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  1. Distance: 4.93mi
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  1. Distance: 4.93mi
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  1. Distance: 4.93mi
  2. Distance: 4.96mi
  3. Distance: 5.35mi
  4. Distance: 5.43mi

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.

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:


Cenzino Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
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Good for Birthdays (15)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Romantic (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Fun (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Seasonal (2)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Food was delicious, service was excellent, ambiance was classic.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Enjoyed each course very much.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2016

This was our second visit to Cenzino and we enjoyed a great evening with our son in law's parents.
Dinner was delicious, fresh and expertly prepared. We enjoyed the mussels appetizer and the soup from the specials menu as well as the burrata. Outstanding. Dinner choices were lamb chops milanese, chicken special and veal from the main menu. Everything was wonderful.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Live Music, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We enjoyed the food and service. It caters to a much older crowd.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2016

My wife and I dined here last Saturday. The restaurant is modern, staff very nice and the food was average. We have dined here before and enjoyed it very much. This time, we were a little disappointed. Overall value is very good. We will try them again

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Everything on the menu is delicious! extremely friendly staff with a person touch. The setting lets you relax and truly enjoy your dining. Always worth going to!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2016

We had a great table in the corner which allowed for ease of conversation with minimal noise considering there was Jazz Trio at the bar. Food was really yummy and accommodating as one of the diners is both gluten and dairy free.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Great local gem that never disappoints time after time! Enjoyed a number of items from the list of specials but the menu selections are equally great - seafood, beef, veal, chicken, pasta - my family and guests have enjoyed them all and is the reason we continue to come back to "our" special place!

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Best food we've had in a long time five stars

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2016

First time there this weekend and my wife and I really enjoyed it. Will definitely return. Thanks!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2016

I have been to Cenzino a few times in the last couple of months. It's hit or miss, mostly miss. Most of the dinners are tasteless or just don't have the right ingredients. Out of 20 dinners, only three are worth talking about. However, I will not be reviewing those dinners because I will not be dining there for a very long time to come. The wait staff is very friendly and they try very hard to please, but the kitchen cannot produce the quality you expect for the price you pay.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Everything was excellent, but the noise level was too high and made it difficult to converse. Ideal for couples who aren't talking to each other.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2016

This was our first dining experience at Cenzino. The decor is lovely, subdued and elegant. Our entire dining experience was that of a five star restaurant; professional, courteous and unassuming. We enjoyed our meals, beginning with a shared appetizer of fried calamari which was light and crisp. My husband ordered the buccatini pasta special which was prepared perfectly. I enjoyed the generous veal chop with mushrooms. The tartufo looked amazing and I wish we had room to order dessert!
Regina greeted us as if we were family and checked on us throughout the meal.
We are looking forward to hosting our daughter's baby shower in their lovely dining room and we plan to return for dinner again soon!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Great time ! Great Food! Great Place! Wonderful Staff, very polite.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on August 27, 2016

New owners at this long standing restaurant venue are recreating fine dining in Oakland, NJ. After several outings to Cenzino, they consistently have met my expectations! Bravo Cenzino!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Had a wonderful dinner with friends . The specials were delicious. Red snapper over broccoli rabe and zucchini
Spaghetti with crab and shrimp. The osso bucco melts in your mouth.
Regina the owner makes you feel like family.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Exceptional service and food. Just a great place - to have a great meal!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2016

This was our second time at Cenzino, celebrating a special occasion, and everything was fabulous! We were seated immediately with no wait. Our drinks were served quickly and the specials were presented to us verbally. We all chose different entrees and all of them were prepared exactly right and the plates were visually very very appealing. The food looked spectacular. The same care and detail was present with all our dessert plates too. The servers were all very friendly and very accommodating and all took care to fulfill any extra request quickly. It's become one of our favorite restaurants now, and we will repeat. Thank you Cenzino!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2016

My husband and I came to Cenzino's for date night. We were so surprised to walk in and find such a beautiful and hip location right around the corner from our home. We'd driven past countless times but hadn't visited until receiving a gift card from friends.

We will visit again without a doubt. The food was great, service attentive and wine a liquor options of a good variety.

At the end of the night, the owner asked us to the bar for a lemoncello on the house. It was a kind and perfect ending to our night out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Unfortunately, the service and lack of attention was so poor, all the other categories are effected.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2016

`as we were celebrating our anniversary, our dining experience was horrible.

my wife was unable to eat her shrimp dinner as the odor from the shrimp emitted
a strong presence of "iodine" . of course she could not eat this entrée and asked the waiter
to speak to the manager. his reply was this happened because "it was cooked on the grill".
wow after replacing her order, she had to "look at me as I continued with my dinner"
twenty minutes later her dinner arrived, now it was my turn to watch her what a catastrophe
what a way to ruin our anniversary dinner

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 25, 2016

Decor, staff and welcoming us

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2016

All 5 of us enjoyed Cenzino very much. Very good food and Service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Sophisticated atmosphere, very good service, lovely food beautifully presented. Costly but worth it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2016

the restaurant was nice but nothing special. The people were very pleasant. The food came out at a reasonable time but was pretty standard. The seats were really uncomfortable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2016

It was a spectacular dining experience. The staff was knowledgeable, courteous, and committed to ensuring that we had a great overall experience. My wife and I started off by ordering the La Caprese appetizer. It's a simple and delicious dish that was perfected. The dish consists of fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and roasted peppers with olive oil. We ordered two Caesar salads for the next course. The croutons were decent but the dressing was phenomenal. It tasted freshly made, tangy, and was topped with shaved Grana Padano. For entrees, my wife ordered Fettuccine Alfredo topped with grilled chicken. I ordered the pasta special that includes spaghetti, littleneck clams, shrimp, jumbo lump crab meat, and zucchini in a tomato, garlic and olive oil sauce. It was absolutely fantastic. The attention to detail is truly second to none. We highly recommend it!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2016

The food is consistently good. When you are dining with friends, you do not have to scream across the table to be heard.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 23, 2016

The pasta was amazing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2016

This was the 2nd time here ! It was very good service was great it was a Saturday night it was in the quite side! I would diffently go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 8, 2016

I hadn't noticed that the price was $10+ more than any other entree when I ordered it. it was $52. It was quite bland. If I had realized before the bill arrived I either wouldn't have ordered it or sent it back for some flavoring. The mashed potatoes were also strange (truffle maybe?).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Wine was served and was very warm. White wine not cold is unacceptable for a quality restaurant like cenzino made meal and eveing a little less enjoyable

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