Scalini Fedeli - Chatham

4.8
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Italian
Scalini Fedeli was opened by chef-owner Michael Cetrulo in 1995 and very quickly became New Jersey's highest rated Italian restaurant. Rated excellent by the New York Times in 1996 and New Jersey's favorite restaurant in Zagat's Survey in 2001 and New Jersey Monthly's best Italian and top 25 overall in 2007. Highlights from the menu include soft egg yolk raviolo with black truffle butter, pignoli crusted salmon with artichoke and mint agnolotti in a light tomato and basil broth and braised short ribs of beef with a cherry pepper and port glaze. Set in an historic building built in 1740, the atmosphere is slightly formal with Tuscan style vaulted ceilings finished with Venetian plaster. Tapestry and antique mirrors adorn the walls.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Have been here a few times before and always loved it but us impressed this time. They are not ready post pandemic. Ran out of things, some of the food was cold, they served us stale bread, and service was slow. Creme brûlée tasted weird and was completely different from when I had it last. Very inconsistent And disappointing. I realize they just opened back up and hope they can get where they used to be.

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vipmariec
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience3

For some reason the staff was overwhelmed. Our courses arrived late and cold.

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vipCandace
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this lunch was a 10! Alex the waiter could not have been better and more attentive, the presentation and the food and desserts were beyond amazing, and the value was incredible. On top of all this the restaurant is beautiful! Top 2 best restaurants in New Jersey I highly recommend it!!!

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vipAudreycorey
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal and service. Will add that when sitting outside should request not to be seated next to HVAC unit which makes it a little difficult to hear fellow diners when it cycles on.

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vipbowlgame
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Scalini Fedeli has been one of our favorite restaurants for many years. We realize that pandemic has created many challenges for the restaurant industry. The restaurant set up a nice outdoor dining area in the rear. However, there is no excuse for the head waiter to have his mask fall below his nose every time he started to talk. I even brought this to his attention, and he answered that this always happens. This situation made us uneasy the entire night. We told our hostess, Isabella, before leaving and she was understanding. We just hope that she relays our message to management as this could be a serious health issue. Other than this, the food was excellent as usual.

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vipFirstTimer
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was fantastic as always and the service was attentive but not overdone. Plenty of delicious options on the menu - although I missed my favorite Strawberry Napoleon dessert that was not on the menu the night we attended. Great for special occasions.

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vipDebbie
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal here ! The Best of the Best !!

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vipGuyA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service amazing food and great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went back for the first time since the indoor dining ban was lifted. Everything was perfect as usual!

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Scott
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the outdoor set-up, and the food was awesome as always

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vipbrians
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

We have been to Scalini many times over the past 20 years. Always celebrate a special occasion there. This was our anniversary dinner. Started where we made a reservation a week ago for 2:30, that was all that was available. Friday at 1pm we receive a call saying the kitchen gets closes at 2:30. The only availability was indoors ,early evening. I got over that even though outdoors was not full when we left.
Food was not the same. Red snapper was bland tasteless. Even dessert was not the way we knew it.
Same menu different food. Disappointed.

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SteveB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really enjoy this restaurant, except I wind up eating too much. It is outside only right now obviously but they are very respectful. All are wearing masks and proper spacing. Unlike other restaurants they have real sturdy tables, table cloths and indoor chairs! By far, still one of the classiest places to enjoy a long relaxing dinner experience. Great food, great service 5 stars.

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vipRichard
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Scalini Fedeli is one of several of our "go to" restaurants. This is the first time that we have dined outdoors. Although the menu is more limited, all of our favorites remained, all great reminders of why we return time after time. Highly recommended.

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vipGuyA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place

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RayT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every dish was excellent and the food was plentiful. I would highly recommend them for a special occasion.

JM
vipJoeMoog
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We love the place. Can’t wait to we go back. Food was excellent service was great.

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vipHocmommy
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent, service was great as always, we have never had a bad experience here
Love this place

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Willy
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was a little concerned with a Prix Fixe menu, however there were a wide assortment of choices and more the enough food. The flavors were second to none. Deserts were outstanding. Service was extremely professional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

I wanted the night to be special and it was. The ambiance wasn’t what I hoped, but the food was amazing!

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vipCindyV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delightful. We go out to dinner usually twice every week. Casual fare one night and fine dining the second. This was our fine dining date night for the week. The food was magnificent. Every course perfect. There was nothing that could have been better. On our way out I made a reservation to bring the whole family.

