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Restaurant Lorena's
Restaurant Lorena's

Restaurant Lorena's Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantlorena.com
  • Phone: (973) 763-4460
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Monday-Thursday 5pm to 8:30pm
    Friday and Saturday 5pm-9pm
    Sunday Dinner 5pm to 8pm
    Sunday Brunch
    11:30am to 1:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Humberto Campos Jr.
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: Let Lorena's co-host your next private event in the comfort of your own home. Chef Campos will design a menu to your specific needs up to 30 guests.

    Please contact the restaurant for further details.

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A word from Restaurant Lorena's
Lorena's is pleased to announce that we will now be serving dinner daily!

In June of 2005 Humberto and Lorena opened the doors to Lorena's in the heart of Maplewood Village.
As an alumnus of the C.I.A. and a graduate from New Jersey's top kitchens, Chef Campos will be offering a menu deeply rooted in French technique and inspired by the seasons of the Garden State.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Amazing experience! The food was great! But what stood out, was the superb service. The service was truly impeccable. A place where the staff understood the meaning of hospitality and professionalism. They attended to every guest's needs with natural ease. Initially, what caught my eye was the very crisp table settings, where the attention to details was obvious. I had the steak Tartare as my appetizer, the Cod as my main course, and the trio of home made ice cream, they were all delicious, and very nicely presented. I like when the chef sends an "Amuse Bouche" here in addition to it, we were sent a "Ferme la Bouche" ( I just made this up, it means close your mouth) My compliments to the Chef and to the front of the house personnel."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "As always, a world class dining experience in a tiny neighborhood establishment."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Very knowledgeable and courteous staff. Attentive to detail. The food was delectable. An extraordinary experience in dining. Would have paid twice the bill."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This Maplewood restaurant was a great find for my wife and I. We went on our anniversary and were not disappointed with either the food or the service. However, the service at time seemed a little "over the top" from at least one of our waiters. For example, the place is a BYOB and I had purchased a fine wine for the occasion and the waiter asked if I wanted to taste it before he poured my bottle. This is usually done when the bottle is purchased from the restaurant not at a BYO. But this is a minor issue, the place was great."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This was our first visit but won't be our last. It is a quaint, small room on a lovely street in Maplewood village. The food was excellent. I had salmon tartare to start and it was quite possibly the best I've ever had. This was followed by a honey glazed duck which was artfully presented, cooked perfectly medium rare and delicious. The summer menu was dominated by fish dishes so my wife opted for a main of rare cooked Tuna which she enjoyed completely. She started with a special of steak tartare, large portion, that I tried and also liked. My only two criticisms were that my wife's water glass was not refilled promptly, and the pricing is very high, though I understood that before going. It is a BYOB which may explain the high food prices."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Great to have this star right in our own neighborhood. It's deserving of the the best compliments for food and staff. A 9 table restaurant, getting a reservation is the challenge! The menu has been thoughtfully considered for the season at hand, as the starters match Mickey with the mains. And don't forget the handmade, home made ice cream!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This is one of the BEST restaurants in New Jersey…hands down!!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Lorena's is one of our favorite restaurants with fabulous food and outstanding friendly service. As a BYOB, it allows us to enjoy our own excellent wines with dinner."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This tiny room in the village of Maplewood is the site of some of the best French food we've had in a while. Expensive and a bit sedate but is that bad? On the other hand, it's a BYO! Portions are on the small side but the food is exquisitely rich and you will leave sated. Great for a romantic, quiet dinner."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We love Lorena's and go there for special occasions. This time, however, some of the food wasn't quite up to their usual very high standards. The service and ambiance remains top level, and in this time when noisy restaurants seem to be in style, Lorena's is serene and you can easily hold a conversation with others at your table."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Open Table rated Lorena's as one of the top 10 restaurants in the Tri State Area, so I had to try it out since it wasn't far from where I lived. It lived up to it's rating. We started with Salmon Tar Tar and Steak Tar Tar - both dishes melt in your mouth. Then we had the Lobster Crepe - I would go back for this alone and order double this portion! I had the Skate for dinner and my husband had the short ribs - both delicious. Service was spot on! Would highly recommend and will go back. Pricy, but you get what you paid for! Guys are suppose to wear jackets and girls dressed up, but when we got there, not all guys had a jacket and one girl had sneakers, but other than that - great find!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is fabulous little restaurant right in the heart of Maplewood. The pacing of the meal was very nice and the food was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. Lorena's is by no means the most expensive of the local restaurants and the BYOB offers an opportunity to save on wine. And you will want to bring wine to go with the food. We have come as the full family (and they ran out to get pasta to serve my daughter because there wasn't anything on the menu for her very limited palate) and as just a couple. This last time was as the latter and it was a perfect date night location. The menu does change so I won't recommend any specific meal choices, but I will say that you will never go wrong ordering their duck, however it is prepared. Outstanding service, with a knowledgeable waitstaff and it feels like each table has its own waiter."