Bottagra

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located in Hawthorne"s historic Degray house, Bottagra Restaurant opened its doors in early 2008. What was once used as an encampment for General Lafayette's troops during the Revolutionary War has been transformed into a modern, elegant restaurant with the feel and charm of a Tuscan villa. Chef-Owners Robert Vicari and Carlo Carbonara have fused their extensive restaurant experience together to offer a variety of dishes hailing from both the northern and southern regions of Italy. Offering a full bar and extensive wine list, as well as private rooms, Bottagra
is a diners' dream for gatherings both large and small.
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jaime was our waiter and he was wonderful. The food was amazing everything we ate was delicious! The sangria was so good I had two and I’m not a drinker! We were celebrating my birthday and the waiters came and sang to me..it was great!!!

JH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Got a $100 gift card for our wedding. Shrimp cocktail, 4 shrimp, $15. Fish special, $38. Pasta with my special very overcooked. Service was good. A lot of hugging and handshaking. Guess they have a lot of regulars. For me, overpriced.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My dinner was excellent. Stuffed Veal Chop. Drinks from the bar were good. Fired Calamari was not crispy enough this time. Dinner took a long time to come out but expected on a busy Saturday Night. Super loud. Couldn't even hear my wife talk. It is usually like that on the weekends. Typical Juiced up Goombas in the room getting loud and being rude. I have had some amazing food here though so I will probably be back.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here at least 20 tines a year. Have also had several parties including our wedding here. You won't find a better group of people or better food. Great ambiance. With wonderful staff and top tier creative dishes, notably the always changing specials, it is the place to eat. If you haven't eaten here it needs to be your next reservation.

c
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our 5th time at resturant n 5th great experience. Service was great n all appetizers n main courses were excellent. We had time to grab drink at bar n table was ready about 15 minutes later which was perfect.

DM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The special pasta was too salty. My wife could not eat it and returned it.

KB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great local Italian restaurant. Good bar -- selection of wine and cocktails.

AE
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Birthday service was forgot to bring us out appetizer and the forgot to bring us our coffees with desserts the bad part the very weak apology

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We went on a Friday night with 7:15 reservations. Really pretty place, food was outstanding. Have any of the pastas, they're fabulous. I had black squid ink with seafood. Amazing.
Here is the drawback; the noise level is deafening. Almost yelling at my three companions.
Drawback number two; short staffed on waiters. Our waiter came, rambled off the specials for a good ten minutes then disappeared. When I looked for him, he was rambling specials to probably half the tables in the restaurant or getting their drinks. Not a lot of wait staff. Dinner ended at 10:00. 😮 But the food was outstanding. Will I go back? Probably but maybe for an early dinner.

l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant!!! Only wish the noise level was a bit lower. Some patrons are not aware of how loud they are and can come across very inconsiderate and rude.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from antipasto, to pasta, entrees and dessert was excellent. Also maintains a great wine selection!

JL
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For me this restaurant is a great find. Delicious old school calamari / shrimp marinara, great appetizers, salads, great atmosphere and well-trained staff. Highly recommended

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with superior service. I will recommend Bottagra to my friends and family

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very tasty and service was very good.

HE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

As my wife described "New York prices in a Blue Collar town"!!
Prices way out of line for specials and wine by the glass.
Food a B at best.

RV
Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding wine list priced very well!! Food and service always on point !

BL
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was fantastic, and our waiter was awesome.

AK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good as usual but once again the service was slow and inattentive. Our waiter had other things going on and we needed to ask others to find him so we can get another drink. This seems to happen often but this time it was the worst.

FE
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Malfatta appetizer is the best!! Salmon did not seem to be up to par both in food portion and taste. Side potatoes had no flavor at all. Zeppoles for dessert were awesome!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great! A little noisy and tables were pretty close together but it was still a nice ambience. Service was good but waiter never asked if we wanted another drink after the first round.

