Chez Catherine

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French
Chez Catherine is consistently rated one of the Best French Restaurants in New Jersey. It provides a wonderful dining experience from the warm greeting when you enter to the last sip of wine. This mainstay of Westfield, NJ for the last 38 years delivers quality cuisine and impeccable service.
The owner, Stephane Bocket was born in Dunkerque, France. Stephane was the Maitre d'Hotel for 12 years before purchasing Chez Catherine in 2016. His career spans many years at Alain Ducasse's restaurants in NYC and France and before that in a number of other restaurants throughout France.
The Chef de Cuisine is Christine Migton. Christine graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Her dishes revisit traditional French cuisine but use different flavors and tastes. She works to provide lighter and healthier ingredients wherever possible while maintaining that special French touch.
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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend!!

L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stephane is so professional and thoughtful. The food is seasonally apt and high quality. He delivers a fine dining and service experience. Go if you haven’t. It’s seriously head and shoulders about other restaurants in the Westfield / Summit / Short Hills Area.

DS
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal, excellent service. Chez Catherine is a terrific restaurant for a special night out.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding in every way. The restaurant exceeded all expectations.

BS
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a very enjoyable evening. We are planning on visiting again and bring friends.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our anniversary dinner at Chez Catherine was outstanding!

LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

I have been wanted to go for over 30 yrs and finally got a chance and I was so disappointed in the food for the price I would have thought it would have been better, the duck was so fatty and when we told the waiter he did offer another meal but it was way to late. I would have thought they would have bought us a drink or took something off the tab. Sorry but I will not be returning

R
Tampa
59 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Take a 40 year old restaurant with a great reputation, many awards and your expectations are very high. Our recent dinner didn't disappoint. It's "Old School" all the way - decor, menu & service, but in the finest French tradition. It was so refreshing to enjoy a leisurely dinner in a peaceful setting with impeccable service. There's nothing earth shattering in the menu. You can actually understand the ingredients. But the quality and presentation that comes out of the kitchen is superb. I know this sounds unbelievable, but in summary, it was one the finest meals I've ever had in NJ. Here's to another 40 years!

ID
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

High quality food served by attentive and humorous maître d’ made for a very enjoyable date night.

n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant for special occasions. Quiet dining with excellent service and a creative menu.

EC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Finally had a chance to get back to Chez C. Enjoyed dinner. Dover sole outstanding. Special salad and onion soup great. Special fish just ok. Snapper fresh but overall plate lacked flavor. Great dessert, great wine list.
Dining room could use some color.

C
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, excellent meal with gracious service.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent foods as always. Duck was the best I've had.
Stefan makes you feel at home. Great value, especially for lunch.

TS
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We started with one mediocre appetizer, followed by an excellent appetizer, an excellent entree, an outstanding entree in the Dover sole, and two very good, traditional desserts, mousse au chocolat and creme brule. My wife and I like to share, so we were impressed that the kitchen divided the dishes for us. But for the one appetizer I would have given it 5 stars. Having said that, I'd go back in a heartbeat.

F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Special evening. Wonderful unpretentious service. Foie gras, duck, beef, cheesecake mousse and crepe Suzanne were all great.

JP
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent
Great food, service & ambiance

MM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Loved the food and service. Would highly recommend. Looking forward to getting back soon. The relaxed but refined ambiance added to the enjoyable experience.

C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food was excellently prepared. My only negative—I thought 3 of the 5 entree choices a bit ho hum. However, I had the fish of the day— Bronzino— and it was delicious. The appetizers were also very traditional— not many surprises, but I had the mussels and they were probably the best I’ve ever had. I would definitely dine here again.

PC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Food is ok, not worth $90/person.

GA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best French Restaurant my wife and I have every dined at. Excellent. We never have anything to take home.

m
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Had a great lunch however an average dinner. Rather cozy environment.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to dinner for our 15th wedding anniversary. The duck was delicious as was the chocolate mousse for dessert. It’s great to have a local restaurant that serves things you can’t get in most places (duck, foie gras, soufflé). Chez Catherine is always our go to place for special occasions

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent lunch and our waiter was extremely helpful .

B
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food , the service was excellent , I enjoyed everything. I will go again and again I am impressed 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chez Catherine is a lovely, romantic dinner spot. It's an intimate setting, but still a welcoming environment for a group of friends. Stefan and his staff are always a delight. Such an amazing level of service, presentation, and food. Always a wonderful experience

k
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, excellent place for any occasion. Top rated customer service.

BV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellence from beginning to end! Restaurant is quaint and classy. Service is fantastic and the food was outstanding! Every course exceeded our expectations. Looking forward to returning to try what we did not try this time. Thank you for an excellent evening!

CN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place to celebrate a wedding anniversary. The new owner is nice, humble, and is very attentive. Looking forward to celebrating another special occasion there.

E
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service. Great food

PC
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Chez Catherine offers outstanding food and great service! Every menu item is perfect!

m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb service. Server made excellent suggestions for both food and wine. Exceptional food from start to finish. Their John Dory poisson du jour was the highlight of my meal.

l
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Our 3rd visit-worth the hour drive each way. Food is wonderful, as is the service. Our only negative statement is that the white wine is not chilled. In the future we'll order our bottle in advance, requesting it be refrigerated. We look forward to returning to Chez Catherine again.

PB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious. Loved every course. The service was impeccable. Can’t wait to go back. A truly special meal.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Anniversary

RI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best french cuisine in NJ. Excellent service, romantic setting, mixed berry sabayon prepared at the table was a very pleasant surprise

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Daughters graduation

JP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

One could easily drive by and not notice it, I have. Inside is quaint, friendly staff, tasty food. My only issue are the prices. I expected them only by previewing the online menu. "Fine dining"+French food+Westfield=$$$$ For me, was a one time visit. Well worth it for a special occasion splurge. Parking available behind restaurant.

D
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The meal, as usual, was excellent. The scallops, my first time ordering them, were divine, as were the 2 chocolate desserts. Truthfully, I could have made a meal just with the bread and butter served! So good! One of our servers, a young lady, may have been new, I don't know, but she was not on top of every detail as we have come to expect at Chez Catherine. One mishap occurred with the wine we ordered that truth be told, was 1/2 the server's fault and 1/2 my fault. I ordered a bottle of ChateauNeuf du Pape at a price of $95. Then we ordered a second bottle. My boyfriend paid the check and I did not view it until we arrived home. I had selected #1044 and we were served #1045 another ChateauNeuf but at $125 per bottle. I wasn't familiar with the producer so when the bottle was presented to me I assumed it was the wine I had chosen; but it was not. An expensive lesson learned.

CN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

It put me in Paris for an evening!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best food I’ve had in a long time.

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