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About Cenzino

Rated #1 in Bergen County by Zagat's!! Italian Fare and Lounge; Authentic Regional Italian Cuisine....along with outstanding Lounge Bites...
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. Now announcing our famous CHEF Chris Gesualdi who has joined us. A veteran STAR from New York and former colleague of Thomas Keller.

589 Ramapo Valley Rd
Oakland, NJ 07436-2817
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Dining Style:
Elegant Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
SUNDAY FAMILY STYLE 2:00pm to 8 pm KITCHEN IS OPEN
BRING THE KIDS, RELAX AND ENJOY FAMILY STYLE

Cross Street:
Franklin Avenue and Routes 208 and 287

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(201) 337-6693

Website:
http://www.cenzinos.com/

Entertainment:


Catering:
Let us share our Chef for your Special Occasions at home.

Contact us for more details. Not your ordinary caterer!

Perfect for Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal and Baby Showers and memorable Anniversary's , Promotions and Corporate Meetings.

Parking Details:
Our location is designed with ample parking and we offer Cenzino Car service after your dinner to transport you and your car safely home.
Valet on the weekend

Executive Chef:
Chef Chris Gesualdi

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room

Special Events & Promotions:


Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

With joy we welcome you and your loved ones to feast on Chef's dedicated ala carte menu with Holiday items to please. Open from 2pm until 8 pm for dining. Please reserve at your earliest.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We welcome you to celebrate at Cenzino for an early dinner or swing in the New Year. Reservations from 5 pm for early dining and 8pm for later seating. Reserve at your earliest.
Early seating at $95 per person for a five course meal and later seatings at $125 with dancing and DJ

Cenzino Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (22)
Special Occasion (17)
Good for a Date (16)
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Good for Birthdays (15)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Worth the Drive (11)
Romantic (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Authentic (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Cenzino's menu offers a nice variety and twists that allow you to avoid the standard fare. More importantly, all the dishes we ordered were executed extremely well. Service was prompt even on a busy Saturday evening. Our order for decaf coffee, which trips up many a lazy restaurant, was served hot and fresh.

All the hard surfaces of the surrounding décor create a somewhat noisy atmosphere, even though the seating is well spaced. The chairs are also very comfortable. A very enjoyable evening and we highly recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Sadly slow, no energy, couldn't get a second round of drinks, what happened to this place?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

An excellent culinary experience. Great food with great service in a beautiful ambiance. Highly recommended

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Great cuisine as usual with impecable, attentive service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

It's nice to have Cenzino back where they belong... as the premier restaurant in NJ. New creative food, generous portions and the same great team. Nice to have them at the top again.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Local and TERRIFIC! We dined at Cenzino the other night. Having moved from Ridewood to Mahwah a few years ago, we are always looking for local restaurants . Quite simply , Cenzino is terrific. I had dined there many many years ago -- old style Italian, both in decor and menu. Now, a complete transformation: modern, comfortable interior, excellent (though somewhat small) menu, and wonderful service. We were visited by Regina, the maitre d' at lease twice to get to know us. She was quite excited that one of the diners that night was Drew Nieporent's brother from his well known NY restaurant group. Cenzino had just scored a major coup by getting Chris Gesualdi as their Chef -- he had been at Montrachet. The food was great --- we shared an appie, then got 2 great pastas ; a seafood spaghetti, and a veal tortelloni. Both were perfectly prepared (maybe needed a little salt), and were quite satisfying a flavorful.. We are thrilled to be able to have such a wonderful place so very close to us -- we will return and will recommend to our friends!!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

food was very good, service was average at best. waited 15 mintues for our dessert, and had to remind the waiter twice before it finnally arrived.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Food was very good but bad bar. They use very thin ice which melts almost instantly leaving your drink very watered down before you have the first sip. If you like your cocktails on the rocks you better order over proofed brands to get a drink that doesn't taste like water. For $14 a drink you should get a cocktail that drinkable. A good bar tender should know better. So I can't say much for the bar tender that I had.

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

Very surprised! Beautiful décor and ambiance. Food was very good, just a bit pricey. I would definitely dine here again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Always consistent and very friendly staff. Beautiful decor with live music on Friday nights. It's a little gem.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

We keep coming back and are never disappointed. These people get it....great food, great service! You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Nice place - good ambiance- very friendly and attentive service. We went out on a date night and was looking for something a little upscale with moderate pricing(in my opinion thinking a dinner for 2 about $75 per person) and good food. When we got the bill I was a little disappointed that what we paid really didn't match the food. But if money is not an issue, I would say its a solid place . I'm Just sayin...

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

3rd time there. First 2 times for large parties. This time a simple date night. Each time was a great experience. Food, service and atmosphere...perfect.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2017

It's never good when you lose a good friend. My wife and I have eaten st Cenzino's over 500 times in10 years. This beautiful restaurant has a superb staff that we call friends. Jen, the bartender, can make you laugh on your worst day and Rob. Benny, Ron and Diego care about the customer's satisfaction at a unique level. Unfortunately, the quality of Cenzino's product, the food, lacks creativity, is served instead if "presented" ,and now is accompanied by uncooked vegetables and skimpy portions
I will return, to see my friends, but less often unfortunately. The quality of food no longer justifies the price for me. The fix is easy. No gimmicks. Just get back to what a beautiful restaurant, with a superb staff should do...serve the best meals at a reasonable price. Make more friends! I hope they do.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2017

The food at this restaurant is classic and outstanding Italian. The service is very good and the owner Regina, is extremely attentive and gracious. I would recommend it to anyone. The bar area and the "newer" room are a bit noisy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Food portions are somewhat small for the cost, but the taste is oustanding. Service was a little awkward given this is an upscale restaurant. Beautiful interior. Has valet parking and coat check.

