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Osteria Morini - New Jersey

4.3
624 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
Osteria Morini, first introduced in 2010 to New York’s Soho neighborhood, was conceived from Chef Michael White’s dream to bring the same soulful cuisine and convivial spirit of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region to the United States. After making our original home in Soho, in downtown Manhattan we thought it was time to share the love with the Garden State. Chef Michael White and the Altamarea Group have always made a commitment to bring top quality food from New York to New Jersey. That commitment has been reaffirmed by bringing the highly acclaimed Soho restaurant, Osteria Morini, to Bernardsville, New Jersey.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(908) 221-0040
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kevin Knevals
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Private party facilities
We offer semi-private parties during the week and private parties on the weekends for lunch. We also offer full buyouts of the restaurant. In addition, contact Francois for any catering inquires.
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Private party contact
Gerardo Giorgio: (908) 221-0040
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Catering
Pretty much anything that the guest would imagine; from only food to a full event outdoor, to a special meal cooked by Chef in your own home.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Finley Avenue
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 624 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
3.8
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
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2.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Food was fair at best. Shrimp and lobster spaghetti was poor due to a thin unseasoned sauce that reminded us of canned tomato sauce. My second dish was better but just OK. Excellent waitress- very good service. Italian restaurant running out of angel hair pasta?

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Delicious rustic Italian bread. Enjoyed the flavorful arugula salad with strawberries, and the fresh sea scallops entree.
Look forward to returning to try different dishes and watching the kitchen team in action.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

I can't say much more than: the food was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Perfect evening. Great service by Joe, who was attentive when required and left us to chat and visit as desired. We were unaware of the pasta Sunday night special... we would return for that alone! $12 for the best choices anywhere. We shared a pasta and meatballs to start. Dinners were a grilled chicken, scallops on a bed of grains, and 2 chose the special cod. All were excellent! We indulged in ricotta donuts for dessert...so light and delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Friendly, efficient service. The food is Outstanding! Our new favorite place!

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2.0Dined on May 16, 2018

I came with 4 people on 5/16, and dinner was fine because we had their last good server, Alex. We came again on 5/24 with 8 people, and while the food was generally good, the charcuterie was horrendous and the service was worse. Had to ask for water twice, for the table to be cleared. Never asked for refill of the alcoholic drinks. Server with no personality and too many tables. Longtime customer that will not be back unless they get better servers.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I had a great experience first time I was here a few months ago so decided to book a mother's day dinner. I felt weird being shuffled through a narrow side corridor, past some staff closet into what looked like a make shift dining room. NOW I realize we were seated in the rear dining room of Nicoletta Pizza next door. I had made a reservation at Osteria Morini for its food AND rustic ambience, not the pizzeria. This room felt dingy with scuffed walls. The tables were bare laminate without any placemats or candles, just a paper napkin with a fork and knife. Just wanting to make the best of it, we ordered our food and waited. And waited. The waitress was friendly and tried her best, but the poor girl seemed like she was given too much to do. It took about 40 minutes just for our bread. The half size pasta, though tasty, came out in a small kid's soup bowl. The waiter who brought the food out didn't even ask if we wanted fresh parmesan (at an Italian restaurant!?!)! When we asked, he brought it out in a disposable plastic sauce cup. The bass smelled fishy and not fresh. Everything else was fine but we felt extremely disappointed overall. And most aggravating part was everyone in the room had to wait over an hour an half to get the main course.

Ultimately I think they opened up Nicoletta Pizza's dining room to book more tables on Mother's day night and they were short staffed. If the atmosphere and service matched the main dining room of Osteria Morini and everything was seamless, I wouldn't be writing this review. Whoever decided to open up the crappy dining area to pack in more customers made patrons feel cheated, especially when they chose the restaurant on a special night. It's a real shame.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Food is standard but their service needs more care like cleaning the table in each course of meal when dirty.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food was a little uneven, from good to excellent. The Cappelletti was one of the very best pastas that I have ever had, but the Gramigna was only so-so compared to past visits here (good but not great). The service was poor at times. We had to request water on three occasions and utensils on two — utensils were taken away after each course, new courses were brought, but no new utensils were brought. This was unacceptable and frustrating, especially when it happened twice, for any restaurant, particularly one of this caliber. But, there is enough standout food that I will return.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Delicious food and great service! Never disappointed.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Good food and service. Waiter changed my beer order from a draft to a bottle without complaint.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Resturaunt has lost its luster over past few years from a management level (table not ready despite Rez, apps didn’t come out same time, etc). Had a fantastic waiter who made up for it

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Always a great experience at Osteria Morini. We live a distance and don’t mind driving for a great experience from start to finish. The food is always delicious as is the service.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food and service were great for dinner. Bar and bartender not so much.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Well we were there last Friday and it was great ! Then we went again the next Sunday and it was completely disorganized.
The manager was not very friendly and the waiter whom we had to ask for everything made us feel as if we were inconveniencing him.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Consistent amazing food :-)

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Our favorite restaurant. Amazing food. Consistent cook. Just love it!!!

