Scalini Fedeli - Chatham

4.7
1479 reviews
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Scalini Fedeli was opened by chef-owner Michael Cetrulo in 1995 and very quickly became New Jersey's highest rated Italian restaurant. Rated excellent by the New York Times in 1996 and New Jersey's favorite restaurant in Zagat's Survey in 2001 and New Jersey Monthly's best Italian and top 25 overall in 2007. Highlights from the menu include soft egg yolk raviolo with black truffle butter, pignoli crusted salmon with artichoke and mint agnolotti in a light tomato and basil broth and braised short ribs of beef with a cherry pepper and port glaze. Set in an historic building built in 1740, the atmosphere is slightly formal with Tuscan style vaulted ceilings finished with Venetian plaster. Tapestry and antique mirrors adorn the walls.
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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service were great. Such a an extensive menu. You will never be rushed out of your seat here, but the staff knows the right amount of attention to give. Scalini is our go to in NJ because we know that we will always get quality food AND service which is not easy to find.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have eaten dinner here a few times recently and have been so pleased.. the food.. the service.. the beautiful room.. our wonderful waitress (sorry can’t remember her name).. valet parking nice plus..looking forward to returning soon..

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scalini Fedeli has been our go-to restaurant for special occasion dinners. The food and service are consistently excellent.

RC
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm and cozy atmosphere. Attentive service. Tuscan bean soup rich and tasty. Filet mignon and salmon dishes perfect. Chocolate fillo dessert to die for. Special treats like sorbet palate cleanser and complimentary cookies with coffee. Our first time. Definitely going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at SF for our anniversary. The food and service was outstanding. Very nice atmosphere and wine list. The little extras were wonderful! We will definitely be back soon.

JG
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Waiter was great. Food took forever to come out. Restaurant was extremely noisy for Tuesday night. Had trouble communicating with my wife.

G
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Food is good but the service is terrible. The service manager has a bad attitude problem. And you have to wait a long time to get served.

L
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SF is one of the top 10 restaurants in NJ. We dined there on Thursday evening and my guests were blown away by the overall quality of food and service. Thank you.

GV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I visited Scalini Fedeli and enjoyed it. I began with a Risotto & Mushroom dish, which was excellent. For my entree, I had scallops, which were delicious in a tasty sauce. My wife started with a scallop & roast pepper tapanade and had an entree of Branzino. She asked that they change the sauce from an olive sauce to a white wine sauce. The chef was flexible and changed it for her. For dessert, we had a fantastic banana caramelized tart. The only negative was that my mango margarita was awful (not sure what happened there), but my wife's vodka giblet was excellent. I really enjoyed this meal.

BT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Scalini Fideli remains my absolute favorite restaurant in New Jersey. Every course is outstanding and the consistency from visit to visit is remarkable. Included, but not highlighted in the Prix Fixe menu are a tasty shrimp amuse bouche, a sherbet palate cleanser and a small tray of cookies. While the restaurant has a liquor license and an extensive wine list, they offer a mid week option to bring your own wine with no corking fee. That is a very attractive and generous feature for a fine restaurant to offer. Since I don't live nearby, I only get there three or four times a year; but I am already looking forward to my next visit.

NJ
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Huge-choice menu populated by standard "NJ Italian restaurant" choices. Food was not memorable. Duck, in a runny non-descript sauce was overcooked, tough, without much flavor...and not to be repeated. On the other hand, the appetizer-course pastas (large enough for a entree) were uniformly very good.

Being forced into a three-course prix-fixe ($59), with large portions, on a weekday night was fine for me, but nobody else at our table wanted that much food. Nonetheless, finding a "decent" restaurant in our area that's open on Mondays is tough, so this is a "find" in that sense. BYO is permitted on weeknights, which is another plus.

TD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. Everything was so delicious. Service was impeccable. Do yourself a favor and experience this lovely restaurant. We’ll be back. It was worth the 1 hour and 10 minutes drive.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best food in NJ and as good as I get in NYC. And I love the BYOB policy during the week!

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly prepared dishes. I wouldn’t mind a few new menu items though 😊

EA
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I and my family and friends have been dining there since it first opened and it never ever disappoints. The menu is awesome and it is always difficult to choose.

KA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always amazing there! This time we went on a Monday night and it wasn’t too crowded. Great food and great service always

DG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent can’t wait to go again. Food fantastic.!!

MM
Salt Lake City
31 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the restaurant. Very very nice and comfy inside. Waiter was attentive and nice. Food was very good and the dessert was excellent.

SI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Food and service. Never disappointed

d
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went here for our 10th wedding anniversary. The service was very good; but we were a little disappointed in the food. We felt that they over did the sauce on the Raviolo and the sea bass. The intermezzo served before the dessert just did not make sense to us. Once I had the sorbet, I know longer get the need for dessert. We will try it again but...

b
25 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary -great meal!

p
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This may be the best dining we have ever experienced. The food, wine and service were outstanding. This has to be on your Bucket List.

JR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for that place for a special dinner; this is it.

KW
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Celebrated our 5th anniversary with my girlfriend at this wonderful restaurant. The ambience, decor, service and food were superb. Thanks to Andre for making the night soo special. We had a very memorable, romantic dinner.

NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the evening was wonderful. The food, the service, and the friendliness of all the people was terrific. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will definitely be returning.

BF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service was great! Would highly recommend

M
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food and our waiter was very accommodating and attentive.
The food outstanding and presentation was beautiful. Desserts was awesome. It was a Saturday night and very crowded.The noise level very bad as we could not hear or talk to each other.Large tables of 8 to 10 people. Too much noise to have a wonderful evening ruined with all the people,
Definitely not an intimate evening with our friends. Even though we had a wonderful table but could not hear our friend talk.

d
Poconos
6 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently unique mixtures of interesting veggies in Chef's sauces. Paucity of Wilmette Valley Ore. white wines, but excellent selections overall. Difficult menu choices for folks allergic to onions or mushrooms although plenty of more common offerings to select from.

AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and loved the professional service. Definitely plan on going back, great job.

r
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Very generous with their portions and complimentary courses. Great atmospehere. Great food. On the pricey side but well worth it for all of the food that you get. One of my favorite restaurants on our regular restaurant rotation. Highly recommended.

TM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

You’ll never get a bad meal here. Food is great and the service is very good but portions are way too small. Especially pasta portions. It’s pre-fix so you get a bit of everything but it definitely has you wanting more.

JK
Central Coast
55 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ambiance definitely old school, but delicious food, extremely reasonably priced and great service. It was a lovely evening!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Egg ravioli is amazing and different. Look forward to having it every time we come here. Lobster was the best I’ve ever tasted and veal chop was juicy and so flavorful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service as always

MR
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully prepared and served food. Excellent service amid a lovely setting.

JM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Birthday dinner. Noted on the reservation but never mentioned by staff. Waiter was nice but brusque. Server was surly. Bread was awful, tough and chewy like left out in humidity. No offer of parmigiana cheese for carbonara and Bolognese pastas. Branzino was delicious. No offer to refill drinks, water glasses left empty. We will not return.

NJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about the restaurant. The atmosphere was lovely. It was a very classy restaurant, The food was exceptional mostly because of the unique sauces created by the chef. We all ordered different meals and everyone loved everything they ordered.

JJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service; excellent food. Nice atmosphere.

JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was outstanding. It was well worth the half hour drive. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a well prepared gourmet dining experience.

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