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 for one of the hand crafted cocktails and delicious small plates at our bar before you order from our award-winning, carefully chosen wine list.
Chatham, NJ 07928
French, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm;
Dinner: Thursday - Friday: 5:30pm-9:30pm;
Saturday Price Fixe: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
We do not take reservations for the bar.
Main Street (Rt. 124)
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Custom menus for groups.
Enjoy parking in our large private lot.
Chatham stop on the New Jersey Transit Train and Buses
Private Party Facilities:
Create a deliciously memorable event designed especially for your tastes and needs. Whether it is a holiday party, business function or family event, Restaurant Serenäde offers the perfect menu and service that will guarantee an unforgettable experience.
Private Party Contact:
Jeffrey Worster: (855) 820-6754
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Celebrate the New Year at Serenade. Chef Laird has created a wonderful 4-course meal that our Sommelier has expertly paired with wines. The menu is on our website www.restaurantserenade.com.
We are serving from 5:00 until 10:00. The price is $135 for the 4-course meal. Wine pairings are an additional $50 per person. (Our full wine list is also available.) (All prices exclusive of tax and gratuity.)
Serenade Ratings and Reviews
Always love going here. The service is outstanding. The dishes are all wonderful. We had the filet and the halibut special. Both were perfect! They have wonderful bread as well as homemade popcorn for the gluten-free peeps in your party. This will cost ~$75/person at a minimum. A bit pricey but nice for a special occasion.
This is a NYC style restaurant. We came with friends for dinner at 6pm on a Saturday night. You enter near the bar, which was crowded and noisy. It's a tight space and you need to maneuver to the coat check and restrooms. We had a table in the upstairs loft, which was less noisy. Our waiter was good, but didn't gauge when to come by. Instead, he just interrupted to do what he needed to do. We asked if we could chat a bit after the meal, and he said 5 minutes. The other waiter, hearing this, said stay as long as you want. The menu is creative with healthy options. The selections are familiar, but prepared with a twist and some flair. The presentation is lovely. My selections --- the pumpkin soup with chestnut garnish and the organic chicken were tasty. My husband had the fish, which he said was okay. Our friends loved their choices, which included the short rib tortellini appetizer and the tuna entree. The bread included sourdough rolls (unfortunately, I hate sourdough), and potato rolls and biscuits, which were nice. The drinks are well prepared and presented. The wine list is extensive. I've been to Restaurant Serenade many times before, and have even hosted business luncheons and dinners there. Overall, I recommend this restaurant, but it very much depends on what you're looking for. We prefer a more sedate atmosphere, which was not the case on a Saturday night. A weekday night is more manageable. But, if you're looking for upscale and elegant, this is a nice choice, although pricey. Reservations are a must.
Disappoint experience all around. Given the reviews and the pricing I had high hopes for this restaurant. We were seated for ten minutes before anyone came over with a drink menu. When someone did, we had assumed he was a sommelier because he came with the wine list and didn’t identify who he was. The wine list was absurd. Very few good wines at a reasonable price point. We asked for a few recommendations for a flavor profile similar to a wine on the list that we really like but didn’t want to order becusse we have it all the time and were looking for something different. The only similarly in the wine was the price— the wine recommended was almost tasteless. Horrible recommendation with no similarity whatsoever to the wine we used as a comparison. We assumed this guy was a sommelier but turned out he was a server. He should have recommended we speak to the sommelier.... but I’m guessing there wasn’t one because I didn’t see anyone talking to any tables about wine.
Food— I ordered the salad which was a special and it was very salty. Disappointing to say the least. I asked for a filet medium well closer to well. I did this because I find in fine dining restaurants chefs are opposed to cooking a steak anything but rare. In most steakhouses when I order this way, they suggest a medium it butterflied and it works every time. That didn’t happen here... I got an overly well done steak that was so dry I drank an entire bottle of pelligrino. And the minimal accompanying sauce didn’t do anything to help out.
We waited forever for our check.
We wanted to have a drink at the bar but it was too crowded. Not a pleasant atmosphere to end dinner so we just left
Needless to say, we won’t be going back
This is truly a special jewel. It has been at the top of the list for NJ fine dining for many years and is consistently superb. The quality of the food is always top notch, the service typically strong, and the atmosphere very comfortable. The mark of greatness is consistency- Seranade hits that mark.
the food is VERY GOOD, I said outstanding in the review above. i spent almost $300 on the tasking menu for 2 people, with wine pairing. Consider everything GREAT expect for the following; it was very noisy, it is like you are in bar in terms of noise level. I have been to Le Bernardin, Scalini Fedeli, Per Se, etc. This is the noisiest. I know it is Saturday night and it is jam packed even at 8pm. I know they would not want to reduce the tables, but if they could invest in adding sound absorbing carpeting, wall covering maybe it would help.
