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Lorena's Restaurant

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168 Maplewood Ave, Ste E, Maplewood, NJ 07040-2582
+1 973-763-4460
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 20:00
Tue - Sun 11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:00
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Livingston, New Jersey
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263 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Small intimate restaurant. Excellent experience. The food was out of this world starting with the shot glass of the most amazing pea soup - loved the lobster/crab meat crepe, the tuna tartare, mushroom soup, salad and - did I leave anything out? We didn't have dessert so can't comment on that. The service was formal and spot on. Definitely will... More 

Thank AmyC723
Maplewood, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been a handful of times now and haven't had a mediocre meal yet. Just be sure to plan ahead because reservations are hard to get!

Thank tjohn26ny
Maplewood, New Jersey
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is my absolute favorite restaurant. The service is impeccable. The food is excellent. I've never had a bad meal or a dish I would not have again. Servings are small. Have an appetizer and a main dish. Consider dessert. It's pricey but worth it.

Thank Cheryl90
Morristown, New Jersey
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Great food. A bit expensive, but if you want to eat at a place where everything is micromanaged to the last detail, with your experience in mind, it's going to cost you. Food and service are excellent. You get the sense that the place is micro-managed by a chef who cares. Presentation and execution of meals had just the right... More 

Thank NJPodroz76
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Always have a wonderfull experience at Lorena's and go for special occasions. The service is impecable, the menu changes with the seasons and is always delightful. My husband is a vegetarian who eats fish and I have a gluten intollerance. Although our choices are limited due to our diets, we are always well accomodated and can select from other dishes... More 

Thank tripad4me
New Providence, New Jersey
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972 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We ate here during the week. I felt the food was very average and extremely expensive for what you were getting. We had the beet salad and grilled octopus. Both of these were underwhelming and the price was very high. For dinner we had the halibut $38, which was tender but tasteless. We had the organic chicken with saffron, $36,... More 

Thank Ramadama
New Jersey
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

What a wonderful surprise, again! Having dined here before, I remembered it was awesome, my refreshed opinion is perhaps even better. First, every aspect of service was ideal - attentive, professional. Every course of our meal was delightful, and each course demands a better follow up -- which we received! I can highly recommend Lorena's for a delightful experience of... More 

Thank PeteinSONJ
New York
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109 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We went as a couple and my wife told me this restaurant is well regarded. It may be BYOB but the food is truly excellent. Every dish was beautifully presented and the flavors matched. The service was impeccable, not intrusive but just perceptive. The food was excellent and even the chef's amuse-bouche was delicious. This is an excellent restaurant and... More 

Thank simoncC9250CK
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great little restaurant in downtown Maplewood. The food is always excellent and the service is attentive without being overbearing. Definitely a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary.

Thank Famil M
Maplewood, New Jersey
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

I have been going to Lorena's at least once a year for several years, and the food always delivers. The menu is varied enough to satisfy many different palates and diets, and the preparation is exquisite. Skate cooked to perfection, the most delicious spare ribs ever, delicately flavored desserts...I could go on and on. We take my parents there around... More 

Thank julia575

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$100
French, European
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 168 Maplewood Ave, Ste E, Maplewood, NJ 07040-2582
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Maplewood
  • Phone Number: +1 973-763-4460
Local Ingredients Deeply Rooted in French Technique

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?