Restaurant Lorena's
Restaurant Lorena's

Restaurant Lorena's

  • 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.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Restaurant Lorena's reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (78)special occasion (76)romantic (52)neighborhood gem (51)great for brunch (7)hot spot (6)Show More
  • As always wonderful
    DurhamVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    As always a wonderful dining experience with scrumptious food exquisitely prepared, subtly nuanced, served with great attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lion1
    Lion1
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    While we have enjoyed dining here various times before, this evening has to rate as a top experience. Everything was wonderful. Everyone at the table remarked at the quality of the food and its preparation and the service was exactly as one would hope to have it - there when you wanted it and quietly elsewhere when we were pleased to be left alone. The waiter was helpful in his recommendations, especially in being able to recommend dishes that went with the wine we had brought. This was a birthday celebration for two of the people at the table and I could not have wished for a better experience. This is a restaurant that has decided not to rest on its fine reputation, but to continue to excel to make the dining experience the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    From beginning to end Lorena's is 2nd to none! We drive almost an hour to be treated to an outstanding evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best
    notupsetVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    the best fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Magnifique
    marpat
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Lorena's was wonderful! The food was absolutely delicious and the service was impeccable. It was a perfect way to celebrate out anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    lyonnais69007France
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Wonderful food, excellent service and BYO make the check very low for a quality equivalent of any fine restaurant in NYC or NJ
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service + delicious food
    GetFitz
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Very relaxing experience. Not rushed. Top quality food with unique twists. Excellent and very attentive service. A wonder experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an extrordinary dining experience!
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    superb food, service and ambiance. the five star rating is well deserved.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieSK
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We went here to celebrate my husbands Birthday. The food is on the pricey side and you hve to make the reservations in advance. They take your CC number when you make the reservations as they charge you if you cancel after the given window. But let me tell you, this place is worth it. It's worth the snobby procedure because the food is amazing and the service is excellent. It's a cozy place with only about 7 or 8 tables that fit about 25 to 30 people. We had the Oysters, Salmon Tartare, Crepe, Lamb, Striped Bass and ice cream for desert. We loved all of it!! The waiters are very well trained. They also have complimentary shots of ceratin juices made in house. Deserts are made in house as well. I will say it again, the food is DELICIOUS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner As Always
    JoeC
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My 4th time to the restaurant, and it was excellent as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DinearoundVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Had a wonderful anniversary dinner there. Staff was very attentive, food great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    SCP117VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Hands down the best meal we have had in the three years since we moved to the area (Short Hills). Hope to be back soon...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food and ambience
    pats40shopping
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This small, quiet restaurant blends a fusion of great french food with unusual spices and flavors. We were not rushed between courses, which is always a welcome surprise and the wait staff was gracious and attentive. Would definitely recommend to friends for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Food & Service
    LiveToEat
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Lorena's is outstanding in all ways. Excellent food, excellent service and excellent atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!!
    MikeLinda
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Each course was delicious and beautifully presented. Superb service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic dining experience
    ATSCCVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We spent our anniversary and had a wonderful dinner! this place is always excellent and the food is just outstanding!! cannot say enough, it is worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impeccable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My husband and I dined at Lorena's on a Tuesday night to celebrate our 8 year anniversary. We are new to the neighborhood, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was a smaller space than I had imagined, but it just felt warm and comfortable. The fish dishes were exquisite and the service was some of the best we've ever received. Absolutely top notch. We cannot wait to spend another special evening there and are recommending it to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    jeffVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have heard about Lorenas for years but our first visit was exceptional. Food and service are amazing. We eat out a lot and this is easily the best place in NJ that we have dined at in years. The halibut and the cavatelli were truly masterpieces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place. That's it.
    Katonell
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Went to this place for the romantic dinner with my husband because of the reviews. 1. Definitely NOTHING is special about it. No reason to use it for your special occasion. You wnat a specail place - go to The Manor. 2. Since I am experienced with this kind of tiny places, I expected more sofisticated menu and somewhat more well-thought-through. Here we got feeling that they do not offer anything special enough to caught your interest. 3. The food was very good. 4. Not too happy with service. For just 8 or 9 tables they could be more attentive and not to make us wait for taking the order for 20 min. Overall impression: a bit overpriced for the level offered, there are many more beautiful places for the same price.
