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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

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (31)
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Neighborhood Gem (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Seasonal (8)
Business Meals (7)
Authentic (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Casual (3)
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Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Although it was Valentines Weekend , and quite crowded, we were treated as though we were the only patrons in the restaurant. Absolutely fabulous experience!!
Mark the Maitre’ de took great care of us as did the rest of the staff . 5 stars!!!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 5 days ago

Continues to be one of the best in New Jersey. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Menu was diverse but did not over do it and the prices for lunch and the quality were in a range of excellent value.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Nothing bad his way about this local favorite. Cafe Panache has the most professional staff around. Lunch today for our party of 6 was handled perfectly. A mix of salads, ravioli and specials featuring tuna and salmon provided the perfect balance for everyone. Guaranteed good food, professional service and a warm ambiance make this a perfect choice for any occasion.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We have been several times and have never been disappointed. The food is always wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Good food, good service and a pleasant ambiance for dinner. What else should you want?

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our experience at Cafe Panache was excellent, from greeting, to wait staff, to incredible meal, to perfect finish desserts! We were not rushed and really enjoyed savoring the delicacies of our meals. If fois gras and or calve's liver is one you enjoy, then its a must order! Remember to BYOB!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always a good choice for a delicious meal. BYO policy adds to enjoyment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

My husband and I went for dinner the other night for our 47th anniversary. We couldn’t have been happier. The ambience, the service and the food we’re off the charts perfect. We are already thinking of when we want to return back to this beautiful restaurant!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I have never had a bad meal here. Everything is absolutely delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Our waiter was arrogant, rude and rushed us from the moment we sat down. ( We had a 5:30 reservation on a Sunday and we arrived early)!
The food was fresh but the sauces were over the top and ruined the flavor of a good steak au poivre. The filet mignon ravioli were terrible.
We have dined at Cafe Panache since they opened years ago and feel the food and character of this restaurant has deteriorated.
We will not be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Incredible dining experience from beginning to end. Top Ten meals of all time

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Best restaurant in Bergen County. Every time is perfect. Simple, delicious and perfect.

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Been here many times over the years.
Always great to have Chef-Owner present.
Food quality top notch.
Ambiance worth the trip
BYO a definite plus.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Have not been in some time but did not disappoint. Service and food was well above average.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Casual
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food5
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My husband and I had eaten at Cafe Panache in the past and had enjoyed the restaurant. On this particular evening we were dining with another couple. We had a 6pm reservation, the dinner moved along nicely and we were enjoying it up until the very end of our meal. At around 8:30 we had paid the check and were finishing up our wine and one remaining dessert on the table. The manager walked over to us and simply said "our next reservation is here". We were all stunned, we had never been to a restaurant where we were basically told to leave. We had a 6pm reservation, no where did it state it was a 6pm "seating" where we expected to have a firm time to end our dining. This left us with a poor taste in our mouths and we will not be returning.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Exceptional

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Another excellent dinner at one of our favorite restaurants!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Everything was great.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Overall the food was quite good except that the rolls had an unpleasant after-taste.
The fillet mignon was good and well prepared.
The venison was generous, tasty, and well prepared, however I think Cafe 37 does it even better.
Always appreciate a very good BYO restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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food4
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service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

One word. Superb. Has few peers in area. Should be at top of Open Tables rankings. Any less a disfavor to your patrons

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Turning out top notch cuisine for years...a "foodie" destination. Duck is always sublime.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Elegant cuisine and fine service. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was delicious. The next time we go I will try to reserve a table for 2 with more privacy. Many of the tables for 2 were too close together.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Sal was excellent!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Cafe Panache is an amazing, intimate restaurant. Food quality is unbelievable and portions are the perfect size!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Holiday dinner

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Haven’t been here in years but so glad to be back Great service friendly waiters excellent food, had comfortable beautiful space.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My favorite restaurant. As usual, the food was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This is our second time eating at Cafe Panache. We liked it better the first time. It is my sister's favorite, which is why we go there -- we live two hours away and only go when we visit my sister. That said, the service is very good; the food is tasty and presented nicely. Just a bit pricey for what you get.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

One of the best restaurants in New Jersey. Since Cafe Panache is a 30 minute drive from my home, I don't go as often as I should. Each time I do eat at Cafe Panache I realize that I should go more often and have already made a date to go back with friends in a few weeks.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Went for a special occasion. Greeted us and wished my wife a happy birthday. Food was excellent as was the service. Not close to home but definitely worth the trip. Looking forward to going back. One of my favorite restaurants

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food, as always, was amazing! Two of the people complained about the service this time, but it did not bother me as was happy to be out celebrating. Love this restaurant and a great place in this area to celebrate "special" times as well as general dining.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Very average meal for above average prices. Special scallop appetizer seemed pre-made up and warmed for serving. Haven’t been in awhile and it’s gone down. Many better area restaurants.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was very good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was outstanding! Service great. They held our table even though we were 30 minutes late due to traffic.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Staff were attentive to diners from the moment of entry. They were courteous and professional throughout the evening. Food was excellent. A very pleasant experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Always consistent and delicious

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

Kevin is a master chef. The food is consistently first class and delicious and the servers are Pros. From the minute you walk through the door, you just know you're in for a treat. To top it off, it is BYOB. Great food, great wine, great service and all with great friends. Life is good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was my second time here and both experiences have been excellent. Service is wonderful and the changing menu offers many delicious options. Have the cappuccino after your meal; it's the creamiest I've ever tasted! Make sure you start with one of their delicious salads too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Tuna on the menu (which replaced the Halibut) was outstanding, as was the filet mignon.
Raviolis also very consistent and excellent.
Was the day before Thanksgiving so some of the staff was not there. The seating was a bit odd given it wasn't full. Using a table to stage stemware in the main dinning area, not the best. Also plenty of tables were open to spread out the diners rather than crush a bit in the back. So while I have no issue with Russian, it would have been preferable to not have to listen to it all night given we were so close to the table next to us. Wife and I thought the service and reception, given we are regulars, was a bit off.

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