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Elegant redefining dining as an experience. - Phoenician, Westwood, NJ

Phoenician

4.1
4.1
98 Reviews
$31 to $50
Global, International
"Excellent Cuisine, Exciting Atmosphere, Unique Experience"

In the quaint town of Westwood, NJ, The Phoenician serves up exciting dishes in a unique ambiance. At the Phoenician, every dish is created using only the freshest, finest ingredients. We will only serve wild caught fresh fish, since farm raised has been found to have many toxins. Our meats are the choicest cuts of grass fed Black Angus. And our global cuisine is designed to create a healthier way to feed our body and soul.

We are known for and have a large selection of Gluten-free items on our menu. In addition, our kitchen has separate areas for gluten-free preparation.
We are a BYOB restaurant. However, we serve a NJ based wine from Cape May that is delicious. Family owned and operated for 24 years. Turdo Vineyard & Winery. We serve by the bottle only.

We look forward to serving you a delightful meal in our exciting addition to Bergen County's vibrant restaurant scene.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (201) 722-8600
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    We would love to be a part of your next occasion. Please contact us to plan your next event. <br />
  • Private party facilities
    We would love to be a part of your next occasion. Please contact us to plan your next event. https://phoeniciansail.com/special-event/
  • Neighborhood
    Westwood
  • Cross street
    Westwood Avenue
  • Parking details
    Public Parking lot is available right outside the restaurant (.25cents/2hrs) and it's free after 6 pm and all day on Sunday, and Federal Holidays.
  • Public transit
    Westwood trains and busses run all day to NYC and Upstate NY.
  • Entertainment
    Happy Hour | Tue-Sun | 3-630 p Bar & PatioPre-Theatre Twilight Dinner Menu 3-6 p | 4-course w/gl wine, beer or soda | $36Twilight Tuesday | 3-10 p | 4-course w/gl wine, beer or soda $36Wine'Down Wed 25% off any wine w/2 dinnersLadies Night Thursday | $6 Martini's, $6 Wines, $4 BeersSunday Brunch 11-3 p | $20 2-coursesSunday $1.50 Oysters all day Sunday 3-9 pm NO CORKAGE (waive $25/bottle of wine)
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch

What 98 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey

    Healthy

  • New Jersey

    Good for special occasions

  • Bergen

    Healthy

  • Bergen

    Good for special occasions

98 Reviews
  1. gregorym

    New York City

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Everyone was nice, worked hard, food good but service was extremely slow. They should have at least offered to comp drinks or appies but sadly did not.
    PhoenicianResponded on February 13, 2024
    Hi Gregory, Thank you for your valuable feedback. We apologize for any delays you experienced as it is not our usual standard. We'll work on ensuring faster service and we hope to have the chance to serve you even better next time! Mary

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  2. Lukeo

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Dreadful experience. Overbooked the restaurant and told us they didn’t have a table for us. Then they suggested we sit in two high tops together. We waited 1-20 mins to get any food. It was terrible food as well. Chicken skewer was on a bed of yellow rice (not saffron as the menu indicated) and was under seasoned and overcooked. Food that I would expect from a hospital setting. Horrible. Staff only offered excuses.
    PhoenicianResponded on February 13, 2024
    Hi Luke, We apologize that our service didn't satisfy your expectations. Our customers happiness is always our highest priority. We hope to have the chance to serve you better next time and do hope you enjoyed the comped food! - Mary

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  3. JANNIE

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed the many gluten free options, salmon dish average. Skirt steak tough and would have liked it not to be sliced plated. Service could have been better but I don’t believe at the fault of our waiter. Restaurant seemed to be under staffed. Long wait times between courses.
    PhoenicianResponded on February 13, 2024
    Hi Jannie, Thank you for your feedback and the opportunity to apologize for any wait time you experienced. Your review is helpful for us to improve and we look forward to having the chance to serve you better next time! - Mary

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  4. JohnJ

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the service which was excellent. The apps and main course delicious.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience for my daughter who has celiac disease. The wait staff and chef were extremely accommodating and were very knowledgeable about people with gluten allergies. I do not have celiac disease and I enjoyed my meal thoroughly as well. Exceptional service!
    PhoenicianResponded on February 13, 2024
    Thank you for your excellent review and we look forward to serve you again soon! - Mary

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  6. TERESAp

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    All members of my party found their meals to be very good and the blackened scallops were exceptional. It was a quiet night with only a couple of tables occupied so non-existent noise level.
    PhoenicianResponded on February 13, 2024
    Thank you for your review! We do hope you'll join us again soon! - Mary

