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Catherine Lombardi
Catherine Lombardi

Catherine Lombardi Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.catherinelombardi.com
  • Phone: (732) 296-9463
  • Hours of Operation: Restaurant:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Wednesday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Thursday: 4:30pm - 1:00am, Friday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 2:00am
    Late night menu is available until 9:00pm on Sundays and Mondays, 12:00am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 1:00am on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: J.R. Belt
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact us for our off-site catering menus.
  • Private Party Facilities: Catherine Lombardi is available for private events. We accept reservations for large groups as well. Special arrangements can be made for larger groups.
  • Private Party Contact: Alex Hall (732) 296-9463 x200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: George Street
  • Public Transit: The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at $10-$15 per vehicle located at The Heldrich Hotel. We do not have a parking lot. There is some on street (some times metered) parking. There are also city parking garages, lots and decks.
A word from Catherine Lombardi
Catherine Lombardi was the grandmother of owner Mark Pascal. Pascal, part owner of Stage Left Restaurant, brings his signature obsession with quality local ingredients to the cuisine of his youth. Catherine Lombardi's family came to Brooklyn from Naples. Her cooking was Neapolitan-based and heavily Brooklyn-influenced. It brought her whole extended family together every Sunday. Come taste why.

Cited Best New Restaurant and Best Italian Restaurant by NJ Monthly Readers’ Choice Poll, the red sauce is largely made from tomatoes the restaurant staff picks locally. To-order mozzarella, pressed eggplant rollatini, great pasta and a veal chop to die for are highlights.

Hand-made fresh juice cocktails are featured at the cocktail bar overlooking revitalized downtown New Brunswick. 21 new windows overlook downtown, offering a dramatic bird's-eye-view of The New Brunswick Theater District. It is a crown jewel in New Brunswick's thriving redevelopment.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "One of very few restaurants anywhere featuring southern Italian cuisine where my Italian-American wife will eat the red sauce !"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great food, awesome cocktails and wine list. Attentive service. Very nice dining room and ambiance. A tad noisy but not terrible. Veal porterhouse and veal scallopini were outstanding. The black spaghetti was good, not great. Not our first time here, and we will definitely return"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We visited Catherine Lombardi for the first time on Saturday evening fro dinner with friends. the food and service were outstanding!!! Can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very limited menu that is not traditional "American Italian" as advertised. Not willing to amend / change menu to assist with tastes of customers. Too any other good restaurants in New Brunswickvv"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Every time I go to Catherine Lombardi I am reminded that it is the best food in New Brunswick. The service is perfect (helpful, near by when you need them, and informed). The foot is out of this word and the wine is always delicious. It is the perfect spot for a special occasion. I will continue to make this a regular spot of mine and everyone should know about this place."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Been the Catherine Lombardi many times before concerts and spaecial events. We've never been disappointed and plan to return soon."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Catherine Lombardi's rivals many of the best restaurants in Manhattan, London, or LA. Our evening was a family get together, and it was relaxing and not rushed, the food was superb, and the service formal and friendly. This is a very expensive restaurant and only we dine there on special occasions (party of four with a reasonable wine will exceed $100 PP) but it is well worth it. Don't miss the antipasto selections (we enjoyed six small plates, and especially liked white anchovies and house made Capanato). Pasta dishes included crab/lobster stuffed ravioli, wild boar ravioli, and pappardelle with black truffles. Their pasta is house made and has the perfect chew. A not to miss is the veal porterhouse which is always is outstanding."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was our third time at Cathrine Lombardi's and it is always constantly good. The pasta's are like grandma used to make and the appetizers are to die for. Our only concern was that the noise level in the restaurant was a bit on the high side but beyond that, everything was superb. It is a great place to dine before catching a show at the New Jersey State Theatre. If you have leftovers, they will even hold them until after the show when you can pick them up and stop in for some dessert or a nightcap. A great concept! We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We have eaten at Catherine Lombardi's before, and always found the food delicious if pricey. We took our teenage son to dinner as a treat before seeing a show. The restaurant was very busy, but there seemed to be plenty of staff wandering around. That said, we were seated next to the kitchen entrance (even though other tables were available) and then pretty much forgotten, except, on occasion, by the manager who seemed to take pity on us. Frankly, we very much felt like second class citizens because we weren't regulars... As for the food, it was fine, although my eggplant parmigiana had clearly sat waiting for my son's dish (seafood di viala), which was steaming hot. Drinks were also OK - my cosmo had also sat around."