Cucina Calandra

4.7
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304 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Modeled after a Courtyard Villa in Southern Italy, Cucina Calandra is a family-friendly restaurant featuring a menu emphasizing southern Italian cooking. Cucina Calandra emphasizes pastas, thin crust pizza and dry-aged steaks prepared over an open wood mesquite grill, custom-made especially for Cucina Calandra. Our Chef Henry the Pizza Man is here to entertain the children and adults too with his skills at making a pizza or flatbread while you watch. The Calandra Family has enjoyed providing generations of families and friends, including yours, with our famous baked products. The Calandras look forward to providing outstanding service to you and your families at Cucina Calandra.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service.

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The dinner was very good. We were seated right away and our waitress came to us immediately. We started with some wine and then order our dinner. It was a delightful evening.

TD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The staff was very welcoming. Service was attentive. The problem I had was that lunch was way over priced for the quality. Grilled chicken and salad was $16. Plain chicken was about 6oz with romaine lettuce and tomato. Just ridiculous. Specials were all over $20!! It was lunch.

JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Charlie is the best! Service is wonderful. Food is always delicious!

MC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was great and the place was very homey. Will definitely be back.

SG
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! I had made reservations for my mother's 80th birthday dinner and had called Calandra's bakery next door (or so I thought I calaled the one next door) to order a special birthday cake. When I arrived at the restaurant, I was informed that the bakery did not have my cake. With the help of Maria, the Manager, it turns out that I ordered the cake from the Calandra's in Caldwell instead of the one next to the restaurant ....Maria arranged to have someone go pick up the cake for me so that I would have it in time for dessert. Outstanding service!

The food was phenomenal...pasta penne vodka was delicious and the chicken parmagiana was tender and moist! Great service and food. We live over an hour away and I will definitely frequent Cucina Calandra often. Thank you!

M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding.

d
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food Allways good

C
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious. Great menu to choose from. Service is wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We go to calandra Cucina quite frequently. The restaurant is usually busy but on this evening it was packed. The food was ok but not as good as normal. I had the cavatelli and sausage- it was unusually salty. I don’t usually mind salty but this was unbelievable and for the first time ever, I was unsatisfied with my dinner. My husband had chicken and had no complaints with his entree. The server was not attentive and seemed to be covering too many tables. Booking on open table was successful and we were seated within 15 minutes of our reservation time. We will chalk this one up to a bad night and give it another chance. Usually we fully enjoy our meals and the service here.

JM
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Visiting your restaurant for the first time with a two friends for dinner - I was excited. arriving at 6:20 for 6:30 reservation
I made reservations for table of 4 online, 3 days before, and when we entered the lounge, we waited to be seated. At first when we stated we had a reservation, it seemed the greeter seemed surprised, but we were led to a table directly in front of the band that was setting up. We requested a booth on the wall but were told they were reserved. We accepted a table set for five, one row off the wall, Great.
We were enjoying the menu, and discussing our options, when we realized we had not been greeted by any server. We closed our menus and waited ten minutes - then flagged a passing server, and ordered drinks. when drinks arrived we ordered, and enjoyed our meal that was served thankfully hot but not by our waiter. WE DID NOT SEE OUR WAITER AGAIN UNTIL ONE AND A HALF HOUR LATER WHEN I WENT TO THE STATION WHERE HE WAS AT THE COMPUTER TO ASK FOR OUR BILL. !!
The band was finishing it's second set and although I would have liked another drink and even desert and coffee- since the non-existence of service i just didn't wish to be there anymore. We were never asked by our server or ANYONE if we wanted or needed anything!!! Even sitting there with empty drink glasses, didn't get us attention!!!
I did not feel the lounge was too busy for the staff to handle- something I looked for, to explain lack of service and therefor it resulted in me, and my party to be very disappointed with your restaurant.
Jane McCrum 201.615.2499

L
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great tasting food and service! Our favorite!!!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of our favorite places to go! My kids love chef Henry

VR
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I have been a customer for years at the Calandra restaurants and even had my daughter’s baptism party at their Mediterranean Grill. I can no longer recommend these restaurants. My wife and I went here for lunch and were the only customers in the place. We ordered a salad which was good and we both ordered tuna. About 30 minutes later we got sick and spent a good portion of our day off in the toilet. I called the restaurant to alert the manager of our experience and at the very least to make sure the fish preparations were ok. She said that it was impossible to be sick so quickly from the food as it takes up to 48 hours. Everyone knows that you can be sick from bad fish quite quickly. The manager called me back the next day to tell me that nobody else got sick and that there are lots of things going around. Dine at your own risk and do not order the fish if you choose to go here.

