Cafe Loren

5.0
738 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
The Café Loren was opened in 1978 and offers fine dining in an atmosphere of casual seashore elegance. For four decades our menu has kept pace with American culinary trends. Over the years our heavy French influence has given way to American cuisine, a happy hybrid of styles, methods and ingredients from around the globe. Our menu can best be described as "American Coastal Cuisine". American because of our diverse preparations and Coastal because of our emphasis on seafood. But meat lovers have not been forgotten. We offer superbly prepared lamb, veal, beef and pork.
What 738 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
5.0based on recent ratings
5.0
food
4.8
service
4.5
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
R
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Healthy and delicious!

Report
Helpful
OT
Naples
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful. Always is!

Report
Helpful
J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fabulous dinner. As always everything was excellent.

Report
Helpful
PM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great- as always

Report
Helpful
l
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining and enjoying Cafe Loren for 31 years..always outstanding in every way, shape and form..they know what they're doing and they do it right..love it and all of the outstanding staff. Welcome to another great season!

Report
Helpful
V
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hostess, great chefs, great food, great service...can I say more? I could but you should just go and try it! And if you are still hungry after one of their top notch desserts, go next door to Avalon Freeze for a cone!

Report
Helpful
M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, as always! Glad the season is back in swing!

Report
Helpful
UM
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We’ve been coming to CL for opening night for decades to kick off the beach season. This is the first year we’ve had a hiccup. Although our server was sweet, the delivery of our food was slower than what is acceptable in fine dining. Additionally, we ordered desserts and promptly got out forks, but the pie slices didn’t arrive and after 5+minutes, we canceled them and asked for the check. Also, they were not carrying their signature creme brûlée which was disappointing. First time I ever rated them less than a 5 star. Will try again later in season.

Report
Helpful
RI
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining there.
It won’t be my last.
Can’t wait to go back.

Report
Helpful
k
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. The veal was spectacular.

Report
Helpful
JM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and my husband and I are definitely foodies. Small menu which usually means they do it well and they did just that! Quality ingredients creatively paired. The fish dishes were amazing and cooked to perfection. Service was attentive, professional and welcoming. If only we lived closer, this would be a regular for us. Well done in every way!

Report
Helpful
TC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal! 1st course lobster "roll" was amazing as was the 2nd course octopus (pics included) , my wife and I split those in order to have room for dessert which we've always had to pass on before. My duck with blackberry bourbon sauce over risotto was great, as was the short rib (though we liked last year's blueberry BBQ better than this year's bacon BBQ). Desserts were delicious!

Report
Helpful
v
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed every meal we’ve eaten at Cafe Loren. It’s our favorite restaurant on the island. My only wish is that they stayed open all year around!

Report
Helpful
J
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Consistently good food and service. A restaurant you can always depend on.

Report
Helpful
JB
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing meal! Best restaurant in Avalon!
The tasty Mediterranean salad with grilled salmon was so fresh. The carrot soup warm and inviting. My husband loved the swordfish dish. Excellent service. Best rolls too!!

Report
Helpful
K
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fantastic and service always attentive , love it!

Report
Helpful
RG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful meal. Impeccable food, sedate atmosphere and wonderful service. An Avalon jem.

Report
Helpful
SL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Chefs are creative and surprising! And portions are nice size! Everyone is friendly and helpful. Nicole was our server and she was very busy but we wanted for nothing. Excellent food - excellent service. You can’t ask for anything more!

Report
Helpful
V
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always top notch! Our salmon was perfect. Best rolls!

Report
Helpful
JC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this restaurant, never had a bad meal food and service is always outstanding

Report
Helpful
D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the menu and food. Service was excellent. Great restaurant for late summer dining in Avalon when so many others are closed for the season. The only negative and really not the restaurant's fault was a group of women seated, at the end of our evening, who were very loud and foul-mouthed. So sad that a lovely evening had to end listening to them!

Report
Helpful
JP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service were excellent. Overall, the food was excellent but a few items were not as expected. Caesar salad and halibut were outstanding. The portion sizes were quite nice.

