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.
American, Seafood, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm.
$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, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome
Cafe Loren Ratings and Reviews
Thirty eight years and still going stron ...
Thirty eight years and still going strong. Patti and Mark and their staff never disappoint! The food is imaginative but not fussy. No molecular gastronomy, just excellent food. Highlights were: the poached lobster app (a little pricey at $20 but a very large portion that could have been a small entree for some).. a striped bass app special...and the scallop entree which had 5 huge scallops, edamame, corn and a super tasty bit of red onion marmalade atop each scallop. The only minor disappointment was the key lime tarte. The custard was wonderful, not cloyingly sweet or super tangy, but the cookie crust was a little too thick and heavy for our taste. In all a fabulous dinner!
They were gracious from start to finish. ...
They were gracious from start to finish. Especially delightful in accommodating gluten free needs with fantastic food!
The food was superb..there were four dif ...
The food was superb..there were four different entrees -- all were delicious! The service was friendly, warm and did not rush us through any course!
Can't beat Cafe Loren for shore dinning. ...
Can't beat Cafe Loren for shore dinning. Great BYOB. Fine food & a very friendly staff.
I wanted so badly to like this place sin ...
I wanted so badly to like this place since there are so few amazing restaurants on 7MI, but sadly, I will never go back. I mentioned on my reservation that the dinner was for our forth wedding anniversary, and while I get this isn't a momentous occasion, you this we could have had a better selection of tables. Either right by the kitchen door, or right by the emergency exit shoved in the corner. Ok fine, we sit by the exit. My husband is a bourbon drinker and brought a flask with him since it is a byo. We asked our waiter, Sean, for a glass of ice for bourbon. He takes a wine glass and fills it up. Uggg. Onto dinner, we had the clams and lobster appetizers. The lobster was amazing, but the clams came out with burnt bread Again annoying. Then the salads came. My husband had a caesar and I had the house...with a live stink bug crawling on the top of it!!! I showed the waiter and he took it away. When he returned later he brought another salad and said it was on the house. Come on, the whole dinner should have been in the house, I was so grossed out. If it hadn't been a date that I had planned with my husband, and gotten a sitter for, I would have left. Sean did a terrible job checking to see if everything was ok from that point on. For our main course I had the scallops, which were good, but I had lost my appetite by then and my husband had the filet. He ordered it medium, but it came out well done. Overall I was disappointed with dinner even if it had been served sans stink bug.
As always, a wonderful experience from b ...
As always, a wonderful experience from beginning to end, thank you!!
Everything we ordered was delicious! C ...
Everything we ordered was delicious! Cafe Loren never lets us down!
Back again for a 5 star experience - con ...
Back again for a 5 star experience - consistently amazing. Thank you for all the great dinners.
We've had much better experiences at Caf ...
We've had much better experiences at Cafe Loren. It must have been an off night.
Excellent food with unique combinations. ...
Excellent food with unique combinations. Great service with good suggestions on choices. We will be back again. And will highly recommend to our friends. My wife had the best clam chowder as an appetizer. My beet salad was a perfect start to dinner. On my entree the flavorful pork was accompanied by grilled peaches and plums. My wife rarely orders veal. She commented it was cooked perfectly. I consider myself a "foodie" . I have had meals all over the world. This was a top 5 meal ever. I described it as " French but not too French"
The good was delicious & beautifully pre ...
The good was delicious & beautifully presented. It is truly a dining experience.
A wonderful place for fine dining on the ...
A wonderful place for fine dining on the island!! The food and service are wonderful. A must while vacationing on the 7 mile island!
It was restaurant week in Avalon when we ...
It was restaurant week in Avalon when we went to Café Loren. The Prix Mix menu was superb with several great choices from appetizers to dessert. The staff was especially attentive. The ambiance, art work and room color was relaxing. Café Loren is one of our favorite restaurants and every summer we make a point of dining there, and would recommend it highly.
Delicious food, nice portion size and at ...
Delicious food, nice portion size and attentive staff. Pricey entrees but when you factor in byob ended up reasonable. Enjoyable evening 😊
Highly recommend Cafe Loren. It is a great place for a great dinner. Food was fantastic and service was outstanding.
7 Mile Restaurant Week
The food was excellent and the presentation perfect. Our server, Mary was awesome.
We had a great meal at Cafe Loren during the 7 mile restaurant week event. The menu had many interesting options. I choose the roasted beet salad which was delicious. The chili soy salmon with fried rice was outstanding, maybe the best salmon dish I have ever had. Desert was tiramisu, also wonderful. The restaurant was very pretty and comfortable. The staff friendly and extremely competent. I look forward to my next visit.
Had a nice dinner with family. Busy evening for servers but food was good. We would go back
Short ribs were amazing!
Short ribs were amazing!
