Cafe Emilia

4.8
403 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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FelipeA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
48 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
3 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
3 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
1 review
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
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always !

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

Traditional Italian food. Not too innovative.

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vipTLa929
New York Area
24 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
8 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
32 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
4 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
33 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and warm attentive service. Beautiful interior.

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JimN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Our visit was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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
33 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
21 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
5 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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vipLisa
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place ever! Food is amazing

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vipdineoutnyc
New York Area
169 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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vipEileenH
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
5 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

FAQs

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

Cafe Emilia is rated 4.8 stars by 403 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.