Sette

4.8
706 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Proprietor Allan Philip Russo's highly acclaimed restaurant Sette resides in prestigious countryside Bernardsville, New Jersey. Nationally recognized as “One of the Top 100 Best Restaurants in the United States” according to OpenTable, a status rating of “Excellent” by Zagat and an honorary recipient of “Best Chefs in America”, Russo welcomes guests to his "Elegant Tuscan" dining room while delivering European hospitality.

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PW
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sette is the best! Travelled from my home in Palm Desert, California to have dinner with friends at Sette. Chef Allan Russo once again served a spectacular “Tasting” menu meal! I know that Sette is among the top ten restaurants in the entire country!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I normally don't leave reviews but my wife and I love this place. The food is fantastic and the staff are very kind and welcoming.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The risotto was the best I had ever experienced, including in Tuscany; the beet salad and panna cotta desert were also outstanding. However, the meat and fish entrees were unexceptional, and I thought I could do better myself at home; the kale and bean soup was unimpressive. Way too much salt was used, obscuring the more subtle flavors of what I think were very good ingredients. On the upside, the staff were attentive, service was impeccable, and they handled my well aged and rare Antinori wine well, decanting it cleanly after the cork broke apart. There is a fine line between lively conversations and not being able to hear across my table without leaning forward, and at full occupancy the compact seating area was noisy. My overall rating reflects mainly the food, a mix of 5 stars (world class) and 3 (ordinary) depending on what one orders. This is a worthy restaurant, but good luck!

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in NJ that I have gone to- excellent meal and food- this is THE Italian Restaurant people need to go to- unbelievable restaurant

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for our anniversary. Food was outstanding. The bruschetta was different and the best I’ve eve had. The service was excellent, and the evening was special. Looking forward to going again.

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HS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our second visit to Sette was equally if not more memorable than the first.
The food, in a word, is remarkable. We opted for the tasting menu and were not disappointed.
Each course was beautifully prepared and plated and a brief description accompanied each presentation.
Service at Sette is attentive without being intrusive and wine is poured when necessary and appropriate.
A special occasion venue that easily checks all the boxes. Can't wait to return. Fantastic!

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MZ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Appetizer portioned pastas were very good but below average entree - perch and cod were both bland and a little fishy.

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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect restaurant for a special occasion, or any time you're looking for a dining experience with more than a four season changing of menu selections, so every visit is a new experience.

Impeccable staff with in depth knowledge of each item at each course being offered, who magically appear at just the right time. The Lamb and Cod perfectly prepared, complemented, and presented, with wonderful antipasti and premi pastas to savor before. Save room for dessert! Open Table recently listed them in the top 30 in Northern NJ, no surprise there!

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely, small BYO restaurant in Bernardsville. The food was excellent we had the tasting menu and the risotto was outstanding as well as the fish. It is on the quiet side as it is quite small

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WD
New York Area
1004 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Allan selected wonderful courses for my French pinot noir. The highlight was a perfectly prepared lamb loin. Everything done here is to the highest standard!

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JB
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, a special experience. One of the best in NJ.

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FM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Allan is an artist and a gentleman. Everything about Sette is perfect.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One if not the best Italian restaurant ever.

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AQ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My family and I went to Sette for Mother’s Day and we had a fabulous dinner! It was our first time and certainly not our last. The food, service and atmosphere was absolutely perfect. I would highly recommend Sette to anyone who wants to go and enjoy a very special dinner or date night. It was just lovely! Although, we were quite full, the only disappointment was that there wasn’t anything chocolate on the dessert menu!!

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BL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Russo Family is doing all the right things. This restaurant is Real Italian.

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H
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

At Sette you get exceptionally authentic and innovative Italian cuisine. The service is warm and friendly, the ambience cosy in this small restaurant.
The BYOB allows you to enjoy your own wine and enjoy a top dinner at a very reasonable price.

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JB
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Solid dining experience. Would recommend and return.

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M
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Allan and his staff are wonderful. The food is elegant and refined. A great dining experience

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DC
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food. Tiny restaurant with very few tables. We were there on a Monday evening and there was only one other table of customers so it was very quiet. Pleasant efficient service. Prices were quite high but the food was exceptional. It's BYOB which we enjoy and makes it less expensive than it would be otherwise.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Clearly the best restaurant in the area without a close second.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Intimate setting. Delicious food from start to finish. Excellent service. Ideal for a date, romantic night or special occasion.

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WR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a quiet Monday night and everything was outstanding.

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RF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Make a reservation. Would go more often if wasn’t booked up. Excellent food as always! Bring your own bottle.

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t
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There is much attention to detail in every way. Love it here

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HF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great service and fabulous food

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We took lifelong friends for a retirement dinner. They are moving from the area.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Sette reminded me of eating in Italy—food quality and sensible quantity. The ingredients shine through as opposed to many restaurants, especially Italian, which try to combine too many ingredients in a dish to appear creative.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great night!

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AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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D
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always great here but this meal was particularly noteworthy. Both hubby and I had the shrimp appetizer and it was delish. I had the tagliatelle and it was SO good. I can't wait to return to have it again. This is a small intimate restaurant. The service is great, the ambiance is nice and cozy and the food is GREAT!

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JR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my favorite local restaurant for small birthday/anniversary celebrations.

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KR
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very pretty small space - excellent service..........pretty small menu but a range of choices..........and the food is delicious...........

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in NJ. Enough said.

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SB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding find ! One of best Italian restaurants in NJ. Food, service and ambiance were top notch.

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r
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Best service we've had in many years. Friendly and warm welcome, perfect timing and attention. Service perfection. I'd agree with other reviewers the bruschetta is divine. We had a variety of antipasti, all were excellent. I was a little disappointed in the haddock that evening. Can't put my finger on why except to say it was ordinary. Perhaps my expectation was too high. Coffee and dessert were wonderful. I would come again. A lovely evening.

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JA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious meal in a beautiful setting. The brushetta is the best I have ever had - warm bread with garlic, olive oil tomato and basil - to die for. Short ribs melt in your both, chicken over escarole is my favorite. Old world charm, great service, delectable dishes. Enjoy!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and filing. Can't wait to go back, especially for the homemade bread.

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j
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We especially enjoyed visiting with the owner. The staff was friendly, and the food delicious.

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k
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had heard such good things about Sette and were excited to finally try it. It definitely lived up to the raves. We loved the bruschetta, the best ever. My husband and I both had pastas, which were delicious. The restaurant is so small and cozy. We were very impressed by the owner/manager coming to our table to introduce himself. Definitely looking forward to going back.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service. The restaurant is a small intimate setting. Unfortunately there was a very loud table of 6 next to us that was bothersome to us and other guest.

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