Bottagra

4.6
1073 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Located in Hawthorne"s historic Degray house, Bottagra Restaurant opened its doors in early 2008. What was once used as an encampment for General Lafayette's troops during the Revolutionary War has been transformed into a modern, elegant restaurant with the feel and charm of a Tuscan villa. Chef-Owners Robert Vicari and Carlo Carbonara have fused their extensive restaurant experience together to offer a variety of dishes hailing from both the northern and southern regions of Italy. Offering a full bar and extensive wine list, as well as private rooms, Bottagra
is a diners' dream for gatherings both large and small.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1073 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Bottagra was a good place to dine, however, it has declined tremendously over the last year. The food quality and service is the worst hit and doesn't justify the high price. To add injury to insult, the waiter added a few items to the bill, and then tried to blame someone else for it. *he was the only one adding to the bill (I could see the wait area from my seat). **also, another customer had the same issue. What a shame that a good restaurant went down so badly

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

A lack luster Mother’s Day dinner at Bottagra. Limited menus was not a surprise since it’s special occasion dining. Service was ok, seemed a bit diner like to us. The hostesses were not attentive nor did it seem they were old enough to understand good customer service practices. The food was ok but not outstanding as I had been told I could expect. Overall it was just ok.

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KarenB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable Mother's Day! Our servicer very nice & accommodating.

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Max81
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and ambiance. They accommodate diners with Celiac Disease. We will be back. Highly recommended!

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njgrammy
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding (like always). The service the best. My one complaint is that it was freezing. We both sat with our jackets on. My hands were ice cold as were my utensils. I love Bottagra but this is the second time I have been there and have been so uncomfortable with the temperature of the restaurant. I would highly recommend it if you don't mind being cold.

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Hoops
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Hard to communicate with the waiter
He didn’t understand a lot of what we asked for
They didn’t have the wine I asked for on the list
I asked for pepper three times for my salad
I asked that they bring a second beverage when my guest returned to the table and they brought it ten minutes early

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vipLarryG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food with a festive atmosphere.
Waiters, waitresses and hostesses are very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bottagra has amazing and delicious food and drinks! Their service is always impeccable and the staff is so friendly. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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NicoleB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect! I will be going back soon! Great food and wonderful staff.

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RobertR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bottagra always delivers! Exceptional service, ambience, and of course, the food! I've been coming here since Rob and Carlo opened the establishment, celebrating anniversaries, engagements, and many other milestones. This should be a training ground for other restaurateurs on how to operate a successful restaurant!

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LorraineD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and to our surprise there was music which we truly enjoyed. Great night out!!!!

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MaryR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Generally, I do not go on Holidays, the holiday menu did not represent the restaurants' creative and awesome food. I rate the restaurant for the Holiday and not normal dining which I would rate overall a 5 Star

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vipOldJerseyFoodie
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Easter Dinner... I have dined at Bottagra many times and have always been impressed in every way, until Easter Dinner. I requested outdoor dining in the tent because of Covid. I guess Covid restrictions of 50% capacity only apply to indoor dinning. I couldn’t believe how ant tables were squeezed into the tent. I felt very uncomfortable. The tent was very crowded with little air flow. The noise level was close to unbearable on top of the background music playing at what seemed like increasing decibels. At this point we couldn’t leave or the 5 of us would have no Easter Dinner. We were seated next to the tent wall. Within 5 min there was a rancid oder of a dirty mop, wafting up to our noses. I guess the carpets have endured to much rain and snow and have now started growing mold and who knows what else underneath. We asked to be moved to a different table. The staff seated us at another table that had less oder but was still there on and off throughout dinner. The staff and service were great as always. No complaints there. My husband had the worst pappardelle dinner.... usually $24 on the regular menu, on Easter with minor changes to the dish it was $30. The pasta was over cooked mush and the sauce was bland and watery. He said the sausage had no taste his whole dish was tasteless. He has always enjoyed their regular Pappardelle dish. Did I mention that we were offered only a very restricted and compressed Menu for Easter Dinner. I was totally unaware. If I knew I would never had made a reservation. No Spiedini Appitizer or Sicilian Rib-Eye Steak. Not on Easter. We did get a coconut shrimp appetizer that was very tasty. 3 small shrimp for $25/appetizer! The tastiest part of our meal was the teriyaki fried calamari and French fries ordered for the child that was with us. Over all every dish was very bland and disappointing..... Bottagra dropped the ball on Easter Dinner... They have lost me as a regular costumer. As well as my many friends.

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DeliaP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Easter lunch. The food was delicious and the service was great!

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vipRayna
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Edwin was amazing! He took ownership of our needs! He was professional, courteous, and made amazing recommendations! The food was delicious and very well priced. The pistachio pudding cake... to die for!
The chef who plates the food pays close attention to details! I’ll be coming from NYC to visit again soon.

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vipRich
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing negative to ever say about Bottagra. Favorite Gem!

