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La Pergola

4.5
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1021 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
FOR OUTDOOR DINNING
We created a beautiful outdoor dinning on the back of our building .
To access the outdoor dinning you can come through the front door or go around to the back of Fidelity Bank....follow LA PERGOLA GARDEN signs .

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1021 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFirsttimeattheshore
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Nice experience. The food was very good. We had the Mozzarella salad, the tomatoes were fresh and delicious. We had the Fra Diavlo and Spinach Alfredo with steak tips. The entrees were delicious. There were tables set up in the courtyard, the ambience was nice. Would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Too small portions of overpriced mediocre food with service that was lacking. Especially at the price.

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vipJudithL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful outdoor setting. The food, as always, was delicious! Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Steadyeddie
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Dining al fresco presents problems with service. Unfortunately, that was not to blame on my last dining experience. The wait staff was slow and not very attentive though the restaurant was not crowded. The food was very good and served hot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently, amazing experience. Food is always fresh and interesting. Owners and wait staff professional and friendly. Outdoor garden is beautiful. Highly recommend!

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sofiam
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pergola is the perfect place for a relaxing and delicious meal

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ZulyM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ambiance was amazing. Social distancing was fulfilled. Food was delicious. All safety measures where taken.

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PiquedSenses
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

In fairness, all of these establishments are attending to a situation that none have had to deal with before. The outdoor dining set up is quite pleasant, albeit, the service was a bit lacking - 30-40 minutes spans between courses and the food seemed “rushed” without attention given to its plating, etc.

Ingredient quality was fresh and the pairings were fine but the pasta accompanying the sole (which was lovely) seemed a bit lost. The ricotta gnocchi coupled with short rib was missing a little something from how it was seasoned to take it beyond where it was.

Again, in fairness, it was fine given what we are all dealing with. I can’t imagine kitchen and staffing challenges.

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vipRobinS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Beautiful garden set up. Good Covid set up. Service very slow

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KathyP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great getting together with close friends

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The staff is horrendous! Extremely rude and unprofessional. The man in the blue suit was entitled and refused to wear his mask. The order was wrong and absolutely poor quality ingredients. The table cloth was stained and had crumbs. Avoid at all cost!

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AlexK
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outside seating was very nice. They have limited menu but there also a bunch of specials that are not on the printed menu, so overall selection is pretty good. Baby rack of lamb that I ordered was done perfectly.

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Gail
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner together with Family. The food was excellent the staff was accommodating patient and well trained. We ate outdoors and when it began raining the staff was very responsive. the chef owner came to meet us and took photos for us. We had a lovely experience for our first visit and are sure to return and highly recommend
It was a very pleasant and fulfilled special evening. It was covid safe as staff was masked and gloved and hand sanitizer was on our table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience3

Seemed understaffed. Sat and never had someone take our order or even give us bread or water for over 40 minutes. Had to flag someone down finally and served myself water. I had two little kids with me who were starving. Very disappointed

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wmellman
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Pergola is consistently a go to restaurant for my family. The food is beyond delicious and they take care of you as if you're family. The only issue I have when I'm there is narrowing down what I'm going to order!

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vipMorristownGirl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Service horrible!!! Would never go back! Better choies in Millburn

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flowergirl
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was lovely, the outdoor setup, ambiance, food was delicious! We had eggplant rollatini appetizer, spinach fettuccine and the chicken specials. Dessert was limoncello cake. I got it based on other reviews and it was to die for! Great BYOB restaurant.

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vipBirthdaycelebrant
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

A REALLY off night. Our third visit since the pandemic started but the restaurant has outgrown their capacity to provide good service to diners. We waited 15 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation, and were seated for almost 40 minutes before I finally flagged down a waiter to take our order. He said the kitchen was “stuck” and that he would take our order but that he couldn’t tell us when we would get our food. I asked for bread while we waited. Fifteen minutes later, and 45 minutes after we were seated, there was no bread or food of any kind. Seeing no waiters at all, I called the restaurant. The woman who answered the phone asked me if “I could see” that there were “200 people seated at tables.” Bread was finally delivered to us - but no butter. After 10 more minutes, I got up from my seat to ask the hostess for butter - another man came up and said that he had been waiting for over 90 minutes for his food (!!!). I am sure the hostess was overwhelmed and I noted other patrons also complaining to her. Food was brought to us eventually, after one hour and 20 minutes, and then our appetizer plates were cleared roughly without asking if we were finished. Everyone working there seemed really stressed. The food was good but the service made the experience terrible. We hurriedly ate, paid our bill and left. Sadly, the kitchen and wait staff are vastly insufficient for the volume of people they choose to book.

