LuNello Restaurant

4.7
560 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 560 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Special occasion, birthday dinner! Great overall

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Old neighbor hood favorite with gracious style and manners

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 19, 2018

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 Decor way outdated

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

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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1.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Fathers day

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Always a treat to visit Lunellos. Food is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

My favorite restaurant in NJ. Since I moved away, every time I am in NJ I have to go there for a meal. This was one of those times. Miss seeing Karen greeting you at the door - she was wonderful and such a great person. Hope she is back soon!!
The food is delicious. All the time. Have never had a bad meal here. It is the best Italian food in all of NJ and probably even the Tri-state area!! How I wish they would open a restaurant in Naples, FL!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

My bride and I decided this would be the place for our anniversary dinner. We enjoyed a 3 hour dinner together and would bring a larger group next time. Nice ambience, solid starters (Seared Scallops for her, 3-way tuna for me), dinner was nice (broiled salmon and risotto with filet mignon and mushroom) and deserts were a sweet finish (Tiramisu and Cheesecake (fresh blueberry).

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Wonderful food and service. Will go back - it’s a special place

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Fantastic Italian food! Delicious desserts

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

As always great food and service. LuNellos always delivers!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The place is a true gem. Food is outstanding. Can it be beat , best Italian in New Jersey / New York area. Awesome, traditional Italian

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Bringing out the flavors is what they do here. The veal here is better then most. The specials are always excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The soft shell crabs were to die for! The food never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Service and food were perfect. We had an early seating the night before mother's day, I thought we were going to be rushed so they could turn our table over, it was quite the opposite. We were not rushed at all. I highly recommend the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We live in Florida, and ALWAYS eat at LuNello's when we are in the area. It is in the top five to top 10 restaurants we call our favorites during our 40 years of marriage! It is the best of the best Italian food you will find anywhere!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

The food was excellent! We were very happy from the appetizers to dessert. Our waiter was very kind and knowledgeable! Only disappointment is I specified on the reservation that it was our anniversary and it was not acknowledged.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Our anniversary dinner was lovely! Great food and service. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

It never fails! Each time I go I try something new and it's always amazing. My husband & I went with another couple who has always wanted to go. They are planning on going back. I would have given the ambiance 5 stars but it was a little on the loud side. It's always packed. I'm looking forward to going back. Here's a little tip...I just found out that they have a written menu for the specials, so if you miss what the waiters said or forgot (because there are so many specials) you can just check the menu!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Everything was great until when I got home I noticed that the valet service damaged my right front wheel and didn’t say anything. Now I have to get it fixed.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We had a delicious meal. Food was very fresh. Fish cooked to perfection. Pasta al dente. Didn't miss a beat. Will go back for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

While we have great Northern Italian in Morris County, NJ, for my birthday I decided to try what is consistently rated as the best Northern Italian restaurant in neighboring Essex County. It was worth the trip. The food was outstanding and precisely prepared and the service was attentive and courteous. The only odd thing was that the specials menu was almost as large as the regular menu and was so large that it actually existed in printed form so that the poor waiters wouldn't have to repeat it. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Excellent food. Definitely a place to come back to in the future. Thanks.

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