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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
  • "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
  • "Staff was very nice, knowledgeable. Atmosphere was great. Unfortunately, food was a little disappointing. Started with seafood bisque which was outstanding. Entrée was described as veal with crab meat in a cream sauce. Veal was tough and overdone, cream sauce was non-existent. My wife ordered a filet mignon which she rated just OK. Not cheap, $205.00 for a party of 4, no drinks (byob) or deserts. Bill Cox"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We have been dining at Cafe Loren for years and it never disappoints! The food is simply amazing no matter what you order. If you are visiting Avalon I would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This is a comfortable, upscale beach restaurant. Halibut was really good. All our meals were great. Service top notch. I'll return."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Without Question top 3 Restaurant from Ocean City to Wildwood. Great service, awesome food, and a BYOB to boot. This is not your average shore town restaurant. Much more upscale than most (while not too stuffy). Everyone there is pleasant and accommodating. Whether you're planning a couples (or a date) night at the beach, Cafe Loren is a must."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "the food was simply amazing--the veal melted in my mouth-I would definitely go back"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food, service, and friendliness of the owner and staff was outstanding. This is one of our favorite restaurants -- and not just at the Jersey Shore! Always a meal to remember!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We have been going to Cafe Loren for many years. Our recent visit did not disappoint. I have the Veal Loren....and would highly reccomment it. In my opinion the best dining spots in Avalon."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We have been going here for over 30 years and still never disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We have been going to Café Loren for many years, and it is NEVER disappointing. Quite the opposite. Dinner is Always outstanding. This weekend I had the grilled Pork Chop with a sauce that was amazing, and my wife had her favorite, Pan Seared scallops. As usual, everything was perfect. We go to many restaurants at the shore and in Philly, but Café Loren is our favorite, hands down. And it takes us 45 minutes to get there! Our only disappointment is when they close for the season in the fall. But we are always thrilled when Mother's Day comes, and they are open again!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food is outstanding, as is the service. Friendly, personal flavor in this owner-run restaurant."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "From the food to the wait staff, it was excellent. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Excellent food and service.staff is very attentive.been here before and never disappointed. Wonderful dining place for any special occasion . Would not recommend for children. BYOB. Liquor store a few doors away if you forget wine. Beautifully restored since sandy. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Our party of eight had a wonderful dining experience at Cafe Loren. Everything was perfect, food,service and ambiance. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, creative with a beautiful presentation. The service was very attentive and we like that it is BYOB. We will certainly go back!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We've been meaning to dine here for years as we'd heard so many good things. We're not normally here in the summer months when it's open. Finally got a chance and it did not disappoint. Wonderful meal, wonderful service and a lovely space. Been in Avalon for 35+ years so they're clearly doing something right! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "First time back since last summer and it was as usual just an overall lovely experience. Great service, incredible food...wished we lived closer!! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food was prepared perfectly. Great attention to details and creative pairings!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Cafe Loren has revitalized the much sought after but seldom found, fine dining experience. The thoughtful and creative design of dishes and their flawless execution in preparation, delivers an outstanding meal. The chef must be commended for his talent. I envy the folks who can visit this local gem on a frequent basis."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Best restaurant meal I have had in years. Excellent service, great owners."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Food was very good. Service was good especially given the restaurant was full. However very noisy."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This is the best restaurant in Avalon. Food is wonderful and the service is top notch. We love going here!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Cafe Loren has long been an Avalon favorite of ours with many special memories over the years. Increasingly, however, the restaurant is counting on that nostalgic reputation instead of maintaining real time excellence. The menu has been stagnant for several years and seems to be an indulgence to the chef rather than an accommodation to customer wants. Our recent meal was uninspiring with entrees being mediocre at best, presentation substandard, and the timing so poor that my wife and I ate our entrees at different times. Like many " fine dining" establishments in Avalon, Cafe Loren seems to be exploiting the fact that the large volume of in-season diners have limited choices rather than striving to remain on top of its game. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food was outstanding. Menu had a great selection, something for everyone. Service was very good."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Never disappointed. Consistent quality. Great menu with something for everyone."
    Dined on 5/23/2014