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About Catherine Lombardi

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.

3 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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.

Cross Street:
George Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(732) 296-9463

Website:
http://www.catherinelombardi.com/

Catering:
Please contact us for our off-site catering menus.

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.

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

Executive Chef:
J.R. Belt

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Catherine Lombardi Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Romantic (29)
Special Occasion (26)
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Pre/post Theatre (26)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Business Meals (15)
Authentic (15)
Cozy (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Fun (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Casual (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Live Music (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food was perfect for everyone at the table. Marks service was absolutely perfect and really made it the perfect experience for my friends and family.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food at Catherine Lombardi's is always great but was very disappointed that they ran out of both specials one of our guests wanted. Our waiter was nice but it was hard to get his attention when we wanted to pay the check and he did not check on us often as I know wait staff in the past have done.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

This restaurant was an outstanding find. The appetizers, the wine and the entrees were phenomenal. The staff were very friendly and very good with descriptions of the menu. The touch of the fire places made the entire experience very soothing and Romantic for my girlfriend and I to start our first Valentines Day date. Your restaurant and staff set the tone of the night, I will highly recommend you restaurant and look forward to returning.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was excellent! food was excellent cozy atmosphere. Had dinner before a show.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Mediocre food at best and a little pricey for the quality.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great pre theater dinner! Warm service and fantastic food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Another great time and great meal!

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 (London)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was delicious- we enjoyed everything we ordered. Fried calamari was seasoned perfectly with a light batter. Caesar salad was a bit on the heavy side with both a creamy dressing and a mound of shaved Parmesan but large enough to share. The pasta dishes looked wonderful to choose from and I decided on the garganelli with truffle cream sauce, prosciutto and asparagus. Absolutely decadent! My husband had the eggplant parm, which was different because it was pounded thin; he found it much easier to eat. We will return soon!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic food!!! The staff was very attentive. Great atmosphere

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Consistently excellent food,service, and atmosphere. Never disappointed!,

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

A last minute decision, and as always, the right one. The 5 cheeses special, build your own salumi app, and very garlic bread were matched well with the White Rock Cab blend. A perfect light dinner after a long work week.

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

My first time visiting. My wife, who has been there many time in the past for business events has always given glowing reports. We met another couple for dinner. The food was great, the wait staff great accept for our main waiter who was inattentive to the point of being rude. He had about three tables to handle and we had lapses of 20 minutes when has was nowhere to be found.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Although the food was good the ambiance was terrible. Not good for a romantic outing. Way too noisy. Couldn't hear ourselves talk or even the waiter giving us the dinner specials. Will not go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Professional and courteous staff. Food was delicious. Owner Mark, came to our table twice and shared the history of the restaurant and some of the recipes of certain entrees etc. i have been there before and plan on going back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We've always enjoyed Catherine Lombardi's not only for a night out but for pre-theater dining. The service is always prompt. The staff is professional and friendly. Whether ordering from the menu or selecting a nightly special, Catherine Lombardi's never disappoints!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Took my parents to a show at the state theatre but first we had dinner. We each ordered a different wine which came as a glass and a half. That was very nice touch. We started with the fried calamari which were tender and crispy. The three of us asked for the shrimp scampi over rice instead of pasta. They were very accommodating. It was delicious!! For dessert I had the lava cake Snd my mom had the coffee gelato. I had a cappuccino in a gigantic cup. It was heaven!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Atmosphere was nice and service was good but the food was very poor.

Fried Calamari was old and cold. I love calamari - and could not eat it. First time in memory that I did not finish my appetizer. Eggplant parmigana was cold and not tasty. 2 of 3 Cappucino's served were not hot. Balance of the meal was so so.

I would not return or recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

all our meals were delicious. loved the truffle linguine

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·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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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was our worst experience at this restaurant. The food was just so-so but the other diners in the restaurant were the most inconsiderate people ever. It was extremely difficult to have any conversation with my husband sitting right across from me due to 2 tables, one of which was a large group with 14 people that seemed to feel they were sitting in someone’s backyard instead of in a restaurant. The other table was a party of 4 women who were the loudest people ever. They seemed to be having a wonderful time but totally ignoring the fact that there were other people attempting to enjoy their meal. Their laughing was ridiculously loud and totally unnecessary in the setting. Overall a miserable dining experience and we skipped dessert, which I never do, just to get the check quicker to get the hell out of there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

It seemed that the pace of dinner was rushed. Our meals came out very fast, bread and rolls were nothing special and serviced without butter.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

This cozy and beautiful dining room was perfect for our group of 8. The ambiance was quiet but fun, dress was ok from casual to work attire, reasonable wine options and tasty specials aside from what looked like the standard italian fare.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Enjoyed our dining experience as always. Wait staff is just exceptional. Already looking forward to our next dinner with friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Extremely noisy, we could not carry on a conversation. Food was very mediocre at best to downright disgusting. Had the filet mignon, very uneventful and not much taste. Had the spedini for appetizer, absolutely dreadful, was very dry and exceptionally chewy. The spedini is supposed to have an anchovy and caper sauce, but it was on the side and the anchovies were in strips not blended, what a nightmare.

The wine we ordered was $75 bottle, which looked and tasted like a $4 bottle of 3 buck chuck from Trader Joe's.

Save your money and appetite, go elsewhere.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The wild boar bolognese, the scallops, and the Malbec were below average. Others liked the Scottish salmon and veal scallopini. The garlic bread was good. The regular bread basket had cold, tough rolls. Definitely not the 4.6 rating I expected.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Awesome food - great service - we had such s great time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Alejandro (Alex) was excellent! Very friendly, knowledgeable, and patient. The food was very good. I had garlic bread, the prosciutto and cheese plate, and the penne with truffle cream sauce and prosciutto. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed very good food, excellent wine in a warm, quietly elegant setting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, People Watching, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was our first time at Catherine Lombardi’s. We came in from the Chicago area over Thanksgiving week to visit our daughter, a student at Rutgers. We dined on Thanksgiving Day (5:30pm reservation). The Italian dishes were very good, the family-style turkey dinner was just ok (not their specialty). The service started out amazing. First round of drinks, appetizers, salad & pasta brought out quickly, water glasses constantly filled at the start of the meal. There was a LONG wait for our main course & the service STOPPED. No water refills & had to ask 3 times for additional non-alcoholic beverages before they were brought out. The server did remove the charge for the 2nd sodas from our bill, but I would have rather paid for them & had our service continue. The desserts were delicious! It’s unfortunate we had a service problem because the food is overall worth going back for.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fra diavlo was amazing. Excellent service. Took my kids here for thanksgiving, but i will be returning with a date very soon

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We had a fantastic dinner here after a movie and both the food itself and the service was excellent. It had a cozy and romantic ambiance without being overly dark or quiet. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to others.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food is incredible and so is the atmosphere! The staff is wonderful & I don't have a bad word to say about this place. I will definitely be going back!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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