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La Mensa, Norwood, NJ

La Mensa

4.3
4.3
51 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

La Mensa is decidedly Italian, with something for everyone. We offer an impressive menu that includes house-made pasta, fritti, braised and grilled meats. Whether it be Nonna's parmigiana, the catch of the day, or a decadent prime steak you are craving, we have you covered.

Our prix-fixe menu is available from 4-6pm Monday-Friday and on Saturday & Sunday from 1-4pm for just $35 plus tax and tip. It's a great way to try our house favorites!

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Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 1:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (201) 660-7950

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Norwood

  • Cross street

    Livingston Street

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Experiences

  • Prix-Fixe Menu

    $37.32 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Every week is Restaurant Week at La Mensa! Have you seen our $35 prix-fixe special? Come visit us between 4-6pm during the week or 1-4pm on the weekends to taste a variety of our delicious dishes!

Menu

We Proudly Serve Bell & Evans Antibiotic & Hormone Free Chicken. Vintages may change subject to availability. We host & cater private events for all occasions! Let us take care of your next bridal or baby shower, birthday party, corporate event, etc. For more information, visit lamensanj.com/parties

Antipasti

  • Crema di Burrata$12.00

    stracciatella, sea salt, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, toasted bread

    • Polpettine$14.00

      trio of beef, veal & pork meatballs with ricotta, marinara, grilled tuscan bread

      • Polipo Novello$17.00

        oven-roasted octopus with potatoes, eggplant caponata, parsley oil

        • Eggplant Rollatini$12.00

          eggplant stuffed with whole-milk ricotta, basil, parsley

          • Fried Calamari$13.00

            flour-dusted calamari & hot cherry peppers, olives with marinara sauce

            • Mussels Fra Diavolo$14.00

              sauteed mussels with spicy marinara, garlic, fresh herbs, grilled tuscan bread

              • Arancini alla Romana$12.00

                stuffed rice balls with mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, mushrooms, parsley

                • Vongole Oreganata$14.00

                  littleneck clams with breadcrumbs, herbs

                  • Stuffed Mushrooms$14.00

                    crumbled sausage, mascarpone, parmesan, fresh herbs, breadcrumbs, marsala

                    Pasta

                    substitute gluten free pasta $2

                    • Bucatini all'Amatriciana$19.00

                      with guanciale, onions, tomato, crushed red pepper

                      • Linguine al Vongole$24.00

                        with littleneck clams, white wine, garlic, parsley

                        • Mushroom Ravioli$22.00

                          with brown butter & sage

                          • Orechiette con Salsiccia$22.00

                            with italian sausage, broccoli rabe, white wine, tomato, garlic

                            • Pappardelle Brasato Sugo$24.00

                              hand-made with braised meat ragu

                              • Ricotta Gnocchi$20.00

                                hand-made with basil pesto, lemon breadcrumbs

                                • Risotto of the Day

                                  • M/P
                                • Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe$20.00

                                  with pecorino romano, fresh cracked pepper, butter

                                  • Squid Ink Fra Diavolo$25.00

                                    with jumbo shrimp, scallions, tomato, spicy calabrian chilies

                                    • Tagliatelle Bolognese$24.00

                                      hand-made with ground meat ragu

                                      Zuppa e Insalate

                                      all dressings are made in house

                                      • Pasta Fagioli$9.00

                                        cannellini beans, pasta, garlic, touch of tomato, fresh herbs

                                        • Brodo di Pollo$9.00

                                          nonna's chicken soup

                                          • Minestrone$9.00

                                            potatoes, seasonal vegetables, tomato-herb broth

                                            • Lavandino$13.00

                                              mixed greens with gorgonzola dolce, parmesan, poached pears, pecans, fig vinaigrette

                                              • Roasted Beets$12.00

                                                roasted beets with seasonal greens, goat cheese, candied pecans, sherry vinaigrette

                                                • House$10.00

                                                  romaine with cucumbers, bell peppers, balsamic vinaigrette

                                                  • Caesar*$11.00

                                                    romaine with shaved parmesan, croutons, caesar dressing

                                                    • Arugula$15.00

                                                      arugula with cherry tomatoes, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, peppers, olives, balsamic vinaigrette

                                                      Entrées

                                                      All your way dishes except parmigiana come with creamy polenta & mixed vegetables

