Ruggero's Wading River

4.2
222 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Ruggero’s serve your favorite family-style classic Italian dishes, from fried calamari to chicken scarpariello, and can be ordered two ways, in either single or family-style portions. The menu at Ruggero’s features a wide array of great selections including specialties like Pappardelle ragu, freshly made burrata, and sacchettini with truffle mushroom sauce made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, along with a diverse wine menu featuring selections from every region. A signature cocktail menu offers specialty drink that change with the season. Gluten free and other dietary option are available upon request.
Located at The Shoppes at East Wind, with a grand carousel outside the main entrance, Ruggero’s 200 seats spread across an airy dining room with rustic decor, peering into an open kitchen; a full marble bar with cocktail seating hosts a daily happy hour and an indoor patio perfect for your semi-private event. At Ruggero’s, come as our guest, leave as family.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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vipEvWK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food
Excellent service
Will definitely be back!

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you - See your again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, never a disappointment! Our server John was great and attentive, my boyfriend and I’s favorite restaurant for date night or special occasions

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KristineV
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Excellent food! Service a little slow.

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Beck
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside with the best waiter (I believe his name was Carlos). He was the absolute best. The mussels, and bolognese were amazing. The experience here was awesome. We’re traveling here from out of state for a wedding but hopefully will return for another meal before we leave!

Ruggero's Wading River
Responded 2 days ago

HI Beck: Thank you for 5 star review. We will share this with Carlos. See you soon!

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vipMeganD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food and service. The food tasted old and was not freshly made that day and there were 5 tables and it took over 20 minutes to get a glass of wine… for such a great area this was a sheer disappointment. Never going there again.

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Elizabeth75
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Shrimp in scampi dinner were probably already from cooked bag and just thrown on top of scampi sauce, which was kind of flat in flavor. Abundance of linguini. Sole in other dish was from frozen sole, not fresh sole. Waiter was very attentive. Martini came without olives, vodka tonic without slice of lime or lemon on glass. It may have been an off night but all in all a disappointing meal experience. Quality should match price!

Ruggero's Wading River
Responded on August 31, 2021

Hi Elizabeth: So sorry your meal did not meet you expectations. We have a new chef and currently working to improve our menu and will certainly let him know. We hope you give us another try in the near future. Thank you for your feedback.

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Carol
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the shrimp scampi. The chef came to our table and was beyond accommodating. Made everything feel so special. Would highly recommend to friends.

Ruggero's Wading River
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you so much for letting us know and for your review!

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MrHwy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Under the current condition, every was above par. The waiter and bus boys did their best

Ruggero's Wading River
Responded on August 25, 2021

Thank you so much for understanding.

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AnalogKid
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The shrimp fra diavolo is my go to dish here. Every time it is outstanding. The fish is fresh, delicious, the shrimp and clams are plentiful and large…and the balance between shrimp clams and mussels is great….many places give you a ton of mussels and few shrimp and clams. But the best part is the broth. It is unbelievably robust and aromatic…youll eat the ehole thing like soup its so good. The rest of the food is average to above average but the Fra Diavolo is amazing.
Inside is decorated nicely…multiple levels, beautiful cathedral ceilings, very nice covered outdoor area woth open glass walls and retractable ceiling.

Ruggero's Wading River
Responded on August 25, 2021

Thank you so much for sharing you experience. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. See you again soon!

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MichaelL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice time yummy food

Ruggero's Wading River
Responded on August 25, 2021

Thank you!

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DeniseM
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasantly Surprised at how good the food was!
Good for kids too

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2NNs
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

"Outdoor" area was extremely loud, we could barely hear each other. Food was average at best. The indoor atmosphere seemed very nice.

Ruggero's Wading River
Responded on August 11, 2021

Sorry for the inconvenience of the Outdoor area. We will look into improving that. We are updating our menu and hope you will give another try. Thank you for the feedback.

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Peacelover
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very nice for a a casual dinner. Food was good, not great. Service was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our son out for his birthday. Dinner was very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent fried calamari. They need a better wine list and a more extensive menu. The food was fresh and delicious. The Chef should take over the East Wind catering

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Damian was very attentive. The service was great and the food was excellent. Would definitely recommend. And will be returning.

Ruggero's Wading River
Responded on July 20, 2021

Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good food and reasonably priced. Family orientated. Staff is friendly and helpful. Look forward to going back.

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Jill
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Waiter was overwhelmed said he had too many tables and no one wants to work. Never came over when our food came out to check on our food. Never was offered or got Parmesan cheese bus boy knocked the beer over on the table. Didn’t get a new one until after asking twice and it was the wrong beer.. After that he never came back we had to flag down the bus boy to get a dessert menu. Waiter still never came by. Hostess walked by we asked her for the check. Finally waiter came over with our check said sorry and that if we don’t leave a tip he understands but no one wants to work. I get the place is short staffed but it doesn’t give you a reason to just not come by our table.

Ruggero's Wading River
Responded on July 20, 2021

Hi Jill: All customer feedback is important for us to improve our service. Staffing has been a challenge, but that is no excuse to make our customers wait. Sorry for the inconvenience and we hope you will visit us again. We have a new chef and he is bringing exciting new things to our menu.

