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LuNello Restaurant

4.8
4.8
919 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

Since 1990, Chef Seger's use of unique 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. You will not see seafood options on the regular menu for one reason; All our Seafood is wild not farm raised and we carry ONLY what is available and offer them as our daily specials.

LuNello has gone right to the source when purchasing ingredients and each dish reflects the attention placed into its preparation. All our meats in our menu have grown and purchased from meat purveyors that there is no use of antibiotics or hormones. Enticing presentation and courteous and professional staff are integral to LuNello's success. We are also excited to offer Wine Dinners and special events hosted in our private event spaces. We look forward to making your experience with us a special one, whatever the occasion.

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Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm

  • Phone number

    (973) 837-1660

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Louis Seger

  • Private party facilities

    LuNello has several beautiful rooms to host your private event. We will create a custom menu featuring our innovative Italian cuisine that will suit your event needs. The Upstairs60 guests for a sit down dinner or a cocktail partyThe Banquet Room85 guests for a sit down dinner or a cocktail partyMain Dining Room50 guests for sit down dinner on SundayThe Wine Cellar24 guests for full sit down dinner35 guests for cocktail party

  • Private party contact

    Chris Antonelli: (973) 837-1660

  • Neighborhood

    Cedar Grove

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Crudo

with a choice of mignonette or cocktail sauce

  • Cocktail di Ostrice

    chilled Maine Oysters on the half shell (3 minimum)

    • ea$3.25
  • Cocktail di Vongole

    chilled Rhode Island little neck clams (3 minimum)

    • ea$2.50

Antipasto

  • Spiedino alla Romana$12.00

    pan fried mozzarella in anchovy sauce & crispy speck

    • Mozzarella di Bufala$16.00

      buffalo mozzarella, sliced red onions and tomatoes, basil, olive oil

      • Calamari Fritti$18.00

        east coast fried squid, with fresh lemons or tomato sauce

        • Foie Gra Lunello$24.00

          Hudson Valley grade A foie gra pan roasted, top with smoked sea salt, with guanciale and onion strudel, fig marmalade

          • Polipi alla Griglia$21.00

            grilled octopus served with tomato confit, olive oil and lemon

            • Zuppa di Mare Lunello$22.00

              clams, mussels, 2 shrimp, andouille sausage, oil and garlic, diced tomatoes

              • Oyster Rockerfeller

                with spinach and pernod and besciamelle (4 minimum)

                • ea$4.00

              Insalate

              • Insalata di Asparagi$10.00

                asparagus, canellini beans, diced tomatoes, onions and mozzarella, in LuNello's vinaigrette

                • Insalata di Pietro$9.00

                  baby arugula, pecorino cheese, fresh lemon, extra virgin olive oil, smoked sea salt and shaved garlic

                  • Insalata di Cesare$10.00

                    crisp hearts of romaine lettuce, anchovies, lemon, garlic and parmigiano

                    • Insalata Mista Lunello$9.00

                      baby greens, hearts of romaine, endives, sliced fennel, cucumber, tomatoes, chick peas

                      Pasta Fresca e Asciutta

                      All half-orders $14. Whole Wheat and Gluten free pasta available

                      • Linguine alla Vongole$24.00

                        fresh open little neck clams, garlic, parsley and a pinch of hot pepper

                        • Trofie Amatriciana$23.00

                          squiggly shaped pasta, guanciale (pancetta), onions, fresh tomato

                          • Orecchiette con Salsiccia e Rabe$23.00

                            ear shaped pasta, ground sausage and broccoli rabe, oil, garlic and hot pepper

                            • Strozzapreti Polpa di Granchio$28.00

                              elongated hand rolled cavatelli, Lump crabmeat, fresh tomato, oil and garlic

                              • Garganelli con Melanzane$23.00

                                homemade combed penne, eggplant, fresh tomato, capers and black olives

                                • Pappardelle Porcini$28.00

                                  fresh flat pasta with porcini and fresh mushrooms, truffle oil, touch of cream

                                  • Gnochetti alla Pasquale$28.00

                                    baby shrimp, rosemary, tomato, oil and garlic

                                    Piatti Principali

                                    • Medaglione di Vitello Lunello$28.00

                                      veal medallions, shiitake mushrooms, white wine and melted muenster cheese

                                      • Petto di Pollo Angelo$28.00

                                        breast of chicken, breadcrumbs, oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, sausage, long hot peppers, broccoli rabe and onions

                                        • Pollo Al Forno$25.00

                                          crispy organic free range chicken pieces on the bone, with garlic, rosemary, sage and lemon

                                          • Pollo Al Mattone$25.00

                                            half semi boneless chicken, cooked under brick, rosemary, garlic, lemon and fennel dust

                                            • Vitello alla Paillard$34.00

                                              thin veal, grilled in natural juice, served with arugula salad

                                              • Cotoletta alla Parmigiana$28.00

                                                breaded veal cutlet, topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella

                                                • Petto di Pollo Martini$25.00

                                                  parmigiano crust, pan sauteed and topped with asparagus

                                                  • Cotoletta di Vitello Filosa$38.00

                                                    slightly breaded veal cutlet, pan sauteed, hen egg, prosciutto and aparagus

                                                    • Trippa con Polenta$26.00

                                                      tripe in light tomato sauce served with polenta

                                                      • Bisteca Al Ferro$36.00

                                                        14 oz. sirloin steak

                                                        Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                        What 919 people are saying

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                                                        4.8
                                                        4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                        • 4.8Food
                                                        • 4.7Service
                                                        • 4.7Ambience
                                                        • 4.4Value

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                                                          weeat

                                                          New York Area

                                                          18 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          18 reviews

                                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                          An otherwise outstanding experience was diminished by the waitstaff standing in group not far from our table and talking. A great waitstaff is neither seen nor heard except when directly interfacing with the customer.