                                                      • Branzino Livornese$28.00

                                                        pan-roasted filet with tomatoes, capers, olives with mashed potatoes & sautéed spinach

                                                        • Brasato al Barolo$32.00

                                                          braised short ribs, wild mushroom risotto

                                                          • Chicken Scarpariello$25.00

                                                            pan-roasted with sausage, hot cherry peppers, roasted potatoes

                                                            • Pan Seared Salmon*$30.00

                                                              with tomato jam, farro, sautéed spinach

                                                              • Hanger Steak*$32.00

                                                                with garlic-herb sauce, house-made fries, mixed veggies

                                                                • Sliced Steak Sandwich$25.00

                                                                  baguette, caramelized onions, garlic cream mesclun, house-made fries

                                                                  • Osso Buco$32.00

                                                                    braised pork shank, creamy polenta, au jus

                                                                    • Chicken Your Way$23.00

                                                                      parmigiana (comes with spaghetti), saltimbocca, marsala, piccata or francese

                                                                      • Veal Your Way$26.00

                                                                        parmigiana (comes with spaghetti), saltimbocca, marsala, piccata or francese

                                                                        Sides

                                                                        • Sautéed Spinach$9.00

                                                                          • Broccoli Rabe$9.00

                                                                            • Creamy Polenta$8.00

                                                                              • Mashed Potatoes$7.00

                                                                                • Grilled Mushrooms$9.00

                                                                                  • French Fries$8.00

                                                                                    Prix-Fixe

                                                                                    $35. Mon-Fri 4-6pm, Sat-Sun 1-4pm (dine in only for parties up to 15)

                                                                                      1st Course

                                                                                      choose (1)

                                                                                      • Polpettine

                                                                                        • Stuffed Mushrooms

                                                                                          • Caesar Salad*

                                                                                            • Calamari

                                                                                              • Clams Oreganata

                                                                                                • Mozzarella en Carozza

                                                                                                  2nd Course

                                                                                                  choose (1)

                                                                                                  • Papardelle Brasato Sugo

                                                                                                    • Chicken Your Way

                                                                                                      • Veal Your Way

                                                                                                        • Pan Seared Salmon

                                                                                                          • Seafood Linguine

                                                                                                            • Tagliatelle Bolognese

                                                                                                              3rd Course

                                                                                                              choose (1)

                                                                                                              • Tiramisu

                                                                                                                • Cheescake

                                                                                                                  • Cannoli

                                                                                                                    Specialty Cocktails

                                                                                                                    • Aperol Cocktail$14.00

                                                                                                                      aperol, prosecco, club soda

                                                                                                                      • Peach Bellini$12.00

                                                                                                                        prosecco, peach puree

                                                                                                                        • Pink Margarita$14.00

                                                                                                                          tequila, campari, agave, fresh lime

                                                                                                                          • Amalfi Coast$15.00

                                                                                                                            brandy, rum, apricot jam, honey, fresh lemon

                                                                                                                            • Pompelmo$14.00

                                                                                                                              vodka, grapefruit, moscato

                                                                                                                              • Classic Negroni$14.00

                                                                                                                                gin, campari, sweet vermouth

                                                                                                                                Bottled Beer

                                                                                                                                • Heineken$6.00

                                                                                                                                  • Heineken 0.0$6.00

                                                                                                                                    • Miller Lite$5.00

                                                                                                                                      • Peroni$6.00

                                                                                                                                        • Sierra Nevada$6.00

                                                                                                                                          Draught Beer

                                                                                                                                          • Blue Moon$7.00

                                                                                                                                            • Coors Light$6.00

                                                                                                                                              • Dogfish Head IPA$7.00

                                                                                                                                                • Sam Adams Seasonal$7.00

                                                                                                                                                  Wine by the Glass

                                                                                                                                                    White, Sparkling & Rosé

                                                                                                                                                    • Tenuta Sant'Anna Prosecco NV

                                                                                                                                                      • Gls$10.00
                                                                                                                                                      • Btl$38.00
                                                                                                                                                    • Xavier Flouret Rose Provance 2020

                                                                                                                                                      • Gls$11.00
                                                                                                                                                      • Btl$40.00
                                                                                                                                                    • Quadri Pinot Grigio 2020

