Calandra's Mediterranean Grill

4.5
452 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
For igloo's reservations please call restaurant directly. We do NOT accept online igloo reservation.
Our igloos can fit maximum 10 guests, for Friday, Saturday and Sunday we have 4 guests minimum required with minimum spending, depending of number of the guests. Also we take reservation with the credit card info.
For Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there is no minimum guests and no minimum spending.
We have specific time slots for different igloos ( depending of number of guests )
Please call 973-575-6500 for more info and to make an igloo reservation.

We are a family friendly restaurant featuring an open kitchen with a wood burning stone pizza deck oven. Our Dining room is a attached to Outdoor Mediterranean style dining patio plus a fully stocked lobby bar with beautiful fireplace. All pasta dishes are made with our homemade "Pasta Fatta in Casa", just as it is made in Italy, delicious and tender! We are famous for all seafood and fish dishes.
Enjoy !!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 452 People Are Saying
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4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Therese
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The menu offers many types of dishes, and the wait staff is very attentive. We like the decor and the ambiance of the restaurant, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent. Great staff.

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TracyF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience! James our waiter was incredible - service pristine- despite the large party tables the noise level was just fine - including the amazing live entertainment and oldies dinner music
We will absolutely be back!

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LindaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance was beautiful and cozy. Loved the partitions between tables. Our server James was excellent and the food was outstanding. We will certainly return

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BobE
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Wonderful night, good food and service, great ambience and entertainment

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

We have been patrons to this restaurant for many years. During the pandemic we ordered takeout. - from their simplified menu. This was our first time returning to the restaurant for indoor dining. While the restaurant updated their decor, they also downsized the menu. Moreover, they did have some of their prior dishes on the menu. Overall it is a new menu. Well, the food remains delicious, but because of economics or supply chain issues, portion size are no longer the same - smaller; however, prices remain same. Shrinkflation has happened. Sadly, I find better value at the local Italian or Mediterranean restaurant. I’m not sure whether I’ll be returning to Mediterranean Grill anytime soon.

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vipBobbyG
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Calandra's has very good food and service. They lack proper etiquette in providing silverware changes, supplying plates for empty clam shells, etc.

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Gloryde
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant area is artfully done and tables are not on top of one another. Service was excellent and food was great.

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vipQuinonesNYCNJ
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious hospitality spectacular

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Nice Christmas menu. Big selection. Had to send the mussels back. Drinks were good. Lacked a festive garnish for the price. Service was a bit slow.. Overall it was good.

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susell
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We have been to this restaurant many times. The food was ok, it could have been hotter. The service was satisfactory. It was a week night and it was not busy.

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vipGwenP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The restaurant was decorated beautifully. We had a lovely table away from others. Service was impeccable and the food was great. It wasn't crowded, but it was lunch. Worried that not enough people know of this gem.

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EdwardW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal as always

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ValerieH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was great! Food was very good, service very good and ambience very festive for the holiday.

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vipRoxanneG
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

High quality food,great service and very festive atmosphere. I would definitely return and highly recommend to friends.

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vipPhil
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, Calandras has very good food and service. The atmosphere is warm and inviting.

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AlexanderS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food! Had a great time with great friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful Meal! Excellent Service!

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EdwardW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a great restaurant, one of the best in the West Essex area. My wife and I come here regularly, and we always enjoy the food and interacting with the wait staff. Also, Saturday night has live music. All around a pleasant way to spend an evening.

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Maryp
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service!! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. And Jimmy Sabini is awesome.

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PatD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great service! Nice setting options, lobby/bar, inside and outdoors.

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justaguy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Menu had something for everyone. Portions were very generous and flavorful. Service staff were very friendly and accommodating. Nice selection of daily specials and Monday special all night Happy Hour menu was a bonus.

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Inah
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall,outstanding! First time for us and wondered why it us long to do it! We dine out 3-4 times a week, and your place will be our place for special occasions and whenever we feel like. Thank you.

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ThomasL
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall a wonderful experience. We will back for sure

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vipElle
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Outdoor dining was really lovely, with shrubs, flowers, and fountains surrounding us. Food was very good, and tonight’s service was outstanding. Sadly, this is the end of summer, and the evenings get shorter and cooler, so we will treasure the experience of this evening.

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vipPelican
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful outdoor atmosphere; delicious food and it was very rewarding and a pleasure to see the chef and manager walk around to tables to ask how everything was. Haven’t even seen that before Covid lockdown . WELL DONE CALANDRAS!!!

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vipjuilliard
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner. Booked my daughter's rehearsal dinner there for next year.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent dinner, Elias , our waiter was excellent

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dmb1167
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We've dined at this restaurant a number of times and always enjoyed it. This time around our party ordered the bolognese, calamari and clam chowder (two appetizers as dinner, no problem), and a pork chop dish. All were delicious. FYI, I would have given 4 starts for the food, but I was disappointed and surprised that the chef added canned chopped clams to the fresh clams in the linguini with clam sauce dish I ordered. There's no need for those when fresh is available--and the dish had an excellent amount of fresh clams, too! It makes the difference between canned (tough and tasteless) and fresh (soft and briny) that much greater.

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vipElle
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

We have enjoyed dinner here many times. However, the service on this night was almost non-existent. I had to get up to get silverware from another table, find the waiter several times, and even remind them that we were celebrating my mother’s birthday (which was specified in the reservation! ) There were only 3 tables filled outside, so we could not understand the difficulty. Tom was not there, so we spoke to the manager on duty. He apologized and said they were training new staff. If that was the case, an experienced person should have been supervising or shadowing the trainees!

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Michelle
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our surroundings were outstanding.... We sat under an apple tree surrounded by vines, plum and fig trees on a picture-perfect day. I ordered a Cosmopolitan (made perfectly). Oscar, the chef came outside to get some fresh mint. We asked him to recommend our entrees. We shared two of the specials offered... Branzino and Blackened Chicken made not too spicy especially for me. Both were delicious. Our server Pedro was attentive and our maitre d' was so accommodating that he picked an apple for us and had the kitchen cut it up for us to enjoy. We closed out our bill and enjoyed a leisurely afternoon thanks to the staff at Calandra's Mediterranean Grill. Our day was exceptional; it could not have been better!

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vipConsistent
Naples
105 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Ordered a drink and it came in a wine glass that was not full. Beet salad had no flavor. Fried calamari was soo overcooked it’s tasted like shoe leather. Had the Cavatelli and Broccoli which was lacking in flavor all around. Service was mediocre since they were full and they had several big tables. Kitchen looked overwhelmed. Took forever to get check and have them pick it up for payment. I was there with my daughter her husband and my 2 grandchildren. They ordered pizza which was undercooked and raviolis which they ate. I did not taste them but they ate it. The French fries were the only thing on the table that were tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were excellent

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vipdebb
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent service and are very accommodating. Food was excellent.

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Joni
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Service was good. Apps were decent. Main courses were not. Bolognese sauce tasted burnt and the lemon sauce on the shrimp dish was gelatin like and the pasta was smothered in it. Dessert was good. Price was very expensive.

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Mila
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waiter, James, was amazing, attentive, accommodating and cheerful! The chef, Oscar, was amazing - accommodated our special nutritional needs so sweetly! The entire staff was just amazing!

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waynet
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Calandra’s. Never had a bad dinner there. The service is impeccable. Lovely atmosphere esp. with the water fountain and lights. Would highly recommend it .

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

we waited about 40 minutes for our check after we finished eating because our waiter never came back outside to check on us. we ended up having to ask a different server to get our bill.

FAQs

Calandra's Mediterranean Grill does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Calandra's Mediterranean Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 575-6500.

Calandra's Mediterranean Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 452 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.