About Catherine Lombardi

Catherine Lombardi was the grandmother of owner Mark Pascal. Pascal, part owner of Stage Left 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. 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 new 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:
Restaurant:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Bar:
Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Wednesday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Thursday: 4:30pm - 1:00am, Friday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 2:00am
Late night menu is available until 9:00pm on Sundays and Mondays, 12:00am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 1:00am on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Offering an Italian-inspired Thanksgiving menu: $49.95 per person +++ in addition to our regular ala carte dinner menu.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Offering our traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes $69pp +++ and our regular dinner menu.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Offering our regular menu with some celebratory specials. Join us at Midnight in Monument Park for the annual NYE Fireworks.

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Sun 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Mon 8:00PM - 9:00PM

Fri 8:00PM - 11:00PM

Catherine Lombardi Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (36)
Special Occasion (36)
Romantic (33)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
Notable Wine List (29)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Authentic (19)
Business Meals (19)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Casual (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Cozy (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Fun (9)
Seasonal (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Catherine Lombardi is always a great place for food and cocktails. It never misses. The service is outstanding. The owners, bartenders and staff always friendly and helpful. A MUST!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 7 days ago

Wow what a restaurant. The food the service and desert was amazing. I will be back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We've made it a tradition to dine at Catherine Lombardi after every concert we attend at The State Theater.
The service we get is always friendly, courteous and professional.
The lay out of the restaurant is warm and inviting.
The food is to die for!
We're so grateful that they regularly accept our 11pm reservations.
We'll be back again and again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything about this restaurant is simply perfect! Outstanding food and drink - wonderful, diverse menu! Excellent service by knowledgeable and thoughtful professionals! Beautiful, elegant - yet relaxed - ambience! Very bright and airy during the daytime and very cozy and sophisticated in the evening, with wonderfully muted lighting! The best dining experience that we have had....... since our first visit to "sister restaurant", Stage Left, just a few weeks ago! Two simply exceptional venues - we can't wait to return to both!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We have dined here more times than we can count. Besides the everyday menu the specials are always interesting. Good selection of beer and wine. The service is always first class and we will be back again soon...
btw... don't miss out on the very garlic bread, a winner every time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was just okay. For the price, it should have melted in my mouth.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is best Italian restaurant in New Brunswick. Great atmosphere, Great service. I would recommend everyone to go there.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Second time we came here. The food is just average. Limited selection of wine under $60 which is weird.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious food, wonderful service. enjoyed every minute of it. Good selection of wine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

A very lovely experience—good food, outstanding service, lovely spirit and ambiance.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Catherine Lombardi's has a great Italian menu. The food is great and the portions are sizable. The restaurant is very attractive and the service was very good.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

First off, the bartender was adorable, a great mixologist and made us feel very welcome. Then when we sat in the dining room near the fireplace, the staff was absolutely wonderful and extremely attentive. The food was excellent. Everyone was so friendly and made our birthday dinner experience one that we will never forget. Thank you to all!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Fun, Late-night Find, Live Music, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was my second visit to Catherine Lombardi's in New Brunswick. I live in Connecticut and was in town for a show at the State Theater. Once again the food was outstanding! The variety to choose from on the menu is also a plus! The service was cordial and very professional!
I highly recommend a visit! I would visit quite often if I lived in the area. Bravo to all involved at Catherine Lombardi's!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Waiter was very knowable about the wines. Food was very good. Waiter was friendly.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

A most enjoyable dining experience with great food & service. Highly recommended for any occasion.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Nice location and service. Steak was good but a couple dishes were way too salty (linguine with clams and black spaghetti).

