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Lorena's Restaurant

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168 Maplewood Ave, Ste E, Maplewood, NJ 07040-2582
+1 973-763-4460
11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 20:00
Tue - Sun 11:30 - 13:30
17:00 - 21:00
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service was great from the start. The meal was good but not amazing. It was kinda average. I was really looking forward to a fine meal. The restaurant came highly recommended and has great reviews. Maybe my expectations were too high.

Thank Lil1fun
Denville, New Jersey
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Food and service were lovely. My husband ordered the lunch scallop special ($21) when the plate arrived with TWO scallops my first thought was the the waiter must have thought he ordered the appetizer...WRONG it was lunch. I ordered the Crepe ($21)..it was a five inch crepe folded in quarters...We enjoyed the food but had an early dinner that night.

Thank PowerhousePeggy
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Delicious and fresh, everything made to order. You can bring your own champagne or wine. Bon appetit!

Thank Jane H
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86 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This visit, like all visits, was fantastic from the greeting at the door to opening your wine to meal service and FOOD is awesome. They continue to outperform most places. It is very cosy setting. Quiet. Special occasion although those that can afford top prices likely come here more frequently. We treat it as a special meal place.

Thank Truegrid
Westfield, NJ
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We've been here about five times and it never disappoints. Early Valentine's Day dinner and food and service was excellent. I had the barramundi and my wife had the salmon, both very good. Beet salad was great and desserts, as well. Always solid. Can't go wrong?

Thank Joshua S
Maplewood, New Jersey
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Lorena's is an upscale restaurant with good food, on the expensive side, and VERY small, so you need to make your reservations in advance. Very nice for a special occasion.

Thank Cee C
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Had a 9pm rez and called at 8 to see if our table might be ready early so we could come in earlier. Owner said no, it's looking to be on time or a little later. Arrived at 9:30 and was not warmly greeted. In fact the owner/host intimated that we lost (my word, not his) our table but it... More 

Thank abadvisor
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50 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

The restaurant enjoys the services of first-rate cooks and provides a balanced and interesting menu. The waiters are knowledgeable and helpful. Quality of food ingredients is very high and they are fresh. The background music could use some rethinking (a bit too pedestrian to my taste) -- but other than this rather-small detail, food, ambiance and service were excellent (and... More 

Thank Reuel_Tidhar
West Orange, New Jersey
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Lorena's exquisite attention to detail is memorable. My husband and I have been coming to this restaurant dating back to the days when it was Jocelyne's. We continue to dine here because it is consistently delightful. We are so pleased that a restaurant of this caliber allows it's patrons to bring its own wine. We were happy that they expanded... More 

Thank Deb100000
Stockton, New Jersey
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47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Drove an hour to have dinner at the much-lauded intimate Lorena's and know why it earns recognition year in and year out. The food was very good, particularly the first course and desert. The service was exceptional and on par with a five-star Michelin rated restaurant.

Thank Leslie B

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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?