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Chez Catherine
Chez Catherine

Chez Catherine Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezcatherine.com
  • Phone: (908) 654-4011
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Alex Gomes
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer one private room to accommodate 10-16 people and another to accommodate 20-45 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Didier Jouvenet (908) 654-4011

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Parking for our Guests.
A word from Chez Catherine
Chez Catherine, one of the best French restaurants in New Jersey, provides a wonderful dining experience. From the first greeting to the last sip of wine, this French restaurant offers quality cuisine and impeccable service. Chez Catherine, perfect for special occasions and fine dining.
Didier Jouvenet comes to Chez Catherine having spent 32 years with the finest restaurants, including 20 years at La Grenouille and 8 years at The Carlisle Hotel. Born and raised in Lyon, France in a family of restaurateurs, he was understandably attracted to the kitchen early in life. His wife Edith is from Marseilles. She will welcome you and is also in charge of the provencale decoration.
Alexander Gomes is the chef de cuisine. 32 years old, he is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. His assistant is David Huenergardt. Stephane Bocket, born in Dunkerque, has been the Maitre d'Hotel since 2005, after many years at Alain Ducasse's restaurants in NYC and France.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We've eaten there more than twice. The food and service are excellent with good value. Great for special occasions. Quiet relaxed environment."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening. The food and service was outstanding! Merci DJ"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "There are only a few fine French restaurants locally and Chez Catherine is one of the best. Great wine list...speak to Didier about wine and try the tasting menu!! Especially the cheese plate....."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "First time here. Booked it as a special place to celebrate a birthday and was not disappointed. Food and service are bith first rate."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My meal was delish.. I would recommend the 4 course meal - the 3 course didn't feel like enough food- even at $68 a person. The waiter was super friendly. It is expensive so much more of a special occasion place than every sat. night."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had a prix-fixe lunch at Chez Catherine on a weekday. What a lovely restaurant on a main thoroughfare, but quiet inside. We selected PEI mussels, country pate, mixed grilled fish and hanger steak. My husband loved the mussels and hanger steak. I liked the the pâte and fish. Everything was well-prepared without being fussy. For dessert we had panna cotta ( the creamiest and best we ever had) and yummy sorbet of strawberry, raspberry, mango, and passionfruit. The server was terrific - charming, amusing, and French! We hope to return for dinner, when we can sample more dishes."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The owner and his wife pay particular attention to you in this charming little bistro. It was our first time there but it was definitely the first of many visits to come."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great time, fantastic food , wine, and services, magnificent host. You can not find a better restaurant. A true Gem. John "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "One of the few New Jersey restaurants that truly excels in every way. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "From the first moment to the last we had a wonderful experience with first rate service "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "our first time to chez catherine. loved the cicadas on the tables, the smallish room, but plenty of privacy between tables. the waiter was amusing and very competent. the prix fixe choices were different from each other so there was a distinct variety. every course was delicious and a good sized portion. excellent restaurant."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I really wanted to like Chez Catherine b/c it was a special occasion, and I wanted the evening to feel very special. I feel a little disappointed. The food wasn't bad, but was served luke warm? How was it even possible if it was just prepared? The mushroom soup that I ordered lacked any taste whatsoever. Mussels were very good. Servings of Foie Gras and Rack of Lamb were laughable. They were not bad, but at the exuberant price they charge for every dish, I didn't expect to have such tiniest portions that I returned home hungry!!! It was very quiet, because only 3 other tables were occupied on a Thursday night. That should have been my first warning sign. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We have been going to Chez Catherine for years. The food, service and ambiance are fantastic. Classic French dining at it's best. Great wine list. Why go to NYC when you can come here?"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I decided to take my wife to Chez Catherine for her birthday. A horrible night- weather wise. (pouring freezing rain) We were met at the door with a warm Bonjour! We were led to our table right away. This restaurant is small with maybe a maximum of ten or eleven tables. Our cocktails were great. We had two appetizers, but we split each of them between us. The first was mussels in a white buttery cream sauce-Fantastic. The second appetizer was scallops shrimp and crab meat on a crepe - even better, My wife had the duck breast and I had the rabbit - a first for me. Both were very good. We wrapped this meal up by sharing a gigantic soufflé with a creamy sauce. Super. All in all - a Very good Night!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, April 9th. We were looking for someplace special to have a wonderful evening. Chez Catherine exceeded our expectations."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Excellent experience from start to end. The food was delicious and service was excellent."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a very good time. Definately a friendly place with good authentic French food. They told me that if I give them 72 hours notice they could fix kidneys for me. Obviously they don't often carry such a dish on the menu given its lack of popularity. But it is rare you find an restuarant that will do that for a customer. The owners are very family oriented in their service and customers keep coming back. An outstanding experience."
    Dined on 5/13/2012
  • "Food and service were both exceptional. Loved the tasting menu. Already made another reservation!"
    Dined on 4/13/2012
  • "Traditional French ishes with a modern, light touch. Beautiful on plate presentation. Quiet, attentive service with nothing overlooked. Small, attractively appointed dining room. Knowledgable wine selection, reasonably priced. Proporietor always on hand. One goes away feeling well satisfied."
    Dined on 4/11/2012
  • "A lovely venue for a special meal. The dover sole is sublime....Impeccable service.....We will be back.........."