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cinspi
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Sorry I would love to give this place a better review but I just can't. Love the location and the ambiance but the food has been disappointing every time I give it a shot. Broccoli rabe with sausage was a dish of penne in water. Eggplant Parm was horrible. Red Sauce was very good but the prepared from frozen (it seems) eggplant Sliced way to thin and so over cooked that it turned to dry pieces of shoe leather drenched in sauce and cheese to bring it back to life was terrible. Waiter agreed and sent it back to bring me another that was no different. We were charged but they bought us a drink on the house. Cavetelli with meatballs was good. Chicken sorrentino was ok...Chicken was poached in a sauce (not floured or breaded) a bit rubbery. Tiramassu was very good... Homemade I believe and would have been so much better if it wasn't over soaked in a bowl of coffee.
A dress code for the hostess should be addressed as well....on a more positive note... The fried mozzerella was very good and so was the antipaste salad, location is great, pretty inside, nice bar area and outside dinning area. Such great potential but the food, the most important part, needs to be addressed before it's too late...We had dined there for the first time a couple of weeks ago for the first time and witnessed the table next to us send just about everything back and thought there was something wrong with them. We went back the other night and it was our turn...

Ruggero's Wading River
Responded on July 20, 2021

Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry your visit did not meet your expectations. We are working to improve and actually just brought on a new chef who will be making changes to our menu as well in the near future. We hope you will give us another try in future.

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Angie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I really like this restaurant, but every time I go you have to wait a ridiculous amount of time for your drink. Two simple glasses of wine ordered when the restaurant was nearly empty arrived mid- meal. It’s a bit frustrating and really does happen every time I go.

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KPAPJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food snd service!!

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MrHwy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful place to celebrate Father’s Day where the food, service and value were all incredible. We will be going again in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were quite surprised with this place. We shared an appetizer of calamari which we thought was good. Nice and crispy, not too oily. She had the fish special with risotto and she delighted in it. I had a ribeye in bone with small round roasted potatoes - for some the potatoes may he’s been slightly over cooked but I like them that way. The ribeye I ordered medium rare but came closer to medium. But it was good. I’m not that picky. Drinks were fabulous. She had the watermelon margarita and I had a vanilla orange old fashion. We took the Tiramisu dessert home and it was delicious. Moist not dry.

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BarbD
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We have gone to Ruggero’s a number of times and were never disappointed- until now. Food has always been great in the past. This time the salmon entree was underdone even though it was requested it be “cooked through, medium to well”. By the time our waiter brought it back everyone else had finished.
Service was poor. Our server was indifferent at best and inattentive. Although they did not appear to be understaffed, several times we tried to get the attention of another server just to ask them to get our waiter and they would look our way, then pass by. My husband, who never complains, actually sought out the manager.
The final flaw was the way too hot dining room. It was a hot, humid day so we chose to dine inside ‘to be cool’. If the air conditioners were on, they were woefully inadequate. All in all, our experience was a major disappointment.

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vipSteveM
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service at very reasonable prices!

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vipMarlRay
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, good food, good service, safe and clean - what more could you ask for?

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LarryG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff, everyone enjoyed their food (Angus burger & chicken sandwich) great location for girls day out.

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LisaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and wonderful service!! We will definitely be back!!!

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TheresaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pricy. Everything is alacart. This is a wading River family restaurant. Higher prices then some NYC prices. I would go back again.

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Sparklerod
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere. The menu has a nice selection of entrees. Only wish there were more vegan and gluten-free options as this is the new norm now. A menu with those options would be a home run. The food was tasty & seasoned perfectly with ample portions. The service was impeccable including the bar. The location has easy parking with a short stride to the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The ambiance is everything! Staff was extremely friendly and the food was good. No complaints!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for 7. Received a confirmation and when we all got there, there was a note saying the restaurant was closed. I received no text, email or phone call. It was a huge problem.

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Tomandlori2
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Enjoyable and great accommodations for large family like ours! Food was average, but service made up for it! Beautiful place and a carousel across from the front of restaurant for kiddies.

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CharlesA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

very nice evening out with my family. the food was very good the portions were very big and the price was resonable.

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Lkyinluv13
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Fried artichoke was so-so. Bread served cold. Shrimp scampi was in a thick flavorless sauce with no hint of garlic. Chicken Marsala gravy was reminiscent of a packaged turkey gravy. Disappointing! Carlos our server was great. The service was outstanding. The rest wasn’t.

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NicoleH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

State came out wrong I sent the steak back it came back burnt manager Alyssa would not come over to speak to us

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent - service was great and we celebrated my daughters birthday - great family restaurant

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vipBillyCapeCod
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and wonderful service. We'll be back for sure

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Doda
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The atmoshphere is very nice, however we were somewhat disappointed with the food. There definitly was a change since the last tmie we were ther. The Buratta appetizer was excellent and great presentation as was the brownie sundae dessert (which by the way MUST be shared, it is huge) but the bolognese as well as the Veal Marsala was just eh. It was a rainy night and slow, the waiter was very nice but he was uninformed about wines. They offered a home made wine but discouraged us from having it and the wine we chose was just ok. It could have been an off night in the kitchen, but I think they need to step it up a bit.

FAQs

Ruggero's Wading River offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (631) 886-1625.

Ruggero's Wading River is rated 4.2 stars by 222 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.