About Cafe Loren
The Café Loren was opened in 1978 and offers fine dining in an atmosphere of casual seashore elegance. For nearly four decades our menu has kept pace with American culinary trends. Over the years our heavy French influence has given way to American cuisine, a happy hybrid of styles, methods and ingredients from around the globe. Our menu can best be described as "American Coastal Cuisine". American because of our diverse preparations and Coastal because of our emphasis on seafood. But meat lovers have not been forgotten. We offer superbly prepared lamb, veal, beef and pork.
Chef/owner Stephen Serano has spent time with some of the best in any kitchen including three years in New York City with Chef Gordon Ramsey of “Hell’s Kitchen” fame. He brings all of this to his tables and continues to be progressive with his dishes including house made desserts and creative daily additions. During the winter months he teaches culinary classes at Atlantic County Community College.
Avalon, NJ 08202
American, Seafood, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM; Closed on Monday
$31 to $50
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Limited parking is available in our lot on the 23rd street side of the building.
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking
Cafe Loren Ratings and Reviews
Our waitress was very good. But for a "classy" restaurant, first impression was not good when she presented my soup in a chipped bowl!!! Very limited menu. The veal medallion was served over potato slices, one potato being very undercooked compared to the other two. Needs some fine tuning.
Never disappoints! My wife and I went for our anniversary and had a wonderful meal. I started with the shrimp and grits and it is pro ably the best I have ever had and honestly could have been a meal in itself. My wife had the special stuffed baby peppers which melted in your mouth with the prosciutto. My wife had the filet which was good and I had the scallops which are my favorite. Glad to see they had a little more variety rather than the same dishes this summer. This is our favorite place down the shore.
Very disappointed. We have been going to Cafe Loren for 23 years. Previous owners sold the restaurant last year. Although the chef is the same, the friendliness is gone. My husband's scallops were inedible. Others meals were fine, but not outstanding as has been the norm in the past. We also felt rushed.
Server Sally is wonderful. Helpful and attentive. I ordered from the specials. Creative baby bell pepper appetizer and barramundi entrée were both excellent. Husband ordered from the menu. Steamed clams and Veal Loren always his favorites. We love this place and make an effort to get there every season. Make reservations early if you need a specific day/time.
The restaurant was extremely crowded and noisy. There isn't sufficient room for the waitstaff to move without bumping diners' chairs or put food on tables without intruding on nearby tables.
The food was very disappointing. The filet was overcooked chewy and tasteless. The tuna was stringy. The execution on other items made interesting ideas boring.
This BYO restaurant in a beach town was quite impressive. I ordered the Loren salad for $12.50 which was nothing exceptional for the price. The veal Loren entree ($34) was delicious however. Three small thick medallions of veal on top of a potato slice topped by a small shrimp and lumps of crab in a delicious sauce. My husband enjoyed his octopus appetizer (be forewarned - the calabrese chili pepper is VERY hot) as well as the seared ahi special entree. For dessert we shared the macadamia pie for $12.50 which has a delicious crust but proved to be way too sweet to our liking. Sort of like eating too much soft toffee. The waitress was exceptional and we would definitely go back next time we are in town.
Not sure why this place gets so much praise, since the service is poor, the food is over rated and over priced. This place is not worth your money. Goto Reeds or Jays on the 3rd for this price point. I'm sure I will get slack for this review, but this is coming from someone who has dined around the world.
The restaurant is wonderful, I've been there before and always loved it. This was a date night for me and there was a group of guys sitting very close to our table. They are so very noisy that I couldn't have a conversation with my date because of the noise level at that table. Those men would have been better suited for a local bar environment and not for such an otherwise lovely restaurant like Cafe Loren. Next time I'll ask to have my table changed if that happens again.
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