About Cafe Loren
Avalon, NJ 08202
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, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking
Cafe Loren Ratings and Reviews
Last night of dinner service for the 201 ...
Last night of dinner service for the 2016 season.
For starters, we had a special appetizer of Foie Gras and the seafood bisque, both terrific. For our entrees, we had the short rib special and the halibut, both outstanding. Dessert was chocolate fudge bar type dense cake with a scoop of house made vanilla ice cream - yumm!
This place is BYO, so consider bringing a special bottle of wine to pair with this exceptional food.
I reserved a table for a Friday evening ...
I reserved a table for a Friday evening for my husband and myself and was excited to experience this cute place because of great reviews I've read about service and of course the food. We were greeted warmly and seated right away. The atmosphere was cozy and had a feeling of home to it. Our waitor was patient as he went through the recommendations and was very friendly. Our food came in a timely matter and it was amazing to say the least! He got the squash soup and blueberry bbq short ribs while I devoured the tomatoe salad and filet mignon. We couldn't have been more satisfied with the whole experience and even had time to chat with the waitor after our meal. Never felt rushed or like a number but rather like a part of the family there. Just wonderful and looking forward to going again. Think we found ourselves another favorite restaurant.
This was our first time visiting as we a ...
This was our first time visiting as we are Diving Horse diehards. But, have long wanted to try this restaurant and it did not disappoint! A few doors down from Fred's so all of your alcohol and mixer needs are steps away! The service is a paradox of formality but with warm familiarity and casualness. We enjoyed every dish we tried, the seafood salad, lobster appetizer, barramundi and halibut entrees and the blueberry cobbler for dessert. All fantastic! Only knock is the dining room is a little cramped and the noise level gets rather loud. With everyone having such a great time it was difficult hearing each other. We highly recommend and we'll be back!
Cafe Loren is always excellent. The food ...
Cafe Loren is always excellent. The food is always outstanding and the service is friendly and professional. The kitchen turns out consistently excellent meals. Simply the best restaurant at the shore and always a treat!
The salad was delightful- great variety ...
The salad was delightful- great variety of ingredients happily seasoned. The scallops were done beautifully with surrounding vegetables predictably buck-shot size. The marmalade was too heavy-handed for this diner. They try too hard to be unique.
Every dish was beautiful and the blend o ...
Every dish was beautiful and the blend of flavors were creative and delicious. I wish it was open year round, and closer to me!
The service was attentive but not intrusive, and Mary was delightful. We were never wanting for anything. The timing of all the dishes was perfect.
We had a lovely dinner here - excellent ...
We had a lovely dinner here - excellent food and excellent wait staff. The food was very fresh and well prepared. Further, the menu is not overwhelming, but is nicely varied and the specials sounded very appetizing. Our waiter was excellent.
Each year we come back to Cafe Loren whi ...
Each year we come back to Cafe Loren while we are in Avalon and the fine dining experience does not disappoint. I'm happy to say the food was especially delicious this year. We were grateful that the chef is able to make so many of the entrees and appetizers gluten free and still exceed our demanding standards. A word about the friendliness of this place. You are greeted like long lost family when you come back to Cafe Loren. We always enjoy our experience here and hope to come back for many years to come.
We visit Cafe Loren every summer and loo ...
We visit Cafe Loren every summer and look forward to the experience. The food is unusual and delicious. The owner/hostess, Patty, goes out of her way to make sure everything is perfect and the waitstaff is superb! Can't wait til next year!
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