Chez Catherine, Westfield, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

Chez Catherine, Westfield, NJ

Chez Catherine
431 North Ave.
Westfield, NJ

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Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  French

Price:  Very Expensive

Food Quality: 3 1/2 stars

Service:  2 1/2 Stars

Decor:  2 1/2 Stars

Overall Rating:  3 Stars

Note:  Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

One of the Best French Restaurants in northern New Jersey

Service a bit pretentious.

Value:  Good

Noise Level:  Moderate

Dress:  Upscale Casual

Recommended For:  Diners who enjoy high end traditional French cuisine with fine dining amenities.

Not Recommended For:  Limited budget diners who prefer simple food preparation in a less upscale, friendly, casual setting.

Recommended dishes:  When available Carré d’Agneau à la Provençale Roasted rack of lamb, tomate provençale, confit of golden potatoes, lamb juss; The Entrecôte de Boeuf à la Bordelaise Allen Brothers Angus NY strip steak, fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts, Bordelaise sauce; and the Sole Meunière de Douvres Dover sole, brown butter and lemon, with table side preparation.

Liquor:  Full service bar with an extensive wine selection

Restaurant Review

Chez Catherine is as close as you can find to a taste of France in New Jersey.

One of the finest Old School French restaurants in NJ, owners Didier and Edith Jouvenet have exercised creativity and careful preparation in serving up French fare.

Didier Jouvenet possess excellent culinary credentials having initially his formal training at the Ecole Hoteliere in Grenoble, France --- a culinary and management school. Later honing his skills at some of the famed New York City restaurants including La Grenouille and The Carlyle Hotel.

Didier Jouvenet is assisted by Chef de Cuisine, David Huenergardt who received his formal culinary education at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He over sees a creative menu prepared with a comittment to using local farm to table fresh, high quality, seasonal ingredients.

Chez Catherine is a small 12 table dining room with attractive decor with walls adorned in peach tones and beautiful floral arrangements to set the stage for a formal yet cozy and intimate dining experience. A great place to enjoy a special occasion or a romantic dinner for two.

The service at Chez Catherine is professional, knowledgeable, and attentive, although sometimes impersonal and pretentious.

Not recommended for kids.

Chez Catherine is open for lunch: Tuesday - Friday Noon to 2:30 PM and for dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM. They are closed on Sunday and Monday (except major holidays)

They are open on Thanksgiving Day and serve a traditional Thanksgiving turkey menu.

Free on site parking is available next to the restaurant.

They have an attractive private room that can accommodate private parties from 10 to 40 people.

(updated: September, 2016)

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