Cafe Spezia
Cafe Spezia

Cafe Spezia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafespezia.com/
  • Phone: (732) 851-7700
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 330pm


    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 330pm - 9:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 330pm - 10:00pm

    Sunday: 12pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Logan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Sinatra nights check website
    Www.cafespezia.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Centetr Dr.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cafe Spezia
At Café Spezia we bring you the same wonderful experiences we grew upon: from our warm Italian hospitality, to the authentic aromas in our kitchen; to our flavorful, homemade recipes straight from Italy. Cafe Spezia offers a Gluten Free, Menu Italian and Lite Menu that caters to your dietary needs. Spezia offers House made pastas, whole wheat and Gluten free Pastas.
We offer in house and outside catering for all occassions . our party room can accommodate up to 65 people.
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Cafe Spezia reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (6)good for groups (6)great for lunch (5)special occasion (5)romantic (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • favorite hometown restaurant
    bizzyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant, and it never fails to satisfy with great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maria14
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    After confirming my for 7:15 pm they called my cell and told us they couldn't seat us until 8:30. I ended up cancelling.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cafe Spezia wonderful little gem
    PhilomenaB
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Found Cafe Spezia wonderful little gem in my backyard. Coming from and Italian family I find that eating Italian food out sometimes disappoints--Spezia did NOT disappoint! Family style and large single plate serviing is great for a couple or a group. Thanks for the fine service and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a new local favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I believe we have now found our new local favorite place to dine. The staff was very cordial and the food was something special and all right off of RT9 in Manalapan. I will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rough
    Foodies11609
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went back again only to find that the service was horrible and we waited two hours for our meal
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • totally unexpected
    ShakenVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Strip mall gem! You'd never expect to find this wonderful restaurant in a strip mall on route 9. If its not on the menu, ask and they'll deliver. Made to order dishes and attentive service made this a great experience. Portions are huge (which is my only complaint) and I'd like to see smaller, cleaner (tidy) plates with prices that reflect that. I had the snapper and since I'm not eating pasta (diet) they made everything light and over spinach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite place!
    Luvnyc
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is a cozy BYOB restaurant tucked away in a small strip mall off Route 9. The chic decor and cozy side booths give this restaurant a NYC feel. The food is made to order and always delicious! The service is consistently excellent as well. We continue to go back and have always had a great experience and a great meal. A must try!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent!
    Luvnyc
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent service, delicious made to order food and cozy atmosphere. This is our favorite place to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite Place
    bizzyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is our favorite place because we always know that we are going to get a great meal and terrific service. It was just redone, and is even nicer. Bring a bottle of wine so you can relax and dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Nice, intimate in size, good food and service for a small neighborhood place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    DLT1
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A nice little neighborhood place to get a good meal without all the frills and fanfare.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Food
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Nice little restaurant with very good food. I enjoyed the freshly prepared soup (pasta e fagioli) and a very good entrée (the gnocchi Bolognese). Ambience is fairly plain with a potential for noise: 4 women a couple of tables down were prone to loud laughing and even singing a line or two to the Sinatra loop. Not a gourmet Italian menu, but straightforward traditional cooking. In all, a pretty good place for a casual meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sifan
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It was a great night. the food choices that were served didn't blend. Tomato sauce and lemon with capers. Maybe the fish should have been a choice with potatoes. Some tables asked for more pasta...it was a great sauce.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 19 reviews are from the Cafe Spezia reviews archive.
  • Favorite hometown restaurant
    bizzyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have eaten here at least a dozen times, and have loved it each time. This time we ate here on a Sunday. It's much quieter than we like on a Sunday evening (it was early, however). I like a more crowded place. We were celebrating a birthday, and we had a wonderful dinner. We ordered a couple dinners with specific differences from the menu and all our requests were met.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is consistently great
    Mish
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I have come here several times for dinner and the food is consistently great. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    gz927
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    What a great surprise Cafe Spezia turned out to be. Outstanding food and service. This little gem is now on the top of my dining out list.Its a small place, lets call it cozy and the noise level is a little up there but who cares? From soup to dessert every dish was superb. I also like the way the owner kept going from table to table to make sure everything was OK. He made you feel very welcome. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    I wanted to try something new in my neighborhood. Needless to say this was a vey good one for my family and I. We all enjoyed the service which was outstanding. The food was very good also. I will go back and keep this restaurant in my files. My kids 26, 18 and 16 all enjoyed it. My 26 year old son is into body building and is very particular about what he eats and how its prepared. Needless to say they were very accommodating to his needs with no hesitation. He was so pleased.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • karlVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Charming, small seating area but food was great and service was excellant!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Favorite
    bizzyVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We love this place and brought our friends here, and they loved it. My friend is very picky, and she said it was awesome. She and her husband loved it so much that we didn't want to leave, but the restaurant was closing at 9:30! that was the only downfall to our evening. We wanted to stay and sit and talk longer,but we were the last ones to leave. We sat at 7:00, but wanted to just dine longer. We did have dessert and coffee, so we just wanted to enjoy out evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good. Lobster
    foodcritic732
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food was very good. Lobster Bolognese was different and very good as was the pear salad. Would come back again in warmer weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good
    Hate2cookVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We've eaten here several times and the food is always good; the service always attentive. We did have to wait a bit past our reserved time, but nothing excessive for a Saturday night. We dine out a few time a week,and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we took the chance
    LisaSVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Cafe Spezia is the reason why we love Open Table....we had a great meal from a restaurant that would never know about.....the food came to the table hot and were presented wonderfully. We will take the hour drive again to have a meal here....the clams hubby had were delicious and I had the Gorgonzola salad it was HUGE I took half home with me it was delicious also with the raspberry dressing.....hubby had veal parm and I had chicken nan both were delish...! We will be visiting again and probably bring people with us....it's also a BYOB it's nice to bring a few different things you know you love. Thanks for a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good local restaurant
    happydiner
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great menu selections, large portions, very good service. Restaurant is small and crowded, but if it was larger, it would lose its authentic flavor. Entrees were probably enough for two to share - we were a party of 5 and we all brought food home. Don't go there if you expect a quiet, romantic evening - but for very good, reasonably priced Italian food, it's the place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two for Two
    BobT
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I had been to this restaurant in early December and loved it. We had had four courses and everything was just excellent. It was a very pleasant surprise at the time. Gave it another try last Friday with two other couples and mostly different courses and it was once again outstanding. The food is the main attraction. In a geographic area with numerous good BYOB Italian restaurants, this may be the best. It's always great to find a restaurant that you like a lot. It's even better when you can count on having the same experience each time you visit. Cafe Spezia is now "two for two". I look forward to next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, but not a great setup
    mark
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    the front door opens up into restaurant, so if its cold a rush of cold air comes in and gets place cold. if you are sitting at table by the door you are going to need to wear a jacket on cold days
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 stars
    mikelikes
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    The food,service and family atmosphere are 5 star. From the fresh bread accompanied by the flavored oil with the sauce and bruschetta on the table we new we were in for a treat. The baked clams and shrimp Chelsea were excellent. The Spezia salad with fresh and enough for 2. The salmon was prepared perfect and the house made pasta with bolgnese sauce was delicious. The service was attentive and yet not over bearing.the restaurant is BYOB and would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • homemade taste
    ILikeToEat
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Great food, tastes like it was homemade! A hidden gem
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently a winner!!
    leedee33
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We just had another wonderfull meal at cafe spezia. Salads and entrees were amazing. Fresh ingredients, made to order. Portions are quite large. Almost everyone took leftovers home. Reservations are a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dinner
    bizzyVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Although this restaurant has been around for a while, we never tried it until this past weekend. We are sorry that we waited so long. This was the best meal we have had in years in this area; it is as good as any excellent restaurant in Little Italy. Our waiter was excellent, and we cannot wait to go back. The only not great thing is that it is small, and the tables are close. We don't mind that, but some people do. We call it cozy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy with Cafe Spezia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    I was unhappy with Open Table that they never notified Cafe Spezia about our reservation of a party of 6, one whom was celebrating a birthday. Cafe Spezia, thankfully, was able to accommodate us and make the birthday person feel special. We particularly enjoyed the flexibility of ordering family style for appetizers, salad and pasta, and then each ordered our own entree's. The Cesar salad was tasty but a bit too salty. The gnocchi bolagnese was excellent as was my Chicken Nan. My entree was also delicious the next day as leftovers! I would go back but would be careful about making reservations through Open Table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a surprise
    reservationqueen
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Great dinner in a local joint! Restaurant is decorated nicely. Went with a family of 10, sat a long table. Dishes can be served individually or family style. Family style plates were enough for 4 hungry people. Sauces were delicious. Cannolis for dessert were a nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    I would recommend this restaurant to my family and friends. It is a small restaurant in a strip mall. The host and servers were very pleasant. They called us by our surname which made us feel special. We had the mussels for an appetizer, veal chop which was cooked perfectly and the shrimp and scallope special - so good. For dessert we had a chocolate mousse cake that was delicious. We will definetly return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate