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Cafe Panache

4.6
622 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, American
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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
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Phone number
(201) 934-0030
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Kevin Kohler
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Franklin Turnpike
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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.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 622 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The service was outstanding, the food delicious, the ambience excellent. My favorite restaurant!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Decided on Cafe Panache for a Birthday lunch. Two of us ordered the special pan seared swordfish. It was outstanding as was the veggie medley. The other person ordered a special homemade past dish which she loved. Never rushed and excellent friendly service.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The food and surroundings were excellent. Very consistently goos

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The food is very good, but the entree choices are limited.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Excellent food. Awesome filet ravioli

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

First time at Cafe Panache for over a decade. The bright new interior was a lot different from the rustic look, I like both. Attentive but not intrusive staff made us feel special. A mouth watering menu is presented, we had kale, goat cheese and beet salad, tuna tartare for apps followed by Swordfish and filet mignon. Every dish had great flavor and texture. A nice gesture of coconut cake for the birthday girl plus we ordered strawberry shortbread that I thought was outstanding. We look forward to returning again.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

THIS IS A VERY FRIENDLY ADULT ORIENTED RESTAURANT WITH EXCELLENT FOOD AND AN EXCEPTIONAL STAFF. A CONTEMPORARY SETTING AND INVITING ATMOSPHERE.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Love this place. Gourmet locally sourced fantastic food.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

This is a superb restaurant.
The food is always excellent.
And the service is generally excellent as well, but unfortunately a couple servers were ill so the timing was off from their usual quality. It just an enjoyable dining experience stretch out longer.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Cafe Panache is a great dining experience. From the moment you are seated until you walk out the door you are treated with great service and a creative menu that doesn’t overwhelm. There are a few appealing specials but again not a long list that when finished leaves your head spinning!
Cafe Panache has been in this location for over 30 years and has was “farm to table” before that concept was the fresh food trend it is now.
I recommend the filet mignonette ravioli, the soft shell crabs, when in season, I have never had a meal hear and wished I had chosen a different item. On our most recent visit I had the soft shells and they were perfectly prepared, the best I remembered having! A visit before I was fortunate to have a buffalo steak cooked perfectly, it was delsious!
This North Jersey gem should be on everyone’s top 10 list! Including you Open Table!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food & service are always impeccable!

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Horrible. Went here for our 9th wedding anniversary and didn't get greeted at front of house until several minutes after waiting there. Eventually was seated and had the
most horrible server we've ever had. Not friendly, short with us, barely checked in, and condescending attitude when any questions were asked about the menu. I can't believe she works at a fine dining restaurant...or maybe she was just having a really bad night. Food was underwhelming and atmosphere is very dated. Overall, very disappointing experience.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Everything was absolutely perfect. Food was incredible, service impeccable. My favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent food, expertly prepared. Wait staff very professional and personable. Love this place.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Took my mom for Mother’s Day and it couldn’t have been any better!! The food was amazing and the service was fabulous!! We will definitely be back!!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Service was really good but everything we ate was just ok not special.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Kevin has been cooking up Fabulous meals forever and he just keeps getting better. Haven't been here for years. Came for a friends birthday celebration and it was GREAT. Food was excellent. Service Impeccable. Will be back because it is a restaurant that has definitely gotten better with time. How many restaurants can say that; Thank You Kevin.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

As always, a wonderful experience! Halibut was superb and spring asparagus and pea salad was delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

A triumph in every way! Dined celebrating 2 retirements this week. It is amazing that Panache has been creating spectacular cuisine since 1985! Kevin Kohler can’t be beat: service, ambiance, great BYOB!
Our allies were oysters, goat cheese salad and a spectacular scallop tartare- light, redolent of the sea and oh so flavorful!
Mains were great scallops, squid ink pasta, tuna and an amazing duck: perfectly grilled not fatty at all and so many layers of flavor! Desserts? Strawberry short cake and crepe brûlée. All were fabulous! Hail to the Chef!!!!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We booked a table for our anniversary , we got one of the worst next to toilet even we have been there more than 20 times, further they increased prices by min 10% for desert 50% and reduced service and food quality, we will not return even we were every Monday at least once.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great atmosphere, food, and service. Especially appreciated the gluten free options that were available.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I LOVE this restaurant - I look forward to my next adventure there!!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Service was a little off this time around. There are two corner tables that if you wind up sitting at, aren't the best. Especially if one table is having a long conversation with a person standing over the table who is a senior staff member.
But the food, as always is consistent and very good. The deserts as usual are not the highlight and are often not described well. Who would imagine a strawberry shortcake being served in a parfait glass for instance?

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food was fantastic but service left something to be desired. The mussels in the curry broth and the squid ink linguini were absolutely delicious. Service, though, was somewhat lacking and we felt very rushed. We had our appetizers 10 minutes after we ordered and as soon as our plates were cleared, there were our entrees. After our entrees were served it seemed we were ignored. When servers were at our table, it was like we were at a diner. Plates were plopped down, water and wine sloshed into glasses, actually splashing on one of us. Plates & glasses clanging together. The food and atmosphere were fine dining quality & the service was diner quality.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

One of the best meals I have had. Liver the curry mussels and he filet mignon raviolis were ridiculous!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Excellent food and service. Big advantage of BYOB. Our waiter
Javier was excellent. Recommend highly!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The food was just wonderful!! We were celebrating my moms 75 birthday. The only confusion was the server who brought out the dishes got each one of our dishes wrong!!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

My husband said the Duck he had was the best Duck he ever had. All of our main dishes the scallops and the filet were delicious and well presented. The desserts are homemade and were exceptional. The coconut cake was amazing, and the gluten free chocolate cake was incredible. The environment is quiet and tasteful with high ceilings, large moldings and a lovely blue/green shade of wall paint. White tablecloths and excellent service complete the mood.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

A veteran of Cafe Panache, the food was, as always, perfect and delicious ! It's just a great place. This trip was a little off service wise...kind of an attitude issue. But, it remains the best in NJ.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The best by far!!!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Extraordinary food, exceptional service. We had appetizers from the special's menu, they were outstanding. Main course was scallops with cauliflower puree and duck confit . Great combination of flavors, textures and colors! Can't wait to go there again

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

If you read the prior reviews they are all accurate.
Preparation of food was well done.
The service was good for a busy evening.
Priced reasonably for what you get.
Looking forward to our next visit.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Always appreciated this restaurant, but less than happy with last two visits.
High marks for the Apps., excellent pea soup and goat cheese salad, Mains were somewhat disappointing compared to previous dinners, Swordfish was dry and special Strip Steak was done perfectly but low on flavor.
Service was prompt, knowledgeable and courteous, welcome was gracious
Tables spacing was reasonable, HOWEVER, the restaurant noise level was way too high. The restaurant seated a very loud table of 8 smack in the middle of the room and we went from a pleasant experience to one I'd accept in a sport bar, not a high-end restaurant. Feeling was shared by the tables right and left of us.
Yes, this can be controlled by management, but if an attempt was made to quiet the group it failed.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Food terrific!!! Waiter was wonderful
Being told people waiting and asked to
Leave unaccceptable... not told at time
Of reservation that there was a time
Consideration or was it because we were
Seven women dining together????!

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Very good as usual

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Excellent experience. Great food and good service in a welcoming atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We are always happy with our dinner at Panache. We have been customers for years and recommend the restaurant highly. Excellent food, soups and sauces, and seasonal specials.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great for a date , a special occasion, meet friends.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Decided to have our wedding rehearsal dinner here after several amazing dinners. Obsessed with filet Mignon mushroom raviolis - please don’t take off the menu! :)

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