Osteria Morini - New Jersey
Osteria Morini - New Jersey

Osteria Morini - New Jersey

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.osteriamorininj.com/
  • Phone: (908) 221-0040
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Knevals
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Pretty much anything that the guest would imagine; from only food to a full event outdoor, to a special meal cooked by Chef in your own home.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer semi-private parties during the week and private parties on the weekends for lunch. We also offer full buyouts of the restaurant. In addition, contact Francois for any catering inquires.
  • Private Party Contact: Gerardo Giorgio 9082210040x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Finley Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Osteria Morini - New Jersey
Osteria Morini, first introduced in 2010 to New York’s Soho neighborhood, was conceived from Chef Michael White’s dream to bring the same soulful cuisine and convivial spirit of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region to the United States. After making our original home in Soho, in downtown Manhattan we thought it was time to share the love with the Garden State. Chef Michael White and the Altamarea Group have always made a commitment to bring top quality food from New York to New Jersey. That commitment has been reaffirmed by bringing the highly acclaimed Soho restaurant, Osteria Morini, to Bernardsville, New Jersey.
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Osteria Morini - New Jersey reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (25)neighborhood gem (24)good for groups (13)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (9)special occasion (7)great for brunch (5)romantic (5)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Eat @ 7:00pm
    todie4VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I just love Morini, especially when it's hopping, which it wasn't at 6:15pm when we arrived. Food, as always was great; started with roasted potatoes, Morini's version of a Cesear salad, which is outstanding and burrata, followed by the three pasta share entree (1/2 portions) and a veal chop in a wonderful puddle of marsala cream sauce...just make sure you come at 7:00pm to experience the right electricity!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Osteria Morini #2
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Went to brunch/lunch on Sunday 11/16. Decided on the Brunch table which was outstanding. Everything presented was delicious. My wife had a frittata. A nice glass of wine was all I needed to make this meal superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice.
    collegetuition
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    First time that I had been here. Excellent service. Good menu. Food quality consistently excellent. On this night, I was in the mood for their spinach lasagna. It was done perfectly. It was light in texture, with a perfect balance of pasta with the other ingredients. Not heavy at all. Cooked perfectly and excellent portion size (not too big or small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch at Osteria Morini
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Four of went for lunch/brunch on Sunday 11/9/14. The ladies had Frittata's and the gentlemen had pasta weeds with a sausage ragu. Fantastic. The brunch table for $15 per person had a really interesting selection of breads, meats and cheeses, fruit etc. Great choice for lunch. Looked at the dinner menu and it also had some tempting dishes. Will try dinner in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the search
    JoeyBagadonuts49
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    First time diners. This was a fall back restaurant when our 1st choice was booked up. It should have been our 1st! A classic Italian eatery; warm, relaxed and easy going. The wait staff was attentive, knowledgeable and, in our case, patient. The 3 course Porchetta special was fantastic! The Prosciutto/Mortadella meatballs (appetizer) would make any Italian grandmother cry; they were THAT good. The portions were perfect. We left quite satisfied but not, ...well, you know what happens with Italian food, particularly good pasta... Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. The wine helped inflate the bottom line a bit. Definitely worth the effort to find it. We will most assuredly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great place for lunch, very quite and the chef special was a pasta with butternut squash it was fabulous!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Bedford4e
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    While it is difficult to find this eatery the first time (hidden behind a pharmacy) it is well wort the exploration. The highly recommended meatball appy meatball appy met expectations (and the sauce was very tasty) and the assortment of pastas our table ordered were fantastic! The fish and short rib entrees were terrific ! Now the crispy veal cutlet was a disappointment. The veal itself was pounded thin and tender but it didn't look nor taste crispy and the parm topping needed another minute under the broiler. Visually, the dish looked awful. The underlying greens were fresh and not over cooked. So overall very good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A safe bet
    Nocookingplz
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Usually good food and service. A casual place nearby that is very reliable when it comes to food and service. The cheese and salami sampler is a very good deal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed!
    debbieVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The name "Michael White" brought me here, but will not bring me back. I have eaten at all of his NY restaurants, but this one is not even close to my other dining experiences. Inexperienced waiter who was unfamiliar with the menu. His lack of experience was evident. The "crispy" veal was awful - tough and chewy veal, and the congealed slice of cheese on top was very unappealing. It also rendered the veal anything but "crispy". Physically the room has a rustic, casual appeal, but the service and food were a turn off for me.
