Chez Catherine really is special.....the service is impeccable the ambiance is perfect, you feel like you are eating in a French bistro. This is my favorite special occasion place.
I have not been to this restaurant for many years. My previous experiences were exceptional. We were getting together with some friends and I highly recommended Chez Catherine, as a place for us to meet for dinner. Chez Catherine is an expensive restaurant but well worth it (based on my earlier experiences). To start, the warm bread was okay but not a 'Wow'. The lentil soup was not very rich and rather watery. The green salad was sizable in portion; but again, lacked flavor other than the occassional cranberry found in the lettuce. It took quite a long time for the entrees to be served. Most disappointing was the duck. It was not tender and I could only eat a few bites. It just was not that flavorful. I really do not like writing a negative review so I will end by saying soufflé was extraordinary - the best I have ever tasted. I apologized to our friends. We spend quite a bit of money and it simply was not worth it.
Lovely evening - excellent food and service. The quiet and formal setting added to a special dInner.
Chez Catherine is superb dining. We each had the filet and it was perfectly cooked. The only issue we had was the service. Service staff were very friendly and helpful when they were with you. We were the first to arrive for the 8 pm seating and the last of that group to be waited on and served so the service was kind of random. There were only two of us. Staff kept walking by but we felt slightly ignored. Took awhile to be asked if we wanted a drink, etc. I guess I would not go back on a Saturday night . We never had this issue before so I will attribute it to the fact that every table was booked and full.
This restaurant continues to improve with every visit. And it is already the most outstanding dining experience in the area, perhaps in the State. Stephan has grown as a host and proprietor, contuing the tradition of Catherine and Didier, who preceded him. Dining here is a very special experience.
Lovely experience. Delisious food. Cozy atmosphere. Definitley would return dinner.
We were delighted to see the changes in the restaurant. It is brighter and more modern. The owner and staff are very friendly. They welcomed everyone warmly. The appetizers were delicious. I loved the salad. My husband enjoyed the escargots. Dessert was to die for. However, our main courses were good, but not great. My husband had the duck and said it was a little too chewy. My cassoulet was very nicely seasoned, but lacked continuity. The fish was tasty, the sauce too thin. And whatever vegetables were in it were not cooked enough.
Having said all that - the good overweighs the not so good. We would go back in a flash to enjoy other choices.
Disappointing. Not much to do with French food... The staff spoke French but that is about it. In summary, French food price for amateur cooking.
It was our first time dining at Chez Catherine and it was Valentine's Day. We were seated in the basement in a very brightly lit "wine cellar" room. For Valentine's Day, it would have been nice to dim the lights. Only one choice was offered on the prix fix menu for entree. It was Short Ribs. Since Valentine's Day was on Ash Wednesday, a fast day, it would have been nice to have a non-meat entree.
In any case, the food and service were excellent. I'd like to come back when there was a full menu rather than the extremely limited prix fix Valentine's Day menu.
Valentines dinner. Staff excellent
Food quality. Should have offered his choice or vegan ‘ only beef
Food quality ! Ok. Your forced to order something you may not like
Dinner many fancy restaurants. Food average.
The food was magnifique and the service was friendly and professional. Very much enjoyed our experience.
Very good, near excellent experience. The food was very good, the fennel in the cassoulet was tough and difficult to cut with the knife provided.
Great Service! Excellent French food - I am looking forward to going back.
The service was impeccable as was the food. We were there celebrating 3 birthdays and my son was taking the ACT next day. They were so nice and wrote Happy Birthday on our desserts as well as "Good Luck on the ACT" on my son's dish. How thoughtful. My son really enjoyed himself and they made the night very special. The owner came by several times to check how things were and she was extremely friendly. The whole entire staff was friendly and engaging and the food was spectacular I highly recommend Chez Catherine if you want a truly special dining experience.
Welcoming and easy. Mussels were tender, pate was excellent. Dover sole was perfect. Staff was attentive and pleasant.
Had a delightful lunch with a good friend. The service is wonderful and the food is amazing. My friend enjoyed a red pepper soup and the monkfish and I had a salad with scallops. Everything was fresh and flavorful. The bread pudding is served warm with homemade ice cream. Can't wait to go back!
Wonderful restaurant but pricey for the a la carte menu we had for lunch. If we had it to do again we would have chosen from the business lunch menu.
