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About Restaurant Lorena's

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.

168 Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Saturday
Lunch 11:30am to 2:00pm
Dinner 5:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Closed Monday

Cross Street:
Baker Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 763-4460

Website:
http://www.restaurantlorena.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Humberto Campos Jr.

Additional:
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us for Christmas Eve
Serving Al a Carte Brunch Menu From 11:30am to 1:30pm
Serving a Tabla D'Hote Dinner Menu from 5:00pm to 8:30pm prices range from $80 to $95 per person not including tax and service.

Restaurant Lorena's Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

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4.8

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4.5

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4.4

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
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Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for a Date (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Cozy (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Local Ingredients (4)
Authentic (3)
Business Meals (3)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Casual (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Fun (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Food is still great.
Our waiter remembered us from our previous visit, and cheerfully took care of a small special request.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Loved every part of this incredible dining experience. Can’t wait to come back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Consistently outstanding!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Fantastic from start to finish. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was quiet and intimate, the service was perfect…wish we could dine there every night!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We often dine here for special occasions, as well as when we are just looking for enjoying another superb meal!
Lorena's rating as one of the top dining experiences in NJ is for good reason.
Superb creative cuisine and excellent service every time!!!
We'll be back soon ------------

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything was wonderful from appetizer to dessert. We don’t think we would have been disappointed with any food choice gauging by the responses of diners around us. Service was excellent. Our only small criticism was that the table for 2 was a little small. We will certainly return to explore other seasonal menus.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service. Worth the money. Excellent.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

5 stars! We totally enjoyed this special date night meal and ambiance. The top restaurant reviews met our expectations. The menu was amazing and we always love BYO places, so we brought a favorite cab. We will certainly be back for another special occasion. We enjoyed the oyster starters and shared the handmade carbonara pasta dish and crepe with crab meat and mushrooms. Then we ordered the fish special and duo braised meat and filet. It was delicious! Now we'll have to start with dessert next time first! It's in our top 10!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The service was excellent and all the food was delicious.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Lorena's is a spectacular restaurant where you get what you pay for. Quality, comfort, and accommodating service are far from lacking at this gem! Bring your favorite bottle of wine (since it is byob) or grab one at the conveniently located wine shop across the street and enjoy the eating experience that is LORENA'S!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Organic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Cozy
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The service and food are always the very best. And the addition of the room in the rear, though without windows, has made getting a reservation less stressful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Celebrated my husband’s bday.. great food! Great service!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It felt like the quality of the food slipped, main courses and deserts, especially given the price. Overall had a nice time and good Service but unlikely to return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always a treat at Lorena's!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

It is far and away our favorite restaurant. The food and service are consistently excellent We also live that we are never rushed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was creative with a unique flair. First course through dessert was delicious. Definitely the best dinner I have enjoyed in NJ.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Went for a anniversary dinner. Simply put, it was great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Superb food and dining experience. Service was exceptional.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

One of the five oysters served was bad. The burratta appetizer was ridiculously small. The "carbonara" appetizer, while beautifully prepared and presented- was completely bland and tasteless. Main of Quail was completely unenjoyable. Rack of Lamb was very good. Overall- overrated

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

One of the top 10 meals I have ever had. Every course was perfect and delicious. Great chef and great service. Wonderful for special occasions and for those who just want an amazing dinner experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Outstanding experience! Always a treat. Delicious food impeccably served. Thanks for another great meal!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Fantastic Sunday breakfast/brunch. Both the crepe and the eggs Benedict were great. Great croissants as well.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Service was a little stiff and pretentious. They were out of all the entrees we had selected which left very few choice. There were 8 entrees and the were out of 3 of them.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Truly a best restaurant in NJ

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

This was my husband's and my third time eating at Lorena's and we were a bit disappointed with the summer menu and service we received. When we arrived we were given a tight table very close to the front door. Terrible table IMO. We moved two more times before we found a table that offered us
breathing room.

It was my our first wedding anniversary too which the restaurant knew about when I made the reservation and our waiter did nothing to make the occasion or our presence feel special. It wasn't until dessert did he acknowledge it when he put down before us a complimentary panna cotta with a measly candle. He didn't even congratulate us. Guess if we were a straight couple he would have made more of a fuss. Waiter was a nice enough fellow but his low energy toward us really put a damper on the specialness of the evening. He just seemed to be an order taker and not much more although he did fill our champagne glasses regularly. If I didn't know better I would have thought he regarded us as 2 men having a business dinner.

The menu entree selections were rather mundane. Prices seemed awfully high in relation to portion size and quality. Nothing on the menu screamed, "Order me!" It took us a while to land on a selection. I ordered the salmon tartare as an appetizer; I've had better at lesser restaurants. For the entree I went with the Mediterranean Meagre. A light white fish, it was very good but nothing exceptional. My husband ordered the mushroom and crab crepe as his appetizer and salmon as an entree. He enjoyed them both.

I hope the next time we dine at Lorenas the service will be better than what we recently experienced and the menu will be more enticing.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Exceptional good and service and reasonable brunch prices!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Impeccable experience from hospitable vibe, incredible service and outstanding meal. Highly recommend!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Lorena's was wonderful, as usual. Celebrated wife's birthday. Place is BYOB, which helps control prices a little (they are high). They whisk your wine and carrier away, and put out just the right glasses for whatever you brought. Carrier re-appears as you leave. Food was awesome. A cut above all except Michelin starred restaurants. Every dish rates among the best of its type you've ever had. Order what you think you might like, and you will! We had crab and mushroom crepe, very special pasta with a great and different pesto, quail, and rack of lamb. Portion sizes for entrees were large. Service is highly skilled and smooth, with perhaps a little too much time between courses.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

As always, our evening at Lorena's was outstanding. The food was impeccable, the service warm and attentive. We will absolutely be back soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We were recommended to Lorena's by friends who have been many times. We are very glad that they turned us on to it. The food was super delicious. I had the Crab and Mushroom Crepe to start and my husband had the Salmon Tartar. His was very good but mine was amazing! I then had Lamb Chops for the main course which were delicious, tender and perfectly cooked. My husband had a fish special and really enjoyed it. The Creme Brûlée was fabulous and they brought us Pannacotta because it was our anniversary. Service was attentive but I wouldn't say friendly. Over all I highly recommend it!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

High quality and creative menu, relatively small number of choices. Everything is prepared beautifully but the prices are steep. Although still small, a second room has doubled the size without any loss of quality.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Nice atmosphere great foe a relaxed quiet dinner. Food was very good as usual.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent local dining. Good for special occasions or just a quiet dinner or weekend brunch.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary and everything was perfect. Love this place and will be sure to go back!! Thank you to the staff and the chef.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Referred to us for a Birthday Dinner. Everything was great and as described! One of the best in the area.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Overall it was a very good experience. The menu is limited, however there were enough entrees to choose from. The young gentleman responsible for filling our water glasses and bringing bread to the table did an outstanding job.

We were seated near the restrooms which was a bit disconcerting having requested a table that was private.

Everything was delicious, not extraordinary.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Our waiter's initial hovering presence resulted in our hurrying to order although our table never turned. Service is attentive. Menu is limited and entrees are rather high priced but it is BYO. Preparation and presentation were good although there were no stand out flavors..e.g. the quail dish was generously portioned, quail nicely cooked but I couldn't appreciate the sauce.
Fish dishes were enjoyed. Amuses were silly...a 1 oz shot glass of gazpacho and a similar shot glass of very sweet berry juice. The mushroom-crab crepe is excellent. The caramelized banana dessert was great. !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I'll start out by saying both my husband and I are big foodies and have dined at many Michelin star restaurants throughout the world. We haven't been back to this restaurant in a while. Now we remembered why. The new renovation and expansion of the restaurant was very nice. There is street parking and it's byob. I had the crab and mushroom crepe. It was very good and for $21 it better be. My husband had the cavatelli and wasn't sure about ordering it because it came with a poached egg. The waiter talked him in to it. He loves eggs but just not over his food. It was good but the egg part wasn't my husbands favorite. For dinner I ordered the rack of lamb medium rare. It was $48 for two double chops and the portion size was plenty for me. However, it was so very rare I probably should have sent it back, it was blue in the middle. There is no excuse for that in my opinion. My husband had the fish and he said it was good but not great. We shared the bread pudding and it was good. We basically left thinking we should have gone to the Bernard's Inn for those prices. We don't think we will be back anytime soon. Very limited menu selections.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Continues to deserve the high rankings; it is more than just the food, which is fresh and interesting as always - we had the most delicious Fanny Bay oysters and a lovely salmon with summer vegetables - but the level of service is simply outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We brought our friends to try Lorena's for the first time and they loved the experience. The Service is attentive and thoughtful, food is portioned adequately, seasoned well and nicely presented. The menu, which is not extensive, changes seasonally so there is a an opportunity to experience different preparations of fish, meat and fowl. Lorena's is a BYO so select a favorite wine and enjoy a splendid meal with family and friends.

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