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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 a 3 Course Pri Fixe menu with choices 95$ per person not including service or tax
Serving from 2pm to 8:30pm

Restaurant Lorena's Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (18)
Special Occasion (17)
Romantic (16)
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Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Cozy (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Authentic (5)
Business Meals (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Casual (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Seasonal (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

One of the best restaurant meals I've ever had! Oysters were the freshest I've ever eaten, the meat was perfectly cooked, and the Panna Cotta was delicious. If you haven't gone yet, reserve now.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

A jewel of a restaurant. Cozy, chic, elegant, yet relaxed. Food was perfection!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always fantastic & delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The service was wonderful, the food was delicious, I will go back again soon.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

As always a great experience. I would consider us a foodie couple and this is one of the best restaurants we've found in NJ. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for someplace special.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great food, great service! Will definitely be going back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I had a very sad and sobering experience at Lorena’s. The food was excellent and the waiter was very attentive. I noticed, however, that all of the people of color dining at the restaurant that evening were in the same back room. I can also report that I was seated in the same space when I dined at Lorena’s several months ago. It is extremely disconcerting to have this kind of segregation in Maplewoid where I thought that everyone is welcome. Needless to say I will not be going back and I will make sure that I make my network aware of what I observed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food is consistently outstanding, and our visit was no exception. Service, as always, was friendly and lovely. For us, Lorena's is a special occasion and the team there has not disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food and service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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 on November 22, 2017

As always a great meal delivered with impeccable service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Consistently outstanding!

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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (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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