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The dinner was wonderful, but the service was very slow. We told them we were going to an 8:00 PM show 2 doors down. We arrived @ 6:00 PM and walked out @ 7:55 PM. The other problem, 2 for 2 the desserts were not what was listed. The taste was ok, but that's not what we ordered. A rum crème brulee, that had no rum flavor. A chocolate hazelnut bread pudding, no chocolate or hazelnuts ( told by the waitress big chocolate bits & great rum flavor). We didn't eat them, alerted the waitress and nothing was done for us. I think when you have just spent over $100 on a meal, they should have deducted the desserts. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We have gone to Lombardi's a lot. The food is very good, when they have it available. They seem to run out of things quickly. We got there at 7:30 and one special was gone and another needed substitutions. This happens every time we go there. The other issue is the noise level. The acoustics are VERY bad. It is hard to have a conversation. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The restaurant has a lot going for it EXCEPT the food! Nice atmosphere, good little bar overlooking downtown New Brunswick, decent ambiance for dining. But the food is less then average and quite expensive. Our meals were overcooked (pasta and seafood). I'll only go there for a drink in the future and dine elsewhere. Too bad they don't even notice how lousy the food is and how it will be their undoing."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We go to The George Street Playhouse fairly often and always have been dissatisfied with our choice of eateries. I do not know why it took us so long to try Catherine Lombardi. No question about it- if we are in New Brunswick-that will be our restaurant of choice. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We have eaten at this restaurant 5 or 6 times. We have never been disappointed. The people who work there are very pleasant and wish to please their guests. A very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We reserved Catherine Lombardi for my daughter's college graduation celebration. There were 10 of us and they gave us a large round table so we could talk to each other and with a view looking out on George Street. The food was terrific, service was great and the drinks were amazing. We all loved it and would recommend this to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion in New Brunswick! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Staff was very friendly and helpful. I have food allergies and they were very accommodating, and made sure I did not get anything that would be a problem. They also were very helpful with any questions. Prices are a bit high, especially on the extensive wine list, but well worth it. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had great service. In fact it was noticed that we toasted our friend "happy birthday". After enjoying a nice dinner and ordering coffee, a plate of wonderful cookies was delivered to our table with a chocolate HAPPY BIRTHDAY written on the rim. We thought this was such a nice gesture ( these were not ordered)until a charge for this platter was included on our check. Because we were rushed to get to George Street Theater, my husband did not make mention of this charge. A bit disappointing for that reason only!!!!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner before show at State Theater just a few doors down - notable wine/cocktails, food and service excellent, will be back with friends for sure, this was a hit with the whole group! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Deliciously prepared food coupled with fantastic service makes this restaurant a must go to in New Brunswick. The cozy decor makes this a great spot for a romantic dinner or an evening out with friends. The head bartender is a talented mixologist that has created an extensive cocktail selection that is second to none. Lastly, the chef prepared every dish to perfection and the variety of flavors accompanying each bite of food made this dining experience a true pleasure. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Catherine Lombardi's is a very well run, friendly Italian restaurant where the food is delicious, the drinks excellent and the serving staff makes you feel like they are enjoying serving you. Its location is perfect for pre-theater and it has valet parking privileges with the hotel across the road. I recommend this restaurant and look forward to dining there again."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Expensive and not worth the money! Noisy and uncomfortable! Service was fair and not particularly friendly. Will not return any time soon!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • " I love the relaxed feel of this place. I definitely would return to try more dishes. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This is now probably my favorite Italian restaurant. The food was incredible and we didn't even leave room for dessert. The owner, Mark Pascal, came over to the table and made us feel very welcome. The Apps were out of this world. From garlic bread to Jamon Iberica to Seafood Salad, the apps were out of this world. Everyone at the table also raved about their entrees. It is definitely pricey but well worth it."