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Permanently Closed - Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking

4.4
321 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking in Linwood, New Jersey is a small restaurant that offers an exclusive lunch or dinner experience. Prepared by the chef and owner with seasonal fare, your meal will highlight traditional Italian cooking techniques. Guests can order from the menu or try the five-course tasting menu and be surprised by the chef�s current favorites.

Start your meal at Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking with eggplant caponata or the chef�s artisan cheese selection. Pasta, soup, fish and meat dishes make up the rest of the menu. Diners love the veal chop, seared scallops and Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking�s famous soft shell crab cooked with a spicy cioppino ragu.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(609) 926-3030
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Luke Palladino
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Catering
Luke Palladino Catering would be pleased to cater any event, from an intimate dinner or party to an elaborate wedding. Catering menus can be customized with Luke personally, to suit any taste or budget. We will be happy to work with any idea, theme or vision you have for your event.

Delivery, set-up, cooking staff, serving staff, bartenders and other services available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Central Avenue
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Public transit
We are conveniently situated on Route 9 in Linwood, NJ with access to NJ Transit public transportation. For transportation from any point on Absecon Island, We recommend UBER. First time UBER clients, use promo code PALLADINOS for $20 credit.
Additional
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
1.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

This restaurant is closed. We did not get any notice regarding our reservation. I was lucky to read about it in the paper. Open table dld not let me cancel the reservation, which I was only trying to do because the restaurant had required a credit card, AND we wanted we wanted to make a reservation elsewhere. Open table would not allow me to make another reservation for the same night. I had to post star ratings to submit this review, but they should be left blank.

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vipMarc (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on September 4, 2016

Luke , This was our first visit and from your personal greeting when we arrived to the excellent team and excellent food from the flat bread to your fresh fish and desert, you exceeded our expectations and can't wait to return!

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vipJenM (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on September 4, 2016

It was cash only over Labor Day weekend. The host stand couldn’t find my reservation, seated us but called my phone 30min later to ask why I hadn’t shown.

Service was exceptionally slow with 2 different servers. We ordered some apps, black pasta, and 4 dinners. The fried zucchini and arancini apps were good, but the black pasta was AWFUL. Nothing like it had been previously, with a fishy taste, no herbs, and water in the bottom of the bowl with a black film.

Our waiter showed up with a roasted whole Dorad (which we didn’t order). We explained we ordered Branzino (we got the name mixed up with Baramundi). He said Branzino and Dorad are the same thing. He was very insistent that we were wrong and not him. We didn’t want to wait for 2 new meals to be cooked so we agreed to just take it. While they were cooked well, mine had about 20-25 bones left in it. Overall an awful experience (our 2nd) and we won’t return.

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stephanie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2016

always a magnificent treat at LUKE PALLADINO. Different and exquisite choices all the time. looking forward to our next visit.

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vipTrialgirl (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

Notwithstanding the wonderfulness of the food, the service was lousy and energetic does not begin to describe the noise level in the restaurant. This was the next to last Saturday night of the season. The staff should have known what do by that date. Maybe the restaurant should not overbook so the staff can service the patrons. If you were bored of your own dinner conversation, you could easily hear the next table. There is nothing to absorb the sound I truly look forward to the off-season when the service and ambience will match the quality of the food

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vipMetrokid (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

The food was Outstanding from the appetizers to dessert. We had a party of 4 and all of us had a Great eating experience from the Veal Chop, Freeh catch of the day and 2 Homemade Pasta dishes. The service was spot on. The Apps were outstanding

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chichi11 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 26, 2016

Loved the place for years. Food has really gone down hill, especially the calamari which we used to love. Heavy breading and not so fresh.

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vipTomSr (Miami)
5.0  Dined on August 24, 2016

Excellent food very good service

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

I have eaten at Luke's restaurants in South Philadelphia, his other location in Linwood, and in Atlantic City and this was my least favorite experience of the experiences. His Veal Milanese for 39 dollars was drier than I prefer and no match for the equally priced Veal Milanese at Chef Vola. I would also say that his meat entrees were limited to 4 which I was hoping for greater selection.

