Cafe Emilia

4.7
183 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Cafe Emilia is conveniently located on Route 202 in Bridgewater New Jersey. Our cuisine represents the best of Italian dining, using fresh ingredients and preparing all dishes in our own kitchen daily. We pride ourselves in providing our many repeat customers a consistent quality dining experience. Whether coming in for a light refreshing lunch between business appointments or dining with family or friends in one of our private areas, Cafe Emilia will ensure every visit is a satisfying occasion.

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Sun 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 10:00PM

What 183 People Are Saying
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LM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The noise level was very loud. The waiters were great! Food was excellent. The wine was great!
Thank you for a lovely evening.

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EK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best Italian food you will find ANYWHERE! Highly recommended.

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n
New York Area
709 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here is exceptional. Every customer is made to feel special. We started with clams oreganato. Entrees were salmon balsamic and a special of veal scallopini with sausage and figs in a Marsala sauce. ...so delicious! A lovely evening.

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AC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and it was a busy Saturday night. Upon arrival the very small entrance was packed with people that clearly knew the managers as everyone was hugging as they walked by. And this wasn't just one group, we're talking at least three separate couples that were not together. So it was clear from the start that this is the kind of place where the staff makes you feel like family. It took a few minutes to be seated and then a few more to get water/menus. But we were not in a rush.

Unfortunately they were out of our bottle of wine so we had a nice chat with the manager about other options. Picked a delicious Malbec.

Dinner specials sounded delicious so we picked the tomato & mozz appetizer and veal dinner. Also ordered off the menu a bowl of pasta fagioli and shrimp scampi entree. Everything was served at a good pace and absolutely delicious!

Room was a bit loud, had to repeat ourselves more than once but at the same time the space is intimate.

Finished our wine slowly and then the dessert cart rolled over. Picked a chocolate peanut butter pie and carrot cake with an espresso and a liqueur. Then when we thought we were done the waiter brought a complimentary limoncello for each of us which was spectacular. Clearly homemade, not too sweet.

We were beyond impressed by the entire experience. We walked in new and when we left we felt like old friends. I clearly understand why they have such a great reputation.

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JT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food, a little loud, but not enough to keep me away.

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D
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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JO
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal and excellent service. The heart of palm salad with arugula was amazing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, we’ll be back!

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AP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great atmosphere! Everyone is super friendly!

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KS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Doesn’t listen to special dietary requests, even though it could be life threatening. No one takes responsibility for not listening. They were rude and uncaring when approached. I will never go back

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HK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food. Only complaint is no bottle of wine under $55. Even the one we picked out sells for under $25. Regardless we will definitely be back.

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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service! We love Cafe Emilia!

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JN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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DM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, fabulous!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful crew there and the experience is always amazing. The unique specials are always enticing.

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CA
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good meal with a few friends. Chicken Nicolette was very tasty. Service was friendly and attentive. Will recommend and return.

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FS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The only disappointment was the canoli which tasted spoiled

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every year for my moms birthday it was a really great experience and they let us bring her own birthday cake wonderful food and great specials

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j
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Very crowded and very noisy. Could barely hear my date sitting right next to me. Think the space was too small for the amount of people in it. Food was good, not great, but fairly expensive. One of the servers attempted to take my plate off of the table before I had eaten all of the food on it. Hate that! At least ask whether the patron is finished before moving in to clear the table.

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our absolute favorite local place

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Excellent food and presentation. Very relaxing.

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food, great service, we really enjoyed our dinner here. They were willing to make dishes in vegetarian options. Will definitely be going again.

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FS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent but had to wait for 30 minutes for our table

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P
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! Will be going back again

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G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food good service fair. Food took too long and very high noise level making it hard to hear

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G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cafe Emilia is consistently great food and always attentive service. It gets a little too noisy sometimes as the customers can talk loud. Otherwise a great place for a great well timed dinner or lunch

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MC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely dinner for my parents 61st Anniversary
Food was great and we felt very taken care of.
We will be back!

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EC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice!

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MR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was exceptionally gracious given I had to change my reservation twice and ordered three dinners to go. Delicious veal Parm!

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TM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Veryn nice dinner. Great service. Nice atmosphere.

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service. Good value and good food. Nice not a byob

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered Special Rib Sirloin which was prepared just as ordered. A great experience. Mostly mature couples and groups. Did not see any children. Can be considered a romantic atmosphere in certain areas. Service was impressive. Would definitely come again.

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DL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed introducing this restaurant to friends. All of us enjoyed the evening ... great food and service.

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JO
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Great service and food. The Cosmo's are the best! Love their Champagne sauce and every meal is perfectly made. Always delivers the greatest food and service.

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LB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and accommodating! Loved the cozy atmosphere, timing of courses and wonderful staff. Truly enjoyable evening.

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F
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here. Service and food were excellent. The noise level is very high as we had difficulty having a conversation at our own table as well as hearing the waiter at times. Overall, very good.

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RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have to say the food was excellent. I had my 4 grandchildren with my husband and I. No one took home a doggie bag. We all cleaned our plates from appetizers to dessert. Well worth the money.

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I recently had dinner to celebrate an anniversary and came away very dissatisfied. The food portions (ceasars salad and branzino marachiara) were not sufficient. I left the restaurant feeling like i was ripped off. The staff also seemed to be disinterested and did not make you feel comfortable. Overall, one of my worst dinner outings in quite some time.

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r
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor service. Waited a long time for dinner to arrive. Felt like we were eating in a dungeon. Will never go back.

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GH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. This will be a place that I will return too.

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