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Cafe Loren
Cafe Loren

Cafe Loren Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cafeloren.com
  • Phone: (609) 967-8228
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23rd St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Limited parking is available in our lot on the 23rd street side of the building.
A word from Cafe Loren
The Café Loren was opened in 1978 and offers fine dining in an atmosphere of casual seashore elegance. For over three decades our menu has kept pace with American culinary trends. Over the years our heavy French influence has given way to American cuisine, a happy hybrid of styles, methods and ingredients from around the globe. Our menu can best be described as "American Coastal Cuisine". American because of our diverse preparations and Coastal because of our emphasis on seafood. But meat lovers have not been forgotten. We offer superbly prepared lamb, veal, beef and pork.
Chef/owner Stephen Serano has spent time with some of the best in any kitchen including three years in New York City with Chef Gordon Ramsey of “Hell’s Kitchen” fame. He brings all of this to his tables and continues to be progressive with his dishes including house made desserts and creative daily additions. During the winter months he teaches culinary classes at Atlantic County Community College.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Cafe Loren is a wonderful restaurant on Dune Drive in Avalon, New Jersey. Remodeled after Hurricane Sandy, it is a comfortable venue with incredible food, fantastic service, and an ambience worthy forcelebrating special events or when you are just looking for an awesome meal! Not to be missed. it is a BYOB to boot!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Food is innovative and reliably excellent. The staff is efficient and charming. I feel like I'm being welcomed back by an old friend. I'll be back on my next visit to the area."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Sean, our waiter, was attentive and charming. Food delicious!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "very noisy too many tables for the size of the retaurant, in fact I had ebows in my back when someone stood up near a table, food was good but not great, think they have a very high opinion of themselves with the prices they have and did not deliver. I prefer to have a nice conversation over a good dinner, its the quality of food, service and atmosphere that makes it fine dining."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I had heard about Cafe Loren from several people and all remarked how good it was. The food was excellent. I consider myself a good/great cook and I was greatly pleased. The carrot ginger soup was tangy and testy. The Veal Loren was served beautifully and the mixture of vegetables, sauce, shrimp and veal was balanced and complementary. Ryan Macey, one of the chefs, came table side and that made the experience that much better. I cannot give a higher rating than the one I would live to Cafe Loren. It was reasonably priced and I will return."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Although we have been staying in Avalon for many years we had our first dinner at Cafe Loren this year. There is a reason that it has been in business for many years. Good food and good service made for a very enjoyable evening. My husband had the halibut and I had the Veal Loren. These were both excellent choices. We also shared the bisque. It is a BYO with a liquor store right down the street. If you are looking for a nice small restaurant with top of the line food and service this is the place. We returned a week later with friends who also enjoyed their first time at Cafe Loren."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at the restaurant. Each dish was amazing and beautifully presented. The portions were generous. We would highly recommend dining here and look forward to going back soon. We had the seafood bisque, clams, and grouper special for appetizers. The main course was equally fabulous and we had short ribs, sea scallops, halibut and veal Loren."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Everything was perfect from the moment we got there until we left. Our server Nick explained every detail of all the different meals and was right on with all the descriptions. The menu offers something for everyone. I ordered the peach short ribs generally not a run of the meal choice. The meat was some of the most tender I have ever tasted. Salads were great and the dessert of blueberry cobbler was the perfect ending. Even better is the BYOB that lets you spurge on the food knowing you can still have the great wine you brought. Will definitely go back each time we go back to the shore."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great menu terrific service friendly atmosphere. The Menu is what some people call pricey but with what you get it is well worth the price. It is not a big portion restaurant, you must enjoy the food because it is made excellently and requires great skill to prepare."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Been a patron of Cafe Loren for over 20 years. It keeps getting better!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "When we were arrived we were greeted by the hostess/owner Patty. We were given a choice of tables. The waitress was very nice. She offered up the specials. The decor is outstanding. The food was delicious. All in all we had a delightful evening. I'm looking forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Really good dinner and reasonably priced. We are going back 2 more times in the next 10 days. It hasn't changed over the years. Always a good choice for dinner!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We never fail to have dinner at Cafe Loren while we're on vacation and it's always fabulous. The food is delicious and the service is outstanding. If I had to find a negative, it can be very loud in the dining room."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Amazing food every time!!! I go here every year, it never disappoints! Such amazing people and good. Worth every penny"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Consistantly excellent quality and variety of food. Well trained and attentive staff. Many visits over many years. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Good portion size for price. Nice atmosphere. Not too noisy. Didn't feel too trendy."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Cafe Loren is the BEST restaurant in Avalon NJ!! The food is always delicious and the service is impeccable. I make multiple reservations throughout the summer in April. I don't want to miss their scallop appetizer or Halibut entree!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "we have dined at cafe loren before and really love it. The atmosphere is cozy, the service excellent and so is the food. I had the pan seared halibut and the cafe loren house salad. No room for dessert though!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was just ok .price was high. Tables close noise level high."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Excellent dining experience. Fantastic food and presentation. Very knowledgeable staff and excellent service. A must dining experience if you are in the Avalon, NJ area."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We come here once a year and consider it to be the best restaurant in the Avalon/Stone Harbor area. Good food, good service. A pleasant way to spend an evening."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We have enjoyed dining at Cafe Loren for close to 20 years for the great food and intimate ambiance. This year our visit was better than ever! The decor has been updated and the food superb. The goat cheese and beet salad was deliciously prepared and artistically presented as was the grilled salmon served on a bed of Israeli couscous and grilled pinapple. Desserts are equally enticing - we opted for a scrumptious ginger creme brûlée. Thanks for another wonderful dinner!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We took friends to the restaurant after having eaten here a few times before. Absolutely an excellent time. We were greeted warmly, seated promptly and had wonderful, attentive service besides excellent food."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Finally snared a reservation since I was able to stay beyond the weekend. Mid week every table full but lively not loud. Very attentive service and each of our selections were wonderful and imaginative. Dessert provided by a friend who could not be with us and handled very nicely by the staff. Only weak spot was my carrot cake but fortunately my friends shared their key lime tart and blueberry cobbler. Would enjoy going again whenever there's a special celebration."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I have eaten there twice in one month and Cafe Loren does not disappoint. I was there with three other friends last night and the food was amazing. Everyone had something different and everyone was was very pleased. Even dessert is to die for! Love it and will be visiting again!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Food was good and service was very good. Wonderful selection of fish for dinner."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the total experience. The decor is simple but serene. The service top-notch. The food excellent. Our party had scallops, the pork chop, rack of lamb, and veal. We all tried one another's dishes. The only thing I did not care for was my husband's risotto. The texture was unappealing, and the tomato flavoring too overpowering. My pork chops was wonderfully cooked to perfection, at least 1" thick and the braised peaches delicious! Will definitely come back for encore when in town again."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Great little BYOB in Avalon. Outstanding food and top-notch service. We had the Fillet and the Veal Loren and both were exceptional. The pan seared scallops to start were outstanding as well. This will not be a cheap night out (and not likely a place for the young ones), but the visit will be well worth it."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Artistic servings of delicious food. Always have a fine dining experience here. Expensive but satisfying portions. Suggest adding some more selections to the menu though. Not enough variety to justify multiple visits."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "great food, excellent blend of different tastes! Halibut to die for!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The best restaurant in the best beach town! Our meal was as memorable as the first, 29 years ago, right down to the hazelnut decaf coffee in glass mugs. In 1985, we hired a baby-sitter for our daughter; this year we brought her and her husband along! The owner, Patti, greets us as if we dined there every week, not once a year. The chef accommodated our "no shellfish, no meat" restrictions. A packed room at 7:45PM reverberated with vibrant conversations, that might generate a bit too much noise for folks with hearing aids to navigate well. Magnificent fish dishes: grouper, tuna, halibut. The ginger-flavored creme caramel won over the hot blueberry cobbler, but just barely - both delicious and well-sized. We'll be back next year!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "As usual the food was tremendous and the service was great. Cafe Loren is my favorite restaurant in Avalon."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have eaten at Cafe Loren off and on over the years for our anniversary. We decided to try it again and found that the menu had changed very little. Prices are high and the food was average. My husband had a tasty seafood bisque, but the house salad was lacking in flavor, the filet mignon was tough and the carrot cake was dry. The service is very good, although we waited about five minutes upon our arrival for someone to greet us and take us to the table. This could be a wonderful dining experience if the kitchen stepped it up a couple notches."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant. Never had a disappointing meal. Excellent seafood dishes."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Have not been in awhile but was not disappointed. Nice crowd, good food and excellent service - this is a combination you do not find often at the Jersey Shore. Already made another booking for August."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I LOVE Cafe Loren! I cannot say enough about it! It is the ONLY place in Avalon NJ I want to go to. I think I've had everything on the menu but my all time favorites are the Scallop Appetizer and Halibut Entree! I look forward to the next visit. Patti is always so friendly and the service is impeccable!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A reliable place for decades with the most charming greeter in the world."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary. Staff was very welcoming and attentive. Atmosphere was cozy. Food was terrific! Even though we were full from our meal, we had to indulge in dessert too, and glad we did! It is B.Y.O.B, and luckily there is a liquor store 2-doors down. Highly recommend!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "A peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, wonderful food and attentive service by a truly professional staff! Cafe Loren stands out from the"here today... gone tomorrow" hot spots which will more often then not, come up short in food, service and reputation. If you want to share a truly great meal with a special person... give this a try! BYOB with a great wine selection right next door!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Cafe Loren is easilier the best foodie dinning spot in Avalon/Stone Harbor. The service is quick and the food is outstanding (the Halibut is a must)."
    Dined on 6/25/2014