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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.

130 E. Main St. (Franklin Tpke.)
Ramsey, NJ 07446
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Dinner
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

Cross Street:
Franklin Turnpike

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(201) 934-0030

Website:
http://cafepanachenj.com/

Executive Chef:
Chef Kevin Kohler

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (33)
Good for a Date (32)
Special Occasion (31)
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Fit for Foodies (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Romantic (23)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Cozy (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Seasonal (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Organic (2)
Casual (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Awesome squid ink linguine with shrimp!! The duck was also very good as well. Grilled octopus appetizer is worth ordering !!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food never disappoints, the service is solid. On our go-to list.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We are occassional diners at Cafe Panache mostly for a birthday, anniversary or special occassion. The atmosphere is low key and pleasant. The food and service have yet to disappoint.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Went for a date night and was worried all the hype of this place would make it a let down. It was anything but even better then we hoped. Great octopus app and might have the best duck in New Jersey. Highly recommend

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very good food, they do a great job making the menu match the season but still have the go to goodies. LOVE the fried goat cheese and beet salad :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Cafe Panache is always wonderful. I had the mushroom salad and the halibut. Both were delicious. Service was friendly without being obtrusive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The dinner was great, the desserts were disappointing, the service was super friendly, though not super quick. We didn't mind though, we wanted a leisurely dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great restaurant. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxdxdddddxxddddddssddddsddddddddddd

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Very happy with the food and the service. They knew who we were when we walked in. We’ve been there before and this time was no different. Consistency is the mark of a fine establishment.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Thank you Chef Greg!!! Food amazing as usual. Waiter Sal top notch and Mark is a wonderful host!!!

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent duck
Overall excellent sauces
Delicious!

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This is an outstanding restaurant. The food and service is top notch.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

One of our favorite places and was not disappointed!! We will be back again.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We were very pleased with our anniversary dinner at cafe panache. Food was good and the atmosphere very nice. There aren't that many places locally that fit both criteria. Would highly recommend

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Always a delicious meal at Cafe Panache. Excellent service, exceptional meal and nice atmosphere. A go to place for anytime but this time was for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food was all very tasty but the beet and goat cheese salad was actually the best part. The dressing was amazing!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on September 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I have been to Cafe Panache several times and consistently enjoyed the food. The service was a bit uneven during last visit, but overall our group had a great time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner at Cafe Panache, the food was excellent, as was the service. As it was our anniversary, they brought our desserts out with candles, a nice touch, but no singing, thank God!

Tags: Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Since opening many years ago, one of the very best in NJ, not just our area. Always outstanding! never have had a single, negative word to say about it! Service is superb as well!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Good food (not for healthy conscious), nice atmosphere and service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The Panko crusted halibut with black rice and wasabi sauce was out of this world. Best meal I have had here... and all meals have been excellent!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on September 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent food...very creative & top notch in flavors! Good selection of entrees & not the same old, same old. Would definitely go again, although I wish the pricing were little bit more reasonable!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Nice atmosphere, delicious food and superb service. Wonderful evening.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

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,

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Wonderful food. Creative menu. Love sitting in the front room with all the windows! Are serving person Sherry was fabulous. All the help is a wonderful too. Another great experience

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

As always, service was impeccable and of course, our favorites: corn ravioli, woodland mushrooms over arugula, filet Mignon ravioli, Panko crusted halibut. well done! Hats off to the chef, Kevin, and our waiter, Javier.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

The best in New Jersey

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

A superb dining experience. The best ingredients prepared perfectly and thoughtfully served. Cafe Panache never disappoints!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Consistent in every regard and food is always delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Took my girlfriend out on a pre-birthday dinner date here - had a blast!

Tags: Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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