Paisano's
Paisano's

Paisano's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paisanos.com/
  • Phone: (201) 935-5755
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 4:00PM, Saturday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Let us cater your next event!
    Our pastas are made fresh daily on premises.
    A full tray will serve approx. 12-15 people and a half tray will serve approx. 6-8 people.
    Homemade bread is included with every order. Check the full list of trays on our website.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Passaic
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Paisano's
Paisano’s in Rutherford is a unique Italian alternative for those who want to experience a new twist on Italian cuisine. Established in the heart of downtown Rutherford, Paisano's has been a landmark since 1989.
Park Avenue in Rutherford is a quaint, old-fashion town where the streets are outlined with trees creating a relaxing & inviting atmosphere. If you're in the mood for some delicious and unique pasta dishes, you're certain to enjoy dining at Paisano's. Diners are welcome to bring their favorite beer or wine and dine alfresco in the outdoor cafe during the warmer months or enjoy a meal in our cozy atmosphere, where impeccable service is complimentary all year around.
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Paisano's reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)great for outdoor dining (9)fit for foodies (9)good for groups (8)romantic (5)special occasion (4)great for lunch (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Dry town
    mike
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Bring your own beer/wine. Food was served hot and in a timely manner. Calamari appetizer was blah, without much taste. Salmon, potato and vegetables dinner was excellent, with a good portion. Please keep a newspaper around for the one person eating alone with nothing to read :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent local choice for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Have been to Paisano's twice now, and will be my default for business lunch close to the office. The service is excellent, and the food very good with an extensive selection that offers plenty of variety, from traditional favorites to more adventurous seasonal offerings. The pastas in particular are very good and quite fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • choosyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Even though we had a res, we had to wait for a table.My husband ordered a pasta dish but the wrong dish was served.Three out of four did not like their dish.Dessert was overpriced for the size ($10).Would not go back although the outside patio looked pretty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attentive Service Lacking; 4 stars.
    FEBESQ
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Loved the food and the service was friendly but my friend and I ordered coffees after dinner; we got a check that included the coffees and paid for them. Then waited...and waited. No coffee. We eventually left. Very disappointing in that regard. Everything else was great, loved the food and will be back. I hope the staff will be a little more attentive next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • prices raised
    abuelita
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We ate for the first time in the new room, which was very lovely. However, the prices had all been raised about $5 per dish, and all items are a la carte. We usually enjoy our meals, but this time, the choices were a bit too salty for my taste. My Calabria Ravioli, which was to have sweet sausage, was a bit spicy--and a bit tough. I was disappointed for the first time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best BYO restaurants!
    kaybeeVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I have been to Paisano's a number of times and have always loved it. Recently, my friends and I were able to sit in the back garden area which is so beautiful anspd serene. The food is always perfect and the service is outstanding. You will always be pleased if you dine here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clear best choice
    faves5
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    lovely outside patio , outstanding service great food perfectly presented with excellent ambience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable!
    dine2gether
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a very nice experience at Paisono's! The food is excellent (great flavors!) and unique, the service was very good and we enjoyed the ambiance. We had to dine early because of a concert commitment, but they were very understanding and attentive. If in Rutherford again, we would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dessert
    Kathy
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The dinner menu was excellent; however dessert was very disappointing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 82 reviews are from the Paisano's reviews archive.
  • Italian Favorite
    JOJO
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food and service is always excellent. I have been coming here for years.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Was recommended to the restaurant by a friend who has been many times. Location is very convenient for meeting people. Had no problem parking on the street. The menu was very good, filled with a wide variety of choices. Everything we had was very tasty and presented very well. Definitely plan on returning .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    DissapointedVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Service is always amazing. Our waitress Maria was attentive and you could tell she really love her job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frank
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It was my second visit to Paisanos..and as the first time 3 years ago, i only give to you a great Thanks..for everything.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much better!
    sarahbrandongrable
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Better experience this time and wonderful food! Excellent choice for husband's birthday :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place Great Food
    Awesome
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Everything was great but the service. I have been there before and the service was great but this time the place was quiet but our server was absent most of the time. Other than that everything was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A-one dining experience
    Ksmooth
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Atmosphere just lovely. The food was what I would expect at a high-end NYC restaurant. A BYOB, prices quoted with the specials, affordable. Just perfect all around. Did I mention the food was outstanding? Kudos to the chef!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very active restaurant
    njcoinguyVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was very good. The wait staff was attentive. BYO kept the cost down. A wedding reception there made it a bit noisier than normal but overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Timeless
    MLK17VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I've been eating here over the th past 20 years and it keeps getting better.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • go for the specials!
    reliable
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    service was friendly and food was delicious. seafood as good or better than any you'd get at the shore.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The seafood medley special and the short ribs/gnocchi combo were both delicious!! Would definitely go back if in the Rutherford area of NJ.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, but overpriced
    sarahbrandongrable
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I thought Paisano's was delicious, but overpriced (I guess customers have to pay for the renovation?). Our waiter, Luca, was not attentive enough. People seated after us were served bread and had orders taken. I had to call him over to order our food. Three of us had a daily special, potato encrusted sea bass. He said it came with potatoes and greens. It had only mashed potatoes. When I asked him where the greens were, he said "I guess I was wrong about that." So for around $30 (probably more not less than), I got a tiny piece of fish, with mashed potatoes. Luca never really came back to check on us to refill our glasses, etc. The portions are very small and not worth the price. Make sure it's a VERY special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fab!!!
