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Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking
Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking
  • Address:
    199 New Road, Central Square
    Suite 60
    Linwood, NJ 08221
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $31 to $50

Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lukepalladino.com
  • Phone: (609) 926-3030
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Luke Palladino
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Luke Palladino Catering would be pleased to cater any event, from an intimate dinner or party to an elaborate wedding. Catering menus can be customized with Luke personally, to suit any taste or budget. We will be happy to work with any idea, theme or vision you have for your event.

    Delivery, set-up, cooking staff, serving staff, bartenders and other services available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central Avenue
  • Public Transit: We are conveniently situated on Route 9 in Linwood, NJ with access to NJ Transit public transportation. For transportation from any point on Absecon Island, we recommend the Island Hopper Taxi Service 609-576-1900.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking
Newly expanded and relocated, Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking is a culmination of Luke's experiences working throughout Italy. Our menu changes regularly and is based on seasonally-available prime ingredients. We are proud to offer you what so beautifully defines Italian cuisine: freshness of product, simplicity and spontaneity all bound by tradition. 
 Handcrafted pastas are made daily on premises. We feature expertly prepared meat, fish, poultry & seafood. You and your guests will delight in our seductive interior designed by Scott Eccard of Eccardesigns. We are a BYOB.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Love this place, the food is awesome. Great palce for lunch or dinner. Luke's cooking style carries on at this place. Great restaurant."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Sometimes a restaurant appears and you were not aware. This restaurant is just 10 minutes from us at our summer home. The food was superb. First thing I noticed was a spinach ravioli appetizer called "nudi". This was spectacular - light and flavorful. One of our group ordered the mix grill - an array of seafood - so happy he ordered it as I may not have because it is fried but when I tell you it was just skimmed with a breading which gave it a delightful crunch - heavenly! And the fact that it is a BYOB just adds to our delight so we can bring our own favorites. Gia provided us with a perfect dining experience. We will return."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Food is fabulous. I love that we can order varied appetizers and pastas and share them with our dining group. That way we can try lots of good stuff before our entrée. I have been here 3 times in the past 8 weeks and have brought several friends. I love when luke is available at the bar for a chat or when he comes out to the tables. One suggestion: the waiter did not tell us what cheeses we were eating on the cheese tray. Even if he had told us we may have forgotten. So how about having little paper doilies under each cheese with the name of the cheese and its origen."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Had to ask for water to be refilled 3 times. Clams with fruit do mare had to be sent back because none opened"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had the spontaneous 5 course tasting menu. There were 5 of us. It could not have been better. Everything was phenomenal and the chef was also willing and able to accommodate some dietary restrictions in our group, dairy and gluten! We all enjoyed every morsel, I was especially pleased with the mushroom crepelle and the ravioli. The pasta was so light and delicious. And the ribeye was beautifully prepared. Highly recommend this place. And try the tasting menu. You will not be disappointed. I just wish I lived closer."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Luke Palladino has obviously reached out the local community. It is such fun to go there and see lots of locals who obviously like 'great' food, 'great' service and comfortable ambiance. What a pleasure to go into this restaurant and see the owner walking around talking to customers. His food is wonderful, the combinations inventive and very tasty. The servers in Luke's Restaurant are knowledgeable about the menu and the ingredients, a rare combination. In addition they are so friendly and accommodating. Pure pleasure on every level."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "the food was delicious however the service was a little slow. the dining chairs are not comfortable. I would come back to try other menu items."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Mine husband and I chose to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary here. We arrived and were greeted with a friendly hostess and shown to our table where there were flowers on the table my husband sent through open table. We again were greeted by our wonderful waitress who explain the menu and specials. She made great recommendations about the food. Our appetizers arrived and were excellent. Dinner was also delicious and dessert was to die for. Our meal was so enjoyable there was time between each course for talking and each course was timed just right (we were not hurried or waiting to long for food)."