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Serenade

4.7
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1905 reviews
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$50 and over
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French American
Chef James and Nancy Laird welcome you to one of New Jersey’s Top 25 Restaurants. Experience the locally sourced vegetables, naturally raised meats, exceedingly fresh fish, freshly baked bread, and the in-house from-scratch desserts all prepared by Chef Laird and his team.

Stop in or take out one of the hand-crafted cocktails and delicious food in our outdoor space. Takeout and curbside pickup is also available. Our takeout menu, etc. can be found on our website www.restaurantserenade.com in the "Order Online" button at the top right of the home page. Reservations are necessary to eat at the restaurant.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1905 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMarcS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, very nice outdoor dining, and attentive service

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vipAGinNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and expertly served. The outdoor dining experience was very good and I will be back.

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copycatcook
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent food. really enjoyed the octopus appetizer. outdoor tables spaced far enough apart. Friendly staff.

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KellyL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outdoor dining at Serenade is fabulous. The ambience in the parking lot is lovey, quiet, private, but not sleepy. And the food is as delicious as always!

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CS11
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor dining experience - wonderful dinner and cocktails! I highly recommend the octopus app and the halibut! Live music on Sunday was great too!

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SedaE
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic evening celebrating my 10 year anniversary dinner inside. The building is cute home turned into a restaurant. There are 3 main rooms with Dinning available. Outside was full of open tables under tents . We sat in the last room towards the back, it had 4 tables great space and social distancing . My crabcake appetizer was Cooked perfectly and I love the radish onions on top. My husband like the seafood chowder soup. There was no specials that evening however my halibut fish was cooked great and my husband’s ribeye was huge and delicious. We shared the Apple cobbler dessert which was very good and they made a nice sign for our anniversary made out of some type of cookie pastry on top it. Our server Steve was polite and kind. Only thing I would add Since there’s no tablecloth on the table when after we were done eating our main meal I would’ve preferred the server come with a mini wipe down prior to giving dessert since I did have pieces of my couscous left on the table by accident, but overall very good and will come again. Thank you!

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vipJeromeA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This place is great for a special occasion, or any occasion. The cuisine is creative, the food delicious and the staff always friendly and well informed. They have done a great job adjusting to the COVID restrictions, setting up tables in the back parking lot (some under tents, and some exposed), creating a fun atmosphere, which is difficult to do these days. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Happysailor
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Have eaten at Serenade many times and I would consider it to be my favorite restaurant in NJ. But our last visit was disappointing to me. The outside eating was nice. The service was great as usual. The issue was with the prime rib. My wife and daughter had the halibut and the pasta which were excellent. The meat was under cooked and very tough and stringy. Since my wife was enjoying the night so much I did not want to make a stink and send it back- I should have.

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vipGuyA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love going there it’s always great service and amazing food.

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vipMax15
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Dinner was very good, but not cheap. Food was excellent. Wine list is pretty expensive.

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vipKristina
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We had a bad experience this time around. They table was extremely wobbly. The menu options were very limited. We ordered bottle water and got tap. The waiter never came back over to check on our drinks. We didn’t get proper cutlery for our meal. We were never asked if we wanted coffee with our dessert. We expected more from serenade.

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vipDougM
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great Sunday evening meal. It was a beautiful night and the music made the experience even better. The food was excellent as it usually is.

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Peach
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food is always good. The outdoor seating was well spaced. Nice touch having an acoustic guitar player singing mellow tunes.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience. Serenade has gone to great lengths to create a safe, enjoyable dining experience during the pandemic. We will be back on another special occasion!

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SharikaT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistency is key at Restaurant Serenade. The food is always delicious and the service is always exceptional. This is exactly why Restaurant Serenade is one of my go-to places for date night, celebrations or just friends’ get-togethers.

