La Lanterna

★★★☆☆

About La Lanterna

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Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm;Sat. 5pm - 11pm;Sun. CLOSED

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Excellent food and excellent service.

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★★★★★

Excellent food and excellent service.

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Outstanding food. Joanne is a wonderful hostess and takes pride in what she does. The negative reviews are nonsense. It amazes me that people who have negative things to say are quick to write them down on a rating site. The people who have positive things to say, don't have the time to rate. Well I made the time to rate because this restaurant is getting a bad rap for whatever reason. I have eaten here many times, and have never been disappointed. The food and service are both outstanding.

5
★★★★★

Outstanding food. Joanne is a wonderful hostess and takes pride in what she does. The negative reviews are nonsense. It amazes me that people who have negative things to say are quick to write them down on a rating site. The people who have positive things to say, don't have the time to rate. Well I made the time to rate because this restaurant is getting a bad rap for whatever reason. I have eaten here many times, and have never been disappointed. The food and service are both outstanding.

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Worst meal I have ever had placed in front of me. I ordered the pasta with sausage and broccoli rabbi, the pasta was floating in warm olive oil with entire links of sausage and large stems of broccoli rabbi. How do they have the nerve to serve this to paying customers? The pasta was cold, like it had just been taken out of water and placed in oil. My meal was inedible. When I told the owner/hostess that my pasta was cold, she was extremely rude!, she grabbed the dish and went off the heat it up. What came back was just as bad, only warmer! She never came back to apologize for the poor meal. Horrible food, rude owners!

1
★☆☆☆☆

Worst meal I have ever had placed in front of me. I ordered the pasta with sausage and broccoli rabbi, the pasta was floating in warm olive oil with entire links of sausage and large stems of broccoli rabbi. How do they have the nerve to serve this to paying customers? The pasta was cold, like it had just been taken out of water and placed in oil. My meal was inedible. When I told the owner/hostess that my pasta was cold, she was extremely rude!, she grabbed the dish and went off the heat it up. What came back was just as bad, only warmer! She never came back to apologize for the poor meal. Horrible food, rude owners!

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This is the finest Italian restaurant in Bergen County and certainly the best in Ridgewood. Its family run and the quality of service and food reflects great care and consideration. Every restaurant has its moments but my family dines at this location monthly on average. We have never been displeased. Creativity and focus make this place special. I am glad I can walk to such a great place!

4
★★★★☆

This is the finest Italian restaurant in Bergen County and certainly the best in Ridgewood. Its family run and the quality of service and food reflects great care and consideration. Every restaurant has its moments but my family dines at this location monthly on average. We have never been displeased. Creativity and focus make this place special. I am glad I can walk to such a great place!

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My husband and I have eaten here many many times. The food is always fresh, the hostess is absolutely professional and polite, and has even taken the time to memorize our favorite dishes! This is a family owned business and you feel like part of the family when you dine there. I see some bad reviews - I have to imagine that Joanne had a busy night because she is always gracious. We have had numerous occasions with family and friends and I cannot complain. Atmosphere is warm, food is delicious! Please...just go once for yourself - you will not be disappointed!

5
★★★★★

My husband and I have eaten here many many times. The food is always fresh, the hostess is absolutely professional and polite, and has even taken the time to memorize our favorite dishes! This is a family owned business and you feel like part of the family when you dine there. I see some bad reviews - I have to imagine that Joanne had a busy night because she is always gracious. We have had numerous occasions with family and friends and I cannot complain. Atmosphere is warm, food is delicious! Please...just go once for yourself - you will not be disappointed!

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I could not disagree more with the other reviews stating the owner is rude. This is the farthest from the truth. Everytime my husband and I dine there we are treated quite graciously. I have a severe shellfish allergy, and they make every effort to accomodate me.
The food is wonderful. The staff was great. Our waiter is always attentive to and make sure my meal is safe to eat!! This alone is the price of admission. Please go to the restaurant yourself, do not listen to negativity.

5
★★★★★

I could not disagree more with the other reviews stating the owner is rude. This is the farthest from the truth. Everytime my husband and I dine there we are treated quite graciously. I have a severe shellfish allergy, and they make every effort to accomodate me.
The food is wonderful. The staff was great. Our waiter is always attentive to and make sure my meal is safe to eat!! This alone is the price of admission. Please go to the restaurant yourself, do not listen to negativity.

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After reading the negative reviews I'm wondering if they've been to the same restaurant that we've enjoyed many times. I assume La Lanterna's "seating times" are necessary because lots of people like to dine there. Because the service is so good two hours seems adequate to have a fine dining experience.

This is a welcoming place. The food is outstanding, and we're brought many friends there. In fact, tonight (a Thursday) while my wife hosted two tables of bridge, seven male friends experienced a "men's night out" there and had a delightful time, i.e. great food and service, reasonably quiet, and friendly atmosphere.

