La Pergola

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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.
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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!

MF
New York Area
4 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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food and excellent service

W
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!!

L
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.

SR
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.

MC
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!!!

MW
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

AA
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!!

i
New York Area
208 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...

S
Baltimore
16 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.

c
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!

HG
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.

d
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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

JL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The space is beautiful, the service is attentive, and the food is amazing. On this visit the Endive salad, burrata, butternut squash ravioli and the eggplant lasagna were absolutely delicious. Oh, and the best fried zucchini I have ever had. I am looking forward to my next visit!

H
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to dinner before a show at Papermill. We were short on time and were able to have an appetizer and dinner and made it to the show on time. The service was excellent and the food was awesome. We shared the stuffed mushroom appetizer and also shared chicken rollatini and butternut squash ravioli. Everything was fresh and delicious. We enjoyed our meal and would definitely go back.

KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant was lovely! The food delicious and service wonderful. We had tickets for the theatre and the staff made sure we were out in plenty of time including dessert and coffee. My theatre group will be back!

UM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Holiday dinner for 8 went perfectly. Great service and delicious food. Thank you!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Italian. It is comparable to best in NYC. A real treat.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Waited 45 min before being seated with reservation. Owner did not acknowledge any reservations from growing crowd. One other waiter begrudgingly cae to table with 4 slices of bread for the party of 4. Did it reurn with menus for another 15 min. Food eventually came 45 minutes later which wa s disppont5ing to say the least th fish ws smothered in what looked like tomato sauce from a jar. Have excused the bad service in the past because food ws good but definitely will not return. Owner did not offer apologies

PS
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dinner with friends. Food was fresh and delicious. Great service!

DS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Exceptional food & service!

WA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had lunch for our anniversary at La Pergola. Everything was perfect. Starting from their being a lunch specific menu, byo, able to share (we split a mezzaluna main course as an appetizer), delicious stuffed shrimp in a wine and butter sauce with a touch of mustard, a shared lemoncello cake. Our waiter was attentive and personable, enhancing the meal.

g
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We have never had anything other than wonderful experiences at Le Pergola. The noise level is "energetic" when they're crowded, but isn't that what anyone would expect from a popular restaurant? The food is always impeccable, and that's what it's all about. Looking forward to our next visit.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect setting for a business dinner. If you are from out of town know that many of the area hotels are byob.

f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Not thrilled with stuffed artichoke. Clams appy muscles appy, delicious 😋 eggplant lasagna excellent.

P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We arrived a little early, however we were seated at a very nice table immediately. The service was impeccable. The food was served hot, but not too fast. The appetizers and mains, were delicious. Definitely will be back.

DD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve eaten here a few times before and have never been disappointed. Great food, great atmosphere, friendly staff.

JI
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The food was good. The service was very slow. We ate there on a Thursday evening before the 7:30 show at the PaperMill. We got there at 5:30 and left at 7:10. The server was fine but it seemed as though he was the only one in the whole restaurant. The special, lasagna bolognaise flavorful. The potato gnocchi was also prepared well. I would recommend the restaurant but leave yourself enough time for your meal.

J
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always

W
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Pergola is beautifully set up, with tables far enough apart to give each privacy. There was a large party there, and it remained quiet and comfortable. The owner treated us as friends, their service was excellent, and the food was perfect! Of course, brining our own wine made the price perfect too. Can’t wait to go back.

TC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Dad an early dinner before play. First time there and we found it to be great and will return. Service was very good and food was delicious. Very clean place.

g
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fabulous restaurant. It may be filled to capacity and the servers take a long time to serve on weekends but on Monday night, (3) tables were filled and we had such attention.... The food was fantastic....

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The mushroom soup was smooth and delicious. My husband had the meat lasagna which he said was the best lasagna he is ever had. I had a lemon sole Frances which was light and a delicious. The raspberry tart for dessert was also delicious. The food here is not to be beat. However it was a busy Saturday evening and it was a little noisy and the waiters were very busy which is why I gave it four rather than five stars

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

First time my salmon was raw and my husband pasta dish was not cooked correctly. He had pasta with shrimp.

SN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food nice service . Best restaurant in town

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience3

The owner is quite obnoxious! They mischarged us and when we questioned him, he became quite belligerent! We won’t be returning there again! Such a shame because the food is good but the owners attitude and service were terrible!

s
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service,ambiance and FOOD IS EXCELLENT!! The best eggplant rollatina I have ever eaten. Love this place!!

MC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A thoroughly enjoyable experience at La Pergola. If you are in a hurry, you may want to dine elsewhere -- but my husband and I liked the relaxed pace of our delicious meal, before walking over to Papermill for a show. We were greeted by the owner, and was asked if we were seeing a show.....we allowed for 1.5 hours, and our courses were paced as such.

We had the following:

One of the "special" salads with fried sardines -
Baby Wild Arugula Salad

Broccoli Rabe Riccota Gnocchi
Saffron Tagliatelle

Raspberry Tart served Warm with Vanilla Gelato

It's a BYOB, and there is a liquor store a few doors down, but if you forget (or change your mind) the owner is happy to arrange to have wine delivered to your table : )