Catherine Lombardi

4.3
1613 reviews
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Italian
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.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

How shall I put this. Service was amazing! The value for what you get, not so much. My mother, step-father and I dined here last Sunday. Drinks were great. Service was great. The issue we had is that the menu and prices online are drastically different than the menu and prices being presented at the restaurant. We love to eat out and prices are never an issue, it’s more the principal of it all. For example, the 16oz Veal Porterhouse is $44.95 online and $54.95 when you get the menu in the restaurant. Same thing with the Wild Boar Bolognese and Pappardelle Pasta. It’s 24.95 online and $29.95 in the restaurant. I can tell you that while the Bolognese was good, it wasn’t by any means worth $29.95. While we opted for the filet mignon instead of the veal porterhouse it was again a disappointment. I ordered the spinach ravioli with wild mushroom and goat cheese. I got five small ravioli. It was again a disappointment. The highlight were the drinks and service which sadly are not enough to bring us back. Sorry Catherine Lombardi’s but we are one and done.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot near State Theater. Great food and atmosphere. We loved it.

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B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a good choice. Great service, wonderful food.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful evening

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WD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I was very disappointed with the food. Most complaints i read were about the service but that turned out to be the best part. I expected a much higher quality of food. I would go back and give it another shot. Every restaurant has off nights. It's only fair to try it again.

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DG
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was exceptionally good. The presentation made it very appetizing.

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D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Valentine's dinner. Excellent service, good food and wine list.

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RO
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place great food! My wife and I absolutely loved it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good but not spectacular

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was a party of 12 so I can only speak for myself my app of shrimp scampi was bland and drenched in butter also an order of ravioli with wild boar sauce had minimal sauce no wild boar taste our server Emilio was stellar

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LL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the tri state area. The food is superb the ambiance is perfect and the service is excellent. The owner is always on premises and runs a very warm dining experience. My personal favorite is the seafood salad followed by the Osso Buco which is tremendous.

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KS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was delicious (especially the basil pasta as part of the special), the drink selection was good, and the ambiance is lovely. BUT the service was unbelievably slow! We were there for a birthday dinner before a show at the State Theatre. The hostess at the front and our waiter asked if we were seeing the show, and we told them. We were also clear that this was a birthday dinner. Our reservation time provided ample space to have dinner and walk to the State Theatre next door afterwards. However, at 7:30, our dinner plates still had not been cleared, we had not been given a dessert menu, and the waiter was nowhere to be found. It got to 7:40, and we realized we needed to ask for the check. Still no waiter. 7:45 came, and we finally got the waiter and asked for the check, indicating we had to leave without a birthday dessert. As we were signing the check, a special birthday crème brûlée was delivered, but it had to be eaten quickly so we could head to the show. If we hadn't been in such a good mood, this really would have spoiled the evening. I'm torn about whether I'll return. For the price of the meal and the size and taste of the dishes, I can name any number of other great Italian restaurants in Central NJ that would be better.

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and ambiance was great. Service was good, nothing special.

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NB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. We had to stop staff to ask for everything - water, drinks, wine, the check. Food was good, but service was beyond poor.

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Overpriced for their limited selection of Italian food. I went because I had heard good reviews, but I wasn't impressed. This won't be a repeat place for us.
Minor things to improve upon - when you say you are going to split a salad for two, please do so, also deliver coffee/tea along with the ordered desserts. If we had waited for the desserts the coffee/tea would have been cold.

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L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasureable dining experience is consistent every time we have dinner here. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. The dining room is large but still is cozy. Always a great place for consistently good food!

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MC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place to go for every type of celebration. This trip was to celebrate my brother's birthday. First of all, the cocktails are awesome and unique. Followed by the amazing Italian food. Somehow the garlic bread is better here than anywhere else. We tried everything; I had veal, my wife had pasta, my brother had the fra diavlo, my daughter had the Salmon, and my sister-in-law had the pork chop. All of that followed by an amazing array of desserts. It was an amazing meal as usual. This place never ever disappoints.

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m
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here several times through the years but we always celebrate an annual dinner in January with retired work friends. The staff always make the evening a pleasurable, special night for us. The food is consistently good along with the specials that are inventive and not to be missed.