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vipddeats (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

Someone who really knows authentic Italian food, not South Jersey Red Gravy Italian, but real "takes you back to the old country" food. Everything we had there was spot on tasty and the portioning is just right. Luke knows his pasta and you really should not dine here without indulging. If we lived in the neighborhood this would be our go to spot, but we don't. Fortunately our friends do and they say it will now be their go to spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

A great place, Luke in the house.
A local fav

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

I have been to this restaurant more than two dozen times. The food is always great. I do not understand how this wonderful place does not have a line out the door each and every nite. Anyone who has not tried Luke's yet needs to make a reservation. The food is that good!

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Amblerlocal (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

Very nice dining experience. Good service and good food. Little bit noisy but would definitely go again.

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vipMetrokid (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2016

We visit Luke's at least twice a month and he keeps the menu fresh based on the freshest products that are seasonally correct for the area and tine of year. The service is always spot on

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Excellent dinner and experience !!! Shared the Porterhouse special with my son , and my wife had the veal chop Milanese . Both were prepared perfectly and were delicious. This was our first time at this restaurant and glad we made the trip out of Ventnor!!!

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vipsuperjfc (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Second visit and looking forward to returning!
The food preparation is excellent.
The appetizers of calamari and caponata were enjoyed by all.
The homemade pasta and seafood were delicious as well.
Although we enjoyed dessert, it wasn't exactly as described on the menu. It was described as a tort, but was actually pound cake.
Since menu is seasonal, will have to return when it is changed!

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vipTerri (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

Swordfish was excellent , as were the apps-tuna bruschetta, daily flatbread, and eggplant caponata .
First time for our guests, who were extremely pleased

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vipgino (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

As early diners it was quiet and hard to judge the overall ambiance. We had excellent service and the special fish entree (monk}was absolutely fresh and perfectly prepared . Out compliments to the Chef!!

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vipStan (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

Very good food just a little on loud side for conversation

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vipZenaC (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2016

The service was excellent and they were on top of everything

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vipMike (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2016

Great flatbread. Had to order seconds we liked it so much. Dino was very pleasant and we had two excellent pasta dishes. Love this place

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vipJanice (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2016

Exceptional meal from A-Z. My dining partners and I were completely satisfied with our meal from appetizers to dessert. Tried the burrata caprese, ahi tuna, and eggplant caponata for starters and hard pressed to determine what was the favorite. Entrees included the bucatini with soft shell crabs, raviolline, and the pasta nero with crabmeat. All interesting and delicious flavors. Limoncello tort and cannolli for dessert. Service was great. Just a superb dining experience. If I lived closer, I'd be there on a regular basis. Ingredients are fresh and the combinations are designed to give the fullest flavor.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2016

The food was excellent and the special $40 apps and pasta tasting is a real bargain. Loved the crespella and salads. And the special pasta was divine. The plastic chairs just don't work for me. Good service.

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vipSammie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

Do not go here! I want this place to my self. Luke knows how to please the public. Fantastic northern Italian food. Tasty, flavorful, fresh food. This man is a very exceptional chef. His prices are very fair and the place does not get too noisy. You can actually carry on a conversation.
Let me say this. Like Palladino is an exceptional man. He runs this place well. He is the head chef. The other night we were there and a patron had a severe medical problem. Not only did they call 911 and get this man to a hospital but Luke himself stayed with this man and an his family until he was taken out by the ambulance. That was about 22 minutes. What a kind act. Says a lot about Luke. He was truly concerned. An exception man.
We have been frequenting this place since his move from Tilden Road. I am sold on this wonderful place. What a treat it is to dine there. Truly Luke is The Man!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

Outstanding meal, great personable servers.

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vipMagoo (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

this is the third time that I had a reservation and I had to wait for 20 minutes. Management must learn to move the people out to allow the next batch of diners to sit.

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vipRichD (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

Food and service were good however we were seated in a booth which faced the kitchen. The doors swinging constantly were very distracting. I indicated on the reservation that this was a birthday celebration.

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vipkoolmel (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

Always have a good meal here, at reasonable prices. Do not like the seating, small table for 2 people, and sometimes the air conditioning blows too strongly on the diners. Seating not the most comfortable, but the food is very good.

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vipDavidF (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2016

Interesting menu, on target relative to cost and clientele. BYOB to boot.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2016

We love This restaurant! The flavors that we experience each visit are amazing!

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