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Catherine Lombardi

4.4
1472 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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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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Catering
Please contact us for our off-site catering menus.
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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1472 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.3
service
4.5
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4.0
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food was great and the service was fantastic. Can't wait to return

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Given the location and many business meeting with different groups, I dined her three nights in a row! The food and service was excellent and everything I ordered was terrific. I will definitely be coming back next time in town.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent food, spectacular service!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was great. Service was terrible. There's not much else that I can say.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food quality and level of service was simply the best.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went to Catherine Lombardi for 25th anniversary celebration after attending a concert. Food was great, service was even better. The server discovered it was our anniversary and the management gave us a complimentary dessert. That’s pretty classy to me!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great atmosphere, food ok. No real finesse, a little sloppy, but well cooked.
Do not drink the ice water, too much chlorine taste. Does not help the food experience

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Food and service were good. Unfortunately after being told about the specials (6pm reservation) and choosing the ricotta Gnocchi with the with Boar Bolognese(2 orders at the table) we were quickly disappointed to learn they were out. The couple we dined with ordered the Orchietta with sausage... someone was VERY heavy handed on the lemon/acid almost inedible...appys, salads, substitute entrees were good.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We greatly enjoyed our dinner; we arrived a few minutes early and the service at the bar while we waited for our table was excellent. At dinner we again enjoyed excellent service and all four of us were very happy with our delicious food choices, including the special asparagus and spinach light cream soup, the clams casino, shrimp scampi, special burrata appetizer, black spaghetti with shrimp, sorpressata and mint, the special ricotta gnocchi with wild boar bolognese, warm rolls and delicious gelato for dessert. We're afraid the high-rise construction going up next door will partly block the view, but the dining experience is still the best!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We have come here several times before a show and were never disappointed. Food and service are always exceptional!

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Came here to celebrate an anniversary. Had previously been recommended this place and was in the mood for authentic Italian. Service was very good and it was only towards the end I was slightly disappointed when it took 30 mins for us to receive our dessert. We had been given the menu, took one glance and immediately knew what we wanted but our order was not taken for a while and then it also took a considerable amount of time for it to be prepared, at which point we were regretting ordering dessert at all. However, when it did arrive, it was delicious. (Chocolate hazelnut bread pudding) There was also a very loud group that seemed to be a business dinner next to our table but they left halfway through our entree so it wasn't that bad. Besides the one loud group and the long wait for dessert we enjoyed ourselves and would definitely recommend. Definitely get the garlic bread with your appetizer!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I JUST KEEP COMING BACK. IT'S ALWAYS WORTH IT. FOOD, SERVICE, WINE, COCKTAILS - IT'S ALL HERE. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO INTO NYC.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

The food was wonderful, we ate a variety of appetizers...tapas. But beyond that, the staff was smiling and genuinely friendly. I felt as though they were glad to see me. The cocktails are imaginative and rarely (if ever) found elsewhere. I can't wait to return.

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Horrible food quality - never again!!! I would pay NOT to eat there.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

It was a great and wonderful night for a private birthday.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We both had the lasagna which was fair. Certainly eatable but I bit disappointing.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Terrible pasta, worse lasagna. Not home made, probably frozen and heated in the microwave. The place and the service is good, the food at the same level of any fast food chain, but with bistro prices

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was excellent as usual, great place.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Went on 4/7 on a date night and made reservations so we would have a table. We sat at a table for 2 and were 2 feet apart and we could not have a conversation. Mostly because there was a party of about 20 or more in the restaurant for a birthday party and they were LOUD. Could not talk, service was awful because I had to flag people down to get a water refill and had to ask several times for the check to get out of there!! The place is nice but not cheap so I would at least like to have a conversation with my date but because the greedy owners shoe horned a party in the main room the experience was awful, NEVER GOING BACK!!!!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Bar service was very slow otherwise very good

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Dinner was delicious!! The wine was superb!! The staff was just wonderful!! We will definitely go back!!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We've eaten here many times over the years but had stopped because the constant upselling had gotten out of hand. Happy to say it was kept to a minimum on this visit. Food was good. Had one special, the gnocchi and one orichetti with sausage. Garlic was burnt in the orichetti but otherwise tasted fine. Gnocchi were oddly browned on the bottom but also tasted fine. Service was ridiculously slow. Salad came right away but we waited forever for our entrees. There are better choices in New Brunswick these days.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Best place for pre theatre dining! Always an excellent meal! Wine list is superb !

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Absolutely delicious!!!! A gem in New Brunswick! We always stop when we go to the State theater

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Despite having a pre-show dinner for 8 people for a sold out show next door, the service, hand-crafted cocktails, hospitality, and food were impeccable. Knowledgeable staff who have learned from the best and strive to deliver a great dining experience. Well done...as always!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great service, delicious food. Great place to eat before a show at the State Theatre.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was very good, but the service left something to be desired. By far, bus boy provided best service, was very attentive throughout.

After asking waiter for drinks, had to ask a 2nd time for the drinks after not than 10 minutes. Then ordered a 2nd round of drinks and again had to ask the waiter a 2nd time for the drink after a number of minutes.

Also, ordered dessert. Waiter didn’t write down anything, which is not uncommon, but yet he had to come back and ask my wife for her order because he forgot.

Would highly recommend the food, but service needs to be addressed.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Meeting the in laws

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

My husband took me here for dinner after he proposed. We had a group of 10 family members join us. The night was perfect! Food was delicious. Since then (it’s been 10 years), we have dined here around our wedding anniversary annually. I have to be honest- this time wasn’t the same. Our service was very slow, our dinner was fair, and our table wasn’t set with proper utensils. I was disappointed. This is disheartening because Catherine Lombardi does hold a special place in my heart. Maybe it was just an off evening... or I’d like to believe so.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

They didn't rush us and we were able to enjoy good food and great company. All in all it was a wonderful evening

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The Veal Parmigiana was incredible as was the Calamari. The gnocchi with wild Boar was good and the bread pudding was great also. Will definitely go back again. The service is good and the owners are extremely nice and engaging.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

we were there for our 46th anniversary and u made it so special...a show and a wonderful dinner made it perfect....thank you

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very disappointed this visit---waiter recommended Steak Pizzaiola stating good cut of beef, ordered it medium--served rare and so tough it was not edible. Wild Boar Bolognese was good, but pasta was heavy. Many waiters but little attention to our concern on the steak. Long wait for our cappuccinos too....must have sat as they were luke warm upon delivery to table. Another long wait for our bill, which was delivered with an after dinner drink for steak being served rare? May be an off night but we were disappointed and had higher expectations based on having dined here in the past. Will explore other options in New Brunswick for future visits!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great meal. Very accommodating for our theatre time. Even offered to have us come back for dessert after the show.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

A favorite spot particularly when going to the State Theater.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always amazingly delicious! On my recent visit, the server allowed me to create my own dish with swordfish and broccoli rabe. I received a delicious piece of swordfish and the broccoli rabe was cooked to perfection! Looking forward to returning in a few weeks!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Went here right before a show at the state theater. Service was amazing as was the food. Not cheap but definitely worth it. I will definitely go there again.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The restaurant was wonderful, and much quieter than on a previous visit. We had a theater reservation and all the staff worked hard to make sure we were finished in plenty of time. The food was delicious. When ordering we asked for a different dressing on our salads and they made that change very obligingly. The veal scaloppini marsala was excellent. Some restaurants make it too sweet but this one was perfect. The apple pie dessert was particularly good with light, crusty pastry.
Overall it was a very good evening and we will definitely go again. I recommend Catherine Lombardi's.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had 2 people who were gluten free and they were great! Even had GF bread! Also had two kids with us and there was no kids menu. They made special Mac and cheese for them(delicious), one GF, one regular! They went out of their way to ensure that all 6 of us had s great experience and delicious entrees. Outstanding!

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