Service I had James who was very, very nice explained each wine for each pairing. However service was rushed partly by him but generally too. I had to ask the Bread person 3x for a 2nd serving. She was running around from table to table and forgotten each time i asked. One course, the lamb was brought by the kitchen staff(i think..person wearing complete white), i guess James was busy, but in any case because James did not bring the meal, the wine pairing was missed. It took at least 5 minutes for me to see him and stop him, He apologized and brought the wine. These are the things that when you are spending $300 for 2 people should Never Happen !. I would suggest they add at least a few more Server type people to slow and even out the service
We are usually good for one or two meals a year at Serenade. We celebrated my birthday last week and opted for the tasting menu with wine pairings and as usual they didn't disappoint. limited courses make for a heartier meal with diverse tastes in both the food and wine. Service as always was impeccable!! If you haven't yet dined there I highly recommend it, especially for a BIG occasion.
The food and wine at Serenade are always great and we have been going there for years. One quibble I do have is that the service was less than expected for such an expensive meal. We ordered the market tasting menu with wine pairings and for each course there was a 5-10 minute difference between when the food came out and when the wine pairing was served. The coordination of the food and the wine are important in order to enjoy such a meal. Our soup was going cold while waiting for the first wine and then for the second course our wine came way ahead of the food. And so on. With a two ounce pour it is difficult to manage that as a customer and frankly we shouldn’t have to.
The service overall was very good, with the exception managing the two undercooked fish entrees we ordered (must have been the chef's first day attempting to cook seafood). I chose to not have the same piece of fish returned to the pan, and my wife accepted the offer to "cook it the rest of the way" (is twice cooked fish a French technique?). Dropping over $100 per person for my family of four, I'd fully expect my waiter to simply apologize and say, "let me bring you a new entree". Instead, I was able to eat the cooked ends of the filet while my children ate their meals and my wife sat there awkwardly with no food in front of her. Then we all got to watch her eat her entree that was returned once the rest of us were finished. Lots of potential - big miss on ensuring a top tier experience. Not sure we'll be back.
We had a very early reservation (because that was all we could get) to have dinner with a couple we had not seen for many years and, before we new it, we had been there for four hours. We never felt rushed, the food was excellent, and the service was really good. I think all four of us were very pleased with our choice of Serenade.
Serenade has consistently given us wonderful meals and wonderful evenings. The setting and decor are lovely, the ENTIRE waitstaff is very competent, very professional, and provide a rare level of service that is very much appreciated. Every dish on the menu is a delight and very artfully presented. This IS ABSOLUTTELY a DO NOT MISS restaurant !!!
Wonderful meal, excellent food, knowledgeable and attentive staff. No complaints, no overdrawn amount of time waiting...perfectly timed.
Food was excellent - harvest soup and short rib tortellini were excellent, and as others have said, the lamb rack was a hit.... very quiet (it was early Tuesday evening), but a very nice ambiance overall....
We were there for our new year's eve dinner. It was a prefixed menu. The appetizer sampler and our second course were excellent. The main entrees (Fish, Beef and Lamb) were comme ci comme ca, nothing outstanding. The dessert sampler was good. The wines selected by the restaurant for pairing was okay...could be better. Overall, a good place for decent french food.
We had been to Seranade times before and liked it. We went back for Christmas Eve dinner. I ordered a fillet medium, pink inside. They were my words. The steak came well done! I would have sent it back but did not want to hold up the rest of the table. I ordered the chocolate cake. The inside was pure chocolate syrup. I love chocolate but this was so sweet! Long time before we go back.
This is a very good restaurant with some unique dishes. The service is friendly and helpful, but our waiter seemed a little unfamiliar with the details of dishes and struggled a bit to suggest a wine suited to my wife's request. Very nice guy, and otherwise a flawless server.
The decor is well done in a sorta retro-70's way....I like it.
If I have one complaint, it's one of my standard ones: please offer more bread if bread plates are empty, especially if the appetizer hasn't even come yet.
A little pricey, but overall good value.
We'll be back.
Enjoyed the tasting menu a few nights ago. The soup was delicious. The scallops were cooked perfectly. The lobster was one of the best lobsters I have ever had in my life. The texture and flavor of the shellfish dish was really incredible.
The service was spot on. Very attentive without being pushy.
Highly recommend. Going back soon!
Serenade is our anniversary tradition (although we come a few other times a year as well). Always impeccable service and excellent food choices. The lamb is superb and the chef soup of the day is amazing. Never been disappointed with a meal yet. Seasonal local ingredients are interestingly intertwined into the preparations. Wine list is very comprehensive and reasonable on price for this 5 star restaurant.
The food was delicious however the waiter told us we had to be out in an hour as they were sold out. It was very disappointing to be rushed without being told in advance that an hour was our limit for the table. I find an hour unacceptable for a restaurant of this caliber.
Everything was very good at Serenade. I had read an article about the restaurant last summer and was looking forward to having dinner there. It was all a bit too pretentious for my tastes and very pricey. Not expecting to see members of the serving staff standing around in groups most of the evening. All food was price fixed and that caught us by surprise . Had seen no mention of this when we looked through their menu through Open Table. It was a one time experience. Not planning on going back.
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