Il Nido

4.7
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$50 and over
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Italian
Rustic Italian BYOB in Marlboro, New Jersey featuring seasonal, sustainable ingredients.

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Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM

What 243 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.9
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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service

TW
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the start of the evening till the end everything was excellent.The service the atmosphere and especially the food was great . Really enjoyed the sardines special. I had the pasta with lamb Ragua which was delicious and my husband had the Halibut which he thoroughly enjoyed . Will definitely return Thank you .

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first time at Il Nido and we were impressed with the food, presentation and staff. Good value for the quality of the food, staff and ambiance.

Will definitely return soon.

DS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing. Brussel sprout and beet salad appetizers were amazing. Had the halibut for dinner so delicious and fresh. The pistachio cake for dessert was and awesome ending to our amazing meal. Also the service was great our waiter was wonderful.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience4

This was the third time we have been to this restaurant, of which the first two experiences were solid. However this time it was a disaster. We had to wait a 1/2 hour for our table (20+ minutes last 2 times also) as the people did not get up after paying the check. I think that is less the restaurants fault. However my wife and I ordered the same dish and both of us were served a pice of fat! Not kidding both of our short ribs $42, were chunks of fat. They obviously ran out of the item after a long night or it was a major oversight. We were with new friends and just didn't eat it as we didn't want and ruin their evening? We had to pretend we were full from the appetizers which were fine by the way. The black pasta was also overdone which was not the case last time either. Service was attentive but this meal literally put such a bad taste in our mouths that we will not be returning. Very disappointing as we were hoping for a new go to place in our town and had told all our friends about it. Now we have to tell them about this experience before they go and blame us

MK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, perfect ambience, outstanding food and service!!!!! Definitely a favorite!

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent and the atmosphere is terrific. Service was first class. This is a classy yet rustic BYOB gem which you would not expect to find in a strip mall. Everything served was hot and fresh. The menu is unique and different. Portions are not huge but more than enough for sure. You just may not need a doggy bag but you won’t feel cheated.

My wife and I went on a Wednesday and the noise level was fine. I suspect it might be a little loud on the weekends, but what place isn’t nowadays. We will definitely go back.

e
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very accommodating, I had made an error with my rsvp; they worked around it in no time. David, our server was pleasant and knowledgeable about every item on the menu. The food, service and ambiance was excellent. I cannot wait to go back!

TL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food excellent, owner excellent, service can be better

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The hostess wanted to sit us next to a party of 12 at a tiny table for 2. My whole reason for going there was to have a quiet peaceful dinner on a Thursday night in January, which I had had on previous visits. When I requested a new table a big fuss was made that special requests should be noted in the reservation. I don’t think my request was “special”. Another table was found but it left a negative feeling with me. We both ordered the beet salad and halibut. My friends was inedible due to salt and had to send back. The maitre d and chef both came out to apologize and a new dish was prepared. They also gave us dessert on the house which was very nice. I would definitely return and request a quiet table upfront to avoid any confusion next time! BYOB is also a plus!

CF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite restaurant!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the closest replication of true Italian food I’ve ever experienced. The attention to detail and quality shows. You will not regret this meal.

CG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is amazing!

ST
Miami
61 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is probably one of the best restaurants in all of New Jersey. Unfortunately it’s getting the notoriety it deserves which means it’ll start to get very busy and crowded and hard to get in. The owner and the general manager are a gem and They take care of every possible need
Awesome place

ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, atmosphere, noise level, service and music! We had the scallop crudo, Mugnaia pasta, whole black bass, halibut and pistachio cake. Everything was delicious!! Not one complaint at all about this place except that we didn't try it sooner!

BW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We started with the fried Brussels sprouts which was an explosion of different tastes in your mouth. A must try. Then I had the short ribs which melted in your mouth and my husband had the risotto with scallops. He did not even offer me a taste and finished everything. Highly recommend and am excited to try new dishes when I go back. Also the waiter was so knowledgeable about how the food was prepared it was appreciated.

VF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service always next level. Wonderful evening!

p
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This may be the most underrated restaurant in the metro area. The quality is extremely high and the price considering this, far lower than what you'd pay elsewhere.

S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short ribs and whole fish entrees were excellent . Got there early and was very quiet. Did get a lot noisier when the room filled up. Waiter Steve was very good.