Other mixed green salad was ok but nothing out of the ordinary. The bisque was good but was quite spicy, very cajun-like. This may be fine for people who love spicy food but it would have been helpful to indicate that in the description.

The noise level was fine initially until another party that arrived was seated beside a party of people they knew. Then I couldn't hear the person I was sitting with. Not the restaurant's fault since this was obviously a coincidence. If you want quiet, indicate that when you make a reservation.

Overall, a nice dining experience and would recommend.

Report
Helpful
MB
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally, a fine dining restaurant at the shore that is worthy of the lofty shore prices! Superb food, great service and a cozy, upscale ambiance make this a place we'll return to each time we're at the shore. The veal was outstanding and creatively presented, with perfectly cooked potato pedestals and asparagus accents, and a delightful cream-based herb sauce. The sea scallops were cooked to perfection, with a delectable caramelized sear on top, served on a bed of delicious fresh corn and edamame succotash. The plum sauce accents were a bit sweet for my taste (hubby loved it) but it was easy to eat every bite without that. The grilled octopus salad and cream of mushroom soup were very good, but not as outstanding as our entrees. And the panna cotta with toasted coconut and grilled pineapple accents was a fantastic light yet flavorful dessert. I'd drive the 2&1/2 hours to the shore just to eat it again! What a shame we've been coming to the area for over 15 years and waited until just now to try Cafe Loren! Highly recommended!

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal from beginning to end. Never felt rushed. Servers were personable without being overbearing. Made great recommendations. BYOB was a plus. Everything we ordered was delicious but the scallops appetizer was out of this world. Highly recommend this place.

Report
Helpful
CL
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulou food and great service and atmosphere. The grilled octopus was especially wonderful-glad we decided to try it.

Report
Helpful
DK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We all had a fantastic meal - from appetizers to main courses. All were very delicious and inventive. Our server was also very attentive and friendly. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Report
Helpful
M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and excellent service. We will return

Report
Helpful
OT
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and amazingly delicious food. Our favorite spot in Avalon!

Report
Helpful
OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as always. A delightful yearly tradition for our family. Super accommodating of food allergies. Great service. Can’t wait for next year.

Report
Helpful
MM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was somewhat disappointed in my duck breast. It seems dry to me. My spouse and cousin had the halibut, and they enjoyed their choice. This is a special event type of restaurant, and it is really cozy for a date night!

Report
Helpful
DD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The menu is awesome, different preparations for regular items, unique accompaniments. Specials were magnificent. Very much worth it.

Report
Helpful
b
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Service and food were very good. Thought menu could have more entree selections. Was about 20% more for entrees than the norm.

Report
Helpful
k
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was very interesting. Great presentation. Excellent waitress

Report
Helpful
PM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the restaurants that is always on our summer "bucket list". It's special.

Report
Helpful
M
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Veal Loren, pan seared scallops, and halibut are outstanding.

Report
Helpful
FS
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place on 7 mile island.
Three in our party had the salmon special, I had short ribs with blueberries. Everything was delicious. Great service from Nicky.

Report
Helpful
J
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and attentive service. Worth the price.

Report
Helpful
JB
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal. This is the best restaurant in AV.
The salmon special with the tastiest watermelon salad was fantastic. The cauliflower soup w the touch of grilled onions...so good. The swordfish with the fresh corn and beans!! Can’t wait to return.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Great food! Well thought menu. Flavors that work well together. I loved it!

Report
Helpful
S
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a birthday dinner . The wait staff is excellent and the food was on point. We started with the grilled octopus which was delicious but we both agreed for the price there should have been a little more on plate. We also had the Thai coconut mussels which were tasty but could have been a few more mussels and one more pc of toasted bread (sometimes you share an appetizer like this and would be appropriate for another pc). The entrees we had were the Halibut and the veal which were amazing and worth the trip themselves, we couldn’t decide which was better but these portions were nice sized which was appreciated! We ended with the peanut butter pie which my wife said was the best she’s ever had (she’s a foodie so that’s saying a lot!). Over all we’d go back in a heartbeat, we may just try other starters next time. Thanks for making deliciousness.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
19