Strega Bistro

Strega Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: 9086655905x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday Lunch 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Tuesday - Thursday Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday Lunch 12:00pm - 3:00 pm
    Friday Dinner 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Saturday Dinner 5:00 - 10:30 pm
    Sunday dinner 5:00pm - 8:00 pm
    Monday- dark
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Clemente
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lone pine dr
  • Public Transit: Nj transit Berkeley Heights Station within walking distance
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Large parking lot
A word from Strega Bistro
Modern Italian Farm to Table Bistro featuring seasonal organic menu with Mediterranean influenced-specials created by chef/ owner Anthony A Clemente.
Featured on CNN.com and in Money Magazine
Open Table Diners' Choice Award 2013

Chef Clemente trained in his familial homeland of Benevento (Napoli) Italy in early 2000's where he honed his skills under some of the great chefs of the area. He also spent time training in Spain, Portugal, and Greece where he rounded out his knowledge of the Mediterranean Cuisine.
Anthony was recently auditioned and considered for a role on a Food Network Program currently in pre-production
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Strega Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (12)special occasion (7)romantic (6)great for lunch (4)good for groups (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Always SUPERB
    MARKD
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The biggest problem I have at Strega is whether to choose from the seafood side of the menu or the fantastic steak and chop side. We decided this last time to stay with seafood and were as usual overwhelmed by the quality and freshness of the seared sea scallops, the branzino, and the always awesome ciopinno dish packed with shellfish and a generous portion of chilean sea bass for the whitefish component. There is just NO place like this restaurant in my opinion-
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable local place!
    Coos
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We started with a very delicious portobello salad with fresh slices of parmesan cheese. The the entree I selected was a special for the evening - a rib eye steak with a lobster garnish. The flavor of the beef was excellent and the garlicky sauce with tidbits of crisp green beans was delicious. The only issue was the steak was rare when I asked for medium rare. It was purple inside and the waiter was great...he took my plate away quickly and returned it - it came back basically well done. I will still go back to the restaurant as I had been there before and enjoyed my meal very much the last time. The service was superb and the ambiance is very romantic....plus it's local...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Possibilities For Excellence
    RudyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Most of the food was good,some very good. Service was very lame for a quiet Sunday evening. Salmon was overcooked even though it was ordered on the rare side. We will give it another try to see if our visit was on an "off" night.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent.
    Spieler
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything is always great. I always look forward to dining here and never leave disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SparkleDust22
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Amazing food! The best Italian restaurant NJ! I can't get enough of it,
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    JandCM
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Excellent food, fantastic friendly service, truly a neighborhood gem. We will be back many times.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a lovely dinner at Strega. The short ribs and hangar steak were delicious and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pennie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    As always, Strega was great. We live 60 miles away and make a point of going to Strega whenever we can. It's well worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food
    JoeNJ
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Strega is a hidden gem in a strip mall. The restaurant is small but that does not take away from the quality or quantity of the food. The interior has an attractive décor with soft lighting. We had the scallops for an appetizer which were cooked to perfection. For the entrée we had the Veal Sorrentino and the sauce was rich and delicious. Two pasta dishes we had were Tortellini Michelle and the Fiocchi Gorgonzola which also were well prepared and flavorful. I would highly recommend Strega Bistro for your next restaurant visit. Reservations are a must for the week-ends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    07920
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A friend suggest I go to Strega for dinner and was very happy we did. Staff was wonderful, food was great. Will go back often.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food in a small place
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Scallops for appetizer was delicious. Salads were outstanding all around but would recommend the awesome spring salad. Entrees were superb along with the cappuccino and desserts. Need reservations for Fri/Sat dinner. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food and BYOB!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My daughter chose this for her birthday dinner. Food and service here has always been excellent - tonight was no exception. They even read the notes about my daughter's birthday and brought out a celebration for dessert. Reliable place for service and great food. Thanks again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dinner
    RobWVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had a really wonderful dinner -- food was excellent and waitstaff were very attentive. Last-minute reservations were accommodated for group of 8 and we were not disappointed. Odd location -- strip mall -- but inside decor was nice. Real benefit though was the food...absolutely delicious! THANKS!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Meal
    KenMc
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have eaten here many times and the meal is always outstanding and the staff could not be nicer. Highly recommend it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome calamari!!
    Bettina
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Best calamari starter we've had. Calamari with sausage with a balsamic reduction. Yummy! Service was great. Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 53 reviews are from the Strega Bistro reviews archive.
  • Best in class
    Spieler
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Don't miss out on this local gem. Excellent food and fantastic service. I never leave disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    MARKD
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Outstanding pork saltimboca as a stuffed chop- without a doubt the best Ive ever experienced. The rack of lamb is American lamb which is extremely rare these days and we always enjoy the aromatic and bold broths for all the all the fresh shellfish and seafood they expertly do here. I really don't need any place else. Service is extremely warm and comfortable and knowledgeable- there is no pretension here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My husband and I went to Strega for the first time in February and have gone back now many times. The food is consistently great and the service is always terrific! Great menu and the specials never disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Food, service and ambience great! Nice place to meet with friends or family. Been there twice. First time the food prep was much better, 10 out of 10 of us loved our food. This time 3 out of 4 really liked it a lot. That said however, I would go again. With many of our friends scattered up the 78 route, it's a good compromise to meeting in the middle.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great place with good food and service. (..... system requires some more characters..........)
