The Absolute Best!!!
Lorena's food and service always hits a grand slam every time we dine there.
It is clearly our favorite and the best restaurant in NJ hands down.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The corn chowder with leeks
The corn chowder with leeks and lobster was splendidly nuanced and interesting in flavor. Excellent halibut over zucchini "spaghetti." Need reservations well in advance but worth that level of planning.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exemplary in Every Way
We had a delightful brunch at Lorena's. We were met with a friendly smile and greeting and shown right to our table. It was hard to make a menu selection, but we finally chose the soup du jour, which was a delicious corn chowder. And we both had skate fish, which was simply superb, served with a hollandaise-caper sauce, fresh asparagus, and fingerling potatoes. The warm raisin rolls were wonderful and the waiter brought a small dish of assorted berries with our meal. Service was impeccable and the whole experience was a treat. When we left the small restaurant, the waiter opened the door for us and bid us "adieu." We will certainly return to Lorena's.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great attentive and friendly
Great attentive and friendly wait staff. Food was great. A little pricey for a BYOB but still with it.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our new favorite
Went here on advice of friends. We've dined in some of NYC's upscale places, and we felt the food at Lorena's was superior to most of those establishments. And so much more convenient for those of us west of the Hudson River! Service was terrific. I'm guessing this will be our new 'go to' place - we will definitely bring our friends!
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
New York City in Maplewood
This tiny gem of a restaurant in suburbia offers elegant choices for Sunday brunch. With approximately ten tables and two waiters, Restaurant Lorena's caters to diners' tastes with fresh fruit, bread baskets loaded with flaky croissants and scones, and excellent coffee before perfectly prepared entrees such as omelets and eggs benedict with fingerling potatoes on the side arrive. My only complaint was that the smoked salmon was not available. The service is amazing. I recommend Restaurant Lorena's for special occasions.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, professional service
Seasonal and good tasting menu. Thoughtful decor and professional service. Intimate setting, due to the lighting, low volume jazz music and also due to the very small dining room. Unfortunately our table was adjacent to a bombastic, loud-mouthed diner who talked non-stop all evening long. We skipped dessert just to avoid the prolonged, inappropriate diatribe. The bead, appetizers and entrees (skate fish, braised beef short rib) were all wonderful though.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
From start to finish
Consistently excellent. Thoughtful and excellently prepared selections, attentive and professional service in a small space that never felt crowded. The chef's creativity and attention to detail was evident in every dish, and our waiter, Glenn, complemented the chef's efforts with clear explanations and insights every time we asked him to describe a particular dish. Execution was flawless, the food delicious, and the service attentive yet unobtrusive. Dining at Lorena's was a joy. Go there, share the joy.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Perfect Night
An amazing night at Lorena's! Spectacular food, flawless service, and incredible atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
lorenas is always great!
I've eaten there many times and have never been dissapointed! Food and service is terrific.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best!
Booked this because of the reviews on Open Table and boy was it worth it!!! It is BYO so that was nice too. Food was fantastic in every regard! From our appetizers to desert all was top notch! I had the duck special for my entree and my wife, who doesn't like duck, absolutely loved it. If I could give it 6 stars I would as the food and service were that good. On a minor note....with a restaurant of that great caliber....the dinner rolls could have been better.....very good but not great like the rest of the meal. My favorite dining experience in a long time and I plan on visiting often!!!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having lived in the area for a few years, we were always looking for the right time or occasion to dine here. We made a reservation on open table, they called to confirm, everything was all set. We were welcomed with open arms and the food was as delicious as everyone had always said! Highly recommended.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Campos is a passionate
Chef Campos is a passionate genius, and this food is as good as any high-end dining found in NYC--EASILY the best food I have had in New Jersey (not saying much, perhaps) but more importantly, on a par with the best food I've had ANYWHERE.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We just celebrated our 45th
We just celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary and decided to try Lorena's -- it fulfilled our expectations and more!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My experience was ultra positive. Perfect - service - food - prices.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Continues to shine!