PN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas dinner with old work friends. Service was excellent Charlie our waiter was helpful friendly and a pleasure to have as our waiter. The bread on the table was good but don’t let it spoil your appetite since the entree’s are delicious. I had a chicken and fettuccine special which was very good. It was a pleasant experience not rushed and at the end of the meal they give you a loaf of that delicious bread to take home

A
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food took a long time to come out. Although I had a reservation I still had to wait. Food was good. But I don’t think I’ll be going here again next year.

RK
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food, nice atmosphere. Met friends for dinner at Cucina Calandra. An enjoyable evening.

KH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Updated menu, food awesome

ED
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When in Fairfield, NJ this is my go-to restaurant because it is steps away from my hotel of choice. Along with being super convenient, they have a nice wine list (I'm a big fan of the Dark Knight) and I have never been disappointed in any item on the menu...from salad to pizza to chicken. Service is always terrific and friendly.

V
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, will return again.

JW
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were a party of eight. Our server, Charlie, was wonderful. The fried calamari was tender and light and the best I’ve ever had. Everyone loved it. The entrees portion sizes were plentiful. I had the filet of sole which was a bit disappointing. It was a bit too soft with a lot of sauce for my taste. It seemed everyone who had the pasta dishes vrs fish dishes enjoyed their meals more. Desserts were wonderful. I had the cannoli which was superb. The cannoli cream was delicious. The atmosphere is very pleasant and comfortable.

L
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tasting food - always DELICIOUS!! Great service.

JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Charlie was awesome!!!

b
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and excellent service!

j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fresh food. Delicious cheesy garlic bread. The soup did seem a tad salty. But good non the lesa

JT
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pleasantly surprised at the quality given its attachment to a hotel.

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We were seated immediately and given menus with the specials. The service overall was very very slow. We had to call our waiter over to order, to get more drinks and to get the bill. The food was delicious and we have eaten here before and will again. The service does need to improve though.

JH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Cucina Calandra on occasion for over 10 years. Prior to this visit last visit was about 6 months ago. Not sure how but this was by far the best meal we have had here. We are always motivated to come here for the cheese-filled garlic bread. Only complaint with the whole meal was the bread was a bit too crispy on the outside and impossible to cut (they don't cut it all the way through). Had the hot antipasto for 2 appetizer as well as a tomato/ mozz salad. Every single thing in the antipasto was excellent.. the stuffed mushrooms, shrimp, crab cake. Entrees were two of the night's specials. Lobster and crab ravioli and the black fettuccini with shrimp and mushrooms. Pasta was obviously fresh made and both dishes were excellent. Had glasses of wine which were very generous pours. Service was excellent and food was amazing. Will be back much sooner this time.

PR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

If you are looking for a quiet place, do not go there.
If you are looking for good food, large portions and EXCELLENT bread, then it is a must.
Our waitress, Gabriella, was superb and the busboy, Javier was also very good and eager to please. Kudos to both of them.
And if you happen to sit in the bar area, the pianist is excellent. Do not forget to tip her.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & Service was great. We were very well treated & enjoyed our dinner.

HL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great experience at Cucina Calandra. We eat in the bar. Love the weekend entertainment and we get top-notch service from Gabriella. The specials are incredible. Highly recommend.

L
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food and service. Cucina Calandra is our favorite restaurant in Fairfield, NJ. - same as my comments on July 16th. Always Great Food!!

L
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food and service. Cucina Calandra is our favorite restaurant in Fairfield, NJ.

PL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Chef Henry's Mickey and Minnie pizzas always delight the kids. I had the Margherita and it was awesome! He is wonderful with the kids.

AD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A family favorite for years!

Excellent food, service and value in a simple but neat environment makes it family friendly and sometimes loud.

Great Italian food for an incredible value.

MD
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my husband to dinner for our Anniversary. It was the perfect place to go. The service was excellent. The last time we came here was 7yrs ago and I can say it has improved. The only sad part was that I could not take a loft of bread on my way out because they ran out. The overall experience was awesome. The wine was great and the food was delicious.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff always attentive and work hard. Great folks

AV
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good Italian food. Especially love the hot cheesy garlic bread that comes complimentary wtih the meal. Also noticed that they give children some pizza dough to play wiith and the chef will talk to the children and make a special pizza for each of them.
Wouldn't normally think of it because it's in a hotel, but is worth a visit.

L
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a treat to have dinner at calandras culinary. Fresh delicious food and exceptional service

MZ
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy a great dinner with the kids when home from college. Pasta specials are amazing. Also the last few times Dan was our server, he was fantastic. Save room for desert. I would suggest the tiramisu.

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