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vipFirsttimeattheshore
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience! Outdoor dining under tents set up in the parking lot. They made a good effort to make the space nice with lights and flowers for the tables. Food was exceptional. We were celebrating a special occasion and they made us memorable. Will definitely be coming back and I highly recommend Serenade

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JulianneA
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful experience all around. Service was great, food was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Cocktails were good. The food was mediocre. Butter served with the rolls was cold (should have been brought to room temperature). Steak was overcooked. Chicken Milanese wasn’t pounded and was bland. Dessert (blueberry cobbler) had a microwaved texture, and was served with a skimpy portion of ice cream. Disappointing all around, especially for the price.

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vipNYCFoodlover
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outdoor dining at its finest! We had a wonderful evening under the tent and stars, live music & summer cocktails with an exquisite meal. We were a party of three and we all loved it. the octopus appetizer should not be missed, I enjoyed the salmon and I heard the pork was great. The key lime dessert was excellent light and worth it! My husband had the cobbler. A fun lively night. We will be back soon

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Julan
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

As usual the food wS delicious. We can always count on serenade We are never disappointed when we dine there. Sunday night was no exception. We will continue to enjoy this special place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Making the best of covid with a lovely dinner served in temporary outdoor tents which were adequate but nothing particularly special.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The octopus was delicious and the service was excellent!

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Jordodette
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner. Food and service was excellent. Food and drinks are highly over priced. $35 for a small glass of scotch is ridiculous. The whole bottle only cost $80. I know it’s normal to inflate but that was a little over the top. No other restaurant charges that much for Lagavulin.

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vipPJGSR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Great job under very difficult Covid conditions.

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vipAMG0825
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been going to this place for the past 20 years and the food and service has always been excellent. In the current Covid situation we were not sure of what to expect but they have done a wonderful job of social distancing tables and making sure staff is well prepared with masks and gloves etc. Guests too need to wear masks if not seated at their tables.
The outside ambiance is nice, if you are concerned of dining at a restaurant this is the place to go. They will make you comfortable and the food/service is always top notch. We will be back soon.

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LoriD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun evening, live music was fun. Missed the lobster roll but the Kobe hotdog was a winner!

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Claudiaf
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

I try to be very forgiving not just during Covid but overall because I know how hard it is to hit every step of service. However, this was almost $300 with tip for a very sad experience. We started with the homemade bread and the shishito pepper appetizer. This took 45 minutes to arrive. $6 for homemade bread...warm? fresh? Nope, just $6 for 3 rolls. The shishito peppers tasted great but again it took 45 minutes.
The dinner came out 30 minutes after the apps. The food was tasty but not outstanding which I'm sure was lost some of its charm after the length time. No one acknowledged the time it took for the food to come out which just made it worse.
They had a great set up but to sit at 8:00 PM and leave at 10:00 with everyone breaking the restaurant down around us was a waste of $300.

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vipScottyknick
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening. Food was terrific. Service was great. A fantastic night out. Thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just need to serve coffee

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vipmissy
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Serenade has done it again and again in providing a wonderful respite from this crazy world with a delicious meal, excellent cocktails and impeccable service!
They never disappoint!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely! Tables were spaced nicely and wait staff was attentive.

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David04
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Outdoor dining done very well under a tent during Covid.

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vipGuyA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love going here. We had an amazing time and it was great seeing everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner very much! What was missing is coffee option at the end.

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WendyA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal! Everything from appetizers to soups, entrees, wine list, carefully curated and presented beautifully with gracious and professional service.

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NJFoodie
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We were seated outside and due to the fact that the weather was good, we enjoyed ourselves. The food was good although the menu was limited. The service unbeatable. I can't wait to be able to dine inside the restaurant!

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vipBirthdaycelebrant
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Food, service, and the outdoor seating arrangement, are all wonderful.

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Malcolm
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful meal at Serenade, and it was actually nice to eat outside.

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EileenK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

From the minute we sat down we were rushed. We dined on delicious appetizers, main entree dessert and drinks and were finished in less than an hour. Will not be back.

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vipDougM
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal on a nice night. We enjoyed the food and it was very pleasant dining under the tents.

FAQs

Serenade offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 701-0303.

Serenade is rated 4.7 stars by 1905 OpenTable diners.

Serenade does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.restaurantserenade.com/product/gift-card/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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