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food has improved with new location which has a better venue The major problem was that our assigned waiter timing flawed on slowness almost as if he forgot us I however cannot wait to come back next time"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This new location is excellent. The food is just simply delicious and the service was excellent. I ate at his other location a few times and this one is larger and very nice. The only complaint is that they have an air conditioning issue. It was freezing in the restaurant. Bring a sweater and enjoy."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Spending the summer in a Margate,NJ and took our house guest to Luke's restaurant whichever was the highlight of their visit and our summer. Server was delightful and very knowledgable on the menu. We took her suggestions on a few dishes which were outstanding. The bus server was very professional and sweet. Luke has a great team. To our good fortune Luke was outside as we left and it was delightful chatting with him-- plus I had the opportunity to thank him for the gift certificate he gave to my charity fundraise. Would like to try his other restaurant as his food is run of the mill eating!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The layout and look of the restaurant was very nice. The food was ok but should have been much better for the price."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I have dined here several times in the last year and was never disappointed until now. The menu has changed and is becoming more edgy as opposed to simple food done extraordinarily well. With Luke off somewhere the food is suffering. Come back Luke, tend the kitchen again. My food was actually a bit salty (and I'd be the first to add salt to everything, so that is saying something.) The buratta was served over a peach purée and neither did anything to compliment each other. The peach needed a heartier cheese like a Gorgonzola to work. The buratta would have done well with some farm fresh tomatoes. Don't overthink the food. Do what you did at the beginning."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The varied list of appetizers was extensive and they were very good Entrees were good but on the ordinary"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Food was well-prepared, and service good but portions were very skimpy for the relatively high price of the dishes."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The service was awful!! The food was overrated and portions small."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We've been fans of Luke's Seasonal Italian for years. The food always lives up to expectations! And as the menu changes with the seasons, it's always fun to see and try what's new, while finding popular mainstays always available. Just remember to bring your favorite champagne and wine to complement your dinner."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Luke is a great guy and great chef. The standout new item was the beet arancini which was even better than the normal arancini. All great."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Before going here I checked the reviews. The common thread was the high noise level and the plastic uncomfortable chairs. I thought "how noisy can it be and how bad can the chairs be? The noise level is high but tolerable. The chairs are a joke. For a high end place to have uncomfortable plastic chairs makes no sense at all, especially when so many people comment on it. My daughter returned home from a year abroad and she had her new boyfriend so I wanted some place special. It was a very special evening and we all had a great time. The food for everyone else was excellent. My seafood sampler was ordinary at best. I had a soft shell crab a week ago at another restaurant not far from this and it was far superior."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Loved the food at this restaurant on the mainland. We had a party of 6 and we all enjoyed our food. They were very good with the specifics that we ordered with."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Multiple visits have never failed to impress all of our gourmet friends. With BYOB, an outstanding and yet economical dinner. Our waitress was not only very professional but was very knowledgable about all the preparations."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I have dined at all of Luke Palladino's restaurant except the steak restaurat The original was the best. This was an OK experience but no need to rush back. I had the baby back ribs. This was better left for a rib restaurant. Choices were limited overall."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was excellent! We split the gnocchi as an appetizer. Delicious light puffs. My husband had the ribs, which were definitely worth ordering again. We did not expect to order ribs at an Italian restaurant, but these were terrific baby backs. The whole fish was also wonderful, and they will filet the fish upon request. Service was excellent and very attentive. The only downside, as others have mentioned, are the plastic chairs. Perhaps they don't want diners to linger. Request a booth, at least those seats are padded!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great in every aspect. Can't wait to go back! Food was excellent, try the squash blossom app. BYO keeps price very reasonable for this quality of food and service."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I dined with my wife and another couple Sat night. I previously ate at this restaurant when it was in Northfield. I like the space at the newer location. Bigger and nicer ambience and a nicer shopping center. Food is excellent and thoroughly enjoyed it. We all did the Chef's tasting menu and it was well worth it. We brought good wine and it really enhanced the meal and experience. Hope to get back soon."