Axton's by Chef Anton Testino

4.7
397 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
One of New Jersey's top Executive Chefs, Anton Testino, best known for competing on Food Networks Chopped, and Gordon Ramsay's Hells Kitchen. Welcomes you to his Italian Restaurant. Serving his extraordinary and unique style of cuisine which is infused with other cultural influences, creating an original one of a kind menu. Therefore making Axton's by Chef Anton Testino one of the only Rustic Italian Steak and Seafood Restaurants in Northern New Jersey. The inviting ambiance from the moment you walk through the doors and enter the dining room, you get a cozy and warm nostalgic sensation of an Italian small countryside village restaurant. It's intimate classically modern design with a full open kitchen view is perfect for couples and friends to have dinner.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 397 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DonnaM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usually the food was delicious and the service was great!

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MollyG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very underwhelmed with the desert. I ordered the cannoli filled crape topped with whip cream, fresh strawberries, and chocolate drizzle. What I got was a cold somewhat rubbery rolled crape filled with done tile of cream. There was no fresh strawberries, no whipped cream , instead a few slivered of old stewed indistinguishable strawberries. Very disappointing!
The website also mentioned home made pasta so I ordered linguine with clam sauce. What I got was boxed pasta with chopped clams surrounded by a dozen whole clams.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Axtons never disappoints!

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MichelleS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in northern NJ. Fabulous food, never disappoints!

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debbiec
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was waiting since you opened but then covid came. Was very happy with everything. Loved talking to you also. Loved all the seafood. Will be back again.

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vipLorenaA
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, great food and friendly staff. Very creative fusion of flavors.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed with our meal or service. Bravo once again!!

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JoanneP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here and from the moment we entered we were greeted and treated so warmly. Staff is very friendly and attentive. Our waitress was wonderful and very patient when we asked her to repeat the specials. The food was excellent. We ordered the two appetizer specials, the calamari and the burrata, both were excellent. Our entrees were also very delicious . The crepe filled with cannoli cream was to die for. Definitely recommend and will be returning .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Axtons is by far one of the best restaurants I’ve been to. From the moment you walk in you feel like family. The staff takes care of you to your every need. The food is perfection. If you haven’t been there you need to go and eat there.

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vipRestaurantX
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Visited 05/20/2021
Came here with my lovely wife FINALLY... after very, very limited visits to any restaurant anywhere. (Due to covid obviously)
Since there were not many people in at 6pm, the service was excellent! (I'm sure it's just as good during the busy hours too!)
We had their Jekyll and Hyde calamari and a NJ tomato salad as shared appetizers, which we both enjoyed.
My wife had the Francesca's bronzini (with shrimp) served on a bed of linguini... which she thoroughly enjoyed.
I had the chicken scampi (with shitake mushrooms). While the menu says 'shredded chicken' the dish came with a slices chicken breast. No problem, although I do love shredded anything. The breast was slightly overcooked, but then again, when is a chicken breast not over cooked in ANY restaurant. Fortunately, the sauce was plentiful and the breast still tender, it all made for a great meal that I would order again.
Since it's a BYO and we enjoyed ourselves so much... I'm sure we'll be back soon.

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Turjmt
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I never complain when someone else does the cooking but for $32+ I expect something by a professional to be better than what I can do. It's disappointing when it's not.
Scallops oreganato over risotto and braised spinach sounded amazing however, oreganato should be crisp lemony breadcrumbs on top of seared scallops. Unfortunately, there was some brown saucy/broth that made the scallops look grey, they were mushy as was the topping. The spinach was wet and never would I ever think there was too much cheese in anything however, the risotto was loaded. Sadly disappointed. So many other things on the menu sound amazing so it's worth going again. Probably just an off night. Bummed since I haven't been out to dinner since December.

