Catherine Lombardi

4.7
1903 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

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Pre/post Theatre
Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, We do have a limited amount of reservations available for outdoor & indoor dining. If you are able to book a reservation for "Outdoor" it will be accommodated, however, if you just type it in the notes, we may not be able to accommodate you.

"Standard Reservation" - Indoor Dining
"Outdoor Reservation" - You will be guaranteed a table in our Outdoor Cafe.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Let's bring in 2021 with Style! We'll be serving a Special "Bring in the New Year with Dom" Menu $199.95pp. Black tie is optional but encouraged. Live musical entertainment with King Solomon Hicks. Let's bid good riddance to 2020 and good luck to 2021!

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LexiA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Elegant, upscale Italian restaurant with extremely knowledgeable and accommodating staff. Food was some of the best Italian I have ever had. Took my boyfriend for his birthday dinner and we both had a great night

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JeffBabey
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a fantastic experience at Catherine Lombardi’s/ Stage Left Steak!

I was lucky enough to introduce one of my closest friends and his daughter to CL/SLS.

New to New Brunswick I told them that they need to make Catherine Lombardi’s/ Stage Left Steak a regular dining/cocktail spot.

As expected, everything was wonderful and the staff and owners treated my friends with the warmth and hospitality that is part of the restaurants DNA.

5 stars all around and another 5 for making my friends feel like part of the family.

If you have not been to Catherine Lombardi’s/ Stage Left Steak PLEASE treat yourself and go.

If you have been there and it’s been a while PLEASE treat yourself and visit again.

And, if you are a regular or semi regular… well… I’m preaching to the choir.

Thank you once again to the wonderful team at Catherine Lombardi’s/ Stage Left Steak.

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LeighM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on all counts. We went there to celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary. We who’ve been to the sister restaurant, Stage Left, several times. The owners, Mark and Francis, visited our table several times during the evening. We love that we can order from the menu of both restaurants. The wine list is fabulous with the owners mire than happy to help make a selection. They also have a fabulous cheese selection. Again, the staff is happy to help with selections. This restaurant has been added to our very short favorites list.

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NatalieF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome round table for 10 to get together with college friends of 30 years! A round table for a large group makes all the difference! The wait staff was excellent. They were there when needed but very unobtrusive. The timing of all courses was perfect and the drinks were refilled when necessary. I highly recommend!

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LisaS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, perfect portion sizes, friendly staff!!

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jamesc
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a reservation and seated immediately upon arrival. Our server was good, not great. The food we ordered was excellent. A good night out.

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AayushS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great that upstairs is open again, food as expected. Having owners around means a lot!

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Frank
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, atmosphere and a service was Devine. The owner walked around to greet his guests.

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Mcat
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at CL's. Meal was excellent and service was outstanding.

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thomasb
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was outstanding

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vipNJKat
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I chose this restaurant for 2 reasons - (1) I wanted to enjoy a nice dinner at a nice restaurant with my husband on our 5th wedding anniversary and (2) I have always wanted to try this restaurant because a fellow RU classmate is the owner. I made the reservation for 5:15pm on FRI (10/1) and we seemed to have been the first to arrive for dinner. We chose standard indoor seating. The hostess explained that all seating for both Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi would be in the Stage Left area, and both menus would be offered. When presented with the Wine List, I was amazed at the vast selection because it was more like an encyclopedia of wines than a list! I settled on a Sicilian wine (2018 Nero D'Avola) which my husband and I thought was very pleasant. The appetizers we selected were the stuffed mushrooms (him), and the homemade mozzarella and roasted peppers (me). We both enjoyed our dishes very much! Entrees we selected were: 12 oz Strip Steak (him), and an Octoberfest Pork Milanese (me). My husband also ordered 2 sides - charred asparagus, and truffle fries.
I enjoyed my entree very much, and we both liked the charred asparagus. His steak was more "medium" than "rare", and it was a bit on the dry side. Seasoning was very light to the point of being undetectable. It was also a bit of a tough chew. This was disappointing considering the price. And we felt the truffle fries were lackluster - bland and dry. Again, considering the price, they should have been fresh and crisp. Both of us took part of our meal home with us since the portions were quite generous. We skipped ordering dessert, and we were presented with a complimentary creme brulee decorated with "Happy Birthday" in chocolate on the plate. It was a very nice gesture, and ironically it was my husband's birthday this past Monday so we got to celebrate his birthday at our anniversary dinner! I would also like to add we received excellent service from our server as well as all of the assisting staff members!

