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Catherine Lombardi

4.6
4.6
1943 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 296-9463

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    J.R. Belt

  • Catering

    Please contact us for our off-site catering menus.

  • Private party facilities

    Catherine Lombardi is available for private events. We accept reservations for large groups as well. Special arrangements can be made for larger groups.

  • Private party contact

    Alex Hall: (732) 296-9463 ext. 200

  • Neighborhood

    New Brunswick

  • Cross street

    George Street

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,943 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience2
    Came here for the first time with my special someone. We were celebrating an anniversary. The food was decent, personally don’t believe the price for the quality of the food. At the end my partner and I believed what sold our evening was the bottle of wine we ordered.
  2. J

    J3ssicax333

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was absolutely outstanding all of the staff were so knowledgeable about the menu and the dishes they recommended did not disappoint
  3. J

    Jays

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner there, and we always come here for special events. The service was great and our waiter was kind and provided great detail of the specials. The food was also amazing.
  4. MM

    MarieM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was delicious! Service impeccable! A wonderful experience!
  5. M

    Melinda

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We gathered in person to discuss recent events and the setting was perfect. The food was good and the service was unobtrusive which we appreciated. We would definitely go there again.
  6. LS

    LawrenceS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    The food was just average as was the service. Noise was horrible.
  7. JT

    JamieT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Service was slow and orders were messed up but did get adjustment for it.
  8. MS

    MichelleS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside and it was a beautiful night. I had a love affair with my spaghetti and strawberries meal. As I understand it, I have to wait another year to have that dish again as the strawberries have to be at their peak. My husband's pasta with shrimp, crab and lobster in a light cream sauce, that did not over power the fish, was also delicious. The mojitos we drank were superb and thankfully will be available throughout the summer. Eating outside was a treat. The environment was infused with a peaceful excitement as those around us seemed to also enjoy the night , the food and the drink.
  9. TS

    TomS

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    as always, a lovely evening out with the outdoor cafe open as well. Food and beverage service spot on.
  10. FJ

    FJHP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and attentive staff. We enjoyed the outdoor seating.
  11. LC

    LauraC

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined outside and it was perfect! The strawberry spaghetti was absolutely delicious. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing something special.
  12. SG

    StephanieG

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    First off the message that they left on my voicemail was very confusing. I called back to inquire about the message. The gentleman had an attitude while explaining. Basically, we would be eating at the sister’s restaurant NOT at Catherine Lombardi. Even though we were explained about the restaurant. I went to the wrong door and finally noticed the small entrance sign to the restaurant that we were supposed to be eating at. My husband went to go park the car. As I entered they were very friendly. When my husband finally got there he did the same thing that I did I went to the wrong door. He was able to fine the Substitute restaurant. First cocktail was weak. After talking to the waiter and changing vodka much better. The stuff mushrooms were OK . The wild boar Bolognese was delicious. Our dessert was worth waiting for 15 minutes chocolate chip cookies a must! My husbands appetizer the Calamar was good. His entrée was okay. Would I come back here again no but I would travel for those chocolate chip cookies for sure!
  13. B

    Bmkk

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    We have eaten here many times and always enjoyed it. Unfortunately tonight our meal was just ok and the service was poor. The bus boys serving the water and bread were great and very attentive and helpful. The waiter while very nice was defiantly overworked and didn’t have enough time to provide us with good service. The soup was great. Pasta good. Eggplant parmigiana was well below Satisfactory. Not sure if we will go to again.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Without a doubt my new favorite weekend dinner spot.
  15. WP

    WarrenP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual guys, our service, our server, the co-servers all- worked so cohesively to keep our table and our needs neat and meet! The hostess was delightful and fiercely dressed!!! And then theres the food: our favorite- fusilli added with grilled chicken ; a tasty fresh Cesar’s salad. And the heavenly garlic bread ….yum yum yum Thank you 🙏🏽 See you all real soon
  16. k

    krammars

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect as always. Frequent diner. Always fun with great food.
  17. JR

    JanineR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Italian restaurants in NJ. Fantastic food, knowledgeable staff and a charismatic owner. Never disappoints! I would highly recommend.

    Catherine LombardiResponded on May 21, 2022Thanks very much. Know that people like you are the reason we are still working so hard after 30 years!

  18. JS

    JenniferS

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Over priced in general. Way over priced for their overall quality level. A disappointment that cost a lot.
  19. l

    local

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Took my family there for lunch over the weekend and the food and service was great, we had a variety of appetizers and our meals were all goo. A bit pricey but all in all it was worth it.
  20. CA

    CAMaria

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always It was amazing. The steak was perfect and the Garganelli with truffle cream is a life altering dish.
  21. SF

    SuzsnneF

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We chose Catherine Lombardi’s for a celebration ! The room is lovely and the food was great! Service was spot-on! Great experience!
  22. S

    Scoob

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Our food was good, not great. For example, The chicken scapariello…the pieces of chicken and sausage were cooked correctly and tasted good but the dish didn’t have time for the flavors to blend together so it tasted like some chicken, sausage, peppers and onions. Not scapariello. Steak fries were cooked to death. The charceuterie board was great. The service was uneven because there were so many people who touched our table. On one hand it was a blessing. On the other, confusing.
  23. RH

    RuthH

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mothers Day Dinner!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful time celebrating Mother’s Day here with family. Everything was delicious, love when everyone’s dish comes out hot at the same time. The burrata they make fresh when you order it and it was delicious! Drinks were really good too. My favorite dessert was the bread pudding.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day first time dining. Nice ambiance with excellent service and great food!
  26. KS

    KarenS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can order off of the Stage Left Steakhouse Menu or Lombardi's. Both are phenomenal. A1.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food—we enjoyed that it wasn’t your usual Italian fare but a nice variety of different meals instead. A bit loud, but we would definitely go back for the food. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  29. VP

    VictoriaP

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Think this restaurant is highly overrated. The food was a average at best. My friend’s bolognese was a big disappointment to her and she didn’t eat much of it. The best part of the meal was their homemade gelato.
  30. L

    Locall

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My business associates always ask to come here when they travel to NJ. Even the New Yorkers are impressed with the quality of this restaurant!
  31. JM

    JenniferM

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food was delicious. Met the owner mark very nice and informative I look forward to going back again soon.
  32. TG

    ToddG

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive service. Quite good food. Owner was spending time with guest ensuring all was enjoyable. Very well done overall.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Food not very good at all. Left my comfort one be tried a new restaurant.
  34. K

    Kathy

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, atmosphere was very inviting and service was top shelve.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing dinner. From the moment we walked in, the time we left. One of the best!
  36. JC

    JessCG

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The food was way I’ve rocked for the quality, very disappointing!
  37. f

    fred

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    wagu was outstanding.....beautiful ambiance....great restaurant
  38. GD

    GayleD

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lasagne is outstanding and the very garlic bread is excellent. We will be back!!
  39. RG

    RobinG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Time well spent w/ good food, surpassed only by the service!
  40. PQ

    PeterQ

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and a very warm welcome. It’s on the pricey side, but location is terrific for NJ State Theater and the atmosphere is tremendous: casual classy.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Catherine Lombardi is rated 4.6 stars by 1943 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Catherine Lombardi

3 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Additional information

  • Cross street

    George Street

  • Neighborhood

    New Brunswick

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    J.R. Belt

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 296-9463

  • Catering

    Please contact us for our off-site catering menus.

  • Private party facilities

    Catherine Lombardi is available for private events. We accept reservations for large groups as well. Special arrangements can be made for larger groups.

  • Private party contact

    Alex Hall: (732) 296-9463 ext. 200

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