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About Permanently Closed - Luke Palladino - Seasonal Italian Cooking
This restaurant is permanently closed.
Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking in Linwood, New Jersey is a small restaurant that offers an exclusive lunch or dinner experience. Prepared by the chef and owner with seasonal fare, your meal will highlight traditional Italian cooking techniques. Guests can order from the menu or try the five-course tasting menu and be surprised by the chef�s current favorites.
Start your meal at Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking with eggplant caponata or the chef�s artisan cheese selection. Pasta, soup, fish and meat dishes make up the rest of the menu. Diners love the veal chop, seared scallops and Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking�s famous soft shell crab cooked with a spicy cioppino ragu.
Linwood, NJ 08221
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Luke Palladino Catering would be pleased to cater any event, from an intimate dinner or party to an elaborate wedding. Catering menus can be customized with Luke personally, to suit any taste or budget. We will be happy to work with any idea, theme or vision you have for your event.
Delivery, set-up, cooking staff, serving staff, bartenders and other services available.
We are conveniently situated on Route 9 in Linwood, NJ with access to NJ Transit public transportation. For transportation from any point on Absecon Island, We recommend UBER. First time UBER clients, use promo code PALLADINOS for $20 credit.
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
This restaurant is closed. We did not get any notice regarding our reservation. I was lucky to read about it in the paper. Open table dld not let me cancel the reservation, which I was only trying to do because the restaurant had required a credit card, AND we wanted we wanted to make a reservation elsewhere. Open table would not allow me to make another reservation for the same night. I had to post star ratings to submit this review, but they should be left blank.
It was cash only over Labor Day weekend. The host stand couldn’t find my reservation, seated us but called my phone 30min later to ask why I hadn’t shown.
Service was exceptionally slow with 2 different servers. We ordered some apps, black pasta, and 4 dinners. The fried zucchini and arancini apps were good, but the black pasta was AWFUL. Nothing like it had been previously, with a fishy taste, no herbs, and water in the bottom of the bowl with a black film.
Our waiter showed up with a roasted whole Dorad (which we didn’t order). We explained we ordered Branzino (we got the name mixed up with Baramundi). He said Branzino and Dorad are the same thing. He was very insistent that we were wrong and not him. We didn’t want to wait for 2 new meals to be cooked so we agreed to just take it. While they were cooked well, mine had about 20-25 bones left in it. Overall an awful experience (our 2nd) and we won’t return.
Notwithstanding the wonderfulness of the food, the service was lousy and energetic does not begin to describe the noise level in the restaurant. This was the next to last Saturday night of the season. The staff should have known what do by that date. Maybe the restaurant should not overbook so the staff can service the patrons. If you were bored of your own dinner conversation, you could easily hear the next table. There is nothing to absorb the sound I truly look forward to the off-season when the service and ambience will match the quality of the food
I have eaten at Luke's restaurants in South Philadelphia, his other location in Linwood, and in Atlantic City and this was my least favorite experience of the experiences. His Veal Milanese for 39 dollars was drier than I prefer and no match for the equally priced Veal Milanese at Chef Vola. I would also say that his meat entrees were limited to 4 which I was hoping for greater selection.
Someone who really knows authentic Italian food, not South Jersey Red Gravy Italian, but real "takes you back to the old country" food. Everything we had there was spot on tasty and the portioning is just right. Luke knows his pasta and you really should not dine here without indulging. If we lived in the neighborhood this would be our go to spot, but we don't. Fortunately our friends do and they say it will now be their go to spot!
I have been to this restaurant more than two dozen times. The food is always great. I do not understand how this wonderful place does not have a line out the door each and every nite. Anyone who has not tried Luke's yet needs to make a reservation. The food is that good!
Excellent dinner and experience !!! Shared the Porterhouse special with my son , and my wife had the veal chop Milanese . Both were prepared perfectly and were delicious. This was our first time at this restaurant and glad we made the trip out of Ventnor!!!
Second visit and looking forward to returning!
The food preparation is excellent.
The appetizers of calamari and caponata were enjoyed by all.
The homemade pasta and seafood were delicious as well.
Although we enjoyed dessert, it wasn't exactly as described on the menu. It was described as a tort, but was actually pound cake.
Since menu is seasonal, will have to return when it is changed!
Exceptional meal from A-Z. My dining partners and I were completely satisfied with our meal from appetizers to dessert. Tried the burrata caprese, ahi tuna, and eggplant caponata for starters and hard pressed to determine what was the favorite. Entrees included the bucatini with soft shell crabs, raviolline, and the pasta nero with crabmeat. All interesting and delicious flavors. Limoncello tort and cannolli for dessert. Service was great. Just a superb dining experience. If I lived closer, I'd be there on a regular basis. Ingredients are fresh and the combinations are designed to give the fullest flavor.
Do not go here! I want this place to my self. Luke knows how to please the public. Fantastic northern Italian food. Tasty, flavorful, fresh food. This man is a very exceptional chef. His prices are very fair and the place does not get too noisy. You can actually carry on a conversation.
Let me say this. Like Palladino is an exceptional man. He runs this place well. He is the head chef. The other night we were there and a patron had a severe medical problem. Not only did they call 911 and get this man to a hospital but Luke himself stayed with this man and an his family until he was taken out by the ambulance. That was about 22 minutes. What a kind act. Says a lot about Luke. He was truly concerned. An exception man.
We have been frequenting this place since his move from Tilden Road. I am sold on this wonderful place. What a treat it is to dine there. Truly Luke is The Man!
We certainly had a great dining experience. Met our expectations which are always high!
No disappointments in the service or the feed.
The seasonal menu was very unique with the addition of the local corn, peas,lettuces.
Definitely a restaurant to return to!
Appetizers and entrees were excellent. Seafood (tuna carpaccio, seared scallops, whole dorado in 'crazy water') and squid ink pasta were standouts. Espresso was weak and affogato dessert was plagued by too much espresso (melted the entire thing) and not enough limoncello (all ran to the bottom). Whipped cream was too thick and unsweetened. A minor complaint for an overall excellent meal.
The opinions expressed are those of this diner and do not necessarilly reflect those of other customers.! This is our 1st visit to Lukes Linwood location. I won't compare it to the other 2 locations. ( one is now closed ). Have been to Philly and each is great in it's own right. One is not better than the other. I do like them equally but for different reasons. Quality of food, dish preparation and recipes are unique and I am getting more familiar with the "taste & style" of Chef Pallidino. Especially like that Seasonal Cooking is BYOB . Customer satisfaction seems to be the goal of his staff at both locations.
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