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our food order was messed up and it was too loud for a special occasion dinner. The food was OK; we were expecting better. We will not be returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our pre-theater dinner started out great: The cocktails were very good, the salad was excellent, the wait-people were plentiful and friendly, the menu looked juicy and the bread was good. Also, the owner came over to schmooze, and it was pleasant. The entrees, on the other hand, were just okay. I had the pappardelle bolognese, which to my taste needed less tomato; my wife an osso buco, which I tasted and thought was good but she didn't care for it much. Then we ordered a shared dessert, and asked for doggie bags for our dinners. A half hour later we got a "molten" chocolate - something that was over-cooked and completely dry. They took it off the check, which was nice of them, but waiting that long for a yucky dessert was a "no-pass" as far as we are concerned.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Delicious Anniversary dinner, this restaurant is truly special. The food is authentic Italian. I always expect that the grandmother is back in the kitchen cooking that's how delicious everything tastes.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very nice restaurant where they attend to your every need. We were lucky enough to receive a complimentary dessert too! What a lovely surprise! Thanks!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very nice dining experience - Aunt and Uncle to celebrate their birthdays. Excellent service - wine was very good and just a very positive dining experience!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wait staff did not communicate with each other and were not on the same page. Staff attempted to french serve the table ie all plates hit the table at the same time but totally botched and pretty much just slammed the plates on the table.Cleared our dinner plates before people were done eating. Did not know the wine list or any of the items on it. They did not have the port wine we ordered after our dinner but it took them 25 minutes to figure that out because no one knew what the bottle was. Food was good but because of the lack of professionalism and knowledge from the wait staff I don't think it was worth the price.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We ate at Catherine Lombardi's on Saturday night before the show at the State Theater. The appetizers were very good. I had the Caprese Salad, our friend choose 3 of the small appetizers and my husband had a Caesar salad. For the main course I had the chicken scarpiello, and the other 3 in our party had pasta. I asked if I could have my chicken over pasta. Well, they brought me a small dish of dry pasta. I didn't even bother eating it. The 3 pasta dishes were really bad. Whatever they put in their gravy is horrible. It left a terrible after taste, and tasted bad to begin with. For an Italian restaurant to have such bad tasting gravy, at those prices is extremely surprising. I do not think we will be going to this restaurant ever again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Never disappointed with my dining experience. Great for foodies.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The staff seemed to want to move our dinner along very quickly; they continued to fill our wine glasses as soon as it was a little low and then once we were done, they scooped in while we were talking and just took our glasses away; we went there for our 25th wedding anniversary; food was ok; not worth the money we paid; the ambiance was very nice and I'm sure when the fireplaces are on in the winter, it will be lovely. The manager made a comment to us as we left (he had seem my husband yawn at the table; he did cover his mouth) and said "try and stay awake this evening"; I'm sure he was trying to be funny; however, if they are trying to keep it an upscale place, those comments are not needed and it was our anniversary.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had tickets for Jersey Boys at the State Theatre and procrastinated about making dinner reservations. Catherine Lombardi's was close, however the only time we could get was 4:15 for an 8pm show. They could not have been more accommodating! Told us to take our time, didn't need table until 7. The food was incredible as was the service. We used to go to a different restaurant before our shows, but not more! Can't wait to go back. Highly recommend Catherine Lombardi's no matter what the occasion.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Well paced and delicious preparation Eggplant excellent side pesto pasta was just right and not overly oily. Sticky toffee pudding generously delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I would go back here again, but maybe it was what I ordered for my main course (black spaghetti), but it was clumpy and I didn't like the flavor. Service was top-notch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Overall it did not meet my expectations. Most of the food was disappointing. I had the shrimp scampi, it was over cooked and bland. My friend's basil linguini was tough (not al denote) and tasteless. The eggplant rollatini was delicious, along with the calamari and garlic bread.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

As always, Catherine Lombardi's does not disappoint. Service is great and the food was even better. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Meal, wine and service were great. It was a wonderful meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was a return visit to the Stage Left/Catherine Lombardi duo of wonderful resturants. The food is always distinctive but what really popped on this visit were the new cocktails, Erin our server, and some of the specials. In the case of the cocktails and the specials, Erin distinguished herself with the depth of knowledge of both. She took the role of 'guide' through our visit; as the resturant was about half full, we took advantage of our time and she really added to our visit! Will look forward to the return visit.

PS: the meatballs... OMG, the meatballs!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wonderful experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent service and food, great for a much-needed date night with my wife. Will be going there again. If there is a show at the State Theather the place will be hopping!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had a great first time at Catherine Lombardi. We were attending an event at the State Theatre after dinner and restaurant was very accommodating. The food was outstanding and I loved the dessert we picked...The Toffee Pudding. Staff was helpful and kind. Looking forward to visiting again.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Like being home, old school cooking with a modern day flare.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Ordered burrata appetizer. It was served as a large opaque blob on a black plate with no accompaniment. Strange and eating too much alone would make you I'll.
Entree was seafood far Diablo, bland dry was extremely over cooked.
The server was excellent and very professional and knowledable, after all of our difficulty she didn't say away and they ensured prompt and caring service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Love the ambience. Very relaxing and the service was great. Two of three meals were wonderful. The pappardelle Bolognese was very acidic, waaaayyyy too red for me. Would be better in a more traditional style of the brownish creamy sauce. That is my favorite dish and I would not order it again unless something was done to change the texture and taste. Garlic bread was great, Veal dish was good and the pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe was very good too.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Catherine Lombardi’s is one of my favorite restaurants in the country ( and I travel regularly for business). Whether it’s a dinner with friends or a business event with 30/40 guests, the service never waivers and the food is consistently exceptional. Wish there more than 5 stars to choose from! You’re truly missing out if you have not dined at Catherine Lombardi’s.... so stop reading and make your reservations!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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