Meta

4.7
725 Reviews
$30 and under
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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 725 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipjackie
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently always a good meal very tasty great for a quick bite a nice dinner staff is always friendly and the food presentation is always nice

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margaretr
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and wonderful service. Lovely place , very relaxed.

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RICHARDL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent!

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KraftyOne
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was spectacular, from bartender converaation and service while we waited for table, waiter service at table and food! It was our fist time out since this crazy pandemic started and we couldn't have been more pleased.

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vipFoodmaven
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best baked clams anywhere
Great specials
Large portions
Wonderful staff

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good as well as the timeliness of being seated. We were required to wear a mask until we reached our table which was fine with us. However, some of the wait staff put their mask below their nose. This was disappointing. We were told beforehand that masks would be utilized. They have this right, but then tell us up front so we can make an informed decision as to whether we want to eat there.

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Jamsjul
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a pleasure to be back to Meta! Delightful, excellent food and our service was impeccable!

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MARYC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time. Hector our waiter was great. Enjoyed everything

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Rosanne
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent and the food was absolutely delicious. I asked the waiter if they could modify one of the menu items, and it was no problem at all. The restaurant, including the bathroom was clean. We will definitely return.

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vipDiningDan
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our local go to place where you can get good food.

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MarlaT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super dinner
The seafood salad appetizer was so good we went back the next day for more and took orders home to family.
The fried cheesecake dessert was also “to die for”
Can’t wait to go back again.

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vipKaren
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No matter when I visit it is always fabulous!!!

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TimO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there kind of early, indoor dining. Hostess was very nice and the waiter Michael was great very helpful and offered suggestions. Food was amazing.

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CarolM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is consistently delicious, the service was excellent (polite & efficient). Overall a very delightful experience

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ellenb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The short ribs with polenta were outstanding! By far, the best!

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vipYolo
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rockfish entree is amazing as well as the espresso martini.

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vipFoodmaven
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu choices as well as specials.
Friendly staff, great service.

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LisaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meta never disappoints. It is our family’s go to when want to be certain we are going to have a fantastic experience with great food and service.

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TODDR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy every minute and every meal we have at Meta . The service and the food are 100 percent along with the atmosphere. We will be seeing you soon

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SandyK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been eating at Meta for many years. The food is never disappointing, the service is excellent and we keep going back for more. We love it!!!

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KateF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I introduced a couple of friends to Meta and they loved it. The food and service are always great.

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AnnS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent this restaurant often and are never disappointed. Food is fresh and always delicious

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vipkaygela
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, as always was delicious and plentiful. We took advantage of outdoor dining which was designed well and implemented covid protocols. Service was excellent and all in all a great meal.

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BobG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there several times always a good experience. Food is excellent and the specials are always great.

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Annie
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My husband had the shrimp Lemoncello which was excellent. I had the pasta special. Penne with shrimp chicken yellow squash zucchini and carrots. It was really tasteless. I could have made it at home with better results.

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vipmike54
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food very good prices good service

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vipRVCPatron
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu is limited but all four of us were very satisfied with our choices. The bar was a bit more crowded than you would expect in Covid days and the bartender wore the mask around his neck, not his face. It's understandably hard to converse with customers masked, but the waitstaff found a way.

Tables were well spaced. It was the first time any of us had eaten at Meta, but each would return.

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vipRhondaB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven’t been there is a while but everything was as I remembered. My husband and I shared delicious eggplant meatballs. I had capellini with shrimp, spicy. Absolutely excellent. My husband had pop pops pasta - his favorite. Service was attentive without being intrusive. For dessert we shared one of the best bread puddings I’ve had- chocolate and walnut. Reasonably priced. Looking forward to a repeat visit

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FrancesM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all enjoyed our meal and the service received. I’m used to the restaurant but for my friends it was their first time and they were empressed.

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Batrand
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, great service, great evening...so friendly and attentive...one of our favorite spots

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Two of us ordered the veal chop, which we have had before. It was tasty but the veal was over cooked and a little dry. One person had the rock fish which they said was delicious and someone had shrimp lemoncello (?) which was also good. Staff was very nice. On a busy night I would say I can overlooked the 2 overcooked meals but the place was fairly empty....we were there early. The fact the both veal dishes were over cooked makes us think they had been precooked and were sitting a while. We have eaten here before and are usually happy but we do feel that there are inconsistencies with the quality of dishes which prevents us from coming more often.

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Pamela
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice dinner. The food was delicious. The staff couldn’t do enough for us.

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Rummared78
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Great gluten free options!

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JosephB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good—food is delicious, service attentive but not intrusive.

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KateF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently wonderful. Salmon with wild rice was excellent last night. My favorites are ceasar salad and cappallini shrimp.

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DiningDan
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for a nice meal with friends or family.
Never had a complaint with the food or drink.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal at Meta!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service

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Ellie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I've been coming to this restaurant for years but have not been back since COVID 19. The matradee brought us for a small table that's for 2 and brought a chair over so the 3 of us could sit. There were bigger tables still available and after a half hour I see another table of 3 was seated at one of the bigger tables. The Matradee and other staff came over to them to say hello, apparently they knew them. It really bothers me when a restaurant plays favorites. In addition the food wasn't as good as in the past. I will not be returning to Meta.

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LightlySalted
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food and service. A town favorite for a relaxing gourmet meal.

FAQs

Meta does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Meta is rated 4.7 stars by 725 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.