Strega Bistro

4.6
675 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Modern Italian Farm to Table Bistro featuring seasonal organic menu with Mediterranean influenced-specials.
Featured on CNN.com and in Money Magazine
Open Table Diners' Choice Award 2013/2014/2015

The Chef trained in his homeland of Italy in early 2000's where he honed his skills under some of the great chefs of the area. He also spent time training in Spain, Portugal, and Greece where he rounded out his knowledge of the Mediterranean Cuisine.
Anthony was recently auditioned and considered for a role on a Food Network Program currently in pre-production

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 675 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a find!! My husband and I had never been here before and were greeted warmly by Anthony, the owner, who immediately apologized as two of his staff were stuck in Newark due to especially heavy flooding and road closures. We felt this was already a point in his favor to be so honest and direct. We were given delicious olive bread with butter and chose burrata as our starter. Delicious. Mind you, Anthony was hustling and taking orders himself, but still made time to exchange stories about taly and mutual places we’ve been. I chose Fiocchi pasta…o m g. Homemade teeny sacks of pasta with pear and Gorgonzola with walnuts in a cream sauce. Licked my plates. My husband has the veal chop special, Panko dredged, pounded thin with a marsala mushroom sauce and 3 giant homemade corn ravioli. He licked HIS plate. The double espresso was more like a triple (my husband was HYPER when we left), and the cappuccino panna cotta was just right to share with fresh berries. Anthony checked in with us regularly, and his staff was quick, polite and efficient. We are definitely going to be back. Thoroughly enjoyable dining experience.

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vipJamesS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Had the beef

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Marci
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family was visiting for the first time since COVID and we had a great time at Strega. The food is excellent. We did not feel rushed. We love the fact we get to bring our own wine. Excellent all around. Our favorite neighborhood place!

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josephP
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food always consistent
Good vibe and no rushing u out

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Deadhead
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Wait staff was short, else a typically excellent meal.

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gabes
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I ordered the packets stuffed with pear in gorgozola walnut sauce. It was outstanding. I had a similar dish in Florence 2 years ago but I had never seen it on a menu in this country. I will go back again just for this dish allthough the cioppino I had was also wonderful. I was told that thew chef is Mexican which surprised me as his Italian dishes were so good.

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vipDocweinstein385
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

olive bread was great. Fish, lasagna, and vegetables were great. not o salty, tasty and everything cooked al dente. Watch out for pits in the olives...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Made an open table reservation for 7:30 and when we got there he told us the kitchen closes at 7:30. Why would we be able to make a reservation of the kitchen is closing. We ordered but felt rushed and stressed. And when we told him to talk to open table about allowing a reservation when they were closing, he said “I can’t be here until midnight”. I won’t be going back.

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vipdubewah
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We did father day dinner here family style, 4 apps, 2 pasta's and 3 entrees. In a word, OUTSTANDING! One dish was better than the next, standouts for me were the octopus app, fiocchi gorgonzola pasta (must order) and the short ribs. Do yourself a favor, check this neighborhood gem out.

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robg
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

super food with and they were willing to tailor our dishes exactly as requested. Outdoor seating isn't much (parking lot view) but indoor space is excellent. Excellent value with the BYOB has me looking forward to returning

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vipKeithL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We have been regulars before the pandemic and went back for the first time with friends. Food quality is always good but I guess like everyone else they are having help problems. SLOW on everything!! Hopefully they can get more help. Thanks

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vipMikeylikesit
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not as good as it used to be. Disappointed and won’t be back.

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vipEnidtuo
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food.

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Marci
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Strega is the best restaurant around. The highest quality food - it is small, quaint and the service is impeccable. It's BYOB, which we love. Definitely our favorite in NJ!

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herbieplews
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This inauspicious little place in a strip mall serve wonderful Italian food The chicken shirley and pork chop saltimbocca are outstanding, but even the salads and desserts are deliciously memorable. It's also a BYO
We'll be back!

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Nikki
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service like always.

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BrunoS
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WHAT AN ABSOLUTE GEM IN THE AREA! From the service to the food, everything was sublime from start to finish. I highly recommend ordering the Strega Calamari for starters and jumping into the specials afterwards. Incredible experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I ordered the fish special. Fish was delicious loved the sauce but the polenta was dense, made in a sheet pan instead of creamy. Plate was kind of sad. Could have used a veggie. Some broccoli or green beans or asparagus would have been nice and would have rounded out and made the plate complete.

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viptandt
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a great find in Berkeley Heights! We ventured there from Morristown and it was well worth the trip. I had the organic strip steak and it was outstanding. I gravitated to that because I try and eat organic as much as possible. The burrata appetizer was unreal. The flavors of the pesto with the prosciutto and the burrata was excellent! Capped off the dinner with the molten chocolate cake which was also great. We will go back for sure.

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AnnS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice variety of menu items, not your typical Italian fare. This is our second time here & everything was delicious. Owner & employees are all exceptional. We have recommended this restaurant to family & friends. Looking forward to returning & trying other dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great srrvice

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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BobR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the service as well. I would highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was not our first time at Strega but the first during these restricted times. The place didn’t disappoint; the food was excellent as ever and the service very nice and attentive. I’m only hoping to see this place completely full again very soon

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StevenD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best value restaurant around this area! chicken giambotta was excellent

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vipdenises
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent and the food was delicious. Definitely our favorite restaurant in the area.

JM
vipJackM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meals. Duck l’orange and Chilean sea bass. Amazing. Thank you

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DianeM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food as usual, and the best dessert of all the area restaurants! You have to try the Nutella crepes!

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vipTomNYC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good consistent food. Wait staff is attentive and we like that’s it’s a BYOB.

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RobertR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the pork Milanese special. it was the best tasting piece of port I have ever had. Shared a some with others at my table and all agreed. Everyone’s food was delicious and served hot. Highly recommend this restaurant!!

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RichardC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good with matched service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great!

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MichaelW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have eaten at Strega for at least 6 years. I will say the quality of the food and service has never changed.

Highly recommend you give it a try you will not be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal

DC
DebbieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Strega is always a sure win when it comes to dining out. It is one of our favorite places to go.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is very intimate and cozy. The service was great and the food was even better! We will definitely be returning.

JM
vipJackM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal and service. Thank you

ML
MoniLiz
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, very attentive service, BYOB, we ordered the specials very good.

TC
TonyC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Strega never disappoints . The food and service are excellent and the outdoor dining was comfortable.

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vipHiandi
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience2

I love the food at Strega. We were outside and thought the restaurant would follow COVID safety requirements. The tables were well spaced although for a table for 6, we were very close to each other. However, when some of our party went to use the restrooms inside the restaurant, they were shocked to see that the restaurant was well over the 25% limit set by the state. Most tables were filled. This lead us to doubt if COVID health provisions were taken in the kitchen.
The service outside was extremely slow as we waited quite a while for our meals. We now knew why, because of the full dining room.
I love the food at this restaurant but was disappointed in the way they are regarding the safety of their patrons.

FAQs

Strega Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 665-5905.

Strega Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 675 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.

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