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La Lanterna

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29 West Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ
201 444 5520
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Thankfully being with friends was the important part. Wait staff was great. appetizers were great... but I knew when I was finishing my salad and they were hovering to clear that the entrees were ready to be served. We had an 8:30 pm dinner reservation. No one was waiting for the table... too bad... You overcook veal, you may as... More 

1 Thank 931carolync
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

we were incredibly disappointed in our meal here. INCREDIBLY. we're relatively new to the area, and Lanterna came well recommended. let's start with the good - the service. attentive, respectful, enthusiastic. now let's talk about the bad - the food. i got the mussel "special" and my wife got the butternut squash soup. the quality of my mussels was incredibly... More 

1 Thank juanleche
Kinnelon, New Jersey
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86 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Our friends and my wife and I dined at La Lanterna this past Saturday. The restaurant is a warm and cozy byob Italian. On Friday and Saturday there are two seatings; either 6 and 6:30 or 8 and 8:30. We tried appetizers of breaded artichokes, breaded zucchini flowers and the La Lanterna salad. Each was delicious. Entrees were a special... More 

Thank arubaphil
Ridgewood, New Jersey
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Food was good. Loved the mussels app. And scallops special was great. But the highlight of our dinner was our server Alex. He was very professional and attentive and at the same time friendly. We will definitely visit again

Thank Bijitaa
River Vale, New Jersey
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69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

We heard about this place and finally visited in June 2016. The staff are friendly, generous portion and good food. But not the best. Maybe we expected too much since we are so used to the real Italian food cooked by my aunt inItaly. Pasta we ordered was a tiny bit over boiled, nice flavor though. Chicken was good, not... More 

Thank S T
Ridgewood, New Jersey
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81 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Visited with my girlfriend for a pre-Mother's Day dinner and we couldn't be happier with the experience. Service was attentive and friendly....atmosphere delightful.....my seafood over linguine was fantastic and my girlfriend's penne with vodka sauce equally excellent. The specials are a little pricey ($30-$35) but the regular pasta entrees ($18-$22) I think are reasonable. Overall La Lanterna is a great... More 

1 Thank Joe B
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82 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went here on a Saturday night with two other couples. It was wonderful, from start to finish. We'd been meaning to go try this place for years and we're so glad we did. All 9f our main courses were delicious. A few of us ordered appetizers and salads and everyone enjoyed theirs. We will definitely be... More 

1 Thank DonnaJeanNJ
Clarkstown, NY
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

I was really hoping that La Lanterna could be my new "go-to" restaurant in Ridgewood (to replace the desperately missed Radicchio), but it was not to be. The restaurant has a great atmosphere, perfect for dates, couples, and groups of adults, so it was quite disappointing that the food did not match the ambiance. Our table thought that the food... More 

1 Thank TooTanRan
Secaucus, New Jersey
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70 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

Three of us w not for dinner on a Friday. The place was moderately busy but we were warmly greeted and seated by the owner's wife.they are BYOB. Two of us have dietary restrictions and they were very willing to help and accommodate. The sea scallops were perfectly cooked.The cappilini with fresh pesto and shrimp was delicious. After the meal... More 

1 Thank Annex43
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

Authentic italian food, great specials... We had angry mussels and eggplant appetizer which were delish. Loved my scallops and my boyfriend his seafood pasta... Thanks Alex for the excellent service.

Thank TessaMeiring

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 West Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Ridgewood
  • Phone Number: 201 444 5520

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?