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SteveB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious my only reason for not giving 5 stars on food was my dish was over salted seafood marichiano everything else was delicious

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KarenG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Anton consistently delivers delicious and creative meals. I never pass on the delectable eggplant salad. I tried the chicken scampi risotto this time and it is incredibly flavorful. Not a single complaint from our table of four who all ate completely different appetizers, dinners and desserts. Always a knockout!!!

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DanielleB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Axton’s many times. The service and food are always amazing!

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BarbaraA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to Axtons since 2019 and this time we were with a couple who had never been to Axtons. We all agreed that our meals were all very tasty from appetizer to entrées to desserts. We were also surprised by the generous portions too. We ended up taking home the leftovers for another meal at home. We will definitely be returning.

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LindaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The menu was very different and the food was full of flavor and taste. It was an excellent experience but very noisy, perhaps some cloth on the ceiling would help but something should be done for the noise because the food is amazing.

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BevT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second time at Axton’s and we were thrilled once again! We remembered the homemade bread fondly, and it was as delicious as we remembered! We both had variations of seafood risotto and both were fabulous. Chef came out for a chat which is always a charming touch. The BYOB factor is a plus for us. Love this place and we’ll be back for sure!

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KarenG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Consistently excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KathyM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anton’s specials for Easter were delicious. My husband enjoyed the Monkfish, and I had steak with a fantastic fresh fig sauce, accompanied by mashed potatoes with crab. The potatoes were amazing. I never would have thought that the addition of crab meat would kick it up to that level. Plus spinach too. The service is always impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and incredible food. Really surprised us, but can’t wait to come back again.

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KathyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. Great service and Wonderful food. We will be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing dining experience. Hot antipasto, crab cakes, caprese, two risotto dishes and four entrees…all cooked to perfection! Everything had just the right amount of seasoning, the presentation was beautiful and the staff was attentive. We will DEFINITELY be back. Great job Axton’s!!

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EricW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. Presentation was excellent. I would definitely go back. Enjoyable meal.

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LouieL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Jekyll and Hyde Calamari was overpowered with Balsamic. Entree was awesome

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PeggyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous and unique food, love the flavor combinations. I had scallops. They were cooked perfectly and absolutely delicious. Wonderful atmosphere and excellent service by Francesca. Cannot wait to go back again!!

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vipKevinR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu had some typical items on it but they were prepared in a unique way. Food was excellent and I will be back again

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. The food is amazing. Our server Susan is incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Some of the best I have ever had.

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ChristineS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious and service was top notch. highly recommend

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vipCindyA
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved this food, unique Italian. Delicious!!

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jandisney
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. The only complaint was the noise. It was so loud, we couldn't hear each other while talking.

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vipPhil
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time. Superb restaurant. All of the dishes were beautifully prepared. Pork chop was excellent, moist and tender. Hot antipasto was fabulous. Will definitely return.

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MelissaG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Food was delicious!

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KarinA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around!!! Food is delicious! I definitely want to go back!

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RobertA
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I go here I get a phenomenal meal. The service is excellent and the food is unbelievable.

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AugieJ
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat hands down
And all the food was great and service was great too

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Paul
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I go here every year for Valentine’s Day and every year it is a taste of perfection. The food is always amazing, the atmosphere is always great, they really decorate the restaurant beautifully. Coolest part is that they let you see into the kitchen so we get to see how everything goes down. This year they are renovating to make the place even better which is amazing, only complaints I ever heard about axtons were that renovations were still going on but if that bothers you then you have other issues to deal with, sorry. 10/10 every time (highly recommended)!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service were outstanding. Axton’s is my wife and I’s favorite place to dine.

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viprestaurantmom
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was absolutely amazing. We started with the hot antipasto which was plentiful and delicious - four of us were able to share it. My shrimp risotto was done right, flavorful and creamy. Portions were so generous that we all had plenty of food to take home. Unfortunately, we ended up seated at the table by the entrance which was a little bit cold and drafty. Hoping to score a better table next time.

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Excellent service! Definitely will be dining there again!

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Axton's by Chef Anton Testino is rated 4.7 stars by 397 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.