Bottagra
Bottagra

Bottagra

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bottagra.com/
  • Phone: 9734234433
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Carlo Carbonaro/Robert Vicari John Chomenko pastry
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Bottagra offers a full off-site and on premise. Catering menu available anytime.
  • Private Party Facilities: For a Private dining experience, Bottagra Restaurant offers three separate and very distinct rooms. Perfectly suited for corporate events, intimate weddings, or even just a casual dinner with friends our facilities can cater to all you needs. Our Private Dining Room, with seating for up to twenty, features french doors and separate butlers entrance. Our Lounge, with space for fifteen, has an inviting fireplace as well as flat screen television with state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities. Lastly our Wine Room is large enough to accommodate forty quests and is accented with another fireplace and also showcases Bottagra"s extensive collection of fine wines from around the world.
  • Private Party Contact: David Arsenault 9734234433
  • Entertainment: Bottagra Features live music every Friday night as well as special engagements throughout the year. Please check our website for date listings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lafayette
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking offered on the weekend. Private lot available anytime.
A word from Bottagra
Located in Hawthorne"s historic Degray house, Bottagra Restaurant opened its doors in early 2008. What was once used as an encampment for General Lafayette's troops during the Revolutionary War has been transformed into a modern, elegant restaurant with the feel and charm of a Tuscan villa. Chef-Owners Robert Vicari and Carlo Carbonara have fused their extensive restaurant experience together to offer a variety of dishes hailing from both the northern and southern regions of Italy. Offering a full bar and extensive wine list, as well as private rooms, Bottagra is a diners' dream for gatherings both large and small.
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Bottagra reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (37)special occasion (34)fit for foodies (31)romantic (24)neighborhood gem (19)notable wine list (16)vibrant bar scene (12)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (6)great for lunch (5)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our waiter, Antonio was Fabulous! The food was scrumptious! Our date night couldn't have been more perfect! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    Wessie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Friends and I had dinner this past Saturday night, the food was fabulous and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bottagra a let down
    like2eat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Bottagra was a disappointment. The restaurant was uncomfortably cold, too loud and the service only fair. This dinner was for our anniversary and disappointed us. We would not recommend this restaurant to friends.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Little disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant is very nice and the staff is as well. The food is wonderful and would recommend it. The noise level is too high therefore, I enjoy sitting in a booth and prefer it. The service Saturday, was very poor. This remark is in no way a reflection on our waiter. He was very attentive when possible. It appeared there was a problem in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A True Neighborhood Gem
    Sadie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a very enjoyable meal at Bottagra on Saturday night. The food was very good and the staff is very competent and friendly. Bottagra is a great location for a meal with family, friends or a couple. The atmosphere is informal, there is a good wine selection, the food is consistently good, and the prices are reasonable. I especially enjoyed the special fig appetizer. Fresh figs were stuffed with Gorgonzola, wrapped in prociutto and baked. They were delicious! We also enjoyed the mahi mahi special and the braised short ribs served with garlic mashed potatoes. We have eaten here several times and are always pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    GinoVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our second time at Battagra, and even better than the first. We were seated in a private booth which accentuated the romantic atmosphere. Stuffed artichokes and seafood salad as appetizers both prepared with care and well presented. Wife and I both had veal for main coarse and again just excellent. Our dinners were served by our wonderful waiter Antonio. He was friendly, professional, helpful and sociable. The entire evening was wonderful experience! We'll be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New to the neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I very recently moved to Hawthorne NJ and came across Bottagra. What a great find! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fitzfer921
    fitzfer921
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    NICE FIND THANKS TO OPEN TABLE SUGGESTION.FOOD WAS VERY GOOD.WINE LIST WAS MODERATE.SERVICE BY ALL WAS EXCEPTIONAL ESPECIALLY ANTONIO
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Pay attention to the specials....had a pecan crusted tile fish---wow. These reviews get boring because the food is always so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Date Night
    Willbeback23
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Was given a great, quiet table that provided a great chance to have a conversation with my date. The service was outstanding and very attentive but also did not rush us thru dinner ( which is a big thing for me). The food was amazing and we both enjoyed each course tremendously !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Return Visit - Still Very Good
    TravelerJohn
