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Catherine Lombardi

4.4
1395 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Catherine Lombardi was the grandmother of owner Mark Pascal. Pascal, co-owner with Francis Schott of Stage Left Steak Restaurant, brings his signature obsession with quality local ingredients to the cuisine of his youth. Catherine Lombardi's family came to Brooklyn from Naples. Her cooking was Neapolitan-based and heavily Brooklyn-influenced. It brought her whole extended family together every Sunday. Come taste why.

Cited Best New Restaurant and Best Italian Restaurant by NJ Monthly Readers’ Choice Poll, the red sauce is largely made from tomatoes the restaurant staff picks locally. Made-to-order mozzarella, pressed eggplant rollatini, great pasta and a veal chop to die for are highlights.

Hand-made fresh juice cocktails are featured at the cocktail bar overlooking revitalized downtown New Brunswick. 21 windows overlook downtown, offering a dramatic bird's-eye-view of The New Brunswick Theater District. It is a crown jewel in New Brunswick's thriving redevelopment.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Bar:
Monday: 5.00pm - 12:00am, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 4:00 - 12:00am


Food is served until 1 hour before closing.
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Phone number
(732) 296-9463
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What 1395 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
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4.1
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

We have been dining at Catherine Lombardi’s since the restaurant opened and we have never been disappointed. The food is absolutely delicious and the service is outstanding. The wine list and cocktails are exceptional. We highly recommend it!

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vipfulton (New York Area)
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful meal at this New Brunswick gem. Chicken Scarpiello is divine. Salads fresh n delicious. And best cappuccino ever with complimentary biscotti....wine selections are excellent. Abbondanza!

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Swampie (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

Overall very nice meal and good service. Sommelier was quite knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0
Dined on January 9, 2018

A bit overpriced . I don't like it when top restaurants won't give you a salad with your meal or bread. I had the lasagna it was a huge portion. It was good different then what I'm used to. Didn't like the shreded meat.

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pandf (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

all our meals were delicious. loved the truffle linguine

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FSinatra (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on December 30, 2017

Thanks @CatherineLombardi for another magical evening for our New Year celebration!

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CustomerJG (Philadelphia)
4.0
Dined on December 23, 2017

Pre-Christmas Dinner - 2017 with friends
Visited Catherine Lombardi's restaurant just before Christmas with friends for a Pre-Christmas Special Dinner.
The restaurant was busy, but Service was exceptional.
The pace was perfect, and never felt rushed.
Food, wine, and craft beer selections were exceptional.

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httt 
3.0
Dined on December 20, 2017

The basil linquini was doughy. When reordered beer, had to remind server. When owner came over to say hello, spit on table and the wipped with sleeve. (Yuck).

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Minnie24 (Atlantic City)
5.0
Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food, friendly service, never feel rushed. Favorite restaurant to enjoy dinner before a show.

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BMac (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on December 17, 2017

Interesting (but not too "out there") wine list; staff was knowledgeable about the choices and made excellent recommendations. Plentiful menu options and creative menu additions. Dinner, apps and dessert were excellent, and despite a busy evening staff was attentive.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Bar:
Monday: 5.00pm - 12:00am, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 4:00 - 12:00am


Food is served until 1 hour before closing.
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Cross street
George Street
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(732) 296-9463
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Catering
Please contact us for our off-site catering menus.
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Parking details
Valet parking is available at $10-$15 per vehicle located at The Heldrich Hotel. We do not have a parking lot. There is some on street (some times metered) parking. There are also city parking garages, lots and decks.
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Public transit
The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.
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Executive chef
J.R. Belt
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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.
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Private party contact
Alex Hall: (732) 296-9463 ext. 200
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine