Il Lago

4.6
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260 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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Casual

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About

Il Lago's motto, "Simply Italian", comes from our simple and honest approach to Italian cuisine and ambiance - always fresh, clean and delicious with generous portions of excellent authentic Italian food made from the finest ingredients. Our setting has an abundance of rustic charm which will speak for itself upon your arrival. Come on in and experience for yourself why many are saying, "This is our new favorite restaurant"...
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu 17:00–21:00
Fri, Sat 17:00–22:00
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Phone number
(732) 204-2646
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We offer catering by the tray for your off-site catering needs. Call to inquire.
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Public Transit
Just 3 minutes from the SeaStreak Ferry Terminal in Highlands, NJ
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Takeout, Wine
What 260 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TM
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit and definitely becoming a favorite. We love the atmosphere, seems a perfect place whether you're on a date night for 2, want to take friends out for a nice dinner, or are gathering with a group. The menu is great and the specials are always tempting. You won't be disappointed!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife for our anniversary.

JL
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came here for the first time! The service was wonderful and our waiter was very attentive! The portions were huge and the food was delicious! We both enjoyed it and will definitely be back!

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the burrito salad special and veal parmigiana. Both were excellent and the portions large. Service was attentive, would definitely recommend to friends,

OT
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here is fabulous especially the rice balls!!! Everything is great excellent owner and staff.. you cannot go wrong!

WL
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food-great service and very reasonable prices

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The bus boy James was killin it ! The only bus boy and was non stop doing many things . For an Italian place , I would have liked the option of fresh ground pepper and cheese table side . The waitress was friendly but not overly attentive . Overall ,would def go again . Prices were reasonable

LL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was very attentive
The space was intimate
The food was outstanding
Can't wait to go back!

JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service was great (water refilled many times, specials explained with passion and clarity, accommodations made upon request). Owner came out and talked with us. This was our second time being here,, the whole dining experience is so worth it—highly recommend you go and try it.

O
Atlantic City
47 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visit Il Lago quite frequently and have never been disappointed. Food and service are always fantastic. Mussels Marianara is one of our favorite appetizers.

DG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal. Willbe back for more good meals my son loved it

MD
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food here is consistently excellent. The service is friendly and efficient.

MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual the food was excellent and the service was great. My friend said it was the best veal parm she's ever had out in a restaurant.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and we had a good time. We had the meatballs and the clams oreganato for appetizers and almost ordered more they were so good! The chicken parm was the best I’ve ever had and a very nice portion. My wife had the scallops and risotto which were delicious. Lovely decor and great service. Highly recommend this place!

f
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

most food arrived cold at table, otherwise it was good

PP
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Baked Clams hard and dry. Salad wilted chicken parm was not good. We will not go back

KD
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely outstanding. Impeccable service. Highly recommend can’t wait to return

MK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the special and it was very tasty. The choices were good. Our waitress was great she never wrote down anything and it was just as we ordered. Also she was very cheerful.

JG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our friends recommended Il Lago so we gave it a try. EVERY dish was outstanding. There were 4 of us and no one had the same entree and everyone loved the food. I had the Salmon and Crab and it was to die for. We will definitely be back!

DF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Appetizers were better than dinner .. place needs a little spring up and more help

DG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again a excellent meal and service keep up the good work making illago one of the best restaurants in the area

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and the service was great!

EG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We all decided to try the special pre fix option( Tour of Italy) they offer on Tuesday and Wednesday. For 36.95 for 2 people you get a cold antipasto, a pasta dish and then you pick from about 8 entrees .

The waitress said if we wanted to replace the cold antipasto with one of the appetizers on the menu we could for a charge of 6.95 ( I think ) We decided to do that for 2 of us and ordered the meatballs and the other 2 got the cold antipasto which we all shared both. Highly recommend the meatballs. Delish--The entrees are the standard pick off a menu , chicken Franchaise , Salmon, Veal Parm , (no vegetables or salad ) But Honestly , its more than enough food and it was all delicious . And OH, YOU GET Dessert and COFFEE --Wed was Carrot cake and it was good.