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  7. Deelicious

    New York City

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a very enjoyable dinner. Food was nicely prepared. Pita with olives and chickpeas was also delightful. Shared a very good crisp fresh salad. Our waiter was very friendly and pleasant.
    PhoenicianResponded on February 13, 2024
    Thank you for your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon! - Mary

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice, well priced dinner. There was a talented singer with guitar, but was a little too loud for comfortable conversation at our table. Probably would have canceled if I knew there was music, as the purpose of our meal was to catch up with old friends
    PhoenicianResponded on November 14, 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to review Phoenican. I am thrilled you enjoyed your dinner. Please join us on another weekday night for a more serene atmosphere.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not only was if great but they left a little happy anniversary card on the table for us! Bonus byob!! Will be back soon.
    PhoenicianResponded on November 14, 2023
    Thank you for spending your anniversary with us. We are thrilled you enjoyed your meal! Hope to see you soon!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, friendless staff, good food, nice atmosphere. I am going back.
    PhoenicianResponded on November 14, 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to review The Phoenician. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience! We look forward to welcoming you back to the restaurant!

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  11. NaomiG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. We loved that there were so many gluten-free options. They even left a little “happy birthday” card for my husband. Also, get the Nutella crème brûlée. WOW.
    PhoenicianResponded on October 26, 2023
    Thank you for dining with us. I am thrilled that you and your husband enjoyed his birthday celebration and we are honored that you chose to share his special day with us. We hope to see you again at The Phoenician.

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  12. DinoK

    West Palm Beach

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was exceptional as well as the service. We ordered two appetizers which were delivered timely and were delicious. One was a special burrata salad which was excellent. I had the salmon which was cooked perfectly, my wife and son have the delicious shrimp and crab meat linguine and my father-in-law ordered the skirt steak which was cooked a perfect medium. We also had dessert and weren’t disappointed by the baklava. The service just added to the premium experience. All the staff were friendly and attentive. The dining room as a premium feel and the live entertainment was appreciated. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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  13. ShariR

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We all had an excellent meal with attentive, pleasant service.

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  14. AlanS

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful find! We traveled from Westchester County to meet friends halfway, and it was so worth the trip. Terrific, creative, well presented, food; service could not have been better, and an environment where you could actually talk to one another. On top of that a great singer/ guitarist. We will travel the hour to return and enjoy. Can’t recommend enough! Alan S.

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  15. Jesse

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phoenician is amazing! The staff is incredibly friendly and easy to chat with, live music was great, and the food was delicious. A wonderful way to spend a nicer night out!

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  16. DivaRJ

    New York City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went on a recent Saturday night. 2 couples, 1 person GF and DF. The service was a little slow, but it's a new place so they will work it out. Everyone loved their appetizers especially the GF fried calamari, great entrees-- pan seared scallops, lemon pepper wild salmon and fresh sauteed spinach. We miss the bar, but love BYOB so this won't deter us. This will be a regular restaurant for us since it is impossible to find so much variety with great flavor for GF and DF eaters. Definitely try it!

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  17. KateM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were very accommodating. We dined indoors on a quiet summer Saturday night, but the wait and front desk staff couldn't have been any nicer. The menu offered a nice selection and the specials were very good. I will definitely be going back in the future.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a birthday celebration and the host left a birthday card on the table. Ambience was serene with a soft jazz guitar player and a summer breeze. Scallops were buttery with a crispy layer. We forgot BYOB but the server facilitated a nice Sauvignon Blanc. Plan to return!

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  19. GregF

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time at Phoenician but it won't be our last! Our meal was excellent and the staff went out of their way to make our night special. We started with the brie and roasted garlic plus lamb meatballs, and then split the mushroom ravioli and the short ribs with corn & zucchini pudding. We finished every bite and then we were so full we couldn't even think about dessert. However, the people at the next table said the nutella creme brulee was amazing. Can't wait to go back and try it!
    PhoenicianResponded on August 4, 2023
    Thank you so much! You have to come back for dessert! (and maybe put a candle in the dessert, hahaha) We appreciate your kind words. Hope to see you both soon Jackie & Phoenician Staff

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  20. Stevens

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic experience at this restaurant. Our server, Peyton was very knowledgeable about the menu, super nice, very accommodating and professional. The food was outstanding. The ambience is beautiful… Modern, clean, and stylish. We will definitely be back! 
    PhoenicianResponded on August 4, 2023
    Thank You!!! So glad you enjoyed. Hope to see you soon! Jackie & Phoenician Staff

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  21. MelanieS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server Matt was wonderful as was the manager Jackie. So very accommodating and the food was outstanding. Fresh and delicious!! Definitely will be returning soon.