                                                                                                                                                      • Gls$10.00
                                                                                                                                                      • Btl$38.00
                                                                                                                                                    • Robert Hall Sauvignon Blanc 2018

                                                                                                                                                      • Gls$11.00
                                                                                                                                                      • Btl$40.00
                                                                                                                                                    • Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2018

                                                                                                                                                      • Gls$12.00
                                                                                                                                                      • Btl$45.00

                                                                                                                                                    Red

                                                                                                                                                    • Julia James Pinot Noir 2019

                                                                                                                                                      • Gls$11.00
                                                                                                                                                      • Btl$40.00
                                                                                                                                                    • Illuminati Montepulciano 2018

                                                                                                                                                      • Gls$11.00
                                                                                                                                                      • Btl$40.00
                                                                                                                                                    • Mondavi P. S. Cabernet 2019

                                                                                                                                                      • Gls$12.00
                                                                                                                                                      • Btl$45.00
                                                                                                                                                    • Capanne Ricci Ricciolo Toscana 2018

                                                                                                                                                      • Gls$12.00
                                                                                                                                                      • Btl$45.00
                                                                                                                                                    • Andelura 1300 Malbec 2019

                                                                                                                                                      • Gls$11.00
                                                                                                                                                      • Btl$40.00

                                                                                                                                                    Bottled White & Rosé

                                                                                                                                                      Sparkling & Rosé

                                                                                                                                                      • Mi Mi Provence Rosé 2020$48.00

                                                                                                                                                        • Bollicino Sparkling Rosé NV$38.00

                                                                                                                                                          • Finca Torremilanos Rosé 2019$35.00

                                                                                                                                                            Aromatic & Fruity

                                                                                                                                                            • Schlink Haus Riesling 2020$40.00

                                                                                                                                                              Light & Refreshing

                                                                                                                                                              • Borgo Magredo Pinot Grigio 2019$45.00

                                                                                                                                                                • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2020$55.00

                                                                                                                                                                  • Nativ Beneventano Falanghina 2020$40.00

                                                                                                                                                                    • Sergent du Roy Sancerre 2020$60.00

                                                                                                                                                                      Full & Luscious

                                                                                                                                                                      • Tenuta Santa Maria 'Lepiga' Soave 2020$40.00

                                                                                                                                                                        • La Crema Chardonnay 2020$55.00

                                                                                                                                                                          • Jordan Chardonnay 2019$65.00

                                                                                                                                                                            Bottled Red

                                                                                                                                                                              Light & Fruitforward

                                                                                                                                                                              • Mauro Molino 'Leradici' Barbera d'Asti 2019$40.00

                                                                                                                                                                                • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2019$40.00

                                                                                                                                                                                  Medium Bodied & Elegant

                                                                                                                                                                                  • La Fenice Barbaresco 2012$65.00

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Franco Francesco Barolo DOCG 2014$75.00

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Franco Amoroso Barolo DOCG 2016$65.00

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Decoy Red Blend 2019$40.00

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Fattoria di Grignano Chianti 2018$45.00

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Tres Palacios Merlot 2018$40.00

                                                                                                                                                                                              Earthy & Complex

                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ruffino Chianti Riserva Ducale Tan 2018$65.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ruffino Chianti Riserva Ducale Gold 2012$80.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Chateau La Graviere Bordeaux 2018$45.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Isla Cotes du Rhone 2019$45.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Big & Bold

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Turley 'Juvenile' Zinfandel 2019$60.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Recchia Amarone DOCG 2015$75.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Masi Costasera Amarone 2015$100.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2017$90.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2016$125.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Land of Saints Cabernet 2019$45.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Guicciardini Strozzi, Ocra, Supertuscan 2017$60.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last updated: April 24, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What 51 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.3 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 4.4Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 4.1Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 4.4Ambience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 4.1Value

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LUVTOEAT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      32 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      32 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Food was very good. Atmosphere was lovely and quiet. Was with 6 people for dinner and it was very easy to talk. The service was good except they mixed up my order with someone else’s and tried to give me lasagna that I didn’t order. They made good on it though and quickly served me what I originally ordered. The dessert choices could have been better. We wanted sorbet and they didn’t have any and the ice cream choices were very basic. Would go back again because we thought the entrees were very good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. BS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      La Mensa is actually a much classier restaurant than the exterior appearance would lead one to believe. Inside is a charming and cozy dining room offering fine fare, top-notch service and a full selection of wine. We have eaten here about half a dozen times and so far, have not been disappointed. I really love this place and feel that if they upgraded the drab exterior they would get more business but I don't mind keeping this neighborhood gem to myself! .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lovely Mother's Day luncheon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      luv2eat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great dining experience last night at this recently opened restaurant. We started out with Caesar salad which was delicious. Not everyone can make a Caesar salad, as simple as it sounds, but this place definitely can. I had the Bronzino special which was exceptional and my friend had the Osso Buco over polenta and loved it as well. The service and staff was very attentive… can’t wait to return !

