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Osteria Cucina Rustica
Osteria Cucina Rustica

Osteria Cucina Rustica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (732) 577-8288
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Wed - Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service off site catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room for up to 70 ppl.
  • Private Party Contact: Angelo Bongiovanni (732) 577-8288

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ryan Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Osteria Cucina Rustica
Osteria translated in Italian literally means "a place where the owner hosts his guests." At Osteria Cucina Rustica we follow in that tradition. Life long friends Steven Botta and Angelo Bongiovanni have collaborated to design and recreate an authentic Osteria. A warm atmosphere along with impeccable service and family recipes make for an unparalleled dining experience.
We begin with the freshest ingredients of the highest quality all prepared to order using family recipes passed down from generation to generation. The astronomic experience begins with the hospitality from the moment you walk through the iron forged doors. Next is the food where the love is present in each dish. The house made pasta to the freshest seafood to the dry aged steaks and our unique deserts made daily by our pastry chef make our uniqueness discernible.
The Bongiovanni and Botta families welcome you to Osteria, where we promise that you will come as a guest and leave as family.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Once you get past the NJ Housewife's and the Wanna-be's at the bar, it's a descent Italian restaurant in a parking lot. Nice décor, attentive service and above average prices for Marlboro. Our party of 4 enjoyed our meal and wine, although the grilled octopus App w only 2 legs and lump of mashed potatoes in the center of the plate was not worth it. The sound levels in the dining area, where everyone needs to be heard by shouting, is deafening !"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Very nice place... very nice service and food. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We were well attended to by few waiters who kept our waters/drinks filled, new plates, utensils, and plates. Food was delicious! The Summer pasta dish was very good. We order steak for two and it was excellent as they grilled it to medium well done with pink color in the middle and tender to chew them. The steak sauce added to the flavor. The appetizers that we ordered were good also."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Food is very good. Noise level is deafening! Restaurant/bar filled with fifty somethings with a little money in their pocket who still wish they were twenty somethings! Won't go back. The good food isn't worth the cartoon show at the bar."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Appetizers, Entrees and Dessert.....all were amazing!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "First time, excellent experience, excellent food, excellent wait staff. Definately make a reservation"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The waiter had to lean in to 1 foot to tell the specials twice. My shrimp were bland"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food as always, friendly service. I went with a group from work for my birthday and everyone is coming back for another dinner"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Very loud food was ok overpriced calamari tasted bland chicken dish and pasta was good stay away from grilled shrimp and risotto shrimp was tough and tasteless and risotto was heavy and needed salt"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Our expectations were high as we had heard some favorable comments about this place and decided to have our special dinner there. The food was just ok, nothing special and we have had the same kinds of entrees at other places and they were much better. My bronzini was dry and the lentils along with it cooked have been cooked a little longer. My friends pasta with clams was also dry. We were 4 people but our table setting had only one bread plate and we had to ask for more as the waiter didn't even notice my friend and I were sharing a plate. Bus boys delivered our appetizers and not one of us got the right one, same thing happened with the entrees. I would suggest the waiter oversee his staff when setting down the plates."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had our daughter's college graduation dinner here with a group of 12 people, and it was a wonderful dining experience. All of the appitizer we ordered were delicious, and the main courses were beautifully prepared. The wait staff was very attentive, without being over-bearing, and were very friendly.They even took pictures of our group after dinner. The Italian cheese cake was out of this world. The only complaint for dessert was the chocolate cake, which was rather spongy and dry. The prices are not for the faint of heart, but you don't mind paying the price for food this well prepared."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "fOOD & SERVICE - WERE GREAT ! WE HAD A LOVELY EVENING."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "the fish that my wife had was very good BUT it had too much oil in the sauce for her! I enjoyed the pollo saparello but not enough sausage for a half of chicken! dish was great! the Papadelle with mushrooms and black truffel should have shaved truffel on it,not truffel oil! The fussili in aluminium was excellent. and the monkfish special was great. We will be back many times. Thank you for a wonderful eating experience!