Osteria Morini - New Jersey

4.4
649 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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 649 People Are Saying
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G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

App with shrimp and calamari was great as was spaghetti dinner with scallops shrimp.

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MS
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Having been going since Osteria opened. The pasta menu has changed and not for the better. Bolognese sauce recipe not the same preferred old recipe. Gramigna pasta with sauce from old menu was better. Branzino was excellent.

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LC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Great taste and decor. Definitely a good place I will visit again.

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d
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had great service from Kevin. The food was very good & a great drink from the bartender 👍🏻. But it is s little noisy because of the “open concept “ and hard surfaces. Still a great stop & the owners home grown Cabernet wine was top notch. We’ll be back!

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EC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Too noisy for business discussions even on a Wednesday night. Waitress was inattentive, didn't give us utensils, left our wine in the ice bucket away from our table and only came to refill for us once, have to ask for butter twice,...

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frito Misto was the best I have ever had!!!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time favorite restaurants. Especially in Morris County!

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AN
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! Attentive waitstaff and everyday specials. A true NYC gem right in suburbia.

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C
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always with a very attentive staff. Our waitress Lindsay goes above and beyond to make the dining experience awesome. The food is so good and prepared with ♥️. A favorite of ours.

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l
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food with the best service!

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r
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The waiter wasn't very good.
I asked for a glass of Malbec and was told they don't have Malbec by the glass so I requested
the house Pinot Noir which was okay at best. When my bill came the glass of wine was $22.00 and when I asked the waiter how it could be that much he said that he didn't know so rather than argue over the bill I just paid it and left.

I've dined here before and it was much better all around perhaps something has changed with regards to management or the chef.

It's a shame

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The lasagna was very good.

The eggplant rollatini was soggy, the accompanying pasta was chewy.

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C
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great restaurant!! The food is superb & the cocktails as well. We recommend it highly.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food consistently good, very loud, odd dining music, very busy wait staff can be somewhat inattentive, salt & pepper shakers were empty, we were not offered any bread or grated cheese.

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NR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our family was very pleased with the food and the service. We will go back!

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BD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Chef white your creations are delicious! Wonderful oasis in a county of below average restaurants.
Great for all occasions and cravings

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JL
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While my friend and I planned to be seated; seating was available at the bar so we dined there. Our bartender, Veronica, was on top of her game and made the evening all the more fun.

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FC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was very good the service was horrible the noise level even only having 3 other tables was so Lou did you could not have a conversation I would only recommend to some one in the are Not worth the drive for me

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F
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice B'Day dinner. Food on point as always. Service good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and design!

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R
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food

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a
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trouble-free: Good service, good ambiance, menu straightforward, food was well proportioned, wine list a bit pricey but can BYO as an option.

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f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Thank God the food was good otherwise there would be no point in stopping in. The service is non -existent and painfully slow. We were celebrating a special occasion and while I made mention of it in my reservation, absolutely NOTHING was done regarding it during our visit. Not even a mention. This wasn't the first time this has happened either. Why ask if you don't plan on acknowledging why your customers are visiting your restaurant. What used to be an excellent restaurant has gone down drastically due to their exceptionally poor service and changing menu which happened to take off any of the items that were actually a hit (Petroniana). At a certain point the price of the meal is no longer worth it when the service is utterly atrocious. We will not be rushing back anytime soon and either should you. Consider other options as there are plenty in the area.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we’ve been and the food is beyond amazing! And you can’t beat the $12 Sunday pasta special. My almost 2 year old eats the entire bowl of pasta and still wants some of mine. Servers are wonderful, ambiance is beautiful and the prices you can’t beat. For food that rivals some of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever been to you have to try this place!

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

This was a disappointing visit to one of our favorite places. It took over 20 minutes for our drink orders to be taken and delivered to the table. We placed our appetizer order when the drinks came, but weren't asked for entrée orders until after we finished the appetizer. We were never asked if everything was satisfactory with our meal and on top of this, the hostess had to come over to help our server multiple times. The food was outstanding as always despite the poor service.

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PR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find for dining with friends. Food was fantastic in taste and presentation. Want to try it all. Service was perfect. Can't wait to go back.

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G
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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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LD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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SD
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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n
New York Area
660 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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TK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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TK
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

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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TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

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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n
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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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N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and great service! Never disappointed.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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C
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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