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Menu is always great. The specials never disappoint. Overall it’s how dinner out is supposed to be.

TJ
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It has been a year and a half since we were here last. We said we would not go back because of he noise of the large parties and the slow delivery of food. We relented and returned.
The food was good as usual, since there was hardly anyone there the service was adequate. We still had to ask for water. Will we return, yes, but at selected times. We are still unsure of service when those huge parties are there.
What can a restaurant do about poorly dresses guests? Too many shorts and tee shirts.

RV
Atlantic City
25 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic!! They have a promotion for 1/2 off your first bottle of wine Under $100 on Tuesday’s!! What a value!!

DG
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Let me preface this by saying we always like it there which is why we come back, however we left rather disappointed this time. The oysters, calamari and salad were very good. However, our entrees were mediocre at best. My boyfriend always gets the sea bass special...he did not enjoy it at all this time. I had the clam/shrimp special over "angel hair" as described by the server. It was definitely not angel hair and there was an add shrimp for I believe $9 on the check which was for my meal. It came with shrimp. As much as my boyfriend felt the sea bass wasn't worth $35, there is no way that pasta dish was worth $33. Also, we both got Ketel One dirty martinis, mine with regular olives and his with bleu cheese olives. We were charged an additional $2 each martini for the blei cheese olives. Really?? By no means are we cheap people, we have celebrated may birthdays there including once in a private room. This visit wasn't even close to being worth the $191 plus 18% tip that was left. Very disappointed with the entrees quality and prices this time.

B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful experience an the food was great! I have not been here since it was Scordato’s but will be going back very soon.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My only regret is that we didn't order more food (we had birthday cake at home before heading out). The few dishes we did order were outstanding and flavorful. I have already recommended Bottagra to friends. The staff was attentive and polite-- not overbearing.

B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved it!

RR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!!!! All of the staff are very friendly and the food always perfect!

DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I had a very nice experience. It was a bit crowded and loud, but it was also a Saturday night. I wouldn't going back again. The food and service was pretty good too.

AC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, ambiance are always a 10/10. Best Italian restaurant in NJ!!

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience!! Service $ food are consistent

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The seafood was very fishy and the calamari was rubbery and not fried enough Bad experience not sure if I’ll go back and I’ve gone several times before which was much better

EM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best.

BT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Very different experience from our first visit. Service was good and attentive, but the food was off. The plain tap water had a funny, almost moldy smell and taste (dirty ice machine?), the Speidini alla Romana (a dish I usually love when prepared correctly) had an odd, slightly off taste too, and my entree of Veal Milanese was overbreaded, and had such a bad smell and taste like the meat was on the turn that I took three bites and couldn’t finish it. Veal cutlets shouldn’t have a smell like that. This is a favorite dish of mine in other restaurants and when it is done right, it’s delicious, but the meat looked brownish gray inside rather the whitish veal color it should have been. My stomach was churning and upset from the food all that night and into the following morning. To their credit, the restaurant removed the entree from our check after I told our waiter that something was wrong with the dish and I couldn’t finish it.

D
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food. Very creative menu. Can be pricey. If you are in the main dining room, it is very very noisy. Side rooms are ok. I have been there several times.

FB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat! Great food, cocktails, service and ambiance.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for another fabulous and delicious meal . Every time I dine at Bottagra I’m never disappointed . Looking forward to the next time .

Xoxo,
Jogina Finamore

H
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It wasn’t what we expected. My wife did not get what she ordered and nothing was done about it. There was a large party going on in the main dining area that was very loud even with the doors closed. This could be reason for the spotty service.

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the service to the food. Spot. On. Homemade pastas fresh breaded chicken sauce was a tad sweet if that is ya thing ...delicious... the zucchini flowers were so light and amazing. The dessert was amazing... didn't need two but glad we got the zeppolis and PB pie. Ridiculous. Prices reasonable did I mention the service? Amazing. WILL be back

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