Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking
Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking

Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lukepalladino.com/
  • Phone: 6099263030x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Luke Palladino
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Luke Palladino Catering would be pleased to cater any event, from an intimate dinner or party to an elaborate wedding. Catering menus can be customized with Luke personally, to suit any taste or budget. We will be happy to work with any idea, theme or vision you have for your event.

    Delivery, set-up, cooking staff, serving staff, bartenders and other services available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Central Avenue
  • Public Transit: We are conveniently situated on Route 9 in Linwood, NJ with access to NJ Transit public transportation. For transportation from any point on Absecon Island, we recommend the Island Hopper Taxi Service 609-576-1900.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking
Newly expanded and relocated, Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking is a culmination of Luke's experiences working throughout Italy. Our menu changes regularly and is based on seasonally-available prime ingredients. We are proud to offer you what so beautifully defines Italian cuisine: freshness of product, simplicity and spontaneity all bound by tradition. 
 Handcrafted pastas are made daily on premises. We feature expertly prepared meat, fish, poultry & seafood. You and your guests will delight in our seductive interior designed by Scott Eccard of Eccardesigns. We are a BYOB.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (93)neighborhood gem (77)special occasion (62)romantic (31)hot spot (20)good for groups (19)great for lunch (14)great for outdoor dining (13)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Best Italian Restaurant in NJ
    Josh1kVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The food is heavenly, textures and flavors are spot on. You can't find a better restaurant within 50 miles and maybe anywhere. The only drawback is the small space but it is done very well. All this and a BYO! You can't beat it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Smallest chairs in America
    namelessVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    My wife is a size 4, 100 pounds wet and still felt the chairs were to small. I also wanted to leave after the apps. The are a cheap Kmart plastic type. The food is very over priced and the selection is very strange. All in all I don't think they will make it to Christmas.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was luke-warm. Just about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Food was luke-warm. Just about all of the dishes should have been served hotter. In some, one element was hot and the other cool. - i,e, duck sausage with polenta The sausage was cool and overcooked
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week Find
    cdgal
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We always go to several restaurants during AC Restaurant Week and this place was a winner. We will definitely go back to try dinner. Loved the black decor....so soothing. The fireplace added a nice touch during this cold March weather. Luke Palladino has a very good reputation for his dining establishments and this one in Linwood's Central Square can compete with the Borgota.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    Ronnjy
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Always a great experience food and service excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Take time for lunch
    maddie6887
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Located in a quiet corner of a retail plaza, this restaurant is the perfect choice for a quiet lunch with friends or business. The food is exquisite & done with such care. My favorite lunch spot in S. Jersey. The arancini & truffle grissini are a great way to start your meal. Try the pasta of the day for your entree- it will be delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Service was excellent, however would have like b&b plates with the bread, would have like our wine glasses refilled. Food was bland and small portions. For how expensive the prices are, we can do better. .
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Service
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    It was good but the restaurant week menu was different from what was listed on the website, and they almost forgot to give me my dessert but it was quickly corrected. Great food and everything was top notch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Terrific!
    Fisherman2
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We always love the food at Luke Palladino, and choose it for our own "special occasions." The wonderful pastas are personal favorites. Also love the ambiance of the restaurant's new location and the roaring fireplace. This was restaurant week for the Atlantic City area and we chose from that menu, so we didn't get the selection we usually do, but that was our choice. Also,we rarely go out on Friday night and it was a little noisier than the weeknight dinners we are used to. Overall it lived up to being our number one choice when at the Shore and our friends who were first timers there enjoyed it very much too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    Emily
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My boyfriend and I thought we would try something new for AC Restaurant week. The menu looked great and for restaurant week it was adorable. The dining area was small and we were at an added table for restaurant week which was definitely in the way. The food was good but nothing special, definitely over priced. If it were more affordable we might give it another try but for now we probably will not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week winner
    ThePlannerVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Our group of eight sat at a large square table which was perfect for us because we were able to see & hear each other throughout our outstanding dining experience! We came together for Restaurant Week & tried this restaurant based on past positive dining experience at Luke's in Northfield. Everyone enjoyed everything we ate, especially the risotto balls appetizer, butternut squash appetizer, salmon over leeks & pine nuts entree, & homemade chocolate brownie gelato. Only one person commented that his pasta (served with clams) could have been cooked more, but the clams tasted fresh & delicious. Our server was lovely & very patient with our group! We brought our own wine which kept the total price per person to $40 (including tax & gratuity).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissapointing
    phollie
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I was looking forward to having dinner there as I had several great meals at the Northfield location before this restaurant had opened. The servers were not well trained, or trained at all. They never brought things asked for, and reached across us to serve and clear. It was a chilly night and the back door was opened several times which allowed freezing air to blow through. The plastic chairs were so uncomfortable, my rear ached for two days, and I have more than adequate padding. One of our meals was fine, and the other not very good and rather small. Rather dissapointing for restaurant week. Even at , supposedly, "bargain" prices this almost $100 meal was not even close. Would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love Luke's
    SPdiners
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    My family, friends, and I eat at Luke's Italian often. The size and atmosphere is a huge difference from the previous location. However, I will say I miss the camaraderie of the cozier seating. People are more apt to talk , share food stories, and especially share wine. The food is always consistent! I like the BYOB aspect of dining. The service can't be beat. Our server Jeanine is the best! Hands down! We request her for our service every time we dine there. What can I say - the food is outstanding, service bar none! Luke knows food! He's Italian!!! Buon appetito
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Day for waiters
    Newvisitor14
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Really not fair to review because half the wait staff said it was their first day on the job. Pasta may have been better if served promptly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quaint and delicious
    Julesnj
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Always awesome, consistent homemade goodness. Great staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate with attentive staff
    realSouthJerseylady
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I completely enjoyed this dining experience, for me it was a rusted experience because this was a lunch break in the middle of a busy day. No fault of the staff, just my schedule. The staff was friendly and attentive. Next time, I’ll be there for Dinner, not a lunch break. The food was a pleasant surprise, with favors I was not expecting but enjoyed every bite. This is a place you need to make time in your schedule to fully saver every bite. I will not be making that mistake twice ;) BTW white root soup is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luke Palladino's Linwood, NJ
    Theresa
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    New location - Same high quality experience. Took a friend there for his birthday dinner. This was our first time at this location, and we weren't disappointed. We were pretty regular customers at the Northfield location - always great. The service (Andrea) was terrific and the food was excellent. Top quality without having to go to Atlantic City or Philadelphia. One of best restaurants in the area. Recommend highly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    mlacitation
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Dinner was fantastic. The restaurant was beautiful. The staff was great. I was worried about the portion sizes in the beginning, but we both walked away from the restaurant perfectly full. Definitely would recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luke's new digs give you lots
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Luke's new digs give you lots more space to get around. Although, he should have taken the chairs from the Northfield place and put them here - those black plastic chairs are the only thing that really take away from the sophisticated/country chic atmosphere (and they are not very comfortable). But it is the food that takes center stage and rightly so. Pasta is superb - whatever the special gnocchi is, get it. And usually his specials of the day are worth trying also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh!
    joedowpal
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Very expensive for an average dining experience. Food flaccid and uninspired. Didn't seem like a Luke Palladino type of restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our new favorite restaurant!
    food4thought
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    My husband & I celebrated Valentines Day at Luke Palladino's at Central Square in Linwood. The menu rivaled some of the best restaurants we visited in Italy! The soft lighting and cozy fireplace added to the ambiance and romantic feel of the evening. Our server, Janine, was a pleasure! She was prepared to explain the menu and make suggestions when we asked. Each course, from appetizers to dessert, was outstanding. Portion sizes were perfect, just enough to allow for the next course and still be able to share the decadent dessert.....vanilla gelato smothered in frozen limoncello, hot espresso, crumbled amaretti cookies, and whipped cream. We are so happy to find such a top quality restaurant in the neighborhood. We will definitely be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.