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“There must have been a sale on salt”

103 Prime at Valentino's
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Ranked #11 of 30 Restaurants in Park Ridge
Price range: USD 31 - USD 60
Description: 103 PRIME at Valentino's is an Modern Italian Steakhouse and Seafood restaurant located in the charming neighborhood of Park Ridge, NJ
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Description: 103 PRIME at Valentino's is an Modern Italian Steakhouse and Seafood restaurant located in the charming neighborhood of Park Ridge, NJ
Reviewed 1 May 2018

This was our first time at this restaurant, and we joined another couple for a Saturday night dinner. The place is very inviting -- looks like a well-kept house on the outside and in but with valet parking.

We were a bit early and our friends had not arrived yet so we very happy to get seated at our table. We were offered water, but surprisingly no waiter came to ask for a beverage order while we waited. (There were only maybe two other tables occupied in our dining room at this point, so this makes it really inexplicable.) I like that they leave a bottle of water on the table so that you don't have to flag someone down each time you need a refill. Once our friends arrived the server did come and get beverage orders. One of our friends really needs ice in his water, which was not automatically provided but was delivered upon request.

Our server mentioned a cold seafood appetizer special that was generally good for two people, so we asked if it could be made for four people and I knew we were in for disappointment when the waiter mumbled "sure, they can throw a couple of extra shrimp on there." So when a big platter of ice arrived with four shrimp inserted into the ice and a measly lobster half plopped onto the ice mound with a few pieces of lump crab thrown on top, we all silently looked at each other and each ate a shrimp. No, just no. We asked for them to at least double the appetizer for the four of us. As soon as we could we flagged down the waiter and tried again. They brought another mound of ice with measly seafood on it and tried to sit it down on our crowded table when I interjected that they should put everything on the same platter, so they did.

The seafood was good but not spectacular. Part of our collective disappointment was that we often go to the River Palm Terrace steakhouse and they offer a tremendously generous and succulent cold seafood appetizer that we all love. This one paled in comparison.

The two guys shared a 48 oz. porterhouse for two, I had a filet mignon, and our other friend had the eggplant lasagna. Two of us also got their huge twice-baked "loaded" potato. The consensus was that the steaks were very good (but heavy on the salt) and the lasagna was more like an eggplant parmesan but good. The loaded twice-baked potatoes had lots of good cheese, a few chunks of bacon, sour cream, etc. and were out-of-this world salty. I would have eaten more of it had it not been tooth-achingly salty. Most of us got either the gelato or sorbets or both. My gelato/sorbet assortment was fine but really tasted to me as if it had been scooped from a grocery store carton.

In general service was sort of attentive but there were a few times when we had to flag down somebody for more water or ice, nobody offered to get us a drink while we waited for the rest of our party, our waiter didn't "get" what we were asking for with the seafood appetizer, etc.

I feel like this could be a really terrific place if perhaps there were more staff training and the kitchen showed more restraint with the salt shaker.

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Thank Anne C
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

103 Prime at Valentino’s is located on Spring Valley Road near the business park.
We arrived a little early and were told we could wait at the bar - but we got chased away by the bartender because the seats at the bar were reserved - very unfriendly. And even though there were plenty of empty tables in the restaurant we had to wait. But once we were seated everything was Ok.
The menu is Italian- with nice pastas & traditional entrees - e.g. Veal Milanese,
Cioppiono. The food quality & quantity were good - as well as the service.
They were very busy on a Saturday night - so reservations are recommended.

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Thank riny
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

After reading mixed reviews my wife and I tried this restaurant on Saturday night. From the valet to leaving the restaurant it was just over three hours a bit long for dinner. We were greeted on arrival and were told that they were running a bit late for our seven reservation. We were seated about fifteen minuets later. Our waiter Patrick was great doing everything to accommodate us. The restaurant was full and really noisy The kitchen was extremely slow . Over forty minuets for starter to arrive. My wife had the clams she said they were full of sand, Our entrees were ok the menu had just changed and although my diver scallops were cooked perfectly the presentation was lacking. The one fault I found on the wine list was that most of the wines did not show a vintage year for anyone that likes wine this is not.helpful. I understand that it was Saturday night and completely full and really loud Since our waiters had only four tables and we saw food coming out slowly we believed the kitchen was the problem We would probably return during the week when it is less hectic because dinner should not take over 3 hours

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were looking for a last minute place to go on a Good Friday night that a little bit away from our Rockland County home. We decided on 103 Prime and drove up without a reservation. The valet parking is convenient and helps that the young man was also friendly and courteous. When greeted by the host he was very attentive and accommodating. We were sat in the bar area which is perfect for us as we could also see the Yankees game. The service was top notch from the get go and our server Alicia was great. She was very honest with her recommendations and always had a smile on her face. We ordered the meatballs and wedge salad to start and neither dish disappointed. The kitchen was nice enough to cut the wedge salad in two and the meatballs were delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed both dishes. There was also a lobster cocktail special that was very fresh and was a good portion.

Thank Ken P
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Went for belated Valentines Day dinner on the Saturday night that followed. Bar was set up in corner of restaurant and was cramped with little room to find a place while waiting for table. Owner and bartender were very pleasant on arrival. The meal went downhill from there. The lamb chops were ordered medium well and came out red and cold to the touch. My signature NY Strip, while tasty, was served cold and had to be sent back to the kitchen. When it returned at proper temperature it was now cooked from medium rare to well done. The service was unprofessional and inattentive to the needs of the table. While the owner did make an accommodation by removing a portion of the charges I would likely not return. There are far better steakhouses in the area including River Palm, The Park, Allendale Steakhouse to name those within a seven minute drive of Park Ridge. Disappointing.

Thank Docwayne60
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Manager22205, Manager at 103 Prime at Valentino's, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Although we're disappointed to hear that your recent experience at 103 Prime missed the mark, we sincerely thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We'll be sure to pass along your comments to our kitchen staff.

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