Cafe Emilia

4.7
382 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 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
Miami
31 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.

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Peaa79
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. It is a staple for occasions and even just date nights. Food is fabulous and service is outstanding. Very proud staff that wants to impress and they do every time.

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vipStacyangel
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and warm attentive service. Beautiful interior.

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JimN
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Our visit was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The amount of people in the room we were in was a little disconcerting. It was hard to tell if the tables were 6ft away from each other. The food was good except the chicken parm was overcooked and the cheese was burnt, making it hard to cut, which should never happen in a chicken cutlet pounded so thin (which I like the thinness, just not the overcooking).

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vipStacyangel
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly and welcoming staff, great service...one of our all time favorites.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dinner and drinks here. Andy and his staff treat us like family each time we visit. Save room for the dessert cart selections !

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NicoleL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, was like eating straight from someone’s home cooking. We had the pasta arrabiata and the Valentine’s Day special ravioli with vodka sauce. Everything from the food, the service, the picture taking skills of the waiter (he even gave us a Polaroid picture of us) was exquisite.

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vipLisaS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place ever! Food is amazing

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vipdineoutnyc
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really beautiful decor. I felt like I was in Italy. The service was very friendly and accommodating. My husband and I shared the eggplant appetizer, which was delicious. I had the chicken special for that night, which was excellent, and my husband had the veal, which he said was delicious. We shared a tartufo for dessert, which was delicious. We really enjoyed our meal at Cafe Emilia.

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EileenH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening with fantastic food and service

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BenF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andy and his staff never disappoint. Great meal...great drinks... great atmosphere!!! Best in the area

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in to the moment we left , nothing but Amazing.The welcoming and professional staff. The perfectly prepared food with the perfect amount of an amazing red sauce'. Everything about this place leaves you with a desire to return. Thank you to all for an enjoying evening.

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ElleB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Dinner was ok but not what was expected, especially for the price of meals. We had an early dinner and were seated in the side room which is either frigid (winter time now) or when they put the heat on, sweltering. There was no in between and the tables were way too close in the times of Covid. I wish we were seated in the main dining room where it was definitely roomier (especially when we had a reservation and no one was there). The food was ok but nothing spectacular. I was disappointed as they brought around the dessert cart. I saw the cart when we entered the restaurant and assumed it was just for show. I then saw that's where they are serving dessert from which is kind of gross when you think of the amount of people who are breathing near it and just sitting in the front of a restaurant all day, nevermind that it's likely also not Covid recommended to have food sitting out in front of everyone and serve from it.

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RussJ
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were very good. The wine list is overpriced. Noise level was surprisingly high in the room we were in. Needs something on the walls to deaden the sound. I would go back for the food and nurse a glass of wine through the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal with outstanding service. I’ll definitely dine here again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, ambience and management. Highly recommend.

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Neise
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! I had the fra Diablo shrimp and I asked them to skip the “hot” lol and they were so accommodating.. the best red sauce I have had in a long time!!yum! great house cab ... meant to ask them what it was... next time ... very friendly and welcoming!!! Highly recommend...

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vipDavidD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food in a comfortable atmosphere. Service was very attentive. Very good selection of wines. Specials are very inventive. My double it veal chop was very good and cooked to perfection. Will return when in area again

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

AAA......,.........................................!

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MarineNurseLugo
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely breath takeing for a seconed I thought I was in france

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JenT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal. The pumkin ravoli was delicious. They made a pasta dish for my dish which he enjoyed. Bread was great too. Love the atmosphere.

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Editor5
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food served at proper temperature. A very special place.

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Jyll
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I go often. The staff makes the experience a pleasure every time. The manager makes extra effort to remember names, details and always has a kind word. The food is very good and they are always open to input, as my husband is a picky eater. We have brought family and friends and each experience always makes everyone feels like family. Yes, the food is very good and the atmosphere is lovely...but it is the staff that separates this place apart from anywhere else.

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vipJOJO
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Gnocchi, veal and chicken with all amazing sauces! Never had dessert here but OMG, the coconut cake and Napoleon cake was to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

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JOHNB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice place. Food good (although angel hair I had with my shrimp was really oversauced heavily)

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vipStacyangel
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely warm inviting ambiance. Consistently excellent and fresh food. Very personal and friendly service. I highly recommend.

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vipLisaS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our absolute favorite

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JennieS
Galway
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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Creek
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always 5-star service and 5-star food!

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vipMHK41
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent as always, You can't beat their veal parm on a bone, don't even need a knife to cut the veal it is so soft!!!

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vipklipbruno
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night out. Andy met us at the door and made sure we were well taken care of throughout our meal! Service was fantastic above and beyond! We ate dinner outside in the tent but were warm and cozy through the meal despite the low 50’s temperature outside. The food was delicious. We had the monk fish special and chicken in wine wine with artichokes. We took desert to go and that was yummy as well. Thank you Andy as always to a wonderful dining experience!

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MrsZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been there before but it has been awhile. As always everything was excellent!

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LVMAMA
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I stopped working in the Bridgewater area 15 years ago, and I had not visited Cafe Emilia in that long because I live an hour away out of state. I chose it as a convenient and familiar location to meet a NJ friend for lunch and celebrate her birthday, and it was fantastic! Frank Sinatra welcomed us into the cozy atmosphere (tables are safely situated for social distancing). We started with the delicious tricolore salad and could not resist the hearty bread (with savory olive oil for dipping). Our entrees, the Pollo Alexandre and Vitello Natale, were so good we had to intentionally stop ourselves from polishing them off in order to have room for dessert. Our journeys ended with cappuccino and pumpkin cheesecake for her and coffee and the mixed berry tart for me. The cheesecake was flavorful and creamy without being over-sweetened (American desserts always have too much sugar!). The tart was an amazing blend of sweet and tangy berries (including what had to be currants and wild blueberries) on creamy custard...divine! We have already agreed that this is now our go-to place for future celebrations. Like fine wine, Cafe Emilia's excellence continues with age.

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ChrisR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine list, excellent service, very personal feel. Good is awesome.

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vipLisaS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place ever! Great food and great staff

FAQs

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

Cafe Emilia is rated 4.7 stars by 382 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.