Serenade

4.7
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1801 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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 for one of the hand crafted cocktails and delicious small plates at our bar before you order from our award-winning, carefully chosen wine list.

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We offer a 4-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings. The price is $140 per person for the food and does not include beverages, tax, or gratuity.

Friday, 14 February, 2020

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Sun 8:00PM - 8:00PM
Mon - Tue 5:30PM - 6:15PM
Sat 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 9:45PM

What 1801 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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e
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful! Great service matched with impeccable food! I had the veal porterhouse. Better than almost any steak. Wife had the sole special. Warm and sweet. Great wine and yummy desert made for a wonderful birthday meal.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service and food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

50th birthday lunch

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was exquisite. Wine pour was a bit on the small side. A colleague and I were visiting the area and so happy we discovered this restaurant. High recommendation. Would definitely dine here again

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great - as always!

C
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Always great food and service at Serenade. James Laird did a great job creating a funny and exciting New Year's eve menu. We had a few drinks at the bar and always enjoy some of their house speciality cocktails. An overall great experience.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Went for NYE - everything was great except my entree (Lamb) was cold

S
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was delicious and it’s nice the restaurant has its own parking. The tasting menu was interesting and worth a try.

HG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Serenade has a limited but excellent lunch menu and the service is perfect. The restaurant is divided into relatively small areas, which creates a nice ambiance.
Highly recommended!

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome exceptional!

m
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an outstanding dining experience! Serenade consistently exceeds expectations for a special occasion meal!

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Deliciously prepared and served. Had a wonderful time.

GA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always

DB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was greeted with kindness and my table was ready when I got there. The waitstaff was well informed regarding the food, wine and cocktails pairings. I was sooo pleased I purchased a few Gift Cards. Looking forward to going back.

DL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was excellent. Great date night with my wife.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Nice place, physically speaking. Anniversary dinner. Service was fair, a little disorganized and the waiter was too flippant for a place in this price category. Filet was overcooked and the rest of the food was uninspiring with the exception of the dessert. Beautiful interior but overall: meh.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The Octopus and Scallop Appetizers were incredible. All in all a great place, but a little on the high side for price and although the wait staff was attentive, they may have been a little too attentive interrupting us in the middle of important conversations. Having said that, we will be back.

J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Clearly in the top 5 of the top 30 restaurants in NJ, serene, deeply rich and inviting ambiance, Chef's exquisite style of food preparation with accompanying blends of grains and seasoning are spectacular. While the menu is clearly focussed on perfect seasonal picks, each dish is perfectly prepared from firsts to dessert.

A rare treat,

JR
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose Serenade for our 29th anniversary dinner and we have no regrets. The service was impeccable, the food was delicious, the presentation was lovely. Highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The ambience and service were by far the best part of our experience. Unfortunately, I wasn’t impressed with the food. The bacon appetizer was bland, burnt, and fatty. I was actually looking forward to this and was sadly dissatisfied. The halibut was cooked well, but again, lacked any flavor. I did quite enjoy the dessert, apple strudel. My wife had the leek soup, which she thought could have been a little creamier. Personally, I don’t like leek soup, so I wouldn’t be a good person to review it. She also had the steak, which we bought thought was great. I should have gotten that...

All in all, it was a pleasant experience, despite my subpar review of the food. I think we will give it one more try, being the ambience is stunning. I think it would be better to try it on a different night, one where it’s not a prefixed menu.

L
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very enjoyable.

MA
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My server, whom I unfortunately cant remember the spelling of his name made the experience so much fun and enjoyable.

Cant wait to go back.

i
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Really excellent Thanksgiving dinner, really tasty, generous servings, superb value, and the service was wonderful, including conferring on and making allowances for a guest with a bunch of food sensitivities. Been here quite a few times before and always happy to return.

JZ
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Between the great food; excellent staff and overall quality, Serenade has become part of our Thanksgiving tradition. Great job!

CG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated *Friendsgiving* this year, Serenade made it warm and inviting. Our group felt like family, we all agreed it was a wonderful way to spend what might have otherwise been a difficult day.

i
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

If they have scallops on the menu, order them. They will be some of the best scallops you ever ate. Lovely ambiance, modern, great food. Nice wine list, even by the glass if you cannot handle a bottle.

O
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is at least our fourth Thanksgiving in a row at Serenade and we keep coming back because the food is very good and the service outstanding. Especially enjoyed by my 103 year old mother in law because of the ramp. See you next year!!

g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely evening at Serenade. We left wanting nothing in addition to what we experienced in the restaurant. The food was excellent, the ambiance was warm and inviting, the greeting staff and serving staff were great, the Chef was wonderful - not only in preparing the meal, but in his personality as well. My family enjoyed meeting Mr. Laird. We were very pleased with our evening at Serenade. Frankly, I am shocked that in 14 years of living in this area, we had not heard of it.

JZ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great all around meal!

e
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Serenade tries very hard. It’s a lovely space, very professional and quadrille service, beautifully presented food. However it just misses the mark. It is always under seasoned and lacking in pizzazz.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect! So few restaurants pull it together the way Serenade does. Food was delicious, staff was attentive but not overbearing and table by the fire was so inviting. Creme brûlée with dessert flight was a great way to finish our meal.

J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A terrific dinner from beginning to end. Lovely service and excellent choice and quality of all courses.

L
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had not been here for years I have no idea why we waited this long..incredible, superb, you can taste the quality of the food, absolutely delicious. In addition to the the great food expertly designed and prepared, the staff is top notch. We made another reservation the next day and will bring friends and family and Serenade will be a staple in our dining experiences!

a
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

I have been going here for many years but haven't been lately. I was initially seated at a small table near the wine serving area and had to be moved since it was noisy. Do they still put women in the worse table, even if the restaurant is empty. Sad. The special salad was a Butternut fall salad and had 3 pieces of butternut squash in it and very uninteresting greens. Very ordinary. I had the sea bass which was very good. Service was not as expected. Had to ask to have my dishes cleared and never asked for drink refill, which we did order. I expect a higher level of attention and service. Nice evening slightly disappointed

Serenade
Responded on 22 November 2019

Ms. Spierer, You told us that you did not like your table and happily moved you to a different table. We choose tables for our guests based on how long they have had the reservation, how often they dine with us, special occasions, etc. As a woman owner, I cannot imagine ever sitting another woman at an inferior table because she was a woman. You are simply incorrect in that assumption. We welcome constructive criticism but feel that this criticism is unjust and unfounded. Nancy Laird, Owner

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I brought my wife here to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. Food was delicious and the staff was excellent! They even brought out our dessert that said happy anniversary on it! We will definitely be coming back!

OT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful experience, Serenade has been our favorite place to meetup with friends for the past 15 years.

p
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience1

Way over priced. Advertized as a french restaurant, but many of the traditional french dishes not on the menu. Dress code seemed casual as observed by the patrons. Overall review, very disappointed.

J
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ambience, dinner, wine and service were spectacular as always!

Y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Serenade has the appearance of an impressive dining experience but none of the substance. The food is very overpriced and lacks any distinctive flavor or creativity. The lobster chowder was dull. The salad special was unimpressive. The pumpkin cake was sickeningly sweet and far too dense. Service was good at first but our server’s reactions to comments like the wine being warm were off-putting. When a patron says that the wine is warm, believe her. There’s no need to feel the bottle repeatedly and make a strange face. Once a table next to us was seated, that was the last we saw of our server. Overall a very disappointing experience. We will not be returning.

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