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Ursino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ursinorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (908) 249-4099
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 to 2:00

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm

    Friday: 5:30pm to 11:00pm

    Saturday: 5:00pm to 11:00pm

    Lounge - Tuesday through Friday, serving Lounge Menu continuously throughout the day from 2:00pm to closing. Saturday open at 5:00.

    Closed on Sundays and Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Peter Turso
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Ursino offers packages for cocktail receptions in our Lounge, and Prix Fixe Dinner Menus for large groups.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Green St.
  • Public Transit: The NJ Transit Raritan Valley rail line stops at Union Station on Morris Avenue, a 10 minute walk from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking is now offered on Friday and Saturday evenings. Tuesday through Thursday parking is available in the public lot across from our front door.

A word from Ursino
The name Ursino was inspired by the rich history of the colonial era Liberty Hall Estate (previously called Ursino), located on what is now part of the Kean University campus. The estate boasts a 4.5 acre farm, from which we harvest many of the ingredients used on our menu. Chef Peter Turso and his staff use these ingredients to create a menu that embraces Modern American cuisine. We also support local producers as much as possible; not only in our menu selections, but in our wine, beer and cocktail offerings too.
Our goal is to provide a memorable, quality dining experience for every guest that arrives at our door. With knowledgeable and attentive service, along with expertly prepared food second to none, we aspire to be considered by our guests as one of the top restaurants in New Jersey.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was fantastic. Lots of great stuff from farm next door. Wait staff was really attentive, helpful, and friendly."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Went to Ursino on Saturday 8/9. When we got there we decided to sit in the bar area it had comfortable high table with booth. The place was pretty and the service was knowledgeable. In the lounge you can order from dining and lounge menu, which is nice. Making a decision was hard there were so many interesting things to choose. I ended up having the tomato bisque which was outstanding and my husband had smoked swordfish. For dinner we had the pork with peaches and cavatelli w/ smoked mozz and asparagus, it was so so good. Dessert we shared an almond shortbread cake w/ apricot and strawberries. Yummy. Everything was awesome and we will definitely come again. The restaurant has a changing menu but everything was fresh and flavorful."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Overpriced. Underportioned. Limited menu. Had a hard time finding something that sounded appetizing. Clashing décor, trying to be industrial-tech, loud fifties, clashing wall colors. Service was outstanding. Highly personable waiter and waitstaff. Gnocci--OK Pork--good. Martinis were superb."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I came on his birthday and ordered the tasting menu. The food was fantastic- no complaints here! They even gave us an extra course which was well appreciated.a The service wasn't bad, our waiter was caught up a few times but he apologized and did his best to serve us. Some of the courses took some time in between but we were not in a rush so we barely noticed. Decor is great as well!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We were excited to eat at Ursino given positive reviews we've seen. Dinner started out promising with a delicious basket of warm bread, but that was sadly the highlight of our meal. The service was incredibly slow, with our entrees coming a full 20 minutes later than our neighboring table who had ordered AFTER we did with the same entree. When our meals finally did come, my husband's pork chop was dry from sitting out under the heat lamp. The kitchen prepared him a new entree, which was good, but at that point, we both ate our entrees alone as the timing was off. The server never even apologized or attempted to turn our meal around. The food was ok, but unimaginative given our expectations for the price."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Ursino is a wonderful dining experience. The view, the setting, the food, service and decor all come together for a memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Went on a Wednesday evening, which is a usually a slow night. Waiters very knowledgeable about the menu, made intelligent suggestions. Service was not intrusive. Had an excellent meal, party of three, portions were good and all plates left the table clean. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We've been here before but this time we were very disappointed. Although tasty, the main entrees were small. There were no sides to order with the meal and my family of men left hungry. The last time we were here, the service was awesome and attentive. The waiter disappeared and never came back to see if we wanted refills on coffee. Maybe they were shorthanded because it was a weeknight - I don't know. It didn't sit well with us because we love to eat at fine restaurants and we expected more - especially since they have such a good reputation."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Took my mother in law out for her birthday. Dinner was delicious. Lots of service. Only complaint was they didn't know how to make a vodka Gimlet and didnt have a large selection of vodka choices. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were able to be seated outdoors and it was a wonderful experience. Our waiter Zack was very attentive as were the rest of the staff. The food was presented in an artistic manner and very favorable. We usually never order desert but the select was so temping we did and we not disappointed. About 5 mins after we left the restaurant we got a call that we left our credit card...now that is service. We are already talking about our next visit."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "WE ere looking for a good place for lunch and we were so lucky to pick Ursino. We started with to drinks the porch and a cucumber mask . We shared a spinach salad, next we shared gnocchi. To finish we had a fig pizza. What can I say delicious. We then decided we had to have dessert. Definitely a place to try for dinner next"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We have been to Ursino many times before, but this was the first time we ate outside. The setting was beautiful."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My husband and I were surprised at the location at first, being on the Keane University campus. We learned that the owner does the catering for the University. The restaurant is beautiful, very modern without feeling cold. The food was amazing! So fresh and flavorful. It was lovely to look at, as well; colorful, and well-portioned. Our server was kind, quiet, prompt, available, and let us enjoy our time together respectfully. The entire backside of the restaurant is glass, looking out to a lovely lawn and patio area for dining al fresco. All in all, a truly wonderful find."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had Ursino on our to-do list for about a year and finally made a reservation for a special occasion dinner earlier this week. The restaurant is sleek and attractive. Our server Zach, was charming and knowledgeable about the menu and drink options. The food was delicious, served beautifully and was enough to eat for one generous meal. They stress quality, bit quantity. No doggy bags went home, just very satisfied diners. The only criticism was the parking situation. It is down a hill and not very good for someone with a problem walking. Of course, they can be dropped off at the door. It's a problem when the driver is the one with the walking issue. I understand there is Valet parking on weekends but we were there on a week night."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Bread dry. "Difficult" menu; choices limited for most of our party due to contents, combinations or approaches. Two of four main courses came out cool. Nicely presented."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Perfect way to celebrate our anniversary! Great food and great service."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food at Ursino is very good, but a few lapses prevent a 5 star review. My husband has a dairy allergy and asked that our shared salad be prepared without the yogurt topping. The salad came with yogurt on the side but also on the salad, He ate around it but could not fully enjoy the course. He asked that his salmon be well-done. It was visibly under-done. This would be undesirable at a less pricey, less food-centric restaurant, but the kitchen's (or server's) lack of precision is not really understandable here. Also, it should not be necessary to request refills on water, and the failure to offer more coffee during dessert is not top-drawer service. All said, it was a good meal and I would give it another try."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had been wanting to come here for a while, and celebrating my friend's upcoming wedding was a good reason. The food was fantastic, service was prompt and attentive. We were even able to be seated a few minutes early on a Saturday. A gem tucked into Kane - highly recommended in an area that doesn't have much gourmet dining."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Expensive but innovative. Comfortable spacious seating, great atmosphere, dishes range fe very good to spectacular."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Have never been disappointed with the food. Chef does an amazing job and we think the world of the food. Service is always reliable and it's a great atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My fiancé and I had one of our weekly date nights here. The food was excellent, the restaurant was beautiful and the service was great. We are definitely goin back and will be recommending our family and friends to try it as well."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The atmosphere was very nice. The service was good and not rushed. Tables were spaced generously. I had the fresh pea soup, the salmon and the strawberry panna cotta dessert and they were all very good. The food was very tasty but I am not sure the portions would satisfy a hungry man. This is New Jersey and we are used to generous portions."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Gorgeous place, interesting menu. Soups, salads and dessert are scrumptious."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food is definitely aspirational, and mostly successful in that effort. The desert menu could show more variety."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Nice ambiance even though it was loud. Bad acoustics. Good drinks, my husband enjoyed his appetizer , my crab spring roll was fresh but too greasy. Entrees were not great. Pork loin was a bit dry, I've had much better homemade pasta,but the sausage in the dish was very tasty. Didn't get dessert. Would not rush back. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It was delicious...best meal I have eaten in a while!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "good food.....decent drinks.....mediocre service. Very quiet our night....only a few tables....I would have expected the service staff to be a bit more attentive and more importantly, happy to serve! Nice experience, not sure I'd go back. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Very pretty grounds surrounding this well situated restaurant. From our table we could look at the lush grass and cascading water. Our service was great- seated and given menus immediately and within a few minutes our drink orders were taken. Within a timely manner, our food orders were taken and served. The bread was good but a little charred. The olive oil was quite well seasoned. The sandwiches were delicious but the sweet potatoes fries, that more resembled potatoe chips, were very greasy and several clumped together. One friend had a signature pizza- looked very good and enough to take home for another meal! One complaint- when we arrived we waited for a hostess to seat us over 10 mins- we finally went looking for anyone!!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The restaurant has a nice ambience and the food is always excellent! interesting, costly menu, but worth every dollar. Possibly the best restaurant in Union County, NJ"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Meh. Expected great things food was passable. Typical north NJ trying to be NYC. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Came across info about Ursino while looking for a place to have dinner with friends and decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed in the least. The dining room is lovely, great view of a lovely outdoor area and really nice interior. The staff was attentive but not intrusive. The food was incredible. Will definitely be going back and very much looking forward to it."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This place never fails me! Being Vegan around this area I eat at home often, but whenever a dinner with friends, date night or just a lazy day this place is on top of my list. I've been coming here since they opened & everything was and is always fantastic! I recently became vegan and even now they usually have great salad options on the menu or are willing to accommodate my food style. Prior to my food style change, almost everything I had was a delight and I know their pork belly is yum, if you're into that. The only negative thing, for a hungry bear like myself, the portions are a bit small."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My dinner experience was great. The service and food is excellent. I would highly recommend dinner and lunch "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Visited Ursino on Saturday night with a few friends. We've all dined here before. We had an 8 o'clock reservation. Drink and food orders taken promptly. We did not receive our appetizers for over an hour. It took an additional 40 minutes to receive our entrees. While our waiter was apologetic he only came to the table once and that was just as our appetizers were finally being served. Our food was delicious-there were no complaints. But the service left a lot to be desired. We were given a round of drinks on the house which was nice but since we aren't big drinkers it wasn't as meaningful. There was also a wedding going on and because of that there was only one shared bathroom for the entire restaurant that was upstairs. Crazy!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Thank you to the staff and Chef!!! It was a very special celebration for my husband and myself, and they made it soooo much more!!!!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Awesome menu using local fresh ingredients. A surprise and a delicious one at that. Go, you will be happy you did!!! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for our anniversary, which I noted on our reservation. We went with the tasting menu which served up 2 apps and 2 entrees. We started with pork belly and gnocchi, both of which were excellent. The entrees we chose were orecchiette (our least favorite dish) and duck (delicious). We each got to choose a dessert - I went with the Funny Bone (chocolate covered peanut butter mousse) and my husband chose Cookies and Cream. Not only was each dessert amazing but they also brought out complimentary sorbet for our anniversary. The service was great, with the one flaw being the fact that we were seated right next to the private party room which got extremely noisy at times. However overall we were extremely impressed."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We truly love your restaurant and have a wonderful experience each time. Thank you for making our anniversary a special one. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "we went to ursino's for my wife's birthday and it was a very special experience. Just a super day"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Recently, we had the privilege of dining at Ursino on Morris Avenue in Union and had one of the best dining experiences ever. The ambience was quiet and romantic with just the perfect lighting. And the food, everything was just perfect, I had the Long Island Crescent Duck and two of my children had the Dry Aged Sirloin and I must say we haven't had it this good ever. I was also very impressed with the Service, the waiters were very cordial and they made our evening very special. The main courses were a little pricey but for the service and food, well it was definitely worth it and I look forward to my next dining experience there. Ursino should be on your must dine there list."
    Dined on 4/30/2014