Donatella's Ristorante

4.4
380 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Donatella's Ristorante is located in Harrington Park, NJ.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is good

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ultragirl
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service and food was delicious. The pasta is homemade and all the food was excellent.

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vipdanf
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Food came out cold

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Kika
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really well-cooked food. The filet mignon was exceptional as well as the rack of lamb.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time eating at Donatella, my first was lunch with a friend, and it was great! Decided to come back with my hubby and again I was not disappointed? Food was great, I had the Bronzino for main course and it was out of this world , my husband had the Sea bass and he liked it a lot. The ambiance was very nice and the place is just beautiful. Service was also Super! Highly recommend this restaurant if you love good quality food, and want to have fun with a friend or a romantic dinner with your love one!!!

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

Amazing food and ambience!! Would highly recommend to anyone

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vipMariaG74
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue with outstanding service and food!

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AllisonV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

My husband and I had dinner at Donatella's last night for the second time. Our first experience there was extremely rocky (the bartender kept dropping things, didn't have ingredients to make a french martini, we were a party of 4 but were sat at a table for 9, we waited 20 minutes for a server to even come take a drink order and only after complaining....) but the food was quite good so we decided to give it a second try and chalk the first time up to low wait staff.

Last night was better but there is still an issue with the service that needs to be corrected in order for this restaurant to make a bigger impact with the Bergen County elite crowd, in my opinion. We were seated immediately and received bread, water and an olive plate which was all fine. I had to ask for olive oil for the bread which did not come with oil or butter. The waiter came promptly to take our drink order and we noticed there was a new bartender at the bar since the last time. So far so good. Everything was going fine until I wanted a second drink and our waiter was nowhere to be found. I find it extremely annoying to have to flag a server down to order a second drink. To me this is table waiting 101 and a big source of tips so being ready to refresh that drink should be something the server is keen to do. We didn't see our server to order anything else the rest of the night. I did see him setting a table on the other side of the room which should be handled by other staff. not servers, in an establishment like this. There were table clearers, a hostess, a woman strictly pouring water and delivering the olive plates, surely servers shouldn't be setting tables, they should be attending to customers. I wanted to order dessert but my husband was tired of sitting for so long and said forget it, I want to leave. So we ended up not ordering dessert for fear of being forgotten about for another hour.

So, very good food but the service needs attention. I think it's the management's fault.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great classic Italian sea food and pasta...had the Scampi and the baked clams...belissimo, my wife had the Vhicken Portifino, a variation on Chicken Parmaginia with Vodka sauce and Smoked mozzarela.

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vipNatalia
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall tasty food. Consistent on good quality dining.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The food was bland and too salty. The dessert was worse. We started dinner on the earlier side and within an hour they started pumping loud dance music into the dining area. The noise level was obnoxious. We could not wait to get out of there but had to wait endlessly to get our check. Will not go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and loved the ambiance. A special thanks to Alessandro for his outstanding service!

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SharonH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. One of my new favorite places.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
36 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb fantastic and excellent. Last night was perfect the food top notch the waiters super nice and helpful the manager incredible. The pasta special was fantastic the calamari perfect the fish fresh and perfect. We will so be back.

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HealthyEater
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was delicious. We were in town for some family activities and ate here three times. It was our refuge away from home.

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vipHaraldS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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vipdavidk
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and outdoor seating were exceptional. Service was very good, but we did not get entrees and sides at same time.
Inside was very loud.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night. Great food and wonderful energy! Going back again soon! This is our new favorite place!

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viplucy
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great menu with a variety of tastes. Everything is prepared nicely. Great atmosphere outside . Food and experience was amazing!

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AnneT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always excellent and the staff is attentive, kind and informative. The specials are always something special, as well, and worth trying.

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JamesP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Ambiance is really nice. Food was very good. Service was really bad. Hope it was a fluke.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was the worst I’ve experienced. I was so disappointed.

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sg1816
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

1st time there was recommended by a friend. The food was excellent Alexander was very hands on. Would recommend to all our friends and family. Will be coming back more often

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
37 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

More people were dining outside we opted for inside. Only 4 other tables were occupied. The service was on the slow side, but not bad by any means.The waiter and manager very nice. One dish I had several times was slightly different the other dish had more of a cream sauce it never had before. While both dinners were good I did not think it was top notch last night. We will definitely give it another try.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donatella’s is amazing! such delicious food! Alessandro was the best waiter I have ever had at a restaurant. Going back this week!

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DrFranz
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Good thing the food is good, because we were INVISIBLE to the servers. Took forever, got the order WRONG, forgot we were sitting right there! I complained to the manager that this was unacceptable and he'd better adjust my bill but all he did was curse out the waiter. I'd love to go there as a regular but I feel so cheated I can't see it. I hope they come back to ME.

