Osteria Morini - New Jersey

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688 reviews
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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.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great as always. One of our favorite spots.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osteria Morini never disappoints! The arugula salad is amazing and huge! I forget the name of the seafood dish (clams, calamari, shrimp, scallops and mussels in a tomato broth) but it is soooooo good. I always recommend this restaurant to others!

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JF
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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CK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most enjoyable.

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WP
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food with excellent service! Good alternative to Italian "Red Sauce" restaurants.

Osteria Morini - New Jersey
Responded on May 1, 2019

Thanks for the 5 stars, William. We're really glad you enjoyed your evening with us!

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JT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is consistently superior, especially the homemade pasta. Our server was phenomenal, made excellent cocktail and menu selections and had a great sense of humor and fun. One of our favorite restaurants, never disappoints.

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k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, nice servers rustic restaurant which makes it feel less fancy and increases the comfort level. Food again is on point

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M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a casual restaurant that’s great for getting together with friends. The bread is very good and our party of 4 enjoyed the shrimp and calamari appetizer, salads and the pastas we ordered. The view isn’t very appealing (looking over the parking lot) but if you’re engaged in conversation it doesn’t matter. Waitress was pleasant and efficient.

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CV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is consistently excellent. We love pasta Sundays, and their Tiramisu is the best!

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LL
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here! Food is amazing and the daily specials are great!!

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p
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, good service. Wine prices are high, but typical.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner at Osteria Morini. Chef Chris was very accomodating of my mother's pork allergy. The food was absolutely incredible. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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I
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We always loved Osteria Morini in the city. Decided to give this location a try. Besides good service can’t say that we liked it. Food is bland, nothing to remember. No ambiance (not cozy either).

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another great meal at Morini. My family and I love this place. Everything on the menu is delicious.

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Responded on March 7, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review! Hope to see you again soon.

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The chef has a heavy hand with the salt and this is coming from someone who loves salt.
Desert was underwhelming apple crisp lukewarm and overly sweet, no tartness to it at all. The vanilla gelato on top was heavy more like ice cream, overall disappointed with the experience food wise.
The manager did however take the desert off the bill when he saw that I had hardly eaten it, and our water gave us very good service.

Osteria Morini - New Jersey
Responded on February 20, 2019

Hello, and thank you so much for your review. I'm truly sorry that there were things that you did not enjoy about your meal. I will speak with the Chef de Cuisine and the Pastry Chef to make sure that these things are corrected. Again, I appreciate the feedback. Mona Carbona Regional General Manager

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CD
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice Valentine's dinner. Was a preset three course menu but enough choices for us each to find something we liked. Food and service was great!

Osteria Morini - New Jersey
Responded on February 20, 2019

Thank you for your review! I'm so glad that you had a great time with us. Hope to see you again soon! Mona Carbona Regional General Manager

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HC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always find the food here to be excellent. When you just want a great bowl of pasta and a glass of wine, this is the place to go. The pizza is the best in New Jersey, and that is an observation from someone who grew up in New York.

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c
New England
48 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Dining at bar, bartender seemed overwhelmed. Dirty glasses and dishes all over. Not a good look. Once reinforcements arrived, things got straightened out. Good menu. My go to for dinner in Bernardsville area.

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OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Loved the food, ambiance, server, and happy it wasn’t too loud.

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BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Really Really Like this place. The bread is one of the best EVER! I like that they have 1/2 and full portions of the dishes. The Value is extremely good. The waitress we had this time....wasn't up to par...seemed to be new and a bit too causal...but was good enough. Could it be a bit more creative...yes. But as is...still one of the best around for an outstanding Italian Meal at a very reason cost for the high quality!

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JM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We are never disappointed at Osteria Morini in Bernardsville. The food and the service are always top notch. The only issue is the noise level, which can get pretty distracting, especially seated near the kitchen. With a party of 4 or fewer, conversation is manageable; with 6 or more, distracting becomes annoying.

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AB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy this restaurant- the food is always excellent and portions are good, but definitely not inexpensive. Worth it for us for a splurge. Nice atmosphere and service.

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e
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

OM provides a consistent and pleasurable experience. However it is recognized that regulars, for which we are not, get specialized attention not afforded to the less frequent visitor. This being said, overall a very nice evening.

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JB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Creative menu and wonderful pasta. It’s a good place for dinner with family and/or friends. Tables are pretty close and it is a bit noisy but not unbearably so. We’ve been here three times and always come away happy 😊

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u
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Overpriced. It’s just a fancy pizzeria. Pizza was average. Server was very friendly and attentive.

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LL
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We sat at the bar New Years Eve. It was a limited menu which was fine. The food was delicious, the bartender was fun and pleasant and very attentive. We really enjoyed our evening!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We’ve never had a bad meal here. Everything tastes fresh and delicious!

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CG
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This placed used to pride itself on serving fabulous seasonal dishes with authentic flavors. With the inclusion of their Nicholetta’s menu, the choices have become scarce and the pride in their dishes has gone downhill. This is still a frequent spot for me, as they do provide excellent service and the food is still tasty, but I’m not sure for how much longer. Their half price pasta night recently moved from Mondays to Sundays, which is never a good sign... -And they should think about keeping an eye out on their liquor usage/costs. Saw the bar staff taking in one too many “tastings”, even when not serving customers. I hope Morini rebounds and focuses on what made this restaurant unique and widely revered. For me though, I’m definitely on the lookout for another place to frequent.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very good but disappointed at the elimination of many of my favorite pasta dishes from the menu such as gramigna and cappelletti

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and service

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AF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good

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J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having been to the DC location we couldn’t wait to go back to Bernardsville to have Capeletti. OMG the truffle and butter sauce is amazing. Added benefit on Sunday night only $12. Also try the Polpetti appetizer- great for sharing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sealed the deal

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot. Not your everyday Italian, as the dishes are more sophisticated, but well thought out and well crafted. It’s a great place to try something out of your comfort zone. Dessert was outstanding as well, and our waiter was welcoming and attentive.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and wonderful evening

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M
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fresh pasta was outstanding! The scallops cooked perfectly. I will definitely be returning

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was really bad. It took so long for food to arrive, waitress disappeared, the table assistant/ atttendant did not speak english.. we felt absolutely abandond. The food was good as always but the experience this time was very bad!

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c
New England
48 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to for business or personal. Sold on the polpettini and there pastas. Pizza great, and available next door during the day at sister pizzeria Nicoletta.

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GG
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

6 guests enjoyed dinner here one Sunday 6 pm. A decent sized family crowd with children. Service was ok. Fritto misto was interesting fried app. Mixed reviews. I liked it. I also had a chopped salad which had good ingredients, but lacked garlic or spice or pepperoncini, which would have made it better. Two meatball snobs gave them a 5/10 rating. Mheh. Pasta orders were pronounced good. As a gluten, sugar, and nightshade avoider, I would like to try a fish next time. Also need a basil pesto something. Maybe I’ll ask the chef to help me out next time.

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G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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