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience at Osteria! We are "foodies", admittedly, and a were not at all disappointed, for a change! From the special oysters a la "Michael" and the parma prosciutto wood fired pizza we devoured as appetizers, to the incredible aged tomahawk steak, cooked to perfection and the lamb stuffed veal chop, all food was excellent and prepared perfectly. This restaurant is not for the wallet shy! For the area, it's beyond the casual night out expense! If you are willing to spend on good food, the experience is worth the price. We plan on returning for those "special occasions". Our advice: if you can afford it, do try it..... And request to be seated with Sergio, who's professionalism and humor made good even better!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We recently visited this fine establishment, after hearing rave reviews about the food. As expected the food was outstanding, as well, as the service. One of the owners, stopped by our table, and welcomed us. Very pricey for a local eatery, but worth it for a special occasion. Overall excellent experience."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Took two of my business associates to Osteria and have to say they were not impressed. Chris our waiter missed the mark on catering to our needs and seemed more interested in his agenda and timeframe ( this was a monday night dinner, not busy at all ). Several times I said to Chris we weren't ready to order and that we were not in a hurry. The final time when he approached he told us, "I'm ready". So, as i said, he missed the mark. Meatball salad was enjoyed by all, the main dishes were more than satisfactory but when my guests made negative comments to me on the way out about the service, afraid I won't return."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "An Italian gem of a restaurant with a menu of many choices plus daily specials. The food is excellent, service well appointed and noise level is high. For prime dinner time reservations in advance is a must."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Our experience was GREAT!. Food was awesome. Ambiance completed to perfection. Come ready to eat and prepared to be rolled out to your car. Thank You Angelo and Co"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Very expensive. Too noisy. Tables too close together. Food is good but over priced, the service was great. Overall, too noisy and expensive. For the money we like to actually hear our own conversation. Couldn't even hear the waiter."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in.... Very inviting - Angelo (owner/host) and our pretty girl hotess welcomed us at the door. Once we sat to review menus - we were greeted with warm soft centered bread with a cripy flacky crust along with 3 wonderful bread spreads including roasted GARLIC in olive oil, zuccini marinated, and a fabulous riccota spread.... Excellent and delicious - I had the homemade pasta!!!! Steven (owner/chef) also made sure to greet all of his tables! Welcoming, Fresh, homemade, and I was very impressed to see authentic dishes that my mom made regularly (that normally you hardly ever see outside of mom's kitchen!). Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Initial reviews all said Osteria had good food, but the service left a lot to be desired. I'm happy to report that I can definitely confirm the food is excellent - but what stood out even more was the exceptional server (Sergio) and wait staff. We never had to ask for a single thing: wine glasses/water were refilled regularly, plates/utensils were turned over quickly and efficiently, and we were constantly checked on throughout the meal. Sergio was extremely knowledgeable of the menu, and was able to offer recommendations without hesitation based on our preferences. The wife had Filet Mignon; I had Grilled Shrimp over Risotto (Gamberoni). Both were top notch. For a Wed night, the place was filled and energetic. We'll be going back!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Rustic Italian feel. Very romantic. variety choice of wines from napa to sienna to Tuscany. Good was well prepared and service was very accommodating to our requests. A lil pricey but food is of good quality."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner. Decor is great. Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Portion sizes were generous. Prices are pretty high, but it didn't seem to stop people from dining there because the place was full both times we went and neither time was a Friday or Saturday night. Their special steak offerings sound good, but are so enormous (36 oz. for a "single") and ridiculously expensive, so we didn't give them a try."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Visited this restaurant with my family , late snowy Saturday night. Despite the late hour and bad weather it was packed. We enjoyed our meal and the wine. The service was very good as well. The only downfall was the noise level. Otherwise very lovely place."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Very noisy. Menu is very limited. Prices are too high. This isn't NYC."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "This was our first time visiting this restaurant. We knew it was pricey (think NYC prices), and it felt like we were dining in Manhattan. The place was busy and very noisy (you had to really listen hard to have a conversation with others at the table). There was a big focus on service. Lots of staff attending to guests. The food was also top notch. One person had the huge bone-in rib eye and it was served slightly over-cooked. They took it back without hesitation and prepared another one to our liking. We had a birthday in our group, and at the end of the meal they served ice cream with a candle and all sang Happy Bday. I definitely recommend this place, but make sure you go prepared to spend more than any other the place in the area."