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Bottagra
Bottagra

Bottagra Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bottagra.com
  • Phone: (973) 423-4433
  • 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 (973) 423-4433
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food is very good. However, the specials were a bit overpriced. Stick to the regular menu."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We frequent Bottogra and they never disappoint. They know what it means to make an amazing dish and their service is unbelievable."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    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!!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "as usual a great meal. been here more times than I can count and the reviews always the same."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Mother's Day buffet had two rooms of food. Something to please every palette! Nice friendly service also for drinks."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "we went for valentines day and the food was great. "
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Had a great time and wonderful food! Went while visiting friends from Hawthorne and everyone enjoyed the meal."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food, ambiance and service at Bottagra are always fabulous. It's no wonder it is always so busy!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "high energy atmosphere, a bit loud so know that it is not the right seting for a quiet conversation."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Were seated at table outside the kitchen area, asked for a change it seems the area is saved for the Maitre D to wait . Our waiter did not come to the table. The Bus boy did ask us about water the Danny/Maitre finally got us a drink menu and recited specials did an amazing job. I split a salad with my wife, came undresed. cowboy steak sounded amazing we had to order it. explained it is so big plenty for 2 it was such a large piece of meat for $70.00. The bus boy brought us appetizer plates for it. Well we could have actually used them since the steak was awful, not enough for one no less 2. Fatty. Requested the MaitreD and when my wife went off on him he walked away and did not try to rectify the problem. Avoided us as we left. Unacceptable"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Fun night with great food great service will be back very soon!!!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We had an excellent dinner experience! Service was excellent. Food was superb! I've told all my friends and certainly plan on going back!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "36 oz Cowboy Ribeye was off the charts! Service as always was top notch. Great job guys!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We discovered this place a few years back and can't stop coming back week after week. The food is spectacular and the staff is like family. Don't bother looking at the menu, as their specials list is just as long and, in my opinion, has the best options. Although if you like the traditional Italian dishes with a twist, then you'll find them on the menu. And at the end, get the zeppolis!! Out of control delicious! The restaurant has private rooms for parties, intimate booths for a romantic gathering, or a broad dining room where you have room to move and not feel like you are having dinner with the couples next to you. The staff is phenomenal; they are great at steering you to their best dishes if you are undecided. Enjoy this place!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Better then capital grill, food was hands down the best I've ever had in 40 years on this ball of dirt. Took my wife out for a new beginning, and didn't even get drinks but the prices are reasonable for the class of people there. Valet parking, easy to find and they make you feel like you are the only people there. Staff was top notch. It was a little noisy but as groups left it was much more relaxing. Wasn't annoying loud in there as you can hold a low conversation. Plenty of room around the tables. Little over 100 for two specials. Swordfish was mouth watering, even the salad was amazing, fresh and great texture. The dressing was perfect compliment to the apple slices and chick peas and lettuce greens.Just in awe how well the food tasted."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Very good. I'll be back in a month or so. I enjoyed the wines by glass and the meal was terrific."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Reservation was for 7:45 and we were seated at that exact time. We were not asked to go to the bar just so they could make some extra money like most restaurants do. We had 4 courses and all were amazing. Our waiter and rest of the staff was extremely knowledgeable and polite and not overbearing. Only thing out of a special Appetizer by 8:00. Not a place for kids, this is an adult only."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Outstanding food. Service a little slow. I would recommend and come back again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was splendid ... waiter made a great drink recommendation for my wife who was looking for something different but sweet."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "....although the food was incredible and the ambience is great, we were sat 20 minutes late and then when we were walked to our table, the table still had dirty dishes from the last guest! We then had to stand in the way for 5 minutes while every scrambled to get the table together. Reservation was at 8:15 and we received our bottle of wine at the table at 9:00 pm, this is not acceptable service for this type of restuarant. Perhaps we are just used to NYC high end restuarants and this is what Jersey has to offer? If so, we will stick to our normal NYC venue! By the time we were done, it was 10:45 pm and we were almost the last people in the restaurant...also not what I was expecting."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed the meal very much I had the short rib special and my husband had the seafood special with linguini. Both dishes were excellent . Service was very good. Our waiter was very helpful with suggestions on what to order especially the fig cocktail which was excellent.. The noise level unfortunately is very high which made it difficult to talk without yelling, so I think if I return to Bottagra it will be on a week night instead of a busy Saturday."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend out for Valentines day / birthday and it was the best night I had in a min.food was excellent 5 stars for them."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed a very nice dinner at this restaurant. Went with my girlfriend and was taken care of nicely by the very friendly staff. Enjoyed a cocktail before we were seated at the bar. The waiters were very friendly and made sure we had a good time. Food was great and my girlfriend enjoyed the gluten free pasta options. I tried her pasta and could not even tell it was gluten free. Overall between the food and service, I had a great dinner and would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Great for a nice night out."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed a nice drink at the beauitful bar before dinner. The food was excellent and fresh!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was very good. Fried calamari was cooked to perfection, crisp not chewy. Sauce was delish. Short Rib dish with risotto was excellent with very tender and good sauce. A touch too salty with the risotto. Waitstaff was attentive and extremely helpful. Only downside for me was the dining room is very loud and a bit crowded."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Took my wife here for Valentines Day. 1st time here.... food was very good. Started with fried calamari (this was great)... fresh... not frozed and deep fried.... no Gortons here! My wife had chicken Bottagra... looked great. 2 large breasts pan seared... topped w/ fresh mozz and roasted peppers... also came w/ veges and whipped potatos. I had a really good pasta dish with an awesome ragu loaded w/ meat, sausage and veal meatballs. Stuff was THE BOMB! Prices are in line w/ market (mid $20/dish - upper $30's), but the food is very very good. Parking was valet (not sure if that was due to holiday.....). Waiter was very cordial, as well all staff that waited on us. Only con I have was the table was tight and chairs small and uncomfortable."
    Dined on 2/14/2014