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LuNello Restaurant
LuNello Restaurant

LuNello Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lunello.com
  • Phone: (973) 837-1660
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Louis Seger
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from LuNello Restaurant
LuNello Restaurant believes the enjoyment of fine food is among the finer things in life. Since 1990, Chef Seger's use of out-of-the ordinary ingredients, homemade pastas, and innovative specials has created a loyal following. His modern flair mixed with traditional culinary skills has created a whirlwind of praise. The menu has Italian classics as well as contemporary specials featuring the finest ingredients. LuNello has gone right to the source when purchasing ingredients. Each dish reflects the attention placed into its preparation. Chef Seger believes buying local ingredients ensures the ultimate freshness of a dish. Enticing presentation and courteous and professional staff are integral to LuNello's success. The elegant setting is the perfect complement to the menu. Whether dining in the Dining Room or enjoying wine and cocktails in the handsome bar, we work to create the ultimate experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "We had heard many good things about this restaurant but had never been there. Our first experience (to celebrate my retirement) confirmed that the recommendations we were given were truly warranted. This is a great place!! The food was excellent and the service was very good. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Many thanks to the staff at LuNello who provided excellent service for a Friday night dinner with my sister and mt niece. I had informed the restaurant in advance that the evening was special ine, and that the bill be given to me. The wait staff treated my sister and her daughter like movie stars. Really. Food was excellent. Thank you. I will come back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Very expensive for what it was. We went here once a couple of years ago and remember it being better than it was Saturday night. :( The service was fair, which was shocking for a restaurant of this caliber. Our apps and entrees came out very warm at best. For a $85 bottle of wine, they did not decant it and after the first glass, we poured it ourselves. The bread was a very cheap French bread, considering so many good Italian bakeries are nearby, it was disappointing. My Cosmo was 2/3 full and my husband's martini overflowed onto the tablecloth and his lap when the waiter put it down. For a $452.00 bill pre-gratuity for 5 adults and a child ( 3 drinks, one bottle of wine and 3 sodas), it just wasn't worth returning anytime soon."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This restaurant is one of my favorite places to take my Mother when I come to visit here in New Jersey. The restaurant is elegant and serves wonderful food. The staff is just so attentive and welcoming. Lots of wonderful specials every time we dine there. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting an elegant special dining experience."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Very good with attention to detail. I had a pecan crusted snapper that was prepared with perfection on a bed of spinach. My wife had a porcini mushroom pasta that was flavorful. Our other friends (4) enjoyed their dishes as well. Very good wine selection from various regions of the world. Unfortunately there were several very large tables of stereotypical laud mouth NJ Italians that felt like they had to shout over each other. I sensed the maître d was getting uncomfortable with their behavior but said nothing. I suspect they may have been regular clients and there was apprehension about taking corrective action. My recommendation is to stay away from any large group when visiting and should you be seated by one, ask for reseating quickly"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed all our entrees (salmon special, steak and risotto, veal chop). The specials were as extensive as the menu, and our waiter (Mario) recited them all without hesitation. Service was top notch!! I can't wait to return to celebrate a special occasion. There aren't enough adjectives to express how wonderful LuNello is!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I travel to the area on business a couple times a year and discovered this restaurant on my last trip. We had a fabulous experience last time and took a new team to introduce them to Lu Nello last night. The food was cooked to perfection! The specials ate truly special. One watchout: leave room for dessert."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I have been to Lunello's over 10 times in recent years and it is one of the few restaurants that I have had a great experience each and every visit. There is something on the menu for everyone as the entree selections are too numerous to mention and no matter what I have ordered, the food is always great and the servers are attentive."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We save LuNello for very special occasions as a treat for ourselves. It never disappoints. Friendly, attentive staff, outstanding food - it's become our favorite."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Great food, ambiance, service. Better than most Italian restaurants in Manhattan."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "wonderful place. High class service, beautiful decor, the tables are not on top of each other like some places so you have some personal space and privacy. The menu is very extensive and creative and the food is delicious. Mostly valet parking since it is in a busy area with limited parking."