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
Patty and her staff do such a great job. ...
Patty and her staff do such a great job. A warm welcome, attentive service and delicious food added up to a memorable evening. My wife and I look forward to our next meal at Cafe Loren. You can't go wrong with this Avalon gem!
Dinner was excellent. The staff was ver ...
Dinner was excellent. The staff was very pleasant and nice. The only problem we had was dessert. We were very stuffed at dinner and could not take another bite, but dessert looked incredible. So we took ours home. To our surprise when we got home later to have dessert, it was a very tiny piece of what they should us at the restaurant and not dressed with all accessories ( assorted berries etc) that they should us. Not worth $12.50 dessert. Do not take dessert home.
This is our very favorite spot to dine w ...
This is our very favorite spot to dine when down the shore. Always over the top food with unique prep. The owner /greeter is so warm and welcoming. The chef is a genius, always tweaking the menu favorites to keep it interesting. Always look forward to our annual trip to Stone Harbor and our trip up to Avalon for an amazing meal at Cafe Loren.
Cafe Loren is always a special treat. P ...
Cafe Loren is always a special treat. Portions seemed quite adequate and they used to be quite small. Halibut was superb and seafood bisque was served steamy HOT which is the way I think soup should be served so you had me at the soup!! Thanks
The food and service is always excellent ...
The food and service is always excellent at Cafe Loren. Patty makes sure everything runs smoothly. You can tell it is owner-operated. We usually have the fish dishes. This time we both had the halibut with risotto and there was enough to take a little home for the next day. Our favorite spot in Avalon.
We try to come here every summer-our fav ...
We try to come here every summer-our favorite restaurant in Avalon hands down! Food is delicious and service is outstanding. It's getting harder to get a reservation on a weekend night in the summer because I think the secret is out:)
This food and the service is outstanding ...
This food and the service is outstanding the owners especially friendly no bad choices on the menu I would recommend this to anybody who is visiting Avalon. All restaurants down the shore are expensive you might as well go to one that's worth it
I found the food to be good not great, a ...
I found the food to be good not great, a bit limited on the menu and somewhat overpriced for what you get.
They were missing the little things..... If you serve bread, serve good bread. Not stale rolls.
If you are limiting sides, they should be fantastic, not throw ins.
BYOB with excellent food. Popular small ...
BYOB with excellent food. Popular small place so reservations can be tough. But, worth the wait. Service was excellent. Good suggestions on specials. We get there several times during the summer and they never disappoint.
We will certainly be back again.
We have looked forward to visiting Cafe ...
We have looked forward to visiting Cafe Loren each time we come to Avalon NJ, since our first time in 1978. The food is always excellent. Our 2016 visit was slightly marred by very slow service. Still, we really enjoy our visits and will continue to return each year and recommend Cafe Loren to others.
Cafe Loren is fine dining at its best! ...
Cafe Loren is fine dining at its best! The ambience is elegant, very classy and quiet enough to enjoy a private conversation. The service is outstanding from the moment you walk in the door until you leave, attention is paid to every detail. The most important part, of course, the food is incredibly delicious! My husband had a mouth watering seafood bisque served piping hot, while I enjoyed a fresh, crisp Caesar salad. The entrees were outstanding, he got sea bass and I opted for a well done scallops dish which just melted in my mouth! Of course we both shared to have a taste of each delectable dish and savor end every bite, unfortunately leaving no room for dessert. A nice chat with Mark and Patty is always the highlight of a special evening and something we always look forward to before leaving. Be sure to put this restaurant on your list of favorites! Christine & Gary Oxenberg
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!
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.
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