La Pergola

4.5
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955 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located walking distance from the historic Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, La Pergola offers authentic northern Italian cuisine.
Our menu consists of local produce when available , the freshest meats, daily delivered seafood and homemade pastas and desserts.
Come and enjoy our traditional cuisine with family and friends. Bring along your favorite bottle of wine or champagne and relish our fresh, savory dishes in a our warm, elegant and welcoming atmosphere.
What 955 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmariec
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Service was extremely slow. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we felt that the restaurant did not follow CDC guidelines. They had a service table full of water pitchers and ice buckets exposing them to the air very close to in masked diners. The owner of the restaurant walked around greeting “regulars “ most of the time with his mask off. We felt ignored. We weren’t even told what the specials were that evening even though they were explained to all other patrons. However, the worst thing about the evening was when the owner gave me an attitude about the specific way I wanted my desert. We also waited 20 minutes for our check after asking for it. We have dined there several times indoor. We we always happy with our service but, now that they have outdoor dining, they have way to many tables, too close together and not enough service staff. They didn’t even sanitize the chairs after each party left.

La Pergola
Responded 2 hours ago

Thank you for your feedback. We have staff members clean and disinfect every table/chair after use and all of our team members wear masks at all times, ownership included. We also have each table set exactly 6 feet from one another to maintain social distancing, thankfully to a plenty outdoor space .We very much appreciate your patronage and are doing our best to adapt to the challenging circumstances. We are sorry that you did not have a stellar experience, we would love to see you here again."

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vipPhilipB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service! We will back often!

La Pergola
Responded 2 hours ago

Thank you so very much!We appreciate you and your feedback.

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Jayb
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As a regular customer we’ve come to expect delicious food with great variety and pleasant friendly service. La Pergola was quiet of course but as good as ever. 👍👏

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The evening was so enjoyable. I give It A!!!!

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vipilikefoodtoomuch
New York Area
210 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Neighborhood gem. i crave their crispy half duck , ceaser salad, tartufo on a regular basis. my husband loves the sole francese with linguine. great staff and ambience.tables are well spaced.

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vipWestfriend
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were welcomed like family. The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and we will continue to go back time and again.

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HectorMarcia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Waiter service could use some improvement. For example, bread was served after being requested several times

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vippittstown
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great, the atmosphere was nice, and it was quiet enough to talk in a normal voice.

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Karen
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience! Great quality in a lovely setting. Fantastic service. Beautiful dining room. And, at the same time, BYOB, so we got to bring our own wine. Really an exceptional evening!

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Jess
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian food in NJ - hands down. In fact, best Italian food I've ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very convenient for after the papermill playhouse performance-

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

We’ve always had a good experience here but the staff was simply overrun on this night. Took a very long time to open a bottle of wine then a long time to take our orders. The waiter brought the wrong entree for one in our party but we made due bc to reorder would have taken who knows how long. All our meals were good, just took way too long. Again, a very long time to bring the check. I think it was a very off night for them.

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klabold
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family in town and off to Papermill. The food was delicious and the service was spot on. Nice evening.

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vipPatrickc
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Would just suggest they mention the price of their specials so there are no surprises. We had an appetizer which was excellent but pricey; the table next to just was upset with an entree they felt very overpriced.

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LindaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

This would have been nice for a standard date night with my wife, but I expected more for a place recommended for Valentines Day. Average service and slightly above average food. I’m new to NJ but I have to imagine there’s better spots for a special occasion.

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EdnaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All what we had was perfectly done, salmon and lamb, excellent taste, gelatos was good. Both great service and food. Staff are very professional and the owner Mr. Al is very accommodating. Keep up the good work.

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Lakeryan
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Pergola is always great , we attended the Papermill theatre after. Veal parmesan served on wooden boards was delicious and an amazing surprise.We just happened to attend while La Pergola was celebrating their 10th anniversary with jazz music, complementary apps and champagne. Always love La Pergola , wishing them another highly successful 10, 20, 50 years

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Beemer535
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Overall a nice time. Have mixed feelings...Ordered clams appetizer which was VERY sandy. Mushroom soup was delicious. Short ribs with gnocchi was good and rack of lamb delicious. Seemed like servers were trying too hard and undoing what the first person did. Became annoying at times. I would have rated higher if service wasn't so disconnected.

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vipshbc64
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as usual! Happy to help celebrate their 10 year anniversary

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PetersonL
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was amazing. I will be returning to this location.

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vipDinaG
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

We arrived for an 8 pm reservation, the dining room was packed. We were promptly seated. We ordered our appetizers and dinner around 8:30. Appetizers came out in a timely manner and food was great. Our entrees did not appear until after 10 pm. It was insane the wait - and during the wait at no time did someone come to tell us what was going on. Food at La Pergola is delicious and top notch but service was terrible this time around unfortunately- and nothing was comped to show any apology for the long wait. Disappointing

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LoriL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

We had a reservation yet waited for a half hour for our table. It took a while for them to take our order once seated then it took over an hour for appetizers to come. Our entrees were delayed as well. Our dinner took 3 hours.

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vipSRubes
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent dinner before show at Papermill Playhouse.

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RichieS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating My Mother in Laws 90th Birthday

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vipTinaM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have the lasagna Bolognese special, and salmon with spinach and lentils. Also Caesar salad and artichoke appetizer. Artichoke was just OK, but everything else was really excellent, as well as the service.

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vip07039diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend wanted to celebrate a happy occasion with me and I suggested La Pergola. The food is always memorable and the staff couldn't be more attentive. You can always find new specials and additions to the menu. What a superb way to entice repeat customers. Kudos to the owners!

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MadForMystery
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very nice northern Italian restaurant in Millburn NJ with pretty decor and easy to carry on a conversation despite the restaurant having lots of patrons on this busy Friday night.

Staff is very attentive and restaurant is BYOB. Very many house specials which lots of variety in meat, pasta and fish entrees. Our party of 4 enjoyed 2 house specials and 2 off-the-menu pasta dishes which were delicious. Will definitely return & highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food and excellent service

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vipWizegourmand
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

We went to La Pergola on New Year's Eve. Walking in the restaurant was crowded and festive. Once we sat down the disappointment began. Service was non-existent and when a waiter finally came by he just asked if we were ready to order, not even a hello or happy new year, and certainly no smile. After that it was nearly impossible to get anyone to help you for the rest of the night. We were excited by the large menu, but each thing I asked for was sold out and so had to choose something I really didn't want. The food was fine, nothing special. The bill was special - $100 per person. Usually on New Year's Eve a price fixe comes with some extras - a few chocolates, whatever. Not here. Nothing more that what would be on their usual menu at twice the price. Not going back!!

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vipLocal
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Awful. Food was tasteless, salad lettuce was not properly dried. Service was non existent and both gruff and unfriendly. Food was basically thrown at us without having cleared the table.
The New Years champagne was left for us to self serve.
Possibly the worst dining experience we have ever had.
First time I ever did not leave a tip.

Terrible.

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vipScottR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience1

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always excellent; the staff is always courteous and professional, and the ambience is beautiful. Dining at La Pergola is always a first class experience.

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MaryannC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!! All of us thoroughly enjoyed everything about our experience. We decided that La Pergola will be our new go to!!! Happy New Year!!!

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vipMegW
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food, attentive and friendly service, relaxing classic ambiance. Will return soon

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AmyA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Whenever we see a show at Paper Mill Playhouse, we always come here for dinner. It is just a short trip down the hill!

Everything we order is delicious and the owners are husband and wife team. The wife is the chef and the husband is the host. What a team!

The staff is friendly and attentive - never disappoints!!

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vipilikefoodtoomuch
New York Area
211 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always wonderful. Delicious eggplant rolls Toni, fried calamari, crispy roast duck, sole Francese with linguini. And the special rib eye steak served on a wooden carving board with roasted potatoes and asparagus, yum! The only thing was it was huge-for 2-3 people. We had to take it home. Amazing the next day though...

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vipSummitmom
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Our second trip here not nearly as good as the first. Christmas Eve dinner but our table often forgotten by servers. Meals arrived at different times and had to ask repeatedly for bread, wine etc. It was disappointing and not inexpensive.

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ciaobella24
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time we dine at La Pergola it’s always a treat and an exceptional experience. This is a neighborhood gem with fabulously luscious homemade gourmet food and lovely service. Highly recommend!

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vipHaroldG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience5

This place is great! The food was fantastic. We sat at an excellent table. Unfortunately, we went on the Saturday before Christmas and there were a lot of large parties (we were just 2) and I guess, not enough trained staff, so our service was terrible! I mean no one approaching us to take our orders for at least 20-minutes. Then the waiter forgot to tell us the specials.

Then we waited another 20-minutes after being given the desert menu. I wished the young man refilling water, wine and delivering menus was my waiter because he was good. So overall, go, the food and value really are in favor of a visit. The service may stink.

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vipdvc1091
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. It’s also byob! Highly recommend

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La Pergola offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 376-6838.

La Pergola is rated 4.5 stars by 955 OpenTable diners.

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