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't think I was a fan of "organic ".
Was I wrong!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always great service making sure your experience is memorable.The food is always superb and the change of menu always has you tasting different foods

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful option for more upscale dining in the Marlboro area. Comfortable seating and soothing ambiance. Excellent service. Food choices and creativity of the dishes notable.

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect date night out with my hubby

CF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous from appetizers to entrees to desserts. I love meatballs and order them often and the meatball appetizer we shared was DELICIOUS. Homemade pastas were DELICIOUS. Service was great and ambiance was beautiful. I look forward to going back.

K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience from John who ensured everything was up to our expectations and Erica who provided outstanding service. The food was prepared perfectly and crab cake was one of best I ever had.

TT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very enjoyable evening. Everything was excellent. Will definitely be going back. Highly recommend.

j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here again (3x in one week)! Food, chef and servers are exceptional. We had a 5:45 reservation, early enough to be seated with choice of tables to choose from. One of the best features of this restaurant is the fine dining atmosphere, and to be able to dine looking out towards the rest of the room, admiring the wonderful decorations along with whom your dining with!!!!!

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Monmouth county. Food is done to perfection, service is outstanding I can’t wait to visit again!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basic date night with my fiancé. We recently moved into the area and was told to check out il Nido. It was not disappointing, service was great and the food was delicious! Price point is great for being fully organic. BYOB is always nice. Will definitely be back!

N
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy and well space out tables and very attentive service. Food was organic, delicious and well flavored. Very relaxing atmosphere. Only one criticism - John’s after shave was too powerful and took away from the impeccable aromas of the food when close by. But he was spot on about welcoming you or for anything you needed. He’s Definitely a restaurant professional !

A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food perhaps offering a 3 course version instead of more intense ones would work. They were always excellent!

The starters were outstanding with a new fresh ricotta (a special from a local NJ ricotta maker) this occasion we tried the creste di gallo (pronounced gaL-Lo not guy-yo) prepared with fennel sausage and broccoli rabe & the stella pasta with an artichoke bolognese with ricotta was an excellent vegetarian option. The Filet Mignon was perfectly cooked with crispy oven roasted potatoes & Wagyu short rib prepared over 2 days and soooo tender! A big hit!

We enjoyed a fantastic bottle of Walt Pinot Noir for a really nice meal experience. Totally worth driving 45 minutes! Thanks again.

RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Nido is a GEM among fine dining restaurants in the Marlboro area. The atmosphere is quiet, tables are spaced out nicely, view and ambience is perfect. The Service staff were all outstanding catering to our every need and any special request. The Chef is top notch and food was simply outstanding. Owner & his family frequently dine here and they take the time to stop by tables and talk with his patrons. The Owner not only has the big picture view on what a elegant and unique dining experience should be, but he pays attention to every detail and it shows in the exceptional dining experience we had at Il Nido. I highly recommend this restaurant.

p
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. Veal Milanese was ender and really good. A little pricy - $69 per veal chop. Will be back though. Love this place.

ST
Miami
62 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best Italian - no the best restaurant in Monmouth cty.
The attention by the staff and the owner is a 10. The food and atmosphere are wonderful.
Our new regular spot

BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fantastic. We cannot wait to go back

j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend in Brooklyn. We made a reservation for this past Saturday. We were seated exactly at the time of our reservation. We were greeted by the manager John, who by the way, knows the business. He’s truly caring, wants everything to be perfect, doesn’t miss a beat and is so attentive. We mentioned to John that we came from Brooklyn, John immediately brought over the owners Joe and Sandy, to our table. The loveliest of people, warm and brilliant. We truly don’t ever want to dine anywhere else. The most delicious, extraordinary meal, we’ve ever tasted. You think you’re in Italy! Everything is so fresh! The crab cake,carpaccio, fresh pasta, artichokes from Italy, and Osso Buco just melted in your mouth. The real problem you will have is making a decision on what to order. This rustic, romantic fine dining experience has changed our lives. We made reservations for this Friday AND Saturday! Thank you Joe and Sandy for bringing the best restaurant to New Jersey! Also for hiring John, who added spice to our lives! See you next week.

Warm Regards,
Jennifer and John

DL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal restaurant. All fresh, organic food, a classic style, in a cozy, elegant venue. A must try.
The staff is meticulous and the owner is friendly and welcoming.