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Cafe Panache

4.5
4.5
664 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American

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.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, American

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (201) 934-0030

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Kevin Kohler

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 664 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. TW

    TonyW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Reviewed on December 20, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    Chef Kevin is amazing and always has something special up his sleeve

  2. MS

    MaryS

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on December 9, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    Creative cuisine- amazing food- attentive staff- BYOB

  3. C

    Christine

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on December 2, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    Fabulous food. It’s our special place for celebrations. Food, service, ambiance all exceptional.

  4. SP

    SydneyP

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on December 1, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    Food was outstanding. Our family had an amazing time.

  5. BB

    BarbaraB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on November 23, 2019

    overall2foodserviceambience

    Food was just okay but the service was not. We were chased out because we just had coffee no dessert. And the food is definitely not worth the price. Will NOT go there again.

  6. MA

    MaryAnnP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on October 7, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    love their belgian endive, apple, blue cheese salad, which they offer as long as i remember. Great atmosphere

  7. NM

    NicholasM

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Reviewed on October 2, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    Every time we come we wonder what took us so long to come back. Excellent service and food .... worth the price for sure!

  8. S

    Shirl

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Reviewed on September 20, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    Excellent food, superb service, a wonderful dining experience.

  9. c

    charlesg

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Reviewed on September 2, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience

    Having heard much about the restaurant, expected something worth the drive. Perhaps it is resting on well-deserved lauraels earned years ago.

  10. JU

    JoseeU

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Reviewed on August 30, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    Outstanding food and service, every time, for years!

  11. B

    Beng

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Reviewed on August 21, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    food and service Manhattan top restaurant quality. duck risotto and fish dishes superb

  12. FT

    Food4Thought

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Reviewed on August 2, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    This is our number 1 in NJ.....the food and service is awesome.

  13. A

    Ampaul

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Reviewed on July 27, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    Cannot say enough about the quality of the food, service and atmosphere, it is top notch all the way around. A foodie's delight! Very pricey but oh so worth it!

  14. s

    smiley422

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Reviewed on July 27, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    This is my "go-to" restaurant for a special meal ... it never disappoints.

  15. p

    pb2013

    New York Area

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Reviewed on July 7, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience

    We have been going to Café Panache for years. The warm decor, polished service, and most of all food are all world class. We feel very comfortable and welcomed. Some of our favorites - anytime they do octopus (the best we've ever had), lobster, ribs, fish, and most especially the incredible filet mignon ravioli which have a rich homemade pasta and an incredible filling. Try the ravioli as a starter, a pasta course, or an entree. Desserts are sinfully good. Some of our favorites - anything chocolate, the homemade ice cream (especially the coffee when available) and sorbet. Bring your own bottle, and they have excellent wine glasses. We try to get to Café Panache every 4-6 weeks. Everyone we have ever brought there fell in love with the restaurant. Very highly recommended.

  16. C

    Cmdd

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service are always excellent. Panache never disappoints.

  17. JB

    JenniferB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Cafe Panache is our go-to place for special occasions. The service is always excellent, and there are nearly always a new dish or two to try, plus our favorites, such as the filet ravioli and salmon tartar.

  18. JB

    JennicaB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing & the service was great! They didn't rush us through our courses & they surprised us with dessert on the house. It was a wonderful experience in celebration of our 18th wedding anniversary.

  19. r

    robertb

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Meals prepared to perfection and service was top notch. Looking forward to our next experience there.

  20. JD

    JDHHS67

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every dish we had was outstanding. The lobster bisque with the mussels was outstanding! The entrees, the steak and duck were cooked to perfection and the flavors were to die for. The desserts, crème brulee, and the apple??? were flavorful and delicious! The staff and waiters, especially Javier, were outstanding. They anticipated our every need. We'll definitely will be back soon!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    78 reviews

    3.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    We had a 6 pm Saturday night reservation for two. The food was excellent. No doubt about that. The rest of the evening was not. We were very rushed. The food was brought out so quickly there was barely time to take a deep breath between courses. We felt they wanted to make it quick so the next customers could be seated. Other diners felt the same. We were given one roll and never asked if we wanted a second. No second cup of coffee was offered or provided. My wife’s sorbet was served in a coffee cup. Did they run out of dishes? Lastly, upon paying the bill they did not return my credit card and I had to tell them to find it. Dining should be a total experience, not just the food, especially at these prices. This restaurant did not achieve a satisfactory benchmark, at least on this evening

  22. LM

    LindaMcG

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love BYOB restaurants since we can feel ok to go to higher end/$$$ to spend more money on the food. The oysters were wonderful and steak au poivre was perfectly cooked and amazing.

