Chez Catherine
Chez Catherine

Chez Catherine

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezcatherine.com/
  • Phone: 9086544011x
  • 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 9086544011x

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Chez Catherine reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (28)romantic (25)fit for foodies (19)notable wine list (16)neighborhood gem (12)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)good for groups (1)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great food with bit disappointment
    diamarimp
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything was great,food is amazing, but I was disappointed when I was presented with a bill stating in pencil the total due without any iteminization how they arrived at that total due. I feel a guest is entitled to know exactly how the total due was reached .this method definitely hurts their business which is way down
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Service was good, food was good, nothing really special. It was not noisy since there were only four tables taken on a weekday. Generally very overpriced.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A touch of France in Westfield
    noodle
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    With the new chef aboard we were expecting something very different than in the past but not so. The food preparation was fine but I didn't sense that the menu or techniques were notably updated as the menu was still rooted in traditional French style. I was disappointed that our server did not take the time to describe the components of either the charcuterie as my appetizer or the cheese plate at the end.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • French find in Westfield
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was one of the BEST dining experiences my husband and I have had in New Jersey!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • impressive!
    Michele
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We came here as a gift for my daughters graduation. She has been taking french in school and wanted to go to a french restaurant. We didn't want to travel to the city but wanted not only great food but an overall authentic french experience. She was very impressed as we were also. The waiter was wonderful food was excellent atmosphere great as well. We all had something different duck, pork, salmon, vegetarian meal, each dish was wonderful! The only complaint was from my younger daughter who would have liked to have a chocolate dessert but it wasn't on the menu. If it wasn't so expensive we would defiantly come back on more than only special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome, authentic French food.
    Rebecca
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Lives up to its reputation as a top restaurant on NJ. The pork chops were tender with a wonderful flavor. The soufflé for dessert was light and airy. It was $300 (with tip) for the two of us including two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts and coffee. Pricey but excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic French
    spg88
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The experience at Chez Catherine felt like being welcomed into an old friend's home for a classic French dinner. The food was traditional and well executed and the service was warm and formal, yet relaxed at the same time. I would recommend this restaurant for a romantic or family dinner where you just want to experience classic French food and service.
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  • excellent restaurant
    foodmaven
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We've eaten there more than twice. The food and service are excellent with good value. Great for special occasions. Quiet relaxed environment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GEM5479
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We had a wonderful evening. The food and service was outstanding! Merci DJ
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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  • outstanding!!!!
    mistervVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for a special occasion
    Taxman
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy Food
    nagcmfamily
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 138 reviews are from the Chez Catherine reviews archive.
  • Lovely French Restaurant
    RefLib
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as advertised
    Alwaysout
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great time, fantastic food , wine, and services, magnificent host. You can not find a better restaurant. A true Gem. John
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    One of the few New Jersey restaurants that truly excels in every way.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was first class
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    From the first moment to the last we had a wonderful experience with first rate service
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    enjoy
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Impressed
    Daria
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies
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  • Always Great!
    Stan
    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?
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our Dinner at Chez Catherine
    davevjim24
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Jeff
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience from
    Maddy
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Excellent experience from start to end. The food was delicious and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a very good time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service were both
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    Food and service were both exceptional. Loved the tasting menu. Already made another reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traditional French ishes with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A lovely venue for a special
    fultonVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    A lovely venue for a special meal. The dover sole is sublime....Impeccable service.....We will be back..........
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was an off night. Food
    BobMVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, very knowledgeable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    Excellent food, very knowledgeable staff. An exceptional experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A small but excellent place
    ameliasgrandmaVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent French Gem! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A culinary diamond in Westfield, NJ
    Curious22
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were disappointed with
    melvin
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The tasting menu was superb,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my second favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Tremendous Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A true gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/29/2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Michelin quality in the 'burbs.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2011
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A slice of France, close by
    MaplewoodFamilyVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful room with a European
    BobGVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    Beautiful room with a European feel. Interesting menu and finely prepared meals. Good drinks and wine list. The owners are warm and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet