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About Cafe Panache
Cafe Panache, located in downtown Ramsey, NJ, has been a top-rated BYO and "culinary mecca" since it opened in 1985. For almost 30 years Chef Kevin Kohler has been tantalizing his clientele with signature dishes - House Made Filet Mignon Ravioli Truffle Butter and Crispy Roast Duckling in Port Wine Sauce. Kohler's menu changes almost daily with seasonal ingredients - producing specials like Lobster in Vanilla Sauce, Artichoke Lasagna, Panko-crusted Soft Shell Crab. Service is "seamless" in an "elegant" "newly-renovated" dining room. Rated Top Restaurant in New Jersey by Jersey Monthly Magazine.
Ramsey, NJ 07446
Contemporary French / American, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Starting November 5th
Sun 5:30 pm–6:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Chef Kevin Kohler
Banquet, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
on Saturday 10/3 Cafe Panache will have availability for a party of 6 at 6:00pm and a party of 8 at 8:30pm.
Cafe Panache Ratings and Reviews
Consistently excellent food and service. We've tried halibut from north jersey to cape may and eat out frequently. Café P has a great take on the dish and remains at the top.
The Beef dishes are also great as are the raviolis for appetizer. BYOB...bring a good bottle.
First time back in two years and brought another couple singing praises about past dinners at cafe Panache. I must say were very disappointed as food fell well below expectations. Used to be one of my favorite spots. Service slow and food was mediocre at best.
Absolutely love this restaurant. The chef is so creative. On this occasion we split two entrees, halibut and free range chicken dishes. Each was of more than ample size accompanied by divine sides and wonderful tasting sauces. Would not hesitate to recommend Cafe Panache.
As always Panache lived up to our expectations. The menu selection was very diverse and offered us many dishes we both liked. We both were very pleased with our dinner and the service from Sal, our favorite waiter was as usual , top notch. Looking forward to returning and trying some other dishes.
We had not been here in over a year and forgot how good the restaurant was - there is a reason it is listed as one of the best restaurants in NJ every year. The food is nuanced and delicious. A fair amount of farm to table food that is fresh and extremely well prepared. The service is very competent and understated. Overall a fantastic meal. And because the restaurant is a BYO, the check was not overwhelmingly large. Highly, highly recommended.
Great selection of salads at lunch. Warm chicken salad was delicious as was the seafood pasta, which was shrimp and black pasta. Our server, Catherine, was knowledgeable on all the menu items and specials, right down to the herbs and spices used. Cafe Panache never fails to satisfy and there is always a new creative dish available.
Ricotta and tomato salad. The smoothest ricotta cheese I've ever had. So whipped and light. Corn agnolotti, light broth, fresh corn, amazingly cooked pasta.
Duck - medium rare breast and confit leg with crispy skin. Cooked perfectly.
Filet migeon ravioli- another great pasta dish. Hearty portion.
The restaurant was great except for one major point. The two couples dining were celebrating their 43rd and 50th anniversaries respectively. That was noted on the reservation. Yet, the restaurant did absolutely nothing to recognize the significant occasion. That was quite disappointing and tarnished my opinion of Café Panache,
I've read great reviews and have wanted to try this place for a while, this was my first and last visit. Our waiter was sloppy pouring our wine and splashing it on the table, I think I poured my own wine and pellegrino for the rest of the night. We were never once asked how any part of our meal was, to me this is very poor service, and for this alone I don't think I will return back. If I am dining at a restaurant of this caliber I expect a lot more attention to detail, waitstaff and food. On to the food, there was nothing innovative about the menu or use of ingredients at all. The portions are on the larger side, in that respect you may get your money's worth but not for it being amazing. I think I was most disappointed with our entrees, we ordered the filet. In retrospect I should've sent them back, but we started our night late and didn't want to prolong it, nothing to do with the restaurant our courses came out in a timely fashion, spaced out nicely. I had requested my filet rare and what I received was more like medium, my sister's medium was overcooked and well. Aside from this I assumed that the burgundy wine bordelaise would be more of an accompaniment, instead the poor filet was drenched in it and so was my plate, it ruined the filet. The dollops of whipped potatoes had no taste to them at all and the small grilled vegetable pieces were overcooked and mushy. I hate to waste food, especially a $40 entree so I asked for it to be wrapped. I was surprised that it was handed back to me in a silver foil container with cardboard top and no bag , I felt like I was at a diner and not at a high end restaurant. We barely had any place for it on the table and we're crammed as we finished our wine, desert and coffee. Do yourself a favor and go to Saddle River Inn for a complete fine dining experience.
Four of us from one family had dinner at Cafe Panache on Tuesday, and we will return. Everything we ordered was excellent, and served professionally. The scallop special was probably the best preparation of scallops I have ever had. The lobster bisque had a truly intense lobster flavor (rather than just tasting like cream), and the plum gelato with fennel was irresistable. Altogether a fine, fine meal.
I have been to Cafe Panache on many occasions. My last visit was very disappointing.
The service was mediocre at best. We ordered two appetizers and made it clear that we were going to share each one. We requested that the appetizers be brought separately (one was a beat salad and one was a sweet corn pasta). The appetizers came at the same time, without any extra plates to divide them. My daughter ordered mussels in lobster broth but clams showed up instead. The waitress, who described the appetizer as mussels when she told us about the specials, said she must have missed the memo, when my daughter sent it back. I had a halibut special which was overcooked. I generally go out to eat at least 5 nights per week, and I don't mind paying expensive prices for good food and service. Cafe Pananche is not worth the expense. I won't be going back.
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