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Sette Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.settecucina.com
  • Email: arusso@settecucina.com
  • Phone: (908) 502-5054
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: Open for Private Events,

    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Allan Philip Russo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Takeout
  • Catering: Be a guest at your own event by utilizing Sette Caterers. With a complete catering staff available and unique catering packages, inquire about our off premise catering.
  • Private Party Facilities: We invite you to make your private events truly unique in Sette's intimate dining room. We will work with you to create an unforgettable evening of delightful dining in an elegant atmosphere. Private functions to guests are available throughout the week, Saturday & Sunday afternoons.
  • Private Party Contact: Allan Russo (908) 502-5054

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mount Airy Road
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit, Bernardsville Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Sette
Executive Chef Allan Philip Russo's restaurant Sette resides in prestigious countryside Bernardsville, New Jersey. An awarded recipient to "Best Chefs America" for years 2013 and 2014, Russo welcomes guests to his "Elegant Tuscan" dining room while delivering European hospitality.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The restaurant is SMALL-and it says on the menu to keep noise to a minimum to not disturb other guests. It's BYO, but go to 56-Degrees around the corner for a great wine recommendation. The short ribs were excellent, and the gnocchi was delish!! As soon as we walked in the restaurant, we were greeted with handshakes and introductions from the manager. Loved that extra touch. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Great care, preparation and provisions made for an outstanding experience! Mr. Russo makes dining at his gem a true joy!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "My first experience was so-so, but the owner asked me to come again and give them another chance. I went for lunch with friends and found the food to be delicious! I had the caprese salad which was delicious and made with white balsamic (I think) which gave it a bit of a sweet flavor. The greens were fresh and mild. I had the rigatoni with Pancetta which was cooked to al dente perfection with just a bit of spice. The pancetta added a nice depth to the flavor of the dish. Plenty of food for lunch. I shall return! We had opentable reservations for lunch but there was plenty of room for walk-ins."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Service wasn't very good. Forgot our appetizers. When we told them, they brought one during our dinner (comp). Took over 35 min. for our entrees to arrive. Best part was the wine that we brought. Food was good, not great."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great find. Really enjoyed this restaurant. We came for lunch and found an extensive menu, great service, ambiance and delicious food. The owner, Alan, came out several times to check on us and also provided us with an exquisite amuse bouche. We began with the bruschetta. I also ordered the antipasto and the special entree; snapper. It's a light crowd for lunch but I am told it can get quite busy in the evenings. Will definitely be back soon."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Can't wait to return. Service was first rate, food was amazing and the place is spotless! Seafood was fresh, pasta was aldente and dessert was homemade. We never felt rushed which is huge for me. Will return with friends."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The food was solid but menu was a bit odd - maybe a bit to creative or prententious for average folk. Fit for discerning foodies but not a place to have a normal Italian meal on a Saturday night. Menu was also a bit small and limiting."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We met the owner of Sette, Alan, at his family's restaurant in Somerville, and decided we had to try it. We came one weekend alone, and we came back the next with friends. The food here is terrific -- really good -- the burrata is amazing; the all-cheese gnocchi is the best I've had of its kind, the short ribs were a particular favorite at our table, and the fish was superb. There was just nothing not terrific about both of our meals here. Service was great; Alan and team do a classy job. We treated ourselves to a drink first at the Bernard's Inn (another local favorite) and everything was just about perfect."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Bruschetta was toasty/chewy and the basil and tomato had great flavor. For appetizers we had a special, the asparagus fritters, and the shrimp (off the menu). The asparagus fritters were tasty -- maybe just a bit too much fritter for me. The shrimp was disappointing. It was served with cabbage in a cream sauce -- just lacked much flavor. We shared a risotto with asparagus for the next course which was good but nothing particularly memorable. Main course was filet with peppercorn sauce (steak had a heavy rosemary flavor; a bit tough). Other main course was a special, cod simmered with onions. Completely flavorless and cod seemed overcooked. Very disappointing. I'd try again for lunch but dinner was about $140 including tip and no dessert."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The excellent and good service at this small venue were made difficult by other patrons who were speaking at the top of their voices. Why do people in this country find it necessary to speak so loudly in restaurants? At one point I wished we were in the Sistine Chapel where there is a constant "shhhhhhh" quieting the noisy crowd. Sette has excellent food, a caring owner-maître 'd and courteous service, but the noise level interferes with what ought to be a pleasant and genteel evening. Nevertheless, we'll return."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We've had more dinner guests in our home than Sette has in its eight table establishment on a given night, so perhaps you can understand when I say that Alan Russo makes one feel at home, only better. I love to cook, but can't do it better than Sette does. When we want classy, but relaxed Sette is where we head. In fact, if I were to make any suggestion for a place this small (which is a large part of why I like it) it would be to do away with the menu and just offer a couple of specials each night. Sette, it's like having a private chef in your home, but you don't have to clean up afterwards."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our second visit to Sette. It is one of my favorite places to sit and dine. The ambiance is just wonderful, the lighting, the walls, the floor, the soft appropriate music, attentive but unobtrusive service. We sat by the window but you could barely hear the whoosh of cars going by on Rt. 202 through the heart of Bernardsville. I had the stuffed pork loin with Marsala and mushroom sauce. It was FANTASTIC. Perfect marriage of flavors. My wife had the home made fettuccine with shrimp. I finished it off (as usual!) and enjoyed every morsel. The hot rolls with herb-laced EVOO are as good as any. Sette just keeps getting better and I look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I have previous been to Sette for both lunch and dinner. Their service is superb. They are extremely attentive to your needs. The food is even better and the menu they provide has enough choices to choose from. The small size of the dining area make Sette perfect for a small business luncheon with a few colleagues or a romantic dinner with your spouse. You do not feel as though you need to to raise your voice in order to have a conversation at your table. I most definitely would recommend Sette to a friend and I certainly would return again for lunch or diner."