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This Italian Restaurant + Steakhouse in Livingston Has Roots Dating Back to 1969

by Jodi Cirincione
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Nero’s Grille, located at 618 South Livingston Avenue in Livingston, is an American Steakhouse with Italian roots. This special establishment opened in 1969 as an Italian restaurant and has transitioned over the years to include steaks and seafood. The restaurant is spacious with multiple dining rooms, white linen tablecloths, and an inviting bar space. It is a unique balance of upscale casual both in the menu options and environment. What truly sets Nero’s Grille apart is the restaurant’s eclectic menu, cozy atmosphere, and phenomenal private events. Read on to learn more about this iconic restaurant in Livingston, New Jersey.

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About Nero’s Grille

The dining choices at Nero’s Grille range from lobster and steak to pizza and burgers with comforting Italian specialties. One of the most popular dishes, the Chicken Nero, is a dish comprised of chicken pieces, sausage, vinegar peppers, and mushrooms. Locals flock to Nero’s Grille for their continuously updated specials which range from seafood specialties like Nero’s take on a salmon avocado poke bowl to Italian comfort food like the spicy vodka chicken parm. Another popular choice is their lobster roll made with lemon aioli and chives. Nero’s Grille has an array of appetizers like the caramelized onion dip and short rib potato pancakes as well as an ice-cold raw bar. For dessert, the homemade key lime pie is a customer favorite.

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Nero’s Grille has a kid’s menu that goes beyond the traditional selections to include items such as a turkey and cheese wrap with a choice of mashed potatoes, fries or veggies, a cheeseburger option, grilled chicken tacos, and linguini and meatballs — all for $10 a meal. Takeout is another popular choice at Nero’s’ Grille — either for pickup or delivery.

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Another standout feature of Nero’s Grille is its impressive bar which, according to Dan Koo, the general manager, is commonly packed with regulars and is reminiscent of the Cheers era where everyone treats one another like family. Dan Koo explained that many customers represent four generations over the years. He loves seeing tables filled with long-time customers seated happily with their grandchildren and extended families. Happy Hour takes place on Monday through Friday from 3:30PM-6PM and has a separate small plates menu that includes flatbreads, sliders, tacos, and raw bar options as well as half-priced drinks. In 2023, Nero’s Grille was honored by The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its outstanding wine list. The restaurant serves up to 100 different wine choices and specialty cocktails.

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Nero’s Grille is a popular choice for private events. The upscale casual restaurant often hosts rehearsal dinners, bridal and baby showers, and business events. The large space allows for smaller gatherings of 25-30 people as well as large events for up to 250 people. Each event is personalized to the customer’s taste and everything from flowers to linens is provided in-house. The restaurant’s party planners provide an effortless option for anyone looking for a special, personalized event experience. Brunch is also an option for private parties.

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Nero’s Grille is open seven days a week from 11:30AM-8:30PM Monday through Friday and 5PM -8:30PM Saturday – Sunday. For more information, visit the restaurant’s Instagram via @nerosgrille.

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