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thehungryhudsons4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent service and food. It’s great to have such a wonderful restaurant in the area!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. AV

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AjVig

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Came here for the first time on Thursday night with my wife. Very Good!! The Food and the service Big portions delicious food. And Jimmy was very nice and Professional. Will definitely be back. (Tribeca Oven)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7. AC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AlexandraC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall2food2service1ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I really wanted to like this place. It’s nicely decorated and the menu looks good. But the service was terrible and the food was just ok. I ordered the beet salad, but only had 5 small chunks of beets in it and the remainder was mixed greens. My Linguini a Vongole had 5 small clams on it with a bit of linguini. The white wine sauce was decent, but I really hoped for a few more clams. The worst part was the service however. It took ages to get anyone to take our order, and when Jimmy did come, he was really quite unfriendly. We felt like we were an inconvenience to him, putting in a basic order for dinner. Then the food took ages to come, and when it finally did, it sat in front of us for half an hour—the waiter was no where to be seen. No one even checked on us or asked if we wanted another drink, more water or dessert. We ended up asking someone to send a waiter with the check, because we didn’t want to wait another half an hour for dessert. It should not take almost three hours for a two course meal. It’s a shame, bc it’s cute on the inside and I really wanted to like it there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Leonard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great food, great service, we are regulars now. It’s one of our go to restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9. BL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BobL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Baltimore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 26, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The biggest problem at La Mensa was the service. They had a party last night and did not have the service personnel to properly handle all patrons--they did have a good crowd. I personally was not impressed with the overall menu and did not think the entree I ordered lived up to their predecessors(Ragazzi). The appetizers, though, were very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    10. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The restaurant is lovely. Great food, great service and great ambiance. The prices are beyond reasonable. I do not live nearby, but I will definitely make a return visit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AngelaB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      First time there, staff was very attentive food delicious. Try the mozzarella carrozza seafood risotto . Will definitely Go back and reasonable prices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    12. PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PattyM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is a lovely place! They were warm and wonderful and the food was SO delish. Love the decor-- it is both light and airy with a feeling of being in someone's living room. You can see the staff was working to do they best they could with only a few people working (just like everywhere right now). Definitely going back!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TeresaK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Charleston

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great atmosphere. Just need to bring food flavor up 1 notch. Good selection excellent service.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SiobhanA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 18, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yummy food and good service

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KristenR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      38 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      38 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 16, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had a great experience tonight. We weren’t sure what to expect but heard good things. We loved everything we tried. Our server, Debbie, was wonderful. The manager/owner Jim was very personable and helpful. We’ll definitely head back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JamesM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 15, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New Charming spot for classic Italian dishes well prepared and presented. Menu is not overly large but has a great variety of choices. Clean and comfortable without being overpriced. Let’s of parking and a small bar make it worth a visit.9

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What a little gem in northern NJ. The venue is super cute, great ambiance and a full bar. Their dishes were so yummy, had mussels in white wine but the broth had hot cherry peppers which gave it such a nice kick! Pasta and fish were delicious! Very friendly staff, still took a while for our food so be patient. Would go back for sure

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    18. m

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      melissab

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 13, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mark was our waiter and he was fantastic. Very attentive and knew how to describe every dish….and accommodated our preferences. The restaurant is immaculate. Debbie’s Espresso martini was amazing. We will definitely come back and sit at the bar next time. Thank you for being such a pleasant surprise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      penneg

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on February 10, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had a lovely dinner the other night! It wasn't busy when we first got there but it started to pick up and we noticed that service started to slow down. Understandable since it was a weekday so there wasn't much help. We will definitely go back. Prices are VERY reasonable considering many other restaurants have risen their prices astronomically! There were several specials to choose from!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nancy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 16, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent food and service authentic Italian food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    21. PO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PatriciaO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 2, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our food was delicious. Host was attentive and informative. We enjoyed our dining experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    22. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      London