Restaurant Lorena presented us with a delicious meal that emphasized local, seasonal ingredients cooked to perfection. The service was friendly and attentive, never intrusive! We loved our entire experience.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic and flavorful
The menu exemplified what's wonderful about seasonal cooking with ingredients right from the farm. Dishes like the corn and leek chowder and white bean risotto were delicious, flavors growing and changing subtly. The tomato and mozzarella salad was another dish made brilliant by the deft handling of three types of tomatoes--just enough cheese to compliment the lingering taste of sunshine in the tomatoes. The chocolate cake and pannacotta were also full of flavor without being heavy, especially welcome at the end of a long, leisurely, luxurious meal. Our servers were both unobtrusive and delightfully charming. The the tables were spaced and arranged so that each one felt private even in the tiny room. Great for an anniversary.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
service beginning meal very
service beginning meal very good middle to end poor
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
My spouse and I enjoyed a memorable 22nd anniversary dinner. We were greeted at the door by one of the owners and friendly staff. Service was appropriately timely and very helpful with delicious menu suggestions. The lump crab crepe was outstanding! The braised beef short ribs were tender and beautifully presented. The meat practically melted in my mouth. Also the Rhode Island Skate (fish) was light and well seasoned. We have already recommended Lorena's to friends.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal of my life
My wife and I both agreed that our meals at Lorena were among the most memorable of our lives. The short rib of beef and the corn and leak potage were exquisite. Such strange but seductive flavors in both. It's a very very expensive restaurant but my god the food is out of this world.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Birthday Celebration!
We always enjoy our meal and experience at Lorena's. After countless meals over the years, we have never been dissapointed!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Corn Leek Soup To Die For
Went to Restaurant Lorena's Thursday night to celebrate my Aussie cousin's last day in NJ before heading home. We all loved our dishes but I particularly loved the soup special - corn leek soup with lobster, cream and jalapeno or cayenne that gave it the perfect hint of heat. The soup was so light, almost foamy but not foamy because I think foam is overrated. BYOB allowed us to bring our favorite wines. We always enjoy a great meal at Lorena's.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can anything be better?
Our dining experience was outstanding!chef Humberto serves the best food i have ever tasted every time we go he excites our taste buds more and more and the service is the best the staff does not miss a beat and Adrian insures we always leave happy.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second visit plan to return often!
This was my second visit to Lorena's in the past few months for. Last time I gave it 5 stars but complained about the bread.....this time they had crusty french bread, so no complaints! We both had appetizers. My tuna sashimi was excellent and my wife's crab and mushroom crepe was superb! For the entre's my wife's scallops were fanatstic and my ribeye veal chop was the best I have ever had with both cooked to perfection. I don't often eat dessert but the warm chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream was also the best I have ever had. I almost forgot to mention service....outstanding! Very attentive and helpful but not hurried. There is no doubt that this is my favorite restaurant and we will visit often!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Anniversary Dinner
Once again, we decided to spend our anniversary at Lorena's. For elegant, 5 star, local dining there is nowhere better. Placed right in the middle of downtown Maplewood, Lorena's maintains an intimate neighborhood feel. Each course was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. This is not a pretentious restaurant, just absolutely fine dining for the right reasons.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant in New Jersey
The food and service speaks for itself. Consistently the best plates with every visit and the ongoing updates to the menu based on seasonal ingredients makes every dining experience unique. On my last meal there, I brought colleagues visiting from various International locations. Each are well traveled with discriminating palates and I did not want to disappoint as their local host. Each raved of the food and left notes on how they are returning home with a tale of having the best meal experience they've ever had in America.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Dining in NJ
Lorena's always lived up to the expectations. Great food and fantastic service. We'll definitely be back again.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best
Truly amazing dining experience. Decor, food and service are exceptional. Go once and you will become a regular.
Truly a memorable dining experience!!!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
For a Special Occasion!
This pricey restaurant offers an ambitious menu and first class service in an ambience which is both small and modest. I'm not sure the food is so unique that it is worth the high prices charged though others may certainly disagree. I was most impressed by the most professional and charming head waiter. In any case it may be best suited for those celebrating a special occasion.
9/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Absolutely outstanding food and service. Our server Glenn was skilled and delightful and each morsel of food superb.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great pick
We had, as always, a wonderful time at Lorena's. My husband & I have one of those rarities: a small child (age 7) who is exceedingly well behaved (& a great eater) in restaurants. The staff & chef at Lorena's have come to appreciate that, and they always give the three of us such a warm welcome and are genuinely thrilled to see our son. This time it was a few days after his birthday, and while we didn't intend to specifically be celebrating it, he still got a candle on his dessert which was so thoughtful. Otherwise the food was, as is usual there, simply excellent. Savory, velvety fall soup, excellent fish & other dishes, delicious fois gras & so forth. The service is intimate but not overbearing. We are so lucky to have Lorena's in town!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lobster sea urchin risotto was outstanding. Warm crabmeat crepe was exquisite. A major flavor sensation as each dish was presented. Service and ambience exceptional. We live 30 miles away now, but will be back.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Highest Possible Recommendation
Lorena's is without doubt one of the best restaurants in NJ. The food is superb, beautifully presented, cooked perfectly. It is also one of the few restaurants that seems to take service seriously. Rather than hiring kids and throwing them out in the dining room, they have a very knowledgeable, attentive and thoroughly professional staff. Lorena's is not inexpensive, but might be considered a bargain given the overall outstanding quality of the experience of dining there. I only wish I could pop in there whenever I felt like it, but you usually have to reserve a few days in advance.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have Exhausted Superlatives
I've exhausted superlatives to describe our many dinners at Lorena's where we've dined since its inception. Each time I believe it can't get any better and yet Chef Humberto continues to excel. Dinners are sometimes "magical" and this past weekend was one such experience. My soup "special" was to die for and my scallops "on the menu" were outstanding. My husband raved about his oysters "special" and his venison "special."
