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Paisano's Details

  • 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • " lovely outside patio , outstanding service great food perfectly presented with excellent ambience!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The dinner menu was excellent; however dessert was very disappointing!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The food and service is always excellent. I have been coming here for years."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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 ."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Service is always amazing. Our waitress Maria was attentive and you could tell she really love her job."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Better experience this time and wonderful food! Excellent choice for husband's birthday :)"
    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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I've been eating here over the th past 20 years and it keeps getting better."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We had a great dinner at Paisano's. Bring your own alcohol though. Rutherford is dry. Great service."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "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....."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My only issue with this dining experience was that although our food tasted excellent it was cold."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Great food, service, and pricing, but at times the noise level became extremely loud due to the closeness of tables."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Great food and our server Pat was extremely knowledgable and made us feel like VIP's"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "We found this place to take our friends to lunch. What a gem. Comfortable atmosphere, attentive staff, food was delicious. One of us had the cajun calamari appetizer and the veal sorrentino entree which was great. Another had the chicken francaise which was tender and delicious. Another friend on a restricted diet asked if something not on the menu was available and it was. I had an old favorite, lasagna, which had a delicious sauce. We are not much for dessert but we shared a creme brulee which reminded us of Paris. All in all a great find."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "Food was not as good as it's been in the past. A little overpriced for what you get."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Love the ambiance service and most of all the veal Saltimbocca!!!! Kept up the good work. See u soon when back in Jersey . Ciao"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "This place needs a little help: The salad came out with approximately 3 crumbles of goat cheese & nuts; it appeared to be measured with a scale! A few words to the waiter, and he kindly brought out some more toppings. The calamari came out without the tomatoes & chives as described on the menu; that, too, was corrected quickly. Pasta dishes are very flavorful. Overall, a pleasant experience that needs a bit more eye for detail."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "We have been to Paisano's several times and are always happy with the service and food quality. The short ribs with gnocci are outstanding!"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Great food and service, but a bit pricey... Really nice courtyard for outside dining."
    Dined on 9/21/2013