Fare: Northern Italian
Price: Very - Expensive
Food Quality: 3 Stars
Service: 3 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star =Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
The best Italian restaurant in Western Monmouth County
"Old World" professional, well trained, attentive service.
Noise Level: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared food with excellent fine dining amenities and "Old World" service and ambiance.
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who enjoy a traditional Italian red sauce menu served with huge portions.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Branzini, de-boned table-side; The Grilled Salmon; and The Broiled Lamb Chops. For dessert, the Ricotta Italian Cheesecake
Liquor: Full service bar with a good selection of wines and specialty cocktails.
Sam Vera restaurant in Marlboro is an Italian fine dining restaurant relatively unknown to diners outside of Western Monmouth County. Set in a Victorian house, it consistently serves excellent Northern Italian food.
It's the best fine dining Italian experience with "Old World" amenities in Western Monmouth County.
Dining patrons who are accustomed to dining in the Freehold, Manalapan, and Marlboro area with its myriad of mediocre heavy red sauce Italian restaurants are apt to find that they will have to pay a higher price at Sam Vera restaurant for dishes made using higher quality ingredients, and for their exceptional service.
It's a good place to go if you are looking for excellent Italian food, excellent service, a full service bar, and tables spaced apart for quiet conversation.
It's also a popular dining spot for the high income Marlboro residents. If you enjoy people watching, ask to be seated in the small dining area adjacent to the bar area. The trade off is that it's noisier than the other two dining areas and the service is less attentive than the main dining room.
Set on two levels, the lower level is the preferred seating. The upstairs is less attractive and you run the risk of being seated near large parties. Tables are set with white linen, candlelight, and fresh flowers.
The service is friendly, professional, well trained and knowledgeable about their daily specialties and standard menu items. As an example of their attention to detail and great service, just drop your napkin and within ten seconds some one will come to your table with a fresh napkin to replace it.
Your dining experience begins on a positive note with a complementary serving of roasted peppers, olives, cheese and a variety of bread. It continues throughout the meal with a good selection of entrees and desserts.
When available, try the Branzini. The Mediterranean sea bass is flown in overnight from Italy and prepared fresh.
At Sam Vera's, they will cook it and bring it to your table and de-bone it before your eyes. Order it with the head, tail, and bones intact to maintain it's juicy taste. Few other Monmouth County restaurants prepare and serve Branzini as good as Sam Vera Restaurant
(updated; October, 2016)
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