    REOH
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My only issue is that reservation 7:30 didn't mean 7:30 as they are always at least 15 minutes "behind". But when they sat us it was worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My mother and I were in town for a concert and decided to give it a try based on the reviews. We had an incredible meal and agreed it would be worth driving from Philly just to eat at Paisanos! The braised short ribs were amazing and the meat sauce was the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly Good
    DeeDoll
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We were a party of 5 very good friend who did enjoy our experience here. The food was good to great depending on what was ordered. My pear salad was excellent but my branzino fish was good but the portion was very small. Just one example. The place is very large but it has many different dining rooms so the noise level is not a problem. Also the decor & ambiance is very pleasing. The service was inconsistent and at times disappointing. Several times we were looking for our server and had to make efforts with hand waves or call out to him to get his attention.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner with comedy
    dogs
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    attended the 1 yr anniv for comedy at the restaurant the comedians were very good. the service because of the crowd was not so attentive. would not create dishes with the ingredients they offered to people who are diabetic also in the dessert tray not even just a dish of berries.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    ChrisL
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We had a great dinner at Paisano's. Bring your own alcohol though. Rutherford is dry. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My husband and I just love this continental/italian local- to- us restaurant! We consider it a special occasion when we go there, even if not celebrating anything in particular. We'll be back.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, small portions
    Donald
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Paisano has a good reputation for food quality, and reasonable prices, but portions seems to have been reduced so the value has diminished. The restaurant has a new addition since we were last there, so easier to get a Saturday night table. Service was very slow, they ran out of a special (Grouper) at a relatively early time: 7:30PM. So it looks like managemnt isn't doing a very good job in staff scheduling and estimating popular dishes. There is a poor parking situation (not new), and it is only worse in the winter with snow claiming some of the small supply of local parking spots. The restaurant should add a valet service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My only issue with this dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My only issue with this dining experience was that although our food tasted excellent it was cold.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local favorite
    Yankeegryl
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is a great place for date night or a small group. Its BYO which is great, the Meals are average $20 and up. It's all American Italian food, everything is really delicious, but for 2 ppl your not really getting out (with an app & dessert) for less than about $70.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or miss
    SpringskierVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Have dined here several times in the past three years and have always enjoyed the experience. However, the last two times, the food was far below acceptable standards. While my apple salad was delicious, the Shrimp marinara had to be sent it back because the shrimp tasted like chlorine. They brought me chicken parm instead and it was inedible. The chicken was rubbery and had visibly burnt edges, cheese was barely melted and the marinara was thin and tasteless. On the other hand, my husband's chicken scarpariello was great (I wish I had ordered that instead). I used to enjoy this restaurant and I'm hoping they get back on track, but I won't be going back anytime soon, especially since there are so many other fabulous choices in the area.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Great food, service, and pricing, but at times the noise level became extremely loud due to the closeness of tables.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food with a casual flair
    Jackie
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    From the moment you sit down, you are tasken care off. The regular menu is mputh watering and the specials add to making your dinner choice difficult. So many choices. The food is frash and delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more.
    TTKBVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The restaurant is a very nice facility with several dining rooms, each with it's own character. The dinners were inconsistent in preparation though. Of the three meals we had, one was excellently prepared, one pretty good and one only fair. The chicken dish with sausage was drowning in a sea of mushrooms and there was too much liquid in the dish giving it a gloppy presentation. Portions were adequate except for the desserts which were very modestly sized. Will go back, however on the premise that my dish was an anomaly. The service we received in our case was just average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night Out with Friends
    FlemingsVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I chose Paisanos based upon the recommendation in Open Table. Although we had 7:30 reservations the lobby was packed and we were not seated until 8pm. The waiter could not answer some of the questions as to the menu as well as translation of some of the dishes. When asked he responded ' you know what it means...' The food was plentiful. The pear and goat cheese salad was very good. The veal rack was overcooked although I asked for medium rare. The rest of the guests order different items and they seemed to enjoyed them. The bill came for $200 for a party of 4. I bit high especially not including wine as this is a BYOB. Good experience but not what I expected based upon the reviews.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is consistently good.
    weeziegirl30VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The food is consistently good. The prices are on the high side, but it's byob so that is a plus. Some tables are better than others. Some are set like you are in a hall way. I ask to be moved since I had a an advanced reservation and was accommodated with a better table in the dining room. Our server was lovely. There was a larger party in the back with one woman who laughed extremely loud the whole night, but I suppose that could happen in many restaurants, All in all this is a great byob restaurant with good food and great for get togethers as well as date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BYOB neighborhood gem
    CaffVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Food and service consistently good. Daily specials and home made pasta are superb. Reasonable prices and you can bring own beer or wine since there are no liquor licenses for restaurants in the town of Rutherford. Street parking only can be a problem at times. Overall, a nice place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    peacebaby68
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    A very good italian restaurant, nice ambience, attentive staff, great food (with the exception of the calamari which was tough and a bit rubbery) and really good homemade pasta...hats off to Paisano's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and our server
    Steamer
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Great food and our server Pat was extremely knowledgable and made us feel like VIP's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Paisano
    jerseyicecream
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Food and service were both very good. We sat in the front room, which was fine. Friends we went with cautioned me to ask for the front because the back room accomodates larger groups and can get noisy. By the time we were ready to leave, the front room had filled up too. It was very lively.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.