As always, Mediterranea was a great experience. Met friends for dinner. Service and food is consistently good and it is BYOB, which is nice. The noise level is challenging but you get used to it.
Great food all the time
No, No, No. Shocked by all of the positive reviews. Noise was deafening... my husband and I were talking about how bad we felt for the waiters working there night after night. That bad.
The good -- the bread was fresh and warm. The tartufo was delicious. It was rolled in cocoa instead of a chocolate shell. Excellent. It was half chocolate/ half hazelnut but they cut the halves with one flavor so it wasn't until the end that I realized that I ate all chocolate and my husband ate all hazelnut! Should have cut so it was 1/2 of each flavor. Minor. The staff were friendly, attentive, and authentic. It's a BYO.
The bad -- the food. We were told the Caesar was a homemade dressing. Doubt it. Croutons were from a bag. Overall, not impressed. We needed to track someone down for fresh pepper. Mediocre at best. Entrees -- my husband ordered the Branzino with spinach. I order Zuppe de Mare. My seafood was defrosted from a frozen bag -- not good. My husband's fish was so-so. It tasted fresh but hardly a $30 entree. We asked for parm for our food and they brought out a big bowl. It was definitely not fresh grated parm which explains the big bowl that was given to us.
Overall, would never go back. If you are a local looking for a BYO on a weeknight and don't care about good food and just want to relax, it may fit the bill. For a "foodie" or for an "anniversary", not even close to the mark.
We always enjoy going to a Trattoria Mediterranea, great food and a very friendly and funny staff, make you feel at home.
Staff very friendly .......good food nice BYO
We had a retirement dinner for a colleague - it was fabulous! Food and service superb - value outstanding! Would highly recommend Trattoria Mediterranea!
Foodwas great and the noise level was fine. Service with a smile. All in all a nice evening out
Food was delicious and the staff was great. Came In With my 2 kids (ages 3 & 14 month old) the hostess kept coming over and bringing things to occupy my toddler. Brought ice cream also. Was very nice. Our waiter Enzo also fantastic. Me and my husband want to return for a date night.
Great food and service. Will definitely go back.
First time dining at Trattoria Mediterranea. Very enjoyable. Will return. Compliments to the Chef.
Very good meal at a reasonable price. Very friendly and helpful staff made me feel welcome. A nice selection of menu items, although it was not extensive.
We had a late Valentines Day celebration which was perfect and not too noisy. Great food and super friendly
This is an excellent restaurant. From your arrival through dinner and when it’s time to depart you are treated to great Italian food by a caring staff in a nice dining room.
Excellent food & service as usual...plus a very nice complimentary canolli for our birthday!! Simply put, a great place to have dinner!!!
Our local favorite BYOB restaurant.
Delicious specials with fresh ingredients. Attentive service.
Went to Trattoria Mediterranea for Valentines Day with my wife. It's a local place that we wanted to try for a while. It was packed due to the holiday. The food was very good - we had salads, entrees and dessert. The service was very attentive and extremely friendly. Even though they were packed, we were not rushed; the food came out when it should, not too fast or slow. It's a BYOB. Overall, a very enjoyable dining experience.
Food was completely average! Too many tables packed into dining area so that our Cozy dinner for two felt like we were dining with the table next to us. First time back in a few years. Now I remember why I stayed away for so long.
Simple and to the point "Absolutely Superb".
Our new favorite!!
Excellent food at good value. This is our go to restaurant when we all meet half way. Great staff. Sat was a more noisy then usual and I had to remove my hearing aids. That said, we all loved it and will return! Thank you.
The food is always fresh,homemade pasta,great fish dishes. The antipasto misto is so good! Salads are fresh. Service is great! Waiters are polite and pleasant. Owner is always present and speaks to patrons. Wonderful Italian food. Willing to make special request! It's a 15 on a scale of 1-5!
Great spot for a friends get together. Very good food, good value and nice decor.
Magnificent!!! Food and service....definitely will come back!!! Menu is so rich in options, we wanted to try it all.
Great local BYOB offering daily specials in addition to their small menu, always something good to have. Eggplant cake, lasagna, mussels and clams are always a favorite. Staff is friendly and efficient. Will come back as always:
We arrived at 6:45, and dining room was relatively empty. We were seated next to a table of 4 who were all LOUD talkers, with one gentleman being EXTREMELY loud and he was discussing some rather personal things. As out dinner went on, and more people came in, the noise level became so offensive, I could hardly hear my husband who was seated next to me. I think the volume of the dining room was too much for the wait staff, as they seemed to be scarce, we had to ask for more water couple of times. We had salad and a meal, and would have stayed for dessert, had we been able to hear one another. The food was good but not phenomenal enough to brave the loudness again. It’s a shame, as we have loved going there in the past.
Excellent food & service. Simply put, a GREAT place to eat!
Beautiful family run business for nearly 25 years!
They screws up the bill added tip on whole bill even tax which they over charged!
Consistently great time after time. Even on New Year's Eve with a special menu! Perfection.
The only True Italian restaurant in NJ
If you’ve been to Italy, or your mom is Italian you’ll love Trattoria Mediterranea. This is authentic Italian food, prepared in authentic style.
We started with an antipasto, just brilliant. From the home made sausage to the arrancini and mozzarella with tomato, I could make my meal.
My baked cod was perfect. The cod was beautifully fresh and delicious, prepared in the oven with breadcrumbs and tomatoes.
Our party also enjoyed the pork cutlet parmigiana, linguini ala vongole marichiaro, and the fresh gnocchi with eggplant.
You really should try Trattoria Mediterranea it’s a great place to enjoy real Italian fare.
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Enjoyed the delicious salmon special with shiitake mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and broccoli rabe. Attentive service. Recommend reservation for weekend dining.
Nice reasonably priced food, friendly service,unexpected coffee. We enjoyed and relaxed.
Always good fresh food. Great staff - always friendly.
Had a great lunch with friends. Food and service was excellent. Never disappointed when we dine there.
As usual, a great meal with super service. Love this place. I almost always go for the special because I think I’ve tried everything on the regular menu. Its BYO so it’s a great value, too. Had the fried artichoke hearts and the Black Bass tonight. Both were great.
This is our favorite restaurant by far. The food is always excellent and the staff is terrific! This is our go to place for any occasion! This happened to be our anniversary but we come here for birthdays and whenever we want a casual, excellent no hassle meal. As usual Anita made us peanut butter ice cream which was creamy and delicious. You can not go wrong visiting Trottoria Mediterranea!
Best service. Best true Italian chef in NJ
The best in Italian that NJ has to offer. See for yourself
We went to the restaurant for my sons bday party . The food didn’t taste good at all, me and my dad both ordered fish which was horrible , after a few bites we were done . Even appetizers didn’t taste good . We never had such a bad experience of food choices especially on a special occasion . Very disappointing
As usual, the food and the service was superb. Thoroughly enjoyed bringing our friends to this restaurant. They loved it... Of course it was quite noisy by the time we left. That seems to be the only problem with this restaurant.