Cafe Loren

4.9
579 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM; Closed on Monday
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Phone number
(609) 967-8228
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Payment options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
23rd St.
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Parking details
Limited parking is available in our lot on the 23rd street side of the building.
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Bought friends from out of state for the first time and they loved it.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Anniversary

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food and service very good for the most part at Cafe Loren. We dine out a lot and purposefully choose places we haven’t been. Found this place in Avalon. The food was very good. Only complaint I have is the rolls and butter. Butter tasted cheap and perhaps was a mix of margarine. Should be top quality butter for a place like this. Rolls were not good either. Out of box obviously. Tisha’s in Cape May, similar to Cafe Loren, has far better rolls and butter. Now, some might think I’m being picky to knock Cafe Loren for their rolls and butter but at the caliber of restaurant they are striving for, everything does indeed matter.

Service was very attentive and not too little nor too much. I’d say the restaurant needs a facelift. It has been opened since 1978 and the interior decor (except the lovely artwork) needs to be brought out of the 1980’s to the present. Yes, some reinvestment by the owners would be appreciated. We would probably go back eventually but I wouldn’t say it’s a place we would put on our “regulars list.” We are live here locally and always scouting out new places. I’m sure Cafe Loren does well with visitors and tourists but since we live here we will keep looking for new places to try......and add to our “list” if they can meet our standards of good dining no matter what quality level of restaurant.....

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

It’s always a wonderful dining experience at Cafe Loren! The food and service are amazing.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent server, great food, nice atmosphere

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful food but it is the service we will remember. Cannot wait to go back

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Our favorite restaurant in the world! The food is remarkably creative and so delicious. Love, love, love!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This was our second visit to Cafe' Loren. We enjoyed the food so much last year that it was first on our list to return for this summer. Will try to get there again before the end of the season. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Cafe Loren never disappoints! Halibut cooked to perfection . Scallops fresh and delicious. We look forward to dining here every summer . Can’t wait to return

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Always excellent food and welcoming service. Top notch.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Always fantastic food. Service is always good to great. You can’t go wrong here. Best restaurant on the island.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Our second visit this summer- best dining option in Avalon! We wish you bring back the lobster risotto though!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Everything was delicious. Friendly atmosphere; waitress describe special good. Overall experience was great. Would recommend to my friends. Will definitely go back there. Have been there many times; but this time even more delicious. Keep up the good work.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

A wonderful experience. Great service and fantastic food. I would recommend making a reservation.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Food was good. The room is lovely. We had an early reservation so it was quiet too.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

I have 5 gorgeous pictures of the 5 plates of food we ordered! But most important, I have the delicious memories of an incredible meal! We started with the "lobster roll," steamed clams with chorizo, onions and peppers (sopping up every morsel of the sauce), and the charred octopus salad- they all vie for best appetizer! We shared the duck breast (which the chef split for us at no cost!), nestled in perfect herbed risotto-beyond words! Finally, we shared the key lime tart- I can honestly say that I have never had a better key lime dessert! The restaurant comes highly recommended online, and I must add my highest recommendation. Thank you to our server Joanna, for her insight and perfect service! What a night!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

We are never disappointed at Cafe Loren. The only place on 7-mile Island where the food is exquisitely prepared. The Rockfish was amazing as were the scallops and tenderloin. I highly recommend the beet salad. Be sure you prepare to dine in your finest beach attire and don't forget to bring your own wine.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Always very good. A good place for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Went there for restaurant week, Excellent selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Nikki was an excellent server. Everything was delicious!!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Café Loren is a fabulous restaurant with a smaller menu, but delicious choices. From the moment we entered the door, the hostess made us feel welcomed, and the service team approached our table quickly. Brad, our server, was very professional, and knowledgeable about the food choices. We ordered oysters, salads, and the braised short ribs, which all exceeded our expectation. They even remembered that it was a birthday celebration, so presented us with a small dessert with a candle. We went early in the evening, and enjoyed the added attention by the staff. We will definitely be visiting this restaurant again!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Always feel welcome. Relaxing blue walls decorated with beautiful seaside canvas paintings. Service was excellent as usual. Dinner was wonderful. Best Halibut ever!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Cafe Loren is consistently good Always love having diner with friends and family at this outstanding restaurant

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

All nine of us loved our meals. It was an extremely positive experience

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We were delighted to be able to get a reservation at Cafe Loren since it is frequently booked when we tried in the past.
Our food, service and the atmosphere was superb!!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great food and ambience.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

My husband and I had a great meal and our waitress was superb!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Excellent food excellent service cute place will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

A more sophisticated ambiance than a typical shore restaurant. The service is excellent and food very good.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

First time at Cafe Loren. We had a great experience

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Another great meal at Cafe Loren. Scallops Halibut and duck entrees were delicious and well prepared. The beet salad is wonderful as is the Cafe Loren house salad. Tried the key lime pie and the crust was buttery and crisp and the key lime filling was very good.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Unfortunate to be seated next to an unacceptable table. Inappropriate language continually and extremely loud. The server acknowledged the behavior, but was unable to control them.
Our food, as always, was incredible. My leftovers were not packaged and discarded. It was an unusual experience. We were compensated with dessert that was not ordered and a kind acknowledgment of our anniversary.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Kitchen seemed slow. Other than that it was very good.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Specials always keep us coming back. Fantastic desserts

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Always great food. A must if you are at the shore.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Went for a wedding anniversary...best meal we've had since our anniversary dinner 2 years ago!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Our meal was delicious and service was very good! Love this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Awesome place that we stop at four or five times a year. My first trip this year was 5/20/18 the weekend before Memorial Day. It was a quite night without all of the normal beach hustle and bustle. Had an opportunity to meet the chef and had an incredible dinner. Reservations are a must as this is a well known restaurant in Avalon. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Cafe Loren never ceases to amaze. Old favorites like scallops and halibut are better than ever, and the new owners have brought with them delicious new additions like the octopus appetizer and swordfish entree. Beautiful presentation and ambience. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Awesome food. Presentation even better. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Warm welcome when we came in. We had an enthusiastic and friendly
waitress who recommended exquisite dishes such as the halibut (what a presentation!)and the duck.
The cuisine is very creative and uses top quality ingredients.
A perfect dinner.

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