Catherine Lombardi

4.6
1916 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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
What 1916 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.2
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPandemichiccups
New York Area
21 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & Amazing service! Highly recommend going there for a special occasion..

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JennaL
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and servers were great! Would definitely come back for a special occasion

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Linnie
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food; extensive wine list; wait staff and sommelier were very attentive, and friendly. Highly recommended!

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AnthonyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first trip back to Catherine Lombardi in a number of years. The service was first class, the dining room is quiet, nicely decorated, and the seats comfortable. The food was very good. We had appetizers, main course and dessert. The hand sliced prosciutto was very good compared to what you can buy is a store. We liked the ability to choose a variety of items from the cold appetizer option as well. I had the veal scalloppini and it was very good. The wine list offers a nice selection with good price choices as well. Overall it made for a very enjoyable experience.

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CustomerJG
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time back to Catherine Lombardi's since pre-pandemic.
Was excellent.

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Loretta
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the staff and live music! The garlic bread is delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The food was very bland. They seemed to be understaffed.

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JeffBabey
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a perfect evening with the perfect hosts. Catherine Lombardi’s/ Stage Left steak continue to exceed expectations (even during a pandemic)!

The precautions taken for a safe and enjoyable evening out are thorough and compliance is enforced. But none of this is intrusive and diminished the wonderful food, service, cocktails, and experience.

As always, staff is on top of everything without you even noticing... they ensure you have all you need and then some.

The menu continues to offer some of the finest Italian food in the country and the cocktail and wine list are second to none.

If you haven’t been to Catherine Lombardi’s or Stage Left Steak, give yourself a much deserved treat and make a reservation ASAP.

If you have, then I don’t need to give you a reason why.

But, helping a restaurant that has helped so many over the years (and especially this past year)is a a little nudge nonetheless.

Thank you to everyone at CL’s for a wonderful night out and a hint of life getting back to “normal”.

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E85BMG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was great as always, however this time the restaurant was far noisier than I remember in the past making conversation much harder.

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vipJulienR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Regular italian with expensive prices...

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vipGusmar
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice service & food

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vipDave
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambiance, not stuffy but very upscale and warm. The food, from the rabbit to the pasta was on point. The wine selection is also exceptional as are the cocktails. The service just puts it over the top. I’ve been here a number times, but not for quite awhile due to covid. It was a great experience and we will definitely be back.

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vipChrisD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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vipChristopherD
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately for the restaurant it was a very slow night. and sometimes that could make for just as an unpleasant experience as it being super busy. But everything was perfect. The service was outstanding and the food was as good as always.

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vipMartinD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I use Open Table for the ease of booking reservations and like to give my opinion (on occasion) regarding my dining experience. I’ve been to Catherine Lombardi’s in the past pre-theatre dinner / special occasion and was surprised with this sub-par experience. I know these are different dining times ( based on having to reserve the table with my credit card) however, in my opinion, there was adequate staff to take care of the patrons. Searched around on multiple occasions during my meal looking for my server who seemed to disappear and who did not really take care of the patrons she was supposed to serve. My wife entree (Filet Mignon) was undercook and we sent it back to be reheated. The food portions were very good however you are paying top dollar for them. Something for the management to consider. When a couple reserves a table, consider having the 2 person tables near the windows (it’s probably a romantic or special occasion and nice to be able to take in the outside ambiance (or whatever that is) whereas the tables that have seating for 4 should be placed on the interior areas of the dining room. Tables with (4) persons or more are there to meet friends or have a family dinner and the outside ambiance is not always a factor. Btw It was my Wife’s Birthday (she dressed up like a million dollars for the occasion) and I figured it would be a special treat to come here for dinner and stay at the Heldrich for the night. I did enter in Open Table that it was her Birthday however, no one acknowledged that fact to the point I double checked my Open Table reservation to verify I actually checked the box. I know it goes through on the reservation because I’ve done it before. I’ll take my time before booking there again. Sorry !

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adamb
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is off the hook. #1 date night in New Brunswick.

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NicB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re in New Brunswick and want a fancy meal for a special occasion, Catherine Lombardi’s is a great choice.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was fantastic from start to finish! The food was amazing, and the service was excellent. Our only complaint was that we wish we didnt have to go to a show and we could have spent longer taking in the ambience. We will definitely be going back soon!

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vipVinoVeritasZZ
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Catherine Lombardi's offers consistently very good food with terrific service. The menu is a bit scaled down due to COVID but the ability to order from their sister steakhouse Stage Left and a good array of specials ensure plenty to choose from. The servers and assistant mangers are great, and food always arrives piping hot from the kitchen. If this place was closer to our home, we'd be here weekly.

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Frank
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic and the food and ambiance was great.

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vipJoeB
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Never a bad meal at Catherine Lombardi. I could eat there everyday.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Waiter was excellent, ambiance fabulous. food, ok./good.

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WillS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great restaurant with killer friday night music. Excited to check out their new brunch option. Will be back soon .

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Lovelyb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This place was great. Lived in the area since 9 years okd and NEVER been there.

Food was delicious. Fresh burrata is a must try!!!

My mom and daughter loved it!! Of course I did too. Will go back for sure!!

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JenC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect evening with friends! We reserved a table for 6 friends because we heard wonderful things about this restaurant and it did not disappoint. We started with some specialty cocktails and then had chianti with dinner. We split a bunch of appetizers and all were delicious but the ones worth mentioning were the Wagyu steak on a salt block, the burrata cheese, and the show stopper- jamon iberico melted in our mouths. Most of us had pasta dishes for dinner and all was wonderful. We followed up with dessert and after dinner drinks. Amazing night, we will be back!

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viptheressw
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very attentive service team, we went closer to closing time ... so maybe a little over attentive but appreciated. The garlic bread side of marinara sauce is a must! Very cute date vibes. 2nd time visiting.

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Bill
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food. The attention to us was spectacular. My wife's birthday was a success.

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vipChristopherD
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There where 4 of us in the party the food was outstanding and the service was perfect.

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GaryW
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff and service excellent. Food good but drinks quite a bit overpriced.

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DanielleB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service was amazing! The ambience was great and the restaurant was beautiful.

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MichaelZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I took my wife to Catherine Lombardi for Valentine's Day. We had a great experience. The service was exemplary as was the environment. The food was good but from a value v price perspective it was above average but not exemplary. The wine choices were top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. We really enjoyed it we will be back

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vipCarolS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great musician playing : wonderful meal.

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vipSomersetTom
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for any occasion. Very romantic. The cocktails are outstanding (ask for Chris). The food is always delicious. Highest recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tables are well spaced apart and limited to protect patrons. Absolutely make reservations.

FAQs

Catherine Lombardi is rated 4.6 stars by 1916 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.