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

April 14, 2018 Sheron Bogner

Rockaway is a borough in Morris County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 6,438, reflecting a decline of 35 (-0.5%) from the 6,473 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 230 (+3.7%) from the 6,243 counted in the 1990 Census.
Things to do in Rockaway

1. Caffe Navona

147 US Highway 46, Rockaway, NJ 07866-4018 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 973-627-1606
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Caffe Navona

Reviewed By Patty J - Philadelphia

We've been here multiple times and have always had great service and fantastic food. We like sitting at the booths in the bar area, but they have nice dining rooms, also. Our favorites for lunch are the sausage, peppers and onion sandwich on rustic bread, meatball sandwich, minnestrone soup, and the steak and brie sandwich. The portions are large, and we like taking home the leftovers! The owner is very social and we enjoy talking to him.

2. Sergio and Co Italian Specialties

28 Broadway, Denville, NJ 07834-2704 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch +1 973-627-1043
Excellent
91%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 89 reviews

Sergio and Co Italian Specialties

Reviewed By lisa-hcma - Rockaway, New Jersey

I admit Florence Italy is my favorite place on Earth. Sadly I live in New Jersey and not Florence. I can however get a little taste of true Tuscan cuisine and authentic Italian cooking right around the corner from my very own office. Everything I have ever had out of this shop has been above-average if not better. Definitely worth the trip.

3. The Quiet Man

64 E McFarlan St, Dover, NJ 07801-3522 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 973-366-6333
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

The Quiet Man

Reviewed By elbadell - Rockaway, New Jersey

Love the food and the people! Enjoyed delicious tuna while my husband had chicken pot pie. The portions are plentiful and flavorful. A varied menu with seasonal specials including kale salad and also small corn on the cob. Fish is always a good choice and Irish favorites like bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, and fish 'n chips are great. We frequent this pub cause surroundings, people, and food are the best.

4. Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ

175 N Main St, Wharton, NJ 07885-1638 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 9 - SGD 33 +1 973-361-5050
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 326 reviews

Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ

Award Winning Yankee BBQ Restaurant, Catering Experts, Family Friendly, Fun Staff, Full Bar, Craft Beers, Great Margaritas, Live Music, Smoked Ribs, Pulled Pork, Brisket, Famous Sweet & Spicy Wings. Hot Rods BBQ is a celebration of the open road, classic custom cars, All-American comfort food and fun all rolled into one. Today, it seems like every part of the country claims to have its own special twist on BBQ, but owners Anthony and Toby Sibona have combined the best of BBQ from around the country to create dishes that are truly a taste of America. And because the Sibonas are from Jersey, they call their BBQ "Yankee BBQ," a name that has come to mean the best of the best. Hot Rods is famous for delicious slow smoked pulled pork and BBQ babyback ribs. Both are prepared and smoked to Hot Rods' strict specifications, using only top-quality meats. The result is the most tender, tasty BBQ pulled pork and ribs you'll ever eat. A combination of flavorful rubs, homemade sauces, and an open flame creates the perfect BBQ - tender, meaty and exploding with great smokey taste! With that said, sit back and enjoy a tasty trip. The road to the country's best BBQ and the friendliest service starts at Hot Rods BBQ. Hours are as follows: Sun 12:30pm - 9:30pm(K) Bar 11pm Mon 11:30 am - 10pm(K) Bar 11pm Tues 11:30 am - 9:30pm(K) Bar 11pm Wed 11:30 am - 9:30pm(K) Bar 11pm Thurs 11:30 am - 10pm(K) Bar 11pm Friday 11:30 am - 10:30pm(K) Bar 1am Saturday 12:30pm - 10:30pm(K) Bar 1am

Reviewed By ComplicatedDisaster - Princes Risborough, United Kingdom

I went on a Friday night when the place was busy. Despite this the service was prompt. My brisket was great but my ribs a bit dry. Baked beans were to die for. Fries were fine but the portion was very small. There was an...MoreHi Complicated Disaster, Thank you for visiting Hot Rod's Real Pit BBQ! We're glad that our service was on point and your meal was tasty! It's great to hear that our beer selection was also great for you. We hope to see you again soon.

5. Thai Nam Phet

296 US Highway 46, Rockaway, NJ 07866-3852 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 973-627-8400
Excellent
56%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

Thai Nam Phet

Reviewed By Sue R - Boonton, New Jersey

Had dinner here with my husband. Nina was our server. We come here fairly frequently because the food is sooo good, and always talk with Nina about Thailand, since we've been there and it's her homeland. She's very sweet. This time we debated between the special mussels and the special lobster pad Thai and chose the lobster pad Thai, since we've had the mussels lots of times (and love it). I actually prefer the shrimp pad Thai to the lobster, since the lobster meat was a bit chewy and the shrimp is always perfect. So we'll be back next time for a different choice...maybe the mussels.

6. Hunan Taste Chinese Restaurant

67 Bloomfield Ave, Denville, NJ 07834-2728 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 973-625-2782
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 277 reviews

Hunan Taste Chinese Restaurant

Reviewed By Netmouse R - Rockaway, New Jersey

This place has had rave reviews as the best Chinese restaurant around. It is good, but not great. A nice place, with good food and service for those who love Chinese, it is one sit down restaurant that is very pleasant.

