Cenzino

4.7
752 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Outdoor dining is well received. Open air rooftop with indirect fresh air heated and complimentary lap blankets. Indoor dining with socially distanced tables with medical grade filters, UV lighting in ducts and additional air filters throughout the dining area.

Rated #1 in Bergen County for Italian Fare and Lounge; Authentic Regional Italian Cuisine....along with outstanding Lounge Bites...

Located on Route 202 we boarder Franklin Lakes.

Established over 15 years ago as an oasis for those who prefer fine dining and a casual, unhurried lounge. Perfect for private dining, celebrations and making memories..extensive wine list and artisanal cocktails.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 752 people are saying
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PeterM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience at Cenzino was fantastic. The service is impeccable, the food was different and delicious. The staff was friendly but not overbearing.We really enjoyed it!

The only negative was one very loud table. There were several tables that we overheard talking about that one table. Plus they were dropping swearwords when kids were present at other tables. The staff needs to correct that in the future.

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AmyG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Teenagers birthday. Gracious staff and excellent food. Enjoyed outside ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sat outside. Food was very good. Service was good but wait staff was hard to find sometimes.

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MartyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peter was a superb waiter! Food is outstanding!
A good time was had by all!

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Dine2Smile
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dined outdoor and made a last minute reservation. Restaurant had an obviously busy night which was indicted by the number of full tables. Glad to see that ! Outdoor space was great but glad we were seated away from the fan. Servers were very accommodating

Food was so good in taste and quantity and presentation. Zucchini flowers were awesome!! Such a perfect fry and taste. Two of the party had the scallop/shrimp risotto and it was a nicely sized portion and great taste! The lemon sole was perfectly spiced and a good sized portion. Don’t miss the gelato or Zabaglione for dessert. So glad we were able to enjoy a night out again at Cenzino.

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KathyRph2
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the one restaurant that kept prices reasonable during a pandemic recovery without sacrificing quality and service.The food ,service and ambiance were excellent.I will definitely be returning whenever we want to dine out.

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vipJustjoy
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could not have been happier with the food,the service, and the ambience. This is a high class restaurant, That favors the dining experience, without the noise and hustle bustle which is so often the case in many restaurants these days. We will definitely be back, and rate this restaurant very highly

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Ingrid201
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious!! Wonderful local place!!

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DonnaM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything about this restaurant is great!! The food is amazing. I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for. If you have a special occasion coming this is definitely the place to go.

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blackjack28
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food choices and preparation are excellent! Very comfortable ambiance...
The service was slow....the waiter and bartender were individually excellent and professional but sorely overworked....they clearly need to hire more help.
When you have to search for a cocktail or a waiter in a relatively small place it affects the entire experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside, and both the food and service were excellent. Veal stuffed ravioli was out of control good.

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vipOscar
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Veal Osso Bucco and the lamb was outstanding! The waiter was great! I highly recommend.

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petert
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable meal. Portions on the smaller side. A little pricey overall a nice experience.

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Bebop
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Cenzino! Great food and so accommodating! This was our second visit, and we sent my parents for dinner one night too. We will absolutely be back!

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paml
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service ! Will definitely be back !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cenzino for my Mom’s birthday and a girls night out. The food was delicious. We had the bronzino, sea bass and sole along with the fontina and truffle ravioli. Service was attentive. They respected our time by not disturbing us too much although at times when we wanted them they were not there readily. But not often enough that it mattered. Great service. Also at dessert time I forgot to let them know about the birthday yet our waiter was attentive enough to notice himself and pro actively brought my moms dessert with a candle. THAT was awesome.
Good experience and food. And we’re bringing back our entire family soon!

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JohnG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent service and ambiance...prices were reasonable and portions were healthy

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SophiaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently a nice dining experience. The service and food are excellent!

