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“Excellent Food and Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Tomato Factory - CLOSED

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The Tomato Factory
Price range: $1 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Thai, Fusion
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout
East Brunswick, NJ
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

We have been going to the Tomato Factory for many years ....and only now have I thought to provide a review after dining there last evening. The fact that we've dined here for numerous years says a lot about the restaurant. The quality of the food and service has been maintained at a high level for a long time ....something that many other restaurants have failed to do.

Don't let the location in a strip mall be a turn off. The interior is warm and inviting, and the staff and food preparations will keep you coming back. There are always nightly specials on the menu, as well as familiar Italian restaurant staples. The fried calamari is EXCELLENT ....lightly breaded ...golden brown ...and always tender. Served with a side of simple marinara sauce ...it's always one of the items we order. The pasta dishes are excellent, with a wide variation of styles / sauces offered. Occasionally, one of the specials will be a veal chop ...which is perfectly prepared ...tender and juicy.

This is a BYOB establishment (which I think helps keep the prices reasonable) ....and there is a liquor store right next door should you want to bring a bottle of wine or some beer. We've never had to deal with a "corkage charge" for having a bottle of wine opened and placed in an ice bucket.

The deserts are very good ...and there is a good variety of gelato available (the pistachio is excellent ...). This has been our local "go to" Italian restaurant...and will remain so.

  • Visited July 2013
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Edison, New Jersey
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172 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Surprising good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

Good food quiet restaurant great service good value a hidden gem excellent pasta as well as standard entrees did not try the gelato but it looked good

  • Visited May 2013
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Homey atmosphere and good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2012

We landed here by chance on Mother's Day three years ago after a trip to the Rutgers Gardens' annual plant sale. We had somewhat low expectations, given the fact that we had no reservation on one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. Its location is in a strip mall, and the exterior is fairly conventional. Once inside, the owner asked us to wait a few minutes so that he could find us a table. In a few minutes (really!), we were seated and ordered shortly thereafter. The food is a cut or two above the typical Italian restaurant, and everyone in our party of five enjoyed their meal. I had chicken parmigiana, in honor of my late mom, since that was her favorite. We have gone back each Mother's Day since and had similar positive experiences,

  • Visited May 2012
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New Jersey
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54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Wonderful place for a party, also wonderful food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2011

We cam here for a wedding rehearsal dinner. Food was EXCEPTIONAL, place was immaculate, staff was quick and friendly. The taste of the disnes was excellent, the portions large.
I will eat here again if I am in the area.

  • Visited July 2011
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