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Cafe Panache
Cafe Panache

Cafe Panache Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cafepanachenj.com/
  • Phone: (201) 934-0030
  • Hours of Operation: M - Dinner 5p - 8p
    T - Th
    Lunch 12p - 2p
    Dinner 5p - 9p
    Lunch 12p-2pm
    Dinner 5p - 10p
    Sat - Dinner 5p - 10p
    Sunday - Dinner 5p - 7p (Prix Fixe Menu only, $44)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Kevin Kohler
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin Turnpike
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Panache
Cafe Panache, located in downtown Ramsey, NJ, has been a top-rated BYO and "culinary mecca" since it opened in 1985. For almost 30 years Chef Kevin Kohler has been tantalizing his clientele with signature dishes - House Made Filet Mignon Ravioli Truffle Butter and Crispy Roast Duckling in Port Wine Sauce. Kohler's menu changes almost daily with seasonal ingredients - producing specials like Lobster in Vanilla Sauce, Artichoke Lasagna, Panko-crusted Soft Shell Crab. Service is "seamless" in an "elegant" "newly-renovated" dining room. Rated Top Restaurant in New Jersey by Jersey Monthly Magazine.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food is so fresh and so delicious. Kevin Kohler is a culinary GOD."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "an exceptional dining experience. Lovely food beautifully presented and served"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went to dinner with my husband & daughter for my birthday. The food was incredible. Kale salad was perfect. My daughter had the salmon & requested a different sauce than what was on the menu, no problem, they suggested another sauce, fantastic. My scallops were cooked to perfection. My husband had the filet, there wasn't a drop of food left on anyone's plate. Wonderful evening as always. Love this place! It's bring your own."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "A BYOB. Food with an Italian flair. The ingredients were fresh and there were an excellent amount of vegetables and herbs to accompany the proteins. The bread was fresh- not frozen. The sauces were what made the dishes most memorable. The building is on the main street of a town with no outdoor dining. The dining room is smallish and updated with classy decor. The chef came out and talked with several of the diners which gave the restaurant a more intimate feel."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Such an amazing night of great food and service! We could not ask for anything more!!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great food, nice ambiance, I highly recommend it for a nice dinner."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was very good on the edge to outstanding. We had both fish and meat and the quality of the product as well as the way how it was cooked asked for repetition. And the Service was how it should be, attentive without being pushy. We will definitely come back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Lovely birthday celebration at Café Panache. Excellent food, beautiful presentation, and attentive service. Best that it's BYO and all your $$ can be devoted to wonderful food. Limited choices but clearly something for everyone. Scrumptious deserts. A bit pricey but great for special occasions and portions surprisingly generous."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Delicious! Always consistent! Great service! Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "All six of us enjoyed our meals. It all started with those great rolls and went up from there."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was so good I almost cried. The sides that came with our entrees were not an afterthought, but complimented the main protein. The service was outstanding and friendly. The atmosphere was relaxing -- a totally enjoyable dining experience. We will be returning to try other menu items."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Based on this restaurant's reputation, I was so looking forward to our meal but was less than thrilled with the reality. Overall quality of food was good, but prep not wonderful. They were heavy handed with salt on a number of dishes, and i would have liked more descriptive info included in menu. Disconcerting to have to ask what everything is served with, but that's important to know. Coffee was excellent, though, and that's not always the case with other high-end places."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • " I was a little disappointed in the food for the first time at Cafe Panache ( it was my sixth visit over the years). The lobster/mussell soup should take the lobster out of the name as it had not a single piece of lobster. Also, my pork chop was undercooked. I have always heard that pink pork was dangerous but trusted that Kevin the chef knew better than me and cooked it this way intentionally.... However, my girlfriend fond her duck entree absolutely delicious and everything else about the place is top notch."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "As a regular diner at Cafe Panache since it opened decades ago I am always astounded how Chef Kohler and the staff maintain the consistency year after year. It never gets old, and regular dinners at Cafe Panache will be one of the things we'll miss the most as we move south to Florida."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Chef is always on top of his game. Enticing appetizers and very satisfying entrees are always changing so that the diner has a choice even when dining here repeatedly. Fresh produce and inspired recipes (well maybe not recipes) but rather, culinary skills (that's better, right Chef?) keep us coming back for more. This is a special restaurant that never fails to deliver."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I have been to Cafe Panache many times and I have never come away disappointed. The service is exceptionable and the food is amazing. I went with four friends from the office and every one at the table could not stop raving about the food. I had the halibut on the menu, was a bit concerned about the wasabi, as I am not a fan of too much spice, but as advised, it was just perfect. The lamb was also ordered and was cooked just right, which can be tricky. The desserts, if you have room, are to die for! Still remains on the top of my list in Bergen County!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Hadn't dined here in several years. The menu had great selection and interesting specials. Everything came out fresh, hot and delish. we cant wait to go back again. 5 stars!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "As always, Kevin Kohler and his staff prepared an amazing meal using wonderful fresh ingredients. We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal - everything is fresh which is very, very important. It's nice that the menu is limited. When there are too many choices on the menu, like other restaurants, the food can't be all that fresh."