Always fantastic -- food, service, ambia ...
Always fantastic -- food, service, ambiance. Love coming back.
Long time favorite
My wife and I have been dining here for over 25 years. Renovated after Superstom Sandy, the interior is very lovey. The food has always been very good and at our recent visit (June 2016), the meal was exceptional, from appetizer thru dessert. The service is always top notch, smooth and professional, no small feat in a seasonally open shore town restaurant.
The Seven Mile Island Gem. It's a cozy q ...
The Seven Mile Island Gem. It's a cozy quaint restaurant that allows you to dine. The food is delicious. The chocolate peanut butter pie is awesome. It's made by Patti's mother. The wait staff are very nice. You must go.
Still Excellent After All These Years
It had been a couple of years since we had last visited Cafe Loren. We should not have stayed away so long. Although a bit pricey, the food is magnificent. We had tuna tartare to start and veal tenderloin and a surf and turf special (Scallops, NY Strip, shrimp and lobster risotto. Wonderful!
This restaurant is a gem
I go to this restaurant at least three times a year and it always get better. The food is superb and the service is always great. it is BYOB so take a good wine and enjoy one of the best restaurants at the shore.
Best of Seven Mile Island
Always wonderful dining experience starting with a warm greeting from Patty, owner and wife of chef/owner. She makes you feel like family. Servers, many college students and teachers, couldn't be more attentive yet discreet. We love the soups, but are always tempted by all the interesting appetizers. Salads equally delicious. Entrees all so perfectly prepared with such an interesting use of ingredients, it is hard to choose. Desserts are amazing too. Cafe Loren is where we dine. It is where we meet our friends and take our company. Best of the shore, hands down.
Lovely dinner with excellent food and se ...
Lovely dinner with excellent food and service! Will definitely dine there again!
Everything was excellent from the servic ...
Everything was excellent from the service to the food! We had to ask where the front entrance was since we parked on the 23rd street side and only saw the Freeze shop around to the front. Surprised at the very lovely interior and the large size of the restaurant! Being able to BYO is awesome as all entrees are $30 something and apps $12 and up but well worth the price. We will certainly make this one of our go-to places at the beach!
Our waiter was friendly and attentive. T ...
Our waiter was friendly and attentive. The food is beyond reproach. We've also enjoyed ourselves. We've going there for over 20 years.
Food is wonderful. Very gourmet and de ...
Food is wonderful. Very gourmet and delicious. Service is the best and it is a BYOB.
Great Resturaunt always perfect, the fo ...
Great Resturaunt always perfect, the food the staff and the ambiance are great. Highly recommend going here it's as good as it gets
Cafe Loren is ALWAYS the best
Cafe Loren is ALWAYS the best. Every year the menu gets better and better......and the service is exceptional!!!!!!
Chef Steve and staff are on top of their game!
Chef Steve was kind enough to go off menu knowing my significant other does not like seafood, the service was great, knowledgeable and friendly. Chef Steve is a true talent! Every course was delicious! The creativity and presentation were the best I've seen! Treat yourself and friends and family and make a reservation!
we've eaten at cafe loren a few times every summer for the past 20 years perhaps. we've always had an excellent meal and wonderful service. this past summer, however, the food and experience have been better than ever, which is saying a lot. one of our favorite restaurants anywhere, ever.
The old adage, that restaurants come and go, does not apply to Cafe Loren. After 24 years, still always great. Another great meal at Cafe Loren, not to be missed if you are in Avalon.
A fabulous restaurant.
Fabulous. I had salmon with figs. My husband had the halibut. We are talking about this restaurant days later.
Dinner and the service was excellent as ...
Dinner and the service was excellent as always. One of my favorite on the Jersey Shore!!!!
great find at the shore
Hard to get a reservation but once in, the place is delightful. All four in our party were pleased with their entire meal. Great BYOB, friendly staff, great service, and the food is excellent!
Finest restaurant on the East coast...seriously
This restaurant is not to be missed. The food here is so fine, creative, great atmosphere. We have eaten in fine restaurants all over the world - this is by far our favorite. About $100 for dinner for two (two appetizers, entrees, and dessert/coffee). Scallops over fingerling potatoes with a bacon sauce and pureed cauliflower for appetizer not to be missed, as is the lobster tail risotto - unbelievable. Treat yourself, you won't regret it. BYOB and there is a liquor store two doors down so easy to pick up a drink just before dinner.
We had great appetizers and salads. Two at our table ordered the filet with mashed potatoes but both said they were both very salty. Didn't want to make a fuss but they should have sent them back for $39. Two of us had the rack of lamb which was delicious. Service was good.
Pleasant servers and ambience but mediocre, overpriced food. They took decent ingredients and served them with thick bland sauces that made the whole meal unsatisfying.
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