Anniversary @ Panache
For my money the best restaurant in northern New Jersey. Well managed, GREAT FOOD, excellent service. It was my anniversary shared with another couple and we all were the delighted. For me the fact that it's a BYOB is a plus.....I enjoy bringing my own.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, not service
Because it was a set dinner for Sunday Father's day, the waiter must have known that he get his tip without really earning it through quality customer care. The tip was included (even for a party of 4). The waiter had no charisma, didn't explain the food choices, even after we asked him to explain it, for the kids. Reached in, without saying excuse me and lastly, handed my son his HOT plate, across the table, instead of putting the plate on the table, as he was supposed to.
The food was delicious however, but the waiter (tall and heavy set man) was not one I would request, if I go there again. The assists (bus boys) were polite and attentive. The waiter should learn from them.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always the food was light and delicious with just the right amount of food on the plates. This is not to say that you leave hungry. On the contrary! The service was top notch with the right amount of familiarity. As the meal progressed, the restaurant got more busy. That's great for a Tuesday night. Continued success for a well oiled machine in the center of Ramsey. Make reservations!
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
great except for.......
service was fine, evrerything except for the duck which was dry and chewy.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time visit and very impressed with their extraordinary food, exceptional variety, great service and ambiance
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
A perfect dining experience
I have been a fan of Cafe Panache for many years. The experience will never let you down. The tables are very private although II must admit I like the corner tables the best. The noise level is fine and the service is great. We had a late reservation and they ran out of chicken, but there were plenty of other choices. It is a great place for lunch too. My son who just graduated loves to eat at great restaurants. His gift was to dine here. He picked the place and made the reservation. He was not disappointed. In fact, he is still talking about it!
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
what a find! we were thrilled to eat every morsel put in front of us -- everything was cooked to perfection and the service was top notch. Definitely a great romantic spot, or special occassion.. bring your own fabulous bottle of wine and enjoy!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Cafe Panache and always have a terrific meal there. The food is superb, with interesting menu choices. The staff is very attentive. This is definitely one of the finest restaurants in Bergen County.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The summer menu is divine. To be sure the consistent appetizer of the filet mignon ravioli in truffle butter is outstanding. The encrusted tuna was delicious. A neighborhood gem.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was great!
The service was outstanding! Our waitress was very knowledgeable about all of the dishes and had superb recommendations. A friend and I shared a few dishes, and she was very attentive and split the dishes for us. The food was great as well. We got a clamb and shrimp appetizer special that was to die for.
I would say that the only downside was that the duck was in a fruity sauce that was a distraction from the flavor of the meat, but that being said, the duck was cooked perfectly and the skin was so crispy.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had halibut ... Most amazing
Had halibut ... Most amazing and fresh fish I've ever had
Service was so friendly and did not rush you out at all
Will definitely be going back.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Kevin never fails to
Chef Kevin never fails to present excellent, well prepared foods. His flavors are always perfection.
Service is wonderful. You are always treated as a valued guest.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The filet mignon ravioli has always been a crowd pleaser and a favorite. The menu changes with the season and its great to wait for the short ribs.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Refined but relaxed dining.........
Was in the area on business travel. Did a search on Zagat and Yelp and Panache came up as well rated. Service was very good and we felt welcomed and appreciated by the owner and his service staff. I did sense a bit on disappointment when we opted out on appetizers but by dinners end felt that the mood had improved. Dining here is pricey for a traveler on Per Diem but I would not hesitated to return on my own dime. Overall a pleasant experience refined without being stuffy.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome food but short on details
Perfectly prepared filet and berkshire pork. wish they hadn't sliced open my stuffed zucchini flowers. The only shortcoming was the lipstick stained coffee mug during dessert. Otherwise highly recommend!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch was excellent. Food
Lunch was excellent. Food was delicious and service was great. Our waiter was a delight.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still Great After All These Years
Fabulous BYO hasn't lost anything -- perhaps has even improved -- after many years in the same spot.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious fresh entrees to
Delicious fresh entrees to be enjoyed in a relaxing friendly atmosphere. Service is prompt!
8/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Awesome Top 25 Restaurant!
