Summit Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Summit

April 14, 2018 Janean Rudisill

Summit is an affluent city in Union County, New Jersey, United States. At the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 21,457, reflecting an increase of 326 (+1.5%) from the 21,131 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,374 (+7.0%) from the 19,757 counted in the 1990 Census. Summit had the 16th-highest per capita income in the state as of the 2000 Census According to Bloomberg, Summit ranked as the 72nd richest town in America in 2018.
Things to do in Summit

1. Scalini Fedeli

63 Main St, Chatham, NJ 07928-2403 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 66 - SGD 66 +1 973-701-9200
Excellent
74%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Scalini Fedeli

Reviewed By Heidi S - New Jersey

Scalini Fedeli is our go to place for fresh high quality food, impeccable service and traditional ambiance. The menu is quite diverse and chefs are accommodating. The food is just outstanding from seafood, to steaks to pastas. The dining room can get just a bit loud on a Saturday night, but it is a place a celebration and connection. Instead of saving it for a special occasion, I encourage you to give a try just for a nice night out - it really is a good value.

2. Millburn Delicatessen

328 Millburn Ave, Millburn, NJ 07041-1621 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 973-379-5800
Excellent
77%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Millburn Delicatessen

Reviewed By Runnerny2244 - South Orange, New Jersey

This place is awesome. It's busy and fun! The food was amazing. I had the "godfatha" sandwich and it was so good! I will definitely come here again.

1200 Morris Turnpike, The Mall at Short Hills, Short Hills, NJ 07078-2746 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 66 +1 973-467-0089
Excellent
32%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 253 reviews

Legal Sea Foods

The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. Our restaurant is located inside The Mall at Short Hills on the lower level. You may choose to beach yourself in our dining room or at our bar. Either way, we’ll think you walk on water - be sure to see our aquarium of koi fish built into the floor. Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year as well as an award-winning wine list, there’s no doubt why legions of fans have fallen hook, line and sinker. We’ve received a boatload of accolades including the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.

Reviewed By Andrew K - Jersey City, New Jersey

Yes, here, as almost everywhere else, you get the best service when it's busy. And, despite efforts by top management, there are differences in this chain, from food to service, location by location. My wife and I hadn't been to this location in many years, but, during a mall visit, expected great food and decent service -- we got both. Noise? Only from a loudmouth at the next table -- otherwise it was bearable at dinner. Two glasses of Albarino, in generous pours ($11 each) were wonderful, as were the Cotuit oysters ($3) each -- which were identified for me by the server -- unlike the case at the Cambridge, Mass. Legal Seafoods. My wife loved her New England clam chowder cup ($6.95). Also unlike the Cambridge location, the table was cleared of starters before the mains arrived: Grilled Haddock ($25.95) for me with sides of cole slaw and roasted mushrooms; Grilled Mahi-Mahi with sauteed spinach ($25.95) for my wife. Both great and satisfying -- and at prices that look more and more like bargains, compared with similar offerings from other restaurants.

4. Fiorino

38 Maple St, Summit, NJ 07901-2536 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 52 - SGD 79 +1 908-277-1900
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Fiorino

In the kitchen of Fiorino Ristorante only the best will do. We have a zero-tolerance policy for anything that sacrifices quality. As expert chefs, we know that the best dishes start with the best ingredients. On our menu, you will find the finest Italian inspired dishes that the area has to offer, and we have spent years perfecting each and every item on our menu so that every dish is memorable. From our housemade raviolis to our signature cocktails, everything is crafted with an absolute attention to detail. The result is a journey of sorts, where each bite will transport you to the heart of Italy, and you will constantly have to remind yourself that you are not on a farm or a vineyard in Tuscany after each subsequent, delicious bite. We invite you to come experience Fiorino for yourself, let us take you across the globe, if only for dinner.

Reviewed By Simonizzze - New Jersey

We ate here on a Friday night right before Christmas. The place was packed. The tables are very close together so we felt a little like sardines in a can. And the noise level made it difficult to talk. We have been in other fully packed restaurants, but with better acoustics (lacking here) where you can hear yourself talk.

The food is very good, though also pricey (e.g., the shrimp and angel hair pasta dish cost about 20% more than the same dish at other restaurants). Service was very good. Despite a fully packed restaurant, dinner did not take too long to come out, and water glasses were refilled without asking.

If you don't mind a high noise level, this restaurant is very good. But I know restaurants that are equally good and much quieter, so we probably will not return here unless maybe on a week day.

5. Spanish Tavern of Mountainside

1239 Route 22, Mountainside, NJ 07092-2609 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 52 +1 908-232-2171
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 331 reviews

Spanish Tavern of Mountainside

The Spanish Tavern is the premier destination in New Jersey for awarding winning traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine. Those who have dined with us at Spanish Tavern have come to know us as restaurant they can rely on for superb food, delicious drinks, exceptional service and a gorgeous environment to turn the every day and most special of occasions into warm memories. New Jersey Monthly Magazine has named Spanish Tavern as Best Spanish Restaurant in Northern New Jersey. Our menu is well rounded, with a large emphasis placed on seafood dishes due to the seaside Spanish regions where the owners are from. Favorites include our Shrimp in Garlic Sauce appetizer, Veal Corunesa, Twin Lobsters, Paella Valencia and Branzino Filet a la Plancha. Our lunch menu is accessible for casual lunch meetups in addition to being a smart choice for a business meeting. A children's menu allows for Spanish Tavern to be a dining option for the whole family. Our private dining room can host up to 75 guests for any event, including christenings, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, reunions and charity events. Spanish Tavern also excels at catering and would be happy to work with you to bring you vision to life. Come by or call for takeout to see why we're New Jersey's favorite Spanish restaurant!

