Where to Eat in Ramsey: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Sachiko Swiger

Ramsey is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. It is a suburb of New York City, located 26 miles (42 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 14,473, reflecting an increase of 122 (+0.9%) from the 14,351 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,123 (+8.5%) from the 13,228 counted in the 1990 Census.
Things to do in Ramsey

1. Varka Estiatorio

30 N Spruce St, Ramsey, NJ 07446-1905 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 201-995-9333
Excellent
56%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 241 reviews

Varka Estiatorio

Reviewed By MomGB1 - Boston, Massachusetts

Incredible menu selections especially for pescatarians. Wished we could have ordered one of everything! The bass, halibut and tuna entrees were 5 star! Roasted vegetables outstanding. The biggest surprise was the tomato and feat salad.....tomatoes from heaven! Nice wine selection. Our server Niko was just the best!!!!!!
This was a midway travel stop for dinner with friends. Wish we lived closer to come again!

2. Savini's Restaurant

168 W Crescent Ave, Allendale, NJ 07401-1541 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 131 201-760-3700
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

Savini's Restaurant

Reviewed By MariaPaps - Wayne, New Jersey

Some people choose restaurants for the food, other people "eat the atmosphere." Savini's offers both--tasty food and lovely atmosphere. I just came home from a work-related holiday dinner and felt compelled to write a review. Our group met up at the bar prior to our 6 pm reservation. I ordered an espresso martini which was served quickly and with a smile. It was delicious. When we were seated for dinner, we started with a variety of appetizers--oysters Rockefeller, eggplant rollatini, calamari, grandma's meatballs, mozzorella caprese, and tortellini in brodo. All the appetizers were delicious, sharing was okay, and service was expediant. A variety of entrees were ordered by the group, including sausage cavatelli, veal parm, ziti bolognese, seafood genovese, rack of lamb, veal milanese and chicken picata. Some entrees looked more appealing than others (a bit too "old school" in the plating, but all were tasty). For example, the sausage was oddly cut into cubes, the picata was plated rather simply with mashed potatoes and green beans/carrots, and the veal milanese did not include the arugula salad; the veal parmesan looked like it had been plated by the local dinner cook, and the seafood although fresh and delicious was also served on plates that looked like they belong on the Jersey boardwalk with a pale blue & coral pink shell motif. If anything should be improved, it would be the plating--something more visually appealing and contemporary would up the overall dining experience, especially with the prices being what they are. Some finesse would elevate the food and complement the atmosphere. Even the bread is basic --something that anyone can buy at the supermarket.

3. Sonny & Tony's Pizza and Italian Restaurant

400 Ridge Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430-3614 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 201-529-4001
Excellent
50%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Sonny & Tony's Pizza and Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By Patti C - Ramsey, United States

This is a place where the locals eat. Primarily Italian cuisine, but lots to choose from. All of their specials are great. They also have great salads, too. Just add chicken or shrimp and the Capri salad is good enough for a meal. Delicious!

The service is fantastic in this place. The owner has a veteran staff and for good reason. He treats them with dignity and it is reflected back upon the customers.

I eat here at least twice a month and the food is always fresh... especially the fish. If you order something more traditional, the sauce is fresh and delicious, too.

This restaurant is kid and family friendly. A casual, warm atmosphere, with great food that is reasonably priced!

4. Lotitos Deli

81 Interstate Shop Ctr, Ramsey, NJ 07446-1130 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating Italian Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 201-327-6066
Excellent
55%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Lotitos Deli

Reviewed By Crimms - Ramsey N.j

If you are in Ramsey, Lotitos is worth the stop. Part deli, part bakery you get the best of both worlds. No sandwich is complete without a great roll and Lotitos has it. Oversized sandwiches that crush the competition. Hot foods and great salads. You wont be disapointed.
Crimms

5. L'Arte della Pasticceria

107 E Main St # 109, Ramsey, NJ 07446-1926 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Italian Breakfast, Lunch
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

L'Arte della Pasticceria

Reviewed By mar1an1 - New York

You have my heart at WELCOME!
Bountiful selection of quality, homemade, creative pastries and sweet. Yes, it's slightly on the pricier end. But, you get what you paid for which is more than I can say for others. What I like about this store is that to achieve quality, they don't seem to cut corners and try to oversell. Unlike other bakeries in the area, pastries are made on premise next door. Coffee, lattes, etc is very descent (better than Starbucks for sure). I didn't try the gelato because I wanted to savor it for our next visit.
Service was great albeit a bit slow for a Saturday early evening. For me, it was worth the wait while I finalized my options for sweet tooth fix.
Thumbs up and can't wait to go back!!!