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Dinner on 4/15/14 was again excellent. We usually go to Catherine Lombardi before attending the State Theater shows in New Brunswick NJ The food and service are top notch--and the walk to the theater is only a couple of minutes. Great food, great shows - What more can I say !!!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This was our first time here. We loved the ambiance (although a bit noisy), the food and most especially, the service. We highly recommend this restaurant and are planning a second visit soon. Tip: if you have tickets you need to pick up for a show at one of the theaters next door, call ahead and they will have them waiting for you when you arrive for dinner."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "my wife and I had dinner here to celebrate our wedding anniversary....the food and the atmosphere was perfect...would highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or just to enjoy very good food in downtown New Brunswick."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Can't say this is the best Italian restaurant I've been to for the price, but the selection was definitely unique and had new flavors to try out."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "It says it is Italian food -- which we love. But this was nothing special. And both food and wine were very over-priced for what we received. The food was decent but bland. We have had much better food (at similar prices) at other restaurants in the immediate locale. The only thing to recommend it was that it was an easy walk from the State Theatre. But even with that convenience, we don't plan on returning to Catherine Lombardi's."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Dining at Catherine Lombardi's was like being transported to an a world of luxury. The food was decadent and the servers were absolutely lovely. Great experience. Great way to celebrate an important event."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I was part of a party of 6. We were an hour early. The Maitre'd paniced a bit, but seated us within 30 minutes. 5 of the six were delighted with their meals. I had a Pork Chop stuffed with sausage. I t was mouth watering delicious. The only complaint came from a friend that ordered the Shrimp Scampi. She said it was too lemony for Scampi. We ordered 5 Soups, 1 Salad, 1 Round of Drinks which were assorted house wines, 6 Entrees and 6 desserts, 1 was Crème Brulee and the remaining 5 were Sorbet or Ice Cream. The Bill was $400 including a tip which was automatically added to our bill. This restaurant was good for a very special occasion. The Server was Very good. I think that its pricey because of its proximity to The State Theatre."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "From the moment the door opened my wife felt like she was back in Brooklyn. The food and service is the best, a gem. Can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is our go to restaurant for a special occasion and they always deliver. Great food, extraordinary wine list, and great cocktails. Service is always top notch. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The appswere a hit, especially the parmigiana cheese and the mozzarella carrozza . My swordfish entree was excellent, and prepared the way I asked. The same, however, could not be said of the flounder special, which the other three diners chose. It was mushy and had the feel of having been frozen, then thawed. The new recommended wine was superb. Desserts, as usual, were the typical crescendo to a great meal (but for the flounder). We left on a sour note, however, when the coat check girls (3 of them) had no idea what they were doing. They lost my good umbrella and had SIX number 56's. How does that happen? Aside from that, it was a nice evening and a good meal with friends."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A bit pricey, but perfect pre-theater dining. Love the menus and the food. Higher end restaurant, but very comfortable. Recommended."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Excellent place to dine if you're going to a show at the NJ State Theater. Don't miss the 9-for-$20 antipasto tasting"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We always eat here before going to the State Theater. Great food, atmosphere and you get to the show in time."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Planned to see show at the State Theater. Catherine Lombardi's was recommended by a friend. Perfect - great food; attentive staff and service was smooth and timely!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The food was excellent and nice decor, but I had issues with the noise and their service practices. Our first table was so noisy we had to be asked to moved. The second location was better. They use some kind of team approach where any one or every one of the twelve (?) people working there serve everyone. It got almost silly at times, like "who are you?" when yet another face would come to the table. It also got annoying when I had to tell five different servers and the manager that, yes, I was still working on my plate (no one waiting for our table, so rushing us out was not their goal). If the place had dedicated servers or even a few servers per table, I would not have had to tell the entire staff individually that I was not done yet."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Service was slow. We didn't have time for dessert, even with a 2 hour timeframe."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was very good - wine list very pricey - not enough mid level priced wines."
    Dined on 3/15/2014