Carlucci’s Waterfront: Fine Dining for Families

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation
~I received a Carlucci’s Waterfront gift card to help facilitate my review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

To end our family’s staycation in Mt. Laurel, NJ this past weekend, we decided to have a nice sit down dinner after checking out of the hotel and before heading home. I searched around online to see what restaurants were in the Mt. Laurel area and came across an Italian fare, Carlucci’s Waterfront.

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation

Carlucci’s Waterfront is just one of six of Carlucci’s family of restaurants, and is owned and operated by the Capuano family. When the Capuano’s came to the US from Italy in ‘83, they brought along with them some amazing family recipes and are sharing those recipes in their restaurants.

As adults we enjoy the food, atmosphere and overall experience of fine dining, but as parents, kid-friendly dining is imperative. Carlucci’s Waterfront is the perfect combination of the two – fine dining for families – and was a perfect way to end our family weekend.

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation

Upon pulling into the parking lot, which is fairly large by the way, you see the restaurant sitting in the distance. At the moment, Carlucci’s is doing some renovations, but luckily is still open for dining.

As we walked in, we were immediately greeted by the hostess who sat us right away. We arrived just after Carlucci’s opened at 11:00 am on Sunday, so the restaurant was pretty empty. But it didn’t take long before guests started rolling in.

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation

And lucky for us, we were seated at a great table right next to a set of sliding doors, and had an amazing view of the outdoor seating and the waterfront. While it was a very nice day out, it was still a bit too nippy to eat outside on the terrace which I would have loved, but I’m glad we were still able to enjoy the view.

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation

After being seated, we were each poured a glass of water, and brought out a plate of bruschetta and basket of bread. You’d think my family hadn’t eaten in a week because the bread was gone before I could blink. The bruschetta was delicious and I could have eaten the whole plate, but I was generous enough to share with everyone else even though they hoarded the bread.

We then ordered some additional beverages and our meals. I want to add that Carlucci’s Waterfront offers a lunch menu on Sunday’s, which in my experience is rare, so that was a nice little surprise. And before we knew it our dishes had arrived.

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation

I started with a Caesar Salad and then moved on to my Seafood Duette. The Seafood Duette is a combo of scallops and shrimp tossed with spinach, cherry tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil with a touch of lemon, white wine and zafferano, all served over a plate of linguine.

Ooohhh maaan, my taste buds were in heaven! My daughter even had a few bites. I’ve had “Italian food” before, but this was real and it was love at first bite.

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation

My other half started with some Lentil Soup, one of the soups of the day, and then enjoyed some Broccoli and Shrimp Pappardelle. This dish consists of homemade pappardelle sautéed with broccoli, shrimp and cherry tomatoes, in garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

It looked very appetizing on my end and his favorite part of the dish was the shrimp and sauce. He didn’t much care for the pappardelle, but simply because it is a larger sized pasta. Any other pasta and he probably would have cleaned his plate, so it’s just a personal preference. But he enjoyed trying something new!

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation

The kids enjoyed some typical children’s menu favorites. My son, the picker eater, had his usual Chicken Fingers and French Fries, and my daughter had some Penne Alfredo.

I tasted the Penne Alfredo and I have to say, I would be very surprised if the alfredo sauce was not homemade. It was like no alfredo sauce I have ever eaten before. It had a bit of a sweet taste to it and was very distinctive. If my daughter didn’t eat it, I certainly would have had no problem finishing it for her.

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation

The food was absolutely delectable and the overall ambience was delightful. Carlucci’s Waterfront also features a fully stocked bar for any type of adult beverage you may want.

While we were dining, a group of guests strolled in, ordered some drinks from the bar and then enjoyed some conversation on the terrace before coming back inside to dine. Carlucci’s really is a great place to just come and hang out, and enjoy some amazing food.

Carlucci's Waterfront was a great way to end our fun family weekend in Mt. Laurel, NJ! There's nothing like a fine dining restaurant that caters to families! Head over to the blog to check it out! #CarluccisWaterfront #finedining #staycation

Carlucci’s Waterfront also offers banquet and event dining, including wedding events. The restaurant itself is beautiful and then open up the sliding doors that lead to the outdoor terrace, and you’re all set for your next large event.

It just so happens that while we were there, a group of guests were preparing to host a baby shower and I was thinking to myself Carlucci’s was a great choice. I would love to hold a party there!

I can say with confidence that if we are ever in the Mt. Laurel area again, we will definitely be dining at Carlucci’s Waterfront. Quite frankly, I can’t wait to go back!

Do you have a restaurant in your area that offers fine dining for families?

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*I received a Carlucci’s Waterfront gift card to help facilitate my review. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the restaurant. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the restaurant.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

22 thoughts on “Carlucci’s Waterfront: Fine Dining for Families

  1. The food looks delicious and this is a place I would definitely like to try. I love that you could see the waterfront from where you were seated.

  2. Carlucci’s Waterfront looks like a great place to dine out with the family. We have a favorite restaurant we like to go to called Tamasos.

  3. Gosh, I focused on the “family” part of your title but didn’t see why I would want to go here with young children. It looks like a lovely place, where you can relax with a view of the water and enjoy some great food.

    1. It’s definitely a great place to go to relax and enjoy great food, but it’s also very kid-friendly. Sometimes fine dining restaurants can be a little intimidating to parents and we may question whether our kids would be accepted, but Carlucci’s Waterfront has a very welcoming atmosphere for all ages alike!

  4. I would love to eat at a place like this. Looks like a great place to relax and eat. The food looks so delicious too.

  5. Their other location is in West Windsor and we frequent there quite often. It’s one of our favorite Italian places!

  6. It’s wonderful to find a restaurant that offers fine dining but is still kid-friendly. The food at Carlucci’s looks delicious and it sounds like it was very enjoyable. The Penne Alfredo looks right up my alley!

  7. This looks like such a beautiful and delicious place to visit. We have something like this near us and it is delicious.

  8. everything here looks amazing. it doesn’t help that i’m hungry as i could so eat of few of these dishes right now.

  9. Glad that this fine dining restaurant is kid friendly 🙂
    And the foods the ambiance looks fantastic!

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