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Serenade

4.6
1417 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French
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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.
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Phone number
(973) 701-0303
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
James Laird
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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.
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Private party contact
Jeff Worster 973-701-0303: (855) 820-6754
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Catering
Custom menus for groups.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main Street (Rt. 124)
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Parking details
Enjoy parking in our large private lot.
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Public transit
Chatham stop on the New Jersey Transit Train and Buses
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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.)
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat the Mom's in your life to a luxurious three-course meal. We are serving from 12:00 until 7:00 PM.

$85 per adult. $40 per child ten years old and under.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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Sun 8:00PM - 8:00PM
Sat 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 9:45PM

What 1417 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Had a late Sat. evening dinner reservation. The service was attentive and friendly. Bar area is attractive, offset from the main dining and a very pleasant place to wait. The hostess called and offered us an earlier seating. When we arrived, she was not happy with the table selection and unprompted took it upon herself to sit us at a better table. The menu selections were ample for a prix fixe menu. Belatedly we learned the restaurant offers wine parings for the courses which is nice, and I wish that option was pointed out by the server as we would have taken advantage of that. The noise level was surprisingly high in one of the rooms on the main floor which made it difficult to have a quiet conversation. The bottled wine offerings are considerably overpriced. Appetizers were wonderful, but my Beef entrée was noticeably overcooked. I would give this restaurant another try and ask to be seated in a quieter room.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

This is a restaurant that does everything right. There is a large verity from Salmon, Lobster, Lamb chops to filet mignon. Leave room for dessert they are home made.

We will be back. Make reservations.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My favorite restaurant for entertaining friends and guests from out of town.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Got to the restaurant at 5:30 for our 5:45 reservation. Not many diners were there yet. We were seated and waited 20 minutes for someone to take our cocktail order. They weren’t busy yet, so this lack of attention was the first sign of trouble. While still drinking that cocktail, our appetizers showed up. I ordered a lovely bottle of red wine and had to nudge the waiter to open it. He asked if we wanted another round of cocktails while we were eating our appetizers. No-the wine was picked for appetizer and main entre. My entre arrived, yet I didn’t have any cutlery and had to wait several minutes for it, even though I tried to get a server...any servers attention-without avail. Had to pour our own wine as well...overall I don’t mind doing this, but the head waiter commented to me that I shouldn’t be pouring it myself, it should be done for us. Food was great, it’s a shame the service was poor. We were seated in a small room where the servers congregate. No one seemed to know what they were doing.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Our first trip to Serenade, and my wife and I both enjoyed our meal very much. Service was attentive but not overbearing. We sat upstairs, which filled up shortly after we arrived. I had the 5 course tasting menu ($89) with paired wine for each ($39), and my wife had an appetizer, entree and light dessert. The creamless potato leek soup with roasted cauliflower was a good start, and I liked the Fiano Di Avellino, Pietracupa 2015 paired with it (the wine was served at a nice temperature which highlighted it well). Next was melt in your mouth Seared Scallops with butternut squash fondant and lemon dark soy emulsion, paired with a nice Sancerre that worked well. Then grilled Foie Gras, which I especially liked, with balsamic glaze and pickled fennel paired with a 2006 Jurancon. For my entree I had roasted rack of lamb with asparagus, Chorizo and Romanesco sauce, paired with a 2015 Chinon, and the lamb was prepared perfectly and was delicious. My wife had a nice salad (can't recall which...blame the wine) and the red snapper entree and loved both. She also had the same Sancerre which complimented the fish well. We finished with a white chocolate cheesecake and a lemon tart (we sometimes split dessert, but not tonight as we wanted to try each); both were good, and were coupled with a Machiata and a caffe latte. I liked that I could get the 5 course meal with paired wines while my wife could simply order a two or three course meal...of course, she tried some of my courses and I tried hers and we each liked them all.
I always enjoy a light soup, and seared scallops, foie gras and roasted lamb are always on my radar, together with dover sole...so to have nearly all of my favorite foods as part of my meal that night was a home run. And they were all spot on. While not a cheap meal, we thought they were reasonably priced for quality meals. Although a bit of a ride for us, we will definitely return for dinner again, perhaps with friends next time.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Lobster entree was delicious! Enjoyed the meal and the ambiance.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food is great, service was wonderful. For the price point I have slightly higher expectations, which is why I didn't give 5 stars.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wonderful birthday dinner!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Everything was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great food complimented by friendly, efficient service.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Serenade was delightful. The food is spectacular as always and the service is top notch. Could not have asked for a better team dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Thank You for the wonderful food and service
Perfect for Easter Dinner
Highly recommend this eatery

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Food was very good, service was slow and not attentive, especially considering the high prices.
The wines were expensive (comparable to midtown NY prices) without reasonable alternatives.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

A beautiful anniversary dinner. From the moment we stepped inside to the moment we left, the service was perfect. We were greeted immediately with smiles, our table was already waiting for us, and we were escorted in. We ordered from the pre-fixe menu, and everything was delicious. We had mentioned in our reservation that it was an anniversary dinner and they treated us to a complimentary dessert plate. Very nice!

Food: Mushroom consomme and crab cake appetizers. We preferred the crab cake, but the consomme was nice and not as salty as they can tend to be. We had lamb and sea bass entrees. VERY good. Licked our plates clean. Dessert, we both had the brownie and they gave us a sorbet and dessert amuse bouche-type plates. It was a great night. Very romantic, and pleasant ambience.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Love, love Serenade. The tortellini appetizer is the perfect bite.

