Meta

4.7
804 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Meta Restaurant in Oceanside is the supreme Long Island dining experience. It is the perfect gathering place for friends, family, or clients - everyone who appreciates great food. It has been ZAGAT Rated as one of the Best Italian Restaurants on Long Island since the doors opened in September of 2000.

Owned by Chef Robert "Bobby" Carmosino, every meal at Meta is prepared with the finest quality foods, cooked to perfection and served by the friendly, knowledgeable staff. The full and extensive menu, aside from the signature daily house specialties of three oven roasted fish, succulent duck, and baby pork osso bucco, is rich in antipasti, unique salads, seafood specialties, mouth-watering meats, and delicious desserts. Chef Carmosino believes that good food equals good times. And a good time is guaranteed every time you dine at Meta. The cozy, friendly atmosphere is inviting and just one bite will convince you that the food is clearly the best food under the sun.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 804 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food at Meta is always on point! Everything was absolutely delicious and our waiter was so attentive. We love this place and will definitely be back soon!

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DonCece
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meta is one of our FAVORITE restaurants…..excellent menu, excellent wine list and exceptional service….BRAVO Meta!

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vipLongIslander6
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous!!
Service and food two thumbs up!!

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PatrickC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Great Staff, Great Time. Serving sizes are plentiful. Very enjoyable evening. Visit restaurant as often as we can even though the drive is almost an hour to get there.

JM
JoanneM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at Meta, although I did hear positive things about it and it was definitely correct. The food was delicious and the staff friendly. One of my favorite things is that they don’t rush you.

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RICHARDL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always terrific. Food and cocktails are excellent. Service terrific as well.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for a friend’s birthday
The eggplant meatballs so delicious .. I also had the chicken special
One of my fav restaurants on Long Island ❤️

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Robinathome
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

For as long as I can remember I have spent 100's buying the black Friday gift certificates. I spent my last one for 2021 on this visit. For the first time today 11/27/2021 I did not come to buy black Friday 1/2 because Meta has always said the certificate will always be the value you pay for it. A 100.00 certificate costs 50.00 on black Friday. So you will always have 50.00 to spend if your not in the time window to use then, My 50.00 certificate for 2018 was not used because of family issues but that's was OK because I was assured I could still use it for 25.00 after expiration date, the price I paid for it originally. And the next 50.00 for 1/1/20-11/22/20 which I paid 25.00 for was unusable when the female owner told me that they had changed their gift program that year-covid. I did us one 50.00 coupon to eat by myself in March 2020 just to use it. these coupons are a special offer and when Meta owners tell you they will always hold the actual the price you paid and not the double I believed in them. And they made great gifts to give to new friends or newly married to experience Meta probably for the first time. Smart idea.
Before the coupons I would bring my family from out of town to Meta and everyone was impressed and today we always spend way over the coupon value because we like good wine and maybe a desert and port too. I know the wait staff and they get the tip on the original full bill and a little more. I know it seems very petty to lose 50.00 on the 2- 25.00 certificates but I have no problem eating and having a drink at the bar by myself. 25.00 would not have covered my early dinner Meta would have still made money on me. So this year is my first year I have to say I was so disappointed in how Meta handled the certificates I could not be happy about buying any more. We are a small group from Long Beach and will not be missed. Most of all goodbye to the waiters who took such good care of us over the years.

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MrBinNYC
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We arrived on time and the restaurant adjusted our table. We were seated and waited approximately 10 minutes before the waiter came out to take our drink order. Drinks arrived as ready from the bar, first mixed cocktails, then bottled beer and then wine. The restaurant was out of certain drinks and did not offer alternatives or suggestions. Appetizers were cold and entrees were under seasoned. We opted not to stay for dessert, partly because our server was missing for more than 15 minutes. I do not believe we will be recommending this restaurant to friends or family and will not be returning.

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DeanC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and price. I highly recommend this establishment.

TL
TeachLI
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, always beautifully presented. Service is excellent!

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vipJeaniac65
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, as always!

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vipdonalds
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service always outstanding!

AL
AdamL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Give it a try. Service was great. The wait staff was on the ball

EM
EricM
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will definitely be back. The dessert was awesome!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience.

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NancyB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Friendly staff !! Good quality food!!!!!

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vipmike54
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food end excellent service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My eggplant meatball dish looked and tasted like it had been just defrosted with some frozen cheese and canned tomato puree thrown under. Entrée was okay but over priced for what it was and the desserts were not worth the calories.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wonderful service food and atmosphere

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CarolynW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! warm and cozy atmosphere, really delicious food and drinks. You get a lot for your money and you can probably take home enough for lunch the next day. I suggest making a reservation. The serving staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

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LenoraS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food at Meta is always exceptional. I have so many favorites it is often hard to choose what to eat. The portions are large and I usually go home with enough for lunch the next day. Leave room for dessert they are amazing !

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again the food and service was great. Its nice to have a great Italian restaurant so close to home.

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vipJoseph
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

First time at this restaurant with my wife and friends; The food was terrific; service was slow but the food was worth the visit at the new spot that my wife and I will definitely go back to.

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Maria
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our meals at Mera. The service is excellent and the food is always delicious.
We gave taken many people to dinner there and then they become repeat customers.

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Barbara
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service…

LM
vipLoisM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, delish

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Rosie
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not a very friendly greeting, but overall wonderful service & food

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vipItalianmomma1
Naples
66 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Meta we were a large group of 9. Service was excellent! Food was delicious! Timing of food coming out was perfect! Everything was hot and exceptional. Will defiantly be back !

LM
vipLoisM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, delicious!

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TODDR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like always a great dinner at Meta . The service was friendly and warm the food was amazing . A perfect 10 .

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

Great food and great service!

LM
vipLoisM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful delicious dinner!

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family13
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food was good. Greeters very friendly. With only a few diners, We waited more than 10 minutes for drink order to be taken. Waiters congregated and talking. Finally I had to gesture in order to get their attention.

Food service was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and food! Wait staff was excellent!

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KarenS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was there with a group. Four of us ordered St Peters fish, two ordered the snapper special. All the dishes looked alike. They overdo their fish dishes. Too much crust on top, too much sauce. I feel like they’re trying to disguise fish for people who don’t really like fish. Fine dining restaurant have a “less is more” way with food. Good ingredients and simple preparation is best. The staff is always nice and good value but I’m getting tired of the food here,

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

Meta never disappoints! Outstanding service and exceptional food. The salmon dish was perfect and delicious. Fried Cheesecake...wow! Just a pleasant and enjoyable dining experience. Also a shout out to our amazing and friendly waiter! Will be going back soon!

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vipGarywasthere
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Service was good, food was good as well. Drinks (alcohol) terrific. Nice place with reasonable pricing . A real find or some would say a neighbor gem. I would & will definitely go back.

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TrishaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Service was slow. Had to catch the waiter’s eye after sitting there for some time. Didn’t taste any alcohol in the drinks and both meals were way too salty. The dessert, however, was delicious. Would not go back. Not worth the price.

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Momwithkids
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was tasty. The problem is with service. Waiter didn’t come by to refill water, take orders for more water, clean up empty dirty plates, etc. generally, I found service poor.

FAQs

Meta does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Meta is rated 4.7 stars by 804 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.