Scalini Fedeli - Chatham

4.8
1381 reviews
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Scalini Fedeli was opened by chef-owner Michael Cetrulo in 1995 and very quickly became New Jersey's highest rated Italian restaurant. Rated excellent by the New York Times in 1996 and New Jersey's favorite restaurant in Zagat's Survey in 2001 and New Jersey Monthly's best Italian and top 25 overall in 2007. Highlights from the menu include soft egg yolk raviolo with black truffle butter, pignoli crusted salmon with artichoke and mint agnolotti in a light tomato and basil broth and braised short ribs of beef with a cherry pepper and port glaze. Set in an historic building built in 1740, the atmosphere is slightly formal with Tuscan style vaulted ceilings finished with Venetian plaster. Tapestry and antique mirrors adorn the walls.
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K
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We had a reservation at 815 but were not seated until 850. We found this to b unacceptable. The restaurant was also way too noisy. We were unimpressed and scalini usually does a great job.

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ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful family dinner celebrating birthday

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WA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was surprisingly great: creative, beautifully presented, delicious. Warm scallop carpaccio was stunning, amuse bouche of a shrimp with mushrooms in a mustard sauce was perfect, duck in port and truffle sauce was equally wonderful...and it continued. Weekday policy of no corkage fee for first bottle makes this an affordable high end restaurant.

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HG
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants around!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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K
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were very impressed with Scalini Fideli. The restaurant is lovely, if a bit dated. The wine list is interesting.
The food was absolutely wonderful. You get excellent food that is well worth the money. All the little extras were fantastic.
We will definitely be back.

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F
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my absolute favorite Italian restaurants in the country!!!

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JS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed. You’re not only guaranteed a fabulous meal at Scalini Fedeli, but the ambiance, gracious wait staff makes coming here a special evening.

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ths was our first time at Scalini after hearing wonderful reviews from friends for years. We decided to use a wedding gift at Scalini and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. They gave us a great table, the food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. The service was also top notch. We will definitely be back for our anniversary dinner.

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PB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to eat. Always great food and service!

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening with outstanding food, pleasant service, great value especially the wine, pleasant atmosphere with comfortable background music. Each course was exceptional along with three complementary courses: a shrimp amuse bouche, fabulous palate cleanser of sorbet and fruit, and out of this world cookies, chocolate nut candy bark, and biscotti along with dessert.

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P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed Scalini Fedeli for dinner & special events for nearly 20 years. They never disappoint. It's always our first choice over all the wonderful restaurants in New Jersey. Food never varies from the finest preparation no matter the dish.

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

Taste and presentation was excellent. I highly recommend Scalini for a date night or simply a romantic evening out.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How can you go wrong? The food is fantastic, the service impeccable, and the dining room is beautiful. This is one of my favorite restaurants.

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G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was well prepared and creative. The desserts were outstanding . Bernard was a personable and knowledgeable waiter and always available. We enjoyed the Sardinian gin, too, as a martini. Bravo to all.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Great place to entertain family and friends.

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SB
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We lunched during the week with group of five seeking good food and quiet ambience. We were delighted with SF and look forward to return visits. Ony minor disappoint was one pork chop dish which was a thin chop rather than a heavy one and as result was a bit drier. Salads and other dishes ordered, inclcuding duck and scallops and all were very satisfied; Deserts outstanding.

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MD
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Notice the high ratings, so we wanted to give it a try. Nice ambiance and interesting yet small menu. The one shrimp you receive as a compliment when you first sit down was tough. We both had a different pasta first course, which was very good. My main course was Veal Scalloppini and it was tough, but pretty good flavor. My date had the duck and said it was ok. The service was average. They were busy, but it was a Saturday night. However, my date left to use the ladies room and they served the first course when she wasn't at the table. Also, they never refolded her napkin while she was away. They would deliver the food and tell you what it was (not the waiter) and you could not understand what they said and they didn't look at you while they said it. It seemed like we were a nuisance and my date agreed. Maybe it was a bad night, but honestly, I would not recommend it. Expensive, loud, and nothing to rave about in my view.

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a
Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual! Even though we had a reservation we had to wait about 20 min for our table. So we had a cocktail and sat in the front. Food was spectacular. Service was perfect.

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m
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Scalini does not disappoint when you want a really good meal. We went on a Saturday night. It was the most crowded that I've ever see it (and loudest). It did create a slower service for the night but we were fortunately not in a hurry. Nice place for a date (we were celebrating our anniversary) or with a group. We will be back.

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite dining experiences! Parking by valet makes it a simple in and out allowing one to focus on the event rather than fussing over parking.
I’ve dined here many times and will so many more!

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MR
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had the pleasure to have dined at Scalini many times but this evening was amazing. Service was top notch and food was soooooooooo delicious! Every course!

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and our meal was scrumptious! Can’t wait to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scalini Fedeli never disappoints! Always amazing service and the food is delicious!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every part of our evening!!!! Can't wait to come back!!

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Very expensive for typical food selections.

The food was delectable; however, not worth the cost.

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

There for my husband’s birthday with another couple. We love Scalini Fedeli and have dined there several times over the years however my filet mignon was prepared medium rare instead of medium. Luckily my friend’s husband was hungry and ate my portion. In addition, my husband and I always enjoy a seafood crepe that is a specialty item on the menu and instead one two crepes, there was only one. I guess they have decided to downsize the portions which is unfortunate. Other than that, we had a spectacular evening as usual. I will always consider Scalini Fedeli one of my favorite restaurants.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious!!! Get the pork chop!

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MS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is excellent. The quality of the food puts Scalini Fedeli in a special class of restaurant at the top.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at Scalini Fedeli as always. Scalini is by far my favorite restaurant in the NJ/NY area. However, I do have to say for Valentines Day I was a little underwhelmed. I felt like the price increase from 59 for the normal prix fixe to 100 per person for the valentines dinner was a large jump for not much more than the usual experience. The only extra was one more shrimp in their tasting appetizer, and smoked salmon on a cracker to start. The appetizers and entrees were a lot of the features from the usual menu. We spent $80 more for what seemed like $5 more in extras. I would have liked to have seen lobster on the menu or something over the top for the price point. Maybe even a complimentary glass of champagne to start. Especially since we still had to add a bottle of wine and tip to our total, making it over a 300 dollar dinner. The food was delicious, but next year we will go the day before valentines or the day after to save that extra cash.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Scalini Fedeli is a beautiful restaurant and the food is outstanding. It’s pricey but you definitely get what you pay for.

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KC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect setting! Excellent food and ambiance

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PR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot. Food was superb. I liked the menu layout and options. I had a duck breast and pounded pork chop parmigiano that were both outstanding. Wonderful surprise to see egg yolk ravioli on the menu and it was done perfectly. The waiter was fantastic. Attentive but not looming, impeccable timing on drinks and food delivery. So glad I took the chance based only on being listed as one of Opentables Top 100 romantics. From the Valet to the Coffee this would be a great spot for a date. The Prix Fixe works very well here and the menu was robust and impressive enough that you didnt feel the need to consider any premium items.

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AT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and dining experience. Thank you.

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RA
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time and won’t be our last. The food was awesome!

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!!!
Will return again. Always professional service.

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l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

phenomenal restaurant for both special occasions and just a treat

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PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great! The portions are small and unfortunately we had a large noisy table next to us.

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The reviews don’t do justice. The food is excellent and the staff is equally fantastic. You will not be disappointed!

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. We have never been disappointed in all the years we have been going!

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D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our third time back. Can’t wait to make it four

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