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Ristorante Civile
Ristorante Civile

Ristorante Civile Details

  • 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: Italian, Contemporary Italian, Continental
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "This is one of the new gems in the Morris County area. We will, without a doubt, return."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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!!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We went at 7 and sat outside. It was excellent - food and service."
    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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Very nice place for a dinner with family. Good service and very pretty dishes!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We continue to be impressed by Tom Civiles restaraunt and enjoy introducing friends who have not experienced the excellent food and delightful BYOB bar and overall ambience. my wife and I gravitate towards the pasta and fish dishes but have enjoyed various pork and chicken creations. Tom is a superb and generous host. The chef will occasionally stop by and our service people have been professional, timely and courteous... Amongst a myriad of BYOB choices in the Morristown area, Civiles is our go-to favorite."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We love this restaurant! Great service & delicious food! Our favorite is horseradish encrusted salmon! Chilean Sea bass special was also wonderful! Salads are plentiful and tasty. We are regulars at thus hot spot!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Civile has become our go-to restaurant. The food is outstanding...great variety of imaginative specials...and service is friendly, professional and properly paced. Tom, the owner, greets every patron as they arrive and makes sure to stop at each table during the meal to be sure everyone is enjoying the experience. The outdoor area is so beautifully decorated with fountains, plants and flowers, it makes for a wonderful dining spot. Since it is BYO, the cost for a truly outstanding meal is amazingly reasonable. Don't let the strip mall location fool you...this place is worth a trip from anywhere! If you're looking for a terrific dining experience on every level, Civile is the place for you."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This is our third or fourth time here, and the first time we sat outside. It was a beautiful night, and we made late (9pm) reservations. Service was great, and completely unhurried even though we were the only remaining table. (The owner and his family/friends occupied another table nearby and even sent us a complimentary item for the table, but we were the last of the customer tables.) It's amazing how well they use the allotted space to remove all hints of Route 10 and the immediate surrounding area. I love that this restaurant is so close to home, and that it's BYOB. Looking forward to another night here very soon."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Each time we have been to Ristorante Civile it has been better than the last time. Service, while OK when the restaurant first opened has gotten much better. What really got our attention this past Saturday was the extensive list of specials - at least three or four were of interest to my wife and me. And while not cheap they were by no means overpriced for the quality and creativity involved. It is a little toward the noisy side indoors but tolerable. If the weather is nice we may try the outdoor Al Fresco dining experience on our next visit which will hopefully be soon. Judging by how difficult it is to get a reservation at a preferred time, even on Open Table, the restaurant is obviously catching on and doing well."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Tom, you and your staff are excellent!!! The Chef continues to create exciting dishes that are always wonderfully delicious. The Chef's "specials" always impress me lobster bisque w/ crab -Great!, Shrimp in white bean ragout-Superb!]. Whether an intimate evening for two, or dinner for a group of friends; Tom always me feel at home, from his warm greeting-to stopping by your table to see if there is anything he can do for you, or to chat about your dining experience. His staff is very friendly and professional, allowing you to enjoy and appreciate the Chef's wonderful food and your friends, while anticipating your needs. For a truly pleasurable experience - beginning, middle & end, I always favor Civile. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was great and so was the service. From now on I will request a table up front or outside (weather permitting). The noise in the dining room was terrible. We were 4 people and could not hear each others conversation. It was so awful that we left and went somewhere else for coffee and dessert. Wish they could do something about it. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We sat outside in a strip mall on route 10. It did not feel like that at all. It was quite and beautiful. The food was amazing, best Italian restaurant in Morris county. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Second time here and worth going back. Excellent food and service combined with the favored NJ BYOB. Was a little noisy from other tables. Host Tom Civile is always pleasant and welcoming, and the food is fantastic. The two make it or break it rules for my approach to dining (specials printed and clean knives and forks for each course) were followed. Can be a little hard to find, but worth the trip. Was too cold for eating outside, but looking to try that next time."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "A great Tuscan escape off Route 10. Delicious dishes and friendly service made for a great dine out experience."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The terrific service is only outdone by the exceptional food. Tom knows how to run a restaurant and how to treat customers."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went for the first time this Mothers Day and the food was excellent. I'm looking like the Son of the Year. You have to try the almond cake!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was fantastic...service was outstanding..portion size perfect.."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was our second visit. The waiter was attentive, and extremely helpful. I require a salt-free diet. He was most accomodating, checking with the kitchen to see what might be appropriate, and making a thoughtful substitution for foods I must avoid. Thanks again. We will return."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Food was great, the bread, olive and cheese sampler that was brought out upon sitting down was a nice touch. Had the buratta app, veal chop parm and they were awesome however my wife's chicken sorrentino was below average."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The menu affords plenty of choice. Salads were excellent, as was the homemade pasta. ALSO homemade biscotti were to die for. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The food is excellent. We had the Osso Buco with risotto and the leg of lamb with mashed potatoes. Both were very good. Service is great, the owner and staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The decor is very inviting and this is a BYOB restaurant. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We returned to Civile again with some additional family members in tow for Easter dinner. Everyone was equally pleased with their meals and I am again so thankful that the entire staff is food safety-conscious when it comes to plating and preparation. It's tough when one in the group has severe dietary (allergy) limitations and it's so helpful when the kitchen and waiters are understanding. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Wife and I go regularly, never disappointed, wait staff always on top of what they should be doing. Problem is there is no problems at this restaurant we have yet encountered.you are never rushed but if you are in a hurry, wait staff will amazingly know this and you will get your food as you wish."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We went on April 4th, Friday night - the weather was terrible. So, we had the place to ourselves. Tom, the owner met us a the door - nice touch. The menu was super - a wide variety for everyone. The service was outstanding. We will go back. It looks like there will be some outdoor seating if spring ever comes to NJ !"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was our first time at Civille's. Everyone was pleased with their meal. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Ristorante Civile was simply amazing from the appetizer's straight through to dessert the food was fantastic and the service was impeccable. Tom the owner was a perfect host and he went out of his way to make us feel at home. We look forward to many more superb dining experiences at Ristorante Civile."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We have eaten at this restaurant 3 times before this last week-end. Although the food is very good, especially the veal parm, we had friends join us. 3 times my friend asked for lemon for her water from 3 different wait staff, and it never came. The 4th person finally brought the lemon(and even some lime) after about 30 minutes. I'd return just for the veal."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Had dinner at Civilie's this past Saturday night (3/8) and it was a lovely experience. Food was excellent, atmosphere was very pleasant, we were not rushed at all, despite it being a Saturday night. Noise level is a big high but overall, it was a wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend this restaurant. The owner makes you feel so welcome, as if you're dining in his home."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The atmosphere is very elegant. From the minute we walked in, we felt welcomed as if we were regular customers. My husband and I were there for the first time, but our friends recommended the restaurant. The food was outstanding and so was the service. I had the salmon, which was cooked to perfection and flavorful. I would go back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014