Serenade

4.6
2101 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.

Stop in or take out one of the hand-crafted cocktails and delicious food in our outdoor space. 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.

Support Serenade during COVID-19

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

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 25, 2021

On Thanksgiving Day 2021, we are ONLY serving our Thanksgiving Menu. 89- per person exclusive of sales tax and gratuity. Visit our website to see the menu.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Chef Laird is offering a sophisticated 4-course menu that includes many special treats for $150 per person in the restaurant. A 3-course take-out meal is $95 per person. We are taking reservations for the restaurant from 4:00 until 8:30 PM. The take-out meal can be picked up from 4:00 until 8:00 PM.

What 2101 people are saying
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vipGregT
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Haven’t been here in a few years. The wine was good as was the service.
Not impressed with the food here. The crab cake appetizer was dry and unimpressive. The steak frites was just ok.
The bar seating is terrible - that is, uncomfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wry good service and food. So good in all aspects

JW
vipJWGIII
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything is what I expected, outstanding

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KJ22
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is absolutely superb. The service is attentive without being overly fussy.

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PatrickW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James and Nancy never disappoint- consistent excellence.

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Audrebird
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were so excited to try this place in charming Chatham NJ. My friends live right down the block and had no idea it even existed! The decor is beautiful…we loved the different rooms, service was sensational, food was fabulous lamb & salmon…they loved their sides that accompanied the dishes too! The portions were surprisingly huge!!! That was exciting lol. However, the prices weren’t necessarily reasonable…but you’re paying for the area you’re in…location, location, location!!! The one thing that disappointed me was the bathroom…there was only one toilet with double sinks & three chairs to sit in lol. Also the napkins you dry your hands with could be of better quality. But if that’s the worst thing, you’re doing very well!!! We definitely recommend trying Serenade once in your life…if you have money, go back again & again lol…which we noticed some patrons do…lucky them!!! Xoxo

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DouglasS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife for her birthday. They made us feel very welcomed and warm. Food and service was AMAZING!!!

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BrianM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good. Temperature of room was hot until air came on after dinner. Great place and staff.

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Matty
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been wanting to visit Serenade for years, and finally decided to book it for our Anniversary. Restaurant wasn't packed, but still busy for a Tuesday night, and it seemed everyone was there celebrating an anniversary as well. Service was impeccable. Food - Figs & Prosciutto and Octopus appetizers, Lamb and Filet entrees, Desserts - left us satisfied without being stuffed, and definitely pleased the palate. Not much of a wine drinker, but the cocktails and dessert wine flight were fantastic!

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Kate
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Highly recommend for an intimate date setting for those celebrating a special occasion. The food is outstanding in taste and variety, and the ambience and atmosphere is everything we were looking for during a nice night out. We are over 30 minutes away but it is so worth the short trip. We will absolutely be going back.

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MarisaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I booked these reservations at Serenade for my brothers 40th birthday dinner. The ambiance was beautiful, I’d like to go back. The only disappointment was after reminding the staff twice (even during the meal) it was a birthday occasion the dessert still came without a candle or birthday message. We weren’t offered coffee (even though it was in the pre-fix) and after a bottle of champagne the birthday boy ordered a cocktail which never arrived, then the bill came (Unrequested and rushed) and we were charged for the missing drink. Because we were taking another couple out for an occasion it was unfortunate we didn’t get to enjoy the dessert properly with coffee or candles, or cocktails that were ordered/charged. The entrees and appetizers were great, we will go again.

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JennyH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was exceptional! Delicious food and wonderful service, I’ll definitely be back.

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vipGuyA
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always birthday dinner for my wife

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JoyceHP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The room we were in had a high ceiling so the sound of other voices was very loud, but they placed us in a corner and that helped.

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vipKippygirl
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday 🥳 !!

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TaraF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food. I would definitely come back!

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vipAnyaPal
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience4

Food is absolutely dated and terrible. Basically went home hungry and sent the food back. Disappointing experience.

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vipValveman
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Typically, outstanding. Fresh fish, vegetables, and fruits. Attentive service, but not too much. Friendly staff. Love it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good and definitely a special occasion place. Highly recommend the short rib tortellini and the Berkshire pork. Both were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out to dinner for my birthday!! We had an amazing time! Best tuna tartare I’ve ever had!! The steak frites was excellent! AMAZING!! Great wine selection!!
Oh! I almost forgot the meatballs!!!! First time out having meatballs that weren’t dry! So good!
Thanks for a great night! We will be back!!

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Swot
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

My wife and I recently ate here, and opted for outdoor seating due to the pandemic. We both thought the restaurant was "OK", but nothing special. She ordered the salmon, and it was initially undercooked. I had the Berkshire Pork entree, and it was fine, but not outstanding. Presentation of my meal was very nice...the salmon was nothing spectacular.

The service was acceptable, but again, nothing exceptional.

For the price, we expected something better.

Overall, three stars.

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spg88
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Seated at a bar table that was at the entrance so we heard every service related conversation as well as every entry way discussion from people coming in. Seating was really tight and loud bar guests made it more so. Service was average. Despite bar seating price fixe was mandatory. We didn’t get bread until we saw them serving it o guests next to us an hour later and asked for it. There was hair in one entree which was immediately rectified by the food runner but our server never acknowledged it (despite watching the whole thing) or apologized. Food was excellent otherwise.

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vipAMG0825
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal.

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vipBFinelli
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was fabulous, as well as the service.

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CherylG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many great choices on the menu! Another delicious evening. We will be back!

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vipMindyC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a favorite of ours and we enjoy our bar table!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very comfortable. Soothing ambiance. Most tasty.

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vipTandAG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Anniversary

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chris
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was excellent. We haven’t been in a bit but last night the outdoor setting, service and food was delicious. We booked last minute and can not complain. Love it

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Jenn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and very accommodating with food allergies

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vipDougM
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner on Friday night. We were seated outside and it was a very nice evening. The food and service were both excellent.

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JDSol
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This has been our go-to restaurant for special occasions for many years because of the attentive, friendly service and interesting, well-executed dishes. Last night my wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and had a wonderful experience. We shared a cauliflower appetizer, grilled in a soy-butter sauce with tomatoes and capers; who says cauliflower is boring? This could've been a great meal by itself! For entrees, I had an Asian-style pork dish and my wife had the lamb chops. Both were very good--and would have been outstanding with a little less salt for our taste. Portion sizes are very generous. Noise level is very comfortable, making it easy to conduct a quiet conversation. Our meal (one appetizer plus two mains; no drinks or dessert) came in at just over $100, which we considered an excellent anniversary gift to ourselves.

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TomS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was delicious! The service was excellent. The server was friendly and very attentive.

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ElliotB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loves special occasion experience.

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vipMyronW
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, comfort and service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with wonderful service and very accommodating to my very elderly frail in laws requests.

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LaraT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in New Jersey, I would be there again, for sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant and helpful staff The food was delicious
Looking forward to going back

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vipDude
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Cool spot. Oysters were stuck to the shell. Other than that food was good and very good service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Disappointing. Unexpected fixed menu on a Saturday night. Very expensive. Coffee included…not espresso… not repeating

FAQs

Serenade is rated 4.6 stars by 2101 OpenTable diners.

Serenade does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.restaurantserenade.com/gifts.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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