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Meta

4.6
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542 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Meta Restaurant in Oceanside is the supreme Long Island dining experience. It is the perfect gathering place for friends, family, or clients - everyone who appreciates great food. It has been ZAGAT Rated as one of the Best Italian Restaurants on Long Island since the doors opened in September of 2000.

Owned by Chef Robert "Bobby" Carmosino, every meal at Meta is prepared with the finest quality foods, cooked to perfection and served by the friendly, knowledgeable staff. The full and extensive menu, aside from the signature daily house specialties of three oven roasted fish, succulent duck, and baby pork osso bucco, is rich in antipasti, unique salads, seafood specialties, mouth-watering meats, and delicious desserts. Chef Carmosino believes that good food equals good times. And a good time is guaranteed every time you dine at Meta. The cozy, friendly atmosphere is inviting and just one bite will convince you that the food is clearly the best food under the sun.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
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 542 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
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Robbie
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We dined outside and the tables were spread out with all waitstaff wearing masks.
We had baked clams, veal chop, chicken parm all excellent!
Highly recommend

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MariaE
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was nice to get out since this whole pandemic started. The service and food was great .

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jeanm
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the inside layout was better than i expected. there was more than the required 6 feet

between people and i noticed when a table group left the staff jumped right in with cleaning and sanitizing.

I am a high risk senior and was very comfortable being inside.

Will be back soon.

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janetf
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

food was very good, waiter good. issue with double charge on debit card. taking few days to resolve

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TraceyS
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

The servers should have been wearing gloves for the safety of the customers.

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Mikeb182
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good service food was good as always
Food was hot to the table.

It was nice to dine out!

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vipweezy49
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good food as usual
Prices up a little- understandable

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LillianK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Outdoor seating was a nice change- food very good- service was attentive under difficult circumstances!

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gr8time
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great job under phase 2. Food, service was great!

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vipspots25
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

delish. honored reservation. sat quickly. accommodated changed for the meals. so good. been before and will definitely go back soon.

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vipBunny
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good food served hot

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vipSister
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience2

Was seated at a table near restroom... waiter forgot about us...had to find him... terrible wait staff service. Have never experienced this before while dining at Meta.
Recommend not sitting at table for two near restroom.

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fanatic food. Great service. Had a great dinner with friends. Will definitely be back.

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PeggyL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meta has the best veal chop I have ever eaten. The service is good too. We went on a Saturday night and it was crowded and loud, but we still enjoyed everything.

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scotteeth
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

from the host/ess to the wait staff, bus people and bar tender all treat you like a friend more than just a customer......seated on time with 8:00 reservations on a saturday night

and the food is delish (4 of us and all loved their dishes)!!

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IlyseZ
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Waited at least 15 mins for someone to come to our table after being seated promptly. Two different waitstaff approached us and we were not sure who was to help. Asked for a vegan menu for one of us and after ordering twice food was delivered with cheese ravioli. 😬 manager came to our vegan friend and asked her if she wanted comped Baked clams??? Seriously a mess. Does he not know what’s vegan is even though they have a separate vegan menu???

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AnnS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been coming here since it opened as Sole. Wonderful then, and now as Meta Osteria, still wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was exceptional! Service was attentive and explained menu thoroughly. Will definitely come back here .

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JenniferT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always incredible food and impeccable service. Get the vegetable malfadine!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always delicious. Staff very friendly and on the ball. A little pricey, but well worth it!

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happyretired
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food beautifully presented; friendly wait staff; a wonderful local restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is a great neighborhood gem!
Always reliable and good!

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JosephP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We always look forward to going there because the food and service are outstanding. One of our favorites restaurants!

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LarryR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had reservations and we were seated almost immediately. The restaurant was really busy so the host came over to our table to take our drink order. He then took our order. I ordered a chicken milanese which was not on the menu. My wife ordered the pork tenderloin. Everything was great. And the chef/owner Bobby came over to the table to see how we liked everything. Love this place and look forward to going back.

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vipsharih
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Ladies night out! Good service food and wine!! Would definitely return!!!

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LawrenceW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meta was great. Server Chris was very informative and efficient. Food was excellent. Highly recommend.

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Charles
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

2 /14 Valentine’s Day dinner food was just ok presentation was excellent

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Bolter
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Roberto the Maitre d' was outstanding. He had a European flair that is very hard to find
Food was excellent
Although I didn't ask on this visit, I would like to be able to switch certain items, for example, I would prefer pasta to risotto. It is possible that this is not an issue as it was in the past
I would definitely return and bring my friends

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Barbarathephotographer
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service bu everyone. The appetizers , eggplant balls are tasty and light.
I ordered the rock fish without the crab crust as I have a shellfish allergy. It was cooked to perfection along with the vegetable risotto.

I would definitely recommend this establishment and I will e eating there again soon.

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quilteri
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Very typical Long Island "Italian" food, bearing no relation to food in Italy.

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JOETAV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great dining experience here, food, service overall excellent and would return

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TraceyS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

I was very disappointed with my experience here tonight. First of all, our waiter was brand new. We had questions and he had to keep asking people. They should not have a brand new waiter working on a very busy night. We waited 1 hour and 15 minutes for our food. They want to upcharge you for every little thing. We wanted Italian bread instead of the rolls they were going to charge us $3 for 3 pieces. Any other Italian restaurant gives it for free with the meal. Spaghetti or linguine comes with our meal but if you want garlic and oil sauce instead of marinara that's also $2 more. It's really ridiculous. The service was horrible. We arrived at 645pm and didn't leave until 850pm. The only good thing about the entire experience was Frank. He was the busboy but answered all of our questions and made recommendations. We love Frank! He would be an AWESOME waiter!!! I doubt if I will return anytime soon.

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JenniferT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious as always, excellent service.

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vipcatrina
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a great meal at Meta on Saturday night - my husband had the duck and i had the rock fish - both dishes were excellent!!! We had the clams and shrimp appetizer - both were great as well. I cannot wait to go back!

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BOB87
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was wonderful. Our waiter Chris could not have been Better. He helped us with our choices
and they were winners. We all had the fish special and were very happy with our choice. For dessert we
shared a Tartofu . The prices are fair and the portions are good. The owner kept coming over to see if we were happy. They did not rush us even though they needed the table. We will be back soon









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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

great food and atmosphere. took us on time.

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vipAnafromny
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Never been disappointed

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KevinE
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants. Usually go every month.

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MarlaT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food & service!
Always a favorite of ours.

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DonnaL
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the consistency of the food at Meta. It’s always delicious!! The service is great.

FAQs

Meta does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Meta is rated 4.6 stars by 542 OpenTable diners.

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