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on January 1, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Waiters, bus boys, manager did not wear a mask. Two dinners ordered- one was really good & the other was very much over-salted and therefore could not finish it. Service was fair. The restaurant is beautiful & cozy inside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    23. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 30, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Celebrating a friend’s new job! Wonderful hospitality and delicious food! Will definitely be returning again!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    24. M

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meatballs2go

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 25, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Staff and host are very friendly and appreciative of your business Pasta dishes are excellent Will become a regular there from now on. Happy new year.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JeanetteC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 23, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent new spot! Food was delicious and innovative.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Smcl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      32 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      32 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 18, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The first time there found it on a whim and now glad I did!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    27. JA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JANNIE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 18, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wait service very poor. Waiters that were serving completely ignored our table. The host became our waiter and had to flag busboy to get service for simple requests like water!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    28. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 11, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Delighted by the welcoming renovated space inside; it is warm, modern, bright and comfortable. The Caesar salad with anchovies was wonderful. The stuffed mushrooms were delicious, but no need for the extra sauce. The veal Milanese with baby arugula was great, but better with reduced balsamic. The artichokes were good, but too many breadcrumbs. The squid ink pasta was good, but quite spicy. We loved the Nutella mousse! We couldn't enjoy the zeppolis, which were undercooked and runny. Overall, nice dining experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    29. SD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SandipaD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 5, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Intimate ambience. Personalized service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    30. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 5, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The staff was extremely cordial, brought water and bread immediately after being seated, and took our drink order. The dining room was softly lit, the ambience was casual and warm. My husband had a shrimp cocktail and a pork chop special. Both were excellent. I had minestrone and lobster ravioli. The soup was flavorful with fork tender vegetables. The ravioli had a nice balance of lobster meat and cheese. The sauce was light and fresh. This was our first visit to La Mensa, but it will certainly not be our last.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    31. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on December 2, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our experience was very nice - the place is nicely arranged and the people were all friendly and attentive. The food was well prepared and tasty - we had the branzino and chicken saltimbucca both were very good and the branzino was one of the best we have ever had. We will go again soon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    32. g

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gracep

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 28, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We enjoyed our first visit to La Mensa. The food was excellent. We were a party of 4 and we had 3 different dishes... Chicken piccata, scallops and pork chops ...all delicious!! Appetizers were Fried calamari and drunken mussels...AMAZING! Great place to bring family and friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    33. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Philadelphia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 27, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The place is beautiful and the Managers were very nice. The food took long and came out cold and server never came back to check, as servers were too busy. It was hard to enjoy the experience.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KimI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 25, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Second time eating there and enjoyed it the first time too

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    35. RC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RussellC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chicago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 20, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Outstanding food. Kitchen likely understaffed leading to long wait for food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    36. BS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      20 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      20 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 20, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very pleasant experience. Appealing decor and not too noisy. Good service and very good food. We will go again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    37. LS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LSFAF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 19, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is a beautifully renovated restaurant, much improved from its previous occupant. Our waiter, Marc, and the entire staff were helpful and provided excellent advice and service. Best of all, the food was excellently prepared and attractively presented. We will definitely be back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rich

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 18, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Second visit to this local charmer. Just a good as the first time! We will return.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    39. PN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ProudNJTeacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      53 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      53 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 14, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This was a new place for us. The food was outstanding! We feel that the service was slow-I had to call the waiter over to ask if we could order. He was very friendly-I dont know if he was new . My husband ordered a glass of wine which took quite a few minutes to be brought over. Dessert was delicious, and I would certainly come again though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suemcg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dined on November 14, 2021

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Food delicious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Safety precautions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Physical distancing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Screening

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FAQs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    La Mensa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 660-7950.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    La Mensa is rated 4.3 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    La Mensa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Google Map for La Mensa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    530 Livingston St Norwood, NJ 07648-1338

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Additional information

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cross street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Livingston Street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Norwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 1:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Italian, Contemporary Italian, Comfort Food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Casual Dining

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dress code

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Business Casual

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Parking details

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Private Lot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Payment options

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Additional

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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