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  22. hs3447

    New York City

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at the restaurant and it was a wonderful experience. The food was excellent as was the service. We were 5 people. Each had different dishes and each really enjoyed their’s. Each of us are sure the make another reservation here soon.

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  23. Dani

    New York City

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great and so accommodating for kids while still being relaxing. Food was good, great vegan options!

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  24. Hungry4more

    New York City

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Paella! Awsome people! We were warmly welcomed from the moment we walked in the door by a caring host. Each of the staff who took care of out table was friendly and personable. Matt who was our server was charming and witty and took great care of us. Kudos to all.

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  25. JonA

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I have never had a bad meal here. Gluten free options are excellent. I would recommend Phoenician to everyone!

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  26. KenD

    New York City

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, well prepared food. We appreciate the light touch with the sauces. Very flavorful, but not heavy. The only drawback: wish the portions were a little larger.

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  27. LindaC

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous restaurant! Especially enjoy All “Gluten Free” options. I personally want to thank you for that. The food is delicious. Impeccable service as well. Great place for a delicious dinner. Jackie is an excellent host. Bon Appetite.

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  28. Ritariv

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was done well. Everything tasted fresh and delicious. Restaurant was decor was lovely, calming. Service was attentive.

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  29. JoanC

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have celiac disease and my husband does not. We had dinner together and asked for the meal to be gluten free so that we could share our meals. The appetizers were good. The fried calamari was excellent ~ the oysters were good. The seared tuna was good but we found the scallop dish greasy and didn’t care for the bed of risotto underneath. Service was fine, we will try again for appetizers and drinks!

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  30. JonA

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been here once before. Gluten free options are excellent. The food is outstanding! Highly recommend

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  31. JoAnnWe

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinners were excellent. We had the scallops, sword fish, steak and chicken kabobs. All were very good. The Waite service were very attentive and very pleasant. We will DeFina go back.

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  32. ThomasI

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, missed an item we ordered, but they didn't charge for it.

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  33. emmd

    New York City

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Somewhat odd vibe with lounge in front with no liquor license Food was good Took a very long time to get our main dishes .. maybe an hour . Never offered dessert or coffee Waited another 30 minutes to track down for check Would have ordered dessert and coffee but was late for us by then by then Musician / singer was good just a little too loud . Would come back though

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great menu! Loved the short rib entree & calamari app. The bread pudding was also excellent! Service was super friendly:) will return!

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  35. PatrickP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an awesome Valentine Dinner here. Best Sea Bass I have had in a very long time. Will be back.

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  36. CharlieM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very clean and quiet place, came at lunch time and was not disappointed. Very good Mediterranean cuisine and friendly staff.

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  37. GeorgeV

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was very loud. The music did not help the situation. While the food was excellent, it came out very slowly.

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  38. KAsta

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was delicious!!! Loud because of the musician….not great for talking to friends, but delicious!!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time celebrating the new year and a special occasion. The food was delicious and the staff made us feel so welcome. Looking forward to returning.

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  40. MichaelG

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    It was way to noisy. We could not hear each other at our table of 4. The restaurant needs some noise abatement.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

Phoenician offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 722-8600.

Phoenician is rated 4.1 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Phoenician

284 Center Ave, Westwood, NJ 07675-1706

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Westwood Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Westwood
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Parking lot is available right outside the restaurant (.25cents/2hrs) and it's free after 6 pm and all day on Sunday, and Federal Holidays.
  • Public transit
    Westwood trains and busses run all day to NYC and Upstate NY.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Happy Hour | Tue-Sun | 3-630 p Bar & PatioPre-Theatre Twilight Dinner Menu 3-6 p | 4-course w/gl wine, beer or soda | $36Twilight Tuesday | 3-10 p | 4-course w/gl wine, beer or soda $36Wine'Down Wed 25% off any wine w/2 dinnersLadies Night Thursday | $6 Martini's, $6 Wines, $4 BeersSunday Brunch 11-3 p | $20 2-coursesSunday $1.50 Oysters all day Sunday 3-9 pm NO CORKAGE (waive $25/bottle of wine)
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch
  • Phone number
    (201) 722-8600
  • Catering
    We would love to be a part of your next occasion. Please contact us to plan your next event. <br />
  • Private party facilities
    We would love to be a part of your next occasion. Please contact us to plan your next event. https://phoeniciansail.com/special-event/
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