Janina Bistro

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$30 and under
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Italian

Janina Bistro in Lebanon, New Jersey is a BYOB restaurant that features Italian Mediterranean fusion cuisine. The restaurant offers a lunch and dinner menu featuring a variety of traditional Italian classics blended with inspired dishes featuring rice, fresh seafood and pasta.

Lunch at Janina Bistro offers a variety of homemade pastas, entrŽes and desserts such as spinach ravioli, rigatoni Ancona, chicken parmigiana, grilled shrimp and Italian chocolate soufflŽ. Dinner at Janina Bistro features a mixture of authentic Italian dishes and innovative Mediterranean appetizers, salads, pastas and entrŽes. Appetizer and salad choices include eggplant nana, grilled sausage, calamari, Caesar salad and arugula salad while pasta and entrŽe options include filet mignon ravioli, gnocchi, peppercorn chicken and lamb shank.

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Sun 4:00PM - 8:30PM
Tue - Thu 4:00PM - 8:30PM

What 53 People Are Saying
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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always WONDERFUL service and food!

TF
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were very pleased with our entries, the dessert and cappuccino were also excellent. Servers were very attentive and we will definitely be back. It is a pleasure to be thrilled with your selections and feel every penny you spent was worth it.

NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy going to Janina’s. The food is very good, the service is also very good. A benefit is it’s a BYOB. We’ve eaten inside and outside and have always had a lovely evening

T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service would definitely recommend

AS
Poconos
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good food, never noisy and never rushed. BYOB is always a good choice too.

PE
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the staff, service and food at Janina. You couldn’t ask for anything better in a dining experience.

MS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

BYOB, with a liquor store next door. Sat outside- felt like I was in a friends backyard. Peaceful but could use some mosquito repellent candles or something similar. Very kind servers, timing was perfect and the steak was maybe the best I’ve ever had. Pasta is home made. Yum. Will definitely return.

ST
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

It was my husband’s birthday and he was really looking forward to going to Janina’s. I made a reservation through Open Table and indicated on the reservation that it was his birthday. We arrived at 7:30. We were not served until 9! My husband and I were served our appetizers at 9 and my son and his financee had to wait until 9:30 for their meal! (2 hours!!) The OWNER was serving us and could not understand why I was so upset that we had to wait 1 1/2 hours and 2 hours, respectively, for our food!! He was extremely arrogant. We have always supported his restaurant and all his family’s restaurants over the years which is a bigger kick in the teeth. It was my husband’s birthday. Needless to say his birthday was ruined.

JL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner on the patio. Food and service was fantastic! The Gelato for dessert was yummy.

MF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We ate outside so noise level was fine. Everyone enjoyed their dinner and dessert but felt it was a little pricey. Wait staff was attentive.

D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely meal, with excellent choices. A nice place to enjoy a relaxing, pleasant evening, enjoying a wonderful Italian meal.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent shrimp and scallops with broccoli rabe

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting outside was so beautiful, the setting was wonderful and the weather was just perfect. I know I’m not spelling this correctly, but “TeeTee”, our waiter was so attentive and extremely pleasant. The food was very delicious. I had the beet salad and the scallop/shrimp over risotto special. VERY good! For some reason I forgot to take photos this time.

GS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service coupled with excellent food make this place special.

L
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always lovely to dine at Janina's. Attentive staff, excellent food, gluten free options & BYOB.

FR
Philadelphia
120 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Very expensive food and really poor quality. My wife had the bronzino fish which was overcooked and dry. My son had the shrimp which came with just three and wasn’t anything special either. My daughter had the fish franciase which was soggy and poorly prepared. I had penne pasta with sausage and a pink sauce which was good but it’s kind of hard to screw that up in the first place. Calamari appetizer was not fried just calamari rings in sauce. It was actually OK but not the best. I won’t go back.

CT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been meaning to dine there for a long time and finally made it. Great food and atmosphere as well as service. Highly recommend it. Will be back soon!

PN
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great anniversary dinner! Outstanding food

KS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance, food, and service. We will come again.

R
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love dining here Great food and service Noise was high on this night Lots of big tables celebrating

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Our first time, will definitely come again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day. For a holiday evening service was great, food was great. Love this local byob!

DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. Didn't rush us. Always a wonderful experience.

IC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was very good. Food was a little pricey, but good.

G
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really enjoy this restaurant. The staff is courteous and does not pressure us to order, etc., and the food is delicious. Recommend without any hesitation.

M
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't wait to return. Ceasar salad & Fettuccine Bolognese excellent. Could truly make a meal of their bread & seasoned oil. Enjoyed a delicious cheesecake with a bit of creme brulee layered in.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always nice for lunch. Relaxed atmosphere, tasty faire, try eggplant Nana!

RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem in the Clinton NJ area off route 22....specials are a must...BYOB another reason

SO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Their speciality are the pasta dishes. I highly recommend their pasta since they make fresh on premises, as they have told us. Their veal dish was a bit tough even though waiter recommended it. It’s a BYOB with great service , bread was very good , but stick to pasta dishes for a 10+ experience.

g
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We hadn't been to Janina Bistro in some time but we have always enjoyed it so we were confident that everything would be top notch. And we were right! From the moment we walked in until we were done. We enjoyed the stuffed mushroom appetizer special (chorizo!) and the burrata to start. My companion had the spinach ravioli with Gorgonzola brandy sauce. Wow. A perfect flavor combo. I went with the Branzino special. The plating was spectacular and the fish was light, flaky, flavorful, everything you'd want. Done just right. To finish we split the incredible tiramisu. The best part was we walked out full and pleased but not "get the crane to lift me out of my chair" full. Our parting thought was to make a point of not forgetting about Janina Bistro because it's so close to our house.

s
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Tasty dishes that departed from typical shopping center Italian. While not fine dining, a definite step up from "the usual".

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice restaurant, but quite expensive.

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EH
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have found Janina's to be consistently excellent in their food and friendly service. Would highly recommend.

G
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an enjoyable meal. The food was quite tasty, and the portions adequate. They were accommodating, too, as I ordered the roasted beet salad and requested nuts since nuts were not in the description. Walnuts were added. We will definitely return soon as it's been about two years ago that we dined here the previous time.

f
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious. I had the peppercorn chicken which was very tasty and the lemincello cake was yummy as well

RP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our first time Janina. Hadn’t realized that it was a BYOB so walked three stores down to pick up a bottle of wine. The meal was excellent and the service quite good. Will definitely return.

EH
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistent good food and service. BYOB is a plus. Would recommend.

JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and service

l
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

EH
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently excellent food and service.

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