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Rudy's Seafood

4.4
4.4
74 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
What “Cheers” is to TV, Rudy’s Seafood Restaurant is to Cliffside Park. A favorite watering hole and eatery for 31 years, yes, longtime bartenders Babe, and brother Pete DeSantis do know everyone’s name. Adjacent to the bar is a separate dining room where Italian specialties like Fried Calamari and Clam Sauce, either red or white, top the menu. “We’re well known for these dishes and we have customers that come from as far away as Upstate New York .....

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dining Room Hours: Mon. - Fri. Lunch 11:30am to 2:00pm Dinner 5:00pm to 11:30pm Sat.: Dinner 5:00pm to 11:30pm Sun. Dining room open 2-10pm

  • Phone number

    (201) 943-9252

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 74 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. 1

    1njgal

    New York Area

    516 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    516 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Small cozy place with very good food. Their Swordfish arregenata delicious....good cheesecake as well. There was only one server for all the tables so it was quite leisurely but she handled it. Busy bar scene in adjacent area but the sound factor was great....restaurant was quiet.
  2. PC

    PatriciaC

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome meal 😍. Fried calamari was the BEST
  3. M

    Memorable

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    good service given the fact that there was only one waitress for the entire dining area. Food was not what was expected. I have had better seafood in diners. Dining room is cramped and felt bad for waitress bumping into every table. Separate bar area seems lively. But more likely than not will not be a repeat patron.
  4. 1

    1njgal

    New York Area

    516 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    516 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our first time here...cozy seafood restaurant with its tucked away dining room. Delicious swordfish special..great ceaser salad, wonderful cheese cake for dessert. Friendly service...we will be back!
  5. PC

    PatriciaC

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always terrific meal! Our waiter was the BEST!
  6. PB

    PatB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love your food. The wait staff was attentive, polite, and helpful. The ambience was festive. All agreed, in our group of five, that Rudy's is the perfect "red sauce" restaurant, not to mention the wonderful seafood, in Bergen County, to hold a festive little dinner party.
  7. PB

    PatB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A clean, quaint Italian Seafood restaurant in Cliffside Park, Rudy's is not just pasta and seafood, it is also Veal Marsala, Baked Clams, Scungilli Salad, Cajun Shrimp, and so much more.... My wife and I love the ambiance, the wine, the buzz of satisfied clientele, but most of all the food...classic Italian, cooked and served the way it should be.
  8. m

    mginsb1

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Feels like visiting your cousins house for dinner. The calamari did not disappoint!
  9. LS

    LenS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Outstanding food in a very small room. Hasn't changed in decades.
  10. PM

    PaulaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Good food but it is cramp. Everyone eats close to each other do to the size of the room. Only one waitress, took long to order.
  11. F

    Fmartello

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great local pub with a small dining area. The seafood was fresh and delicious. The ambiance is nothing special, but the food and reasonable prices are the draw.
  12. D

    Davidf44

    New York Area

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    overall4food3service2ambience2
    Very good calamari, scungilli, soups, traditional veal, chicken entrees, pasta dishes, fresh fish, specials typically excellent, very warm neighborhood family owned restaurant
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Food was very good and well matched with the price. Service was alright, but what else can it can be when there is one person serving multiple tables at once. The atmosphere was more like a local pizzeria with a bar then an actual italian/seafood restaurant. Very far from a business casual dress code requirement. (Which they should change on the opentable).
  14. P

    Ponyo

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall1food4service2ambience1
    The dining room is very small and hectic. You have one waitress taking care of the entire dining room, around 8 tables... and the quality of service suffers unfortunately! After all nothing special!!
  15. p

    patrickd

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Classic red sauce/Italian seafood joint. It’s a neighborhood staple.
  16. EM

