La Focaccia

4.6
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581 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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About

La Focaccia is a traditional Italian BYO restaurant owned by Chef Owner Joe Bitici. La Foccacia's menu offers a wide variety of options ranging from homemade pastas and fresh game to seasonal specials.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm;
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Phone number
(908) 277-4006
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Joe Bitici
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Catering
La Focaccia is happy to make its entire menu available for catering. Please call us or refer to our website for catering menu and prices.
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Cross street
Aubrey street
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Parking Details
La Focaccia's parking lot is located in the corner of LaFayette Avenue across from the Lakeland Bank. Should that lot be full, customers can also park in the Washington School parking lot across from the bank.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Take Away, Wheelchair Access
What 581 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Miami
39 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

In one sense, this is yet another of the ubiquitous Jersey Italian restaurants. How many more do we need? This one, however, offers broader food choices, prepared in a not necessarily Italian way. Quail that was not overcooked over risotto with lots of well-prepared mushrooms was first rate--definitely a repeater. Canneloni was better than pedestrian, but not necessarily a repeater. "No substitutions" is a turnoff when the main piece of an entree is attractive but the accompaniments are not, unless you want to buy them ala carte.

Service was unsophisticated but friendly and efficient. The place is crushingly loud, but a little room off to the side and corner tables here and there are better. The light is turned down progressively, it seems every 30 minutes; it started fine and wound up cave-like, even though nobody in sight was on a hot date.

This restaurant has improved a lot through the years and is a nice BYO choice in a community not known for fine restaurant food.

GR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Better choices out there...
Food was good but not outstanding

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service

KC
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful local place. Friendly and gracious service. The chef does great job with fish. Casual and elegant setting.

s
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Very noisy . Steak was just ok. Bolognese was good and chicken also

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a delight. I don’t know why we don’t come here more often. Staff is professional and pleasant and the food is always top notch. Plus as a BYO it is a rare value in the area.

b
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrific little gem off the beaten path in summit. Food was outstanding. So well prepared. Will be back very soon.

BA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

La Focaccia never dissapoints!, Consistently delicious!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Was rushed as soon as we sat down. Rushed to order and food was out so fast my wife and I were out of the restaurant in about an hour. Yes we had appetizers. Good did not live up to description.

W
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, fresh food. Family friendly, has children’s menu. Great for celebration dinners. Highly recommend

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We had a great table and the food was very good. Waiter made us feel rushed and was not friendly. Rest of the staff was great.
We will go back and ask for a different waiter!

FM
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

These waiters are the best! And the food is always fantastic! It’s been our local fave now for years!

L
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lunches here with some Ladies. Mostly had salad and everyone enjoyed their meal. Fresh and delicious!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday night family dinner. Food and service was spectacular.

R
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent service and food. We go 2 to 3 times a month never disappointed

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our family, LOVES it! We go for birthdays. 🎈🎈🎈

SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Salmon was undercooked, food poorly seasoned and cream clotted in my coffee....a new cup was fetched. Very disappointing for Summit. I get better quality in Ironbound in Newark.

l
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu - well prepared - consistently good food- professional staff - always good to eat there !

JT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were back here again, and we're not disappointed. We had zucchini blossoms and the warm figs appetizers to start. Both were excellent. My wife tried the homemade lasagna and loved it. I had rack of lamb off the specials menu and enjoyed it.
We skipped dessert.
We went to dinner early so restaurant was abnormally quiet.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

The food was fantastic.

LS
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Very, very disappointing meal, atmosphere.
Reservation was for 8:00PM - was not seated til 8:15. Meal was not acceptable for the prices.
We had guests and were very embarrassed.

KH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Experienced & courteous staff. It’s no wonder why the place is packed with locals each weekend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and. Service was very pleasant. I will go back!

v
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great service - great place for families and friends

AW
Las Vegas
71 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food was good, service could've been better. Nice decor, parking. Little tough or a bit of a walk. Don't bother informing them of celebrations, they only offer a candle if you buy dessert.

p
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Nice meal. Great service. Just a tad expensive for what it was.

MA
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I arranged the restaurant reservation for my colleagues. They have eaten at the restaurant before so they are return customers. They enjoyed it. Food was very good from what I was told. I am sure they will be back again. Thank You for your service.

RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This wsasour sixth visit to La Focaccia ,and we have never been disappointed.

DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Made reservations here because of it's high rating and many excellent reviews. I guess I ordered the 4 most subpar items they have to offer on their menu (1 was a shrimp fra diavollo special) shrimp had overpowering seafood odor and was OK at best. Antipaso Misto was terrible, fried artichokes were good, oysters were oysters, and brussel sprouts were salty. Best item was the chickpea and olive oil served to dip bread in (based on restaurant's name, bread was a real disappointment)

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience2

Made reservation on Open Table. Upon arriving, a waiter took us directly to our table so I knew we would not be getting our Open Table points. I made sure when we left to tell the host to enter our attendance and credit us for the visit. I got the impression they were trying to avoid crediting us for the points.
The tables were all very close together and the noise level in the restaurant was so loud we could barely hear the conversation between the 4 of us.
The Restaraunt was very hot and not comfortable. Turn on the A/C.
With all the above being said the food was EXCELLENT. The veal Chop Parmesan was one of the best I’ve ever had and all the other guests with me really enjoyed all their dishes.
The service was also excellent although a bit old school.
I’m not sure I would go back because I was uncomfortable while dining but the food was so good I might be willing to try it again.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great food and service. Great ambience

M
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Disappointing.

RL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

La Focaccia has great food and a friendly wait staff. It's a bit noisy, so having a group works better than a twosome in that atmosphere. Very prompt on our reservation with comfortable seating arrangements.

s
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

I miss the table clothes for dinner and the service has become more robotic - They use to be much more friendly-
BYOB is the best!!

f
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised since it had been about 20 years since our last visit. The decor was fine yet casual. Our meals were delicious from apps through dessert. Dinner portions were larger than expected and worth the price. Service was excellent and attentive. We will definitely return. BYOB also.

TC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our favorite restaurant in our area, we have dined there several times a month for 15 years. The food and service is consistently better than very good.

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I took my Boyfriend here for his Birthday dinner. Everything was absolutely delicious. To start, a basket of warm, fragrant focaccia (of course) was brought to the table, along with a wonderful garbanzo bean puree with olive oil. Then we had fried artichokes, stuffed olives, vitello tonnato (a personal favorite of mine), calve's liver and branzino; and for dessert, key lime pie and creme brulee. All of the dishes were beautifully prepared; and the service was both friendly and professional. And there were so many other things on the menu that sounded wonderful, too... we will definitely return!

JS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious food but very expensive if you order the specials!!!

CM
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best BYOB Italian place around. Food is always great and the value is outstanding!!!