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Catherine Lombardi

1420 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
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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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

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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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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
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Please contact us for our off-site catering menus.
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Cross street
George Street
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1420 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We went for my daughter's birthday and the staff at Catherine Lombardi's went above and beyond to make her dinner memorable!

4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Friendly and eager to please wait staff gave us good suggestions (glad we didn't pass up the very garlic bread or the molten chocolate cake). The atmosphere is charmingly rustic with a large fireplace complete with lovely fire. The signature lasagna is the best, and we were glad we had taken home what we were not able to finish at the table. Only (very small) complaint is that coffee wasn't very hot. I know we could have asked for a fresh cup and it would not have been a problem, but we were short on time, so we let it be. We would definitely eat here again (wish we could do it tomorrow!)

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Right at the start of the NB theater district and across from a hotel, this place overlooks George Street and features excellent food (the lasagna is hearty and tasty), extensive wine list, great servers and can be a good value (unless you insist on $$ wine LOL). Definitely a favorite.

5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Our dinner at Catherine Lombardi was exceptional! I was delighted that they had a coat check (optional), and the ambiance was warm and cozy while setting an upscale mood. The service was impeccable, the food was phenomenal, and our experience was all that we hoped it would be! We will definitely be coming back to dine here again.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

We had already started our appetizers when our neighbors walked in. They seated her at her table and then her husband came in. We invited them to join us and the staff was very accommodating, moving them to our table and merging our orders. The food was delicious as usual and we enjoyed the evening.

5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Over the past several years I have dined at Catherine Lombardi's about 5 times. The food is always consistently excellent and the wine list is expensive but nice. Our waiter was quite helpful in selecting our dinner and the back waiter overheard me say I wished I could take the bread home and he wrapped it up for me, unasked. The atmosphere in the restaurant is so peaceful and comfortable it makes a great date night or any night you need a little something special. I will be back again soon.

metaphysique (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Came here for an anniversary dinner, and we had an absolutely fabulous meal. Excellent service. Remarkable wine list. Fiancee said that the meatballs were the best he has ever had. Osso buco was to die for. All around an incredible meal (and a new favorite spot for special occasions).

DCKC (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

As always, Catherine Lombadi's food, spirits and the service were outstanding!

seanstruss (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 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.

CarleeM (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 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.

DannyR (New York Area)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

JosephT (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great pre theater dinner! Warm service and fantastic food.

vipSomersetTom (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Another great time and great meal!