LuNello Restaurant

4.7
577 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
LuNello Restaurant believes the enjoyment of fine food is among the finer things in life. Since 1990, Chef Seger's use of out-of-the ordinary ingredients, homemade pastas, and innovative specials has created a loyal following. His modern flair mixed with traditional culinary skills has created a whirlwind of praise. The menu has Italian classics as well as contemporary specials featuring the finest ingredients. LuNello has gone right to the source when purchasing ingredients. Each dish reflects the attention placed into its preparation. Chef Seger believes buying local ingredients ensures the ultimate freshness of a dish. Enticing presentation and courteous and professional staff are integral to LuNello's success. The elegant setting is the perfect complement to the menu. Whether dining in the Dining Room or enjoying wine and cocktails in the handsome bar, we work to create the ultimate experience.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(973) 837-1660
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Louis Seger
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 577 People Are Saying
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Certainly not the fine dining experience of the historic intimate Totowa location, when Richie, the maitre d', insured impeccable service to all patrons and where Chef Seger was creative and was focused on giving his patrons a unique dining experience.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been eating here with family and friends for many years and have never been disappointed!!! Lou the chief and owner is one of the very best at serving some of the best food I have ever eaten!!!! His staff is so awesome and especially Oscar our waiter who knows all the daily specials by memory!!! Very very impressed by that for sure!!! Our favorite restaurant ever and I highly recommend you go and have a unbelievable experience and meal!!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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B
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

This is my 5th time to this restaurant. The service was so bad...I was shocked. We sat for 15 minutes and no one came to the table. I had to ask for menus, the special menu and for drinks and water. We had a young waiter who seemed like he could care less about our table. It was the worse service I ever had at LuNello. I was so embarrassed because we had taken my parents out for a special evening and we had told them how amazing the place was in terms of service and food. I felt so badly that we were basically ignored the entire evening. We had to ask the waiter 3 times for the check. After wAiting 20 minutes we asked the manager for the check and finally got. I was sincerely floored by how bad the service was. Really disappointed. We will not be back. You need to fire that waiter!

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super delicious dinner as always!

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OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very solid upscale Italian. Seems to be resting on its laurels a bit though.

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PD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lou and team killed it as usual!!! Can’t find any better Italian food in NJ.

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NJ
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal.

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RH
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Food was delicious! Oscar was fabulous

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NN
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food!!! Great Location!! Good Value! Friendly Staff!!

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HT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely. Great food and service

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RH
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again an outstanding dining experience. The quality of food and service is near impossible to match

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d
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunello is one of my favorite restaurants- everything is always delicious & the quality is ouststanding. With so many specials there is something for everyone! If youve never been give it a try it will become one of your favorites also.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service are outstanding! Ambiance is a bit stale and dated, could use freshening up.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday Dinner

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d
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptionally prepared food and great service

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R
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special occasion 60th birthday excellent food and drinks service was excellent

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j
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is my favorite restaurant in New Jersey by far. Great food, service and friendly bar.

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VL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 40th anniversary here and we were not disappointed-as usual. Great place!

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS GREAT FOOD , COMFORTABLE SETTING & NO HASSLE ORDERING, WAITERS ARE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE

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CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , not cheap but not expensive, it's worth much more than the price you actually pay. Seafood salad is super fresh, service is excellent. We go ALOT. We know some of the waiters for a long time and they are great and part of the reason we keep going back.
Would recommend to everyone.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special occasion, birthday dinner! Great overall

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RV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! Staff is attentive and accommodating. Food comes out perfect. An amazing amount of specials that never disappoint. Can’t wait to go back again soon.

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S
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Old neighbor hood favorite with gracious style and manners

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for my boyfriend. They put a candle on the cake. Very nicely done

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AM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

I have been to this restaurant many times, it’s one of our favorites. However, had this been our first time we probably wouldn’t go back. We had a very inexperienced and inattentive waitress. She wasn’t very well versed on the specials nor the menu items. We had to flag down a bus boy to get a wine list. By the time we got it dinner was being put on the table. Hence we had to forego the wine. Also our guest had to ask to have his water glass refilled on more than one occasion. We still love the place but in the future we will ask in advance for a specific waiter.

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MZ
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great fresh food! Service is fantastic. Chef is top notch. Great Italian food...even to Italians!

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CS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always amazing! The seafood salad is delightful. The food overall is great. The service is always amazing! I will forever return

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Food too heavy. Incredible indigestion. Service very good. Decor way outdated

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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Great place to celebrate special occasions.

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MT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great ambiance and great food! It was my first time there and we (three of us) enjoyed it immensely. I made the reservations on Open Table and it asked if it was a special occasion and I noted that it was for a birthday. After dinner, they came out with my dessert (delicious bread pudding with a candle) and all of the waiters sang happy birthday (some of the people joined in too)! I would definitely recommend LuNello's.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we were very pleased with every aspect of our experience. We were celebrating our 10th anniversary with our parents and since all of us have been to Italy and other upscale restaurants, we were hoping for an authentic dinner. None of us were disappointed. My dad ordered the octopus appetizer (just like in Rome, he said) and the Tripe main course with the same response. He was thrilled to find it on the menu and polished off the entire bowl except for the last bit of polenta. Other dishes we had, the Branzino (no head or tail) also delicious, the Halibut and Duck...all wonderfully prepared and served. Our server was efficient and entertaining, personable but not overbearing, we have no complaints about the service at all. We tried the candied grape sorbet for dessert and it was refreshing and delicious, not too sweet once we removed the cotton candy decoration!! We will definitely be back!!

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MC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far my Favorite Italian restaurant in the Tri-state area. Outstanding food, service and value. A++.

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w
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. The duck rates an A+.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been disappointed with the service, the food and the overall ambience of LuNello. This birthday celebration for my friend was no exception. Attentive service and wonderful food.

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J
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Have had the pleasure of experiencing Lu Nello's for lunch, dinner and private parties. Never a disappointment but rather accolades from those who we dined with. Great service but not over-bearing. Consistently great and creative food choices with a myriad of specials always. Lou the owner and executive chef is a special person and if you get a chance to talk to him, he will enlighten you on the food choices that he is still excited about even after all these years. This excitement and passion is important to me when dining. When Lou and the wait staff suggest some items on the menu, go for it.

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OT
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers day

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e
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there on a few occasions and it always provides a good dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. Printing the numerous specials would help but that's being "picky." Continues to be on our short list for a special occasion.

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SD
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to visit Lunellos. Food is outstanding.

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