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  • Osteria Morini...a must dine
    BigLou
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Wine list was fantastic and the service was very knowledgeable and attentive. Special requests were honored and very well prepared. I entertained clients, but would come back personally to have dinner with family or friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fdbmadison
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were a family group celebrating our 60th anniversary. We dined late afternoon on Sunday. All were pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't sit near the kitchen
    FionaNJ
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    For a recent late-summer lunch, although there were many empty tables, we were seated near the open kitchen. The noise from (presumably) the ventilating system was so loud we could barely hear each other speak. On the way out, we noted that the noise was much less obnoxious closer to the door. Other than that and less-than-attentive service, the place is very nice--homey country Italian decor and very imaginative menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic!
    drCC2VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    If you are Italian and understand authentic cuisine, this is it! The staff is incredible. The best service around. Top that with excellent food and an incredible wine list - you have a gem of a restaurant! Highly recommended!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend
    Food4thought
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We have dined often at Osteria Morini and it never disappoints. We enjoy the chef's seasonal specials, but often turn to our old favorites. Dishes to be sampled include the meatballs, pasta bolanase(spelling?) and other made on site pastas. The manager and wait staff are exceptional! We highly recommend Osteria Morini.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BJMA
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We received a gift certificate over a year ago and finally got a chance to go. I have been unable to get a reservation on a Friday or Saturday night, so went on a Sunday evening. I guess this speaks to the popularity of the restaurant. I was hoping for outdoor seating as it was a beautiful day, but there wasn’t any. No big deal though as the restaurant is very casual and nice. Both the food and service were excellent and we will definitely go back when we get a chance.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    LchiafulloVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Stopped in for a quick lunch, not knowing beforehand that they were actually open for lunch. I had a great meal (rigatoni with a deconstructed carbonara sauce), and the service was terrific. Was not very crowded, so chef provided a complimentary board of meats, fresh parmigiano, some crostini, etc. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little pricey but good
    RitzVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food is overall good. Nothing over the top but good for a casual dinner close to home. Service is prompt and attentive. I would go back .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 302 reviews are from the Osteria Morini - New Jersey reviews archive.
  • Love the pasta here
    KellyIVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It is great to find a place that takes care to give each dish it's own personality instead of smothering everything in red sauce. If you want an amazing experience, order the pasta sampler and try three favorites. Also a great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh Yet Nostalgic
    Sofie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    You won me with your Lasagna: made the way I remember having it when I went to Italy. Some people might get annoyed that the dishes are labeled in Italian, but when they have a taste they'll know it's fresh and authentic.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta Dishes
    Robin
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Past Sampler is great for group dining or if you'd like to try a variety of the pasta dishes.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lilly
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    It was a great branch, excellent food, good services.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Wonderful
    JMac17
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We are never disappointed by the food and service at Osteria Morini. The dishes are basic, simple and delicious, with fresh, top quality ingredients expertly prepared. The wine list is very good. The service is courteous and friendly. We enjoyed the mussels/clams appetizer, the Branzino (EXCELLENT!), the swordfish and the lamb. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent
    BillBVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is my 5th visit and again the meal and service was excellent. To start, the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese plate was a good portion and very very good. I went with a pasta this time and the SPAGHETTI ALLA VONGOLE was very tasty. Not an over-sized portion but it allows room for dessert!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as expected
    MikeFVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Very good food......average service......small place......very open......
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The pasta and entrees and salads were excellent. My daughter and I spit the Tomahawk Ribeye which was very good. The pastas were amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS EXCELLENT!
    TomKVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Osteria never disappoints. Vibrant atmosphere, excellent food, and consistently great service. Certainly one of the top restaurants in Northern New Jersey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Mother's Day Brunch
    AndersonValley
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This our best brunch ever! The entrees and desert were great, but the "table" was out of this world with fresh oysters, clams, tuna, squid, smoked salmon,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Sunday Brunch!
    hungrybikers
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Upon recommmendations from friends, we tried the Sunday Brunch after church and LOVED IT! Excellent buffet selection for only $10.00! We had great service and left feeling satisfied and full of healthy food! We will definitely return for brunch, lunch or dinner soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Gem
    BbdjjdVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Heard about this place from a friend, and since we were in the neighborhood, we tried it. We found it to have a nice decor, good service and yummy food. The pastas were very fresh and tasty, as were the salads. We had the butter lettuce, and the daily special salad, both of which were two of the best salads we have had in a while. would tell anyone to come and try this spot.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic "taste" of Emilia-Romagna
    EDUARDO44
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Having lived in Bologna for several years ...This is the only restaurant in NJ that for me truly captures some of the Authentic cuisine and flavors of the remarkable "Emilia" region. Osteria Morini typifies the Emilia-Romagna cuisine ..."Symphonies of flavor that will explode on your palate" Signiore Lambertini (Restaurateur, Bologna). Chef White and his team have brought a credible "taste" of this tradition to NJ!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Cyrene
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I have had lunch and dinner at Osteria Morini in Soho numerous times and dined at Marea in Manhattan. I have a reservation for Ristorante Morini in NYC because I'm such a big fan of Michael White. So taking my mother, who lives in NJ, to Osteria Morini in NJ for Easter brunch was a natural choice but a major disappointment. Pasta was overcooked and I had to add salt to give the dish some flavor. A sausage patty was undercooked and when returned came back rare inside although blackened on the outside. My mother is a connoisseur of tiramisu and found hers unsatisfactory. The cappuccino tasted like milk with a dash of coffee. Service, however, was good and the waiter didn't charge for the sausage because it went uneaten. Won't return
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  • Overpriced...even for Bernardsville
    aDub
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Bad service, cant understand "Hispanic" staff...nothing Italian about this place
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little gem in an odd spot
    JenGC
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Next to a CVS, you would never know that they had a great wine list and yummy food. We had a cheese/meat/veg app and I had pasta for dinner. Took my team out to a nice dinner and we had a lovely time. The service took a little time. While we ordered bottled still water, they refilled us with tap w/o asking. Not a big deal, but it's the little things. Like I said - very nice place and good food. I like little surprises like that in odd locations. This place met that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over the river and through the wood
    lilchezy
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The trip from Summit is soooo worth the yummiest meatballs I've ever had. The food is lovely and not fussy. The service is very friendly and appropriate. Great spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in New Jersey
    NAB12
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Osteria Morini is hands down the best restaurant in New Jersey! We had the best meal ever and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Energetic
    todie4VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Outstanding energy...and Michael White's menu plus Kevin's cooking/execution make for a five-star experience every time. Three different pastas, shrimp and tomato, gnocci with butternut squash and sage brown butter sauce and sauusage "weeds", oh and finish with the simplest, but oh so wonderful, vanilla gealto with hot espresso poured over top!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch delight
    Paul
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Meeting several friends, the restaurant was happy to put together a large table, give us all the time we needed They created share plates for all the desserts, filled water twice as often as they asked about drink refills. Very agreeable in every respect
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent and special
    dnamomVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Fantastic food, great vibe and special team. Never a bad meal or experience. Bravo. A gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Great Experience
    TomKVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Osteria never disappoints - consistently very good food and nice service, in a upbeat and attractive atmosphere. One of our very favorite restaurants in northern New Jersey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wide Range of Choices
    SuperBowlDiner
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Wonderful time to be at this restaurant - Super Bowl gametime, so noise level down. Very easy to converse with fellow diners and staff. Choices for everything from first to last course diverse - all were good. Wine list good, but initial choice was unavailable. Price is high, but food measures up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.