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★★★★☆

After reading the negative reviews I'm wondering if they've been to the same restaurant that we've enjoyed many times. I assume La Lanterna's "seating times" are necessary because lots of people like to dine there. Because the service is so good two hours seems adequate to have a fine dining experience.

This is a welcoming place. The food is outstanding, and we're brought many friends there. In fact, tonight (a Thursday) while my wife hosted two tables of bridge, seven male friends experienced a "men's night out" there and had a delightful time, i.e. great food and service, reasonably quiet, and friendly atmosphere.

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I'm laughing because I came on here to write a review and saw how many other people have complained about the owner. So I don't really have to write anything....so what they said. She's rude, don't support her business.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm laughing because I came on here to write a review and saw how many other people have complained about the owner. So I don't really have to write anything....so what they said. She's rude, don't support her business.

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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FEMALE OWNER IS INCREDIBLY RUDE. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS RESTAURANT SEND A MESSAGE TO HER TO CHANGE HER WAYS. It's one thing if the food was incredible, but its sub par at best. There are plenty of better Italian Restaurants in the area that are better priced. I was served spoiled meat, and we wound up being charged for it. We expressed our concern to the female owner and she was so incredibly RUDE in the way she handled it. She cut us off while talking, wouldn't make eye contact, and basically told us that everything they serve is fresh and that (in a nut shell) I must have been crazy for thinking their food could have been spoiled. She would not take the bad meat off the bill. SO RUDE. FOOD WAS SUB PAR. NEVER EATING HERE AGAIN.

To the owner: If you read these reviews you'll see I'm not the first to think you are extremely rude. None of these people are exaggerating what they say. I have seen you rush customers. Treat them like they are beneath you. REALITY CHECK: Your customers pay your bills. Treat them with respect.

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★☆☆☆☆

FEMALE OWNER IS INCREDIBLY RUDE. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS RESTAURANT SEND A MESSAGE TO HER TO CHANGE HER WAYS. It's one thing if the food was incredible, but its sub par at best. There are plenty of better Italian Restaurants in the area that are better priced. I was served spoiled meat, and we wound up being charged for it. We expressed our concern to the female owner and she was so incredibly RUDE in the way she handled it. She cut us off while talking, wouldn't make eye contact, and basically told us that everything they serve is fresh and that (in a nut shell) I must have been crazy for thinking their food could have been spoiled. She would not take the bad meat off the bill. SO RUDE. FOOD WAS SUB PAR. NEVER EATING HERE AGAIN.

To the owner: If you read these reviews you'll see I'm not the first to think you are extremely rude. None of these people are exaggerating what they say. I have seen you rush customers. Treat them like they are beneath you. REALITY CHECK: Your customers pay your bills. Treat them with respect.

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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The female owner was so rude. Hurried our dinner, made snide remarks when we asked a question, all in all just so rude. The food was alright at best. Radicchio, Fratelli, Amano ect..All better Ridgewood Restaurants. Eat somewhere else.

1
★☆☆☆☆

The female owner was so rude. Hurried our dinner, made snide remarks when we asked a question, all in all just so rude. The food was alright at best. Radicchio, Fratelli, Amano ect..All better Ridgewood Restaurants. Eat somewhere else.

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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The place is by far the best in Ridgewood,family owned and operated.I've going since they opened and the food has always been great.Joanne and her husband take pride in the place and it shows.I have all special family occasions at La Lanterna because I can count on the food and service being exceptional !

5
★★★★★

The place is by far the best in Ridgewood,family owned and operated.I've going since they opened and the food has always been great.Joanne and her husband take pride in the place and it shows.I have all special family occasions at La Lanterna because I can count on the food and service being exceptional !

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I went here last night for the 6:30pm "seating" for a birthday celebration with two girlfriends. We were told 3 times before ordering that there was a reservation for our table at 8:30pm (ie, move it along...). I didn't think the food was anything special - mundane salad and softshell crabs which were described as sauteed, but came out as giant deep fried BLOBS coated with breading. I have never in my life had deep fried soft shell crabs. Once our food was cleared, the waitress rushed over with the dessert tray and proceeded to tell us that "I know you just finished your dinner but we do have a reservation for this table at 8:30pm..." Of course, we declined dessert. Why bother giving more business to an estabishment that's more worried about the next set of patrons than the ones actually sitting there? By the way, the table next to us was empty. One of my girlfriends is a regular there but I would NEVER go back. There are plenty of other choices in Ridgewood, or surrounding towns, or even New York where owners manage to graciously serve everyone good food without constantly reminding their patrons of when their time is up. Go somewhere else!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went here last night for the 6:30pm "seating" for a birthday celebration with two girlfriends. We were told 3 times before ordering that there was a reservation for our table at 8:30pm (ie, move it along...). I didn't think the food was anything special - mundane salad and softshell crabs which were described as sauteed, but came out as giant deep fried BLOBS coated with breading. I have never in my life had deep fried soft shell crabs. Once our food was cleared, the waitress rushed over with the dessert tray and proceeded to tell us that "I know you just finished your dinner but we do have a reservation for this table at 8:30pm..." Of course, we declined dessert. Why bother giving more business to an estabishment that's more worried about the next set of patrons than the ones actually sitting there? By the way, the table next to us was empty. One of my girlfriends is a regular there but I would NEVER go back. There are plenty of other choices in Ridgewood, or surrounding towns, or even New York where owners manage to graciously serve everyone good food without constantly reminding their patrons of when their time is up. Go somewhere else!!

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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My wife have been to La Lanterna many times. We love the atmosphere so much we had our fire department platoon Christmas party there. The food and service was great. When we were looking to have our 25th wedding renewal, my wife and I both thought of La Lanterna first. The staff and food were fantastic. I can't say enough about Joann and her husband. Our experience has been nothing but the best.

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★★★★☆

My wife have been to La Lanterna many times. We love the atmosphere so much we had our fire department platoon Christmas party there. The food and service was great. When we were looking to have our 25th wedding renewal, my wife and I both thought of La Lanterna first. The staff and food were fantastic. I can't say enough about Joann and her husband. Our experience has been nothing but the best.

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If you go to La Lanterna with typically American expectations of a "HOW Y'ALL DOIN?" greeting, you will be disappointed. I have been here on several occasions, and it has become one of my favorite restaurants. I dont go to dinner for a hugs from the hostess, I go for real food. Joanne does a great job as hostess, and takes it seriously. Having dined countless times in Italy and France, i find her demeanor to be more typical of European restaurants. I love to hear her recite the specials, which she does with impeccable detail. The food is excellent, fresh, inventive, atypical of the countless mundane red sauce Italian joints. Perhaps you caught her at a bad time. Word of advice; dont inquire about private events immediately preceeding a restaurant's peak dinner time on a Friday evening.

4
★★★★☆

If you go to La Lanterna with typically American expectations of a "HOW Y'ALL DOIN?" greeting, you will be disappointed. I have been here on several occasions, and it has become one of my favorite restaurants. I dont go to dinner for a hugs from the hostess, I go for real food. Joanne does a great job as hostess, and takes it seriously. Having dined countless times in Italy and France, i find her demeanor to be more typical of European restaurants. I love to hear her recite the specials, which she does with impeccable detail. The food is excellent, fresh, inventive, atypical of the countless mundane red sauce Italian joints. Perhaps you caught her at a bad time. Word of advice; dont inquire about private events immediately preceeding a restaurant's peak dinner time on a Friday evening.

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I am sorry to say that after all the wonderful things I have heard about this restaurant, I am extremely disappointed with my experience. I arrived at La Lanterna on Friday at 5:15 pm seeking to inquire about the possibility of hosting a private event. No sooner had I entered the doorway when Joann the hostess ushered me out with her business card, stating that guests with reservations were due at any moment and that she could not speak to me. I would have understood had Joann been more apologetic and personable. Instead, she was nasty and rude. After my brief encounter with Joann, I would not even think of hosting an event with her, she left a sour taste in my mouth! SHAME on you, Joann, haven't you heard of customer service?

1
★☆☆☆☆

I am sorry to say that after all the wonderful things I have heard about this restaurant, I am extremely disappointed with my experience. I arrived at La Lanterna on Friday at 5:15 pm seeking to inquire about the possibility of hosting a private event. No sooner had I entered the doorway when Joann the hostess ushered me out with her business card, stating that guests with reservations were due at any moment and that she could not speak to me. I would have understood had Joann been more apologetic and personable. Instead, she was nasty and rude. After my brief encounter with Joann, I would not even think of hosting an event with her, she left a sour taste in my mouth! SHAME on you, Joann, haven't you heard of customer service?

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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This is by far the BEST Restaurant in Ridgewood and trust me there's many here. The Service is great a family owned restaurant where they make you feel like home. My Favorite dish Sea Scallops in the sherry wine sauce over angel hair pasta to die for. It's a bring you own with a wine and liquor store across the street. And the decor makes you feel like your in Italy very Tuscany. ENJOY

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★★★★★

This is by far the BEST Restaurant in Ridgewood and trust me there's many here. The Service is great a family owned restaurant where they make you feel like home. My Favorite dish Sea Scallops in the sherry wine sauce over angel hair pasta to die for. It's a bring you own with a wine and liquor store across the street. And the decor makes you feel like your in Italy very Tuscany. ENJOY

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