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Gourmet Cafe Restaurant

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136 Baldwin Rd, On the Corner of Rt 46 W, Walgreens/Baldwin Plaza, Parsippany, NJ 07054-2099 (Formerly Gourmet Cafe)
+1 973-316-0088
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11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Mon 17:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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NJ
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65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Everything was great, that doesnt happen to often to me. We had the lump crab and chick pea salad, the sausage and broccoli rabe appetizer. Dinner the orange soy glazed salmon, chicken saltimbocca. The chef stopped by before and after we ate to see how things were. Definitely going back. I would recommend reservations due to it being a smaller... More 

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Denville, New Jersey
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386 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The location: an innocuous strip mall off route 46 in northern New Jersey. The atmosphere: a nicely decorated store front, casual, warm and friendly. The staff is extremely attentive, more bread without asking, filling the water etc., all without rushing. The prices are moderate for excellent quality. Highly recommend any night of the week, but I would definitely make reservations.

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Bloomfield, NJ
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small Italian restaurant in a suburban strip mall. Open the front door and you will find a restaurant filled with regulars and repeat customers. Why... Because you will also find great food at great prices served by great people. Plus it is a BYOB making it even more attractive. I expect I will become a regular and will be... More 

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Thank MGCBloomfield_NJ
Chef_Matthew_Pierone, Owner at Gourmet Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

MGCBloomfield_NJ Thank you so much for your kind words. We look forward to your next visit! Chef Matt More 

Chester, New Jersey
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hard to believe we let 4 years go by without returning to this little gem. Brought friends this time and they enjoyed it also. We had a bit of a bubbly accident, and the staff could not have been nicer or more helpful cleaning up the mess. Friends had the caprese salad and beet salad, Hubby and I shared the... More 

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Thank Betsy M
Chef_Matthew_Pierone, Owner at Gourmet Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Betsy I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your return visit. We look forward to seeing you sooner next time :) Thank you for taking the time to share this. We appreciate it, Chef Matthew More 

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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So initially I was a bit put off by the location of the Gourmet Cafe, but after dining there would not let that deter me in the future! We may have tried every appetizer on the menu but my favorites were the mussels and the portobello mushroom. The salad was okay - I didn't love the dressing but the ingredients... More 

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Thank Joy S
Chef_Matthew_Pierone, Owner at Gourmet Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Joy, Thank you for giving us a try despite the strip mall location. I am glad you enjoyed your appetizers and appreciate the fresh fare. We look forward to servicing you again. Thanks again, Chef Matt More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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388 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Weekday lunch. Tuscan sandwich was huge bread with very thin, very little eggplant. Tasteless. Caesar salad was average. Tomato basil soup was good. Very slow service. Nice atmosphere, especially for a strip mall restaurant. Dessert menu looked good, but we got tired of waiting.

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Thank Paul_from_VA
Chef_Matthew_Pierone, Owner at Gourmet Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Paul, I apologize that your experience was up to our standards. However I do appreciate the feedback as it allows me the opportunity to correct this from happening again. I did talk to my staff both in the kitchen and of course the servers. I hope you will give us another try. Chef Matthew More 

Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
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20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

In New Jersey there are too many wannabe Italian restaurants, who have Americanized their offerings to an extent where no Italians would eat there. The Gourmet Cafe is a welcomed exception. This restaurant serves the traditional Italian cuisine and dares to experiment respectfully. Been there twice - one outstanding and one very good - conservatively 4 stars Have had an... More 

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Thank jda100160
Chef_Matthew_Pierone, Owner at Gourmet Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

jda100160, So glad to hear you recognize our Italian offerings. We certainly appreciate you taking the time to give us positive feedback. Thanks, Chef Matt More 

New Jersey
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47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Had an enjoyable Saturday evening dining experience with friends. Plentiful parking, convenient location, and very attentive service. Everyone loved their appetizer and entree. Very nice wait staff and the owner/chef Matt introduced himself to the table. I can see why this has such a high rating in a town full of difference kinds of restaurants.

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Thank RhysOrd
Chef_Matthew_Pierone, Owner at Gourmet Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

RhysOrd, I am happy you tried us and had a good experience. Thank you for taking the time to review my restaurant. We hope to see you again, Chef Matthew More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

LOVE IT. It is always hard deciding what I want to eat because everything is delicious! The wait staff are friendly , efficient and helpful if you need suggestions or have special requests. Matt is a great chef and he always walks around the restaurant chatting with all his patrons. Even though you are in a restaurant -it feels like... More 

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Chef_Matthew_Pierone, Owner at Gourmet Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

Sharon, So glad to hear you love the menu! Also glad you like the wait staff. I appreciate your kind words. Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts. Chef Matt More 

Parsippany, New Jersey
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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Love the Gourmet Café - always my first choice for work lunches when we make the time to get out of the office. The people couldn't be nicer and the food is absolutely delicious with excellent portion size as well. They also give back tot he community which is a bonus!

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Thank MJ B
Chef_Matthew_Pierone, Owner at Gourmet Cafe Restaurant, responded to this review

MJ B, It is so rewarding to read this! I am glad you feel this way, and appreciate that you bring work associates here for lunch. Being a positive member of the Parsippany community is also important to me. Thank you very much, Chef Matthew More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 23
Cuisine
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 20:00
Monday
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Saturday
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 136 Baldwin Rd, On the Corner of Rt 46 W, Walgreens/Baldwin Plaza, Parsippany, NJ 07054-2099 (Formerly Gourmet Cafe)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Morris County  >  Parsippany
  • Phone Number: +1 973-316-0088
Description
We are a small 48 seat BYOB restaurant. Chef/Owner Matthew Pierone has been named to Best chefs America (BCA) list 3 years running. He specializes in fresh, creative Italian cuisine and is known for his Pork chops, fish and bread pudding. Outstanding customer service is a main focus at the Gourmet Cafe.

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