Restaurant Lorena's

4.8
1084 reviews
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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.

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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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food are consistently top-notch every time we attend. Lorena’s never lets us down.

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m
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the way they prepare the venison and have it whenever it is available. The mushroom soup was outstanding as well. The wait staff are very attentive without getting in the way. They are also very accomodating to Gluten Free requirements. The chocolate heart gift as we left was much appreciated.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the brunch menu on Sunday. We ordered roasted beets, salmon tartar, pasta with slow cooked pork, and lump crab crepe. It was all very good and service was on point.

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AP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, great service, a bit pricey for a BYO. The cute village of Maplewood has several good food offerings, Lorena's no exception.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful intimate spot with great service and food! Definitely will be back!

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just outstanding Loved it ,food was delicious , service impeccable

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AB
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If the owners of Lorena's decide to move to a larger facility, we would be happy to invest in the expansion!

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RR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my birthday dinner and being so close to Valentine's day there was a 3 course fixed price menu which turned out OK because all of my favorites were on there. The Crab and wild mushroom crepe is my wife's favorite and I had the foie gras which was outstanding. She went for the butter poached lobster and I had the duck with a Korean twist. All of it was outstanding! This is our favorite restaurant for that reason. The service is also outstanding with waiters being informative, courteous, and on pont without being overbearing. The atmosphere is casual with a nice ambience if you are looking for a special dinner. Lorena's never disappoints and is the #1 reason I haven't visited any of the other restaurants in Maplewood! Thanks again for the outstanding meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Food was great. Definitely worth coming back.

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WL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the area.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved it.

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M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service. Hope to come back in the future. We were there for their Brunch and hope to come back sometime for dinner.

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent every time!!!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre valentines date.

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GJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are always amazing. Salmon tartare is a must have.

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite simply. The best. Quality presentation flavors, second to none.
Truly professional all around.

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A
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined at Restaurant Lorena’s countless times over the years. Exceptional dining and arguably the best restaurant in New Jersey.

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BT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mario rules!!! And the food is also outstanding.

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal ever. Perfect in every way. Made our birthday celebration so special

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very good service in a lovely room.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. Lorena’s can be counted on to wow - delicious food and a charming, romantic atmosphere.

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DM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent always a treat. Staff is accommodating, knowledgeable and ready for you front when you walk in until you walk out. Food, delivery and presentation perfect. Well worth the price.

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LR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter as free was enchanting and food was Delicious!!

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D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful meal where you can relax and enjoy a conversation without interruption or noise.

The food is exquisite with special presentation and proper portions

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NJ
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

I wish we could love this place- but honestly, there is ZERO ambiance. ZERO! It is SO quiet, it is almost uncomfortable to have conversations. There are plenty of other fancy/date night places in the area that have a bit more going on. The food is just as good as any other "nice" restaurant and truly doesn't stand out. The service is wonderful- their staff is top notch. But I think Lorena's has seen it's day.

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B
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were lucky to get a last minute reservation due to the forecast for bad weather. Our starter salads, entrees and desserts were excellent and perfectly prepared. Lorena’s deserves it’s top rating for food. Small critiques include the too-small tables for two (frequently bumping our elbows on the wall, we found ourselves longing for the nearby larger table for 4 which remained unoccupied all night), and the slow and mildly inattentive service. We were seated for quite some time before the bread person made it ‘round to our table. And, unfortunately, though the bread person made it to the table next to us three different times, he never offered us bread again. Not sure what that was about... perhaps they were personal friends. I wasn’t in the mood for calling out for the bread guy - and we did laugh at the inequity after a while. Additionally, the wait staff did not pour our wine, offer us pepper for our salads, or check if my soda needed refilling. In fact, I had to request pepper, after which the the waiter brought the grinder over, and set it down on the table. I am certainly capable of grinding my own pepper but, at a high-end restaurant, I do expect the waiter to offer to grind the pepper for my salad. Small thing - and I am guessing that, by the reaction, I insulted the chef by requesting pepper at all. There was a slightly long interval between our salads and our entrées, with the aforementioned no offer of bread. Lastly, no one offered us tea or coffee with dessert. Perhaps it was an off night for them, or maybe they were down a waiter.

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d
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely, quiet restaurant with friendly, leisurely service. The food was very good, and some of it was excellent. Perfect date place. Overall the experience was topnotch.

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JP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Charming small restaurant. Great service from welcoming and gracious greeting at the entrance to very professional wait team. Food is always excellent. Meticulously prepared and presented with flavors that are outstanding.

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Raleigh
43 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual, from the appetizers to dessert Lorena’s is a well hidden food lovers gem

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P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Lorenas' has been our go to restaurant for birthdays, anniversarys and generally when we want a meal that is a step above. Thursday evening was a little disappointing.
The service wasn't up to its usual excellence. Had to ask to refill water, ask to refill wine, ask to refill sparkling water. The busboy said there was no more raisin bread and we got there at 7:00.
Two people ordered the chop - one wanted it medium rare and one wanted it medium. They both came out medium.
We had to swirch the entree as it would have taken too long to recook that order. Had to switch entree order.
First time at Lorenas that was not up to par.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The squash soup was excellent, but I’ve had better short ribs. These needed to be more tender and they needed gravy, I was disappointed.

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't know what I can add to previous reviews I have written regarding Lorena. It is our favorite restaurant. Food is perfection and service is warm and friendly as well as professional. I love to try new dishes but often return to old favorites.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Excellent food and service!

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S
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in NJ! And a bargain for the quality and ambiance with its byob policy

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent! The prices were quite reasonable for a high end place. The service was only okay.

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JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best restaurants in the State of NJ for a "NY" style dinner of food and service. Highly recommend.

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RO
New York Area
570 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We look forward to dining at Lorena's, for we know that we are in for a wonderful evening. From start to finish, the staff made us feel welcome. The ambiance is quiet and relaxing. From appetizers to dessert, every morsel was packed with bursts of flavor and great texture.
No matter your choice of food, the preparation and presentation will keep you coming back for more. So bring a bottle of your best wine, and an appetite and prepare to be amazed!

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RS
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fogra was fenomenal. Great venison as well. A must go !!

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i
New York Area
187 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service. Deliciious rolls, mushroom bisque, salad. Perfect lamb and pork chop-juicy and flavorful. Banana split dessert is really just Carmelita’s bananas. Could have used more ice cream and chocolate sauce.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service. Food was over the top! The different gourmet tastes were terrific! The presentation was creative too! Perfect all around!

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