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Not much to say. Been here before and not disappointed. Food is exceptional, especially the specials. Service is good, even the busboys. Wine list is adequate and seems reasonably priced. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Terrific service and wonderful food, I would definitely come back to this restaurant . A gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carlo is the best
    suchafoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Carlo has been serving up great Italian food, both traditional and modern, for many years. He just keeps getting better. Every course for each of our four diners was great and the prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful experience
    Movieman
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is a delightful place for dinner. The staff could not be nicer or more accommodating. The food is delicious and prepared exactly the way you like it. The atmosphere is lovely. The room temperature tends to be on the coolish side but management is working on making it more comfortable. Would recommend it to anyone.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive but wonderful
    epicuriouserin
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for my birthday. I ordered the carpaccio and oysters. Oysters were delicious & carpaccio was good, although not the best I've had. It was difficult to eat & stuck to the plate, though the arugula salad that went along with it was very good. My boyfriend ordered one of the specials, a strawberry, peach, gorgonzola salad. He liked it very much. We both ordered specials for the entrees. He ordered the hanger steak with potato gratin & broccoli rabe. The steak had a great char & was cooked very well. The potato gratin was to die for, and was a fan of the broccoli rabe. I got the grouper with polenta crust on seafood risotto. EXCELLENT! Can't speak more highly...as a special occasion spot, I definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent service, Martini and wine. The menu is very creative and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. It wasn't a special occasion but our waiter made it feel like one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful evening
    Movieman
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The staff at Bottagra was friendly and accommodating and went out of their way to make us comfortable. They were willing to make food in any way we wanted and were concerned that it was to our liking. We had a wonderful dining experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Lulu
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Better than the last time!!! My now "go to" spot for any occasion!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lulu
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Food is very good. However, the specials were a bit overpriced. Stick to the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Find
    ReviewmanVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    First time at restaurant. Very odd location -- next to a place that sells giant (and I mean GIANT) tires. My meal -- chicken parm was very good. Wife thought the special spinach fettuccine had too much pancetta and some of it was under cooked. I tried it and liked it however. Service is good. One odd thing -- I asked the woman who sat us if there was a wine list and the request seemed to throw her. Unsure if most people just buy by the glass or if she was new. Not a big deal, our waiter brought the list. It's just never happened before. I plan on going back to try a second time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE!
    Yeehaw
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We frequent Bottogra and they never disappoint. They know what it means to make an amazing dish and their service is unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It was our first time at Bottagra, after hearing wonderful things we decided to give it a try. I had specifically requested to be sat away from the main dining area, upon our arrival they had our table set up in our own private room. It was perfect. The service was impeccable. We never once looked around for our waiter. There was always somebody around to fill up our glasses. The food was great and they did a nice job creating a vegan dish for my father. Like others have noted, the zeppoles were phenomenal! Also, very family friendly. We brought our 2 year old daughter with us and they made us feel very welcomed. We are planning on going back for another wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We LOVE this place! I never open my menu bc there IS always something on the specials that I get!!! It's a MUST TRY!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carmalita
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The restaurant is trying to be an upscale establishment with their valet parking and higher menu prices, but the interior does not carry that feeling. The drapes that are used to separate the bar from the restaurant give an "unclean" feeling as does the ugly brown carpeting. If they are trying to promote this place as an upscale establishment, they need to upgrade their decor. Aside from the decor, the food was good. The service could have been a little more attentive. The waiter was right there as soon as we sat down to take our order but once the food came out, we never saw him again until it was time to deliver the check.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Great Food
    Drew
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Just about everything I ordered at Bottagra was great, and the portions were generous for a higher end establishment like this. Only reason I didn't rate it five-stars is because the dessert was lackluster -- I was hoping for the molten chocolate brownie advertised on the website, and had to settle for a chocolate panna cotta that had recently replaced the brownie; it just wasn't that great, and the other dessert options seemed pretty pointless as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 322 reviews are from the Bottagra reviews archive.