    Dined on 3/17/2012
  • "This was an off night. Food was not as good as always, as for example, overcooked beef. On the weekend it is more expensive than during the week when the place is more relaxed and the food seems to be better. It is definitely pricey on the weekend."
    Dined on 3/9/2012
  • "Excellent food, very knowledgeable staff. An exceptional experience."
    Dined on 2/18/2012
  • "A small but excellent place with unexcelled friendly service. The food was very well prepared, flavorful, with tableside carving of the rack of boar that I ordered. However, the menu could use some updating. While classic French, it seemed a bit "old." And the price was a bit high - not outrageous, but high."
    Dined on 2/17/2012
  • "Excellent French Gem! The proprietor is truly a delight, going out of his way to make things right. Very good food. Overall, top-of-the-line New Jersey Restaurant."
    Dined on 2/15/2012
  • "We had our very own, virtually private, Valentine's Dinner a day later - why fight the crowds at Chez Catherine? - and, as usual, it was a very special occasion. The cuisine, the service, the ambiance, the ever-charming Host, Didier and his extraordinary Maitre D', Stephan, all combine to make and sustain Chez Catherine to be the culinary diamond that it is. If you want your children to be acquainted with the more civilized ways of the world, start treating them to Chez Catherine when you can."
    Dined on 2/15/2012
  • "We were disappointed with the speed of the food service. We were rushed through 6 courses in under 1 hour!!! This was very disappointing since this was a "special event"--Valentine's Day."
    Dined on 2/14/2012
  • "The tasting menu was superb, from start to finish. Crab bisque was amazing. Desserts also were sublime. The service was paced just right, so we weren't rushed but also didn't drag out for hours. We can't wait to go back and experience the regular menu. Loved the friendly staff."
    Dined on 2/14/2012
  • "A good friend reccomended very good French food. Staff French, a little more relaxed then Lorraines not as serious but wonderful service. Almost a tye with Lorraines but because the distance is further then Lorranines for us I have to make them second. tuff choice to compare the two.. either choice for special occassion you can not go wrong."
    Dined on 2/11/2012
  • "I thought Chez Catherine was a great representation of French cuisine. My girlfriend and I went their and had an incredible time. Not only was the food fantastic and unique but, the servers were incredible. I believe it was the owner in particular who was so great. He really provided such a welcoming atmosphere and interacted with us in a very friendly and sincere manner. The restaurant itself inside is very pleasing to the eye and comforting. Definitely an all-around great experience. If you love food or are just looking for a nice place to spend an evening/night I would have to say that Chez Catherine in Westfield, NJ is a fine choice to say the least."
    Dined on 1/13/2012
  • "When we left, we felt very special. Dining at Chez Catherine is like escaping to Paris for the night. The food, the atmosphere, all exquisite."
    Dined on 12/29/2011
  • "A Westfield gem for over 25 years. Proprietors Didier and Edith continue to maintain the highest standards of French cuisine in a tough economic environment. Manhattan quality with suburban convenience."
    Dined on 12/15/2011
  • "Chez Catherine is a bit kitschy inside; very country French in decor and the owners suitably eccentric and absent-minded, albeit very warm & welcoming. The food more than makes up for any quirks of presentation. Escargot and fois gras to start... excellent. My scallops in black truffle sauce were perfectly cooked and seasoned, and my husband's Dover sole was buttery and delicious. My creme brulee for dessert was classically, perfectly French. Throughout we maintained a light banter with our charming, zany server and an interesting dialog about the wines with the proprietors. We'll go back for certain!"
    Dined on 12/10/2011
  • "Beautiful room with a European feel. Interesting menu and finely prepared meals. Good drinks and wine list. The owners are warm and welcoming."
    Dined on 11/11/2011
  • "If only there were more than five stars available for rating purposes!!! Always wonderful, always personal service."
    Dined on 10/15/2011
  • "Always consistently excellent in service, food selections and preparation and the personal touches by Didier."
    Dined on 10/5/2011
  • "We have been patrons for about 25 years and still maintain that Chez Cathrine is the premiere French restaurant in New Jersey. Chef Reycraft and host/owner Didier Jouvet are the ultimate in their respective positions. This is a venue NOT TO BE MISSED if you care about excellent food, ambiance,service and the experience of fine dining. Sheldon and Barbara Roskin Scotch Plains,NJ"
    Dined on 10/5/2011
  • "Cuisine was disappointing and unexciting. Nothing on out tastings menu stood out as memorable."
    Dined on 10/1/2011
  • "Chez Catherine has excellent French food in a lovely french country bistro atmosphere. I lived in Burgundy for 5 years and can attest that the food here is authentic French cuisine. The baby beet amuse-bouche was inviting and my duck leg confit was served with a rich sauce. At our last visit I had navarin ( a veal stew) that just was superb. We finished off with chocolate souffles which always adds a special touch! We traveled here from out of town and can't wait to visit again. Merci!"
    Dined on 8/27/2011
  • "The food, service and overall experience was amazing. I took my wife here for her bday. I could find anything i could dislike about this place. Small romantic place that is.perfect for a special occassion."
    Dined on 8/19/2011
  • "Always a fabulous dining experience. You do not have to travel to NYC for a memorable gastronomic experience. The entire staff is exemplary. Can't wait for the next time."
    Dined on 8/16/2011