Strega Bistro

4.4
709 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 709 people are saying
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cat123
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening with friends, and the food was yummy!

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vipAjsG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was delicious
Service, a little slow & could have been a bit more attentive (the restaurant was not crowded)

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MartinM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Food was too salty and service was poor. As with other reviews about the restaurant, I resent that you can not have free water . You must buy still or sparkling water. My wife and I wont be back.

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Valeriep23
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is always good we requested tap water & when I checked my bill I was charged $6.00 for the water…. Not happy at all about this.

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gailm
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was just ok. Seafood risotto was Blane. Hanger steak was a bit tough and lacking flavor. Calamari was very good. Pizza as an appetizer was also good. Nice little place that need some attention. Cheese cake was hard not creamy… bit old. All good Food has got to be fresh or it affects the entire dinner and the reputation of the resturant. If it is old or stale throw it out and don’t serve it to your customers.

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ChrisD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Homey little place with excellent food. Every dish was an explosion of flavors. Especially loved the mushroom soup. You won't be disappointed!

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Deadhead
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Typically excellent.

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BenM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This ship-shape smallish establishment was recommended by a local and it didn’t disappoint. I found the menu to be well appointed and impressive. We started with a shared octopus appetizer that was adequately sized and delicious. Then on to my favorite entree, seafood risotto “Risotto Pescatore” and Seafood Cioppino for my guest. Everything was well executed and arrived at the proper temperature in a timely manner. The maître d’ was a interesting gentlemen and our server was attentively friendly. All and all, a pleasurable experience.

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AndyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great every time I have been there.

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RichardC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was reliably excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice dinner. Delicious food. Didn’t like my knife being dropped off , literally off my plate after salad. Just take it away and give another thank you. Everything else was lovely. Food was perfect. Gnocchi was the lightest ever! Lamb was perfect and so was gelato dessert!

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vipshbc64
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our dinner at Strega. Will be back again soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Strega is always reliable and delicious! It’s one of favorite restaurants .

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A wonderful little restaurant for a great night out. BYOB and enjoy a broad selection of food many which can be served mild or spicy. The barrata was rich and creamy and the calamari was prepared like I’ve never seen before (peppers and sausage) and May rank among the best I’ve ever had. We stuck with seafood dishes and everything was fresh and delicious. Plenty for a doggie bag for lunch the next day.

Inside is on the smaller side but we’ll appointed. We sat outside and though there is a parking lot there they have erected a very well designed barrier that keeps out the light and noise to the point where you forget you’re in a strip mall. Strega is worth the trip.

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vipjfmakeup
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at this restaurant and we loved it. The food and service were excellent. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Unfortunately, they were understaffed, so we had to wait two hours to get our meal. While the food was tasty, the service was sub-par.

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Peggy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service

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MicheleA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was excellent!! Would definitely go back and recommend to family and friends!!

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luna
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Short rib and seafood risotto entrees were delicious. Definitely will go back!

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Chelle
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here last Friday night with my friend. We really enjoyed everything we ate and the service was fantastic. We will definitely be back!

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GwenB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is the 2nd time we have eaten at Strega and have enjoyed it very much. The food is excellent (love the Calamari). Service, Ambiance and overall dining experience was great. The only thing I noticed (as it was a crowded evening), the noise level is a bit high, but not a damper. I would definitely recommend Strega and we will be back!

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Marty
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Strega for Restaurant Month. What terrific value. The food was delicious, wait staff was very attentive and the ambiance was friendly. The whole menu is very creative and we hope to return soon.

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

Strega was fantastic!! Two of us started with the mussels and slurped up every bit of sauce, a fellow diner had the calamari, a HUGE portion, incorporating sweet sausage and your choice of sweet or hot peppers. Again, two of us had the seafood risotto, delightful. The gentlemen ordered the short rib done in Barolo wine and the pork ragu over homemade pasta, very satisfying, excellent flavor. Although dessert was included in the prix fix, no one could finish it. If I had to say one negative thing, it was that dessert was OK but not as amazing as the meal. I would definately go back to Strega and highly recommend you make a reservation and try it.

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Passion4cuisine
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Total enjoyment and great cost benefit.
Times are tough for all restaurants having to deal with staff shortage.
Let’s be patient

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PauletteI
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious. The portions were generous. Service was slow. Wonderful for a very leisurely dinner. I would definitely say go.

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vipGreatdining
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food. Salad, home made pasta, pork chops are all outstanding. This is our new go to restaurant!

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DebraJ
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner with an old friend. The staff were attentive but gave us plenty of time to enjoy dinner and also get caught up with our friend that we hadn't seen in a few months. Overall a wonderful experience. We all enjoyed our meals also.

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popeye77
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The restaurant special of 3 courses for $39.00 was an excellent value and portions were ample.

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carolo
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!

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AndyK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was hot and presented very well!! The portions were just right.

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Al2017
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We sat outside on a small, quiet patio area next to restaurant. Food was excellent. Would definitely go back

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vipYanF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is pretty good but they seem understaffed

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NJan
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

This is a tough one, because the food was good, but there were a few real turn offs. First, they refused to provide the table with tap water. Not the first time I've been asked to pay for water in a restaurant, but I never went back to the last. I don't drink fizz at all, and to pay for "still" water is just absurd. We had a real problem with flies too, believe it or not. They have some outdoor seating, so I suspect part of the problem is that the door is opened often for the servers outside. I might endure flies at a roadside food stand or even a pizzeria, but not at ANY fine dining restaurant. I can only imagine what the kitchen looked like! We also had brought champagne for a friend's birthday, and I had to ask for a champagne glass for her. Lastly, I had made a reservation and since many tables were available, I requested one isolated from people. The "host" declined my request with an implication that a party of five had reserved that table. Once the three of us sat down at our table for four, I noticed the table I had requested had five chairs, but only four place settings. No one ever sat at that table either. Overall, we had a nice night, but certainly not the fine dining I had anticipated. I would recommend with reservation.

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vipDidanMeg
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Interesting experience. First of all, this is a BYOB restaurant, which wasn’t made clear at the time of booking. Open table should disclose this more openly. Likewise, no tap water available - you have to go for bottled. Food is exceptional and reasonably priced. Although clean and uncluttered, ambiance leaves a lot to be desired (unfortunately). The owner greeted us brusquely at first, there is no receptionist and we were interrupting his packing up a takeout meal. The regulars probably just go in and sit down where they wish. The owner and seemingly all the patrons are dressed as if they just got done mowing the lawn. With these limitations, as mentioned, the food is superb so have a cocktail at home, bring a bottle of wine, don’t overdress and enjoy.

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vipKrysA
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Appetizers were ok, while entrees were great! Both the fusilli and pappardelle were really good, tasty, texture. Same with the pork chop, really good. They have espresso and good desserts. We will be back!

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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
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Wait staff was short, else a typically excellent meal.

FAQs

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

Strega Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 709 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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