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About Bart's Restaurant

In 1982, NYC restaurateur Bart Ruggiero brought his famous recipes to downtown Matawan, selecting a location where suburban hospitality meets sophisicated appetites. Lunch and Dinner served in charming old cathedral ambience where homemade pastas, fresh fish and veal specialities are always on the menu. Bart's has built a reputation for the finest fresh made raviolis with a variety of fillings. Join us - we can't wait to meet you!! Enjoy al fresco dining on our beautiful patio from May - October.

74 Main St.
Matawan, NJ 07747
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Continental, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Fridays (Monday to Thursday - available for private luncheons of 25 guests or more

Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm


Dinner:

Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sundays 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Earlier options for private parties

Cross Street:
North St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 566-0267

Website:
http://www.bartscuisine.com/

Entertainment:
Karoake Friday evenings 8:00 p.m. with dj Frank

Catering:
Please view our website for buffet and table service options served in a most unusual ambience. www.bartscuisine.com or call Carolyn for details @732 239-2992 (cell) or e-mail @bartsrestaurant@aol.com.

Parking Details:
additional parking across Main St.

Public Transit:
Matawan Train Station

Executive Chef:
Bart Ruggiero

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room

Special Events & Promotions:
Friday evening Karaoke and occasional performances by local talent. Please check our website.

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Bart's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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3.7

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (58)
Special Occasion (45)
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Good for Groups (29)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Great for Lunch (10)
Worth the Drive (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Cozy (6)
Authentic (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Casual (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Business Meals (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Tapas (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was only adequate, nothing special.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time at this restaurant. Kitchen was shorthanded so Bart's wife who serves as hostess as well told us that even though we had a reservation we'd have to wait which was not an issue for us. Following a short wait she seated us and proceeded to buy us a cocktail for our "trouble", which was very generous.
Service was a bit slow but nothing terrible. Waiter was very responsive as well.
Food was terrific. We had the sweet potato ravioli and Caesar salad as appetizers both of which we highly recommend. Overall, our meal was terrific.
We will definitely return and have already recommended it to our friends.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My wife and I hadn't been to Bart's in some time. In fact, the last time had to be 4 years prior (we couldn't remember why) but what a great choice. Kelly was great with very attentive service and recommendations, food was well prepared and presented and delicious. We do not plan to stay away this long next time we go for dinner on a Saturday night.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I was looking for a local Italian restaurant to have a nice dinner with my daughter. When we got there we were treated like family. Hostess was very welcoming, and our waitress was an angel! Made excellent recommendations, and was so attentive! The alfresco area was so cozy and charming we loved it! We will DEF Be Back! Btw food was fabulous!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

We have been going to Bart's for over 10 years and we just love it! It is a warm and wonderful place,,,the owners and staff are terrific and always make us feel at home there. We've had many family "celebrations" there and hope to continue for years to come!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Dinner was really good with only 2 exceptions. First of all, the restaurant was a bit chilly. We needed to request that they turn down the AC (twice actually). Not quite sure why they need to keep it that cold. The second thing was that they did not have any clams. We found that out after we had already ordered; so we had to reorder. I would think they should have known that when they gave us the menus. Other than this, the food was very tasty and the service was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We ended up not eating here. The smell of mold hit you as soon as you walked in the door. The place was also very dated. Would not recommend to anyone.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 5, 2017

I ordered the Pork chop special, the pork chop was dry and tough. People are friendly enough, food so/so

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Food was excellent. Service great. Reminded me of my grandmothers Neapolitan food. Very relaxing evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Want to support local neighborhood restaurants and haven't been to Bart's in a number of years. While the restaurant itself is "dated" the food is good quality and the service is friendly. While the restaurant wasn't packed by any means the food did take some time to deliver. Waiter was very good and apologized and for me and my friend it was ok because we weren't in a rush. If your looking to get in out you may want to stay away. I had the French onion soup for starters, and the shrimp and chicken franchaise with potato & veggies. Both were good. Not great but solid. overall, decent place, solid. I will be back to support the local eatery and owners.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Amazing. Bart's food is simply amazing. His wife runs the front while Bart does the food. Execellent team. They've been around for over 30 years. The man can cook.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Excellent food and service. This restaurant is a hidden gem. The sweet potato ravioli are especially good and have been a Bart's standby for years. My wife and I were there for Valentines Day dinner and despite being crowded, everything was fresh, hot and served in a timely and efficient manner. Have been going to Bart's for years and I highly recommend it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Everyone was so nice, from the greeting from the hostess, to great waiter Brandon, to who I assumed was Bart who wished us a Happy Valentine's Day as we left. The homemade pappardelle with crab, scallop & shrimp in the lobster cream sauce was divine. Tiramisu was luscious. Definitely would go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Absolutely horrifying experience. Stay far far away from this place. We should have left when we go there and were the only people in the place, but we decided to give it a shot and boy what a mistake. The food was absolutely horrible, tasteless, obviously made from frozen (and not defrosted) ingredients. My son had a burger (ordered well done) which was burnt on the outside but pretty much raw in the middle. The pasta tasteless, shrimp obviously frozen and not defrosted before cooking.. bad, just bad. The place does not even try to be good or better.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Housed in an old church building this restaurant (who is operating over 30 years) is a find! The service is good, the menu is smaller but focused on what they do well. There are dinner specials to choose from as well.

The steamed clams in broth are wonderful and the French Onion soup is one of the BEST I have had!

The Dinner portions are good and worth the prices. Dessert menu is limited but offers a good choice for diners.

We were welcomed by the owner who was a sweetheart and genuinely cared about our experience.