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chrisd
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The outdoor space behind the building was beautiful but they had at least three times the number of tables that they usually have inside, but not enough staff to cover them. Thus my mediocre rating on service. Also the tables had tiny little number signs on them that were very difficult for the staff to see in the dark which lead to delays in food delivery as wait staff wandered around looking for the right table. Our waiter was not very personable and did not give us the personalized attention I expected LaPergola. However the outdoor ambience was very nice and made up for the lack of service. The food was very good as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Off day for chef, have had better meals there.

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ShirleyR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gourmet food great presentation good variety of choices outside seating was great service was accommodating but not overbearing would recommend to anyone but it is pricey so maybe for special occasion

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vipBenjie
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was extremely welcoming, and the restaurant has a beautiful dining room outside in the back of the restaurant that looks like an elegant garden. Service was perfect. Each course was delicious. Meat was cooked exactly to the requested temperature, and the flavors of all the dishes were excellent.

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vipHanTuan
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food is outstanding and the outdoor dining area is very lovely. We always enjoy a meal here.

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GaleD
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

Service was not good. Did not get my pasta with my entree - came very late did not eat but a few bites. Asked waiter to pack up pasta & entree and left out pasta! Upset @ home. Too costly to beg for service & not get all the left over food.

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MAUREENM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch in the La Pergola garden. The ambiance was beautiful and very quiet. Service was great and on point. The food was outstanding and prepared with care. Highly recommend the Parmesan crusted chicken— huge serving and the black ink linguini with shrimp. You can’t go wrong!

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vipJamieG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sitting outside under the umbrellas was fantastic. The seating area is in the backyard, so it’s away from the street.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience2

Waited 30 minutes for the waiter to take our order. Food came but the food runner brought it. I only saw our waiter once the entire time. We had to wait another 30 minutes after we finished eating until another waiter from another section checked in on us. We just asked for the check and he brought it back. We were there for 2 hours because of our waiter negligence. We liked the food but unfortunately would not recommend the place due to the service.

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Notsomuch
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely setting almost like a court yard in Tuscany . Stuffed artichokes , blue point oysters , stuffed mushrooms . Duck breast in orange sauce with saffron risotto crispy juicy great. Wife loves the sole with linguini. Well done

La Pergola
Responded on 31 August 2020

Thank you so much!We appreciate you dinning with us and sharing your experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was good, the staff made a good recommendations and service was great.

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VeeVee
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time at LaPergola and our dinner was amazing!! The service was superb
and the food was exceptional. We cannot wait to return for dinner again soon.

La Pergola
Responded on 31 August 2020

Very happy to know that you enjoyed our restaurant.Thank you so much for dinning with us.

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JoeM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Outdoor dining was nice
Good use of the space offered

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Prikka
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is wonderful! peaceful and pleasant environment! I hope to return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! Will definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very nice, although you need to bring your own alcohol which I didn’t know

La Pergola
Responded on 31 August 2020

Yes we are BYOB!Thank you so much for dinning with us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was delicious! The owner was there and he was very sweet and attentive. Great overall experience.

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MaryP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always always fabulous! Definitely one our go to favorites!!!

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Jerseygirlfoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is hard to find a more beautiful setting for social distancing and outdoor dining than the garden behind La Pergola in Millburn, NJ. Between the twinkling lights, the beautiful flower pots, the delightful music, and amazing food, this is the best spot for romantic dining for two, family dinner, or a large table of friends, where you can have lots of space and fresh air under the stars. It’s magical! Highly recommend the salads, the lasagna, broiled salmon, sautéed spinach with lentils, oh and save room for dessert & cappuccino! Take out is also a wonderful option! The whole Kaloshi family is there to make sure you have a great experience. Just be patient because you may have to wait for a table because no one ever wants to leave!

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MichaelC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a very enjoyable evening. The outdoor seating reminded me of al fresco dining in Italy. The buffalo mozzarella appetizer was very tasty. The same for the entrees pf sole francaise and spinach fettuccine. But the real star of the evening was the veal chop, which was superb!

La Pergola
Responded on 18 August 2020

We appreciate you dinning with us and being so kind.

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AliE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Unfortunately, to submit feedback, I was forced to give a low rating to a restaurant that I was unable to dine at. I currently have no opinion of La Pergola. This restaurant was not open when we went on Saturday although I was able to make a reservation.

La Pergola
Responded on 18 August 2020

We were open all day Saturday.Our website says that and Open Table. There is a sign on the door indicating how to get to the back .The doors are unlocked for both lunch and dinner, even though we prefer for guests to go around, we have been more than welcome walking our guests through our dining room. Only due to bad weather conditions, we will close and notify all our reservations by phone. We are very sorry for the inconvenience, the owner did reach out to you today via phone and text.

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MichaelE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Eating here was a real pleasure given what has been going on recently. This was our first outing and the food was excellent, the outdoor ambiance was relaxing and the service was great.

FAQs

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

La Pergola is rated 4.5 stars by 1021 OpenTable diners.

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