  • GOOD ITALIAN FOOD
    JUDY
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    While there were few surprises on the menu, our experience was delightful. I had a pasta dish that I would order again and they were very accommodating in allowing me to change the type of pasta in this dish. I would definitely dine here again. Service was superb - faultless.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, but Not Sure I'd Return
    vabeachgirlinNJ
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We tried this place for a family dinner based on reviews here and by co-workers. It's a strange place. Food and service were strictly fine dining, and excellent. Very good selection of wines by the glass. Cavernous room and enormous table -- very loud and hard to talk. White tablecloths but ugly old brown carpet and no candles. Sports on the TV and no music playing. Casually dressed local neighborhood crowd. I came away thinking that the place just doesn't know what it wants to be -- is it fine dining or a neighborhood bar? Might go back for the food, but definitely not for the ambiance. A bit of a let down...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MuzzyVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have eaten at Bottagra many times for dinner. The food is alway enjoyable although our server was lacking a personality. Overall a nice place to dine with friends.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ALWAYS GOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    as usual a great meal. been here more times than I can count and the reviews always the same.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    AM122399
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Everything about this restaurant is excellent; the food, decor, staff, service and ambiance! Pricing is reasonable based on the quality of food and portion size! Cannot wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Reliable - Quality Food
    Gourmet007VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's Day buffet had two rooms of food. Something to please every palette! Nice friendly service also for drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • davinci
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This was the first time at this restaurant - I was pleasantly surprised. Food was very good as was the service. The hosted greeted us with big "hello" and was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice change
    Rand
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    First time at bogratta and it did not disappoint. Food was very good and a nice upbeat atmosphere. Excellent bar! Delicious desserts! A bit pricey but not over the top. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience....
    Chally
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The service was excellent, from the valet parking thru desert. The appetizers, and desert outshined the main course although, but very good as well. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting an evening out at a high energy spot. The bar was lively and well stocked. It is a louder crowd in my opinion. I prefer a quieter place personally, but had a very good experience at do recommend it.......Bottargra!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    Barbie
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food, ambiance and service at Bottagra are always fabulous. It's no wonder it is always so busy!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Kymbelina
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I used to live a few blocks away from here but never went b/c the place that was there before was just terrible. After a few good reviews from friends, we decided to try it for our anniversary dinner. It's beautiful, the food was amazing, the service was top notch, first class. There's valet parking, an extensive wine list and we for a little while it felt like we were back in Italy having a fantastic meal. I'd highly recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful evening
    engineroVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Had a great time and wonderful food! Went while visiting friends from Hawthorne and everyone enjoyed the meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night out!
    Linda
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We were a group of 4 ladies and wished to sit and enjoy a cocktail prior to dinner. The waiter never rushed us. The food was very good from the appetizers through desserts, especially the biscotti. We plan on going back with a larger group to enjoy the private room. A very nice location for a Friday night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • high energy atmosphere, a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    high energy atmosphere, a bit loud so know that it is not the right seting for a quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Having never been there before,
    jadamus
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Having never been there before, and seeing the area where the building is, I wasn't sure what to make of it. The valet service was nice, and everything inside is dark, moody and spacious - like a cave where food makes up for how much brown there is. The food IS the reason you're there. With over a dozen specials on a Friday night, and a menu that just begs to be explored, it's a great romantic and slightly dressy date night. Counting appetizer, entrees, dessert and coffee, the price makes this not a regular dinner spot, but we were never rushed over the three hours we dined. This is absolutely a place to go back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate