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Permanently Closed - Arugula

4.3
929 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Chef Nicholas Tomasetto is pleased to bring you Arugula. Arugula Restaurant serves the Very Best in fine Italian cuisine.

Chef Tomasetto selects only the freshest quality ingredients. Our menu features Italian favorites with an innovative, modern twist without losing roots of traditional Italian cuisine which were instilled from their Calabrian upbringing.

Each of our menu items are prepared to order, including house-made pastas and desserts.
Arugula Restaurant is a BYOB establishment. Please enjoy your favorite bottle with us.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday Closed, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Dinner 4:00pm-9:00pm, Friday Dinner 4:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday Dinner 4:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday Dinner 4:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(856) 589-0475
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nicholas Tomasetto
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Catering
Arugula can host your private events whether it's in our house or yours. Custom menu options include buffet, formal, casual, business and family style. We will be happy to provide personnel including dining room and kitchen staff. Visit our website for catering menu: http://www.arugularestaurant.net/off-site-catering/
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Greentree Road
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Special events & promotions
Arugula can accommodate reservations for large group celebrations, give us a call to plan and reserve! 856-589-0475
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.1
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3.8
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1.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Arugula is permanently closed. We chose Nunzios instead and it was fabulous! Will be returning again and again!

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1.0Dined on January 22, 2017

How would I know how it was, it closed. It may serve you well to keep up with your restaurant associates and not offer reservations for ones that have closed.

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1.0Dined on January 21, 2017

3 parties were turned away at the door, ours included.....thought maybe a chef called out. Hostess running crazy. Have been here many times, never was it this like this before. We left to dine elsewhere. Next day there's a post online Arugula closed its doors after 6 1/2 years.....wish they gave some notice. Wasted 45 minute trip. Very sad because not only was the food superb, the ambiance was great. Just sorry it didn't work out.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

The food was delicious and the prices are reasonable. The restaurant was full with some large parties as well as family dining. The noise level was a little high but overall it was a good experience. This was our second visit and we will return again. The service was good and our server was knowledgeable about the menu options.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2017

We have been to Arugula before but this time our service was horrible and the food just ok. Not sure if we will be back...

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Delicious!! Large size platters, reasonable prices for incredible quality and creativity!! BYOB

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2017

The food at Arugula is always excellent. Our waitress didn't come to our table until we'd been sitting for close to 20 minutes. The salad came before the appetizers and there was close to a 20-30 minute wait time between each course. We were there for two hours. If the food wasn't so good, it may have been our last trip there. I am hoping they were just short staffed in the kitchen and with the wait staff.

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1.0Dined on January 6, 2017

The apps were delicious

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2016

server joe a was a great waiter. made dining experience great

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

The food is amazing!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Delicious always

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2016

White led lights are too bright , we had an elderly person with us and she had trouble seeing due to the lights

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

The food was delicious and creative. We were concerned at first because the menu was very limited and somewhat gourmet. When our waitress came to tell us about the many specials, we were then very pleased with the choices. The best calamari I've ever tasted!
We were a party of 3 adults and our reservation was at 5PM. No waiting, hot food and pleasant service.

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2.0Dined on December 23, 2016

Arugula has really gone downhill. It used to be such a great restaurant, what a shame.

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2.0Dined on December 18, 2016

Not crowded...food came out cold after we waited 40 minutes. $16 antipasto enough for two only.

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2.0Dined on December 18, 2016

Having been here and enjoyed it in the past, I was looking forward to another great experience. So, this wa especially disappointing. We arrived to an almost empty restaurant and yet it took an inordinate time to place our orders. Calamari was soggy. Food service was slow. Food was warm, not hot. Had to ask twice for a check.
Won't be back. Won't be recommending.

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2.0Dined on December 17, 2016

My husband and I decided to go back to Arugula after not going for about two years due to a problem we had with a very rude and unprofessional hostess. We generally love the food there and have even used them to cater a party that we had at our home so we thought we would give them another try on our night out. Fortunately, there was no issue with the hostess that evening, but the service was extremely slow. I don't necessarily blame our server; I think it may have been the kitchen because they were clearly having problems. My husband ordered the meatball appetizer, which he loves, and the meatballs were still cold in the middle and had to be sent back. While that was happening, the couple next to us had to send an order of veal saltimbuca back because it was cold! My husband had ordered that as his entree and guess what--his came out cold too!! If they already had one come back you would think that it wouldn't happen again in less than an hour! The server was obviously embarrassed and was nice enough to have the veal taken off our check. We have been to this restaurant several times before and despite the one bad experience with the hostess we usually have a great experience and wonderful food. I am going to chalk this up to a bad night--all restaurants have them--and I am sure that we will give them another try in the near future.

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2016

Food and service were good, the ambiance was interesting kind of 90s modern.
Lighting was a bit strange?
Nothing spectacular to write about prices were a bit high in my opinion for the experience.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

Food was delicious like the last time we were there. Went with friends that had never been before and they enjoyed it as well! The service could have been a little better.... we would have liked a little more attention from the server and maybe a smile. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Always a great place to go...BYOB...awesome staff

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2016

It was our first time there. The food was great and so was the experience.

