet parking. Casa Dante, awarded 3 1/2 ( of 4) Stars by the NJ Star Ledger, 2013 Wine Spectator Award, Open Table Diners Choice Award 2013 Best Italian, Best Food, Best Overall. Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence for 2013 Best Italian Restaurant by AOL & Top 10 Best Italian in NYC, yes, NYC, by Citysearch Live Entertainment Weekends. Valet Parking on Premises, full Bar and Wine service. Parties of 10 to 140 Executive Chef Gregg Freda.
Boise
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“A restaurant that tourists haven't found (but need to)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

My wife and I try to go to Casa Dante every time we're back in the New York area. Great Italian food (especially the filet of sole) and ambience. Looks like a dump on the outside, but it's wonderful inside - waiters dressed in tuxes. Even for a tourist it's not that hard to find. Take the tube (PATH for you younger folks) from 33rd st. on the west side of NYC and get off at the Journal Square station in Jersey City (less that half an hour). It's about a four or five block walk in a decent part of JC from Journal Square to Newark Ave, where Casa Dante is located. At lunch time it's a lawyer's hangout, since the county courthouse is only a short distance away. After your meal, stop at St. John's R.C. Church nearby to ask forgiveness for eating too much and to marvel at the beautiful tile work in the church.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank 31Ripvan
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English first
Essex Fells, New Jersey
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A Classic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Casa Dante is a classic Italian restaurant tucked away on a bustling Jersey City thoroughfare. It is an attractive restaurant that is indicative of classic, more upscale Italian restaurants that are getting harder and harder to find. The food is very well prepared and served with near formal service. The usual Italian, Italian-American dishes can be found throughout the menu. A clams oreganata appetizer was very good, sopping up the sauce with bread was a pleasure. My veal Casa Dante was a traditional veal cutlet Milanese, so tender that it could be cut with a fork. My companion's veal Marsala was a perfect rendition of the dish. Prices are in line with the quality and atmosphere of the restaurant. If you want Old World Italian at a higher level, Casa Dante is a great choice.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank WCiardiello
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Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not a chain Italian restaurant...Thank Goodness!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

All the other favorable reviews are quite descriptive. What I most enjoyed: Old time waiters that didn't say "you guys" dozens of times; old time waiters that wore coat and ties and conversed with each other in Italian; waiters that that gave you plenty of time to enjoy your meal.
I am gluten free and was pleased to find they had gluten free pasta. The food was delicious in an old-time environment. Enjoy!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank robert d
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Kingsport
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Really Good Italian Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

If you visit Jersey City you must have a meal at this place. It has that old time gangster feel and the people who come here really dress for the occasion. This is not only a venue for an exceptional meal but also people watching entertainment. You need to book on weekends or you will have to join the queue down the street. The meals are mostly, not prepared the traditional way you would expect but they are nevertheless still very good. The Halibut, Spinach and Mushroom combination is really good. The waiter was very attentive and provided service of a high standard. This is the place to find really good Italian food.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Jayme K
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Richmond, Texas
Level Contributor
115 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Fun for date night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

Decided to give this restaurant a try and i am so glad. It is a little off the beaten path,but worth the drive. It reminds me of old school Italian. The service and food was excellent. The lobster ravioli was amazing and very reasonably price.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank 4thefamily
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