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

Good food and good staff. The drinks are pricey for Oakland, NJ

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Food was excellent,all homemade pasta very good, had live music which was relaxing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Food has always been great. Always great service and server was very attentive. Always a wonderful experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

The restaurant was remodeled and is very elegant. I will go back just to stop at the bar. The food was very good and the specials all sounded incredible.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Great meal- great service!!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2017

The food is always fantastic as well as the service!!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

I am taking the time to write this because I genuinely enjoy Cenzino. we did have to wait for about an hour for our table which we had reservation for so that was disappointing. The only benefit from that was that we ate so late that people had already left and the noise level was less. I am an interior decorator and HIGHLY recommend they research sound absorption panels. I can provide them but this response does not come with the intent of increasing my business. We could hardly hear the people we were with who actually complained about the noise as well. On that note I will say that more than likely I would return with my husband only or ask for a very early time slot. If you would like further information on how to help decrease the sound please call me at 2012801883.

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

Have been coming here for years. Newly renovated and the food just gets better each time!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Cenzino, although very pretty due to a modern stylized renovation, certainly has a lot to be desired on the food side of things. The 2 seafood dishes were overcooked and somewhat bland. They ran out of at least 2 of the specials my table would have ordered....and this was at 8pm(hardly late!!)
The wait staff was inattentive...waiter apologized, but still not acceptable at the prices Cenzino charges.
Overall, a disappointment and everyone at my table will not be dining there in the near future again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Definitely worth a try. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2017

We loved the Family Style Menu now offered on Sunday's

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

For New Years eve we were seated at our reservation time and greeted at our table by Regina the owner who was lovely. Even though we made the reservation a week in advance their was no way to see the prix fix menu before hand so our choices were limited. There was also no mention of price at any time. The dinner was fine and they messed up the order of courses so the flow was interrupted but it was good. I would probably go back on a non specific night.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Went here for New Year's Eve based on a friend's recommendation and thought the food was excellent. The staff was great, the ambience was chic and the food was amazing– even though it was a set menu. They had more than enough to choose from and the wine list was extensive . The only thing I would say was that it was a little pricey, but it was for 5 courses. Overall it was well worth and will return!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Regina and her Staff makes the visit SPECIAL. Their Executive Chef makes the difference from ordinary to GREAT !!!
Matt Linda

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2016

my family took my mom for her birthday and we were treated like long-time customers/friends - everybody was so friendly and accommodating. We ordered wine, appetizers, entrees - and everything was fantastic. This was only my and my mom's second time here. It was my husband, my niece, and her fiance's first time, but I think they'll definitely be back. A little on the pricey side, but definitely worth it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2016

We had an all around excellent meal for our party of eight. The food was delicious and the service very attentive.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

What a let down for Christmas Eve. After several good experiences at this restaurant, they didn't live up to our expectations on our last visit. I often remark how a restaurant can be so ignorant of the fact that you are there to review them afterwards and that they should make every effort to make sure all is perfect. Sorry to say that it seems the waiting times and quality of food goes down hill when the place is packed for a holiday. To start, we had a calamari dish which was under cooked and gummy. We trashed three quarters of the dish it was so bad. Bread wasn't served until we reminded the wait staff about it, and then... it came stale. Vegetables on the main dishes were not fully done and were a little too stiff to my liking. Thankfully the wait staff was hustling that night and did a pretty good job despite the heavy crowd. My wife says no more holiday dinners at Cenzino's. It ruined our opinion of them. Sorry.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We ate there for a special Christmas Eve dinner. It was very good. The food was delicious and the ambiance was high end and romantic. We intend to go again. It is not cheap, and should be left for special occasions.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

A wonderful Christmas Eve dinner. The special menu was great and the food and service
was outstanding. A memorable dining experience

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Returned to Cenzinos for a special night. It was my wife's birthday.
They made it a real occasion. Great food, great service and the
owner's daughter sang for us.

Tags: Live Music, Authentic, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Really enjoyed our dinner at Cenzino this past Saturday. Regina was sweet and the entire staff did a great job taking care of us. Food was delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Can't say enough good things. This was a spur of the moment Friday night out......we were concerned about getting in since we were making our Open Table reservation only 45 minutes before the time we would be arriving. When we got there we were promptly seated although they were extremely busy. The host/owner was gracious and checked on us several times. The food was cooked perfectly and delicious. The best part of our evening was our server. Although relatively new to the business he was outstanding, I thought he was at lest a 20 year veteran to the service industry......checked on us often, made great recommendations, always smiled and joked a bit.....as hard as he was working I think he had a better time than we did! My wife and I had just had very difficult days.....this dinner was a great end to the evening and we left happy, full and smiling! I highly recommend their lamb dishes, sea food perfect and the Bourbon Bread Pudding is a must have!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2016

We had been here before and returned based on our prior experiences. Once again we were very pleased. We meet friends here and find that we get a great meal and are able to linger and spend time with our friends. We are never rushed and it has always been a very pleasant experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2016

This is a lovely little restaurant with delicious Italian food. Staff was attentive and friendly. Get the canoli!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic
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