Reviewed By Stu S

First the good . . . THE FOOD. We started with the some kind of Spanish bean and potato soup, which was very tasty. We each ordered paella, one order of Paella Valencia, and one of Paella Marinera. The portions were large, and the paella delicious.

Now the not so good. The dining room is one big room, jammed with as many tables, chairs and people as they can possible fit. The have tried muting the noise in the room by covering two walls with sound-deadening material, but it's still very loud, very crowded, and has zero ambiance. Second, service is slow at best. Third, it's grossly overpriced considering the slow service and the loud cramped dining conditions. Too bad, because the food is good enough to command the high price ($100 for two of us, without any liquor), but not in such a pedestrian environment.

6. Natale's Bakery

185 Broad St, Summit, NJ 07901-3932 Takeout Breakfast +1 908-277-2074
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 122 reviews

Natale's Bakery

Reviewed By 4onpark - Jersey

This is one of the best bakeries in Central New Jersey. The go to place for many residents for every day needs, special events and the holidays. Well prepared cakes, pies and cookies. Can get very crowded on the holiday weeks and best to order ahead as popular items sell out quickly. A couple soft points, service can be inconsistent as they employee lots of people and some are more helpful than others, parking is limited so can be difficult to park close. Finally after spending an hour speaking in person with them they didn't deliver the special order cake as requested.

7. Moe's Bistro

535 Central Ave, at Best Western Murry Hill, New Providence, NJ 07974-1561 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 50 +1 908-840-4540
Excellent
83%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Moe's Bistro

Moe’s Bistro is a reflection of Moe’s personality, knowledge, and humor. He wants to bring something memorable and thoroughly enjoyable to every table

Reviewed By BillyVn - Livingston, New Jersey

Pleasant atmosphere and very nice entertainment on a Saturday night. The food was average to good, but the wines by the glass were all pretty bad. The wine list was not much better. Too bad they recently received their liquor license!!

8. Restaurant Serenade

6 Roosevelt Ave, Chatham, NJ 07928-2532 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 66 - SGD 118 +1 973-701-0303
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 180 reviews

Restaurant Serenade

"Dinner at this jewel-like restaurant has been described as the "ultimate level of culinary enlightenment" stated the Asbury Park Press. Serenade serves contemporary French cuisine created by the collaborated efforts of James and Nancy Laird. Come visit this beautiful restaurant located in the picturesque town of Chatham, New Jersey."

Reviewed By trudy s - Westfield, New Jersey

This has always been one of our favorite restaurants but we had not been here in a while. So, recently for my birthday, I knew it was a must. And we were not disappointed.
There are several lovely rooms and the tables are a comfortable distance apart. The chairs are incredibly comfortable (sadly a rare find in most restaurants!). The service is impeccable with a seasoned mature waitstaff who are very familiar with the menu.
Now for the best part— the meal. My husband started with a crab cake that he said was delicious and I had the creamless autumn soup with water chestnuts, fall veggies and shaved truffles on top- fantastic. My husband chose for his entree a two beef special- a braised rib and flank steak. It was cooked to perfection and plated beautifully. I opted for the roasted lobster with potatoe cakes and fresh veggies in a delicate light cream sauce. Someone came around, twice, offering a variety of fresh rolls which were warm and delicate. We were so full at this point so elected to skip dessert but our server brought over a yummy very berry sorbet with a candle, followed by a small dish of delicate candies. The service was attentive but not smothering.
The food, the service and ambiance can rival any restaurant in NY. In fact, on the way home my husband remarked it was one of the best meals he’s had out in ages.
We won’t make the mistake of waiting so long to return. Plan ahead- difficult to get a reservation on the spur of the moment!

9. Roots Steakhouse

401 Springfield Ave, Summit, NJ 07901-2624 Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 908-273-0027
Excellent
57%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 226 reviews

Roots Steakhouse

Reviewed By mombrellino - Far Hills, New Jersey

Went for a business meeting with 15 of my partners and was not disappointed. They were able to accommodate us in their private room and the service was spectacular. My T-bone was cooked perfectly and the apps were great. Not a big fan of the puff bread but that just my personal opinion. They should offer regular bread too. Overall a very good experience.

10. Magic Fountain

498 Morris Ave, Ste A, Summit, NJ 07901-1505 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 908-273-2565
Excellent
47%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Magic Fountain

Reviewed By barry88 - Hillsborough, New Jersey

This is good ice cream, and they have a ton of options. There should always be a line, but they move fast. People are friendly, prices are reasonable. What else can you ask for.

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