While in New Jersey, Cherry Hill is very close to Philadelphia and prides itself on being fun and family friendly, as well as being a former residence of Muhammad Ali. Visitors regularly take the 15-minute trip from Philadelphia to experience the laid-back vibe and to see the town’s main attractions — the Garden State Discovery Museum, Croft Farms, the Cherry Hill Mall, and for would-be sommeliers, the Wine Room. You’ll definitely work up an appetite exploring everything this town has to offer. Here are 10 of the best restaurants in the area.
Zucchini Crabcake Courtesy of Caffe Alberto Lamberti/Karl Vela
Interior | Courtesy of The Farm and Fisherman Tavern + Market
The fine Italian dining on offer at Caffe Aldo Lamberti has made the restaurant something of a South Jersey landmark for over 27 years. The attractive Art Deco building is home to a number of hidden treasures, most notably the Tuscan, Sonoma and Bordeaux wine cellars, all of which can play host to private parties and some 15,000 bottles of award-winning wine. The menu hosts the best in new Italian dining, with changing seasonal additions, and Aldo’s raw bar, which showcases the best seafood that the East Coast has to offer. With fresh dishes with prime ingredients and an elegant atmosphere, it offers an unmissable fine, authentic Italian dining experience.
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As the second iteration of chef-owner Josh and Colleen Lawler’s restaurants, The Farm and Fisherman Tavern + Market already had a high level of prestige behind it upon opening. And it has lived up to the hype. The couple is driven by a passion for local, seasonal cuisine, and out of this, they have built this family-friendly tavern and market, which keeps locals well fed whether they want to eat in, take away or pick up some farm fresh groceries. The menu is varied, with the changing supper plates including a mixture of fresh meats, seafood, generous vegetarian and gluten-free offerings in addition to their salads.
No matter how into fine dining you are, you would be incorrect to say that there are many meals more satisfying than a perfectly cooked pizza. Gambino’s serves up fine Italian cuisine and a delectable selection of gourmet pizzas, strombolis, and calzones, with the added bonus of being BYOB. The pizza dough is all made fresh on the premises daily, and you have the choice of medium, large, by the slice, Sicilian, or the special pizza turnover. The other great attractions on the menu are Giovanni’s homemade arancini rice balls, which come in meat or vegetarian options, and the homemade Gambino’s focaccia. It’s hearty cooking and dining — just like the Sicilians do it.
Hong Kong Fusion takes you on a culinary journey to the fresh markets of Kowloon, showcasing the freshness and excitement that led to Cantonese cuisine being so popular in the first place. The restaurant is minimal yet elegant, and they have transferred this elegance into their dishes. Seafood is a speciality here, with the shrimp, scallops and salmon being particularly of note. The staff is happy to recommend the different sauce styles, and the chef’s specials are also worth a try.
A comfortable old-world atmosphere greets guests as they arrive at Il Villaggio, coupled with an emphasis on quality and style throughout the decor, service and cuisine. It is one of the town’s most popular spots for events, as well as being a go-to place for date nights. The lush, elegant interior shows that old warm charm can indeed be coupled with style. The menu features all of your staples of good Italian cuisine including pastas, veal, meat, and seafood, all with fresh ingredients and coated in rich, delicious sauces that give the dishes an enviable depth of flavor and a taste of the Mediterranean. Try the beef carpaccio to start if you are feeling adventurous.
While the Mediterranean by way of Italy has been featured on this list, it is time to fly a bit farther on to Greece. Kuzina by Sofia is an unmissable destination for anyone in the area who has a hankering and appreciation for the beauty and simplicity of Mediterranean cooking. This is true Greek cuisine at its very best. Owner and chef Sofia Karakasidou was born and raised in Thessaloniki, and she has brought the flavors of her hometown straight to the plate. From fresh Mediterranean salads to spanakopitakia, Greek meatballs, kebabs, mousaka, and the broiled catch of the day skiathos, you will find it hard to make a choice. Added bonuses come in the form of BYOB, the regular Greek entertainment and all-you-can-eat events. Opa!
There is a reason that Thai food has arguably overtaken Chinese cuisine as the Asian food of choice for North Americans, and A Little Thai Kitchen showcases all the best things from one of the great jewels of east Asia. It is a family-owned and run restaurant, and you will receive a warm welcome from all of the staff, who pride themselves in their hospitality and passion about their food. The dishes are made using the finest and freshest ingredients, and you will find a selection of the most authentic Thai dishes on the menu. The pad Thai is second to none, as is the selection of Thai curries, and for a fusion of east and west, try the spaghetti seafood.
Mikado means ‘Emperor’ in Japanese, and this steak house and sushi bar has certainly positioned itself as a ruler among restaurants in Cherry Hill. Since it opened in 1999, it has continuously kept diners happy with the most authentic Japanese cuisine in South Jersey. Its dishes are made from the freshest ingredients, elegant designs and innovative cooking styles, topped off with friendly staff who really know and love their food. The menu offers a variety of sushi, from traditional maki, nigiri and sashimi to flavor-enriched shogayaki and daily chef’s specials. For those looking for something a bit warmer, there are hot pots, don buri, teriyaki, curries, noodles, and tempura dishes to name but a few. Mikado features elegant surroundings for a tantalizing dining experience.
Ponzio’s is far more than your typical American diner. It has been a Cherry Hill institution for over 45 years, and the family is at the heart of the community, taking pride in giving residents and visitors the highest quality food, which has won them a whole host of awards over the years. The diner serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as having a special dinner menu for Big Game days. The vast menu has something for everyone, with traditional diner dinners given something of a gourmet makeover, particularly their sandwiches and burgers. Those with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed, with the bakery being worth a visit in itself, and the bar keeps the fun going long after you’ve had your fill of food.
A multi-award winning restaurant, with accolades including the South Jersey Golden Fork, Best of South Jersey, Best Pizza, and Premiere Outdoor Dining, there is plenty that keeps critics and customers happy at Toscana. This family-owned restaurant prides itself on making delicious Italian cuisine, mixing traditional fare with some of the latest trends that are sweeping through the Italian culinary world. Their wine list mixes the best of their old and new home, with the Hopewell Valley Wines having grapes imported from Italy and bottled locally, making a perfect accompaniment to any meal. All of the menu specialties, such as crudo, fresh seafood, wood-grilled meats, homemade pasta, and seasonal desserts, are prepared and created by the restaurant’s master chefs from scratch every day.