Food Quality: 3 1/2 stars
Service: 3 1/2 Stars
Decor: 2 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
One of the best French restaurants in New Jersey
Quality of French cuisine is exceptional.
Service staff well trained ---- knowledgeable and attentive.
As a consequence of the small dining room, one loud table can be discomforting for others.
Noise Level: Moderate to high during peak times
Dress: Upscale Casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy high end fine dining with excellent French cuisine and service, and are willing to pay more for the experience.
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who prefer casual family style ambiance, and traditional food served in a larger setting
Recommended dishes: When available, The Shelled Nova Scotia lobster served over oyster mushrooms, celery-root puree, and a black-truffle-and-butter emulsion; The Black Pepper and Juniper Crusted Venison Sirloin with braised red cabbage, spaetzle, and juniper game jus; and The Spice Glazed Griggstown Quail, Wild Minnesota Rice, Snow Peas, Celery Root Puree, Black Truffle-Poultry Jus
Lorena's is a small French restaurant located in the heart of Maplewood that ranks as one of the restaurants to go for French cuisine.
This is a great place for a small party of 2-4 people celebrating a special occasion and for couples celebrating a romantic occasion.
Run by co-owner/chef Humberto Campos Jr. and his co-owner/hostess wife Lorena Perez, they have teamed up to put all the parts together to make a great restaurant that offers top draw food and service with understated elegance.
Tucked away in a small storefront with seating for 52 diners, the two small dining rooms give off simple ambiance with little if any character. Walls are toned beige and adorned with mirrors, impressionist prints, and decorative plates, under a dated ceiling of acoustic tiles. The tables are adequately spaced and covered with white linens.
The reason diners come to Lorena's is for the high quality of their French cuisine and professional management with a well trained wait staff.
Chef Campos is a graduate of the CIA and honed his skills at the famed Restaurant Nicholas and the Ryland Inn. He oversees a kitchen that utilizes only the freshest, seasonal ingredients to turn out a French based seasonal menu with dishes that are innovative in both substance and style.
Host Lorena Perez greets diners and roams the dining area in a gracious, assured manner with a penchant for detail to ensure that impeccable service is achieved.
The servers are knowledgeable and well trained. Examples include their prompt response in providing the proper wine glass with your BYOB red or white wine, in addition to offering an explanation of the nice assortment of breads served accompanied by cracked sea salt butter.
Lorena's is open for Sunday Brunch from 11:30 am-2:30 pm.
Given the small size of Lorena's and it's popularity, reservations should be made well in advance.
(updated: September, 2016)
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