Cafe Arugula
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Cafe Arugula

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafearugula.com/
  • Phone: 9733789099
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Cafe Arugula, right in the heart of South Orange Village, offers exceptional dining and service. Our traditional Italian and American menus accompanied by daily fresh specials ensure there is something for every diner. Large, private dining room and catering menus available for large parties and events.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Train Station at South Orange Ave. and Buses within 1 block.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On street parking and public lots available within one block.
A word from Cafe Arugula
Cafe Arugula, right in the heart of South Orange Village, offers exceptional dining and service. Our traditional Italian and American menus accompanied by daily fresh specials ensure there is something for every diner. Large, private dining room and catering menus available for large parties and events.
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Cafe Arugula reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Have been dining here for
    AvonguyVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    Have been dining here for yrs, and always get good meals here even thru ownership change. Very diverse menu, ang generally about a dozen specials each night. They do fish especially well.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs an update. The place
    suzidbVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2012
    Needs an update. The place is decadent and the food is just fair. The quality for the price is not equal.
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  • Wait staff was excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    Wait staff was excellent, food was excellent. Would definetly return again and would recommend to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Appetizer salads were very
    Max15VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    Appetizer salads were very good. Entree pasta dishes were under-seasoned & kind of boring.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • The food at Cafe Arugula is
    Linda
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    The food at Cafe Arugula is consistently good, but the service is often lacking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Our food and service was excellent.
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    Our food and service was excellent. That's why we continue to return after more than a dozen years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • The food is excellent and
    melgodyVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2012
    The food is excellent and the portions are good sized. The chef is very accommodating in that they will change any dish to your liking. The problem was the service. We had to ask twice for bread. My husband ordered soup and an appetizer. They never brought his appetizer. I will go back because it is usually very good. I also like that it is BYOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Arugula never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    Cafe Arugula never disappoints - whether for a romantic dinner with my husband, family dinner with the kids or lunch with my college roommates. Consistently fresh and delicious food and attentive service. The decor could use some sprucing - it is dated and tired, but that might add to the charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • We had a very nice Dinner
    tomfromwoVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    We had a very nice Dinner Saturday at Cafe Arugula. Have not been there in a while but will definitely plan on returning again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The food was very good at
    docrock
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    The food was very good at Cafe Arugula. My wife had the Veal Balsamic, which was an unusual combination, but very good. I had their ravioli, and it was quite delicious. Salads were large, so they could be easily shared. The major problem was the service out of the kitchen. We went on Valentine's Day, and the restaurant was not crowded. They had enough wait staff, but the waitress informed us that the kitchen was understaffed - some no shows. The result was a fairly slow meal for us, but for the next table, it was a disaster. They waited for over an hour for just the salad (which we got right away) and when they asked to speak to the manager, he never showed. If they get their act together with staffing, could be a very good place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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  • Went for Valentines day.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Went for Valentines day. The food was only fair despite everything sounding good. Service was slow despite the restaurant being less than half full. The waitress was completely unable to remember anything about the menu or our order and had to repeatedly come back for clarification. Disappointed.
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  • Not what it used to be....
    Tonyenyc
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    We used to LOVE Cafe Arugula and would go there once a month. It always had a vibrant feel to it, very hip. The food was always good. Well, not so much any more. Our waitress was fantastic - so attentive, but the food was just okay. My daughter ordered the gnocchi and it was in huge pieces and very mushy with barely any sauce on it. We all tasted it (there were 5 of us) and none of us liked it. My chicken piccata was good, but a bit cold when it arrived. The swordfish special was absolutely delicious. But all in all, this restaurant is just not what it used to be. After reading the other reviews I decided to go in with an open mind but left there agreeing with many people below.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably Delectable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    Cafe Arugula has been around for awhile, and it's in the midst of reinventing itself. Always popular, its service can suffer a little when it's full, but we have always found the servers helpful and friendly. The food is excellent most of the time, but some missteps here and there prevent me from giving it a consistent rating of excellent. The crab cake appetizer, branzini special with olives, garlic and tomato, and a spinach fettuccine with lobster in a creamy parmesan sauce stood out on our last visit. But dry bread and an under-sauced lasagne bolognese were just slightly disappointing. Overall, a great local eatery we return to again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a nice lunch there,food
    HungryBird13
    Dined on 1/25/2012
    We had a nice lunch there,food was very good. I would recommend my friend to go there.the look of the Front of restaurant was a little disappointing, but if you walk inside,it was very nicely decorated with the table cloth and the wall decor was very unusual,I wonder who paint that picture on the wall.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mussels appetizer, salmon
    jessie
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Mussels appetizer, salmon entree & apple pie were delicious. Crab cakes and seafood salad only so-so.
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  • The food was excellent, prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/27/2011
    The food was excellent, prepared well and served beautifully. The restaurant was not too crowded at lunchtime so I really can't tell about the noise level or the service when it is crowded, but I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • decor needs refreshing. service
    happymom
    Dined on 12/3/2011
    decor needs refreshing. service was ok. the busboys were clueless. food was ok, we have had better at the same restaurant. we wanted to try it because of the new owners. the fish specials were overpriced so opted for a menu selection. there are too many other restaurants in the area to try before i would run back. the plus is byo.
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  • kitchen seemed off. Waiter
    robwVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    kitchen seemed off. Waiter delivered a soup to someone who didn't order it. Waitress gave us our bill andundercharged us 80.We called it toher attention
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  • My boyfriend and I enjoyed
    LetseatVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    My boyfriend and I enjoyed this restaurants atmosphere and food. Nice place to have dinner in South Orange. They were very busy on Saturday night so I will say that is their excuse for slow service. But everything else was very good. We also love thats its a BYO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food , poor service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/12/2011
    Good food , poor service. Ice cream was not good " iced"
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointing dinner
    EkatVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    Disapointing dinner. I ordered the snapper special which was so suppused to have crabmeat, it did not. 2 dinners came out and the 3rd was deliverd 5-10 minutes later. All the help seemed harried and there was alot of argueing amongst them. They didnt clear the table and left shrimp shells on the table ontop of the breadbasket untill we left. Ordered espresso and was told the machine broke.Ordered tiramasu and the waiter came back to say they were all out(at 8:00 on a Sat). Then saw a cappuccino being served. Needless to say we wont be going back.
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  • First time at Cafe Arugula
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/16/2011
    First time at Cafe Arugula was a real treat. They are under new management, and I was very impressed with some of the changes they made. The new owner and manager are great, as are the servers. The food is fantastic, we had the Short Ribs special, Branzino and Colorado Rack of Lamb. Everything was perfect, definitely recommend the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food, however, it's
    BobD
    Dined on 9/24/2011
    Wonderful food, however, it's just to noisy to hold a conversation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've been going to Cafe Arugula
    RobobVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2011
    We've been going to Cafe Arugula since it opened. We stopped going around 1 1/2 years ago because it had deteriorated. We started going back a month ago. The food is what it used to be, however the noise level was so loud we could barely have a conversation. The new owner needs to get rid of the music on Saturday nights, redecorate, and do something about the noise.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe Arugula's food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2011
    Cafe Arugula's food and service is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No reason not to go.
    amywestvillageVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2011
    good extensive menu, with something for even the most picky eaters. The desserts are fun, decadent and delicious!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Acceptable, both in price
    MaterbaMe
    Dined on 9/2/2011
    Acceptable, both in price and presentation/taste. Service was decent.
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  • Very fine menu and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/18/2011
    Very fine menu and service. It would be nice if they had a liquor license, at least for wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic