Ristorante Civile
Ristorante Civile

Ristorante Civile

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ristorantecivile.com/
  • Phone: (973) 998-7790
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Served: Wednesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dinner Served: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday 5pm-10pm Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
    Pre fixe Menu: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00 - 6:00pm Closed Monday & Tuesday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Continental, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Civile
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Ask us about catering services!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Powder Mill Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Powder Mill Plaza has ample free parking!
A word from Ristorante Civile
WE WELCOME YOU TO RISTORANTE CIVILE! Come and enjoy fine contemporary Italian cuisine in a comfortable and elegant setting. All dishes are prepared to order. Our seasoned and professional staff are looking forward to serving you with class and style.

In addition to our full service dining room, we offer al fresco dining in a Tuscany-like setting.

Thank You,

Tom Civile


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Ristorante Civile reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (28)great for outdoor dining (23)special occasion (21)good for groups (11)romantic (11)hot spot (5)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • Will probably revisit, but on a weekday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Dinner for two on a Saturday night. The food was well prepared though nothing we had was particularly memorable. Good portions. On the expensive side. The service was attentive, prompt, and correct. I found the atmosphere cold; very few restaurants around here understand how to create intimacy and warmth with lighting, and this is no exception. And unfortunately, the overwhelming impression we had was of the noise level in the main dining room. Not sure what architectural anomalies conspired to produce this effect, but throughout the dinner we had to literally shout not only to each other, but to the waiter as well, and he to us, repeating everything several times to be heard. And it's not like the other patrons were animals; it's just very strange.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful Dining Experence
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Fantastic food coupled with an owner and staff that are always attentive to your needs and want to provide a first rate dining experience. Having dined here several times I remain impressed with the quality of the food and the professionalism of the owner. Well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood GEM
    4TTOOD
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Creative menu and well-executed dishes; pleasant, knowledgeable wait staff; BYO; attractive surroundings/ambiance; moderate noise level, which allows you to actually converse with your dinner guests... what more could I ask for in a neighborhood restaurant? I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv to Dine
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This should be the top rated Italian Restaurant in the state. The owner is totally focused on the quality of your dining experience and the help is both informative and attentive. Our food was terrific and I could dine here several nights each week. Bravo to owners, the chief and the help of this wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Civile is a vibrant and we'll run restaurant w great food and service. We'll go often
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, Creative Italian Fare
    MorrisCountyDiner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have dined at Civile about 5 or 6 times and each time seems better than the last. The daily specials are very different and appealing than at most other restaurants we have eaten at. Being a BYOB makes it great from a cost standpoint. Service has improved each time we have been at Civile and is now nearly superb. My only very small complaint is the noise leve could be a little lower but the great food more than compensates for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RC Continues to Please
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have been to this BYO many times and it is always consistently good. The owner, Tom, aims to please and makes all of his diners feel important while he tries to oversee that their dining experience is an excellent one. The restaurant is such a pretty place and the portions are abundant. I usually have fish but this time I opted for the veal chop. It was awesome. So there is a large variety from which to choose and everything is top notch. This is a definitely go-to-restaurant. You will enjoy it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for fine Italian food
    Ronamark
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have been here several times. The food is very good, ambiance excellent and the service was attentive. My one complaint would be the menu is not changed often enough. I love diver scallops but they could change the preparation or the corn relish. Perhaps review of the menu with more seasonal offerings. That said, it's one of the best Italian bistros in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wayneVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Having been to this restaurant several times,it has always been spot on.Regardless of the day of the week,the food is consistent as is the service.Additionally, the host/owner is cordial and helpful to make your dinning pleasurable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    jofitzVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I have gone several times with friends and must say the food is awesome. It's like having a New York restaurant in the heart of Morris County without having to deal with parking! I had the osso buco and it was literally falling off the bone. Delish! The owner Tom comes to each table to ask if you're enjoying the meal. A nice warm feeling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise
    Janice
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The noise level is so high. Not conducive to any conversation. Eat and leave. The food and service were good, however the salad was a disappointment. Supposed to have olives tomatoes cheese which were negligible. thought I had the wrong salad. Waiter said that was the correct salad. The noise level was a huge turn off.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Local Restaurant with ambience
    gvdoc7
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Very nice restaurant with very nice atmosphere......Friendly and efficient waiters and others......good quality was very good.....presentation was also very good.....Noise level when crowded a bit high but nothing you can do about that when people are having a good time.....Overall...a definite must to visit and enjoy
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    birdsthewordVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We met friends who drove 2 hours from PA. to try the restaurant. The meal did not disappoint. All the salads, 2 wedge, 1 Caesar, 1 endive were crisp, fresh and perfectly dressed. Fresh mozzarella and tomato appetizer was also delicious. Entrees, pan seared scallops over corn salad, veal Marsala and rack of pork were delicious. My only suggestion about ordering the pork rack is to have the chops cut in two. While the meat was savory and cooked to perfection, I had a difficult time slicing the large portion into bite size pieces. Cappuccinos, coffee and 2 cannoli (their cream filling is the best) ended a perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FORGETFUL WAITER
    Nancy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our first time here. They start you off with complimentary cheese and olives which was excellent and very nice bread basket. The food was very good. Lots of choices. Whatever we asked for we had to ask at least two times sometimes three. This was after we could find him or anybody and get their attention. Sometimes didnt get it at all. Definitely need more servers. We had reservations for 6:30 and the restaurant was quiet but by 7:30 it was deafening. Weather permitting, we would definitely sit outside. It was very pretty and seemed much quieter. I would give this restaurant a second chance but during the week.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    rsfoodreviewVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food and service is very good. Tom is a great restaurant owner he is friendly and even knows if you have been in the restaurant before. It is very rare these days that anyone is even paying attention to their customers!! We have already planned to have our New Year's Eve dinner at Ristorante Civile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Perfunctory service
    exchef
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Highly recommend the booths as dining area very noisy. Enjoyed food but found waiter distant ,just doing what was necessary. He didn't seem familiar with the menu and didn't recommend dessert. I would have liked to see the dessert tray . I was going to skip dessert but I like to see what is offered anyway. He seemed glad to send us on our way. Lots of greeting s when you arrive but after that the service people seem dis interested.ex
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    birdsthewordVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Tom Civile has created a beautiful restaurant setting in a strip mall environment. His "devil is in the details" attention carries from the decor right through to the wonderful food he presents. The olives and parmesano reggiano presentation with flat breads and semolina breads is delightful. The romaine wedge salad was crisp and flavorful, smoked salmon and trout appetizer special was right on point. Entrees of scallops over corn salad was wonderful and tasty. My shrimp over cannellini beans and mushroom was very savory comfort food. The salmon entree was cooked to perfection as was the penne puttanesca. Don't hesitate to order the biscotti with a cappuccino for a great finish to a superb dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First rate experience.
    jdnj
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and service were excellent. The pace of dinner was also spot on. Very attentive and professional staff - overall a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian
    Bentleybob
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good menu, first class presentation, well trained staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FloPark
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This restaurant is perfection! We have never been disappointed in the food. If it's just the two of you, ask to be seated in a booth.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    LocalFolks
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We tried Ristorante Civile on a recommendation,so glad we did. Outstanding! The stuffed calamari was fork-tender, the seafood filling substantial and superb. New Zealand mussels w/crisp bacon and Porcini mushrooms drizzled w/a delicate sauce of light cream...heavenly. All four entrees were wonderful, as were the desserts. The owner, Tom Civile, graciously greeted us as if we were long-time patrons which made the four of us feel special, and later came to our table to ask how things were. Impressive. Says a lot about how he runs his business. This was a going-away dinner evening for my sister and her husband and we wanted it to be special. Needless to say we were NOT disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip
    Boston56
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent food, wait staff , best I have seen and the owner Tom hues out of his way to make sure your happy.. Good experience and plan on going back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 90 reviews are from the Ristorante Civile reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Best Restaurant in the area and the owner Tom Civile is very gracious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazes
    FLFanaticVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This place never disappoints. Part of the magic is in the atmosphere...the owner's interaction both with patrons and staff really makes you feel as though you're in the home of a dear friend or family member who just happens to serve fantastic food! It's better than Disney...everyone in the building is smiling and happy. Add that to the chef's talent, imagination and use of fresh ingredients and you've got a winning combination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Charmer
    ViejoMajaderoVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Have been to Civile 4 times now. Each visit has been very enjoyable. My last visit dining outside was spectacular. We interacted with others dining alfresco and really got the sense of a family atmosphere. We chatted with another table that arrived later than we did and ended up sitting down with them for another hour. Great food, fabulous host, new friends, what more can one ask for.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    birdsthewordVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We often dined at the old Civiles in Kenilworth, so we were anxious to plan a visit to Morris Plains. Tom greeted us at the door and was ever present throughout the entire evening. The staff was attentive and considerate as they took our order and often refreshed our water and wine. A plate of parmigiano reggiano with mixed olives was presented along with a beautiful assortment of flat breads and Italian breads. We enjoyed a tender eggplant rollatine in a plum tomato sauce and a seafood salad that was cooked to perfection and piled high in a martini glass. Filet mignon, medium rare came with a medley of beautifully presented vegetables. Scallops over a fresh corn and tomato salad were fork tender and delicious. We will return with family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Dining
    Bentleybob
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This is one of the new gems in the Morris County area. We will, without a doubt, return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First less-than-great experience...
    Jaz000VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We've dined here about a half-dozen times and always had a stellar meal with great service. This time -- I'm not sure if it was the weather or the full moon or a sign that the restaurant is increasingly popular -- the wait staff was unable to keep up with the demand. It was busy and we were seated outdoors. We were provided two different sized wine glasses for our bottle, and it took 5 mins. for someone to open it. Another 5 for the menus, then about 10 minutes before our order was taken. Parmigiano, usually brought upon seating, was delivered just before our appetizer, and only upon request. Clearly our waiter was overwhelmed and our experience suffered. The food was good, but the staff needs training in handling busier times.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Food
    JillN
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had never been to Ristorante Civile and cannot wait to come back. The Veal Chop Parmesan and the regular Veal Chop were AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Surprise
    NostoveathomeVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    From the service ...to the food ... to the menu ... this restaurant will not disappoint. This was our first visit and we'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great italian dinner
    Manuel
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very good italian food. The mussels and red snapper where extraordinary and the owner was very kind and doing more than he should to make us feel comfortable. Great dinner. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Top Notch
    FLFanaticVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    As always, Civile does not disappoint. From the initial greeting from owner Tom Civile through the interaction with the professional and friendly wait staff, the serving of the amazing food (try any of the fish dishes...the chef really knows his way around all kinds of seafood), the unrushed coffee and dessert service the key lime pie is the best I've had since moving to NJ from FL) and the payment of the bill which is EXTREMELY reasonable for the quality of food and service, you will be blown away by the entire experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We miss this restaurant!!
    LindaZ
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our absolute favorite restaurant! Unfortunately for us, due to storm damage a few years ago Tom moved on to another location. We miss this place terribly!!! For a special occasion we hired a limo (because he is now 1 hour away from us) & went to enjoy our favorite place somewhere else. Take good care of our favorite spot Morris Plains NJ!! We are jealous!! Food & service was outstanding as always!! Good Luck Tom & Ann Marie!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Been wanting to go to Ristorante Civile since I noticed it had opened. Finally went and was quite pleased and happy to have them in the neighborhood. Will return time and again! From the food to the service everything was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DinewithfriendsVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is one of the few spots where you have a hard time selecting your meal as almost all items on the menu sound very good. This will bring us back as we want to try one of the items we did not order. Service was very friendly and attentive. Don't let the location address fool you. You would never believe that the location is on a major highway.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    JerseyGirl
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Been meaning to try this local restaurant for a while, and I'm so glad I did! They did a great job setting up the outside for dining, tables are not too close together. Service was great, they were very attentive to us but did not rush us. Food was great; The scallops in corn salsa was great. My friend had the salmon which was even better - definitely going to order that my next visit! I will definitely be back soon, especially in the summer so I can eat outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Visit
    merrimanVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Despite reading reviews by others, I found the food to be quite good. I would have rated the food outstanding but I need to visit again to come to this conclusion. Service was also excellent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great neighborhood find
    4TTOOD
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Neighborhood BYOB Italian in a strip mall that definitely exceeded my expectations. They created an outdoor dining space that is attractive, romantic and protected from the weather by a substantial overhang. Food was well prepared (we all ordered different veal dishes), service was professional and attentive. Not inexpensive but prices are fair. We'll be returning for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Father's Day Dinner
    Rick
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went at 7 and sat outside. It was excellent - food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Momzy
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Elegant indoor setting,and a beautiful oasis of outside dining makes you forget that you are in a mini strip of restaurant row. Bring your own vine and enjoy Tom Civiles wonderful food and hospitality. The staff is friendly and attentive. Love it every time we go. Had our daughters baby shower there as well, making it a memorable event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate