Ristorante MV

4.5
83 reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Ristorante MV is an up-beat and modern eatery, with a stylish bar, that encapsulates the old-school energy of Italian dining. Bringing you traditional and home-made family recipes prepared by father and son team, right in the heart of Bernardsville NJ.
Due to the regulations mandated by the state, a 2 hour table Limit has been put in place.
What 83 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.7
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lilly
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The magic of Queen (of Brooklyn Heights fame) has been installed in the beautiful new Ristorante MV. Same delicious food, outstanding presentation and great service brought to guests in a gorgeous space. Pat and Michael Vitiello have scored.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish one the best dining experiences ever a true gem in Bernardsville . We walked in and were greeted by a very friendly and charismatic host , we decided to have a drink at the first , after being sat we ordered fried zucchini , the caprese , and the clams . I couldn’t get enough all so fresh . I ordered veal Marsala it was like butter no knife needed my wife ordered lobster tail she was very pleased , I can’t wait to go back we made 3 other reservations for the future as the host was kind to tell us they book up quick . Thanks again frank look forward to seeing you !!

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vipobman
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific experience! Management very accommodating. Service extremely attentive, yet unobtrusive.

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LaurenK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and ambiance. Would highly recommend for a special occasion ! We will be back soon. Highly recommend the mozzarella and veal parm.

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HeatherD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with extreme attention to detail. We had a really great experience. The food was fantastic and as well as the presentation.

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vipBrunch
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Vibe great! Beautiful interior different than the typical Bernardsville restaurant. Difficult to get a reservation. Service for the most part efficient. Food delicious but expensive.

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vipRitz
New York Area
193 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Don’t even waste your precious time at this place. ABSOLUTELY WORST SERVICE… EVER. Made reservations for my mothers 86 birthday. Asked five times for a birthday dessert… never came. Expect no attention at your table. Had to ask for the plates to be removed, and ask for dessert menus. We had to leave our seats to go to the hostess area to get our check it was that bad. Have had this waiter on one other occasion and he is AWFUL. Food is good but way overpriced for what you get. Certainly nothing creative for that price point. Manager/front end guy was busy flirting in the bar instead of making sure the restaurant was being run properly. My husband even went up to him after my husbands dessert was served and asked where the birthday dessert was. He said he would take care of it. Never did. This is the first time ever in my life I left no tip. Only highlight to this place is the nice valet guy. I will NEVER be back. My brother ordered the veal Parm and wanted a side of pasta to go with it and they said they couldn’t accommodate him. I’ve never been to a restaurant where you can’t ask for a side of pasta instead of vegetables. I will never return to this restaurant they ruined my mothers birthday and made the evening horrible by their awful service and awful management

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vipSherlNY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious. Fried Zucchini was light and crispy. Clam and Shrimp Oreganata were juicy and perfectly cooked. Both Veal scaloppine Marsala and Veal with Sausage were tender and the sauce was delicious. Perfect for mopping up with the bread basket. Above all, the best Linguine with White Clam sauce now on both side of the river. So so happy that they’ve reopened even though in NJ 40 miles away.

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vipjohn
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Beautiful restaurant
Poor service
When we told waiter we didn’t need to order more wine because we were driving home he told us to take UBER

Waited for every course and the the bill

Took three hours

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GabrielaD
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We sat outside. The place is beautiful inside and out. The food was good, the service was very good.
The cosmopolitan was perfect.
They didn’t have a couple of items from the menu I requested so I had to change my order. Overall a good experience.

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YuvalW
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent addition to Bernardsville!
Food outstanding
Service perfection !

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vipsign260
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Inpersonal service. Did not make you feel welcomed. While food was well prepared the menu could be from any Italian restaurant. Not much creativity.

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Saraht
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here 4 times and each time was excellent. The service is perfect as is the lovely space. We have brought people here and they leave raving about the food!

DB
DonnyB
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything at MV. Will definitely be back!

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Nice place. Unfortunately we were ~15 minutes late for our reservation and our table was given up to a walk-in, so we had to dine outside and it was a bit cold and uncomfortable. I guess that’s our fault for being late. We were the only ones dining outside so it took a while to get our main course. We asked for a dessert menu, which came with our coffee, but no one came back to take an order. We gave up after about 20 minutes (it was getting pretty cold outside- 56 degrees). We did get coffee, but the cups were a little more than half full, which wouldn’t have been a big deal BC we would have asked for more coffee when or if they brought us a dessert. Overall, I’ll probably give them another chance, but I won’t be in any hurry to go back. Btw, the appetizers and main course meals were pretty good.

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Ritz
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

My wife and I felt the food was good. The service was not so good. Long waits between appetizer and entrée and dessert. The bread is outstanding but they only give you a little bit of oil and to get a second container of oil took forever. It was a bit loud but tolerable. I would go back again but I will just hope the service will improve. This was on Wednesday evening at 6:30 so I didn’t think that was a bad time. All in all a good meal.

MD
MikeD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Great food but service was horrible. Had 530 reservations didn't get out there until 9 and had to constantly chase the staff for service.

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vipCarrieW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations. Food, service and atmosphere blew me away. I will definitely plan to come back!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience4

We were celebrating my wife’s birthday with another couple. We had all heard from friends in the area about how good the food was and how the restaurant had an extremely cool vibe, especially for Bernardsville. When we walked in it was clear the feedback we had received was accurate on that score and all were excited for a great night out.

Unfortunately, our expectations of a few minutes wait for our table to be ready turned into more than an hour, effectively ruining the night for my friend who was not excited about having dinner after 10:00. We asked the staff if we could sit at the bar and eat there, at 2 small tables, but by then our table in the main dining room became available.

Then, when we finally sat down, I realized my wife, the birthday girl, was seated at a chair that was not like the others. She is a trooper but my friend was compelled to go back to the maitre d and ask for a normal chair, which came 10 minutes later.

Anyway, with extremely high expectations for a restaurant on a special occasion evening it was harder to swallow the hiccups that sometimes come with eating out.

The staff were kind enough to cover our drinks but we would have preferred to have had the great evening we had hoped for rather than saving a few dollars.

Regards,

Chad Giebel

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Excellent service and wonderful setting. The meal was very good but coming from a family of Italian cooks, the oreganata needed more flavor (garkic/parm/parsley) i also I requested “very al dente rigatoni” and it was cooked normally. Next time i will say “3 minutes on my pasta” and see if that makes a difference. Michael was on his honeymoon so could nor share directly. Overall, We will return.

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vipSherlNY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Perfect night out.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife for our anniversary the food and service were excellent!! We will definitely be back soon.

TC
TeresaC
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Waiters approached too many times asking if we were done when I was still eating.

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ArtP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food is always great. I love the downstairs bar (Best martini around), and I especially like the classic Italian fare.

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vipandrewm
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was nice inside, outside seating looked nice but many cars were traveling on the streets around the restaurant, so it doesn’t look like a peaceful outdoor dining. Service was great. Food was excellent, the side dishes for the entrees lacked. Prices were overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Was expecting a much better experience with both food and service service for the cost. Very mediocre food for price point. Dishes came out hot and dry. Realize covid impacts service but try seemed to have plenty of people.

The interior and exterior was clean and very nice. Staff were friendly. Exterior ambiance gets 10.

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vipTerryT
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second visit to Ristorante MV - it is simply outstanding - it's beautiful inside and the food is divine. The veal parmigiana is the best ever - the fresh mozzarella melts in your mouth. Seafood so fresh. And the chocolate ravioli for dessert is not to be missed. Staff is personable and do everything to make your visit pleasant - I already have 2 reservations for the future - I live a distance away but this is one dining experience that is worth the drive and not to be missed - I had the pleasure of meeting Michael the owner and congratulated him on the opening of this exceptional dining ristorante.

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vipDanaG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Started with the valet parking attendant blocking us in and telling us he wasn’t parking cars. Took a while to maneuver out of lot into traffic to go find public parking. Waited 45 minutes past reservation time for our table. Service was terrible, food just okay and noise level very high. Disappointing from start to finish.

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Stephen
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Arrived 20 min prior to 8PM reservation and were not seated until 8:45. Where we sat was incredibly loud. Food was good. I would return and have dinner in the bar area.

JK
JamesK
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. A wonderful experience and cannot wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary
Perfect experience! Service, ambiance, menu..all perfect. Assorted bread basket and espresso martini's to start. Fig salad, clams oreganata; both delicious. Ink pasta with scallops and shrimp were perfect and the veal parm was so tender, I cut it with a fork.

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ReeseB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food, marinara sauce was the best I have had in this country

MS
vipMickeyS
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True fine dining experience. In these days of severely deteriorated restaurant quality, it’s so enjoyable to have dinner at a place where they really know what they’re doing. We can understand the long wait for a reservation. It’s justified.

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Brunch
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I’ve been here twice and both times the service was horrific. The last time I went for dinner with friends that were here visiting. We sat at 5:45 and didn’t get out until after 9pm. We wanted more drinks but couldn’t get any service - we wanted to order desert but couldn’t get any service - we wanted water since it was quite hot outside but couldn’t get any service. Finally when we gave up and my friend was ready to head back to NYC - we couldn’t even get our check back. After asking several times and being assured by the manager that it was on the way - she had to give up and go home without her credit card so she wouldn’t miss her UBER. I ended up spending $40 the next day to send it to her priority.
I live close by and really wanted to love this place but when you are spending $$$ on pasta - the service better be good and both times I’ve been left MUCH to be desired.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places we’ve been to in the city and in Jersey. Fantastic crowd and great time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a phenomenal meal!

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vipNickN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything a restaurant experience should be. Bravo!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Couple of the usual slip ups. Forgot to bring us menus. Sat for 20 minutes without being offered a drink. Food was ok. Nice atmosphere. For the price it should’ve been better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had to wait 45 minutes for our table. The folks that were sitting there did not leave. Not a lot they could do si

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KimS
Poconos
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this experience was a 10. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is simply beautiful. We will be returning very soon! I would 100% recommend to anyone who is looking g dor a beautiful dinner!

FAQs

Ristorante MV offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 766-7979.

Ristorante MV is rated 4.5 stars by 83 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.