I finally made it to Cafe Panache & it was well worth the wait! It is entirely deserving of it's status of top 25 restaurants in NJ. Chef Kohler is a true artist in the kitchen and his wife did an amazing job in designing the front room addition. The design, colors, and textures of materials used are all in perfect harmony. All of the windows add a light and airiness to the room. The food was incredible. The service was impeccable. The Filet Mignon ravioli with truffle butter appetizer was sublime and worth the trip alone! We also had the very fresh tuna tartar special with seaweed and pickled radishes. For entrees my wife had the amazing panko crusted soft shell crab special & I had the awesome Lobster in a light vanilla sauce.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Cafe Panache with
We went to Cafe Panache with another couple who had never been there before. We had two of the fish specials which were excellent. The other couple had filet mignonette ravioli which he said was excellent and she had chicken. We all tasted the chicken and it was rather dry and salty, but with the good service it was a fun evening.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfectly nice respectable venue for a lunch meeting. Reasonable prices, simple menu, yet food was a cut above. I'd go back.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this restaurant and
I love this restaurant and have been coming here since they opened. The food is consistently good. Try the filet mignonette ravioli and the duck. The liver is also good if you like that.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
prix fix menu disappointing
Food was good, well prepared, but limited prix fixe menu was disappointing because of the lack of variety.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a good choice
Met there because it was a convenient location for a business discussion. Business talk turned to food talk after we were served. All fish eaters, we were delighted with the quality and with how perfectly the fish was cooked as well as how imaginatively-matched with their accompaniments. It was a first time visit and worth a return to try other menu items.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect place for a special occasion celebration. The food, presentation, ambience have a NY vibe without the trouble and expense of going into the city. Great menu selection. I had a striped bass with black rice prepared with a Japanese flair. I loved the unexpected crunchiness of the top in contrast to the moistness of the rest of the fish. My husband ordered the special a rack of lamb also cooked to perfection. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. BYO which helps to bring down the cost of the dinner. Chef-owner Kevin Kohler continues to excite his repeat guests with new menu selections and timely redo's of the decor while opening the door to a wonderful new experience for first time diners.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
it has the best food in northern
it has the best food in northern nj always consistent.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
All areas were outstanding. The food
was delicious and beautifully presented,
Service warm and professional. Great to bring our own wine.
Quiet buzz in the dining room was a delight!
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent. We
The food was excellent. We had the butternut squash soup and the salmon. Each dish was perfectly prepared.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
There's actually a decent restraint outside of NYC! We had a lovely time.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Service, terrific food
We thoroughly enjoyed our first dining experience at Cafe Panache. The service was outstanding - it truly stood out and made a difference. The waiter was unafraid to make real recommendations, and encouraged me to try something I hadn't before. The full wait-staff was friendly and unobtrusive.
The food was really terrific - just adventurous enough, without going too crazy. We tried several courses, and the waiter encouraged us to take everything one plate at a time - he had the kitchen split each appetizer, and gave us the leisure to truly enjoy our food versus just plunking everything down at once. Nice touch!! We had a lovely evening, and will definitely be back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still our favorite
My husband and I have not been out to dinner alone in over a year. We chose Café Panache as our dinner destination. As usual we were not disappointed. My husband had the duck. He always gets the duck here; always saying it is the best!! I had the panko crusted swordfish. I am very particular about my seafood, usually switching with my husband because I get disappointed. Not here. The quality of the fish was impeccable and the wasabi sauce gave just a hint of heat. My only disappointment was waiting so long since our last visit.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic tasting and creative food. BYO keeps the cost reasonable. Very nice staff. An older crowd though (late-40s - mid-60s) I would say. Definitely recommend trying it but only for a nice date... absolutely couldn't be considered a hot spot. Decor is also outdated adding to the old feel.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed a wonderful dinner on our visit...entree was exceptional and dessert was heavenly. Hard to beat this local gem!
