Cafe Emilia

4.6
418 Reviews
$30 and under
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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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After driving by and hearing about the place for over 20 years we finally decided to make a stop. We were made to feel like regulars immediately. The staff was extremely friendly, service was excellent and the food was as advertised. Probably the best chicken Parm I ever had . This will now become part of our regular rotation.

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vipBravo
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner and staff are excellent. They are warm and inviting and dedicated to making your dining experience enjoyable in every way. The food was very good with each dish cooked well.

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Diningdiva
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and excellent service!

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HappyGourmet
Poconos
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary, the food, cocktails, service and wine recommendation were all excellent. We'll be back! Oysters on the halfshell with smoked salmon, double-cut veal chop cooked to perfection, grouper special. Tiramisu for dessert was delicate and delicious.

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ANNEH
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful meal with delicious food, great wine and outstanding service. Unfortunately, our table was right under a blower and everytime the AC kicked on, my kids and I were freezing, which was disruptive and uncomfortable. Also, there was a rehearsal dinner in the main room so us regular diners were in the small room to the side so it got very loud. Food was amazing and service was A+!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our anniversary. Staff was terrific. All the food was delicious. They helped make it a special day. This place is one of the best Italian restaurants in the area.

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linda
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

food was good but small portions. Just disappointed that we told them it was a birthday when we made the reservation and they made no effort for dessert.

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ReeRee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and customer service. Staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and they provide an excellent customer experience. The food is exceptional. I haven’t had a bad meal there since dining there. I highly recommend for intimate occasions as well as family gatherings.

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vipneverhome
New York Area
930 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We so enjoy dining here. The staff makes us feel like valued customers. Starters were clams oreganato and a Caesar salad. Entrees were a pasta with mixed seafood, a halibut special with potatoes and vegetables, Parmesan crusted chicken with capellini in a cream sauce. DH asked for a chicken preparation that had been a special long ago. And he was accommodated and..thrilled. This place is busy every night of the week. It is clear that we aren’t the only people who feel Thry do everything right.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very poor service. The staff served two ppl at the table while the rest of us waited 40min to get our food. The staff was also very rude to my father and brother in law when they asked for a coffee rather than drinks the waiter said is this dunkin donuts. No one came to check on our table while we waited and our waters weren't even refilled. Would not recommend going there. I made reservations and the table wasn't even ready and it was supposed to be a birthday celebration, but we didn't even get dessert they were out of cheesecake and tiramisu. Overpriced for the poor service.

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Kristin
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant! The food was amazing! Great portion sizes and delicious. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable.

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JenniferV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good and service was good. It was extremely busy so it was a loud dining room.

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vipJudyR
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group was very well treated. Everyone was very happy with their salads, entrees and service. An overall great night.

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Ebenezer
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. We chose to sit outside, due to COVID, so there was some road noise, but not a big problem. Will definitely go again.

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vipLarryR
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Veal Parmigiana big enough to split for 2. Service was excellent

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FelipeA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. When I ordered the desert, they even brought a candle (it was my wife’s birthday).

The food is also very good.

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vipAlex
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem. I have been there a few times and the service is always superb and the food is absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend.

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vipFoodlover
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous meal here, and the staff greets us like old friends, even if we hadn’t been there in months! Already looking forward to our next time back.

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TaraS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service was just perfect!

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Jerseygourmet
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Lovely place with very good service. Food, this time was disappointing. My Veal Rothwell was left in the fryer too long and was very over cooked, and dried out. My wife’s pasta special with filet chunks was just okay. We were disappointed and surprised as we have always had very good to excellent meals here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we loved it all!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Bar service.
In main dining room, waiters are great!
Food tasty but a bit pricy for pasta dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I really wanted to love this place. The decor is very authentic Italian and charming. The wait staff is super friendly and the service was perfect. However the food was just mediocre. I had a fettuccine dish and the pasta was way over cooked – very mushy My partner had veal Parmesan and it had very little sauce on it and the sauce was super sweet. However we did have the clams oreganato and they were delicious. Also the dessert display was amazing! We will give it another try.

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viptodds
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Had to move outside due to the deafening noise inside. Food was atrocious. I have never had to send a meal back at a restaurant. Even when it was probably the right thing to do. This was a first. Only consolation is the service and hosts were very pleasant and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

My husband and I were excited to try Cafe Emilia as it came highly recommended, but ultimately we left extremely disappointed. The outdoor seating was pleasant but the music was so loud that it was difficult to have a conversation. Being that we’re still in a pandemic, it does seem that they’re short staffed (understandable) and we did wait a relatively long time (15 minutes or so) to place our drink orders since we didn’t know what we wanted when the waiter brought the drink menu over. My husband’s martini was less than desirable but to our waiter’s credit he did immediately make a new one which was somewhat better. The bread was tasty and the basil infused olive oil was the best part of the meal. Our $14 shrimp appetizer was disappointing — 4 small shrimp on a huge empty white plate with a small cup of sauce which was mediocre at best. I ordered the pork special — pork loin stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella in a Marsala sauce. The sauce was beyond reduced and was downright burnt and bitter, leaving it inedible. The pork was dry, over cooked, and left me nauseated. The two potatoes on the plate were tasteless and the string beans were the only edible part. Again, to our waiter’s credit, he did take it off the tab but our check was still $75. My husband’s zupa de pesce tasted like Lipton soup mix with angel hair pasta and mediocre seafood. We didn’t stay for coffee or dessert as we couldn’t see spending another penny there. Overall it was incredibly disappointing and we will not be returning.

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ksullivan23
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious with excellent service and ambiance!

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vipTomG
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Absolutely too loud. No reason for people to be shouting so loud as we couldn’t hear one another. Place needs serious acoustics upgrade. On the other hand, the food was excellent but it could have been more enjoyable if the background noise was controlled better

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vipJerseygirl157
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, delicious food. A little pricey though as everything is a la carte.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time celebrating my birthday with my loved ones ... Andy, Tony, Nick and crew were awesome ... the outside setup is awesome with great ambience and food was excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as well as the service!

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vipHenryM
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!! Food was wonderful. Splitting a salad and and a pasta allowed to each have a fine entree. Wine was excellent, served with nice glasses. We will be back

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vipStacyangel
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and superior service in a beautiful charming decor.

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vipNEVERAGAIN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Terrible. IDK what happened. I am TIRED of the COVID excuse. As a diner we are risking ourselves more than the Chef. The Food was Terrible. It was like they did not care.

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Vballmom
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Traditional Italian food. Not too innovative.

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TLa929
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great night! We were celebrating a family birthday and arrived for an early dinner. We chose to dine in the outdoor area, which is beautiful! The service was attentive, excellent all around. Gamberi fra diavolo is always too tempting to pass up! Stuffed zucchini blossom was outstanding and the gnocchi special was also very good. I’m not a connoisseur, so I just asked for a nice red wine. It was delicious and they didn’t overcharge us. Staff goes out of their way to make sure guests are comfortable. Have been dining here for years and they are consistently good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Birthday Dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing experience overall! Service and food were absolutely delicious. Will definetely be going back.

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vipJessica
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant with friendly and helpful servers! Local gem we found when we were in from out of state. Would recommend highly. We ate there twice in three days because we had such a great experience!

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vipHamburgler
Memphis/West TN
36 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We dined outside under a tent. Sides were able to close to block our table from the elements. Food delicious and service great. Very accommodating.

FAQs

Cafe Emilia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 429-1410.

Cafe Emilia is rated 4.6 stars by 418 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.