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Bart's Restaurant

4.2
70 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
Perfect For:
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, Italian
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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
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Phone number
(732) 566-0267
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Bart Ruggiero
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North St.
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Parking details
additional parking across Main St.
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Public transit
Matawan Train Station
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Entertainment
Karoake Friday evenings 8:00 p.m. with dj Frank
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Special events & promotions
Friday evening Karaoke and occasional performances by local talent. Please check our website.
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Bart's! Enjoy live entertainment and delicious margaritas in our beautiful bar. Entertainment starts at 7:00 p.m. Check our website www.bartscuisine.com for details.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat Mom to a delicious meal in a beautiful atmosphere. Enjoy cocktails on our lovely patio (weather permitting) followed by dinner in our lovely cathedral ambience dining room. Check out our special Mother's Day menu at www.bartscuisine.com. Children's menu available. Please join us.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 70 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We have dined at Bart’s many times and the experience is always outstanding in every way.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The restaurant is very nice and it being inside an old church makes it very unique. The food was very good despite the service not being great the night we were there. The waitress said their sous chef called out which is understandable and happens at any restaurant but I’m sure that had nothing to do with our bread and drinks taking a long time to come to us as well. Restaurants have mediocre nights sometimes, so I won’t hold it against them since our meals were both very good and the waitress was very nice. Definitely check the place out at least once, and hopefully the sous chef will be there for your visit.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Interesting: A Church converted into a Restaurant. Service was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food was amazing!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I went to Bart’s for Valentine’s Day. As usual, everyone was friendly and our waitress was excellent. My wife and I shared a Burrata salad which was delicious. For the main course I had the sweet potato ravioli which was excellent as usual and she had the Salmon Brettone which she thoroughly enjoyed. We were too full for dessert . Excellent meal and great service made for a very nice evening.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I decided to give this restaurant a try for a pre-Valentine's day date night. It's a nice looking place inside and out, but the decor is probably going to be considered a bit outdated by anyone under forty. In fact most of the patrons in the bar area appeared to be seniors, and regular customers. From the moment we entered, the staff was very courteous and service was quick. We had arrived about 15 minutes early for our reservation, and they offered to let us sit at the bar and listen to the live music if we chose, but instead had no problem seating us promptly. My girlfriend had the french onion soup, and the zuppe di pesce for dinner. She enjoyed them both. I also had the french onion soup, and the sweet potato ravioli. While the flavor of the ravioli was perfect, the centers were cold. I'm guessing that they probably had been frozen, and when cooked to al dente, it wasn't enough to completely thaw out the center. Overall we enjoyed the night, and will probably be back to try them again sometime in the future.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great atmosphere,friendly service,great food,priced right

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was only adequate, nothing special.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2016

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

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3.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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 !!

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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on February 14, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2015

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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