Osteria Radici

4.8
139 reviews
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Osteria Radici has been named a 2018 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best New Restaurant and one of the Top 25 Best New Restaurants by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.

Radici is where tradition and cultural roots meet the modern Italian kitchen. Approached with great thought and executed with precision, this quaint Osteria offers a dining experience unparalleled in the area.

Two five-course tasting menus, one from the land and one from the sea, have been curated to show the best of what is around us. All menu items are also available a la carte. You are welcome to bring your own wine and beer.

Please call the restaurant to make a reservation for 7+ guests.
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LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have driven buy many times and we finally made it in. Delicious food, very nice staff and I love that it's what I like to say: "the size of a shoebox". Menu is different every time. You pick appetizer, entree and dessert a la carte or, you can do the tasting menu. BYOB. I would definitely go again!

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TP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very limited menu and a little pricey.
Atmosphere was ok but presentation could have been a little more for those prices.
Quality and taste of food was very good, service was excellent.
No desire to go back.

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JB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A friend of ours directed us to give Osteria Radici a try. And, what a wonderful experience we had! We chose the five course menu, and since there were two choices, we each chose a different tasting menu, thereby we were able to try 10 different items. Each was very well prepared, presented, and delicious in every respect.
You should know that, if you would rather not do the tasting menu, you can order anything you’d like on the menu a la carte.
The waitstaff was terrific and the owner/chef brought out several of our items and engaged us re: the inspiration and preparation of the course being brought to us. Another must is the homemade bread, which is a wonderful start to an enjoyable meal. Also, know that this is a BYOB and that, because there only about 20 seats, reservations are highly suggested, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Osteria is open for dinners only from Tuesday through Saturday. We highly recommend that you “give it a try” as we were urged to do.

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JC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic blend of flavors put together for a meal that satisfies the pallet. I’m a big dude so I did the tasting and overall was pleased. I’m happy for this place to be in the neighborhood and plan on going back soon. Great Job Osteria!

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C
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous, inventive, fresh

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food that was very creative. Tasting menu is the way to go if eating there.

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an amazing meal last night. Our server Jocien(sorry for the spelling) was awesome and was very thorough on explaining the menu to us. The tasting menu portions are very generous and very well prepared. Each dish popped with so much flavor. Chef came out to serve a couple of our courses and took time to explain the dishes. Great experience and will be back for sure.

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DG
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Christmas gift to both of us from each other.

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f
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were absolutely delighted with our first, and certainly not our last!, experience at this special place. We look forward to sharing this gem with our friends and family. Looking forward to coming back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and really attentive & polite staff. The swordfish pasta was outstanding and should not be missed. Thanks for a great date night. Hope to come back.

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TW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and friendly service. 5 course tasting menu, one for fish and one for meat but you can mix them up or order ala carte. My wife had the meat tasting menu but the desert from the fish menu. I had the lamb shoulder and swordfish pasta. Food was the best in this area. Very accomodating to my low salt diet. Can't miss. Price what you would expect for great food.

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TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating to Celiac/gluten free. Two five course tasting menus (sea vs land) and can mix and match by the course. Also able to order a la carte. BYOB. Intimate atmosphere and great for a special occasion.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was superb! We had a party of four and all choose the 5 course tasting menu. Half of the menu
was "sea" choices while the other half was "land".
The food was delicious and the chef/owner were very friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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PZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We thoroughly enjoyed the food and service. We especially liked the fact that Randy and Ally spent some time explaining the food selection, all of which were creative and very tasty. We are looking forward to returning.

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CD
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The menu is very limited; 2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 veggie courses and 2 desserts so its hit or miss with respect to liking what they are offering. Swordfish was prepared beautifully but was over salted for my taste. Veggie side (cauliflower with pancetta) was delicious. We didn't have dessert.

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j
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely adore Osteria! Randy and Ally are amazing hosts and the dining experience is unlike any other in this part of NJ! The presentation of every meal leaves your mouth watering before even taking a bite and once you do, it's an experience you will never forget. we are so thrilled that they are in our quaint little town!

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good restaurant with some delicious dishes. The service was also very warm and welcoming. I would only comment though that some of their dishes tend to be on the heavier side and could have some lightening elements.

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WB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Finally, decided to book a reservation, after driving past it a million times. We were so glad we did.
I have to admit, this is NOT a casual dining place. You have to be open to being treated to an extraordinary dining experience on THEIR terms. Thursday night menu consisted of two tasting menu choices- from the Land, or from the Sea, for $84. We chose to go with only the entree selection (mid $20), and shared an appetizer and dessert. Both presented an onslaught of flavor that rivaled the best restaurants we've eaten in. I personally chose the lamb/pasta/gorganzola; perfectly prepared pasta, just the right amount of chewy/softness, with shreds of lamb intermingled; all seasoned to perfection.

This restaurant seems to be a labor of love; only a single chef, and single server servicing the 7 tables. I had a full view of the kitchen, and the chef seemed to be dancing around, lovingly preparing his dishes. Of course, expect a relaxed timetable for these gems of meals to be prepared. I'm not sure if the menu selection widens for weekend dining, but be aware that there were only two-four entrees available on the weekday night, either ala carte, or in a tasting menu. But if you do commit to dining here, you'll find out why it has received so much press in its short existence!

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l
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic BYOB, great menu, easy parking, great service.
we had a wonderful experience
I will surely go back

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PC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both excellent, atmosphere was quiet and cozy

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LU
New York Area
184 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding! Our second time to this wonderful restaurant and again it was amazing. They offer two interchangeable tasting menus. We ordered the entire land and the entire sea menus. Each and every dish was made with love and pride. And tasted great!

