Sette

4.8
716 reviews
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Proprietor Allan Philip Russo's highly acclaimed restaurant Sette resides in prestigious countryside Bernardsville, New Jersey. Nationally recognized as “One of the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the United States” according to OpenTable, a status rating of “Excellent” by Zagat and an honorary recipient of “Best Chefs in America”, Russo welcomes guests to his "Elegant Tuscan" dining room while delivering European hospitality.

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AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cibo ottimo (tagliatelle al ragù incredibili!), servizio impeccabile e Location elegante. Continuate così! Ci siamo sentiti a casa!

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BR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Not bad but not great. Let me start by saying that the service was excellent! Attentive and sincere.
Atmosphere was loud even though there were only three tables in the restaurant.
This place is not for foodies. My chicken dish was very plain. Menu was very limited.

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most authentic Italian restaurant in all of NJ! This intimate BYOB is a gem... your only problem will be what to order off the menu since everything is excellent!

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JT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant for romantic special occasions! This particular evening, we had a rather late 7:45 p.m. reservation, and enjoyed the privacy of being one of only 2 couples in the 7-table restaurant. As always, the food was stellar, the service superb. We always feel as if we have stolen away to Italy for an evening after dining at Sette.

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CC
Montreal
54 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Greeting was very friendly.
Waitress was working first day.
Long wait between courses, especially for such a small and not full restaurant.
Mixed reviews on our two dinners.
Pasta with sausage was delicious.

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P
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dined at Sette many times, and keep going back . We enjoy the restaurant . Highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small restaurant where the food and service are always top notch.

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ES
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another incredible meal and experience at Sette. This is our third time dining here and every time has been outstanding. The food, service and the intimate setting all make Sette a place my wife & I always look forward to returning too.

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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual the food and the service at this treasure of a restaurant was outstanding.

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PW
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sette is the best! Travelled from my home in Palm Desert, California to have dinner with friends at Sette. Chef Allan Russo once again served a spectacular “Tasting” menu meal! I know that Sette is among the top ten restaurants in the entire country!

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LO
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food quality, preparation, and presentation; Service was professional, efficient, and totally unobtrusive, which is the way like it...and it's BYOB which is great for us!

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

I normally don't leave reviews but my wife and I love this place. The food is fantastic and the staff are very kind and welcoming.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The risotto was the best I had ever experienced, including in Tuscany; the beet salad and panna cotta desert were also outstanding. However, the meat and fish entrees were unexceptional, and I thought I could do better myself at home; the kale and bean soup was unimpressive. Way too much salt was used, obscuring the more subtle flavors of what I think were very good ingredients. On the upside, the staff were attentive, service was impeccable, and they handled my well aged and rare Antinori wine well, decanting it cleanly after the cork broke apart. There is a fine line between lively conversations and not being able to hear across my table without leaning forward, and at full occupancy the compact seating area was noisy. My overall rating reflects mainly the food, a mix of 5 stars (world class) and 3 (ordinary) depending on what one orders. This is a worthy restaurant, but good luck!

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in NJ that I have gone to- excellent meal and food- this is THE Italian Restaurant people need to go to- unbelievable restaurant

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary. Food was outstanding. The bruschetta was different and the best I’ve eve had. The service was excellent, and the evening was special. Looking forward to going again.

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HS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit to Sette was equally if not more memorable than the first.
The food, in a word, is remarkable. We opted for the tasting menu and were not disappointed.
Each course was beautifully prepared and plated and a brief description accompanied each presentation.
Service at Sette is attentive without being intrusive and wine is poured when necessary and appropriate.
A special occasion venue that easily checks all the boxes. Can't wait to return. Fantastic!

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MZ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Appetizer portioned pastas were very good but below average entree - perch and cod were both bland and a little fishy.

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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect restaurant for a special occasion, or any time you're looking for a dining experience with more than a four season changing of menu selections, so every visit is a new experience.

Impeccable staff with in depth knowledge of each item at each course being offered, who magically appear at just the right time. The Lamb and Cod perfectly prepared, complemented, and presented, with wonderful antipasti and premi pastas to savor before. Save room for dessert! Open Table recently listed them in the top 30 in Northern NJ, no surprise there!

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, small BYO restaurant in Bernardsville. The food was excellent we had the tasting menu and the risotto was outstanding as well as the fish. It is on the quiet side as it is quite small

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WD
New York Area
1016 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Allan selected wonderful courses for my French pinot noir. The highlight was a perfectly prepared lamb loin. Everything done here is to the highest standard!

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, a special experience. One of the best in NJ.

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FM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Allan is an artist and a gentleman. Everything about Sette is perfect.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One if not the best Italian restaurant ever.

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AQ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I went to Sette for Mother’s Day and we had a fabulous dinner! It was our first time and certainly not our last. The food, service and atmosphere was absolutely perfect. I would highly recommend Sette to anyone who wants to go and enjoy a very special dinner or date night. It was just lovely! Although, we were quite full, the only disappointment was that there wasn’t anything chocolate on the dessert menu!!

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BL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Russo Family is doing all the right things. This restaurant is Real Italian.

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H
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

At Sette you get exceptionally authentic and innovative Italian cuisine. The service is warm and friendly, the ambience cosy in this small restaurant.
The BYOB allows you to enjoy your own wine and enjoy a top dinner at a very reasonable price.

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JB
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid dining experience. Would recommend and return.

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M
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Allan and his staff are wonderful. The food is elegant and refined. A great dining experience

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Tiny restaurant with very few tables. We were there on a Monday evening and there was only one other table of customers so it was very quiet. Pleasant efficient service. Prices were quite high but the food was exceptional. It's BYOB which we enjoy and makes it less expensive than it would be otherwise.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clearly the best restaurant in the area without a close second.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate setting. Delicious food from start to finish. Excellent service. Ideal for a date, romantic night or special occasion.

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WR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a quiet Monday night and everything was outstanding.

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RF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make a reservation. Would go more often if wasn’t booked up. Excellent food as always! Bring your own bottle.

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t
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is much attention to detail in every way. Love it here

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HF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and fabulous food

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took lifelong friends for a retirement dinner. They are moving from the area.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sette reminded me of eating in Italy—food quality and sensible quantity. The ingredients shine through as opposed to many restaurants, especially Italian, which try to combine too many ingredients in a dish to appear creative.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great night!

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AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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D
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great here but this meal was particularly noteworthy. Both hubby and I had the shrimp appetizer and it was delish. I had the tagliatelle and it was SO good. I can't wait to return to have it again. This is a small intimate restaurant. The service is great, the ambiance is nice and cozy and the food is GREAT!

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