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Very good food and service. Authentic Italian dishes with creative twist. Nice wine list.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Can always expect great food and great service

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Pasta was phenomenal! We loved everything about this place!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We received a gift certificate from our daughters and Osteria Morini was the closest one to our home. We're so glad we chose it. The food was so delicious and the wine selection was great too. It's our new favorite local restaurant!

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Birthday dinner with the family

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1.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Tasteless italian food from a Michael White restaurant.
The Osteria imagined as a homage to his mentor in Italy.
A bottle of Prosecco comparable to Mineral water....
The only positives... the crusty bread and hummus.
Samantha was an exceptional hostess as well our server,
Morgan... very animated.
The restaurant had exceptional food when known as Due Terre...
As a chain of Michael White....AVOID‼️

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2018

It is worth noting that the pasta is homemade which is rare to find these days. IMO no good Italian restaurant should make pasta from the box. You can tell the difference and that is where Osteria Morini sets itself apart. All of the food is good, but the apps/salads and the pasta are exceptional. Other entrees are good, but wont necessarily leave you wit the same feeling as the pasta. All desserts are exceptional as well.

I was there on a Monday night, only ones in the restaurant (not a busy night in Bernardsville). Started at 8 PM, by the time we were eating entree's the restaurant was all cleaned up and ready to close, but I get it. Note that this did not hinder service. Great beers, I am sure the wine list is good too.

Its not cheap, but it won't break the bank. The food is priced appropriately for the quality. There are more expensive restaurants in the area with worse quality food.

Ambiance: The bar feels just right, its got that good old European tap, wooden ceilings, open kitchen. Everything looks right. But the music is a bit off. Classic Rock.... odd choice for this restaurant.

Definitely worth coming here a few times to taste a few items. Their pasta's come in half and full sizes, so you can order more to taste.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Good as always. Service was a bit slow especially since it was a weeknight and not very crowded. We will be back. Pastas all yummy and fresh.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

It was excellent.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

We live in the neighborhood and like this restaurant a lot but it’s a little over priced . Cocktails are ridiculously expensive and portions are relatively small , but the quality of the food is very good . The homemade pastas are really good , even the gluten free😉 we had a nice dinner but the service was very poor and the bill was around $400 for 6 people
Still love this place but wish they would make a few changes

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Great food, ambience, sort of an open kitchen concept. The service is good, nothing extraordinary but the food was well presented, tasty and the price was right. I found the price on their wine list expensive for my taste. Paid 16 Dollars for a rather mediocre glass of wine. Other than that I recommend this place for Italian food

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

best italian restaurant in nj. homemade pasta
wonderful quality of ingredients and preparations.
honest food
Delicious food.
comfortable hip ambience
so-so service

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Had not been yet, but wanted to give it a try for a casual week night dinner. Food was just OK...and pricey for what it was. I don't think I would go back.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We really loved our dinner here- the food was excellent and our service was outstanding, even on a busy Saturday night. A little pricey but that's normal for the area. Pastas were particularly excellent. Would definitely return!

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food, terrific service. Innovative menu. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

My husband and I thought the food was exceptional. Wine by the glass was pricey. Wait staff was very good. Bathrooms could use a cleaning and dusting... Had to add...sorry.Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Great Food as always. Just horrible service as always. Drinks from bar take forever to get to table. The waitstaff is clueless about service. Plates and glasses literally dropped on the table in a haphazard fashion.

The kitchen was very slow. A long wait between appetizers and the main course. But the food is delicious. What can you do.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Had a reservation for 8pm for 8 people. Didn’t have the table ready and then they tried to seat us at a table meant for 4 with expandle pop up sections which only expands to a table for 6. You would think for a reservation for 8 they would have better prepared themselves. Obviously not.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We celebrated Christmas Eve there. The service was very slow and in-attentive.
It was a fix price menu and we felt it was way too pricey for what it was.
There were a few people roaming around the room all the time, which we assumed were management, but we couldn’t figure out why it took so many of them to do nothing for Service .

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Osteria Morini is always great! It is perfect for date night and the atmosphere is cozy, the food is amazing and Veronica provides the best service. This is our favorite local restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Another winner from Chef Micheal White. Casual but cozy setting. Gluten free pasta is made in house and was delicious. Pastas are available in full and half orders. Good wine by the glass selections. We enjoyed the chocolate flourless cake - if you are GF - ask them to leave out the cookie crumbs and the affogato.

We will definitely go back the next time we're in the area.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent food and a great value

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2.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Wrong order was placed and with the wait for right order, we didn’t eat at the same time. Food is usually very good but the veal for both meals was very dry. Restaurant was not busy, so it was surprising that the service and food were so disappointing

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