Delightful authentic French cuisine and service, exceptional service
The restaurant is located in a Best Western Hotel with a separate entrance, but don’t let that stop you. The food was delicious -authentically French. The service was friendly and prompt. The decor is lovely -quaint old world French. The bread was the best I’ve ever eaten in a restaurant. The desserts were fantastic and the mussels were very very good.
One of the best dining experiences in a long time. Never felt rushed. Very attentive staff very professional. Wish they had a no cell phone policy for the idiots that feel like they are the only ones who can be on their phone.
What a remarkable restaurant! This is my second visit and certainly won’t be my last. Everything was prepared perfectly. Service was well timed. My only semi-negative is that the food is so rich, I find it hard to make it through the 3-course prix-fixe. Believe me, I’m not sure that’s a negative! Food prices are more than reasonable. Drink prices are extremely high, so be prepared for that. Cocktails are impeccably prepared.
Good french restaurant. Overpriced, wait staff ate owners. Table side service for diver sole silly. Bar drinks, well stocked, ridiculously over priced.
Incredible food & drinks and incredible service. The staff treat you like a friend. Only comment is that the decor is a little uninspiring .
We have dined here often, usually for a special occasion. It's a bit expensive but well worth it. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable.
We enjoy this restaurant every time we go. The food, service and ambiance is top rate. It never disappoints.
We always go for Thanksgiving dinner with our family - 4 of us (2 daughters) and its always lovely and delicious... the new owner is terrific and engaging with the table and the girls....food is always delicious and prepared perfectly - cocktails delicious - excellent wine choice..one of our very favorite spots.
Great food, wine and desserts. Staff really are a pleasure.
Old school French restaurant with a twist.
Not what it once was. Salad was dry, underdressed. Mussels were too watery, lacked a depth of flavor. Special entree, pork loin, had a watery sauce that had zero apple flavor as it was billed. Salmon entree was mediocre at best. For the prices charged, they gotta try harder, they’re reputation from years ago will only last so long.
Chez Catherine is a French restaurant with a limited menu. We had the filet mignon, sweet potato soup and salad. Although the menu is limited the food was fantastic from the salad to the entrée. Seating is limited and will require a reservation if you go on a Friday or Saturday. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone as the food is worth the drive.
Absolutely wonderful birthday dinner for the wife. Every bite, from the bread to the final dessert, was spectacular. I had escargot, which I've not had in years, and it was delicious. For my meal, I had scallops, and they were the best.
Wish I could go there more often!
Restaurant has been around since 1979 and there is a reason for that. The food is superb, excellently prepared and presented. The wait staff is attentive. We had a water glass accidentally spill at our table, and they could not do enough to assist us. The choices are limited but the restaurant is small, focusing on preparing a few seasonal dishes and one special, rather than providing so many choices that it takes forever to get through the menu. Liquor prices are high, but the selection is extensive for such a small restaurant. Overall, it was excellent.
Wonderful meal and service. Great restaurant for a special occasions.
Just another one of many amazing meals at Chez Catherine celebrating Susie's 50th birthday.
Had a wonderful time!
Our first visit to Chez Catherine, but it won't be our last! We had a great meal to celebrate our anniversary. Service was outstanding all around and the food was truly authentic French cuisine!
This is by far, the best French meal I've in Westfield, NJ and easily the best, outside of Paris, France. It cost $325 for a party of 2, before gratuity. IT IS WORTH IT
Chez Catherine serves excellent, authentic French food, cocktails and wine in an elegant dining room. The service is warm and gracious.
I really wanted to like it here. But the food was just meh. There was a slightly musty smell when we walked in. The French bread didn't seem fresh. The salad was ok. The duck pate wayyyyy too salty with a stale ish crust of cranberry nut toast. The waiter seemed insulted I didn't eat more of the pate, instead of asking why. The duck breast and dessert were both delicious however, but we've been at better restaurants for the money.
What a fabulous luncheon. The French Business Lunch food was outstanding. The service was en pointe, and very gracious. The environment was very warm and welcoming, as was the staff. We even had leftovers, including their delicious bread. This was our first time at Chez Catherine, and we look forward to returning there, again, in the future. Four Stars seems to be the best rating the Star Ledger gives, however, we'd award 5 Stars. Many thanks, Laura & John
My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here on September 30 - it was PERFECT! The food was fantastic, the service - impeccable. We could not have been happier with the experience!