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food choices and execution was superb. Maitre d was awful . We reserved our table for two by the window to celebrate our wedding anniversary. When we arrived, the maitre d did not even look at our reservation and gave us a table in the rear dining room. His attitude was very disappointing. We told him we had a reservation and he just ignored our comment. Upsetting experience - we could have gone some where else who would have treated us with a little more respect. We spent $400 - no chump change. We'll be taking our business elsewhere if the attitude does not improve. Service was subpar for the prices charged"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "A terrific restaurant! It's NYC quality and pricing, but closer to home. We expected a Tuesday evening to be relatively free of patrons, but LuNello's is not appear to be affected by the downturn in the economy. The only negative was that with a full house the room was quite noisy. Reservations are a must!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "All I can say is Lunello's is fabulous as always! We have never been disappointed. Truly one of my favorite places for dinner. Already looking forward to the next time. GO!!!!!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "You will the way the waiters have memorized a very long list of specials!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I have used their downstairs wine room for both a business mtg and lunch. I also have held a small business lunch in the dining room. The service is well versed in the menu and wine list. The food is foodie worthy but also rustic as well as seasonal specific. I would recommend it to anyone for business meetings or special occasions."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I often use this restaurant for my executive visitors lunch meeting. Yesterday, I finally visited there as my private lunch! I really enjoyed great food and service. But... Near bar area's table was too noisy and I thought I can not use that table for business. If they book more quiet area's table for our business, it would be great!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "This is an elegant restaurant with a touch of class. We love the multiple dining choices. The food quality was very fresh and delicious as was the elegant presentations. The whole filleted Red Snapper with a lump crabmeat crust was a delight and the portion was copious. Sauces tend to be on the light side, which doesn't overpower the dishes. The drink list is extensive and moderately priced. You can't go wrong with this restaurant."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Great food! It is so hard to be italian and dine italian. Everyone is a critic. However my seven children and my husband and I loved it. Great food, amazing servie, love the little tiny up of chickn broth, an amazing evening. Sp very pleased. I recommend to all!!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Service was excellent, food was great. Celebrated my wife's and I 9th year anniversary. We had a great, romantic, delicious dinner. Will visit again for sure."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We've been there many times. Food has always been the best anywhere. However, I had one of the specials this time which had lobster, muscles and clams among some other fish. The sauce was great, but the clams were tough. I think over cooked. This is the first time this has happened. Barbara Rizzo"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "FOOD IS ALWAYS AMAZING! WENT WITH A GROUP OF EIGHT!! GREAT FRIENDS, GREAT FOOD, GREAT FUN!!! WE WILL BE BACK FOR SURE:)"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I travel a lot for work. As an example, I am the highest award level in Marriott Hotels, Starwood Hotels and United Airlines. I eat out over 500 meals per year and I have to say that LuNello's is by far the best Italian Ristorante I have ever dined at. Everything is highly rated- the wine list, service, decor and the food is devine. You are doing yourself a disfavor by not dining at LuNello's."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Food goood service ok. seemed to cater to regulars more than every other one there. Presentation nice and good selection. A little pricey and Liquor pricey"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Great for meeting friends or clients for lunch or dinner. Food is always excellent - service top notch."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "Nothing much to say. This place speaks for itself. Pricy, but worth every penny"
