Restaurant Lorena's

4.8
954 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
In June of 2005 Humberto and Lorena opened the doors to Lorena's in the heart of Maplewood Village.
As an alumnus of the C.I.A. and a graduate from New Jersey's top kitchens, Chef Campos will be offering a menu deeply rooted in French technique and inspired by the seasons of the Garden State.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Tuesday-Saturday
Dinner 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunday Dinner 5pm to 8pm
Sunday Brunch 11:30am to 2:00pm

Closed Monday

Closed for Vacation 7/1 through 7/5
Reopen Friday 7/6
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Phone number
(973) 763-4460
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Humberto Campos Jr.
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Catering
Let Lorena's co-host your next private event in the comfort of your own home. Chef Campos will design a menu to your specific needs up to 30 guests.

Please contact the restaurant for further details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Baker Street
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Tue - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM

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954 reviews
4.8 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
83%
Very Good
13%
Good
1%
Fair
2%
Poor
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4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CY
Philadelphia
4.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

The food was of the highest quality and well prepared. It’s worth the expense.

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JS
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

The brunch was delicious and fairly reasonable. The lump crabmeat crepe was delicious but very rich. The cappuccino was perfect. I did not have room to try the dessert but will next time I go back.

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J
Atlanta
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

We had a fabulous experience with outstanding food. I would recommend this neighborhood gem to anyone who loves French food.

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FF
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

This is possibly the best restaurant in NJ!!!!

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TA
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Excellent food.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Fantastic.
We got married there and go there every year for our anniversary

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ST
Montreal
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

This is my favorite special occasion restaurant in NJ - We have been visiting this restaurant since it first opened. This was our first time to dine in the new dining area. The tables were spaced very close together and it was very loud. It did not have the same ambiance that we've experienced in the past and will be more careful to pick seating in the original dining room. The food as usual was awesome.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Lorena’s is one of the best restaurants in New Jersey.

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V
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

The food was wonderful!! Our server, Glen, is fabulous!! We’ve been here for brunch as well which was wonderful as well.

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KR
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Beautiful food and service. Despite it being an elegant restaurant they welcomed my 3 year old daughter warmly.

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l
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Awesome in all aspects.

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SW
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Our captain was outstanding

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s
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

The service at Lorena's is usually top-secret.

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DK
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

Every single thing I ate caused me to stop for a second and admire it. A fantastic evening. Our server, Glenn, really made everything better. Thanks so much for making our time there so special.

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RR
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

I have been traveling a lot the past few months so decided to take my wife to Lorena's again as it is her favorite place. The meal did not disappoint and again is some of the best food I have ever eaten. We started off splitting a 1/2 dozen local oysters which were as fresh as can be. My wife then had her favorite app which is the crab and mushroom crepe which is absolutely fantastic but I had one of the first memorable apps with the Foie Gras with a strawberry and rhubarb compote. OMG....it was so decadent and even my wife enjoyed it!!! Her main course was seared scallops and I opted for the more adventurous route and went for the venison loin. I have had it at Lorena's before but this was even at another level . If you try the venison here, you will not like ever have it anywhere else it is that good. We finished off by splitting a Mango/guava 3 layer cheesecake and all I can say is Bravo!!! Best meal I've had in a long time and the others were here as well. OH.....and don't forget to ask for Glen as your server. On point but not overbearing and very friendly with outstanding knowledge of the menu. Just another grand slam at Lorena's.

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AC
5.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

Everything we ordered was amazing. Great service, wonderful food and romantic ambience. Will definitely return.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

My wife and I recently became empty nesters and decided to treat ourselves, and treat ourselves we did. The lamb chops were the best I ever ate and the Atlantic Char my wife order was excellent as well. This Experience exceeds our expectations. Well worth going to. It’s a gem.

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

We’ve been here numerous times..never been disappointed! Glen our waiter is great. Perfect blend of attentive and professional.. food is awesome..the crepe should not be missed..and the lamb was cooked perfectly.

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V
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

We came to Lorena's for brunch and were so happy we did! The food was amazing! The waiter was quite attentive as was the Chef himself. I had the duck confit and chorizo hash and it was absolutely delicious! My husband and daughter had the crab meat crepe which was also quite good. We were arguing over who ordered the best dish. I highly recommend this restaurant!!

