Serenade

4.7
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$50 and over
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French
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.

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Sun 8:00PM - 8:00PM
Mon - Tue 5:30PM - 6:15PM
Sat 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 9:45PM

What 1828 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LR
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional evening out

RB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food, Service & Ambiance.

Nice Veg options too & even made excellent pasta with mushrooms upon request, very accommodating.

SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The waitress Kay who attended to us was exceptional. Would have preferred less noise from the crowd at the bar!

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Price fixed menu. We thought it was too much food with App, Entree and Dessert.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of NJ.

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F
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice, relaxing night! All staff were particularly nice and attentive.

v
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday lunch for a friend. The goat cheese appetizer we shared was exquisite. The special of the day which included shellfish, tuna and vegetables in a light broth was absolutely delicious. Such a great lunch that we made another reservation for dinner next week.

YG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience and service. Def recommend for date nights!!

CB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Festejamos nuestro aniversario de casados. El servicio, la atención muy buena. Un Menú de 3 pasos. La comida excelente.
No es la primera vez que vamos, y no va a ser la última.

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic every time. Can hold its own with any 4 star Manhattan restaurant.

M
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service are always excellent . Special occasions are worth the visit.

c
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Usually very dependable, but Valentine's was rushed and disappointing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food is good, service is good - but nowhere near justifying the price. We had a Valentines Day prix fixe for $120 per person. I could justify $60 for the value of what we got - maybe $70, not more.

AT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing service. Would definitely go there again.

GF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance at Serenade are always terrific.

RV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply Superb

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SM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a favorite!! ❤️

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AN
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

if you're interested in a romantic dinner, look somewhere else. Reservation made almost 2 months in advance and given the worst table in the restaurant.
never again

JS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall a great experience. The service was exceptional as was the food. The greeting when first entering could have been a bit warmer. Other than that I would highly recommend .

CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal at Serenade was fantastic - the food is amazing and the service was solicitous and excellent. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and will definitely return.

j
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to this restaurant on many occasions. This time we were there for our anniversary. They treated us very special and we will continue to go back. The food was exceptional, the service is wonderful and the atmosphere is lovely. Highly recommend

DE
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great feel to the bar and dining area, food selection was great and service was perfect!

I
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This was the first time we were unhappy with our food at Serenade. It is one of our "go-to" restaurants for special occasions. However two of us ordered the tuba entree and it was not good at all. We were surprised. That explains our rating in this survey.

VG
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a terrific choice. Superior food, great wine selection, exceptional service...every time!

B
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite in NJ since our wedding there in 2002 and prior. Wish we could go more often!

t
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The service wasn't terrific. Rather than offer drinks he began by trying to review specials as he handed you a menu. Dismissed to get drinks. Bar was crowded so the drinks took a while. Odd Apple martini's...I think maybe he made lemon drops, since you could taste lemoncello. Forgot the cappuccino so drank it after we had desert. Wine list is a bit expensive for what it is, Beer list is just odd. Food was very good, we both had fish, the portion of bass was very small even for my wife. Tortellini apps were very good. You only get three, so a bit pricey, but they were very good. Waiter did not ask if we wanted pepper or cheese. GIven this is a top 25, we expected a little more.

RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious!
The service was professional and attentive.
Love going to Serenade !

e
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Great service matched with impeccable food! I had the veal porterhouse. Better than almost any steak. Wife had the sole special. Warm and sweet. Great wine and yummy desert made for a wonderful birthday meal.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

50th birthday lunch

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was exquisite. Wine pour was a bit on the small side. A colleague and I were visiting the area and so happy we discovered this restaurant. High recommendation. Would definitely dine here again

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great - as always!

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went for NYE - everything was great except my entree (Lamb) was cold

C
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always great food and service at Serenade. James Laird did a great job creating a funny and exciting New Year's eve menu. We had a few drinks at the bar and always enjoy some of their house speciality cocktails. An overall great experience.

S
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious and it’s nice the restaurant has its own parking. The tasting menu was interesting and worth a try.

HG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serenade has a limited but excellent lunch menu and the service is perfect. The restaurant is divided into relatively small areas, which creates a nice ambiance.
Highly recommended!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome exceptional!

m
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding dining experience! Serenade consistently exceeds expectations for a special occasion meal!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciously prepared and served. Had a wonderful time.

GA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

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