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Excellent food, great service. Is now one of my regular spots to dine."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Last time I checked women had equal rights to eat as men. Well my last dining experience at LuNello's threw me back in time...all the way to Union Blvd in Totowa, their original man cave location. I went out to dinner with 2 of my other girlfriends ordered a very nice bottle of wine, etc. Did I mention I highlighted this as a birthday dinner with our waiter Augusto. Other than placing the order we never saw him again, not even to pay! The tables around me that contained men were doted on by even the maître d. Entertaining and annoying to watch at the same time. Note to self: wear a tie next time and maybe things will even out. Thank god for the food, that saved me for leaving a deserving tip for at least the food runners and kitchen staff."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "Went to Lu Nello for an early birthday celebration with my wife. Checked in prior to our reservation & headed to the bar for a drink. Returned to the host station and proceeded to wait an additional 30 minutes due to what I could only assume was an inexperienced hostess, seating 8pm reservations of 4 ahead of us, even though we were the only 7:30 reservation remaining. Anyway, once we were seated everything improved...food was fantastic. Calamari appetizer was delicious with the spicy tomato sauce. Veal Giambotta special was fantastic...huge portion left me with no room for dessert. Only issue with dinner...as I will typically do when using OpenTable left indication that we were celebrating a special occasion which was not addressed."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "My 2nd visit, both resulted in the same feeling as I was leaving. Lots of show - valet parking, waiters in tuxedo, huge list of specials recited at table (which are hard to understand due to accent and difficult to remember due to length - how about just printing them out so the customer can peruse - but when it comes down to it, here's what I remember: the food was good but not great as advertised - more bland than anything memorable - short ribs which were not half as good as my wife's version. Service is showy but not that attentive or timely. Room is pretty upon entering it, but crowded and noisy. NY prices without NY quality. Seems like a lot of regulars go there -why? We are unlikely to return. There are better options in the area."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "It is hard to have a bad dish at LuNello. Everything is made from the best and finest ingredients and the sauces are fantastic. We always opt for the specials and never get disappointed. I had a stuffed veal dish that was really tender, melt in your mouth veal and a sauce that lasts with you long after the meal. My wife had pecan encrusted salmon, that is pretty common these days, but not the way they prepared it. Really great night, as always."
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "We made this reservation based on excellent reviews we read about the food and we were well prepared for the prices. Both were exactly what we expected. The seafood salad appetizer special was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "Specials are a rip off- no prices quoted because they are about double the price of menu items- !"
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "We love LuNello's! Usually we've gone there on "date night" -- but recently we took our little ones (ages 5 and 2) with us for dinner there. We had a great meal and the will be back again soon!"
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "I eat out OFTEN. Honestly I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. When you are preparred to spend approx 75-100 per person for dinner which I was. The experience needs to include vey good food, meaning spectacular in presentation, in taste and preparredness. The food was good at best. The service was atrocious from the waiters (front & back), to the bus boys. The service was consistently poor through out the entire night. Glad we went, glad we will will not go back"
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "And everything delicious. Just the way it was ordered."
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "LuNello's is a tough spot to land a table, always crowded, but when you are lucky enough to be one of the fortunate who can dine at Lunello's, it is a great experience. Food quality and portion size is excellent! Salmon with pistachio's was terrific along with the superb short ribs. A must appetizer is the seafood di mare. Service is excellent and attentive. The staff is very experienced and listen closely to the specials. LuNello's list of specials is unbelievable! A must spot for Foodies and wine lovers! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "It doesn't matter how many times I go to this restaurant, I have not been disappointed. Everything from appetizer to dessert is absolute wonderful. My suggestions is not to be to quick to order from the menu, first wait to hear of the over 20 nights specials and you will be pleasantly surprise. KUDOS to the staff, especially the waiter who cites all these specials without a written list."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "First time dining here - will definitely return. While waiting for our table (the only downside - we had an 8 PM reservation but still had to wait half an hour), we noticed a lot of the patrons seemed to know the staff. Apparently there is a lot of repeat business. When we sat down, I started reviewing the extensive wine list. Their selection was beyond impressive. Food was just as good. There was an incredible amount of specials on top of a healthy amount of choices of choices on the menu. Everything from the first course to dessert was amazing. Their were able to nail Italian as well as Asian influenced dishes seamlessly. Overall a great dining experience - will be back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "LuNello's is truly the one restaurant that has ever impressed me; the service, the presentation of the dishes, the flavors, and the freshness of the food is what makes LuNello so excellent. Dine at LuNello's just once, and you'll wonder why you would ever dine anywhere else."
    Dined on 7/10/2013