Ruggero's Wading River

3.9
207 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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3.9
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 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
33 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
8 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
2 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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vipBarbD
New York Area
27 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
50 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
10 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.

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mauraf
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice evening. Our server was professional and very sweet. The food was outstanding and as usual the portions were huge.

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panthersmom
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

service a bit spotty...not very attentive. had to get their attention to come to the table after we waited a very long time. the restaurant wasn't crowded, the service should have been better.

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Amazing
Jacksonville
54 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on a Thursday which is Pasta Night. Several delicious choices for entrees including soup/salad, glass of house wine, and coffee/dessert. We had excellent service from Ann Marie and the food was excellent. Happy to return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to my birthday and had Pasta special. Everything was terrific!

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tricia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We went for pasta night. My husband had the salad which was fresh. I had the lentil soup which was tasteless. Pasta night is just that, if you want a meatball with your Marinara and Penn its extra, silly. So ofcourse, my husband added a meatball for on top of his pasta and I added shrimp onto of my pasta and broccoli. I hate when companies nickel and dime people. Just add it to the price . Pasta night $19.95 instead of $16.95 and offer a complete meal.

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Johnp
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived at restaurant with party of 5. Even though I was able to book reservation , rest was closed. Horrible, not recommended

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AlexanderS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, great ambience and reasonable prices for what it delivers. Highly recommended.

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JohnG
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Enjoyed a nice lunch in the back patio area. I think this will be a nice addition for the summer months. Had the penne a la vodka as well as sausage and ricotta sandwich… Both very flavorful.

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RayM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic, would definitely be going back. It’s my wife’s favorite restaurant

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AnalogKid
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Shrimp Fra Diavolo over linguini is always outstanding. The presentation today was especially nice. There is also a nice mix of shrimp, clams and mussels - so many places overwhelm with mussels and skimp on the shrimp and others - but here it is always a really nice balance. Outstanding meal - every time

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AriM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always delicious food and a pleasant dining experience at Ruggeros!

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Rikky06
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was efficient. Waiter was super nice and made sure I was happy. Can’t wait to return!

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TimothyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great cant wait to go back again

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Amazing
Jacksonville
54 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic presentation of entrees, salads and desserts. Pasta night, Wednesday, was a plus as it was not expected. Very good deal on a house wine, soup or salad, pasta dish and dessert and coffee/tea. A perfect meal. Service was outstanding. Definitely will return.

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Desi
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went on pasta night. The food was very good and the quantity was more than enough. We got some sides fo go along with the pasta as well and they were great too. Not too crowded and not noisy. Will be returning soon.

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 3.9 stars by 207 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.