Wonderful place in the middle
Wonderful place in the middle of nowhere. Loved the salmon with polenta
Salads were wonderful and the cocktail menu comes on an ipad tablet. Very cool
Waiter poured new wine into old for my husband. Very bad move!
Was difficult to get our check at the end of the evening. Not enough servers for a busy night.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
NEVER a disappointment! Bottagra
NEVER a disappointment! Bottagra is a superb restaurant that manages to keep getting better.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always good food and atmosphere
Never had a bad experience dining here. Food is always fresh and service is always great. Specials are also always good.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a pleasure to dine at Bottagra. I had the most amazing pork chop ever! It was so juicy and tender. Great job!!
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
We all enjoyed our dinner
We all enjoyed our dinner and service was excellent!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good but loud
Food was great, except that I asked for my steak medium and had to send it back because it was barely cooked. They were out of the first wine I picked as well. It got very loud as the night went on. So much so, that it was hard to talk across the table.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was delicious, and the
Food was delicious, and the service was wonderful.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lump crab appetizer was excellent, the rice balls were outstanding. Home made gnocchi was good. We ordered the cappuccino dessert that came with fresh zeppolies..I would go back just for these. My wife is gluten free and they were very accommodating. One annoying thing was that we wanted to put an appetizer order in while we were still deciding what else to order and the waiter said that he wasn't allowed to do that. Also, we were at the bar before dinner and ordered 2 glasses of Pinot noir, we saw that previous reviews said the wine was watered down. It did look watered down, but it definitively wasn't. I saw the bartender open the bottle. .however, bartender did short my change by $10. I got it back though after waiving him down.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is great and the
The food is great and the service outstanding. Have
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been here several times...Food and service continue to be top notch!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time at
This was our first time at Bottagra, but it certainly won't be our last. Everthing about the evening was delightful. It was a quiet Sunday night, and we were treated with much attention. The food was delicious and the service first rate. I would highly recommend this restaurant for for their unusual specialty cocktails and extensive menu.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I would have never known about this restaurant if not for a friend. Food is delicious!! Not your typical Italian restaurant that just has boring chicken parm and pasta. Super fresh seafood! Service was impeccable and our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. My only complaint would be the valet service. It was horrible! We waited 5 minutes in our car for the valet to stop goofing off and notice there was someone waiting. Again on the way out the valet boys were fooling around in the corner and we had to wait for them to notice us. As he got up to get our car one of the other boys kicked him! I don't know if this restaurant uses an outside valet service but they should really consider switching!!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everyone from my table ate
Everyone from my table ate from the "Early Bird Menu" and the food was wonderful. The waiter recommended a great wine to go with our meals. The atmosphere was lovely. Crystal chandiliers, lovely table settings. A perfect evening.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Although noisy - the good
Although noisy - the good was well worth it. Shrimp with goat cheese appetizer was very special. But.... the snapper with lobster and corn ragu was fantastic!!! Deserts? Well, who could resist brioche bread pudding with vanila sauce and donuts in hot nutella!!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
this is a fantastic restaurant
this is a fantastic restaurant
hands on owners
been there many times and always consistent
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We dines for our anniversary and were pleased with both the choices and our final selections. The mango salad was nicely done and ample to split. I was pleased to find the monkfish dinner nicely presented and tasty without being drowned in salt -- the cognac risotto flavors spoke for themselves. The carrots were a little hard though. The tuna sesame soba noodle dinner was also nicely done, good sized portion and the flavors were just right. We don't dine here enough -- always pleased. Good wine list as well.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always an enjoyable experience
Always an enjoyable experience going to Bottagra's.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
very good food, service and
very good food, service and wine. good selection on the menu. the macaroni and cheese was to die for. will definitely be going back.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
this is one of the best restaurants in the
area. No matter what we order the food
is always perfect. The presentation
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great menu, lovely place
Have dined here twice. Place has had a lovely facelift some the days went it was an Alexis Steakhouse. Food is interesting and has some really clever preparations and choices. Wait staff is friendly and informative but strangely absent at times like when we wanted to order another round of drinks in between courses, but overall plenty of busboys to help.