Serenade never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere & pleasant staff! Great way to celebrate our wedding anniversary!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Terribly overpriced. 4 people for dinner cost $600 including tip. We could only pick pre fixed menu for $69 a person. The cheapest bottle of wine was $75. Outrageous. This is Chatham not NYC. I won’t go back again if I am paying. Food was good not Fantastic.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

One of the best meals I have had this year

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The perfect special-occasion meal. One of the best meals we've ever had. Expensive but not outrageous.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Our dinner (califlower and fennel soup and lobster dish) was outstanding. The flavors in both courses were interesting and nuanced. Absolutely delicious and memorable!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Delicious food ,very nice and polite staff.i love everything on the menu.Its one of the best restaurants in new jersey.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Decadent ambiance, refreshing staff hospitality, and exquisite cuisine - enough said. Truly a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

A beautiful birthday dinner. Our waiter Jose was attentive, amiable and knowledgeable. The table attendant was wonderful as well. A 20 year Serenade veteran, it was comforting to see her
again.The sour dough rolls were wonderfully sour..
Our entrees were superb, I had the chicken which had the crispy skin as promised and moist on the inside. My husband's mega Berkshire pork chop was cooked to perfection and had the right amount of chew. Neither of us could finish our entree and were happy to doggie bag it.
Dessert was too tempting to refuse and we had the banana caramel cake. Delicious, very sweet and worth every calorie but the accompanied sweet caramel ice cream was too much of a good thing and a scoop of vanilla would have been better for my taste. The Happy Birthday cookie was a very nice surprise as well as the plate of home made candies.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The atmosphere and service was great. However, one of the specials of the we ordered was disappointing. It was very fatty and difficult to eat. For the amount of money we spent it was not worth it.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Serena de es siempre una excelente opción en la zona para una cena agradable en cuanto a ambiente y exquisita. Los sábados tienen un menú fijo que cuenta con riquísimas opciones para todos los gustos.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food was excellent . However the Bar was very slow..We did not get our drinks until we were well into our appetizers. The waiter kept giving us his apologies

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Awesome place and well deserved of being on the Top 25 of NJ Magazine. From the exterior it doesn't look too spectacular but the interior space was beautifully decorated and felt very cozy. The service was outstanding as the entire wait staff treated as very well. The food is outstanding, well plated and perfect portion size. The cocktail drinks were just so so, but other than that, we were extremely happy with this place and definitely a return visit is in the near future. On my top 3 list of restaurants in NJ.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Serenade never disappoints

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The service was impecable. The variety of food was perfect for a lunch meeting, And the price was moderate. We were allowed to take our time prior to ordering and after our lunch. A very nice experience.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

great service! food is excellent!

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Nice ambiance but completely too expensive for what it is. About 50 per entree and you are left non satisfied. Food does not justify the price. Drinks are about a shots worth with a large block of ice, 13 dollars for a shot, also not worth it. Service is mainly good. Would not return. Too many other places to try.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Post valentine dinner. Arrived in a snowstorm. Dinner reservation was 8:30. Sat right away. My husband loved the lobster soup. Raved for days. I had the grilled octopus appetizer. Over cooked and way too many potatoes. After we ordered dinner we noticed people around us being served food that wasn't on the menu. Our waiter told us that it was from a different bar menu. We didn't know that was an option and never saw one. He brought over some of the items we asked about. When our dinner came. The rack of lamb was delicious. The halibut was too salty and sent back. Dessert was amazing.
The room we sat in was very noisy and it was difficult to hear each other.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Service was perfect, food was delicious and beautifully presented. The lamb meatballs are out of this world! It’s always a pleasure to dine at Restaurant Serenade!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was not bad, just not impressive. The overall experience was very underwhelming.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent. Our server/hostess was a step above - very nice, efficient, and knowledgeable- without being pretentious.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I have no words to describe my experience at Serenade but I will try. This restaurant is one of the most beautiful and cozy upscale restaurants I have been to in Jersey. Everything felt right for our Valentine's Day dinner. From the beginning, you get complimentary Valet parking and then you are greeted by professional hostesses who take your coats and direct you to your seats. The ambiance is something to talk about. The seating area are spaced apart in a way where you feel like it is just you and your date there. Everything screams romance and everyone I saw in our section were couples which was great. The servers were beyond professional and you can tell they cared for their jobs. Our waiter's name was Mariano and he is awesome. The food was great and well made (you could tell the chef/owner takes time to create each recipe). The wine list was great and the dessert, OMG the dessert was spectacular. The restaurant owner and staff put so much value and love into this place that you can feel it when you walk in. We sat next to two other couples and the whole night we all chatted together as if we were old friends. That is what a restaurant that makes you feel taken care of can do to you. I recommend this to every and anyone and I cannot wait to return during the spring/summer time so that I can really enjoy the ambiance and menu. By the way we also met the chef/owner. One of the couples next to us has a little boy and the chef took him on a tour in the kitchen and when he was done, he came to our table to chat with us. That was the icing on the cake.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Cozy ambiance, top-notch service, and delicious food makes Serenade an excellent restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, we'll be back!

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