                                                        2. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          1 review

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                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Service and food was amazing!

                                                        3. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          San Francisco

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                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Best food in NJ

                                                        4. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Food was amazing and service is always top notch! One of our favorite places to dine. Incredible job !

                                                        5. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          Bday. Had a good time

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                                                          mums

                                                          New York Area

                                                          12 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          3.0

                                                          12 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                          overall3food5service2ambience4

                                                          As always, the food was terrific and the ambience very enjoyable. The problem was we felt that the staff was very anxious for us to order, eat and leave. The restaurant is too nice and much to pricey to rush through. I will go back, but not soon.

                                                        7. C

                                                          Crookhorn

                                                          New York Area

                                                          11 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          11 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 11, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great lunch with friends in the bar, always great service provided by Justine the bartender.

                                                        8. RB

                                                          RobertBaccigalupi

                                                          New York Area

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The exquisite food was only surpassed by the outstanding service.

                                                        9. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          1 review

                                                          vip
                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                          overall3food5service1ambience5

                                                          Food is good but poor service.

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                                                          deborahaj

                                                          New England

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 29, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          a perfect spot for a celebratory occasion. Loved every minute.

                                                        11. DS

                                                          DanielS

                                                          New York Area

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          I wanted lunch today to be special for a dear friend and myself, so I chose LuNello. Everything was perfect. LuNello is a pretty restaurant with excellent food and service. I’ve been to LuNello many times and never disappointed.

                                                        12. d

                                                          dini

                                                          New York Area

                                                          150 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          150 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 23, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          one of my favorite italian spots for lunch or dinner. Food is amazing and menu very diverse.

                                                        13. PG

                                                          PeterG

                                                          New York Area

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          One of my favorite places. I had a delicious dish, chicken martini, the last time I was there.

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                                                          Feindine

                                                          New York Area

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 14, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The minute I walked in the door, I was greeted and felt welcome. I was seated in the beautiful Dining Room to the right. The food was outstanding. I had Halibut, my friend had Tuna, both entrees were fresh and delicious. I always order the bread pudding, it was delicious , as usual.

                                                        15. VF

                                                          VincentF

                                                          New York Area

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Excellent service, great wine selection. Food was excellent and plenty of it. Met with owner at bar which he was down to earth and enjoyable to talk to. Can't wait to go back.

                                                        16. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 9, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The food was excellent. The wine was good, even though the one I ordered was not available I ordered a 2nd bottle of wine and the first substitute was not available. When the 2nd bottle came, unfortunately the cork was broken in the neck of the bottle. Bits of cork went into the wine. I didn’t give the waiter a hard time, but corked wine should not be served. I still have a $50 tip.

                                                        17. BC

                                                          BillC

                                                          New York Area

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 9, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                          I have dined at Lunello's many times, and everytime has been outstanding, except for this previous time. Perhaps it was mid week, but the waiter was young and it seemed, new and inexperienced. Not that his service wasn't good, because it was, but very slow. And except for some bones in my wife's first bite of her fish, the quality of food was outstanding as always.

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                                                          Ronnie

                                                          New York Area

                                                          42 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          42 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 8, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Superb service and quality meal

                                                        19. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 8, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Won’t regret ! Amazing food ! Highly recommend !

                                                        20. LL

                                                          LindaL

                                                          New York Area

                                                          24 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          24 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 28, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Delicious food, lovely atmosphere, gracious staff and hostess.

                                                        21. RK

                                                          RealreviewbyKH

                                                          New York Area

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Delicious food and great service. We absolutely loved it and plan to visit again.

                                                        22. A

                                                          Anthony

                                                          New York Area

                                                          20 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          1.0

                                                          20 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                          overall1food2service1ambience5

                                                          I never thought I would say this but this place went down hill!!! Had a 7:30 reservation for my anniversary. Didn’t get to my table till 8! Why? I have no idea! Guess my reservation didn’t mean much. The prices went through the roof here and the service went down the tubes! My whole time at the table I was annoyed and aggravated. Really made for a great anniversary. The food was below average. $60 for lamb chops that were chewy. My waiter never came by to see how dinner was or if I would like more wine. The only positive I’ll give this place was the bartenders. They were the nicest sweetest most attentive ladies. I’ve been going here for years now and sadly I will never go back again!

                                                        23. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 16, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Me and my bf have gone a few times and we LOVE. We always ask for the back room behind the bar and it’s sooo quiet and quaint. The servers all work together and are VERY helpful and accommodating. The food is delicious and the portions are not small like other fine dining restaurants. We love the old school vibe and everyone who works there is very nice!

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                                                          Porter

                                                          New York Area

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Always a wonderful meal & top notch service. Never feel rushed. Can’t go wrong with anything. Justine, the bartender is fantastic! Love LuNello’s

                                                        25. MF

                                                          MikeFromMontclair

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great Valentine's Day dinner, thanks LuNello!

                                                        26. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 7, 2022

                                                          overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                          We had a very unique and complete lunch experience. The food and service were sumptuous. It was a great day to celebrate our wedding monthsaries.

                                                        27. JB

                                                          JoeBurdi

                                                          New York Area

                                                          31 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          31 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 7, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Always 5 Star Food & Service

                                                        28. GS

                                                          GaryS

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 3, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Exceptional dining experience. This was my first visit and I highly recommend.

                                                        29. NR

                                                          NRMad

                                                          New York Area

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 2, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          A very enjoyable evening. The food and service was great in a quiet and comfortable room.

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                                                          dmarie

                                                          New York Area

                                                          30 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          30 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 26, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great service with Mario! Food was delicious as always.

                                                        31. MD

                                                          MicheleD

                                                          Tampa

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 25, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                          Nice place to eat. Loved the artichoke appetizer. Ravioli was good. Service was ABOVE par. Very attentive and professional. I would go there again.

                                                        32. F

                                                          Foodie4life

                                                          New York Area

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 21, 2022

                                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                          Food was excellent. Antonio was a great waiter and very patient!

                                                        33. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 18, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great Service!

                                                        34. JD

                                                          JDHHS67

                                                          New York Area

                                                          41 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          41 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 14, 2022

                                                          overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                          It was so nice to finally feel like we were fine dining again in a lovely atmosphere! Best of all we felt totally safe since most of the table were divided by standing clear partitions. After 3 visits this is our new go to restaurant. My veal LuNello was as tender as butter and my husband loves the stuffed veal chop. Cocktails were well made. Only issue was our waiter told us they didn’t make a RobRoy and we had to convince him to ask the bartender. He returned laughing that he learned something new. Other than that service was stellar. Also, I usually do not eat the bread that is served, but we almost finished the basket. LuNello is perfect for a lovely dinner for two . We also brought 4 of our friends previously and all had a wonderful meals at a very comfortable round table for 6

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                                                          Silly

                                                          New York Area

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 13, 2022

                                                          overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                          Had a nice birthday dinner for my husband. Food was great, portions just right. Service was very good. Didn’t rush us out. Would go again for a special occasion.

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                                                          Stephanie

                                                          New York Area

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 13, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          This is one of the best restaurants I have eaten in, the menu has a lot of options from which to choose, and the service is really good. Thank you LuNello, Stephanie and Juliana

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                                                          RichardG

                                                          Miami

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 9, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          This place is fabulous. Our first time and we will definitely be returning. Authentic Italian cuisine with imported ingredients. Home made pasta, black truffles and exquisite sauces and flavors. A must and worth a drive and the wait. Bon Appetito!

                                                        38. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 3, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Lunello is one of the best restaurants in north jersey ! Beautiful ambiance , excellent service , delightful menu consistently serving delicious food

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                                                          rosem

                                                          Philadelphia

                                                          1 review

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 31, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          New Year’s Eve

                                                        40. s

                                                          smsmith

                                                          New York Area

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 29, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Best restaurant in NJ. Not even the Belmont Tavern can compete.

                                                        Safety precautions

                                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                        • Physical distancing

                                                          • Limited number of seated diners
                                                          • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                          • Extra space between tables
                                                        • Protective equipment

                                                          • Waitstaff wear masks

                                                        FAQs

                                                        LuNello Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 837-1660.

                                                        LuNello Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 919 OpenTable diners.

                                                        Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                        Google Map for LuNello Restaurant

                                                        182 Stevens Ave Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

                                                        Additional information

                                                        • Neighborhood

                                                          Cedar Grove

                                                        • Hours of operation

                                                          Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm

                                                        • Cuisines

                                                          Italian, Contemporary Italian, Unspecified

                                                        • Dining style

                                                          Fine Dining

                                                        • Dress code

                                                          Smart Casual

                                                        • Parking details

                                                          Valet

                                                        • Payment options

                                                          AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                        • Executive chef

                                                          Louis Seger

                                                        • Additional

                                                          Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                        • Phone number

                                                          (973) 837-1660

                                                        • Private party facilities

                                                          LuNello has several beautiful rooms to host your private event. We will create a custom menu featuring our innovative Italian cuisine that will suit your event needs. The Upstairs60 guests for a sit down dinner or a cocktail partyThe Banquet Room85 guests for a sit down dinner or a cocktail partyMain Dining Room50 guests for sit down dinner on SundayThe Wine Cellar24 guests for full sit down dinner35 guests for cocktail party

                                                        • Private party contact

                                                          Chris Antonelli: (973) 837-1660

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