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EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

My black spaghetti was way spicier than I expected. Without a lot of water, I couldn’t have handled it. But, dessert, especially the chocolate lava cake, exceeded expectations.

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G
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Wife’s birthday which I made a note of it when I booked with open table. Guess they didn’t read it or didn’t care. Way too much garlic in my wife’s meal. Didn’t eat it. Waitress and the manager were great and understanding but that’s about the only good thing. Oh yeah and the wine... don’t think we’ll be going back

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RE
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Allow an extra half hour if you are going before a show at State. Very convenient to the theater so it gets crowded which backs up the kitchen. Food was pricey but excellent. Presentation was average.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was relaxing, the food was delicious, and the service impeccable. It was a lovely place to have dinner especially before the theater.

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PK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Salad, appetizers and main dishes all fresh and tasty. Extensive bar menu. Highlight may have been the desserts, which were delicious, especially the molten chocolate cake !

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great services, ambience and food

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MT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Truly disappointing! A friend of mine had her wedding here so I thought it would be a great place to bring my son at Rutgers and his new girlfriend.

Service was AWFUL! We had to beg the water boy to find our waiter. The order came out wrong on the appetizers, wine and it took forever for the entrees.

The owner was going to other tables but no one asked us “how was our meal?”

I had been there years ago so I don’t know if owners changed. Big bummer for the money.

There are better Italian restaurants in New Brunswick with customer service focus.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I will start off saying the food was amazing! My husband I both ended up getting the wild boar and ricotta ravioli. This meal was definitely to die for. The very garlic bread was also delicious. We didn’t order any fancy cocktails because I’m pregnant. So I can’t review those. The negative part of our experience was the service. No one was rude or unprofessional, completely the opposite. Very friendly and welcoming. However, We had plans for a after dinner show at the state theater for 8pm. Our reservation was for 615p and thought that left more then enough time, but I was wrong. By the time we ordered, received our meals and got the check, it was 740ish. We didn’t order any appetizers or soups salad things. Just sodas and a meal which still took over an hour. Even from when we got there, the hostess welcomed us, asked for a minute, then never came back. We weren’t the only ones in the restaurant that felt this way. The couple next to us were in the same boat except they never received there main dish. It’s just a shame that such good food can be ruined by terrible service.

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GY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was average and service was awful. Waited 25 minutes for bread!

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TL
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A little disappointed that our request for a booth table was not accommodated even though I made the reservation in advance. Food was excellent as always. Very noisy pre-theatre crowd, but got quieter after 8pm.

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OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We were extremely disappointed from bread to coffee. We were celebrating our anniversary and combined it with seeing a show after dinner. Service was slow and disorganized. To serve two hard mediocre rolls in a supposedly good Italian restaurant is shameful. My husbsnd’s Pork Osso Bucco was bland and tasteless, and my Eggplant Parm was thin, greasy and stringy. It was getting late so we passed on dessert and just ordered coffee which was served 15 minutes later, luke warm. Overall the food and service was sub par and way overpriced. We will not be back to try again.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! All our needs were met before we ever knew we had them. Fantastic food and service! We will be back soon!

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The place was very warm and pleasant.
The food though was ok. I ordered the Osso Bucco and it had no flavor! They did exchange it for me immediately, but shocked that one of their most expensive entrees was so mediocre.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waiter didn’t inform us that the burrata was more than adequate for two. Felt as though he was padding the bill.

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EM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great! Explained everything we needed to know about the food. The filet was absolutely delicious and the place was gorgeous. Will come again and recommend to others!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible as always. Best French Martini in the world backed by delicious cuisine!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Owner was awesome. Waiter was ok. I’m east coast but our waiter was east coast salty. Food was really good but ALOT of garlic. Wouldn’t recommend for a first date.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed my evening with the other couple we went with.. only thing my pasta had a little to much garlic for my preference.

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P
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It was pricey. Food was good, but not outstanding. Definitely not worth it.

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AT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service! I recommend this place.

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TM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid food with a relaxed and QUIET atmosphere. Slightly overpriced though.

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