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went to Cafe Panache for our 31st Anniversary and it was simply delicious!! We are lucky enough to have this restaurant in the neighborhood! We started and shared a seafood salad which was seasoned perfectly and the portion was split into 2! I had the Filet Mignon with sauteed vegetables and mashed potatoes and my husband had the homemade pasta with braised meat... Both dishes were delicious!! Cafe Panache is the kind of restaurant where you do not have to "ask" for anything! Water, bread and whatever your need, are are simply met by a very experienced wait staff, giving the patron space to enjoy it all!! I have eaten here many times and the food has always been exceptional.... You will not be disappointed!!!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had a very Good Friday night dinner. Started with a very tasty vegetable soup and a mushroom salad. We both had the soft shell crabs which were a special that night. The crabs were very good with a slightly spicy sauce. Really enjoyed them. Only dessert we had was the lemon tart which was very good and with excellent lemon taste. All in all a very nice dinner. Recommended"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Cafe Panache remains as a staple of the finer dining restaurants we regularly patronize. They make some of the best duck and short ribs dishes (preparation changes every so often, but they are uniformly stellar). Break out that fine bottle of wine you have been saving for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was very good. However, the service was slow due to back up in the kitchen."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The food and service was good; however, not outstanding. We would not return again. The soup was non-descript and muddy (what was it?). Swordfish and salmon were good, but nothing to write home about. I did not appreciate the chef appearing in the dining room in shorts and filthy sneakers. This was a Sunday prix fix and they automatically added a 20% gratuity to the bill - really?"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I have not been to cafe panache in 1 year. I had cold seafood salad as an appetizer. It had no flavor and the cucumbers were soggy as if it was prepared the day before. The portion on all if our meals were smaller than they were in the past. We all felt that the food was not what it used to be. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We went here for our 15th anniversary and booked the reservations on OpenTable. The server seemed unhappy, the delivery of our dishes were very long in between and not even a "happy anniversary" out of anyone. We had been here about 10 years ago and weren't thrilled with it then either; we thought we should give it another shot. Sorry we spent our anniversary here and we won't be back."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. There were 6 of us and we had everything from oysters to the filet mignon raviolis. The service was terrific. 5 stars all the way. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We have been coming to CP for over 25 years and every time we come we say the same thing...what a great dinner! We usually try to order something we haven't had before and no matter what it is, one of their specials or part of the regular menu, the food always tastes great. If you want a great meal and enjoy bringing your own bottle of wine, there aren't many places that you'll enjoy more than Cafe Panache."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Used to be a favorite of mine back in the day over a decade or more. Sunday dinner was limited - foie was over cooked steak felt like it was previously frozen. Boar ragu was chunky and chewy n lacked freshness. Tuna special was the best. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "It was insanely good. Every bite was perfect. It got slightly noisy at the end but the food made it worth it. It truly was one the best meals I have ever had."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Maybe it was just a bad night, but my wife and I - who were really looking forward to finally dining at Panache - had a bad experience. Burnt swordfish on my end and strangely prepared lobster in goopy lobster sauce on hers. Our server also seemed puzzled at the food that was served to us and encouraged us to change: I swapped my swordfish for a very lobstery dish of lobster ravioli in a heavy lobstery lobster sauce and my wife's was stripped of its goopy sauce and reserved simply: by then, as you might imagine, the thrill was gone. Complimentary dessert was mediocre. An expensively deflating dinner."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Wonderful Wednesday night romantic dinner for our anniversary- the Asparagus soup, Lobster with Curry sauce, and Coconut cake/coconut sorbet/creme brulee were all oustanding and memorable. Service was smooth, attentive, and friendly. Highly recommended for a relaxing and rewarding upscale dining experience at a very reasonable price point. This is a BYO restaurant, which allowed us to enjoy our favorite wine with our meal. We will certainly be back. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Café Panache hits a home run-superb food, highly professional service , and very comfortable and welcoming ambiance, with tables not too close together. I recommend it highly."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My wife and I have made multiple visits to CP and always come away very happy and satisfied. This past Sunday we took another couple there (for professional reasons) and once again CP didn't disappoint. Our waiter, whose name regrettably I have forgotten, was terrific. Engaging, amusing but a total pro. You simply can't go wrong here."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Great dinner! Thanks Cafe Panache. I casually mentioned we were going to share plates and the waiter arranged for the mains to be served separately and split. Also bought out appetizers out one at a time so we could share. Really added to the experience. Also, food was cooked and plated to perfection. Will return! "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience. The food, service, and ambience were terrific. Also, it is one place where you can actually have a normal conversation without having to yell over noise!!!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "First time back with friends after many years. Very happy we came back. A great evening all around. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Pulled Cafe Panache off the internet after I searhed for "Best restaurant in Bergen County". Excellent food, Excellent service. Perfect night out."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Panache is one of my favorite restaurants. The limited menu changes often and always involves interesting (but not outlandish) preparation of traditional standards like filet, lobster, chicken, duck, pasta or fish and I often have a tough time deciding which to order as so many sound interesting. The food quality is uniformly outstanding. Prices are high ($15 appetizer, $35 entree) but not unreasonable for the quality. BYO results in total cost being only upper moderate. Ambiance is very nice and restaurant is bright during daylight hours (which I personally don't like). Service is professional and very friendly."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The food and service were outstanding .Had been their prior and had I been a bit disappointed because I had heard great things about it.Glad I went back"
    Dined on 4/4/2014