Restaurant Lorena's

4.9
1185 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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About

In June of 2005 Humberto and Lorena opened the doors to Lorena's a BYOB 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
Smart 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
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Parking details
There is ample 2 and 3 hour parking throughout town, however, parking on the weekends can be challenging.We highly recomend that you take this into consideration when booking a reservation and that you allow ample time for any unforeseen delays.
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Public transit
NJ Transit has a Maplewood stop and is located directly behind the restaurant.
Additional
BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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Miami
130 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service makes this restaurant one of the finest in the area. The place is surely a restaurant for a special occasion. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and we felt pampered and welcome.

JM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lorena’s always delivers wonderful food in a delightful setting with attentive and charming wait staff. We love it year after year.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!

OT
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good meal here but surprised when they ran out of bread - not sure how that happens at a top end restaurant like this.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there four times for special occasions and Lorena’s never disappoints. It’s my favorite restaurant in NJ, better than Restaurant Nicholas, Ryland Inn and many other top rated restaurants in NJ. It’s not big so plan ahead with your reservation.

r
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding food, ambience and service. love that you are told the price of specials not on the menu.

HB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are still talking about the meal prepared by Chef Bouche. The scallops, peas, asparagus, and squash were exquisite. Additionally, our server, Adam, was exceptional. This restaurant should be on everyone’s bucket list.!

H
Raleigh
49 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are frequent customers of Lorena’s . It never disappoints!

DG
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal. Excellent service and very accommodating with food allergies. Nice ambiance. Quiet enough for conversation. The restaurant could put foam under the tabletops to absorb even more noise.

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the Best!!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. Fantastic food. One of our favorite places to dine.

w
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner once again. Lorena's consistently impresses with excellent food, service and ambiance. The entire dining experience is memorable.

LM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent, excellent, excellent. Only criticism is that the back dining room where we were seated is a bit cramped - we were squeezed between 2 other small tables - and lighting a bit bright for dinner. The front room seemed to have more ambiance. Will return and try to be seated in front room.

LF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lorena's is the place we go when we want a perfect evening. It is not a regular place for us as it is expensive, but we probably go 2 or 3 times a year, and those times are wonderful and memorable. The food is fantastic and the service is attentive, friendly, and professional, without being overbearing. The ambiance is perfect, warm, inviting, and quiet. When we go, we look forward to it and remember it for a long time afterwards.

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and the dinner could not have been better. So lovely and tasty!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great as usual. However, the menu might need a refresh. It’s been the same the last six times we have been.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfull across the board

JW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service are consistently excellent. Always a special place. Worth a special trip.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate an anniversary!

r
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is the second time we’ve been to lorena’s and, once again, it was outstanding.

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was absolutely superb. The first class service was friendly and attentive without being overly familiar or overbearing. This restaurant is a gem.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hit this place for special occasions. Never a meal that wasn’t wonderful. Service is great. Highly recommended.

AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for a special occasion. Food, service, everything is excellent.

JH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had heard about Lorena’s for quite a while and finally gave it a try recently for our anniversary. It was a great experience. We had a minor family crisis that night, and were running about 45 minutes late, but they were very accommodating. The food was terrific, the waitstaff was super pleasant and attentive (without being annoying) and the atmosphere was mellow and romantic, but didn’t feel forced. It was a weeknight, so it’s possible it was a little bit quieter than it might be on a weekend. At any rate, I highly recommend it and will definitely go back.

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was terrific! The food was perfect from start to finish. Thanks!

MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a lovely place. The food, sevice and atmosphere were simply outstanding. I highly recommend Lorena's!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always lovely food!!

CL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first experience at Restaurant Lorena's was to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We could not have chosen a better place. On the reservation we requested a quiet table, and we were delighted, as the table was comfortable and the noise level was low.
Our server was terrific--attentive and helpful. And most of all, the food was excellent. For starters we had the mushroom bisque and the smoked salmon special. The presentation was lovely and the taste was fabulous. For the entree we had the rack of lamb and the arctic char. We loved both.
I can't comment on desserts because we did not try any.
Because this restaurant is BYO, the bill was very reasonable, for a special occasion. In fact we plan to return for a celebration in a couple of months.

H
Raleigh
49 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual. Thank you !!!

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lorena's is my favorite 'special occasion' restaurant. I'd go more often if I lived closer! The food and service are always perfection.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Definitely will go back !!

F
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife started with pasta in a pea pesto with a short rib ragu and I had six delicious oysters. My main course was the Duo. It was a melt in your mouth portion of short rib and a perfectly grilled filet mignon along with a potato puree , roasted leeks and mushrooms. She had a maple-honey glazed duck breast with a pecan crust along with wild rice and a raisin duck jus. Our server, Andrew, tried to convince us that our dessert should be a vegan ice cream that was made with coconut but we went with the chocolate lava cake. To our surprise he brought out the ice cream along with the cake. We finished both and were so shocked that the ice cream was delicious. We cannot sing Lorena's praise loud enough. The service is top notch and the food is a perfect partner. For a dining experience it is second to none.

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. All the dishes were flavorful, including the crab crepe appetizer, the salad, the scallops and the filet and short rib combination. They brought a birthday dessert of three ices with a candle for my wife!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful dining experience.

RC
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Humberto generally has venison on the menu, but the preparation changes. The current dish is extraordinary. The meat itself is tender, flavorful and perfectly cooked at medium rare. The sauce is a subtle blend of pine nuts, corn, herbs and au jus with a potato puree. It is wonderful and unique. My wife had the duo of filet and short ribs, our guest the scallops. Both were excellent. Our appetizers were salmon tartare, burrata and fois gras: all excellent. The fois gras is in a class by itself. Desserts were also first rate. Ambiance is perfect. The service is attentive. The overall feeling is one of comfort. Lorena's is a great restaurant.

c
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After hearing so many good things I finally decided to make the almost hour trip just to try it. I was definitely not disappointed. The service was extraordinary and the food was melt in your mouth good. I willd definitely make the trip again.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience at Lorena's. We have wanted to try it for a long time but were waiting for a special occasion. We went to celebrate my husbands birthday and were not disappointed. The ambiance was nice and noise level very quiet so we could engage in conversation without issue. The host as well as the wait staff were very attentive, engaging and also very accommodating to my dietary restrictions. We had a really pleasant experience and will definitely be returning.

FF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always.

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