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DonD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We dined here on August 12, 2021. Selected this restaurant based on what I saw and read on Open Table.

Location is perfect. On a slight rise/hill. Outdoor dining available. Very attractive.

We arrived a few minutes early and so we sat at the bar for a drink.
At times there were at least four people behind the bar and yet no-one asked us for our order. Finally, the Maître d' asked us and the passed the order on to another person who seemed like he was a waiter. Anyway, we finally got our drinks.

The Maître d' recommended the seafood salad. So when we moved to our table we ordered that as a shared appetizer. The entrees were two seafood dishes.

We also ordered a bottle of wine. The waiter returned to our table about twenty minutes later to tell us that there were no seafood salads available. Also, he did not have the wine that we ordered. We ordered another bottle of wine and the beet salad. The white wine that we ordered was served warm. We asked for a wine cooler.
Finally the beet salad was served as chunks of beets covered with chunks of goat cheese.
Our entrees were mediocre at best.

Needless to say there are other much better options North Jersey.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming staff and ambience! Our waiter, who is sadly leaving for school in a week, made my dad’s birthday a very special experience. Attentive, endearing, and made everyone feel like part of the family at Donatella’s Ristorante. Top notch service and food was delicious! Will definitely recommend and come back again.

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Dykota
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

The food was delicious service was awful. The wait staff was friendly but the food took FOREVER. We were not checked in on. The table to our right was having the same issue. We arrived at 6:30 (2) people dining and we left at 8:45!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing, the servers were excellent. It was the bus girls first day and you would of thought it was her 100th day, place is professional, clean and friendly.

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vipCaroleK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

After being seated we waited twenty minutes for wait staff to take our drink order. Finally, after requesting someone took our order. Salads cam pretty quickly but the 45 minutes after our salad and our entree hadn’t been served we asked for it to be wrapped when it was finished. Never received an apology or an explanation about the excessive wait.

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Kurt
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is my new "favorite" place to eat ! everything was absolutely perfect ! loved the house wine too ! the wait staff was fantastic and the head waiter was very professional and knew the menu very well. We will be coming to this restaurant again. It's truly a gem of a place ! Thank you for a great experience and great night out with friends.

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vipJenT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely people and just a fabulous meal. Served a party of 9 in a super timely fashion, everyone was thrilled with their appetizers, meals and desserts. Unique specials too- all delicious. Highly recommend.

MJ
MichaelJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dennis was waiter. Very good attentive provides spot on info on menu made dining experience great. Only issue was the outdoor doors were open a few flies buzzing around. Food was excellent. Will go back soon

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MicheleD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

unfortunately the service I felt was Slow. Food was very good. Staff was very good! just slow food service!! our dinners took way to long to come out

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vipcarrie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

They have great food. But service is very bad and I think it’s the kitchen that gets backed up. We take into consideration the pandemic when we go out. However, we waited an hour 1/2 for oysters and one salad. I will say the entree came out not much after the appetizer and salad. I think maybe only sit a certain amount of people instead of whole restaurant. This has happened here a couple times we went. We keep trying again since food is good.

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Jesse
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donatella's is awesome! I always passed this place through the years seeing it tucked away off the road. My wife and I are so happy we finally stopped in, on our anniversary nonetheless. The ambiance of this place is classy, artistic and has nice window views. I even saw a deer grazing while eating. Slightly upscale feel but casual attire is okay. Food is amazing and such a diverse menu. We ordered apps, drinks, entrees and could not believe how good the bill was. So good, that we came back two weeks later for my wife's birthday with a few friends and they agreed that the place is a gem! Service is phenomenal and don't forget to ask for grandma's pepper's! We will be back!

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BruceS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Everything was great except our meal. Veal chop was dry and covered in sauce, shrimps only fair, linguini in clam sauce was meh. My wife’s lamb was over cooked.

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JoJo
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

First I want to say that Allesandro talkes a lot, like really a lot! If you enjoy talking to someone you never met before this is place for you but if you like me that want to enjoy good food, not so much. Grilled octopus was amazing but fish special needed salt! Food takes forever to come so if you hungry you will have to be very patient. Overall it is nice place but not for me.

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vipSusan
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Overbooked tables and understaffed. 7:45 reservation. Seated at 8:10. No one came to table to give water or take a drink order until I spoke to hostess 15 minutes after being seated. Placed entire order and it took 45 minutes to get appetizer which was a shared pasta dish.
Vodka and tonic was served in a mule cup because “they ran out of glasses.”
The pasta was very good but by that time it was close to 9:30 and decided to cancel the rest of our order.
Spoke to manager who did not seem very interested.
Disappointing first time at this restaurant. Would probably be good if it were staffed properly or they booked correctly. The waiters were frazzled.

FAQs

Donatella's Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 767-4244.

Donatella's Ristorante is rated 4.4 stars by 380 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.