Donatella's Ristorante

4.3
369 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Donatella's Ristorante is located in Harrington Park, NJ.
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vipNatalia
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall tasty food. Consistent on good quality dining.

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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.

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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
10 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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viplucy
New York Area
12 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

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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.

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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.

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Zheni
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the place it was very pretty and very modern and the service was amazing, especially Alessandro. We hope to come again soon.

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ColinM
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Alessandro was spectacular!! Had a great time. Could’ve used more water.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food took a little bit to come out however it was well worth every minute. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was great, the service was good. I highly recommend giving this place a try and it’s worth the money! Enjoy!

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Gary
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. Free appetizer plate of egg plant, cheese and olives was nice.

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CindyM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very nice restaurant to celebrate special occasions or to enjoy a delicious meal wit a special date.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding, only downfall place is noisy

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vipDeirdreD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, professional staff, lovely setting.

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AnthonyF
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

an enjoyable evening - outdoor patio is very nice - food and service were good - would definitely go back

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MariaP
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I should have listened to my son and his girlfriend when they went here and said the service was terrible. Last night was my wedding anniversary and I wanted to try this restaurant. The food was decent. The service was TERRIBLE!!!! We made our reservation on Open Table and noted that it was our anniversary and we wanted a nice table. That was completely ignored. We got the worst table in the restaurant. The waiter asked us if we wanted water and a drink to start. We said yes to both and 15 minutes later had neither. We asked the hostess for water and she sent a busboy who was confused as to how to serve water. The drinks followed 10 minutes later or 25 minutes in. Our food came out shortly after but then the waiter was no where to be seen for the rest of the meal. We wanted more water and wine but had no one to ask so we raised our hand to the bus boy for water and from across the restaurant he replied, "What?". We were afraid to get more wine or dessert because of the service so decided to get the check and run for the hills. We only gave 2 stars because the food was good. Never again.

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LyndaS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was decent but not the best I've ever had. They are supposedly known for their Bolognese and it was nothing special. Nice atmosphere. Waiter was nice but a bit hard to understand. Overall the experience was just ok. For the money, I w/try another restaurant before going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
37 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are all very nice and friendly. The food top notch. Wonderful time will definitely have dinner here many more times.

FAQs

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

Donatella's Ristorante is rated 4.3 stars by 369 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.