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About 17 Summer
James Beard Award Semi Finalist, Executive Chef/Owner Joseph Cuccia serves some of the most soul satisfying cuisine in New Jersey.
This Modern European restaurant nestled in the heart of Lodi, New Jersey, focuses on classic techniques, made from scratch cooking, ever changing menus, and gracious service.
Our Exclusive Chef's Table is available every Wednesday at 7:30. 5 Courses, $85 per person, No Menu. Reservations are required by phone 4 weeks in advance.
Thank you for choosing 17 Summer Restaurant. We look forward to serving you.
Lodi, NJ 07644
Modern European, American, Farm-to-table
Hours of Operation:
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 5pm-9pm | Friday – Saturday 5pm-10pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining is available upon request.
Private Party Contact:
Jenna: (973) 928-4780
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu
Special Events & Promotions:
Chef's Table Tasting:
Every Wednesday 7:30pm
$75 per person
Reservations are Required by phone 4 weeks in advance.
17 Summer Ratings and Reviews
17 Summer is what my husband and I would describe as a "hidden jem." I only came upon this intimate, sophisticated restaurant after a friend gave us a gift card last year. I had never heard of it before. Granted it is a newer establishment. I am not a food critic (although it would really be my dream job) but I do consider myself a "foodie" and somewhat harsh when giving constructive criticism to cuisine. I have visited some of the top places in northern New Jersey (those that have been voted top in the state and one nationally) and I must say, this ranks right up there. Tonight we were for the third time...and it just gets better and better (if that's even possible). The menu is versatile and with each season it brings flavors that satisfy even the most daring palates. I find myself occasionally looking at the menu, waiting eagerly for the new one to come out. So will we be visiting at least once a season? Absolutely. Would I recommend it? Well if you are looking to be enlightened and awaken your taste buds, this is your place.
17 Summer is always our first choice for meeting friends for a great dinner. I like that it's a bit off the beaten path, and with a very personal vibe. Whenever I call 17 Summer, Jenna's always available for a warm and friendly chat. The menu offerings are SUPERB, and BYO is always a plus.
Very authentic Italian/Sicilian cuisine. Top quality, innovative cooking with fresh ingredients.
Everything including the bread is homemade by the brother and sister chefs/ owners.
Seasonal menu means your always trying something new .
Food is on par with the best NYC restaurants !
Everything was terrific. We split the housemade focaccia bread with sliced potatoes and shaved ricotta salata, burrata cheese appetizer along with a perfected foie gras torchon with grapes and spring ramp onions. For entrees, we had the pan seared duck that was juicy and delicious as well as succulent seared diver scallops with creamy corn, pea, and fava beans. I thoroughly enjoyed them with a glass of chianti. Lol. To finish, we enjoyed a refreshing melon granita with berries and coffees. And service was terrific also. Get down there and enjoy this hidden gem.
The hidden gem of Lodi!! Everything was amazing!!! Its a smaller restaurant so reservations are needed. The service and food were 5 star. Its an open kitchen concept so you see the chef making your food. The chef even came around to see how we liked everything. I highly recommend.
A wonderful experience had by us for a special birthday celebration. We started out with the crispy artichoke which was super tender and beautiful to look at. The accompanying lemon aioli was bright yellow and perfectly seasoned with lemon accent. The housemade black sesame bread with spring ramp butter, very yummy. We split the duck prosciutto and duck egg yolk fettuccine carbonara-alfredo like sauce. Absolute perfection! For our entrees, we had the quinoa flounder with great spring flavors and a pork chop well executed and simple. To finish, we had the honey lavender blueberry napoleon. The service was terrific and all recommend choices great. Make reservations for this hidden gem in Lodi. Thank you Chef Joe and Jenna for a memorable birthday dinner.
Every time we go to 17 Summer it's a different experience. We love the food, the atmosphere and especially Jenna and Joe! They are the sweetest people I know who have created an eating experience like no other. Every new set of friends we bring there have raved about 17 Summer.