  23. SK

    StefanieK

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall5food5service2ambience5

    The food was excellent! It is absolutely beautiful inside, perfect for a romantic date night. Love that it is a byob! Will be returning.

  24. s

    smcgregor

    Miami

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I could do 50 adjectives instead of characters. They would all be excellent, fantastic, great...This a classic and I have been visiting every year when we are in the area for the summer months. Have eaten at many 5 star restaurants all over the world and Cafe Panache has never disappointed.

  25. LS

    LinaS

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food was very good. Service was just OK. Expected a bit more from establishment like that.

  26. NY

    NYNY

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We keep on returning for the superior food and service. They never let us down.

  27. P

    Philip

    New York Area

    187 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    187 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The menu varies from time to time (season to season) and always has interesting selections. The food is always excellently prepared and the service is terrific.

  28. E

    Elaina

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Very disappointed. We have been here on many Saturday nites, but our experience Saturday was so disappointing everything from the table, the food and the service. I would have never imagined such a bad experience here, but wow it was for sure. I definitely did not expect it and our server certainly did not care to improve it. At the price of our meal, Not the way to keep customers. Very sad.

  29. D

    Davidlillian

    New York Area

    474 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    474 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    This is a highly recommended restaurant that was a disappointment. The following is a list of the good and not so good 1. The banquette we were seated at had a hole the size of a quarter with the stuffing poking through. Not acceptable in a fine restaurant 2. The oysters were good but the mignonette was not smooth. Had chucks of tomato or whatever they put In. Also should have come with cocktail sauce as well. The lemon presented was a slice one eight of the lemon. Should have been half a lemon 3, the mushroom salad was good 4. The pasta with eggplant etc was ok. Too many vegetables. Ate the pasta left a lot left f the vegetables 5 the salmon was good 6. The vanilla creme brule was ok. The vanilla cream was very bland 7. Service way too fast for a fine dining establishment. In and out in 1 hour 15 minutes I gave 3 stars could have given 2. Don’t plan on returning

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Freshly picked vegetables and salad greens from nearby ABNA's Farm in Wyckoff served daily. Kevin Kohler ( owner / chef) is meticulous in his food preparation. Never a bad meal at this restaurant. Service is great and courteous.

  31. W

    Wendy

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beyond Excellent. Always great choices and dishes are expertly prepared

  32. T

    Topcat

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    All the food was excellent, the fish and roast chicken particularly. When my daughter's pasta was delayed, she was given a complimentary dessert. The atmosphere and service was great.

  33. EA

    EvaAndy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a delightful experience! Excellent food, service and ambiance. The owner and staff make it feel like you are visiting family.

  34. H

    jamesH

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Room, Great Food, Great Time. I will definately be going back.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food excellent service.

  36. M

    Marge

    New York Area

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Terrific food and menu.....the best in this area. Was very busy the night we were there, but service was good.

  37. DM

    DanM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Food was good overall but for the money had higher expectations. The wrong salad was initially brought to the table. We had this rectified and again a wrong plate was brought out, unless the salad with salt roasted beets is intended to be beet free. Also felt somewhat rushed to get out being at the end of the night. The food that was present was well cooked and tasted great.

  38. BM

    BrianM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place continues to deliver. Never had anything less than an outstanding experience. Dined here twice last week, food and service were incredible. Waiters know the menu inside/out, they make great recommendations and are a key part of the outstanding experience which Panache consistently is. The halibut may be the best entrée I have ever had. And being a BYO makes this place perfect. Get there soon!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fresh picked vegetables from a local farm each and every day. Top notch food and service. Added bonus is that Cafe Penache is a BYOB restaurant. My favorite restaurant

  40. BD

    BillD

    New York Area

    159 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    159 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Our food experiences here have usually been very good to excellent but this time we were let down. The arugula in the mushroom salad were very large leafed which means they were overly mature and not tender like baby arugula. They were chewy and stringy. There was also very few leaves in the dish suggesting they were running out. And rather than getting the usual broad assortment of wild mushrooms, this time they were mainly the same button type. Frankly, we find the quality of the food preparations to be much better on the nights that the main Chef is there (we were there on a Thursday night). The halibut was fine, but quite bland despite the wasabi sauce underneath. Still the service is great and the ambiance is very nice.

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Cafe Panache is rated 4.5 stars by 664 OpenTable diners.

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  • Cross street

    Franklin Turnpike

  • Neighborhood

    Ramsey

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Kevin Kohler

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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