I'll definitely be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2016

The restaurant ambience was just perfect
Service and server were warm and so very accommodating
The dinner and good presentation was the best and the taste was just amazing
My compliments to the chef

I would highly recommend BARTS to my friends and business associates without reservation

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Our first time in this charming 1850 former Episcopal church. The staff loves their work and it shows in their attentiveness and energy.

We will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 5, 2016

We went to Bart's Restaurant for the first time on Saturday. I was very pleased with the food and the service. The restaurant is housed in an old church, which adds to its charm. The food was very good. I had the sweet potato ravioli and my husband had the pasta and clam sauce. Both were delicious. We would definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2016

The waitress was very attentive, and always smiling! The food from the soup French onion and Pasta Faglioli was some of the best we've had. Apps you have to try the Sweet Potato Raviolli great!! I had the Barts Special for the main coarse it was spot on! I highly recommend visiting Barts!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2016

I enjoy the staff very much but they slam you on drink prices 14.50 for a martini is way too much for me (it isnt manhattan). Everything else was good. They dont rush you which i like.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2016

The food is very good, quite place and service was excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2016

Post HS Graduation dinner, Good food and well taken care of.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Food was really quite good, service was attentive, the place is an old church with so much character. The issue is it felt very dated, my wife and I spent half our dinner think of how cool it could be. We are definately going there with regularity...we might just bring paint, art and some lighting. Go for the food it is better than many in the area hands down!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2016

super friendly wait staff, and the owners always come by to check in and see how the meal is. Food is always excellent !!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2016

I had driven by here many times and finally decided to go one night on date night with my wife. The restaurant is in an old church and the ambiance is very charming. The sweet potato ravioli is one of the best things I have ever tasted. I was totally blown away. I will definitely be returning here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Reservation should mean something... Anyway, I may give it another chance

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2016

The location is where the old Trinity Church used to be located. I’d guess the main dining room entertains about 40 people, and the décor is quite charming! Restaurant was overbooked for Valentine’s Day which resulted in a 30-minute wait and slow service. We sat at the bar with two other couples that showed up at the same time as us and ordered a drink while we were waiting. The bar was very simple and there were HD TVs on the wall. When we were seated, we had to wait quite some time before we received a wine menu. In fact, our glasses of wine did not show up until after our main course was served (and we had an appetizer and salad too!) Waitress apologized continuously for the delay, but it wasn’t her fault as the staff was constantly cleaning off tables to prepare for the next guests. She was pleasant and knowledgeable. Food was awesome! Quite delicious, well-presented, and just the right amount. Overall, I would definitely recommend the restaurant to friends because the food is great, but I would suggest going during off-peak times.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

I drive past this place at least twice a week and every time I think to myself that I should try this place out. I am happy I finally did. The food was great, the atmosphere is a little dated by eclectic. There was something on the menu for everyone. The staff was very attentive, I felt like I was dining in someones home. I will definitely be going back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2016

We went on a Saturday night for our 4 year anniversary. When we arrived they didn't seem to have our reservation even though I made it through Opentable and i also called them to confirm. They sat us down anyway since the restaurant was near empty. The ambiance and great. There's nothing like dining inside of an old church. Our server was very courteous. We ordered drinks but the first drink my partner ordered they were out of so she ordered another. For dinner, I ordered penne vodka with shrimp. She ordered shrimp scampi. We also ordered calamari as an appetizer. Our food came with salad which was good. The bread they served was soft and warm. The calamari was light and crispy. Our entrees came on time however when we received our meals I noticed my pasta was red not orange. I decided to eat it anyway to make sure and it turns out it was not penne vodka it was marinara sauce. It was tasty so i didnt bring it up to the waiter who was very attentive by the way but sort of smelt like cigarettes. Anyway my partner seemed to enjoy her meal but when i tasted it, it seemed bland.
Overall this place is very unique but did not live up to our expectations. I say to those who never been give it a try, and hopefully your experience would be better.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2015

It's a great place to eat.
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Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2015

I love this restaurant the food and ambiance is wonderful. Service is very good. Whether is a special occasion or just a romantic dinner for two, it fits every style.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2015

Lovely place with great food. The wait staff and service is excellent. The food is always different and always fabulous.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2015

Although the staff was nice and personable, the restaurant was old. It is an old church revamped, that was the cool part. Around the room had knick kacks which reminded me of my grandmothers house, ie plastic flowers, little doll angels etc. The wine glasses were even old, small and narrow. The food was nothing to rave about.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 1, 2015

We wanted to meet friends halfway between our house and theirs and I would do it again. The table they gave us turned out perfect. We had privacy yet did not feel out of touch. I enjoyed the experience, waitress was extremely helpful. The food was good however I can't say I was over the moon with it. Prices are average. However the wine list was very limited. The history of the building is interesting and the owners are there a very long time. I respect that and would go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2015

Another good meal at Bart's. Each time we go we like to check out the specials. Once again, we were not disappointed. The Bolognese sauce was excellent, as was the Chicken Parmagiana.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2015

Sweet Potatoe Ravioli are out of this world. Your review must be at least 50 characters.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2015

We have been going to Bart's since it was Batholomew's. Always good always great experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2014

We've lived in the area for 30 years, and have always driven past Bart's. That ended on New Years Eve, and was well worth the time. The food was fantastic, Donna, our waitress was great during a very busy night and the ambience was very uplifting. Bart's is a restaurant in a renovated church, with seating available on the "alter", with beautiful architecture throughout the restaurant. As soon as we walked into Bart's, we were warmly welcomed into the restaurant.

Great Time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2014

A great place to go for a holiday dinner or just a nice evening out. Food was wonderful, service was excellent and combined with the atmosphere made the dining experience a special occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 12, 2014

My wife and I are always looking for new restaurants and we found Bart's on the internet. The church atmosphere was unique, the food and service was good. In short we were delighted with Bart's.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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