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We had reservations for 4:45 pm. Ordered our drinks immediately and placed our order. We knew that we wanted the Sunday Sauce. This was our 3rd time there since December. The waiter asked if we wanted our salads 1st and we said yes. Out came the salads @ 4:50 pm. That was fine. We were hungry. After 2 bites of salad...dinner was served @ 4:55 PM. We were shocked! I looked at my watch and knew we were only seated 10 min. Pushed our salad aside. I would never send back my meal :-) Now I know that the dinner was just sitting on the side waiting to be warmed up for someone.inexcusable at any price, especially at $29.00 per person for a pasta dish! One of the other waiters notice...he came over and apologized. It was too late. Our evening meal"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We went midweek and early so it was quiet. Waiter was knowledgeable, but had zero personality. On my reservation, I mentioned that it was my wife's birthday, but they ignored it. Food was outstanding: fresh pasta, great seasoning. Veal chop was wonderful. Cheesecake very good. Evening closed with a mistake on the check(of course not in my favor)."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "My husband and I went to osteria with another couple for dinner. We all ordered the 35 day aged porterhouse steak which were big and delicious! The only reason I did not give the review an outstanding review was that our waiter was not the greatest. He had no clue what the veggie side dishes were and had to go check. They also did not have the bottle of wine in stock that we wanted to order. Other then that, we love osteria and will definitely be going back again. Food is great...recommend the steak, the bolognese or the sea bass. Biscotti dessert is great too!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Our waiter Julio was terrific . We went there for my B-day and it was everything I expect plus great service. The pricey menu will not allow a frequent visit but will visit again ."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Food not that good for the price. The fried calamari Was tasteless and the batter fell off. The manager or owner came to us at the end of the night and after we told him about our experience he just looked at me , got defensive and offered nnothing. Needless to say we won't be coming back here. It's ashame because the ambiance was beautiful / rustic. Loved the outside fire pit"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Great place for a special occasion. Food was higher in price but worth the cost Will return again"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Home cooked flavors, everything is fresh, wine list to fit all budgets, and the service is top notch...don't waste your time and money dining anywhere else! No need to travel to New York City for a great meal, save your gas and tolls for dessert, that is...if you still have room in your belly to eat it!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "The food was delicious! We had a large group and the servers were always attentive. The portions were plentiful and I would definitely recommend this to my friends and family. It is our new favorite Italian restaurant close to home!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "The appetizers were okay. But when the main mealce out it was terrible. I got the pappardelle pasta with mushrooms and truffles and it was so bland. Not only was there no taste but at the bottom of the bowl was liquid like the mushrooms water liquid that was not drained. No taste of truffle. I don't know if the chef was on vacation due to the holidays. I am not going back. The waiter didn't even read us the specials which I noticed he read it to the people next to us. Also they got their food before us even though we got there before them. It was just not at our night at this place."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Was very good food but I think they could use a bit more waiters/waitresses People shouldn't be seated then wait 10-15 mins for a server to come over. Ive eaten here 3 times and the food has always been very good but it is pricey so be careful if you're on a budget. Filet Mignon was very good as was the pasta ala Michael but my favorite is the Veal Milanese - you wont have any regrets with that dish imo. Great for a special occasion as well."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Enjoyed the sood and the service ... will definitely return ... only wish it was a bit quieter ..."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Food was good but way too loud couldn't hear my wife who was sitting across from me."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Restaurant had a nice ambiance and rustic charm. The service was excellent. Pomegranate martini from the bar was delicious. The restaurant is local and we've heard terrific reviews. We were hoping the food was good so we had a new place to frequent but it was quite disappointing. Very average and similar to other Italian restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Top Notch food but way too pricey for a simple neighborhood bistro with below average service."
    Dined on 11/24/2013