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went to Luke pallidino's for dinner with friends. The food was disappointing I had gone to the Luke pallidino's near sera go Roberts and liked it a lot. I heard this one was good. It was very pricey and the food was very fair. The reputation of these restaurants had been fair since they opened. But this season it had changed, people said. That was not our experience"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We had eaten at Luke Palladino 2 years ago in original location in Northfield. We eagerly anticipated a return visit at new location when we were in the area again at Marriott Fairway Villas. The decor is modern and low key and the service excellent. The space is much larger and the tables well spaced for conversation. The food was good, very good in some cases, not exceptional. The squash blossoms were very tasty and unusual. The pasta I had, frazilito had too much pesto and was just average. My salad was similarly good, but uninspired. It should be noted that I am a vegetarian and the choices were limited. My husband had the mixed grill (seafood) & said it was very good. Overall an above average BYO!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "One of the best Italian restaurants around - simple food done extraordinarily well. The gnocchi preparation is always worth sharing and the braciole is fab as are the ribs - so tender there is no need for a knife. New summer cool gazpacho hit the hot spot. Baked squash blossoms - get them while they're here. Summer menu is worth a few visits to try everything!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Wonderful as usual. Had the six course tasting menu… Perfect in every way."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Intriguing, fresh and cleverly prepared, the menu choices are delightful. We have never had a dish that was merely good, they've all been top-notch. We've been here many times, enjoyed ourselves and departed feeling that the experience was wonderful."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We liked the onion marmalade with the bread. The mushroom crepe was delicious. The clams were too salty and the pork belly in them might as well have been bacon. The octopus salad was all right. The zucchini flowers were tempura fried and bland. The gnocchi were light but the sauce tasted like grass. The rooster-shaped pasta was ok - in a chipotle-ish ragu with beef bits. The seafood combo was pretty bad - bland, besides the oysters, & colorless. The zucchini seemed fried. It and the fish, clams and oysters, dusted in breadcrumbs. The salmon dish was okay but did not flake like it should. Chicken under a brick may have been the best entree on the table but wasn't anything special. The ribs were tasty but they should fall off the bone."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We have tried other restaurants during our vacation, but this is the best. I won't bother with another restaurant. Excellent food and service."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had gnocchi's, which they are noted for, and they were the lightest and most tender we have ever had. We will be going back in the very near future."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "LP does it again! Wonderful in all respects. BYOB to boot! Could not have been better. Interesting menu. Hard surfaces make the place noisy. Very very good, will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Simply delicious. We had the halibut special and it was perfectly prepared with olives, peppernade, fingerling potatoes. Reservation honored with table waiting. They could use a few more waiters. Our waiter was very good, but he had lots of tables and not quite as attentive as we would have liked Will return soon and often ."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The appetizers were fabulous as was a pasta dish. However the branzino was bland; the delicate fish seemed overpowered by the broth in which it was served. The Sicilian Grill dish was fried but tasty. The plastic chairs are slippery and uncomfortable. If we return, we'll stick to apps and pasta dishes."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The selections on Palladino's seasonal menu are fantastic! Well worth the trip to Linwood. Great location, great service, great food, and best of all...BYOB. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Fabulous, innovative menu based on the best of locally available ingredients. The zucchini blossoms are heavenly. Amazing, Luke has been cooking in the kitchen every time we have been there!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had asparagus 2 ways, mushroom crespelle for apps, beef ragu pasta, salmon special & kobe brasciole. Everything was perfect & including the very well paced service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We really looked forward to eating here since we have been frequent diners at his previous Northfield location. This is a different experience, not in a good way. Dark, very noisy, with average service at best. Three of us had caesar salad; we needed to ask our staff for pepper, which was only offered to one person before the waiter walked away. My octopus was a small portion resting on a bed of wilted lettuce.Our entrees were the biggest disappointment. Three of us ordered the whole chicken, an oxymoron at best. The bird was canary sized, all skin and bones with virtually no breast meat. Swiss chard side dish was overcooked and greasy. My friend's scallops were uninspired. We went home to eat dinner."
    Dined on 6/7/2014