Ancona Bistro

4.6
223 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Ancona Bistro is the newest addition to Morris County’s stylish restaurant scene bringing wonderful flavor and ambiance. The sophisticated interior is warm and welcoming and the staff extends that feeling to each and every patron.

Ancona Bistro offers an array of beautifully presented antipasti, salads, entrées, and desserts. The cuisine is a combination of traditional northern Italian classics and state-of-the-art fare. All of the dishes are prepared with an emphasis on using on the freshest, prime ingredients, keeping the integrity of traditional dishes while incorporating a new style, with the focus on taste.

The menu at Ancona Bistro represents food in its finest form, showcasing the best ingredients that can be found and marrying them together in a way that is simple, natural, and barely manipulated.
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r
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food service and value. They welcomed us warmly and professional treatment throughtout

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Houston
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very pleasurable dining experience at Ancona's. The owners and staff are very friendly and ensure that we had a wonderful dinner! The food is excellent! I highly recommend Ancona's!

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to enjoy a special evening!! You are always treated as if you are family!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was excellent!

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MS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, gracious service. Quite reasonable price.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We went on a Saturday night and it was packed. We had a reservation but were given a cramped table that was in the way - we had to wait for them to find chairs. The food was mediocre at best. Calamari looks like they get it frozen (perfect large rings w no seasoning). Tomato sauce had no seasoning. Mashed potatoes with fish? Not very forward cuisine. Wouldn’t recommend this place at all. So disappointing since it’s so cute from the outside!

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. Try eggplant parm.

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!!!

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B
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit. This is an amazing place! Food, atmosphere and service are impeccable. The Cod Special was to die for. Light and delicate and in a lemon butter sauce that will make you swoon. The Tiramisu was the best that I have ever had. My wife and I could actually have a very nice conversation all through dinner without having to shout.

Ancona Bistro is a very cosy and comfortable dining experience that is sure to please the most discriminating diner. Wet are definitely coming back again and again!

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JK
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always. We love going to our favorite local restaurant. Tom and the staff are just wonderful and make you feel so welcome and special. See you again soon :-)

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service incredible variety of cuisine.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

In general is a great restaurant. Food is good and service excellent. Nevertheless was very expensive, in fact I chose that rest because it had good reviews and we were a group of 16. But when the bill come i was surprised for a BYOB rest we paid $45 each no alcohol.

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c
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Their offerings are delicious and their welcome is always warm. My friend is gluten free and they were most accommodating and helpful on giving her a wonderful dinner! They have a terrific attitude and go the extra mile for their customers. Will go back again soon.

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RH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Return visit.. with two other couples. Excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Good service. Good food.
The guys do a fine job in presenting a quality offering at reasonable prices.

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NC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great evening. Lovely restaurant. BYOB- w excellent service Delicious food! Would recommend!

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V
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

First time there, service was very good. I had the veal with mushrooms the entree needed more truffle oil & seasoning. Also limited menu for those looking for steak.... many veal dishes. Not sure if I would go again.

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h
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in the area.

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LP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding family run restaurant, where the service is excellent and the food is better. Kid friendly too.

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TM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I wanted so badly to like this place, great atmosphere, service was good....but the food was not. Our salads had no dressing, we had to ask for it. My veal was tough, the sauce had zero flavor...same for the other gal at my table that had my dish. The 3rd dish was a shrimp scampi which she didn't even half finish because she said it wasn't good, it was heavy, which scampi shouldn't be! I am giving the 2nd start simply for the flan dessert which was outstanding. Sorry.

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DB
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is fantastic! Friendly management.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service

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J
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We found tis place a few years ago and have returned periodically. Happy to see that it is becoming popular while maintaining a quiet, personal atmosphere with friendly service It was suddenly busy this last time, but the staff rebounded smoothly and was able to handle it all. Food was excellent with appropriate sizes and a good balance of the main feature and the accompanying carbo or veggie.
Try it once . . sure you'll like it!

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JT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food, nice atmosphere!!! This is our favorite. Tom, John - you guys are amazing!

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JK
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can't think of anywhere else we would rather spend New Years Eve!! Tom and his staff are just so wonderful, and made the evening so enjoyable. Looking forward to many more visits to our favorite restaurant in 2019!!

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h
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is one of those hidden gems. The food and staff are wonderful.

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RD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There wasn’t one thing we did not like about Ancona.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very pleasant surprise

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T
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ancona is a local favorite. Tom and his staff are very attentive and always provide good service and delicious food! They are accommodating and go the extra mile to make sure everyone is happy. Highly recommend Ancona for all occasions! BYOB is an added bonus!

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JK
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as usual! Tom and his team are always so gracious and accommodating and make us feel very welcome.

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E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Recently had dinner with my family for the first time last Saturday. What a pleasant surprise. We had an early seating at this unassuming restaurant and were warmly greeted by the staff. We enjoyed calamari app, Chicken Ancona, Veal Ossobuco and spaghetti w/meatballs - all very good. We realized we found a great place when 90% of the tables sat after us were greeted by name by the owner and likewise by patrons. Clearly a place where people come a regular basis. Definitely a restaurant that will be on our rotation!

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ML
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I was there for my birthday. Food was excellent. Staff was very attentive including a delicious birthday flan “on the House”. I really love it here.

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D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites. Food always tasty and fresh. Service excellent without being overbearing. You can easily carry on a conversation with no extra noise. Highly recommended.

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JK
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited on a Tuesday evening and it was very quiet. We spent some time chatting with Tom and Jonny, they were very welcoming and friendly. Food was very good as always.

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r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tommy and his staff are very friendly and always accommodating. The restaurant is very nice and you can actually hear what the people at your table are saying.....great place.

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B
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant has always been consistent. Good service and good food

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JK
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious as always. Tom and his staff are just wonderful and make you feel so welcome.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is always good at Ancona but this time I was disappointed with the service.

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M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time there pleasantly surprised. Neighborhood gem. Food was good moderately priced very attentive service. BYOB makes it even better. Will return.

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience, you are treated like family.
A very worthwhile restaurant to go to.

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G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, the food was great and the service even better! It is a go-to spot that we recommend to others all of the time.

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