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
Not your typical beach restaurant, Cafe Loren boasts a beautiful atmosphere, lovely surroundings, white tableclothes, nicely-attired servers and delicious food! A little pricey, but definitely worth it for the wonderful food and relaxed and lovely atmosphere. A great restaurant for a special occasion.
Cafe Loren continues to deliver amazing food and service in a beautiful, quiet environment. The menu combines classic cuts with creative delivery and beautiful presentation, like short ribs with roasted peaches and blueberry sauce, or swordfish with Mexican street corn. We also recommend the octopus appetizer, the scallops and the panacotta dessert. The service is excellent and we always have a great experience dining here!
As nice as cafe Loren is on the inside, our appetizers were incredible and our dinner was very disappointing for a chef supposedly trained with Gordon Ramsey. I had the buttoni noodles crab and gravy special and we both felt it lacked taste. It was very bland and really needed some additional herbs and spices to pick up the taste. Very pricey which is fine with great food but that was not the case. We had been to basillicos in sea isle the night before and it has always been outstanding and offers a lot of specials. We have never been disappointed. Had our dinner matched the taste of our appetizers my review would have been outstanding. Unfortunately that was not the case and for the prices I can't say I will recommend cafe Loren since their are numerous other dining establishments we have visited with better and more consistency in quality food all of the time.
This is a favorite restaurant of ours in Avalon. Year after year we are never disappointed. The food is unique and delicious. On our last visit our waitress was spectacular- so friendly and warm. Made for a very special night. Being a BYOB makes it so affordable. This place is a gem!
This meal was one of the best I can remember. We thoroughly enjoyed the octopus and shrimp & grits as starters. The most tender octopus we have ever had. The shrimp and grits was awesome. Our entrees included the veal medallions and the New York Strip, which was an addition to the menu. Everything was perfectly cooked and presented. Highly recommended!
Always a pleasure at Cafe Loren-even though I was caught by surprise that the ownership had changed. The menu is pretty much the same-and still delicious. Many of the same staff members are there which is terrific-and a compliment. The atmosphere has not changed. All that being said,I'll be back next year!
Always fun to reconnect with this special place in the heart of Avalon. The was surprisingly diverse this time, and really interesting. Overall, our experience was great! Scallop appetizer was amazing, but tuna tartare was bland. Veal Loren was outstanding, as was the halibut special. Service was friendly and efficient. Overall, a fun experience!
Love Cafe Loren! This restaurant ranks up there in the top 5 of any one I've been too. Great service and food. The only negative thing I can say is that they have a lot of tables in a small area. Some guys were having a hard time just walking to the bathroom and back. Definitely recommend!
My wife and I just travelled to Nashville, Atlanta, & Savanah last month. Even with all of the amazing meals we had along the way, we both think this meal was the BEST of the Summer! What a treat to have at the Shore. I also love BYOB and a great shop a couple doors down. Highest accolades to the chefs, staff, & owner.
Another wonderful meal at Cafe Loren. Each time I visit, I try something new. This time I tried the Risotto and mushroom special. Very tasty, I would definitely order this again. The swordfish entree was perfectly prepared and served over a bed of delicious black bean and corn salsa. My friend enjoyed the braised short ribs, which happens to be my most favorite food and my other friend ordered pan seared scallops accompanied with edamame and yellow corn succotash. So buttery and tender. Another favorite of mine. The atmosphere was perfect and our waitress very attentive. Overall, a wonderful experience at Cafe Loren! I'll certainly be back. Great job to all!
The restaurant was seated at full capacity and the service was attentive, but not quite as detailed as it usually is. However, the food was excellent & wasn't comprimised in any manner.
My only compliant is, it may get rather loud for easy conversation during peak dining hours.
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