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vipBigChocolateJokeman
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. Nice place. Good atmosphere

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KarenJ
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food I give 5 stars! One of my favorite restaurant in New Brunswick

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vipmollyparr
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great and the corn and jalapeño special was terrific, as were the pastas! It was delightful but the AC was on high and my friends were very cold, which was unfortunate... otherwise a great experience!
Bring a sweater!

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DeboraB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for the first time on our anniversary and had a great time! the staff was very attentive and we got a desert with happy anniversary written on it, everybody wished us a happy day. On top of that the food was great! Will definitely be back.

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vipLovesubmissions
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding food and service!

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ClaudiaG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is incredible. I have been several times and had the prosciutto board, shrimp scampi app, bolognese, truffle cream pasta, and the shrimp and crab meat pasta!

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Samb
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service with very authentic and delicious food
Very welcoming atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John, our excellent waiter, recommended excellent selections to feast on. Great service and food. Thanks so much!! You’re the best!

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KaustubhM
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Bland food for high price, need to wait long time for food

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JudyH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. We were seated in a small, quiet dining room for an early business dinner. The room later became louder when additional parties were seated but not too disturbing. Everything was delicious. We started with Jamon Ibercio de Bellota and house-made Burrata, Pear & Gorgonzola Salad and Very Garlic Bread. Each entree was also superb (the menu online is not current, there are even more items to choose from). I would definitely recommend Catherine Lombardi to anyone looking for a great dining experience in New Brunswick.

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vipFoodNDrinks
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catherine Lombardi’s and Stage Left are running as a combine restaurant during COVID so both menus are available.

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TracyS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really terrific meal! Nice outdoor seating. Good restaurant for a special occasion, although pricey for your average dinner.

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vipCarolS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The post COVID Catherine Lombardi isn’t the same. We were seated in their sister restaurant downstairs , they share both menus. So you have choice of steak or Italian . I prefer upstairs at the actual Catherine Lombardi restaurant as it’s a bit dressier and ambiance is nicer. The musician Solomon is excellent and there on Fridays . It was a gorgeous night and he was outside again not bad but I prefer inside dining and wish I could have heard Solomon play . I’m sure a lot has to do with staffing and sitting us downstairs is easier. I’ll revisit when thing get closure to “normal”.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. One of my favorite spots

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vipMisterD
Central Texas
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

My favorite restaurant in New Brunswick. Service and food has always been top notch, but this was an off night.
Drinks and appetizers arrived promptly - mains took 75 minutes. Water glasses not filled during the long wait.
When the food finally arrived the manager apologized for the wait and we were comped dessert.
Every restaurant has bad nights. I commend this one for fessing up for the mistakes and doing something to bring a customer back.
Side note - the restaurant industry is suffering from staff shortages. I would recommend that if that is the case that you inform patrons before they are seated so they may plan accordingly.

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Robert
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food superb--as always. Service was slow and inattentive--but I imagine that most restaurants at this time are understaffed.

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DevinW
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing. Our server Alex was amazing and I would recommend this for a cool date night!

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vipKevD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just go here

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always amazing. From the food to the service to the great street view from their beautify done outdoor dining set up. Perfect night as always. The cocktails are always great as well !

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vipDsahar
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great food options, good wine selection, great place for intimate gathering or celebratin

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vipCeeJay
New York Area
223 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner out! They were so accommodating as our group number kept increasing! Food was excellent and we loved that we could order from either the Catherine Lombardi or Stage Left menu!! Two restaurants for in one location for now! Was very noisy though and hard to hear each other but the meal was outstanding!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting Catherine Lombardi and we had a wonderful first impression and experience. I had googled “best Italian in NJ” and saw this restaurant had been voted Best Italian in Central Jersey… I can attest to all the 5 star reviews.

Friendly staff, amazing selection of food and wine and delicious food! We went on a Friday evening and there was live music outdoors which helped set the ambiance. Since I had indicated it was our wedding anniversary, we were pleasantly surprised when a slice of cheesecake with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate arrived at our table.

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MichaelK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my daughter's graduation, The food, staff and decor was outstanding.

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Goodnewplace
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Past dining experiences at Catherine Lombardi's were always fabulous. Not sure if it's pandemic related but food was not as good as we remember and service was a little spotty.

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BenR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and amazing food! Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipLisaR
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service, and ambience - as always!

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vipkathyr
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dinner experience at Catherine Lombardi's, but we've had great prior experiences at the bar for pre-theater cocktails and appetizers. Dinner did not disappoint. Everything we ordered was delicious and beautifully presented. Staff was attentive and friendly. Highly recommend.

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Catherine Lombardi is rated 4.7 stars by 1903 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.