7. Riviera Maya

116 US Highway 46, Rockaway, NJ 07866-4012 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin Lunch, Dinner +1 862-209-1999
Excellent
45%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 124 reviews

Riviera Maya

Reviewed By Michael G - Denville, New Jersey

First off this place is always busy but don't let that keep you away. They really turn over the tables. Last weekend we were told 30-35 minutes and sat in 15.

On food you guacamole is a must...made to order in front of you...the best! On entrees I love the fajitas and enchiladas. Now drinks margaritas are a must. The pitcher is a bargain but make sure you have a driver...you'll need them!

Service is always great as well...we love this place. Give it a try and decide for yourself.

8. Casa Bella Restaurant

300 US Highway 46, Denville, NJ 07834-2837 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 14 - SGD 51 +1 973-627-2003
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 190 reviews

Casa Bella Restaurant

Owners, Luciano Damato and his nephew, Angelo Locantore, welcome you to Casa Bella where the fine cuisine, warm, inviting ambiance and impeccable service effortlessly combine to create a rich and authentic Italian dining experience. Dishes enjoyed for generations in villages throughout Italy inspire our menu. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables are slowly cooked to perfection. We continue to use the recipes that have been handed down from our mothers, uncles, aunts, brothers and cousins - from one generation to the next. Bottles of wine are uncorked to complement the dishes, crafted and informed by the culture of Italy. Our menu includes modern and original interpretations of handmade pastas, seafood, veal, poultry, steaks and prime beef that marry the freshest ingredients of the season with an inspired culinary approach.

Reviewed By Carol G

My husband and I️ chose this restaurant based on recent reviews and we were not disappointed. Service was great. Valet was convenient, fast and polite. Table service was also exemplary. Waiter was knowledgable and dishes removed promptly. I️ had chicken cacciatore special and my husband ordered house made short rib ravioli. My husband also had a special salad with chopped cherry tomatoes, red onion and goat cheese. All the food was delicious!



9. Anthony's Pizzeria

51 W Main St, Rockaway, NJ 07866-3420 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 973-627-1397
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Anthony's Pizzeria

Reviewed By Urasleep

Best Italuan food in the area. I always get take out when we visit our family in Denville. I wish we could take Anthony's home with us. First class taste with quick service. Never disappointing. Thanks for another great meal reasonably priced!!

10. Thatcher McGhee's

53 Broadway, Denville, NJ 07834-2705 Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 973-586-3377
Excellent
43%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 252 reviews

Thatcher McGhee's

Measure a roof’s worth by the quality of its thatch;A friendship by the strength of its hands;A love by the size of its heart;And a family by the depth of its loyalty.Thatch can be defined as any vegetation used to roof a structure. The vegetation is gathered, bundled and secured to the framework on top of a building. Thatch functions both as a shingle and underlayment; very rarely is there anything beyond simple framework between the thatch and the inside of the structure.European thatch dates back to before the Middle Ages, when the first small, permanent villages were established. Today, thatch is generally acknowledged for its visual appeal and as a way to add a historic or whimsical touch to a home. While it does impart a storybook quality to many structures, thatch also retains practical aspects of its past.Designed with a traditional thatched roof reminiscent of old Irish homes, Thatcher McGhee’s first opened its doors in Pompton Lakes, NJ in 2006 and raised a new roof in Denville, NJ in 2011. An eclectic blend of new and old, Thatcher’s is a place for friends to catch up, families to share a meal and celebrations to be had. Whether you’re enjoying a Taste of Ireland in the comfort of our traditional thatched roof Irish cottage, or some American fare in the bar or dining room, we take pride in the privilege to be part of your lives.If this is your first visit or you’re a regular part of our shenanigans, we invite you to create new memories with us while having a comforting meal or a refreshing pint!Our newest location, located at 53 Broadway in Denville Thatcher McGhee’s is Northern New Jersey’s newest Irish Pub & Eatery. Like our sister pub in Pompton Lakes, our one-of-a-kind decor starts at the roots of its ownership and travels all the way from their hometown city of Galway. The authentic look and old country feel of the establishment will make you feel as if you've just landed on the streets of Ireland.If you've ever been to our Pompton Lakes location, you know we have it all when it comes to watching the big game. Denville is no different, with enough TV’s to cater to the biggest of sports fans. Whether it’s NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL or any other sports that get your heart racing… we've got you covered with our beautiful flat screen televisions and state of the art sound system. And of course, our beer list and never ending catalog of cocktails will satisfy even the pickiest of patrons.If its food you’re after, we’ve certainly got a delicious treat for you. From our authentic Irish Cuisine, to our modern Italian dishes, you’ll enjoy everything Thatcher McGhee’s has to offer your palate. Our specials change on a daily basis, so be sure to check back frequently.Lastly, we love having live entertainment, so the list of performing bands and open mic night’s changes and grows at a rapid pace. To stay up to date on the latest happenings at Thatcher McGhee’s, you’ll want to check our Calendar page.Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you soon!And remember, If you can’t come in… smile as you pass!

Reviewed By Michael B

Great beer selection, and a super menu, Irish, American and other specials. Half restaurant half bar with live music some nights. The restaurant area is not overpowered by the bar area. Large parking lot on rt 46 side (commuter lot by day). Quick, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Good times are ensured.

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