10/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had two of the specials
I had two of the specials and they were both excellent. The waitress was very helpful in making decisions.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place ---General Question
Panache is really good...but a general question, proabably belongs on another site, but nonetheless....we're early diners, so is it my imagination but are hosts and hostesses trained to give the worst tables to customers who arrive early when the restaurant is empty or almost emptyy ? ..I've concluded yes...because if it's acceptable to the early diner then that eliminates a situation where a later customer won;t accept a poor table when there aren't better alternatives ...i.e. it''s crowded and a better table isn't available
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not for the youngsters
No one less than 50 in there. Felt like I was in a nursing home dining room. But the food was good.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ready to go back again and again
We had an awesome meal and a wonderful time. The filet mignon ravioli is the best and lives up to all expectations that are promised. The service is impeccable and you are made to feel truly special. We hope to go back soon.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Panache is a wonderful spot of serenity and beauty in our little town of Ramsey. We have been enjoying it for many years and it is always a for sure thing: incredible dishes, seasonal updates, greeted back like old friends, unhurried, old world service by the longtime staff. It is our favorite place for "just the girls" dinner, anniversary celebrations, meeting another couple or just having a quiet lunch. And thank you for being open on Monday nights! Bring your own wine is wonderful too. May I say I never miss the warm goat cheese salad and there is no where else on the earth where you can get the mushroom soup this perfect. But this time we had filet mignon ravioli's and they were just divine. Yummy!
10/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fabulous !! The food - the
Fabulous !! The food - the service - the surroundings were
all wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was overall a great experience. My wife has wanted to go to this restaurant for a few months now, so I finally took her on a surprise date. The food was delicious - my filet mignon ravioli was out of this world, and my wife's lamb shank literally fell off the bone being so soft and juicy. We misread on the website that this place was not BYOB, but it definitely is! I quickly had to run out to a nearby liquor store, but that was not a big deal. Service was excellent and the waiter gave just the right amount of attention. We will definitely be going back in the near future.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was good, food was very good. A little pricey but worth it.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always great, never disappointed.
Something for everyone, great flavors. Highly recommended.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The waiter gave us a free
The waiter gave us a free cheese course because the table next to us was a little loud. It was appreciated.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
An absolute gem of a restaurant. Menu and specials provide a myriad of choices that means you can't go wrong. BYOB is a real positive and keeps the bill down. Service is friendly and so professional.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had the opportunity to dine
Had the opportunity to dine with my wife for our anniversary. The food , service , and ambiance was outstanding with notable attention to every detail. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone seeking a special occasion place to dine
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were 4 diners on a Monday evening and the food was as good as ever.
Yes, it is a special occasion restaurant and well worth the price.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
An Enduring Gema great selection of
Cafe Panache continues to earn its reputation as one of the top five best restaurants in Bergen by delivering an outstanding selection of appetizers, salads and inspirational entres as evidenced during our 7 member Men's Dining Group experience on Thursday night.
A lentil soup special enhanced with garlicky fused tomato broth and strong bacon undertones was excellent. A scallop carpaccio highlighted a grand appetizer selection. A pappardelle with wild boar ragou stole the evening as the entre selection. It rivaled presentations in some Tuscany based restaurants. The venison, fish and duck were also well received.
Service was very personal, professional and enhanced the dining experience. This is a gem to be enjoyed and revisited.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is our "special occasion" restaurant. We have been coming here for many years and Kevin never fails to produce an outstanding meal. Add in the great ambience and the results are always the same: a 5 star experience.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
A missed date
I had a date planned at this great place - 9pm seating busy night small biz amex night - my date for one in 20yrs was able to get thereat 935 and was immediately seated patiently waits 3 phonecall 4 detours and i'm there at 1010 Michele patiently left at 10 05 the owner gently expresses her calls I said I returned them not knowing she called point to hearing aid wow small and effective I had trouble changing battery hard to describe on phone i'll send you info sir thank you for your kindness one question sir tom is fine my friends call me t mac - ok t - been here 4 times very special occasions was hoping for #5 = I owe for the table sir here's my card hands it back to me no charge tonight tell a friend or two ok will do
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been to Cafe Panache a number of times. The restaurant is expensive, but you get a good meal and good service. Now, I usually go on a Sunday when the restaurant is not packed, so that may enhance the service and lower the noise level. However, the fact that I go back is a testament to the good food and service. Recently, I went to another high priced restaurant, paid more money and walked out hungry. Here at least, you get what you are paying for. If a restaurant can't give me a better meal than I get at home, then I don't think much of it. Bergen County is loaded with overpriced, lousy restaurants. This place stands out for its food and its service.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM