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Serenade, Chatham, NJ

Serenade

4.7
4.7
2236 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


Booked 15 times today

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 2,236 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. G

    Gerry

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go there whenever we want to have a special dinner. Dining in This area of NJ is very predictable, and usually uninspired. Serenade is fun to go to, the cuisine is excellent, and service efficient, personable and not over bearing. Enjoy,
  2. JO

    JackOC

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to celebrate a birthday dinner; service was very attentive and professional and food was outstanding. Beautiful presentation and great tasting fresh herb flavors. Would highly recommend for special occasion - not inexpensive but well worth it! Would definitely recommend and will return for sure!!
  3. RH

    RussH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the oysters and the swordfish, both of which were perfectly cooked. My bride had the tuna tartare and the lamb which she thoroughly enjoyed. Service was impeccable as it always has been.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Awesome food. Service was ok. Fast. And no after dinner drinks. Definitely wanted us out by 10pm. Overall great though and would go back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and the service was right on point!
  6. LD

    LucianaD

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    Food was sub par. Service was snooty. Smells funny in there. Kind of pricey for what we got. Not going back any time soon.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great birthday dinner
  8. DD

    DavidD

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent dining experience, although it is certainly not inexpensive. 3 drinks, 2 apps, and 2 entres came out to $200.
  9. K

    Karl

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Salmon and Lamb were both very good, as was the heirloom tomato salad.
  10. CG

    ColleenG

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went on our first date to Serenade and love coming back with the kids. Great dinner last night, as always
  11. S

    Susie

    New York Area

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been dining at Serenade for the past 20 years and obviously have been delighted with the food and service , but last night blew us away , the tasting menu was outstanding and the service was just about the best we've ever experienced! Rasinmary attended to our every need not only was she knowledgeable about the pairings but made a it fun evening for us , in the past Serenade has had great service but a tad distant or maybe stuffy , but not last night , we actually felt like we were dining at one of Manhattan's best ! Thank you , thank you ! Every thing was wonderful , except maybe the final pour with desert , a tad too small ....but am not complaining ! ! Thank you again !
  12. J

    Judy

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful evening. Really excellent food, service and ambiance. Our server, Brian, made the dinner even more specials. I look forward to celebrating again.
  13. NO

    NOLAmom

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Extraordinary service from the moment we walked, were greeted and immediately seated. Constant attention without anyone hovering - water glasses refilled, dishes cleared - it was really a pleasure and exactly why we’ll keep coming back!
  14. B

    Beth

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were seated upstairs, which may be a bit quieter than the main level. Service was attentive without being overbearing. One of us swapped our the ginger beer for seltzer in the strawberry lemonade and it was still a delicious drink. The lemon drop martini was ok but nothing special. We started with the asparagus salad and corn chowder, which was not cream based. Portions were good and food was very good. Our only nit to pick is that $17 is a bit much for the soup. Entrees included pork chop, halibut, pasta primavera, and chicken Milanese. All were delicious. We were not rushed and allowed to linger after completing our meal. We opted not to partake of dessert because our meals were quite filling but the dessert menu was appealing. Dining at Serenade is always a pleasure as food and service are consistently excellent.
  15. RL

    RachelL

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely celebration for a birthday.
  16. GN

    GoodNeighbor

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful except that my filet was overdone. My filet was over done time visit before as well, so when I ordered I emphasized the ‘rare’ in my Medium Rare. It was clearly medium well.
  17. MJ

    ManuJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Menu was a bit limited. Pasta primavera is not a dish served by high end restaurants.
  18. JF

    JosephF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Serenade I was and always is a marvelous experience The staff are all friendly and professional and the food is always marvelous
  19. n

    nealetr

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The food was very good but WAY overpriced.
  20. R

    Rogelio

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    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.
  21. BS

    BettyS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food, ambiance and staff were outstanding!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. G

    Gerry

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner. Waiter was wonderful.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. WG

    WilliamG

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent from start to finish.
  28. 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.
  29. R

    Rickwholovestoeat

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 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.
  30. AT

    AnthonyT

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place!
  31. MC

    MarkC

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a treat to be served such high quality food in such a professional manner.
  32. 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
  33. 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.
  34. d

    dianaw

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 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!
  35. 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.
  36. RS

    RichardS

    Naples

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Anniversary
  38. 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
  39. 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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner.

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 2236 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


Booked 15 times today
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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