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Serenade, Chatham, NJ

Serenade

4.7
4.7
2217 Reviews
$50 and over
French American
Chef James and Nancy Laird welcome you to one of New Jersey’s Top 25 Restaurants. Experience the locally sourced vegetables, naturally raised meats, exceedingly fresh fish, freshly baked bread, and the in-house from-scratch desserts all prepared by Chef Laird and his team.

Takeout and curbside pickup is also available. Our takeout menu, etc. can be found on our website www.restaurantserenade.com in the "Order Online" button at the top right of the home page. Reservations are necessary to eat at the restaurant.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    French American, Farm-to-table, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (973) 701-0303

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    James Laird

  • Private party facilities

    The Loft Room is available for parties of up to 30 people. Set apart from the rest of the dining room, it is the perfect place to have a dinner, celebration, or wind down after a day of meetings and seminars. The entire inside of the restaurant is available for parties of 50 or more.

  • Private party contact

    Jeff Worster : (973) 701-0303

  • Neighborhood

    Chatham

  • Cross street

    Main Street (Rt. 124)

  • Parking details

    Enjoy parking in our large private lot.

  • Public transit

    Chatham stop on the New Jersey Transit Train and Buses

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,217 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. R

    Rogelio

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    THe food is outstanding.A tuna tartare appetizer zesty and tasteful. The beef filet and pork entrees supberb pieces of meat presented very tastefully [although the pork could have had more rubarb pieces.] the desserts great, the chocolate tart and creme brulee stood up well to the best in class. It is very expensive to get this wonderful food. Dinner for two over $200 with no liquor. So if you've got the money and want a memorable meal you have a good chance of finding it here.
  2. BS

    BettyS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food, ambiance and staff were outstanding!
  3. CD

    ChathamDad

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding. Out go-to special occasion place. Wonderful food and truly professional service. Costly? Yes. Worth it? Yes.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time customers. Friendly greeting and service throughout the meal. Started with spicy margarita which was excellent. Crab cake app was impeccable. Pork chop entree was outstanding. My wife’s fillet mignon was cooked perfectly. Chocolate melted dessert with ice cream topped off the meal. It was a Tuesday so not overly crowded. Would go back, for sure.
  5. G

    Gerry

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner. Waiter was wonderful.
  6. DF

    DanniF

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We booked a reservation because Serenade sent an email for a lobster roll special, they did not tell us about it when we got there, we had to ask about it. Our table was right next to the kitchen and the swinging door so it made for a disturbing dinner. Saturday evenings Serenade has a prefix menu with a lot to close from. We felt our meal was rushed, I was not relaxed and had to eat quickly. Our waiter, Jose was wonderful though.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, very attentive staff.
  8. WG

    WilliamG

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent from start to finish.
  9. B

    Bevert

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We visited Serenade for our anniversary dinner. It was a Monday night and the dining room was surprisingly full for a weekday. I liked the idea that this restaurant which on the weekend has a Prix Fixe menu offers an a la carte menu during the week. We started our meal with a Nancy Salad, split for 2. It was a lovely medley of greens dressed in a light sherry vinaigrette and except for the croutons which were tiny and flavorless, it was a tasty entry to dinner. There were 9 entree selections featuring a nice range of choices. I had Pasta Primavera which included a tiny cavatelli-type pasta tossed with shrimp and vegetables in a light basil sauce. The kitchen was accommodating when I requested carrots in lieu of asparagus in the mix. It was a flavorful and inviting combination that was slightly overwhelmed by the addition of sun-dried tomatoes, a bit too rich for the dish. And not mentioned on the menu. My husband had Steak Frites, a tender 8-oz. cut of filet mignon dressed in a mushroom marmalade and accompanied by yummy skinny fries. We ended the meal with a delicious cheesecake topped with semi-freddo, and a celebratory candle. It was a mouth-watering conclusion to a memorable dinner. As for service, it was attentive throughout, with one caveat. When I questioned the inclusion of sun-dried tomatoes with a preference for fresh tomatoes, the waiter would have been wise to replace it, though I didn't force the issue.
  10. R

    Rickwholovestoeat

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Hadn't been there in a few years. Used to be very good. Now? Eh! Don't know what the hype is all about. Prix fixe menu ONLY on Saturday night. You can check it on line. Again, nothing special...for $83/head! And the wine list! Grossly overpriced! Also way overstaffed! Especially when other restaurants can't seem to find help. But the service was ordinary. Nothing exceptional or unusual. Oh, and I forgot to mention - you HAD to give a credit card just to hold the reservation! Nice touch! They seem to be holding their pinky up way too high for what could best be described as an average dinner. True, I've had worse at other establishments. So, your choice. But I have had better meals in more comfortable surroundings too.l At a much better, unpretentious price! Again, your choice.
  11. AT

    AnthonyT

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place!
  12. MC

    MarkC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a treat to be served such high quality food in such a professional manner.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most amazing restaurant both in food and service. I believe one of the best in the USA
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really wonderful experience- my kids have a good amount of allergies & they were very accommodating (I called ahead & they followed throughout on everything). Very attentive FOS, and food was on point.
  15. d

    dianaw

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was renovated and is beautiful. The service is excellent.. as good as any of the finest restaurants in NY! The food was excellent.. desserts are a must!
  16. R

    Rangers1

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Everything was excellent, my only complaint was I felt they rushed us from start to finish.
  17. RS

    RichardS

    Naples

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their Cosmopolitans are “the best”.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Anniversary
  19. H

    Hocmommy

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Went for our 49th wedding anniversary, our waitress And others were very attentive. We expected a little Better ambiance since we alerted ahead of time of the occasion, but we’re seated in a larger room with many others. Food was excellent but for the price could have been timed out a little better, I didn’t even finish my cocktail and our dinners were served very fast after Our appetizer. Don’t get what the rush is, they let us sit with coffee After!!!!!! Not a fan of this would appreciate being able to order appetizer first and dinner when ready!!! Only way to slow things down. They had plenty of open tables
  20. JC

    JamesC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very solid restaurant. Food is quite good. Menu seems a little limited.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner.
  22. CM

    CarlM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was wonderful. Service was great. I hadn’t been there since before COVID, and was excited to go. The floor was vibrating the entire time though. Why? What’s in the basement?
  23. DC

    DanC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I dined at Serenade for the first time after hearing great things about it from friends. It did not disappoint, the food was great and our waitress was lovely. We were seated in the upstairs dining area and it was nice and quiet. We will be going back for sure.
  24. CG

    CherylG

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous evening!
  25. GN

    GoodNeighbor

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time. I did feel a little rushed.
  26. LS

    LaurenS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Great food, service and ambiance!
  27. ST

    ShayneT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic special occasion spot! Pricey, but worth it.
  28. LD

    LouisD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Rack of lamb was done to order and it was tender and flavorful. The Octopus appetizer had more potato than octopus, and the SMALL BITS of octopus were charred. Friendly atmosphere and good service, but on a whole not worth $250.00 for dinner for two with only two glasses of inexpensive wine.
  29. D

    Dineround

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed Mother’s Day at Serenade. Everything from the warm greeting at the door by Nancy and other members of staff, to the table, table service and wonderful menu and execution, was excellent. As always at the end of our visit, James came by to say hi and thank us for dining at Serenade
  30. HB

    HowardB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seranade was on top of their game on Mother’s Day!! Enjoyed being in the center dining room as opposed to being in the traffic pattern of the servers going to and from the kitchen which your hostess graciously allowed us to change. All four of us had an excellent food and ambience experience. Howard Berkowitz
  31. SC

    SimoneC

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I was there for my Mother's Day dinner. The food was delicious. I had a corn chowder that was mouthwatering good. The depth of flavor was stellar. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  32. TH

    ToddH

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day.
  33. K

    Kleehope568

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son and I went for lunch at Serenade for the first time on Mother’s Day! I am a vegan and they had the most delicious vegan options on their menu! Not just a salad and pasta dish. My son loves filets and said his was cooked perfectly. The drinks, service and atmosphere shared with my son made the entire experience one of the best Mother’s Day celebrations I’ve had.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and pairings, excellent staff, nice atmosphere.
  35. M

    Momwithkid

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wasn’t expected a pre fixe menu as it was day before Mother’s Day. Appetizer and dinner were excellent.
  36. EB

    EdB4

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. First time visit and were totally pleased.
  37. O

    Oldcustomer

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Very disappointed in Nancy's salad. It looks like the recipe was changed, no avocado or bacon bits. The tuna tartare was tiny and hidden in lettuce. The wonderful home made biscuits are gone.
  38. m

    mbaker

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were having a nice quiet dinner with good friends and wanted to catch up. The food and service were awesome as always. The only issue was the table of six that was seated near us in the middle of the room and immediately the noise level went to a 10. They had no awareness of the other tables of two to four who were trying to enjoy a nice dinner. My recommendation would to leave that room for smaller parties up to 4 and put the larger tables in the other room with the other large tables.
  39. l

    lfreckle27

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first experience at Serenade and it certainly exceeded our expectations. Our waiter was e tremely attentive. Our entrees, rack of lamb and pork dish were excellent. The flavors, presentation and the mests themselves were excellent. The staff also remembered our anniversary and had candles in our dessert. I would definitely recommend Serenade for any special occasion.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent highly recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Serenade is rated 4.7 stars by 2217 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Serenade

6 Roosevelt Ave Chatham, NJ 07928

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main Street (Rt. 124)

  • Neighborhood

    Chatham

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French American, Farm-to-table, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Enjoy parking in our large private lot.

  • Public transit

    Chatham stop on the New Jersey Transit Train and Buses

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    James Laird

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (973) 701-0303

  • Private party facilities

    The Loft Room is available for parties of up to 30 people. Set apart from the rest of the dining room, it is the perfect place to have a dinner, celebration, or wind down after a day of meetings and seminars. The entire inside of the restaurant is available for parties of 50 or more.

  • Private party contact

    Jeff Worster : (973) 701-0303

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