La Cucina Ristorante

4.5
641 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
BYOB
The word “La Cucina” is Italian for “The Kitchen”.
Italian food lovers can rejoice: Elis Haxhistasa (Manager) and Ronald Poulin (Chef) have joined forces to open their La Cucina Ristorante.
Our team provides comfortable old world atmosphere with an emphasis on quality and style, with special attention to preferences. La Cucina also has customized menu options and private room (on request), indoor or outdoor and Chefs Table to accommodate all of your event needs. Whether you are planning an intimate dinner, a baby or bridal shower, birthday or anniversary, business event or a wedding party, come and celebrate with us!
Email: lacucinaristorantenj@gmail.com
Tel: 609-677-0470
Tel: 609-677-8994

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 641 People Are Saying
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TraceyM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our fifth time back at this wonderful restaurant. Chef Ron is amazingly talented and never disappoints. The cod special with scallops over lentils was perfectly cooked and presented. My husband has had a lot of veal dishes at various Italian restaurants over the years but LOVES their Veal Saltimbocca and ordered it again last night. Perfect sauce! Appetizers-especially the fresh burrata , perfectly textured and balanced w/prosciutto and pears - was heavenly. They make most of their own desserts as well. Pleasant and attentive wait staff. Can't wait to go back.

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vipTerri
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Gnocchi too dense and hard. Veal was tender but smothered in tomato sauce. Server did not understand a 3 course Italian dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come here it’s amazing!!! Never a disappointment!!! Love this place

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CarmenF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ! The food was delicious. The service warm, friendly and attentive without being overbearing. I have dined here on many occasions and the staff always goes out of their way to make you feel at home.

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willl
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is excellent and the service is great .The patio experience is calming

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vipjwjw
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our third dinner at La Cucina. We keep coming back because the food is terrific, the service is great, and we want to taste everything on the menu. Our only negative comment would be that the chicken dishes seemed to be a little too well done for our taste-the chicken seemed a bit dry. Other than that, we just love, love, love this place! A great value in a lovely spot.

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vipandia
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

It was extremely warm in the restaurant and the owner had attitude about turning the air down. The thermostat said 81 degrees. The waitstaff was very nice but overworked and therefore the service was very slow. They were also sweating from the heat. The food was actually very good. I would not return because I couldn’t stand the owner

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vipSammie
Philadelphia
186 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Boo for you! This place has potential but not last night. What horrible experience. This place should hire Restaurant Rescue!, seated immediately because we had reservations and was greeted by our waitress Sierra.She was a delight. This place was overly noisy. Many decibels. I had to turn my hearing aides off and it was still loud. The meal was average. I will say great calamari. Very fresh. My meal was Luke warm and sent it back. It came back the same so I sent it back....and don’t bring it back. Our waitress was very apologetic but it was not her fault. The food here is just average. Under staffed. May return but not on the weekend.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food. Served in a timely manner. Hosts were not very friendly. Overall great experience.

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vipTrialgirl
Philadelphia
115 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Superior service. Average food

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant. Everyone is so welcoming with excellent service. The food is DELICIOUS and reasonably priced. The white linen table cloths give it an elegant touch. It used to be a hidden gem. But now it is a wel-known gem. The owner is so deserving of success! He works very hard at his craft.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was wonderful, we sat out in the courtyard , it was lovely ,we had a great salad-superfood Salad ,delish.BUT My entrée Swordfish special was terribly overcooked, dry and chewy! What upsets me about that , is it was the special and it wasn’t special !!! I think that if you were going to serve fish at a restaurant ithat’s been in business enough years to serve it correctly ….no excuses! There was a red sauce under the fish, green pesto on top of the fish and still dried out! !
I will continue to patronize the restaurant with hopes oh that it will not happen again!

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vipmommom
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was excellent and the food was very good.

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vipSteven
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrea was our server and she was very attentive 😃

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vipmiket
Atlantic City
39 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful server named ciera, very polite and efficient.
mushroom risotto was delicious.
have never had a bad meal here.

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vipJustdesserts
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service was slow (we sat for 10-plus minutes without seeing a server, and had a long wait for our check when we were ready to leave). The food was quite tasty, but I have to say, I think this establishment GROSSLY underplays the fact that it has NO WINE OR BEER. Perhaps that's no big deal if you are a local, or even a visitor with a car, but we were out-of-towners relying on Uber, so when our waiter -- rather unapologetically -- told us "it's BYOB here" and that the nearest wine to be bought was a five-minute drive, that was the end of what was supposed to be a pleasant evening. It's absolutely unconscionable for any restaurant, much less an Italian one, to limit its disclosure on both its own website and on OpenTable (where it's concealed unless you scroll and peek between boxes to locate it) to a single occurrence of the term "BYOB" -- not spelled out, not explained, not highlighted. It's hard to believe that there isn't a deliberate effort to conceal the lack of a liquor license going on here, but in any event, the proprietors should be ashamed of themselves. Or maybe they're content to limit their custom to their regular local customers. if so, maybe they should be running a dry dining club instead of a place of public accommodate. Really a disappointment.

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vipSusan
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful night to eat outdoors. Attentive and friendly waitstaff. Meal paced nicely. Food delicious.

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joedowpal
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good but loud. Eat outside if u can. Service was excellent!

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vipBGMfoodie
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent server named Christina. Very sweet. Food was fabulous. We already made a reservation for two weeks from now.

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vipAnnette
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was good but nothing memorable. Service was very good. Atmosphere was lovely in outdoor courtyard.

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Bartman
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We felt rushed during the entire meal. Waitress did not want to do separate checks even though it was mentioned as soon as we sat down. Piece of metal in our desert. They took the desert off the bill but management never came to the table to see how I was doing or apologize. Very disappointing

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vipJohnS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I met a few friends for dinner and it was out first timing dining. The food was very good and the service could not have been more helpful. We had a very big rain storm about an hour into our dining outdoors and they carefully moved everyone under cover so we could enjoy our dinner.

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Delicious
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites. We have been going here for years. It is consistently excellent. Service and food is always good. We usually sit outside when able. It’s a lively setting. We have taken many friends there and never had a bad meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great
It was pretty loud

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pennst8gal
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience4

The food is generally very good with a large range of items. Unfortunately the kitchen was understaffed and it took 45 minutes for our appetizers to arrive. The waitress wasn't overly concerned and not very responsive. The entrees took another 30 minutes. Since we were near the kitchen we also noted several items being packed up for takeout. If the kitchen can't handle the diners in the restaurant maybe the takeout should be stopped. We were not the only table waiting way too long for food.

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FoodTravelers
Atlantic City
25 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinners, excellent service. We had a party of 7 people and everyone (some first timers) can't wait to return. Soup to nuts a great restauant.

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HannahG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch on the patio with my granddaughter & her Mom. All three entrees were delicious - even to our rather fussy 5-year-old eater - who DEVOURED her gelato as well!

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Bsing
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Servers were overwhelmed food was ok but long wait servers were nice however and tried hard

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vipNYCBrass
Philadelphia
104 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Took 90 minutes to get food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Very disappointed. Food was poor and waitress didn’t even ask how it was. Food was raw. Waited a very long time.

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vipLarryD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our server was very good but getting food out to the table was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Salmon was undercooked and the appetizer comes out after the entree. The beef short ribs were superb, nevertheless

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vipbutch
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent. One of the best Italian restaurant in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is delicious !!! Service is great. very friendly atmosphere. always goid

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vipCathy
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Originally was going to sit outside, but with temps in the nineties we decided to eat indoors. A wonderful menu. It was hard to choose. I finally opted for the tuna flatbread with melted flatbread. It was delicious and came with a side salad. My friend got the garden salad with salmon. She enjoyed that. Service was good. A lovely lunch!

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vipAndreaS
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, nice outdoor patio. Waiter was wonderful.

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vipCurly
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Sat at a folding table where the legs impeded comfort.
Otherwise, a wonderful evening!

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vipValerie080
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local restaurant. Food is always fresh and beautifully presented. One of our favorites! Christina, our waitress, is lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at La Cucina. We were seated promptly. Our server was very nice and accommodating. The food was quite good, particularly the polenta, and deserts. Definitely a bit of a hidden gem in Northfield!

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vipmike
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good meal great service! Very busy

FAQs

La Cucina Ristorante does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. La Cucina Ristorante also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (609) 677-0470.

La Cucina Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 641 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 bookings at the moment.