Semolina Restaurant

4.8
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767 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Semolina Restaurant is a farm to table, BYO dining establishment serving simple, casual cuisine. Owned and operated by brothers Chuck and Tylar Lesbirel, both formally of AMA Ristorante in Sea Bright. Semolina has a menu focused around the seasonality of fresh, local ingredients.
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The freshest food, personable and knowledgeable servers, with unique menu created from locally sourced ingredients. YUMMY!

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vipClaireL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Semolina never disappoints. It's our home away from home!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined after Semolina for the first time for a girls night. All three of us devoured our entrees and thoroughly enjoyed dessert. The homemade pasta was to die for, ample portions, and presented beautifully. I chose Carbonara - solid choice. We loved the liveliness of this cozy byob!

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JenniferP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like that the restaurant is farm-to-table, with a list on the back of the menu of the local farms and dairies that they work with.

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jkfoodie
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual food and service @ Semolina are outstanding. It is one of my favorite restaurants. If we going to be in the Red Bank area I always make a reservation for dinner. This time my husband had lamb meatballs for an appetizer which he loved. My choice was the beef tartare it is one of the best that I have eaten and never pass it up. For dinner, my husband had the semolina dusted skate wing, and I had the beet risotto w/ gorgonzola & hazelnuts (delicious). And of course, don't pass on dessert. We shared the dark chocolate torte. Delizioso!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Our reservations were for 4:30. At 6:11 as we were wrapping up with desert, another waiter, not a manager, came up to our table and rudely warned us that we must leave at 6:30 because the table was reserved for another party. First of all, we were finishing our desert and would have been out by 6:30 anyway. Second, open table made reservations for 4:30 and not for 4:30-6:30. We were so upset that we didn’t finish our desert, got up and left. Rude!!!!

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JoanneM
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was a birthday celebration for my partner of 12 years. He was very impressed and enjoyed the food and experience. We were the only people of color in the restaurant that evening. Our server appeared to have difficulty in finding a way to be comfortable in serving us. We observed her being more natural and comfortable with other guests. The meal was outstanding which was deemed by my partner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to
Spot! Love everything about it.

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vipDenise
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Staff !! Can’t be beat ,, I know I’m consistently going to get an awesome meal at Semolina !! My fav 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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CorkMaven
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem helmed by an amazing chef and team. The Semolina family is top notch —making us feel like family too—they went above and beyond for some special requests just this week. And the food! Oh the food! Sourced, cooked and presented beautifully. “Farm to table” is overused these days but this just truly is.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!!

JM
JessicaM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grant was super awesome! We had a lovely evening with amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was great. The restaurant had a great ambiance and was quiet for a tight space. The waiter was wonderful and made some recommendations that were fantastic. The food was so fresh and well-prepared. I will definitely be going back to Semolina.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant. Only issue is Saturday night people were hanging around too long and not leaving but otherwise incredible food, service. Just amazing

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vipMonge10
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again a fabulous meal at Semolina. The menu changes all the time and we have never been disappointed.

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vipJustus
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice, menu changes ,I guess seasonal, scallops awesome, had in fall then last Saturday with black lentils ,pasta dishes yummy

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DebraM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They Never disappoint!!!! The food and service is the best in town!!!!

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Sabisk
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most wonderful hidden gems in Red. And. Super food, super service, farm to table, byob. Overall a home run!

LH
LarryH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

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KAMF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful night

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J365
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food on a changing menu. The fresh pasta dishes are always outstanding.

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vipRealjerseygirl
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! Although there is not a lot on the menu and no nightly specials, I think there is something for everyone. Service was extremely good, our waitress recognized us from a previous time there and couldn’t have been nicer

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The staff was very attentive and the food was delicious, just felt that the prices were a bit much.

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Chris69
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely meal at Semolina. The food was terrific, and our server Karen was fantastic! We arrived at 5:00, and the restaurant was quiet until 6:30.

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vipClaireL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food was delicious and the service was warm, friendly and efficient. Semolina never disappoints.

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vipRandeep
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Unfortunately, disappointed. The food is excellent but no variation once a menu is set. That means there is no ability to have pasta, as an example, other than limiting what you are eating. This is an issue because a good deal of their meals include pasta and they have NO gluten free pasta. Additionally, food came out very quickly. Although very good, it is a reason they limit their menu as everything must be pre-made and then just re-heated. (I had chicken, and no way it can come out in 20 minutes if done from scratch).

Unfortunately, due to tremendous noise, limited availability of choices for us on menu, we will not be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is our favorite restaurant. Food and service always outstanding

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RyanZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Semolina never disappoints! We keep going back, this is our go-to restaurant for an outstanding meal every time. The staff is friendly, we get to see the same servers every time we go. They do an outstanding job! From the fresh bread service to the main entrees, it's all delicious and we will be coming back again and again.

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vipbcmod12a
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pasta and pork chop were outstanding (as usual!) I'll be back!

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vipEliz
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for lunch, was amazing!

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MarkG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pleasant staff and nice atmosphere despite being somewhat noisy. A very limited menu. The scallop dish that I had was relatively well prepared but my wife had the roasted chicken which she found to be mediocre.

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vipDonS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time at Semolina and I cant wait to go back. The food and the service have been amazing each visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding as usual with top notch service. You absolutely must try Semolina. Loved the burrata appetizer, the octopus and the beef tartare apps as well. The pastas were fabulous and the tuna and scallop entrees were wonderful too.

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CathyG
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My friend and I had a wonderful meal at Semolina. Everything was fresh and cooked to perfection. We shared the whole wheat pasta w Tuscan kale as an appetizer - it was excellent and a great way to start the meal. My friend's pork chop was delicious. I am not sure I would order the cod again - it was good but a little bland.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Would love a change to menu

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JGfromFH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again we had a delicious meal at Semolina. I haven't been disappointed yet and I don't expect to be!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is simply out of this world, and it’s matched equally by the amazing service. Karen couldn’t have been more lovely or attentive. I love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration

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KarhyG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fabulous. The expanded waiting area looks like it always been there. The dining room felt bigger and the noise level was appreciably reduced. It’s one of our local favorites and never disappoints!

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vipRiley
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining here. It’s now my new favorite! We shared the shaved winter squash and beet risotto as starters. They were sooo good. Two in our party had the scallops. Amazing! My husband had the pork chop and loved it. We shared the zeppoli’s and the chocolate torte for dessert. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this restaurant. But did I say that our server was so friendly and helpful also! Can’t wait to go back.