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Cafe Loren

4.9
4.9
1369 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Café Loren was opened in 1978 and offers fine dining in an atmosphere of casual seashore elegance. For 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (609) 967-8228

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Avalon

  • Cross street

    23rd St.

  • Parking details

    Limited parking is available in our lot on the 23rd street side of the building.

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 1,369 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Service

  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

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  • Atlantic City / South Jersey Shore

    American

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Overall

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Food

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Service

  • South Jersey Shore

    Best Value

  • South Jersey Shore

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  1. MD

    MD86

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food here is always delicious, the best in Sea Isle, Avalon or Stone Harbor in my opinion. The service is also always great. The venue could use a little update, but that is minor in comparison to the fantastic meal.
  2. JR

    JeriR

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was excellent but very crowded and very noisy. Our waitress was very nice.
  3. G

    Gbtourista

    Naples

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Greeted warmly Had a very nice waiter named Nick. Soups lacked a little in taste but entree and dessert delicious. Entree portions a little too large. Overall nice experience. Look forward to returning.
  4. CS

    CaroleS

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The food is delicious. The staff is friendly and the service excellent. We love going there for special occasions.
  5. WW

    WaltW

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding meal! Great way/place to celebrate an anniversary.
  6. S

    Sparkman

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had Amy as our server and she did an excellent job of serving our table. Three of us had the Filet Mignon, which were perfectly done and our fourth had the Appetizer Scallops made into an Entrée portion. Also, done to perfection. We will definitely be back to Cafe Loren in the future.
  7. BQ

    BrianQ

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu gives a nice selection of of dishes. The starters, salads and entrees that we ordered were outstanding. The artistry in both taste and presentation were great. Our waiter, Michael, was both knowledgeable about the menu and very personal. Would definitely recommend and will return next year.
  8. s

    susan

    Atlantic City

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef is magnificent. The staff are ever so friendly. Always a great meal Tom and Sue Hill
  9. LD

    LaurieD

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Once again, a great dining experience. The scallops and short rib dinner are definitely delicious entrees. The service was good, and this is one of our very favorite restaurants!
  10. b

    bezecoop

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very worthwhile. Always excellent.
  11. PK

    PatK

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The soups were OK, but the entrées were fabulous. The veal dish and the crabcakes. Wonderful! Service was terrific 🥰
  12. MM

    MylaM

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was great and portion sizes are really good. Appetizer salads are actually oversized. We must have had a new waitress. very nice but needed some training, especially in opening wine. The young man David that filled water glasses was excellent and helpful. Hopefully with some training all will be good. Atmosphere is same as it has been and a little dated.
  13. CJ

    CaptainJack

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cafe Loren has become one of our regular dining points each time we visit Avalon; about twice each year. The menu is somewhat limited, but we have never had anything that wasn't exceptional. Prices are on the high side, but considering the food and the service, we always feel that we are getting our money's worth. The food and service at a few of our other favorite restaurants has definitely deteriorated over the last year or so. But Cafe Loren has always offered a dining experience we can depend on.
  14. E

    Ernesto

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Loren is the best restaurant in the entire area without a doubt!!!!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Everything was excellent, except the halibut, which was overdone. The hostess offered us a dessert. That was very nice of her.
  16. JT

    JeffTerry

    Orlando

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great. Food and service is the best in Avalon.
  17. B

    Bill

    Naples

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took friends who had never been to Cafe Loren, their review was easy. the best meal they've had all summer on 7 mile Island. the Braised Short Ribs were awesome as was the swordfish, and as always the Veal Loren was out of this world! Always excellent food and service.
  18. RI

    RICHARDST

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I think Cafe Loren is the most consistent restaurant at the shore. The quality of the food and the service are always great.
  19. r

    richardt

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great food and service. Especially like pork chop, halibut and octopus
  20. F

    Frugundorf

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gene is adorable!!!! Jen was great
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice. Always a quality meal. Portions quite large so plan accordingly
  22. JO

    JimO

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first impression was a good one as the hostess greeted us warmly and showed us to our table. The atmosphere was impressive with nice table settings and quick service. Nick, our waiter, promptly opened the bottle of wine we brought and placed the bottle in a bucket of ice. He also explained the specials on the menu and recommended a delicious entree. The first course of Jersey Tomato salad and Potato soup were as tasty as they appeared. The crab cakes and pan seared halibut were delightfully seasoned and cooked perfectly. The blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream was a fitting end to a delightful dining experience, one that we hope to repeat soon.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite restaurant in Avalon /SH, and it did not disappoint once again! The halibut entree was exceptional tonight. Service was also exceptional! Well done!
  24. R

    Rudy

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very good service and the food was excellent
  25. r

    reginak

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful presentation. Our new favorite Avalon restaurant. Kudos to the great chefs and staff. Can’t wait to come back!!!
  26. KB

    KathiB

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu modifications to include more seasonal flavors, was amazing. My halibut was outstanding! The pork chop special was delicious! Thank you for another great experience!
  27. CA

    ChrisA

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently amazing!
  28. NJ

    NJBobcat

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Terrific menu...very nice service...entrees were satisfactory...Mussels in Coconut Curry were surprisingly flavorless...bland sauce...Halibut was ok. A nice but not great meal...not up to the reviews we had read.
  29. JK

    JimK

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything excellent- as usual. Best dining experience in Avalon.
  30. J

    Jackson

    Atlantic City

    148 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very professional and food was superb. We give this a five star rating.🌟
  31. BW

    BoydW

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Never disappoints
  32. F

    Frugundorf

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Little Gene is a delight. His mother is a terrific manager and Josh is a terrific Che.f. Best of Avalon for decades
  33. MM

    MicheleM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Interesting menu. Veal was delicious!
  34. MB

    MarissaB

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the food to the service is and always is fantastic. Their salads are always big and fresh like this amazing tomato salad, and our favorite entrees this time around were the scallops (best I’ve ever had), veal that you could cut with a butter knife and halibut that was so decadent. We loved it all! The ambiance is much fancier than what is around it, but that’s what makes it special. We can’t wait to come back!
  35. M

    Mimi

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Consistency in the food, and service at an elevated level. Never disappointed.
  36. BS

    BradS

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything we ordered. The grilled oysters and grilled octopus for appetizers were wonderful. My husband had the swordfish and I had veal loren. Both dishes were very good. We highly recommend this restaurant.
  37. CL

    CarolynL

    Atlantic City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sister in laws birthday
  38. VM

    ValerieM

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious! We come here every season for a great dinner and great service.
  39. RG

    RoseanneG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, we have never had a bad meal. Took friends who never have been here and they loved it!
  40. MZ

    MarlynZ

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!!

FAQs

Cafe Loren is rated 4.9 stars by 1369 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Cafe Loren

2288 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    23rd St.

  • Neighborhood

    Avalon

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Limited parking is available in our lot on the 23rd street side of the building.

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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