Arrived at this restaurant and was not impressed with the location. Literally the only business on what seems to be a backstreet in Lodi. Once inside, I was first struck by the noise level. The restaurant wasn't even half full and it was so loud. Our server was on point, selecting one of the three bottles we brought with us for dinner. Specials offered a great variety to the unique menu. We went with 4 apps to share - flatbread was amazing, fried artichoke was a nice alternative to traditional steamed, bison carpaccio was fresh but the burrata was a bit disappointing. The texture seemed off for this "homemade" specialty. Two of us ordered the duck entree which was spectacular - cooked perfectly which amaxing texture. The black bass special was tasty, but certainly not enough to call an entree. The final entree was the fettucini carbonara. Very tasty, but a little heavy on the salt. With this said, every plate was licked clean. Unfortunately we were left with a sour note at the end. We had an 8:00 reservation. At 9:59, we were one of two tables left in the restaurant and we were finishing our last bottle of wine. We all still had some wine in our glasses, picking on our olive oil cake dessert and the host turned all the lights on in the restaurant. I could understand if it were late, but they knew we were on our last sips of wine, finishing up. It was beyond rude and simply displayed a lack of experience in providing an elegant dining experience. This will prevent me from recommending the establishment to friends.
17 Summer was excellent, as usual, we were able to get a reservation the night of and the restaurant was full by the time we left. The pizza rustica was a delicious take on foccacia bread. We followed that with the stuffed calamari appetizer special. The calamari was lightly breaded, stuffed with a wonderful bread stuffing and lightly fried. It came served with a warm salad on the side and a lemon dressing that we couldn't help but finish. Our meal was brought to it's pinnacle during the entrée. The squid ink cavatelli was amazing and the dogfish was cooked to perfection. We can't wait for out next trip to 17 Summer.
As soon as we walked in, I knew this place was a winner. The greeting at the front door was exactly what I was hoping for. A classy yet modest decor with the kitchen and chefs in full view. I could tell immediately this place was a chef owned establishment . The friendly staff made us feel right at home as he explained the menu and the vision the chef owners had prepared . Needless to say, the food was exquisite . Roasted bones, homemade pasta with a rabbit ragu, osso bucco, duck breast, and all the yummy sides that come with the courses were top shelf in my book. Desserts were uniqe and right on point. Loved it!!
First time at 17 Summer. Dined with two friends. We decided to dine wild and crazy and take the full 17 Summer dining experience. We started with the Chef's Bread of the Day - cheese puffs kind of bread; delicious. We then split two appetizers both delicious: Roasted Bone Marrow- Topped with Herb and Lemon Breadcrumbs, Toast Points and Duck Sausage- House Made Duck Sausage and Broccoli Rabe. Next we split the ravioli, also delicious: Ravioli- House Made Stracciatella filled Ravioli, Butter, Marsala Gastrique. My two friends both ordered the duck for their entree: Duck- Pan Seared Duck Breast, Smoked Cranberry Chutney, Black Forbidden Rice; again delicious. I went with the snapper: Red Snapper- Red Snapper Filet En Papillote, Purple Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Spicy Peperonata; again delicious. Two waiters went back and forth helping out. Food was served at a nice reasonable pace. The waitress who took our order was very helpful explaining the different dishes. We finished with sharing a delicious chocolate torte. Dining at 17 Summer is not for everyone. It is a small space seating around twenty. The room has an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs at work. We were not bothered by any smoke or smells. Beware that it is also very expensive so it is a special occasion restaurant. Because we splurged, our bill was $200; split three ways, not bad. We will definitely return for a special occasion meal.
Fabulous gourmet meals all prepared from scratch. As a first time visitor, we weren't sure what to expect but we were very impressed. Culinary execution is spectacular. Service was attentive and well informed with dining options. Small dining room so it can be a little noisy if you get situated next to a large party table but we were by the window which was very quiet and pleasant. Desert options were equally fresh and distinctive. We will certainly return.
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