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RandallK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice experience. Service and food were excellent.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As expected it can get pricey adding in drinks etc. But overall its a fantastic place. Not a bad comment to make

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Marsh
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were celebrating an anniversary. We were congratulated upon being seated. The server gave us each a glass of champagne and the evening was perfect except for some of the piped-in music. It would have been better without it. Our table was a little too close to the table next to us. They were not loud, but we could hear everything that they said.

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vipmama73
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Dined here for our anniversary (we do every year) which landed on a Monday. It was very quiet, but was perfect for what we wanted. Service was okay, but the food was outstanding. I had the Bibb salad and veal chop. My husband had the carbonara and veal Milanese. All were delicious. The banana tart and fresh berries were great to end the meal. The wine list is excellent.

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BlakeA
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect experience all around and all the food was all beyond incredible. We really enjoyed ourselves, thank you Scalini Fedeli for an amazing evening!

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TonyS
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great experience! The food was outstanding, service even better. Perfect place for special event! We celebrated my birthday and it couldn’t have been better.
Loved the 5 course dinner. Favorites were the veal shank with pasta, veal Milanese, and chocolate philo dessert

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vipPatrickB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Scalini Fedeli is my go to for business dinners in the Chatham area.

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RobertM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated right on time. The food was exquisite and the service was outstanding . We will be back!

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vipOmarPousa
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu as always.
Best in class service. Outstanding service from Andres, top professional!
A place always to go back and back.

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LuisM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing! Charged us a corking fee, was kind of lame, but overall, everything was good. We will be back and celebrate another special occasion.

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vipMaga
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Too much food and expensive
We wound up taking the entire main course home. I don’t like that

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentines Day

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Belvedere
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant. When I booked it for Valentines Day there was no mention of a price increase. (To be fair I booked it through Open Table). When I got there and noticed an almost 70% increase in their normal price I assumed there would be something special included. However, unfortunately, there wasn’t. The meal was as delicious as always (although a little heavy on the salt), but there wasn’t anything above and beyond offered for the increased price. In fact, the menu was more limited than normal. They could’ve at least included a glass of wine. I guess we were paying extra for the occasion.
That being said, I will continue to dine here as it’s the best restaurant I know. I’ll just stay away on special occasions.

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jatieh
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Went to Scalini Fedeli om Valentine's day after many strong recommendations from friends and family. It was a 5 course pre fixe menu, $100pp.

Beautiful restaurant inside, clearly repurposed from an old house. However we immediately noticed that the lights flickered in the whole restaurant THE ENTIRE TIME. It was inconsistent. Sometimes they would blink 5x in a minute then they'd go a few minutes without blinking at all.

The service was "cold". The gentleman taking our order was very blah. No excitement, nothing. Very flat. He also let like 15 mins go between our 4th course and bringing dessert. Just never came back to us. I had to flag him down and ask how long we migjht have to wait for our dessert because we were kind of restricted in our time together home to our children, and he said, "Oh I didn't know you were ready for dessert." Strange remark!

The food we ordered was delicious. However my second course (not chosen by me, automatically given by the restaurant) was shrimp and my shrimp were cold/inconsistently warmed. They must have been pre-made and just reheated which was upsetting.

It's like to go back when it is not a holiday or pre fixe menu to try it again, because I suspect my dissatiafaction may be largely attributed to that.

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vipJackR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

I was disappointed. The goat cheese and beet salad had hardly any goat cheese and fewer beets. I asked and the server brought our a plate of beets but since I did not mention the lack of goat cheese that was ignored. Baby arugula was just too tiny and stringy. Angel hair was more spaghettini and the delicate tomato sauce was anything but.

Considering the prices, everything should be flawless.

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JackieM
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

5 course prefix is definitely worth the price (it's more like a 6 course. Everything was tasty and the menu is quite large and varied. Not your typical Italian menu.

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CYSTOKID
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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vipIlikefood
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday here as we have in the past. Never disappoints!

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garyw
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

"Scalini Fedeli" it was my first time at this eating establishment. They do have "prix fixe" established in relation to your total experience. Every portion from appetizers all the way through dessert was fabulous. Our waiter was more than competent; very well mannered and professional. Food was some of the best in New Jersey.... We will certainly be back.... A great experience and I highly recommend the restaurant if you have never been to Scalini Fedeli; your missing something special.

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birthdaygirl
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Decor is a bit outdated, but this place has it where it counts- the delicious food is so very thoughtfully prepared, and service attentive and quick. We had such a great meal. Will definitely return.

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