OT
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our party of four ordered from the Taste of Italy prix fixe menu, and all had a great meal, from the shared antipasto to the carrot cake. As usual, the pasta was very good, as were the stuffed pork chop, the flounder franchise and the veal parm. Our waitress, Kateri, the only server on a busy Tuesday night, was exceptional. We all kept marveling about her ability to handle the whole house, and always with a smile and a friendly demeanor. We'll definitely be back.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! From the service to the food to our dessert, we were very pleased. Our server made great recommendations of their crab cakes and the osso buco, which were very good. Nice portion size and very flavorful. Katrina, our server, was very nice and accommodating. Definitely going back!

AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Really down on this place. Server was on her phone, even when they were busy. Price of the specials were high, relative to the others. Service was one of the worst we’ve had in the states.

JM
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Our server was attentive and it was nice that the chef went to the tables to speak to customers. Will go there again and tell friends to do so too!!

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal! We had the meatballs with ricotta to start followed by the salmon with crabmeat and the chicken parmigiana as our main courses. Everything was great! Ended off with a nice peanut butter/chocolate cake and some espresso. Server was very nice and we loved the setting. Highly recommend this place!!

U
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience2

4 of the worst dinners ever ordered....not one meal was edible.....

EG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My second time eating here. The food is very good. Presentation and quality A+. Although one of my guests ordered Chicken Parmigiana and it didn't come with Pasta ,unless you want to pay extra. I thought that was a bid odd. Its not a big place and I actually like the feel of the restaurant , the tin ceiling and exposed walls. It reminds me of some old restaurants in New York City. I will definitely come again , there are enough choices on the menu to satisfy everyones taste. Also , they have a great prix fix special for 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Give it a try !!!!

JZ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dine there almost every week. Never disappoints.

J
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were terrific! Wanted to go here for awhile now and we're glad we did. Have already recommended them to friends!

NJ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were a party of four adults. We split three appetizers which were more than enough. The meatball special with ricotta was excellent. The mozzarella in carozza was a little soft like the bread had been dipped too long.
We all enjoyed the specials which were flounder in their house brown sauce and salmon topped with crabmeat.
Very friendly service.
Will definitely go back.

JD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

My wife and I visited Il Lago for the third time in twelve months last Saturday evening. We were very satisfied on every count. The food was well prepared, the service was friendly and attentive, the ambiance of a village Italian restaurant was convincing, and the portions were beyond generous. It offered among the best value I have seen during my too-many decades of Jersey dining. Bravo!

It’s well worth a drive into the quiet boro of Highlands for this culinary pleasure.

DG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent food. With special notes on the sauces,clams and chicken dish outstanding. Rabe and sausage-to die for. Can’t wait to go back. Hidden Gem in Downtown Highlands.

MD
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Italian specialties in this quaint and rustic BYO restaurant in Higlands, NJ. Started meal with special rice balls. They were very delicious and large enough for the 2 of us with a take home to spare. Wife had the special crabcakes. I had the shrimp arrabiata pasta. Both were nicely presented and were very tasty. The spice on the shrimp dish was just right. Everything tasted very fresh. We went home with leftovers. The staff here are very accommodating and friendly. Everything here was great and for what you get, a real value, too.

O
Atlantic City
48 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual the dining experience at Il Lago was Excpetional. The food quality and service outstanding and they never disappoint. Would definitely recommend.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place! A true hidden gem in Highlands with better food than I’ve had elsewhere in Monmouth County in the last five years. My wife had the salmon with crab stuffing and she loved it. I had the pork Osso Buco, very tender and awesome flavor. Service was great too, Katrina was very attentive and made excellent suggestions on each course. Cute rustic dining room with cool unique brick walls and lighting. It’s a BYOB as well. We absolutely recommend this place, one of our favorites for sure!!

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined with some friends that were visiting here over the busy Labor Day weekend and they truly appreciated the introduction to IL Lago so much that we came back again tonight! Awesome food made from scratch and it shows in the quality. BYOB adds value. Great place to relax and enjoy an awesome meal! Highly recommend...