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Very good authentic type Italian food. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The food at this restaurant is consistently wonderful and never disappoints. A small venue great for a special occasions. BYOB is also appreciated. This is where we would bring close friends."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Our first visit to Sette in Bernardsville was generally positive. Food was outstanding in several ways. Variety was excellent, presentation was wonderful, and portions quite generous. Pricing was very good for the high quality of food presented. The issue was the extremely slow service. It took 2.25 hours to have appetizer and main course and cappuccino. By the time we left, we felt we had been there too long. The restaurant is quite small and charming....seating less than thirty. Perhaps the owners feel that this amount of time shows the special care and attention......it simply seemed too slow."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We always enjoy sette. Alan and his team are very warm and welcoming. The menu is varied and ambitious. Unique ambience. Tiny and excellent."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We had a lovely birthday dinner. The service is attentive yet not intrusive. the food was excellent and the staff is very knowledgeable about all dishes and made excellent recommendations (ricotta gnochi was amazing!) Their fresh bread... freshly baked and right out of the oven. our favorite in the bernardsville area!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "small restaurant with good food and service. Limited menu, but all prepared well. A BYOB which is also nice"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Great food. Beautiful restaurant. Very attentive service. Only wish it was a bigger restaurant so it would be easier to get a reservation."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Small, quiet restaurant in the middle of downtown Bernardsville. I would recommend the shrimp with cabbage for an appetizer, short rib entree, and creme brûlée for dessert. Delicious! Homemade bread was an added bonus. Service was attentive, but not pushy."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Went for lunch. Pastas were excellent. One person had pizza which looked good. Salads were very creative. Would return."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "The food was fair. I had salmon special and lemon pastry was tasteless. Atmosphere was lifeless, and maybe due to the fact that it was a week night. Still, great service, but awkward in that we were the only ones there. Very pricey for what you get."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "This is a terrific restaurant. The food and service were perfect. I cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Great food and a very romantic setting Been there numerous times with very good results. The service is outstanding"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Great food, service an atmosphere. My wife and I had Sette on our list for years and we were very happy that we finally tried out this great Restaurant. The owner is engaging and friendly. Was a wonderful dinner to celebrate the holiday season. Highly recommend. We will be back soon and often with friends!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We went on New Year's Eve and LOVED the menu. It was the first time we had a fixed menu on New Year's Eve that tasted fresh and had flavor. It was fantastic!!!! We LOVE this little place!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Both my husband and I enjoyed three courses at Sette last Saturday evening. This gem in Bernardsville features a chef trained under Fillippo of Somerville and brings it's own charm to the small space. Order the specials as they are inventive. Make reservations so you are not disappointed and bring a great bottle of Barolo (and Sambuca or Anissette for after the meal)."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Small and charming located on main street. Food prepared by chef owner is beautifully prepared. Always a special dining experience"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "This lovely restaurant has been a place we have wanted to try for a very long time and for some reason or another never did. We found it so special. Staff was attentive, Nadia couldn't have been more welcoming and the food reminded me of my time spent in Italy. The food served was generous and expertly done! Our compliments to the chef and we give this restaurant a definite return visit along with an A+. Thanks so much for an enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I thought a small venue would be intimate, but on the contrary, the tables were very close and there was no discernible background music so you could here everything. Also it happened that there were 3 tables of larger parties which were not quiet. Other than that the place was nice. The food was very good, but of course pricey. We did enjoy everything we had, and the fact that we did not have to pay for overpriced wine was a big plus."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "My husband and I went for lunch and the food was outstanding. Staff was very knowledgable and friendly."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Good food, small, friendly atmosphere and quiet. Great combination."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "This is a Bernardsville gem. I'm very picky. On open table, I request a meal off the menu and they make it for me. Now that is service. And it is byob which we love. The service is wonderful. If I had a restaurant, I would not change a thing."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The food was good but it is not worth a second trip."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Nestled next to a small-town movie theater, Sette is a hidden gem. The service was attentive but not overbearing, and the food was very nicely done. The butternut squash soup was rich and silky and the mushroom "quiche" appetizer was out of this world, skip the sausage appetizer...good, but fairly basic. The monkfish dish was excellent, as was the pork saltimbocca."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "A quiet dinner for two in a romantic Brownstone setting serving an array of delicious culinary creations."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The food is always good at this neighborhood BYOB restaurant. I had the gnocchi with speck in a light and tasty cheese sauce and the pork saltimboca. Bothe were deliciuos and with great presentation. Service was excellent and attentive. Great spot for business meals and date"
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "We had an evening out with friends and we decided to try somewhere different. I am so glad we tried Sette & we will definitely return. The food was outstanding. It is cosy, the service is excellent & it's a BYOB. We can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Attractive venue with great food, attentive and friendly waitstaff"
    Dined on 11/8/2013