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JC
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 24, 2018

Always a wonderful meal. Food is great, service is great, just a great place!

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JR
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

we were excited to visit Lorena's again for a second time. Our 1st visit was over the top . We booked a mothers day late lunch early dinner reservation. our only disappointment was how the front of the house didn't even notice we were standing in the doorway for over 5 minutes. The restaurant was certainly busy. We didn't sit until 30 minutes after our reservation. once we did sit the service was fantastic. Food was everything we remembered from our visit previously. possibly the best restaurant in NJ. Outside of poor planning around reservation time it was fantastic.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

three words....Worth every penny

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h
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

We absolutely love everything about Lorena's -our favorite NJ restaurant. Chef Umberto consistently serves up delicious, perfectly prepared fare (dinner and brunch and dessert) and definitely qualifies as one of the finest chefs. We all had amazing meals (eggs benedict, special omelet, arctic char, halibut, truffle risotto, mushroom and crab crepe, english pea soup, salmon tartare, wonderful cheese plates, etc.). The service was impeccable, as always. BYOB is a great perk, as well. Will be back again very soon!

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OT
5.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

The food, service, and all was simply outstanding. My only complaint would be that there are too many tables and therefore they are too close together. I didn’t like hearing every conversation in the room. But we will totally go again!

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AP
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

This place is the best restaurant I have been to in NJ! Hands down! Everything we ate was amazing! Amazing!! The service was impeccable and the small restaurant was very romantic!

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OT
New York Area
2.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

Did not have good service. Server was cold and made the entire experience uncomfortable. When my steak came out well done after I ordered medium rare, she said nothing and brought another steak after the table had finished their meals. I had heard such wonderful things about this place and was really excited to try it, but won’t be returning. Food was pretty good, but overall experience was not worth the price.

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Y
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 9, 2018

Consistently perfect in every way. A transportive experience. No one does it better.

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RB
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on May 8, 2018

Everything was wonderful. Every course, every dish. We’ll be coming back soon.

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C
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 29, 2018

Always a wonderful experience!

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PH
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

Another superb dinner!!!
Whether it's a special occasion or you just want to enjoy a delicious creatively prepared dinner, Lorena's IS the place.

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S
New York Area
2.0
Dined on April 25, 2018

Disappointing at best. Food was overall average and my pork dreadful. This place was recommended as the best in Maplewood. I would disagree wholeheartedly now. We had a poor table as well.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

Our first at Lorenas was impressive.
Service was attentive,informative,yet unobtrusive. Crab and Mushroom Crepe and Salmon Tartare are must haves as appetizers.
Rack of Lamb was perfect as was the Arctic Char.Two complimentary shot glasses were delivered to our table,with an explanation that eludes me..but these mystery shots were delicious.Finally,I appreciate that the place is byo...and if you weren't aware of this,or,if you forgot a bottle from home,there is a liquor store across the street.
Our next visit will be for Brunch.
On the whole it is a pricey meal,but a truly excellent one.

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MA
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 17, 2018

Outstanding
I had the rack of lamb- fantastic and the portions were great- you will not leave hungry like you might at some high end restaurants

Worth the money

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J
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 17, 2018

Lorena’s was the best, as always! It is our favorite go to spot for any occasion.

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k
New York Area
4.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

Service and food are excellent. Both times I have been, the experience has not disappointed,.

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K
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

Truly a special evening with flavors that were outstanding. Looking forward to another opportunity to eat there again!

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M
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent, the best great service, great food , fantastic service.

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UD
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 6, 2018

Lovely place! Attentive service; very good food!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

My wife and I had a fabulous experience at Lorena’s Saturday night. Pea soup amuse bouche, crab crepe, tartare, duck and lamb were all deftly prepared with layered flavors in a classic style. Service was excellent with an engaged staff from the head, back and buss waiters. Expensive yet value is provided if you understand and appreciate the labor that goes into chefs creating the flavors experienced. Bring a good bottle of wine (or two) and enjoy a truly memorable evening!

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DJ
New York Area
5.0
Dined on March 31, 2018

The best restaurant this side of the Hudson River! We are so lucky to have Lorena’s so close to us!

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