6. The Saddle River Inn

2 Barnstable Ct, Saddle River, NJ 07458-3051 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 46 - SGD 66 +1 201-825-4016
Excellent
64%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 190 reviews

The Saddle River Inn

Reviewed By onlyMes - Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

Truffles Truffles and More Truffles. This place is an institution. Must call months in advance or check for cancellations. We had Umbria Truffles in the risotto special and a Tomahawk veal chop topped with truffles. This place is a BYOB so we brought in a early vintage bottle of OPUS 1.
The meal, wine and service was fabulousa.
This place is not opulent but more rustic somewhat like a barn.

7. La Gondola

1300 State Rt 17, Ramsey, NJ 07446-1167 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 201-825-8990
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

La Gondola

Reviewed By MS_DREAMVAKAY - New York City, New York

Every bite is good , so many to choose from so you need to keep coming back to try all your favorites ! Chicken bacon ranch or even just thin cheese ... every bite every slice is delicious !! We always bring back a pie when we are in the area. Great pizza , possibly the best ever

8. Sangria Tapas Restaurant

1033 Macarthur Blvd, Ramapo Center, Mahwah, NJ 07430-3612 Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Spanish, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner +1 201-962-3310
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 144 reviews

Sangria Tapas Restaurant

Sangria Tapas Restaurant specializes in authentic cuisine from Spain and signature sangrias, wines and spirits. Set up as a rustic bistro, Sangria is located at Ramapo Centre, 1033 MacArthur Blvd in Mahwah, New Jersey. Sangria highlights an assortment of tapas, montaditos, mariscadas, charcuterie and cheese platters, churrasco steak, paella and weekly specials. The name Sangria is symbolic of the fun and richness of the Spain culture and culinary experience. Sangria pulls together centuries of tradition by adding a modern twist to its cuisine and spirits.

Reviewed By Michael Z - Glen Rock, New Jersey

We visited this establishment last evening for dinner. We went because of rave recommendations from our brother in-law. The restaurant is basically cut in half, one half is the bar area and the other is the dinning area.

We shared 4 tapas which were larger than most tapa establishments. We had the Churasco Gitano (Excellent); Empanadas de Carne (Ordinary); Albondigas (Favorable); Bacalao Croquettes (Mash potato balls, at least that what it tasted like).

The main course was the Seafood Paella, I wouldn't recommend it. It had some seafood with rice in what appeared to be a red sauce. No real paella flavor and very dry. I would recommend Spain Restaurant in Newark if you want a real PAELLA EXPERIENCE.

Overall it was an OK experience but we weren't "IMPRESSED" .

9. Nirvana Indian Kitchen

29 W Allendale Ave, Allendale, NJ 07401-1735 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 201-818-2300
Excellent
58%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

Nirvana Indian Kitchen

Reviewed By Amy R - Montclair, New Jersey

We truly enjoyed our first visit tonight. Service is excellent- we were quickly seated and well taken care of. The menu is large but not overwhelming . We shared an eggplant and chick pea appetizer with tamarind sauce to start. I liked the eggplant a lot. The sauce was a touch too sweet for me. For entrees we shared shrimp masala and a chicken dish with black pepper , both in different slightly spicy rich sauces. Excellent! We tried a naan with cauliflower which was also chewy and very tasty. BYOB is a plus. The ambiance is calm and lovely, as is the soothing music in the background. I look forward to trying many dishes in the future !!

10. Giovanna's Cafe

19 E Main St, Ramsey, NJ 07446-1924 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 201-825-5835
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Giovanna's Cafe

Reviewed By Dneuburger

This small gem in the heart of Ramsey is a great place for breakfast or lunch. The food is always tasty and they offer specials every day. The staff is also very nice. Try to get a table outside on a nice day but be patient as the place is on the small side.

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