    EricM

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small town feel. Very friendly. Excellent food and service.
  17. W

    nanaW

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious neighborhood restaurant! Highly recommend!
  18. k

    karent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everything was delicious...i had the scallops omg to die for. my friends had eggplant parm with pasta...so much food she took half of it home..my other friend had suppa dapesce...the spelling has to be wrong....she said it was excellant.we had tons of bread...my friend made an olive oil dip from the f indings on the table....again excellant.i did ask for a meatball which i,m sure would have been the best i tasted but was told no meatballs...oh well everything was excellant though.
  19. C

    Ciello

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    I love this place! Great food. Fun atmosphere. The waiter was a bit overwhelmed.
  20. JE

    JEFF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going to Rudy's for decades—a neighborhood classic in Cliffside. Never disappointed with the food, best calamari in the NY metro area. Seafood fantastic, but so are all the other non-seafood dishes. One of the best Philly cheesesteaks outside of Philly—gives the immortal Gino's a run for its money!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was an excellent family style Italian restaurant. Definitely will be back
  22. GG

    GillesG

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent old fashioned Italian food. Fresh seafood and a varied menu.
  23. WN

    WhoNew60

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food from appetizers to dessert. Comfortable table. Reservation got us to our seats quickly. Hard working staff. A fun night!
  24. e

    elsieq

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is great and environment is great. I love people.
  25. PC

    PatriciaC

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Rudy’s! I’m on WW so I changed my order a bit.. pot of mussels in medium sauce it was delicious 😋. House salad with grilled chick for dinner it was fabulous!!
  26. j

    jackiekg

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great neighborhood gem. Food was excellent and came out hot! Will be back.
  27. SQ

    StacyQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were both amazing. This place is so cozy we will definitely be back!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall2food5service3ambience3
    They always say when we book on open table that they never look at their reservations. So we had to wait for over a half an hour until we got seated. Therefore it was as if we didn’t have one. This has happened over and over at this restaurant. I don’t know why they use open table if they don’t look at their reservations.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food!
  30. BD

    BillD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This place is a legend among my friends and family and over 35-40 years time, just has not changed. Really great food in a warm and nostalgic setting. After moving a distance, we yearn for Rudy's food.
  31. C

    Charlie

    New York Area

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Interesting small restaurant. Couldn't find the dining room, but the very friendly bartender directed us. The food was very good. Only one person working the dining room, so service was a little slow, but we weren't in a rush. Price for what you get is excellent
  32. AK

    AlanK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food in a bar athomsphere. Modest but clean dining area. Friendly friendly friendly.
  33. PC

    PatriciaC

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Food is always fresh and delicious. Small dining room and 1 waitress but she works it the BEST!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic find. Delicious seafood. Old school tiny dining room but if you can grab a table you can’t go wrong with any entree. My son had fried shrimp and my wife had eggplant rollatini. I had shrimp scampi that was absolutely delicious. Prices are reasonable and they have a lively bar where everyone seems to know everyone. We will be back.
  35. JB

    JBLEF

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The service was exceptional, but it takes a while for the food to come out. The dishes were good, and the service was very good. Very small restaurant with a super busy bar of locals.
  36. V

    Vinn

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal and service were outstanding will definitely go back just wish they had cappuccino.
  38. PC

    PatriciaC

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All 4 meals were fabulous. Chicken parmigiana, veal parmigiana, grilled scallops over spinach and grilled shrimp over spinach! Appetizers pots of mussels, clams and the best fried calamari!!
  39. D

    Dooey

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellently prepared, delicious food. Small dining room and the waitress has lots to do, but is very efficient.
  40. D

    Dooey

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming setting with a tantalizing menu. The seafood salad was outstanding. For our elder guest, the half portions of pasta were terrific. Everything we tasted was delicious. The was our first visit and we hope to return often. The only problem was that parking was difficult.

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Rudy's Seafood offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 943-9252.

Rudy's Seafood is rated 4.4 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Cliffside Park

  • Hours of operation

    Dining Room Hours: Mon. - Fri. Lunch 11:30am to 2:00pm Dinner 5:00pm to 11:30pm Sat.: Dinner 5:00pm to 11:30pm Sun. Dining room open 2-10pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Takeout

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