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "As always, spectacular food. Splendid oysters, seafood crepe, melt in your mouth rare yellow fin tuna, halibut. It was a very special dinner."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Chef/ owner Umberto works magic in the kitchen Every dish is unique and he creates layers of flavor in all. His duck confit appetizer was outstanding and his pork belly appetizer was delicious. He is a master at using fresh ingredients and seasonings to create memorable dishes. Best restaurant in NJ."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was spectacular - however it is a small restaurant and while the service was extremely professional it was a bit too formal for us! As a BYOB we were very surprised the only drink option was water no soda etc??"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "extremely pleasant dning experience. great combinations of foods and ingrediants. perfectly prepared. one of the best restaurants I have enjoyed. staff was very professional but down to earth and pleasant. service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant in the world! Food and service is really incredible and prices are reasonable. My only issue is that it is impossible to get a reservation for a Saturday night"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Wonderful evening at Lorena's, food was superb. Great local find."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is our third visit to Lorena's . Food is really good. Presentation is excellent. You can't go wrong with this place . It is constantly rated top 25 restaurants in NJ."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Formal setting, outstanding food, perfect for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Once again, Lorena's exceeded our already high expectations! In this case, my wife had a last minute work emergency, missed a train and they were still able to accommodate us even though they were completely booked for the evening."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Lorena's was wonderful as always. Refined and friendly, soigné and unpretentious at the same time. A happy-making experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Lorena's can always be counted on for great food. Very high quality and imaginative dishes. Over several visits, I have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We celebrated a special anniversary the other evening and we were extremely pleased with our restaurant choice. The wait staff was extremely professional & attentive. Our dinners were presented beautifully and were delicious. The chocolate peanut butter bread pudding was fabulous! Their food is truly their focal point. We will definitely be back,"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Lorena's is perfect in every way. Nothing else needs to be said."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "A most enjoyable evening! The food was delicious and beautifully presented. From the moment we walked in, we felt welcomed. Every year we have our anniversary dinner at Lorenas!!!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This is the second time my wife and I have been to Lorena's and it was just great... we will be back. All three courses were superb..."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Pricey for sure, but very good for a special occasion. The foie gras was mind-blowingly good, and my duck entree was also fantastic. $12 for a bottle of water was exorbitantly much, IMO, but great service and food overall."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Lorena's is the rare type of restaurant that never fails to deliver excellent food, friendly and attentive service, intimate atmosphere. The lobster crepe was simply divine, melted in my mouth. The herb-crusted lamb was done to perfection. This restaurant is a gem."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "An exceptional restaurant: friendly greeting; prompt and thoughtful service; extraordinary food presentation and taste."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary there and had an incredible experience. Terrific food, service and ambiance. Felt like we had stepped out of Maplewood and into a bistro in NYC or Paris. The waiter, Craig, was the most knowledgeable waiter I've ever had - he new every ingredient in every dish and described the preparation and presentation exactly. We started with oysters and the lobster crepe for appetizers, both of which were delicious. My wife had the rack of lamb which was prepared perfectly while I had a terrific dish of monkfish medallions over short ribs and lentils. I highly recommend Lorena's as one of the best restaurants around."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We had an amazing meal at Lorena's. The attention to detail from the entire waitstaff was fantastic and the food was incredible. Everything from the amuse bouche to dessert was such a treat. We cannot wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Lorena's was very good! The lobster crepe appetizer was amazing! Fish entrees were superb. Dessert was a peanut butter and chocolate bread pudding. So delicious!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Never a misstep at this special place. They remember familiar faces and do their best with food and service to stand out."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We love this place and enjoy it every time! The food and service is second to none. The chef puts together one of the best menus I have ever had. It is always a great experience at Lorenas..."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food was good but not amazing. Waiter was snooty. Maybe they had an off night."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Came here for a romantic occasion and enjoyed it thoroughly. The food is exquisite and well prepared, and the service was very good. You definitely need a reservation as the place is very small."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the waiter extremely solicitous but the wait to get each course was unacceptable."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Once again the food and service were stellar, not a beat was skipped. all of the appetizers, entrees and desserts were exceptional, along with the service. I love dining at Lorenas and struggle when I eat elsewhere, nothing compares."
    Dined on 4/29/2014