Axton's by Chef Anton Testino

4.6
432 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
One of New Jersey's top Executive Chefs, Anton Testino, best known for competing on Food Networks Chopped, and Gordon Ramsay's Hells Kitchen. Welcomes you to his Italian Restaurant. Serving his extraordinary and unique style of cuisine which is infused with other cultural influences, creating an original one of a kind menu. Therefore making Axton's by Chef Anton Testino one of the only Rustic Italian Steak and Seafood Restaurants in Northern New Jersey. The inviting ambiance from the moment you walk through the doors and enter the dining room, you get a cozy and warm nostalgic sensation of an Italian small countryside village restaurant. It's intimate classically modern design with a full open kitchen view is perfect for couples and friends to have dinner.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 432 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The Shrimp Risotto was excellent. Salmon dish was really good too. Dinner was made all Gluten-free. Service was a little slow due to heavy business with the adjacent Donna’s Pizza place.

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thelumpers
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

The risotto was outstanding as always but the Cesaer salad was plain and disappointing. It really needs better than grated parm cheese.

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LauraP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was AMAZING!
Our server was great! Since it was our first time there, she went over the menu and specials and helped us make the perfect food choices. Chef Anton's presentation was beautiful on each dish, and it was delicious. Definitely worth a visit (again and again)!

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LindaR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Our review of Axton’s is that they are trying but need some additional improvements.
We ordered the signature calamari appetizer which was mediocre - served with a balsamic glaze which was not special. My salmon special was described as being served with scallops and risotto however I was disappointed with the meager amount of scallops and the salmon was very undercooked. Risotto however was great.
And my husband’s dish of linguine and clams was good.

We had to ask for butter with our bread.

Service was scarce on a Saturday night.

For the price in a local environment I would expect excellent service.

Overall value is not good for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time there after reading an article ranking it as one of the top restaurants in the area. Did not disappoint!! Eggplant appetizer was fresh and delicious and the Jekyll & Hyde calamari was outstanding! Caesar salad was delish as well as our entrees of sausage/broccoli rabe over pasta and shrimp/scallops fra diavlo. Truly authentic. My family is from the same part of Italy as the owner and his food brought back so many amazing memories of visiting my relatives and of my grandmothers house. The bread with vinegar dip was also so yummy. This place is a must try! Can’t wait to go back. Very reasonably priced and our waitress (the owners sister) was so friendly. You can tell they take such pride in their food and value their customers! Small dining room but such a cozy atmosphere - BYOB also. Do yourself a favor and go!!

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

It is a great place. You walk in and immediately feel like you’re part of the family!

Wonderful place with incredible food! Your tastebuds will thank you and jumó for joy!

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vipMargaretJ
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious!

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DaveC
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent, lively ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Risotto is out of this world and all the other dishes are delicious. Love this restaurant.

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MikeE
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great calamari special appetizer! And the main courses never disappoint! Highly recommend!!!

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Anthony
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Axton’s and it was a great time. Food was very fresh, perfect portions, Fran our waitress was excellent. Byob is a plus. Would deff recommend this restaurant to others. Prices are a little on the higher side but certainly worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a nice time. The restaurant was not crowded and the food was great as always.

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vipJS80
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Had a wonderful meal at Axton's! The staff did a great job during a very busy Saturday evening. Our meals were awesome - the pasta delicious and the seafood fresh and beautifully prepared. Highly recommend! Looking forward to our next visit.

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vipSunshine
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

We had the mussels in white wine & cold antipasto as apps - sauce for the mussels was so good. I had the pork belly special - delicious, my friend had short rib ravioli, the ragu was great and my urged friend had the shrimp risotto and loved it.

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vipMorel
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday was made memorable with this lovely evening

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evie646
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious and presented beautifully. The waitress was attentive without being overbearing. We loved it and are already making plans to go back

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AlexisN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is always warm and welcoming. The food consistently outstanding! One of favorite go to's!

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RomaT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, friendly staff, specials are good best pork chops,seafood around

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vipnjfoodlover
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were excellent as always.

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jvr211
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our party of 4 ate here Saturday, August 7th and we were all very impressed by both our meals and experience. Service was excellent. We shared two of the appetizer specials, a burrata with a grilled peach bruschetta and balsamic drizzle, and a grilled eggplant salad that was just bursting with unique flavors. The servings were ample enough for all of four of us to enjoy some of each one, and both were definite hits with our table. Our entrees included a salmon special, a chicken dish and a pasta dish with seafood - all delicious. We will most certainly return soon!

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vipfitzfer921
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Dinner was very good service terrific. Cute little place.Will be back

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vipc38t
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I thought it was good overall. The calamari appetizer wasn't very good. My cavatelli entree was very good. I thought everything was over priced. But the cost of doing business is more expensive so I guess the high prices are justified. I dont think Pompton Lakes will support this business with these prices.

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I had dinner with another couple, our very close friends, last evening and had such a wonderful meal. The staff at Axton's are so attentive and the atmosphere is so warm and inviting. We particularly loved the wall of French Doors and the very unique wine bottle wall decor that you would expect to find at an Old World Winery Tasting Room. This is our first visit to Axton's and I am sure it will not be our last. We shared the Clams Casino and Jekyll and Hyde Calamari and although both appetizers were delicious, my favorite was the Clams Casino. Our entrees consisted of Anton's Filet, Bistecca, Scallops Basilico and Chicken David and we all agreed that the entrees were all delicious and the portions were more than generous. Our thanks to Chef Anton Testino and his team for a very memorable dining experience.

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BevT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this place! We brought my daughter and boyfriend from California here and everyone raved about the delicious meals. The Jekyl and Hyde calamari is fabulous, risotto, pasta, and seafood done perfectly. Topped off with strawberry cannoli crepes! Our waitress, Francesca is a gem!

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vipjuilliard
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Oh, the bread is delicious! Axton's pork dish is fantastic. Best I ever had! Filet mignon was superb. will be back soon.

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NikkiR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food!!!
It was a party if 5 adults, and we couldn’t stop raving of each other’s meal. Of course is not our first time eating here, but every time we bring new friends to try Chef Anton’s food it seems like a first time to us.
Plus you cannot ask for better service, they treat you like family!
Definitely 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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IsabelG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

ASIDE FROM MY DISH, THE THE OTHER THREE MEALS WERE OUTSTANDING. MY RISOTTO SCALLOPS BASILLICO, WAS NOT TO MY LIKING - THE SCALLOPS WERE OUTSTANDING, BUT THE RISOTTO WAS MUSHY.
THE CEILING FANS WERE BLOWING TTO HIGH, AND VERY ANNOYING.

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JohnM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service were excellent. The risotto was prepared perfectly. We'll definitely go back.

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vipBobG
New York Area
143 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Pleasant room. Interesting menu. Loved the stuffed eggplant app. Excellent red sauce (gravy). Bronzino with home made pasta and broccoli rabe in a sherry sauce is very good. Overall very nice experience

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AlexisN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a hospitable welcome, service and food is consistently excellent!

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vipjuilliard
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Probably the best meal we have had since moving to Kinnelon 8 years ago! The pork special was out of this world! The bread was outstanding. Everything was just wonderful. Will definitely return. BYO is a special bonus! Very unassuming restaurant. Wonderful!

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LauraR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was exceptional -the food was delicious and the service was attentive. We love it here!

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KathyM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Look forward to his scallop dishes as the scallops melt in your mouth. Always a good meal.

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vipfoodie
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

My Chicken Pompton was very generous and the presentation very nice. The overly sweet caramelized onions and the soupy mushy pasta disappointed me. There was a minuscule amount of spinach. There is one waitress so it took a while to order but the food was perfectly hot and came out promptly. My friend ordered the salmon he said it was delicious but got sick about an hour after we finished the meal.
I think the food combinations on the menu are not good. Pork with Scallops and Filet Mignon with scallops???
"Less is more" is a good motto.

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RayF
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was excellent, but did not care for the way our order of garlic bread was prepared, as it was completely covered with cheese. Our salads and entrees however were excellent.
The service was also excellent.

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DonnaM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usually the food was delicious and the service was great!

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MollyG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Very underwhelmed with the desert. I ordered the cannoli filled crape topped with whip cream, fresh strawberries, and chocolate drizzle. What I got was a cold somewhat rubbery rolled crape filled with done tile of cream. There was no fresh strawberries, no whipped cream , instead a few slivered of old stewed indistinguishable strawberries. Very disappointing!
The website also mentioned home made pasta so I ordered linguine with clam sauce. What I got was boxed pasta with chopped clams surrounded by a dozen whole clams.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Axtons never disappoints!

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MichelleS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in northern NJ. Fabulous food, never disappoints!

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debbiec
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I was waiting since you opened but then covid came. Was very happy with everything. Loved talking to you also. Loved all the seafood. Will be back again.

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Axton's by Chef Anton Testino is rated 4.6 stars by 432 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.