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Al Dente

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1665 Stelton Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-5966
+1 732-985-8220
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri 17:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 11:00
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

I love this place, the food and wine is really the main event and both have always been exceptional for each of my three visits. I usually go for the specials and each time has been some of the best Italian food I've ever had. The decor and music is brilliantly camp. Polystyrene columns, gold paint and you'll hear the... More 

Thank Howard61revisited
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Been twice now and both were great. Friendly service who are comfortable with the large bevy of daily specials. I've gone with specials both time. The ravioli with tenderloin was absolutely amazing. The short run ragout was very good as well. Cozy atmosphere inside, though you wouldn't know it from the strip mall outside appearance.

Thank Keglon
Mansfield, Texas
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124 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a great meal at this little independent in a strip center next to a bowling alley and Chinese takeout. The interior is very nice. We were seated in the tiny bar area. The waitstaff was genial and knowledgeable. Mozzarella and tomato were very good. Veal Marsala was one of the best ever, with thin tender veal and a fantastic... More 

Thank Texzilla H
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

While the food is good, the service and attitude of the manager is very unprofessional. After waiting 45 minutes for dinner in an unheated dining room, we informed the manager we needed to leave (she knew we were time sensitive when we made the reservation). She told us she did too! Also, they charged for soda refills without notice. Our... More 

1 Thank aylgo
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

I am in Piscataway four times a year for a Mah Jongg tournament at a nearby hotel, and always look forward to dinner here with my friends. This time, not so much. Service was inattentive, manager was rude and not accommodating, and the restaurant was freezing. It took an unusually long time to get our dinner, and while mine was... More 

1 Thank Vshifrin
Martinsville, New Jersey, United States
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

I hope it was just a rough night. Service was sketchy at best. Seemed to be understaffed. Everyone was professional and polite but waiting ten minutes for a drink order to be filled in such a small place is just unacceptable. My husband ordered a special with homemade pasta and steak tips. Meh. Soup special was flavorless. Veal al dente... More 

Thank Kathryn R
Hillsborough, New Jersey
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120 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This italian restaurant is located in a strip mall... but dont let that fool you, this place is great. They have an decent wine list, and prompt service. Started with bruschetta which was delicious!! Also started with a mixed green salad, very good too! We shared the gnocchi with a spicy sauce... the servers suggestion to combine two dishes. She... More 

Thank njanimallover8
Level Contributor
21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 October 2016

We were visiting from out of town and looking for a place to have dinner. This is a great restaurant. Feels cozy. The drinks and food was very good. Not pricey at all. Will dine here again.

Thank DavidLINY
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105 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This is - hands down - our favorite restaurant in central NJ. We go for virtually every special event. The atmosphere is cozy, the service like family and the food, oh the food, is simply consistently outstanding. Our family strategizes so that we can share as many dishes as possible and we all conclude that we can't pick the best... More 

Thank richard l
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Saturday night dinner. Had the carpaccio appetizer and the snapper special. Both were delicious. The cesear salad is large and has a beautiful presentation. Service is friendly and attentive. Al Dente is the place to go when you want more then the usual chain restaurant offerings in the area. Other reviewers have noted high cost, but I feel the food... More 

1 Thank Alice C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 11:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1665 Stelton Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-5966
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Piscataway
  • Phone Number: +1 732-985-8220

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?