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  • Very good, bordering on outstanding
    Fuzzy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We've been going to Lorena's for several years, and the place never disappoints. I wish this site allowed more characters, because I'd write a more complete (and totally complimentary) review. Guess I'll do that over on YELP.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always top quality
    twentiescouple
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We visited Lorena's for the second time this weekend and the food was just as good this time. If you are looking for top quality food and ingredients that can normally only be found in large cities, this restaurant is the right place. The flavors truly come out in every dish and everything is cooked to perfection. Portions are generous but pricey so you have to be willing to pay for excellent food. It is a byob place so the final bill is not so bad. So happy to have found a restaurant of this quality only one town over! We will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    RockDog
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had very high expectations going in and somehow these guys found a way to exceed them by large margins on every level. It was a truly outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent dining experience
    Curious22
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Everything we have read or heard about Lorena's is true. The food, the setting, the service - all impeccable. Our steak tartar, heirloom tomatoes salad, rack of lamb, tenderloin/short ribs, desserts - all impeccable. We certainly intend to return. Barbara & Sheldon Roskin Scotch Plains,NJ
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    jerseygal
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Expensive restaurants have a way of not living up to the hype, but that was not at all the case with our visit to Lorena's. The food was excellent. The service was just right. Everything melted in our mouths. Lots of special touches, such as, we told the server we would split our appetizers, and they came out from the kitchen already divided and beautifully presented. The salmon tartare was to die for. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, and we left feeling like we'd chosen the perfect spot. I'm sure it will become a go-to for special occasions from now on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A true neighborhood gem
    elynchkingVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a lovely dinner in celebration of my husband's birthday. It's such a lovely spot, I love to be able to splurge on wine that we bring ourselves (that might be unaffordable with restaurant mark up), I love the food and the service is wonderful. Standout dishes were the duo of beef (the short rib was to die for), the pasta appetizer and the salmon appetizer. I liked my skate dish although it definitely needed a little more seasoning. I mentioned this to our waiter (at his prompting) at the end of the meal. I didn't even notice until later that they removed the dish from the bill. It wasn't necessary (the dish was still good) but certainly appreciated. That's great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome as always
    RoaminwithRoman
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is my 4th time back.....and if I could.....100 times more. The food is awesome.....every bite.....and that is why we go out to eat. Crab crepes are heaven on earth. I had the duck, which just may have been the best I ever had. Love the size. They don't cram you in there and the service is impeccable! The staff is attentive and not over bearing. This is what every restaurant should strive to be. BTW.....I had desert.....I'm not a chocolate or desert guy......let's just say I ate more than normal! You continue to impress and I hope to repeat with friends more often. My first review gave you 5 stars even though I complained about the bread......every time after...no complaints and you keep getting better and better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but overpriced
    duanebrah
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was excellent, with the exception of my wife's halibut being very undercooked (raw in the middle). After sending it back they fixed it to perfect temperature and it was delicious. Appetizers (tuna tartar and crab crepe) were both very good. My beef duo (tenderloin and braised short rib) entree was exceptional, especially the tenderloin. Our desserts (chocolate and carrot cakes) were both very good too. Service was attentive and classy. The restaurant interior is cozy but somewhat dated. The quality is there, but based on our experience with other high-end dining, prices are $5-$10 above what they should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manhattan quality in NJ
    jonw
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is a Manhattan quality restaurant in suburban Maplewood. The food is simply fantastic but with the added bonus that the restaurant is BYO. Yes I realize it's not cheap, but this is an exceptional place coupled with a level of service not normally witnessed in the burbs. If you have a special occasion to celebrate or just feel like treating yourself, you'd be foolish not to try Lorena's. But bear in mind the team wants you to enjoy a comfortable leisurely evening, so please don't come here in a rush. They hold onto a sadly lacking philosophy elsewhere that dinner of this quality is supposed to be enjoyed and not bolted down. So, go on and splurge, you won't regret it. PS Don't forget the wine and make it a good one!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Remains a Treasure
    HaxLocranVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Lorena's has remained a consistent provider of truly excellent cuisine, operating at a level above most other restaurants are able to achieve. The only improvement they could make is with the decor, it is fine but could stand for a bit of refreshing. Definitely on the NJ top 5 for cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An outstanding dining experience
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everything on the menu is creative and superbly delicious! You won't find items like these any where else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous but pricy meal
    BandMdineout
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We couldn't have had a lovelier time at Lorena's. From the minute we walked through the door, the staff was very professional and attentive. The food was fresh, beautifully prepared, and oh so delicious. Restaurant Lorena is a top notch restaurant. It is very expensive, but for special occasions this is the place to go. It is a BYOB which helps to keep the cost down a bit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Jersey Gem
    MarkyMark
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food, subtle, well presented, and filling! It's on par with any great restaurant. The Chef is really thinking about all the elements on the plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Superb
    BistroBisVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Somehow I always forget to go to this restaurant. I have been here twice in the last month. The food is always superb and the service is a match. Craig, in particular, is a gem. You can tell he loves his job. His descriptions of the food are "almost" as good as the actual dish! Since this is a BYO it is mare enjoyable as you can pick some favorites from the cellar to compliment the wonderful cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!!
    Sirmeg
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb!
    SpoiledMontclarian
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As always, a world class dining experience in a tiny neighborhood establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heavenly!
    Dreamteam
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very knowledgeable and courteous staff. Attentive to detail. The food was delectable. An extraordinary experience in dining. Would have paid twice the bill.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of NJ's best
    Metman
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Up to expectations
    chefed
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local gem
    FoodRules
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing place!
    foodloversVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This is one of the BEST restaurants in New Jersey…hands down!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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