Rugova Restaurant

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48 reviews
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$50 and over
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American

Rugova serves salads, seafood and Italian classics in cozy settings that include an outdoor summer patio and a bar. Get your appetite rolling with some pan-fried mozzarella and then treat yourself to some delicious Ravioli Casalinga or Tuna Tatare. The menu also offers options for landlubbers with entrees composed around veal, chicken and beef. Menu highlights include the veal Rugova, the chicken parmigiana and the filet mignon. To complement its meals, the restaurant offers a fine wine selection.



An ideal pick for a casual dining experience, Rugova features multiple rooms that can be adapted to private events. Rugova is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Sunday. The bar stays open until 2 a.m. every day except for Sunday when it closes an hour earlier.


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C
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service and food were poorly executed. We arrived early and were the second table occupied. No excuses for mixing up an order and forgetting another. Do not order the spaghetti bolognese. It looked like dog food, didn’t taste much better. The broccoli rabe came chopped up in small pieces. Forgetful meal.

v
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was absolutely amazing. Service was great! This place just needs a little facelift and it could be a real hot spot.

j
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rugova is a wonderful place to convene with friends for a drink and dinner. The service is always outstanding as is the food.

RT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad experience at Rugova. Food is phenomenal and the happy hour is one of the best in New Jersey.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They do it right. Consistently fine dining or half price happy hour at the bar.

FF
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible high quality food and service! Hate to write this review because it will be harder to get a table. But they deserve it!!

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people we brought with us felt only one thing was missing - they like their food served on warm plates. Maybe, if it’s not too difficult to coordinate, that might be an accommodation you can adapt.

D
Atlantic City
46 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is consistent! Every time we have dinner the food is fantastic!

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service....But noise level heightened once the keyboard player began performing...Too small a space for that much music (very good music, by the way) Had to shout to be heard by others at our table.

RT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. I have never had a bad meal here. Food is always on the mark. Best Happy Hour in New Jersey. Staff is great. I'll be back soon.

D
Atlantic City
46 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here and the food is always spot on!!

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The chocolate mousse cake was amazing. Will be going back again.

p
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good! Service and food were excellent. Thought we would be rushed but not so. A definite repeat place for me!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice atmosphere and delicious food.

p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good. However, the service was terrible. There was only 2 waiters and 1 busboy working the entire restaurant including the bar. They said several of the staff didn't show up to work. The 3 tried hard but could never catch up

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 2

When we got there they asked if we had a reservation with open table .. when I said yes they said we would have to wait ...

L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love this restaurant. Cozy and the staff is wonderful. Food is terrific. I had the halibut and it was excellent.

T
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first trip to this restaurant, and I will DEFINITELY go again. The food was excellent - much better than most Italian places. The staff was friendly and upbeat, and the ambiance was quiet enough to hold a conversation. As far as I'm concerned, it's a great "find"!

L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant. Small, cozy and the food is excellent. Service is great. I had the branzino - would love to get the receipe for the bronzino - not that I would make it at home but I would use it for other things when I cook.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Second time at Rugova. Will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence from greeting to depature
Appetizer to dessert incredible experience

j
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Rugova is a great place to meet friends and family for drinks, a quick bite, or a full meal. The food is always prepared in an excellent manner and is authentic Italian. You cannot beat their Sunday Sauce!!!!!

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pretty average food at this location, stopped in at random not expecting much. Nice servers and good enough food

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

The free appetizer with cheese and olives was all dried out and looked like it was sitting out for hours. the osso boco wasn't half as good as the waiter said it would be. Gravy was very bland.

L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant. In the beginning I was upset that they ran out of martini glasses, but they rectified that. The food, service and ambience is great. Its cozy as there are not too many tables. The staff is wonderful. I'm sure there are not too many people that know about this restaurant and perhaps that better for me.

l
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Needs more.varitey

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The good was very good. Portion sizes were great.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant is truly a hidden gem! The black fettuccine was out of this world, and incredibly fresh. Although it’s small, it’s defintiely worth it, and not too expensive. Would definitely recommend for date night!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff was friendly, and very attentive.
The food was good,with excellent presentation.
My wife said that the cosmopolitan was delicious.
The bill was very reasonable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is cozy, warm and inviting. The staff was attentive and polite. The food was wonderful! Nice selections from appetizers thru desert. Can't wait to go again!!!

OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed cocktails and food at the cozy bar. Great service. Will be back

k
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A favorite!

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LL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed every bite, delicious. Wait staff friendly and helpful. Immediately discussed returning aging and bringing friends. About $50 per head.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent and service but the wine list is limited and noise is too loud.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food in an average looking restaurant. Noise from bar can be a problem at times, no getting away from it.

f
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

very good food and service. We all enjoyed what was ordered very much; have been
there several times lately and never disappointed.

S
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! My husband had Dover sole, his favorite. It was reasonably priced and a large portion prepared exactly how he likes. Two others had branzino and felt the same way. The service was excellent and we were not rushed. We will definitely return!

RA
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Attentive service. Something for everyone on the menu. Menu prices in line with other similar restaurants in the area. Will return to take advantage of their prix fixed dinner special. A few steps down to access bar and a step or two up to access dining area.

LT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and waitstaff were great. The bronzini and veal dishes we had were excellent. We will be back.

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