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althea2001
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a delicious meal in the calm and comfortable outdoor area. Wonderful dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! I wish they would enforce a dress code for indoor dining. Table next to us was in tee shirts and shorts…. Did not feel appropriate

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vipLindaT
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Foo was excellent except for some bones in my dover sole, which turned me off. Everything was delicious

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vipEdSiegel
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Been going for years and I was quite surprised by the service and elegance. Normally the wait staff is dressed formally. Not sure if changing to causal dress works here. Also, the service was lacking; no asks for refills on drinks, water or bread. We waited a long time to order dessert that we almo didn’t. We were disappointed this time. I hope it is not a recurring trend.

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Robin
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops were delicious. Lovely, relaxing atmosphere, great service.
One of my favorite restaurants.

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MichaelQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect in every way...it was very nice to see Regina and Vinnie as well, and Bob our waiter was perfect too! Finally, thanks Bob for telling us that Jack Coneys' family was dining at Cenzino as well...was very nice having a word or two with them. Thank you again, and hope to see you again very soon! Michael & Laurie Quinn, Morristown NJ

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RonR
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

OK, I have reviewed Cenzino before and have given it 5 stars on everything. This is a Restaurant that my girlfriend and I go every year for our anniversary and other special occasions. Over nearly 20 years, we have never been dissatisfied.

Your greeter was an absolute sweetheart. My reservation was for inside but the party liked the outside and she kindly accommodated us.

We all know that as our restaurants emerge from this tragic pandemic, it’s been difficult to hire staff for a number of reasons.

You were a bit understaffed the night we were there. ( July 10 ) We were four outside and it was very pleasant . There was a huge party outside , probably 20, and the service was a bit slow. Francesco is a pleasant friendly fellow, he tried, but he was overwhelmed. When the food was delivered, our server got two veal dishes mixed up. I had already peppered mine when I realized it wasn’t veal Saltimbocca. It was Scallopini which another member of our party ordered. She had already started eating my dish! All our dishes were excellent. The zucchini flowers are the best.

I ordered a glass of house Cabernet. A glass of white wine was delivered and he ran off so fast I couldn’t yell him back!

Took way too long to get my check.

Cenzino is a first class Italian Restaurant. The food is delicious. This was a bit of a different experience but we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place.

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vipJoe3
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal.&service was- outstanding and wonderful theater making desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peter our server was fabulous as he always is. Food was delicious and our table was great in the corner alcove .

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vipMrCos
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great night. Chef was very accommodating to our need for vegan options. Our server Vincenzo was terrific.

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TheLadies
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & extraordinary food artistically plated.

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vipCPiro
Las Vegas
38 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I was excited to check out their outdoor area and thought it would have been a little nicer. Lots of space but no real ambiance. Inside was nice and packed. The bathroom was beautiful and clean. The thing that stands out from the experience was the service, our waiter was awesome.
There is valet parking which is unnecessary but if your into that kind of scene all the high end cars are lined up in front showing off.

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vipCarolR
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Excellent service.

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vipKennyT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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vipNY2NJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and consistently high quality food and service. The outside dining is really nice, just needs a little more updates and privacy screens - regardless, we hope they keep it in place!

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Food4thought
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was good but certain dishes were way overpriced. We had a small side salad each that should have come with the meal and were charged $36 for 4. Ridiculous it was simply lettuce and a small tomato wedge.
Also the bus boys were constantly taking things off the table. They need serious training.
The wooden slat chairs were soooo uncomfortable. Will not be returning.

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JimC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The outdoor dining area was somewhat less than expected of Cenzino

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TedC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Cenzino. Definitely not the last! The food was outstanding, the service was terrific and the atmosphere was classy but approachable. Our appetizers, salads, and main courses were perfect. The menu has a wonderful variety of dishes that we look forward to exploring on subsequent visits but every course was delightful. The strawberries & crepe flambe dish was a perfect ending to a great meal.
We're looking forward to coming back.

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vipRulesdoc1
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was the best ever. Well done

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Kpc1
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was pleasant but took far too long for everything. Overpriced for the quality of the food.

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MikeF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can always count on very good food and service.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cenzino using the Order Online button. Cenzino also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 337-6693.

Cenzino is rated 4.7 stars by 752 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.