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2016

Another fantastic meal at Arugula.
We stayed with their meatballs in their fantastic sauce as an appetizer but this time added their special Brussels sprouts. If they offer this when you dine get them. They deep fry the sprouts to a light crispy texture and drizzle a balsamic reduction that was incredible. A must! I went with a special dinner lightly breaded Chicken breast topped with eggplant and melted mozzarella with a sauce and a light pesto drizzle on one side. Woth an in life's linguini in red sauce. It was a big portion and could only eat half. Made for great left overs.

My wife went off menu and asked if they could make a Cioppino since it looked like they had all the ingredients based on other options. They obliged with a seafood filled dish of mussels, scallops, shrimp in a great red sauce with a slightly larger pastina type pasta. We finished sharing a pumpkin bread pudding with gelato and whipped cream.

Nick the Chef Owner takes incredible pride in his work and delivers time and time again with great preparations that have great flavors and combinations that keep us coming back.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2016

We had a very nice experience! The food was full of flavor and plentiful!! We would definitely dine there again!

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3.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Took my wife to arugula for her birthday. The ambiance is nice for Jersey. Be prepared to spend at least 2 hours there as the service is exceptionally slow and meal preparation must be 1 guy doing everything. If the food was excellent, I wouldn't mind, yet that is not the case. Start with the pre-meal bread. To best describe it, imagine a package of rolls from shop rite. Now imagine them in a basket on your table at what is supposed to be a nice restaurant. The rolls were awful. I don't know what else to say about the bread, very disappointing. I ordered the "stuffed" pork chop. Now, focus on "stuffed". I imagined it would be "stuffed" with the cheeses, herbs, the stuffing because that is what it says on the menu. Sadly, I was mistaken. It is not stuffed. It is just placed underneath the chop. The lobster bisque was ok as was the anti pasta plate. My wife ordered some seafood pasta dish she said was fine, but to be honest I was so disappointed with cheap terrible rolls and NOT stuffed pork chop, that I waited almost 90min for, it wouldn't matter to me if the rest of the food is delicious, I'd never go back.

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3.0Dined on November 12, 2016

Waiter could have been a little more friendly. He did do the job. Apps and salads are very good but the entree's are just ok and not very hot. We heard this was good place but we just don't see why.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

The food was sooo delicious! Great variety, my husband is a picky eater and he found something quickly to eat and ate the whole diah!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Excellent! The new menu has a variety with something for everyone.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Great experience
The lighting was a little off putting and too bright
With how nice the decor was, I wanted it to be a little more cozy with the lighting. But overall, great experience!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2016

Ambiance was amazing. Our meals were absolutely delicious and our waiter was very attentive

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2016

This trip to Arugula was awesome. The food was great and the environment was super friendly. I will definitely return often.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2016

Excellent meal, great service, please put the meatballs back on the dinner menu, and turn the music down a bit, I had my parents who R 84 & 85 and they thought the music could be lower.Have recommended Arugula to all my friends and family!🍴👌🍝

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2.0Dined on October 29, 2016

food was delivered, one dish had long Brown hair in it. dish was returned and new one presented. manager said that's weird, everyone in the kitchen is bald. no adjustment to bill. not the right way to handle it. will not be returning to Arugula

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1.0Dined on October 28, 2016

It doesn't matter if the food was the best ever cooked (it wasn't), the service is so terrible that there is no reason to ever go back there. Friday night and there were 7 tables with 2 waitresses and manager/host and still took 20 mins to get water when we were seated. Dinner for 2 took 2.5 hours and not in a good way, way to long between courses. Never refilled water, asked 4 times to 2 different people for bread, by the time the bread came the broth was cold. It got to the point where we were looking for the cameras because it had to be a joke.

There must be a new owner, I have been here many times over the last few years. It went from full blown classic Italian menu then to a small plate menu (which was fantastic) and now there is a very limited menu and the food is nothing to rave about. This place was a great neighborhood gem in a strip mall, now it's just a sad shell of itself. I don't think it will be open much longer, I give it 6 months. It's a shame we really used to like it here.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

The food was tremendous. I have never tasted scallops as fresh and delicious. Prices are reasonable and portions are appropriate. We will be back

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2.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Very disappointed with the service; the restaurant was not crowded at all, yet the service was very slow. Chicken was over cooked.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Food was decent, service was unbelievably slow.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2016

We went for Harvest Week and it was really good, squash & pumpkin were awesome. Service was perfect - courses didn't overlap and we didn't feel rushed. We are definitely coming back to try the regular menu.

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2.0Dined on October 19, 2016

Had the Farm to Fork menu everything was delicious. However,the service was very slow. Waited forever in between each course. It was not a busy night. Maybe 7 tables in the whole restaurant were occupied. Took over 3 1/2 hours to recieve all our courses. Wouldnt return due to the waiting.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2016

We were there on Tuesday fr restaurant week. It was busy . Friendly service, but a bit slow due to the number of tables.
The biggest issue we had was choosing what to order from the special menu... It all looked good.
course 1. We chose the scallops (a $4 up charge). They were perfect. The Brussel Sprouts were also wonderful, the perfect char on them
course 2 Was the pumpkin/butternut squash It was great, a bit sweet but creamy and smooth... A Winner!
course 2 was the chicken breast and the pork... both were tender and juicy.

The deserts that evening were tiramisu and pumpkin "cannoli" were both a sweet ending to the dinner.

The Fall Harvest menu on line differed with the menu we were presented. It was still good and worth the trip.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2016

We have been there several times and always have a great meal. This was the fall restaurant menu and one of the best I have ever experienced. Every course was perfect. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good BYOB.

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