Amazing!!

We think Osteria Radici is one of the best restaurants in the US and it will only get better!!

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VS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and excellent service. Top notch experience.

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D
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

This restaurant is a gem. I never write restaurant reviews, and felt particularly compelled to share our amazing experience at Osteria Radici. The night we went the only two people working were the husband and wife duo who own and operate OR. The husband does all the cooking and serving; while the wife works the front of the house. They both work perfectly together. The restaurant is tiny, and it almost feels as though you are being entertained by friends in their home. The flow of our courses were served timely and we always felt taken care of. The food is the true star. Every course is inventive, creative, delicious, and special. It is clear that the chef has a true education and training in fine Italian cuisine. My husband and I loved trying new flavors, textures, and even proteins that we weren’t accustomed to. We are creatures of habit so the limited tasting menu was a fun experience as we tried and really enjoyed new things. We will definitely be going back. Next time we’ll bring friends to share the experience with.

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S
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The 5 course Tasting was one of the best Tasting Menus we’ve enjoyed in a long time , the fun part was that we could mix and match from the Del Mar and the turf side of the menu . The scallop appetizer was delicious and so very different from any thing we ‘ve tasted , the beef cheek pasta was beyond delicious , I had the Tuna for my main which was seared to perfection, my husbands smoked duck played like a symphony !

Deserts were delicious , I hear the menu is changed daily , be prepared to be wonderfully surprised . The husband and wife team are just delightful and extremely knowledgeable about cuisine , we enjoyed our dinner so very much and can’t wait to go back

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PR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Small plate tasting menu, very good!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted with a “Happy Anniversary” upon entering which was so thoughtful. The meal was fantastic and service impeccable. When the check arrived, so did card, handwritten and signed by the owners wishing us a happy anniversary. We will definitely be back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply put, there aren't enough stars to give Osteria Radici to express our heartfelt adoration of this little restaurant. From walking in the door to enjoying our last delicious bite of dessert, we felt like the entire experience had been made just for us. First, let me say Ally and Randy are two of the most delightful human beings I've ever met. Second, if you find a more delicious plate of food, besides visiting Italy in person and even then it would be a challenge, I won't believe you. The menu is set up so you can pick your own adventure, from a tasting menu to sharing plates with your sweetheart. But trust me, you won't want to share. I have no menu recommendations for you because you can't pick poorly. Every single item on the menu is worthy of moans of happiness with the first, second, and third bite. And please, do not skip dessert. There is an ice cream parlor down the street that doesn't hold a candle to what Randy creates in his kitchen. This was only our second visit, and most certainly will not be our last. And a word to the wise--make reservations about a week in advance, they fill up quickly! Thanks Ally & Randy!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

So happy to being our dear friends to enjoy the unique and interesting dining.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. I cannot wait to return.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband and wife team offer an all around special dining experience. Creative and delicious food using local ingredients fill the menu. Would recommend without hesitation.

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JV
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely delicious!!! My husband and I have been there for dinner in the last 2 months at least 4 times because of how delicious the food is here. It is very small so you should make reservations on the weekend. The menu changes every few weeks, everything is fresh and they use local ingredients when possible. I highly recommend this restaurant, you will not be disappointed!

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t
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding creative cuisine!! What ever you do get to this place. Nothing like it in central Jersey.

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F
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so surprised to see how good the food was.,we did tell our waitress our compliments to the chef because the pasta was fantastic.
Disappointed that he never acknowledged us when he spent some time at a table near us & nver stopped at our table.

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DA
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally unexpected very interesting restaurant. Menu is choice of land or sea price fixed for serving of five small dishes. If you choose the land, it is beef, pork, etc oriented. Sea side would be scallops, clams, etc. You can choose beyond the servings by skipping if you wish. We went with the land dishes and were very happily pleased.

Seemed like a staff of two - the chef and a server. Location has a seating for 18 which adds to the special uniqueness of this restaurant. Thoroughly enjoyed the dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a foodies dream. The food is excellent. The place is intimate. We were super impressed and the nicest touch was that it was our anniversary meal they gave her a live happy anniversary card that was so thoughtful and sweet.

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JO
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Italian "gourmet" dining. Very well prepared and presented. "Pricey" but well worth it for special occasions.

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H
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute gem; Randy's creativity is wonderfully imaginative. I wish my capacity were sufficient to have tried every item on the menu!

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a truly special restaurant. The chef and staff are passionate about their craft. The food is amazing. The atmosphere is very intimate and my girlfriend and I are always blown away by how good this place is. The prices are up there but you get first class service and food to die for. It is fair value for what you get.
There really is nothing else in Central NJ to compare Osteria Radici to. My girlfriend is a Manhattan native and a world traveler. She has dined at some very exclusive places in her travels and this is one of her all time favorite restaurants. Do yourself a favor if you are looking to dine out in the Mercer County area. Forget about Princeton, Lawrenceville, Bordentown, and the place with all the sculpture. Find Allentown, NJ on the map and make a reservation at Osteria Radici. Bring someone special.

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ED
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Young chef serving high-end Italian food in his very first restaurant, working all by himself in the kitchen. Excellent home-made pastas but there are only two choices. The menu should expand over time. Still, definitely worth the trip. A lot of talent here and a big future.

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PD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You won’t be disappointed. Delicious food. Creative presentation. The chef is amazing. It’s a small restaurant in a small town. We did the tasting menu and not one course disappointed.

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