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  1. Distance: 4.93mi
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  3. Distance: 5.35mi
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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:


Cenzino Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for a Date (18)
Special Occasion (18)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Romantic (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Authentic (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Local Ingredients (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Cozy (4)
Business Meals (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 6 days ago

We have been to this restaurant about 6 times over the years. We decided to have dinner there last Saturday night to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Although it has been redecorated that is the only good thing I can say about it. It did look very nice. I had lamb chops that were awful. New Zealand lamb not American. Thinly sliced and overdone. I asked for medium. I did tell our waiter how disappointed I was and he compensated by giving my son Taramisu on the house. What good did that do me? The Caesar salad was average. My husband ‘s Chicken, son’s pork chop and my Mom’s shrimp were ok -nothing to rave about. The prices were high. We expected better. Service was slow even taking into consideration it was as a Saturday night. I think it will be our last dinner there.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Lower the music and it's perfect

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Love Cenzino’s. Great food and great service. The Sinatra singer was excellent. Hats off to Regina, Rob, and Paige. Always feels like family at Cenzino’s.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Consistently excellent.... have to get the affogato

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always a great dinner ...staff is very attentive and awesome, we try to get there 2 or 3 times a month

Tags: Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Cenzino’s provides top notch cuisine in a very lovely, upscale environment. The staff is very attentive. Our waiter, Peter, made our evening very special.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I had heard good things about this restaurant but was deeply disappointed. The food was bland and nearly tasteless. The chef needs a visit from Robert Irvine!

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

The host/owner is very friendly. She makes you feel very welcome. Old school Italian hospitality.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We love going to Cenzino. Great food - always have my favorite, Dover Sole.
Specials are creative. Wait staff are the best. Great bar for a cocktail. Valet parking is good. You can eat in two dining areas or eat at the bar.....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

You can not go wrong!!! Great service, terrific menu and specials - plus the Chef will "adjust" to what you like to eat! - Good wine List
Just Go!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Always great Italian food and owner always solicitous and friendly to guests!

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

My wife and I were given a gift card for our 31st year wedding anniversary to try Cenzino's. With five children added to our family we do not often enjoy fine dining. This restaurant was perfectly delightful for our special occasion. Thank you.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great service, great food, great atmosphere. We had a small get-together (lunch) with old high school friends and it was the perfect place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We love this place.
The food is great - the filet mignon in pepper corn sauce is our favorite.
When it's crowded, it can be a bit noisy. When it's not, it's easy to have a pleasant conversation.
The staff is friendly, and the service is great.
This is our go-to place for special occasions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Consistent excellence that can be counted on. Can be noisy when filled to capacity.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Cenzino never disappoints with great Itslian didhes and outstanding wait staff. We had the rollatini and cheese ravili with fantastic Zuchini blossums filled with cheese appetizer!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

We have been here a number of times. We have always found it to be a great experience. It is a great place to meet up with friends and spend some time in conversation and enjoying a good meal. The staff is great as is the food. It is never a rushed time.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We sat in the newer dining room and the noise level was terrible for dining. My husband had risotto which was very good. I had a veal dish (I do't remember the exact name, di monti was part of it) I could taste the flour on the veal and the sauce was very bland. We always loved the food in the past, but I'm not enthralled with this chef.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This was first time at Cenzino's. We were pleased with all aspects of the restaurant. Greeting, service, food and drinks were all excellent. We expect to return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Fiest experience. I would definitely come back. Excellent food and service. Very comfortable atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Bar Seating, Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We had a lovely evening celebrating our friend's engagement. Service and food were very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Celebrating Father's Day

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great restaurant and staff ..try to go every Saturday

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We were aware of Cenzino for a while, but never went until this past weekend. Honestly, we were a little disappointed. There was nothing "wrong" with the meal per se, but it wasn't really worth writing home about either. The wine list is fine, but on the expensive side. Appetizers and entrees were pricey, but not out of line with similar type restaurants in the area. The food was good, but there wasn't anything about it that made it special. Everything about the meal was just "fine." And for the prices, that's not really worth it in an area with so many alternatives.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Excellent meal. Wonderful service! Highly recommended!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The restaurant is very pretty & comfortable. The menu was extensive but very pricey.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Been here several times and it was one of our favorites, but this week it was off. Food, service, etc, just was not up to past experiences. And people at another table were rudely loud and disruptive of others seeking to have a peaceful dining experience. Hopefully this was a just a bleep because we really like this resturant

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This was the worst meal the 6 of us ever had for dinner. The waitress and ambiance were great. All our appetizers were horrible. Clams Oreganato fishy and Sandy, gnocci hard and cold, tuna over cooked and no taste, polenta with red sauce dry, shrimp app special no sauce and bland. Dinner was about the same but worse all 3 pasta dinners were mushy over cooked and no taste, chicken Parmesan was a big tomato on top with melted cheese horrific, short ribs which should fall off the bone rubbery and couldn't cut lastly chicken arrabiata awful so many red pepper flakes and a horrible sauce. We complained and manager came to table and said he'd be right back. Well he never came back. The waitress gave us lemoncello which we sent back. The clincher was getting the check not even one item taken off bill. Whatever you do don't go to this restaurant!! Big didappointment.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Updated and better.
Refreshed comfortable dining room with
Good Italian options

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Always a great meal here. Quiet and classy. All the usual suspects on the Italian menu. Specials should be listened to... Osso Buco is wonderful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

I am always very satisfied when coming here. It's become a go to for special occasions and those rare evenings when the kids are out!

Belissimo!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Excellent beyond all expectations. Service, food, ambiance wine selection & knowledgeable expertise of wines.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Mediocre food w/terrible service = overpriced & loud restaurant

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Service was very slow. The food was good when it finally came. People who came in after us were served before us. Not enough help on the floor & in the kitchen. Maybe the chef should stay in the kitchen & cook!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 15, 2017

This restaurant is fabulous! It never disappoints

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Casual, Romantic, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Our Mother's Day was pure perfection from the moment Regina greeted us at the door .....through every morsel of outstanding flavors woven into the highest quality ingredients....it was pure perfection.....can't wait to return

Tags: Vegan, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great food--great flavor--cooked perfect--steak excellect cut size etc..
portions a little small--just a touch for this type of restaurant--expected that but was fact. It is the feeling when you actual say--wow that is a little small...My cannoli was not fill through.. just the ends-- That's wrong MAN.. disappointed!! FILL IT-- it is the end to the excellent meal:}

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Business Meals
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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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