Cafe Loren
Cafe Loren

Cafe Loren

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cafeloren.com/
  • Phone: 6099678228x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cafe Loren reviews from OpenTable diners
182 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (127)fit for foodies (120)neighborhood gem (101)romantic (87)good for groups (14)hot spot (6)notable wine list (4)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very good food and the atmosphere is perfect. We found it to be very romantic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Cafe Loren is the finest restaurant in Avalon. We enjoy the food, service and ambiance and have been a customer for over 20 years.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Way overpriced. Food was ok. Menu had minimal selection and they were out of dishes. Very uptight crowd and owners.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always wonderful
    galkelVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was innovative and delicious! I love it when there are unusual combinations that work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    SeaShoreSandy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Was an exceptional experience. The restaurant is deceiving from the outside. The service was excellent, atmosphere great and the food was wonderful. My husband and I loved everything from the lobster appetizer, to the salmon and halibut. Definitely will go again and recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply Delightful
    SickDinersVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    While known for it's fish dishes, we were all in the mood for meat. 2 of us had the Veal Loren, another had the lamb chops & our fourth had the filet mignon. All were fantastic. The service is also outstanding. It's such a treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious every time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We can always count on Cafe Loren to provide delicious foods! I had the lamb chops this time and they were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • teacher
    teach29
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My husband and I could not stop talking about how delicious our food was. The jersey tomato salad was a hit. The tomatoes were ripe and sweet. The grouper wrapped in prosciutto was fresh and cooked to perfection and so was the halibut. The portions were perfect. The ginger creme brûlée was delicious. Excellent presentation. This place is a keeper. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • as always
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food and service excellent as usual. Hope to dine there at least once more before the season ends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ellie12
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was our first time this summer and it was as superb as always!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of Avalon
    Drvickid
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Celebrated my retirement with great food, conversation and very good service. Consistently excellent food--Arugula salad, salmon and key lime pie were fresh and loved the presentation of all.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food is always top caliber. Scallop dishes have varied to allow us to taste unique and fantastic flavors of our local scallops. And they are always huge! The sides are very interesting to compliment the main dish. They will convert any main entree to an appetizer if you like. Desserts are of course yummy. Service is awesome and the owner & maître de, Patty, is as nice as can be.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    Beach
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Enjoyed our dinner but do not think that the new menu is as good as the old one.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Avalon Gem!
    foodiefriend
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfectly run restaurant
    Loveroffood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Sean, our waiter, was attentive and charming. Food delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well worth the visit
    pwgaletto
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Little Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal at the jersey shore
    Guff
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tony
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Been a patron of Cafe Loren for over 20 years. It keeps getting better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    LLBD
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CRBMVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Foodie15
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Amazing food every time!!! I go here every year, it never disappoints! Such amazing people and good. Worth every penny
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Consistantly excellent quality and variety of food. Well trained and attentive staff. Many visits over many years. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Good portion size for price. Nice atmosphere. Not too noisy. Didn't feel too trendy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My FAVORITE Restaurant of all time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great atmosphere, service & food!
    lois
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gg33VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was just ok .price was high. Tables close noise level high.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thursdineteam
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent place
    Oberst06
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Loren - still a gem!!
    DmbrownVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant for quality dinner
    kjf13
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Khonna
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • caligirlpa66
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful beach spot
    Beamdoc
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was good and service was very good. Wonderful selection of fish for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • out with the in-laws
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.