Would definitely recommend for a special ocassion, or if you are looking to go beyond the usual Italian restaurant
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was very impressed by my first visit to Bottagra. The food was top notch. creative dishes as well as the classics....done perfectly with good quality foods. The service was very good. They swapped out my wine glass for a very large glass without my asking and I had only ordered a "wine by the glass". They are very flexible with the menu. For my main course I had an appetizer special side by side with a half portion of one of their pastas. There was entertainment that was pleasant and not too loud... unless the table next to you was singing along to loudly....lol. I'll be returning with a group of friends next week.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the person greeting us
From the person greeting us upon arrival, during the meal, the staff and owner were very pleasant, warm & friendly. The entire staff presented themselves professional and maintained an inviting and comfortable evening. The kitchen was open to modify our requests of the menu. The standard menu had a good offering, the special offering was outstanding. The food was prepared extremely flavorful and fresh with above than average presentation. Every dish was great.
The dining area atmosphere was loud and open
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining with the Dressmaker
I wish this restaurant wasn't in such a rough looking neighborhood, but when you look past that and go inside, it is rather beautiful. Both the dressmaker and Dad had calamari for an appetizer which was good. Then for main course, they ordered a salad with nuts and chopped grapefruit. Both Dad and Halina really enjoyed their salads. As for me, I enjoyed a nice dish of grilled salmon, garlic whipped potatoes, and carrots with green beans. And lastly, I split my fruit almond tart that came with a cold strawberry gazpacho with the dressmaker. This dessert was so light and perfect after our hearty meal. Not sure if I would come back here, just because of the neighborhood :-(
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were celebrating a birthday dinner and I found Bottagra on Open Table. Wasn't sure, since I'd never heard of it, but the minute we saw the restaurant I had a good feeling. Inside was beautiful and our waiter very attentive. The food was delicious! Will definitely return soon.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Special Occasion for Us
It was a special occasion and they made it special for us.
On our Open Table reservation I asked for a chilled bottle of proseco at the table when we arrived. I though the request did not go through but it did and the chilled bottle we awaiting us. They even gave us a coveted booth. The waiter, Franco, was attentive but not overbearing. The special menu was well though out. We ordered our entire meal from it. Will definitely go back on our net Special Occasion. Oh, this was not our first visit.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Old World Italian Dining
We took another couple out for dinner and had a great dining experience. From the valet to the dessert, service was superb. The dishes were presented nicely and the portions were filling. The wine selection was great. Antonio did an excellent job following up on our table along with his associates. We sat at a cozy and very spacious booth in the back of the restaurant. The dining room is dimly but amply lit for a romantic and relaxing atmosphere. We enjoyed the salmon dish and the chicken fantasia. Our guests enjoyed the pork disk special and the steak. As we each had a chance to sample the others' dish, I can say that everything was perfect. Nicely done!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've passed this place many times and never thought to go in. Through Open Table we decided to try it and are so glad we did. Great food, great service and ambiance with an energetic atmosphere, wife and I loved it! Everyone from the woman who seated us to the waiters, bus boys and water pourers were happy, friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable about the menu. It was a pleasure to be there even before we ate anything! Now for the food... one word... Great! The chef obviously cared very much about our meal (veal & chicken) because they were prepared to perfection. My congrats to the owners and all waiters and chefs for keeping the high standards that will keep customers returning! I know we will!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, very good service!
Have been to Bottagra three times in the last month. The food & service have been very good. My only criticism is the incredible noise level on a weekend night. During the week, it's very quiet. On the weekends, it is impossible to have a conversation with your table mates. Not sure I would go back on a weekend.
In addition, they offer an incredible bargain Tuesday-Friday until 6:30pm -- $18.00 for appetizer, entree, & dessert, with quite a few choices from their regular menu.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time there. The food
First time there. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Looking forward to going back.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
this restaurant is a hidden
this restaurant is a hidden gem in Northern NJ. Historic building with real charm on the inside and out. Great friendly staff, amazing food, (try the signature Spaghetti Bottegra), execellent bar and unique cocktails. Best Italian food without heading to NYC. Try it, you will like it.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great dining experience. Would recommend. Thanks
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Soo good! Romantic setting
Soo good! Romantic setting and the good is out of this world! Great for a date night or special occasion.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found this restaurant on open
Found this restaurant on open table.. Thought my boyfriend and I would give it a try... It was a great surprise! We will definitely going back in the future!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another perfect night
As always our server Antonio provided us with the best service possible. The food was excellent and the overall experience was what we have come to expect. A perfect evening.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I finally found my NJ Italian home!
Bottagra truly has it all in North Jersey. While I've dined at Italian restaurants all my life, the variety and originality of Bottagra's menu is so appealing. You will wish to come back over and over to try everything.
One dish of particular note is the squid ink pasta. This was a true delight! I consider myself a pasta connoisseur, and this is one of the top pasta dishes I've ever experienced. My mom and I both had the tableside Bronzini, which was was perfectly prepared with an infusion of fresh rosemary and garlic. The waiter's tableside filet was excellent.
In summary, Bottagra's menu is extensive with something for everyone. The atmosphere is upscale and vibrant. Finally, the service is truly outstanding.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian Restaurant!
Wow, Bottagra is just phenomenal! I have now dined there twice in the month of October, the 1st time with my fiance' and two good friends, and the 2nd time for lunch with my Dad (which was a test to see if he liked the place enough to hold our future rehearsal dinner here). This restaurant really has some phenomenal dishes on their menu...in the two times that I have eaten here, I have walked away saying that those were honestly two of the best dishes of their kind that I have ever eaten my life (Berkshire Pork Chop for dinner. and Strozzapretti (which is medium length thick pasta w/ sicilian eggplant, gulf shrimp in a pesto vodka sauce) for lunch). Pair that with the fact that Bottagra has top notch service! Cannot wait to go back!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Meal in North Jersey
We discovered this great Italian Restaurant in Hawthorne by taking reading up on places in Fair Lawn and Hawthorne. We live North of Philadelphia and needed a place to eat before going to a local theater. We were truly rewarded by Bottagra. Our experience there was fantastic from start to finish. Great service, wonderful food and interesting ambience. Noise level was muted, so conversations were possible. After a two hour drive, we found a gem in North Jersey.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated my husband's 50th birthday at Bottagra this weekend. Rob and his staff were extremely accommodating. They set us up in a private room even though we made last minute reservations. In addition, they worked with us to make sure that the menu worked for our group since we had several vegetarians and one person who could not eat eggs. The ambiance was perfect for a sit down dinner and the service was impeccable. All of my guests raved about the food. The restaurant itself is gorgeous. This is one of those places that is a hidden gem (don't let the big tires at the place next door scare you!). Thank you Bottagra for making our special occasion extra special.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, better service.
My wife and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Bottagra and were not disappointed. The food was unique and delicious. The ambience was busy but energetic and fun. The staff attended to our questions and requests at every step of the way and even gave us a complimentary drink in response to a minor issue. We will definitely be back.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
look to the nightly specials...we
look to the nightly specials...we had braised short ribs and pan seared striped bass... executed at a high level and awesome
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A true treat
We tried Bottagra's for the first time. I had to pick a spot that was centrally located to several family members. After reading all the good reviews I'm so glad we picked this one. Not one member in our party was disappointed. From start to finish everything was delicious, each meal was well prepared, presented, and did I mention delicious! The wait staff was very attentive and professional. Would definitely return.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Antonio was wonderful.He made us feel so welcome. The manner in which he presented the menu,made us want to order everything. He checked on us frequently and,along with the food is the reason we will return again and again.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service is outstanding. Value for the money excellent. Food is fabulous! Love this place!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bottgra is a hidden gem. Food,
Bottgra is a hidden gem. Food, service and quality is off the hook.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best meal in a while!
Excellent service and outstanding food! Wish I could have tried everything on the menu! Our waiter, Edwin, was so helpful and generous, and the ambiance of the restaurant was romantic and down to earth. Always amazing food and a good time at bottagra!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM