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
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.
Cafe Loren has continued to be one of the most delicious restaurants on the south Jersey coast. For us its not a short ride but worth every mile. We try our best to get there several times each summer. The owner and staff always makes you feel like family. Looking forward to our next visit.
Excellent restaurant in the heart of Avalon
We had a lovely dinner in a small restaurant in the center of Avalon. The food was excellent and the service perfect. While somewhat expensive (average entree $35-40), this was offset by the fact that it is BYOB. There was a nice ambience (there were no children when we were there for a 9:00 dinner).
Food was delicious, service friendly and accommodating. Can't believe that it took us so long to get here but now that we are residents of Avalon, we will dedinitely be a regular.
Great shore spot
Great restaurant for special occasion in Cape May, Been here before so consistent too. The steak and halibut and scallops are excellent . Expensive but BYOB allows you to bring a nice bottle and not pay restaurant mark up
Outstanding as always!
A little pricey but the best food on the island. Well worth it! Halibut dish and Veal Loren are to die for, you don't want the meal to end. We probably dine there at least 4 times a season and we give gift certificates from Cafe Loren to family members for their celebrations. We give this resturant our highest recommendation. The only way it could be better is if it had a water view.
We enjoyed another fine meal at Cafe Lor ...
We enjoyed another fine meal at Cafe Loren - a must dinner out when we vacation every summer in Avalon.
Always a wonderful experience. I love everything about this restaurant. Having tried many of the dishes, all of which have been delicious, my favorite is the Alaskan Halibut , truly outstanding. I recommend Cafe Loren to all of my friends and always look forward to returning. Great service and terrific food.
The food. was delicious, but the noise level was very high and for the prices ( apps 14 to 19 and entries between 33 to 55) I didn't expect to be rushed. We were 4,people and we were served and back in our car in 1 1/2 hours.
Mediocre Food, Nice Atmosphere
For as long as we have been vacationing n Avalon, I have not eaten at Café Loren and was intent on going there this summer. We finally tried it because of a number of good reviews and we were all disappointed in the food, which we thought was mediocre at best. The ambience is lovely and the service was good but the food is average at best.
Did It Again
We love Cafe Loren. We go every summer while we're in Avalon-sometimes twice in two weeks. This time was just as good as we expected. From the time Patty greets us at the door like old friends to the time we polish off dessert,we're content to be there. The servers return year after year. This time we had Sally who is friendly,knowledgeable,fun,and efficient. My friend had the rack of lamb which he declared delicious; I had the halibut-excellent. While it's pricey,Cafe Loren offers such good-sized portions so you never leave hungry. Here's to next year!
A definite when in beautiful Avalon, NJ! The perfect date night with my husband! BYO too!
Cafe Loren never disappoints. Great food and service!
EXCELLENT as always!! When ever we have ...
EXCELLENT as always!! When ever we have weekend guest visit us we bring them here.
Cafe Loren has always been a favorite of ours for fine dining. Menu is great. Service is great. We always recommend to our friends.
Cafe Loren is our isand home restaurant. A summer without Cafe Loren is not summer. The food is Delicious. The ambience is peaceful, romantic, exciting. It's what you make it. Whether you live here, vacation or come from other places it's "Our Island Gem". Patti is Cafe Loren. She always greets you with her bright smile and makes you feel at home. Did I mention the food. Delicious!
Best food in the south Jersey shore areas
Outstanding cuisine with our standing and very friendly service. We can not wait to go back
Very Good, But...
We have been going to Café Loren for about 15 years and it has always been one of our favorite South Jersey shore BYOB's. However, this was our first time there since 2013 and some things have changed. First, the average age of the customers has gone from 30's and 40's to 60's and 70's. And perhaps because of that, while the food presentations actually seem to be fancier, the food itself is much less assertive. Tuna tartare was beautiful, but lacked seasoning. Accompanying dots of sauce - one red and one white - tasted the same! Veal Loren, formerly 3 good sized veal medallions and a pile of crabmeat, is now three 1/2" thick but small cuts of veal loin, and the previous pile of lump crab is now maybe 2 tablespoons worth. Probably great for an Octogenarian, but the younger set (no longer there) clearly would be disappointed. I'm only mid 50's and I was disappointed and longed for the old Café Loren. One bright spot in the evening was a killer cauliflower soup, and that says a lot for a guy who is not big on cauliflower. Also, the ginger crème brulee was excellent. Don't get me wrong. Café Loren is still one of the top spots in the area. It's just that they used to be so much more cutting edge. Seems that now, they are playing it a bit more safe.
Cafe Loren is our go-to restaurant in Avalon. We have been there at least 1/2 dozen times and never disappointed .
Great Night At the Shore
We have been going one night every year for over 25 years during our shore vacation. It is a special occasion we look forward to. Food is always excellent with slight variations to the menu each year. Even though they are always busy, the service is well paced and professional. The liquor store with a great wine selection next door is an added bonus.
Cafe Loren is the BEST Restaurant in Avalon
I LOVE Cafe Loren. It is my favorite restaurant. They have a great menu - seafood, poultry, beef, salads, and awesome desserts!! The food is always delicious and the service impeccable.
Great dinner at the shore!
We had a very good dinner. Service was terrific and we really enjoyed ourselves.
This was our first vacation in Avalon and were pleased to have found Cafe Loren for a special night out. My husband loved the seafood bisque and my steak was perfect. Will definitely return if we visit the area again.
The best restaurant we've found in Avalon. Perfect for a special occasion. We'd definitely return!
For the last 12 summers I have been enjoying a five star summer dinner at Cafe Loren. I am a repeat offender. The assimilation of the finest classic and contemporary fare, service , and interior design leads the guest to a "sheer perfection " experience. I am a repeat offender. Cafe Loren is the sweetest sentence every summer.
As good as it gets in Avalon, NJ
Outstanding food! Awesome service! A happy and positive place to enjoy a great meal in Avalon. One of the top places in the Island!
Excellent as always
Cafe Loren is a real gem and all of our dinners here have always been memorable. I am very particular about giving out 5 stars. That said, the food, service and ambiance are excellent and we will definitely return during out next Jersey shore vacation!
As good as it gets.
5 stars. The white linen table ambience is great. The meticulous service and attention to details is excellent . The presentation of the amazing dishes is incredible. The food is to die for. Nothing else to say other than this is one of the top restaurants in all of South Jersey.
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