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njgrammy
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I always loved Bottagra but this time I was a little disappointed. I know things have changed because of COVID but the menu has been reduced and the restaurant was really cold. I sat with my coat on in the restaurant during my meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner for my mom! Thank you so much for making it so special for her. Food was absolutely delicious.

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vipVinnieR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and great live music..... never disappoints!

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vipAssuntaT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food is always good at Bottagra, but nothing wowed us on this visit (though the Spinach Malfatti appetizer never disappoints). Chocolate lava cake was dry dry dry. Something that we've noticed over the last year or so (before and even during pandemic) is that the music is too loud for dinner, especially the pre-recorded stuff... impossible to have a conversation unless we ask them to turn it down. When the live vocalist performs, the volume is usually good (though even his volume has sometimes been too loud).

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SusanD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Rice balls are a must! Will definitely be back

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vipKatJ
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a great night! Classics Night is always fun! Food was great!

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Mommy3
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our milestone birthdays with a group of friends, so fun. Energy was great! Amazing music on Thursday’s and great entertainment. Must go!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and atmosphere

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vipOldJerseyFoodie
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends and I took another friend out for her Birthday. Bottagra is always our first choice. All of us and our family’s and friend’s have never had a bad experience at Bottagra. We already knew that we would not be disappointed. Each meal was exceptional. The service was so professional, as always. We will all be back soon. The food speaks for it’s self.

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MicheleE
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We had a 7:45 dinner reservation.
The waiter did not take our order or even come back to our table until 8:35pm.
The DJ played music that was incomprehensible and was just all BEAT.
It was too loud and we were in the far corner away from the speaker.

We wanted to be by the DJ it is true but we did not expect that. And especially not while dinner was still going on. It was flat out awful and we have chosen not to go again.

Horrible.

Michele Esposito

Bottagra
Responded on March 1, 2021

Dear Michele, thanks for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry your experience didn’t match your expectations. Please feel free to reach out to us at bottagra@gmail with any further comments, concerns, or suggestions you wish to share. We would love to make things right if you give us another chance.

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vipsppwmp
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We dined indoors. Food was amazing. I had surf and turf and it came with 3 shrimp and 3 asparagus spears (could have had more there...), and the truffle potatoes were delicious. We sat at a 2 seater and had a divider between us and the next table and were far enough from other tables so felt very safe. However - walking out you'd never know there was a pandemic. The other smaller dining rooms were packed, and servers were running around everywhere - they were clearly very, very busy. Great, except that the "outside" tent was basically a Covid bubble. We're very, very glad we did not dine there. There was a DJ, and the chairs and people were so close together, they were practically touching. Probably will not go back on a Saturday night for a long time, and we went early.

Bottagra
Responded on March 1, 2021

Thank you for letting us know about this. Your feedback helps us get better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly and accurately.

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DebbieS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous, our waiter was awesome and the DJ made it perfect.

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Yvonne
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was professional, attentive and friendly. The ambiance was perfect for the occasion. The food was absolutely delicious with a 5 star rating.

I will definitely consider going back and refer friends and family to Bottagra’s.

Thank you for making this occasion a fantastic experience.

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vipSilkCityFoodie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent quality and service, creative specials. Top selection for Jersey dining

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vipFrankL69
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place never disappoints!!!
We love it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was great but the service was slow and wanting, waiter never came, constantly trying to find someone to come to our table

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Edwin is amazing. Great time

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vipKyle
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food for Valentines Day.

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LynneM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Didn't realize there would be a limited, and what appeared to be perhaps more expensive menu for Valentine's Day-that should have been made known to us during the reservation booking process online. Also we were seated outside, under the tent, which wasn't requested or made known to us. The temp and ambiance were acceptable though and the DJ/singer was a welcome surprise. It took a long time to get our entree, perhaps because it was a bit busy, although others seemed to be served faster, so it may have been because of what we ordered-we sat down at 5:45 and left well after 8. Our waiter was very nice but didn't come check in much. The bus boy took our uneaten bread early on, which would have helped during the long wait. Not sure but it appeared only valet parking.
The food was excellent though which definitely made up for the negatives.

Bottagra
Responded on March 1, 2021

Thank you for your review. We’re sorry your experience didn’t match your expectations, but really appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention. Hope to see you back so we can make things right.

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal! Food & service were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and love love the dirty martini hot 🔥

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DuvankaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. The food was delicious and the atmosphere really good. Definitely coming back again.

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KristyG
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of best dining experiences I’ve had in a while! Definitely recommend it!!

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vipOldJerseyFoodie
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful..... Some loud people at the bar.... but not so bad.... Service was over the top attentive..... food was over the top too... As usual..... Eduardo was an amazing server.... Love this restaurant.... Been there many times and have never been disappointed❣️❣️

FAQs

Bottagra offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 423-4433.

Bottagra is rated 4.6 stars by 1073 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.