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“Great BYOB Restaurant”
Review of La Lanterna

La Lanterna
Ranked #20 of 131 Restaurants in Ridgewood
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great BYOB Restaurant”
Reviewed November 28, 2013

My husband and I met our friends for dinner at Lanterna last night. We had never been to this restaurant in Ridgewood before and were pleasantly surprised. My husband had the chicken marsala, my friends had the chicken parmesan and I had the chicken cacciatore. We all enjoyed our food and although my cacciatore is not prepared as it typically is (on the bone) it was very tasty. The ambience of the restaurant was very pleasant; however, towards the end of our meal it got really noisy due to a group of very loud diners behind us. We certainly plan to return and try some of the other offerings.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank SMilesNJ
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English first
North New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Love the food and ambiance”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

I was very pleased with my meal and the waitresses. I made a reservation for a weeknight. Had no trouble getting a reservation and was greeted warmly at the door. We sat right down and were immediately waited on. The appetizer and main course were both delicious. It was warm and cozy and I am eager to get back.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank MBS77
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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good Room, Service and Ambiance - But One Minor Gripe”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

We eat at La Lanterna often as the food quality and atmosphere is pretty good. Our only grip, and it is minor, but annoying, is that the side salads they serve for an additional $4 (free with specials) are consistently tiny - usually only 2-3 forks full. This is very surprising since their entrees portion size is quite respectable. I know that lettuce costs next to nothing, so I suggest to the owners that you reconsider, especially since the salads, particularly the Caesar, are really good.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank jjder8
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New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great Experience”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Was there for a baby shower. It is a very quaint restaurant from walking up the sidewalk cafe to being greeted when you walk through the door. Love the look of this restaurant the starters that were served were delicious fried calamari, marina sauce, small crab cakes and a spinach puff pastry they were all delicious. The choices for lunch were fantastic and gave a great selection of choice shared the poached salmon with rissoto and chicken marsala with portabello mushrooms - the were both excellent!!! The pastries were also great. I will go back for dinner as the staff and service was great.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Diane S
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New England
Level 6 Contributor
572 reviews
390 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Very Good Choice in Ridgewood”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

La Lanterna is a very good Italian/Continental restaurant in Ridgewood, NJ. The setting is intimate/very nice and the service is excellent.
The food - especially the specials - can be outstanding.
However, it is BYOB - so if you prefer to order cocktails, beer or wine, you will have to bring your own.

  • Visited September 2013
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