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Scalini Fedeli - Chatham

4.8
1890 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required

Featured specials

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

We are open for New Year's Eve dinner and serving a delectable 5 course prix fixe dinner at $100 per person. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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AnnaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timer but definitely not last! Loved the pre fixe, so much delicious food to choose from ! Everything was Exceptional from service to food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance, wonderful waiter and overall experience.
Food was served very fresh, nicely portioned and presented.
Would definitely come back.
For the spectacular experience some ‘umf’ was missing in the kitchen department.

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vipfoodie
New York Area
152 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon was delicious and a very generous portion. The penne was excellent too. Chocolate cake and banana tart were excellent. Service is very good.

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Carla
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional the best birthday dinner I’ve had in years definitely will be back!!

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vipBillythechef
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Second time here. Not up to first experience. First was great. Very good food and attentive service. Last night was mediocre. Felt very rushed. Had to ask to have a decent bottle of Barolo decanted. Wine was put in a carafe not a proper decanter. The door to the outside seating area was left open for long periods allowing major street noise to enter. If we wanted to sit outside we would have asked for outside seating. Overall just ok.

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jopolo
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, food and atmosphere. Prix fixe menu is extensive. wines are excellent by the glass but a good wine list is available. Very friendly and not at all pretentious
for this very up-scalled dining experience.

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vipGregT
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb.

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KC2021
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at this restaurant 5 times now. Each time is has been a prefix menu. I have yet to have an "off" dish. This place never disappoints. The food and the service is outstanding and does not miss a beat. You can't go wrong with choosing to dine here. Expensive, yes. But you get what you pay for at this joint.

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FrankB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the egg ravioli which was very good. Once you split the ravioli in half, the egg yolk pours out. It was a surprise and very tasty. I'm allergic to shrimps so they substituted the shrimp with a nice salad with bread and butter. I had the duck with mash potatoes for dinner...another delicious meal...the meat was tender. I had the donut which I could not eat but one because I was so full. My hubby finished it even though he was not hungry. My hubby had the shrimp, veal, and cheese cake and he was delighted with it all. The portion are not big but I and my hubby were full by the time we had our dessert and wine. The service was perfect too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

There was a screaming baby in the corner most of the night. Other than that it was pretty good. They have a pre-fixe menu for $64pp so the price was pretty fantastic for all you get.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of eight out to celebrate a birthday. The food was exquisite! We all ordered different thing and found ourselves passing plates around so we could all try everything. The timing and attention to detail by the staff was impeccable. The ambiance is cozy, warm and inviting. This was out first time but we are planning another visit soon. A true hidden jem.

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vipJonathan
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always

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vipTony
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food at this restaurant! We traveled from NYC just to come here for lunch and would do it again!

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BillV
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The veal & pasta were both exceptional. Our waiter was friendly & helpful!

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RosemaryL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. Good waiter knowledge. As the waiter described entrees your mouth was salivating each fish was better than the next

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ElizabethA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cuisine, delightful service, couldn't have asked for more. Looking forward to returning soon!

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vipAmanV
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brother and sister-in-law’s birthday. The meal was great the service was excellent. Highly recommend it

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MarkF
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants, food is excellent and a dining experience. Must go to in my opinion

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LVO26
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great night out with my wife.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!! It’s a priced fix meal…so it’s definitely costly! But I think it’s absolutely worth it…

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frankg
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for this special occasion(birthday). Also, as prix fix menus go, a good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch dining experience! Great food and great service. Still one of the best in NJ

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JaneW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have had in over a year.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food, portions and sauces sauces as usual were outstanding . It is special but I think the increase in pre fixe price, weekday corkage charge and increasing supplimental charges keeps many customers from coming back.

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vipMagoosmeals
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit since the restaurant re-opened post-pandemic and, given the poor service we've experienced in other favorite haunts, it was a delight to see that Scalini Fedeli is back! If anything the service was better than before with well-trained attentive wait staff. Given how busy they are only suggestion is that on weekends fewer tables per server might, with a circulating captain (like in the pre-pandamic days), make for an easier time for all. Clearly the restaurant has been discovered by young people new to the area - makes for a lively dinner scene and EXCELLENT people-watching. Nothing to say about the food since it is always amazing.

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vipBarbaraM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start to finish everything was excellent. The bolognese was delicious and the pork chop too!

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vipfoodie
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service, the veal scal....was excellent so was the pene with sausage. The chocolate mousse cake was superb. We will return soon.

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vipNomnomnom
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usually go for dinner, but this time hosted a business lunch. Superb as always.

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ShariG
Atlantic City
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary and special birthday and the restaurant couldn’t have been more accommodating. The food was delicious the service excellent and they made the evening very special.

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BlueFlower
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is scrumptious and expertly planned and prepared. Every appetizer, main dish, and dessert choice is fun to read over and imagine ordering. We were 4 sisters for lunch, and everyone ordered something different for each course, and no one was disappointed. All of us are picky home cooks, so we wanted to explore a new restaurant for us that would be a treat. Scalini Fedeli met and exceeded our expectations.
In my case I had the Goat Cheese and Beet Salad, Veal Scallopini, and Chocolate Truffle cake with Cherries...all superb!

The server couldn't have been nicer. And the atmosphere is lovely.

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NeenaJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service n food. Just not a fan of the decor.

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PaulR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was busy. The food and decor was a little dated.

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FrankD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great ambiance. The knowledgeable and attentive waiter was outstanding. We will be coming back more frequently.

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MichaelaM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top 10 meals I’ve ever had, including 2 weeks spent in Italy. Attentive service & impeccable attention to detail. Highly recommended! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish

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vipRobertM
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best restaurants in Northern NJ. Consistently outstanding food and service. Alex our server was excellent. Engaged, attentive, professional and friendly. If you are looking for a fantastic high quality meal for a special occasion, you can’t go wrong here.

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DonnaM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was outstanding. The table location was quiet and conversation was easily heard across the table. The portions were larger than I have previously experienced at fine dining restaurants. The service was very good in the beginning but as the evening passed there were long periods of time when a waiter was not available and/or did not check-in to make sure there was nothing we needed. I still highly recommend this restaurant although the service could have been a bit better.

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JohanS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course was delicious! Will be returning in the not too distant future.

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Bob17
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!!!

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vipWineLover
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was great, too, and the ambiance lovely. So delicious, innovative and very ample portions. Love that you can bring your own wine on weekdays even though they have a liquor license. A splurge that's well worth it!

FAQs

Scalini Fedeli - Chatham offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 701-9200.

Scalini Fedeli - Chatham is rated 4.8 stars by 1890 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.