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SURPRISE!
    joeyvee99
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Wow, they've been open for about a year and I finally got here. Certainly didn't expect to be blown away. ALL my expectations were exceeded. Will definately be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go - you won't be disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The food is consistently good. We shared the Strega calamari appetizer as it is way too big for one or even two! Crispy calamari w/ sausage & sweet or hot peppers drizzled with balsamic reduction - sounds strange until to you try it & then you will be hooked! Anytime we have dinner here, this is a staple for the table to share no matter what anyone is getting. Our entrees included short ribs over risotto and my favorite - fiocchi pasta. Little pockets of homemade pasta filled with roasted Pears in a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce - OMG - delicious! Portions are a great size with no room this time for dessert. Service is great - checking in without hovering & being annoying. Since it is not a large restaurant, reservations are a must!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Its a bring your own so don't
    needforgreatfood
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Its a bring your own so don't forget that bottle of wine. The food is fresh and great tasting. Make a.reservation because it fills up fast.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pastas are homemade and the
    MARKD
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Pastas are homemade and the chops are succulent. Nice diversified mix of N Italian and French cuisine- very rare find for us. Front of house staff strong knowledge and confidence and at ease. Nice experience.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is very good. everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Food is very good. everything was fresh. Would go back. Small space. Definitely reservation on week end
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch and dinner
    doccarlo
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Been there for lunch and dinner. Great food and service. The salmon and salads are delicious.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We were looking forward, after
    FoodieWVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were looking forward, after reading all the reviews online. Food was below average, you are started off with ice cold bread. However, the desserts were good.
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  • Still my favorite resaurant
    RoNo1215VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Even though it is a 4 minute drive from my house I would still drive an hour to get here if I didn't live so close. We went on a Sat. night - the short ribs are to die for and the tiramisu heavenly. But what really caught my attention this time was the creme fraische served with the tiramisu - I'm debating if I can call up and order an order of the creme fraische to go....it's a dessert all on it's own. Still BYOB which makes it more affordable and the food keeps getting better! A must go! Reservations are highly recommended though.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Berkeley Heights has plenty
    DennisK
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Berkeley Heights has plenty of pasta/red sauce options, but Strega represents a unique and upscale experience for our small town. Strega is in a small storefront, strip mall, but the interior is warm and serene. My wife and I ordered from the specials: scallops served in an exception sauce, lamb and gnocchi w/shrimp, all well prepared and reasonably priced considering the quality. Your dining neighbors will be close but noise levels were modest. It's become popular so reservations are necessary for prime time (it was nearly maxed on a crummy Saturday weather night). A BYOB makes it even more appealing.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spiffy
    Spiffy
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Do have the Cheese Risotto,excellent! All plates can be spilt a big plus. Great server moderate pricing for the amount of food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, the food and service
    Pennie
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    As always, the food and service were impeccable. Everything they serve is very fresh and delicious
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the food but too loud
    Shelby
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    My parents were taking me out to dinner for my birthday so I wanted a place with good food,easy access and a BYOB to keep the price down. Strega met all my expectations the food was very good, and there were enough choices to suit all the dinner palates. I was not impressed with the service,our server was a little matter of fact . The only problem with the evening was the noise .
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderfully tasty the food was - from the Valentina Salad to the Vanilla Bean cheesecake!
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new addition to the area
    lovetodineVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    It was our 3rd time dining at Strega and we enjoyed it just as much as the other two times. We introduced another couple to the restaurant and they thought it was excellent as well. The menu selections, the service, the atmosphere and the food all work together to make a totally enjoyable experience. We will certainly return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new favorite Italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    A friend recommended this place to us and we can't get enough. The balsamic Calamari Strega is the best we ever had along with the Fiocchi Gorgonzola pasta entree. The Pappardelle Romana with short ribs are tremendous as well. Can't go wrong with anything we ordered....
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great specials for all
    Kennyboy
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Party of six, but received great service and the BYOB is a great way to go. The nightly specials are all very good.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Price bistro, OK food, poor service
    TClark
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    We had a early reservation, 6 PM, and this small dining room was almost empty. We were a party of 7, so we had four tables together. Service started out OK, but as the evening progressed and the bistro became more crowded, service slowed up and by the time we had desert it was very slow. The food was tasty but the portions were small and prices were big. After we paid our bill, which by the way had an included gratuity of 20%, we were asked to vacate our table for the next patron, who was waiting next door in the attached pizzaria. Very bad form and it left me disappointed in the whole dinning experience. Use your own judgement, but I would not recommend this place and would never eat there again.
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  • Totally enjoyable experience
    lovetodineVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We dined last Saturday night with another couple. The four of us totally enjoyed the evening. Everything about the dinner, the service, the food, and the atmosphere was positive. We will definitely return OFTEN. Our friends plan to return and bring other friends as well.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    But the place is small and the tables are very close together. Think Manhattan. All of our meals were excellent. Beet salad was perfectly dressed. Hangar steak was cooked to order, tender and a good-sized portion. Pastas were delectable. The BYOB policy makes dinner at Strega Bistro a no-brainer. E We will definitly be back. BTW, three parties were turned away because they didn't have reservations.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for To Enjoy A Night
    SpectacularVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    If you aren't in a rush this is a great spot! It could be that we just got their early, but the service was a bit slow. That being said everyone was very friendly and accommodating! The food was delicious. It is definitely worth a trip!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.