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
to the chef and staff at Lorena's for making my birthday dinner memorable. Fine food, wonderful service. Wish they'd had the artic char entree I had over the summer. but certainly the bay scallops were a wonderful alternative. We'll be back!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food with Great service!
The food was sooooo good. We had the crab crepe and parsnip celery root soup for appetizers (we could have eaten 10 crepes). For our main course I had the salmon and my husband had the scallops both cooked perfectly and of course the sauces were amazing. For dessert we had the warm chocolate cake with house made ice cream delicious. If we could eat there every day of the week we would. Highly recommend we cant wait to go back. PS: Its BYOB so bring your favorite bottle.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
2-words exemplify Lorenas: The Best
Lorena's is simply extraordinary. The quality of their ingredients are superlative, the expertise in executing preparations, the finishing sauces and the plating earns Lorena's best-in-class status. It's rare for me to cherish a meal and play it back in my head for days following the experience. Lorena's does that. I just can't help but recall all the details of the meal. It was that good....
The staff is friendly and attentive, also like none other.
For me Lorena's is Perfect. Simply the best!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing as Always!
Chef Humberto continues to create imaginative and truly wonderful dishes. We celebrated our 2 year anniversary and let him cook for us! Absolutely divine dinner to celebrate our special night! Thanks to you and your classy polished team in the front of the house for treating us like gold!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband found this gem about three years ago - we consistently have a wonderful evening here....it's just perfect in every way plus the food is truly outstanding.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is excellent
I just went to Lorena's for my wedding anniversary. I have to say the rack of lamb and creme brûlée was the best I ever had! Everything was cooked to perfection. Absolutely no complaints about the food or service. If I had to criticize one thing it would be the decor, maybe should be decorated to look a little more french :) overall it was a wonderful experience, very friendly staff, I would love to eat there again.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
close to perfect
I have never been disappointed by anything at Lorena's. The food and service are exquisite.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lorena is THE only French
Lorena is THE only French restaurant in NJ that wouldn't be laughed out of Paris for labeling itself as such. In fact, it would be in the top 20 there.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely setting, delicious food, pleasant staff and great service. A thoroughly enjoyable evening celebrating a special anniversary.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
dinner was wonderful. every
dinner was wonderful. every bite was savored and enjoyed. service was impeccable. Our special occasion was made that much more special.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had brunch today at Lorena's in Maplewood. It was the best brunch I have ever eaten.
we were greeted at the door but a lovely staff member and shown to a cute little table for the three of us
we started with the hot pastry basket which was over the
I ordered an egg white omelette with spinach and goat cheese. I was able to substitute for the egg white.
It was by far the fluffiest egg white ever.
my friends had the short rib with poached egg. They cleaned their plates
Our waiter was a man by the name of Glenn who could not have been nicer. He was prompt , friendly and quite funny.
we had a blast.
This place was recommended to me and I hope my review prompts others to go
I will go back for dinner
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for dinner with my wife
Went for dinner with my wife the other night. Food was excellent; among the best in NJ. Even better that it's a BYOB
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special Date Night
I heard about Lorena's from a coworker as an excellent restaurant for a romantic date and it didn't disappoint. The service was impeccable and the food excellent.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't say enough good things
This is simply the best restaurant in NJ, hands down. The French food and service are outstanding. It is sometimes hard to get a reservation (for good reasons) so plan ahead.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lorena's - the gem of New Jersey
Lorena's our favorite restaurant in New Jersey, is now open seven days a week. The only problem with Lorena's is that the small restaurant is so popular, it is very hard to get a reservation. Exciting news: We just had a business dinner for four there on Monday night, and apparently word has not yet gotten out that the restaurant is now open seven days a week! For the first time that we can recall, there were empty tables! I urge you to go to Lorena's now on a Monday or Tuesday night before everybody finds out! The food is superb, the atmosphere is charming and the service is excellent.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
French with creativity
Another very pleasant French dining surprise that doesn't stick to the classics. Intimate fine-dining atmosphere, great service. Crabmeat crepe fantastic (went largely because of it). Mahi mahi excellent, too, striking a real chord of flavors. Bread pudding delicious. Highly recommend! BTW, not taking out any stars because of it, but if you're not from the area (I'm not), it takes a while to navigate to it (and back).
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM