About Estreia

At Estreia, gourmet dining is defined by exceptional flavors and inspired techniques artfully executed by our chefs.

978 River Ave
Lakewood, NJ 08701
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Kosher, International

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday: CLOSED

Cross Street:
Finchley Blvd

Dress Code:
Formal Attire

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 994-7878

Website:
http://www.estreia978.com/

Catering:
Off-site catering is available.

Public Transit:
NJ Transit stops right across the street

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Estreia Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (54)
Romantic (38)
Fit for Foodies (24)
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Notable Wine List (21)
Good for Groups (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Cozy (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

I meet there for Business several times , the last visit was not so good. The Sweet Potato and Vegetables were Cold , I ordered Soup which never arrived . The ordered the steak Medium well and I got it Well done , it seems this time they did not put the heart into the food making . I will switch places for my next business meeting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food is fair, the price is high
Long waiting time, no dedicated attention
Too dark in the restaurant ..
Bothering music
Poor menu
Would not recommend it until major improvements are done ..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Food was amazing! Service was so quick and so pleasant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

It was just so relaxing and delicious food very tasty and generous !

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy, Disabled Access
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 4, 2017

The food was spectacular. I had the potato encrusted salmon and my husband had the 14 ounce steak which he thought was delectable. Before we were served our entree, we enjoyed delicious tasting bread with an olive dipping spread. We both loved it. We had the molten chocolate cake for dessert which had hot fudge on the inside.

The only complaint was the area where we were seated along the window needs some repair. It looked shabby.

Otherwise, our experience was fabulous. My husband had Cabernet Sauvignon and I had Chardonay which enhanced the meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Exellent service great and tasty food nice portions

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

You won't be disappointed with the food. We started with a trio of pulled beef, brisket and duck sliders that were each and finger licking good.
For an entree I had the 14oz boneless ribeye and requested it be cooked medium rare. More often than not, no matter it the best kosher steakhouse in the city or anywhere else, they can't cook a steak properly. 99 out of a 100 times I'll walk away disappointed and feeling ripped off. Not here. The steak was cooked to perfection. It was flavorful with just the right amount of fat and worth every penny.
A side of the house made pomme frittes and the balsamic string beans were great.
The waiter was friendly, attentive and professional.
Although we ordered a bottle of wine I wouldn't recommend it. Not the best selection and way too overpriced. A $20 bottle shouldn't cost me $80 here.
The ambiance was lacking. With the great food they're serving at the prices they're charging, the interior needs a good facelift. It wasn't terrible but with NYC quality food at NYC prices it should be nicer.
Btw I didn't wear a black hat and felt very comfortable and welcome.
Food: 10
Service: 10
Ambience: 7
Highly recommend.

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

Estreia as a restaurant was great with excellent food. I would not recommend using Open Table since the reservation made through Open Table was never received by Estreia, either upon our arrival or upon our departure when we checked again. Thankfully, the restaurant had available seating. We even received a confirming e-mail from Open Table but it never made it to Estreia.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2017

I thought the food was very good. I also thought it was overpriced. It should not cost $250.00 for two people to eat dinner. We had the veal and steak special. New York prices without the New York flair.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2017

Excellent good, great service, highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2016

Manhattan quality, Lakewood prices! You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2016

Professional staff. Great food. Nice choice of beverages.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2014

As a reasonably-skilled amateur chef, I had been anxiously awaiting an opportunity to try Estreia, about which I had heard very favorable comments. My wife and granddaughter and I all enjoyed our dinner. We ordered several selections, all of which were well prepared, beautifully presented, and -- wonder of wonders for a strictly-kosher establishment, properly cooked. For once, a rare steak was truly rare, crisp duck actually had a crisp skin, and the sweetbreads were succulent, not over-sauced, and not dried out. My wife commented in the excellence of the dressing on her salad. The only off-note was the cheesecake, which seemed to have been prepared off-premises, and was not utterly outstanding. Expensive, but well worth it!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2014

The food was good but one meal was heavy for one of us ,Cornish hen with beans

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2014

Our food wasn't good. We were looking forward to a great steak but it was tasteless and very chewy

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2014

really good food and great service! I would definitely go again!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2014

Its a very nice quit place. The service was very good, the waiter was extremely nice,
The food was absolutely amazing.
I would definitely recommend to a friend.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2014

Food was superb as always, but they need to turn down the AC. New drinks menu is a work in progress-looking forward to seeing what they come up with as the current mixed drink menu is sparse.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2014

We found the food outstanding and abundant. The wine selection was excellent

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2014

Searching for high-end kosher cuisine in Central NJ? Here it is.

Loved every. single. dish.

Make sure to try their sweetbreads, carpaccio, Tomahawk steak, and Tartar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2014

Loved the service and the attention the staff paid to my food allergies - they brought out the chef to make sure no mistakes were made and I appreciated that!
One weird thing was that I wanted to order the Chef's special and was told they were out of it.... then as I was finishing my absolutely delicious second choice, I heard a waiter serving the special to a nearby table.... wasn't sure what to make of that.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2014

Passing through Lakewood we decided to stop for dinner @ Estereia. It was super!!
You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2014

Overall we had a great time. The menu had a lot of options and the food was good.

I didn't like that the door was open to the lobby - and the outside door kept opening because of another event in the building, so there was a lot of people coming in, which made the restaurant too cold. We asked for the door to be closed, but the manager said it needs to stay open.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2014

There are not many good privately owned restaurants in Lakewood. Estreia is a standout. Food was fantastic and service was wonderful. My filet mignon was every bit as good as my experiences in NY and Chicago. One minor item to be prepared for, it is a Kosher restaurant. My guest and I were the only patrons not wearing a yarmulke (pronounced yamaka). This didn't bother us and we were treated extremely well. I would not hesitate going back but it is a bit obvious when you enter the restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2014

Estreia is the first kosher restaurant in Lakewood, NJ to meet the high fine dining standards set by the very best kosher restaurants (and non-kosher restaurants) in NYC. Actually, there are a number of dishes that I have eaten there that are noticeably better than comparable dishes that I have been served anywhere else (sweetbreads, skirt steak, green apple sorbet). The food is exceedingly well prepared and elegantly presented. The menu tends toward classic American dishes with foreign touches, but there is always some creative twist. The wine list is extensive. The wait staff is attentive, polished and charming. The prices are high, but the food and experience are well worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2013

Estreia has done a great job bringing "Manhattan style" kosher dining to Lakewood. Service was excellent, and food was terrific. Our party had Salmon, Boneless Ribeye, a Steak Salad, and the Tomahawk steak. Food was prepared well and the steaks were exactly as requested (Medium/Rare & Medium/Well). The Tomahawk steak was incredible! We wanted to order soup, but didnt' see any on the menu. We should have asked as we saw a server bringing out soup to another table. Salads can be challenging for a glatt kosher restaurant, but are doable. The Butternut Squash salad was ok, but not to the level of the rest of the offerings. Some creative focus on the salad side of the menu would be well placed. A great time and will definitely return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2013

Lakewood, welcome to the big leagues! As good a dining experience as any of the exclusive Manhattan restaurants.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2013

This place is as close as you get to the city in terms of ambiance, food (and prices!). I had the misfortune of being there on a busy night, so the chef was seemingly strained. It was disappointing that after I placed my order I was told one of the items wasn't available, and the waitress twice seemed to have forgotten to include my special requests in my order. The boneless rib eye and the pomegranate chicken that my wife ordered were both very good, and the waitress went out of her way to accomodate. (I would have liked more flavorful options on the menu e.g. pepper crusted/marinated meats etc). Price was closer to city prices but I found it still slightly cheaper. Overall nice experience, I would definitely return when I go local again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2013

My children live in Lakewood. I am always looking for a "SPECIAL" place to celebrate special occasions without going into NYC. Lakewood finally has that place!! Estreia !!! This IS a NYC quality establishment from menu, wine list,ambiance and price.

Very often when dining in kosher restaurants I feel cramped. Estreia was a very comfortable place to dine. Our server Heidi was top notch.

for the next special occasion there is no doubt where I will celebrate. ESTREIA!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2013

Nice ambiance, attentive and professional waiters, and delicious food. The meats were succulent and perfectly done. (Nice touch with the "Estreia" chocolates given along with the check!)

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2013

We really enjoyed Estreia! The food was excellent and the ambiance was better than any fancy restaurant I have been to in NY. I am so excited that I don't have to travel to celebrate a birthday or anniversary with my husband.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2013

Steak and duck were excellent (could've used a little more flavor though), ambience was classy. Was easy to get waiter's attention, and they were very friendly and helpful. Disappointed that only one side comes with main course- comparable establishments offer two. Also thought it comical that they want you to give an 'additional tip' on the bill after they charge 18% gratuity automatically.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2013

Was the ideal place to celebrate our Tenth wedding anniversary. Great attentive wait staff and rather quick service. Most importantly, the food was delicious. We each had different cuts of steak along with scrumptious spring rolls and a tasty dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2013

My best restaurant experience ever. Service, food and ambeiance were outstanding

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2013

My husband and I were very impressed with Estreia. The food was impeccable; the atmosphere was very upscale and romantic. My husband got the Rib Eye and was in heaven!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2013

"This was my first visit to Esteria. The food atmosphere and service ambience were excellent. The salmon that I ordered was cooked to perfection and my dinner guest said the restaurant was amazing. i would definitely return to try your other dishes."

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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