Restaurant Reviews and Press

OpenTable diners named Restaurant Lorena's one of the 100 most romantic restaurants in U.S.

Open Table has selected six New Jersey restaurants as one of the most romantic restaurants in the entire country.
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OpenTable diners named Restaurant Lorena's one of the 100 Best Restaurants in America of 2016 & 2015!

Restaurant Lorena's has been selected one of the 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2015 based on an analysis of 5,000,000+ reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country — all submitted by verified diners.
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Restaurant Lorena's selected as one of the Diners' Choice Best Overall Restaurants in New York / Tri-State Area

Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews and Restaurant Lorena's was selected as one of the Diners' Choice Best Overall Restaurants in New York / Tri-State Area.
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At Restaurant Lorena’s in Maplewood, a Menu Built Around Vegetables

Like many dishes I ate at Restaurant Lorena's, now entering its tenth year and among Open Table's top 100 restaurants in America in 2014, the warm crepe of crab and mushrooms reminded me of my early training as a critic. I was 8. My mother had a passion for fine French restaurants. The pricier the better.
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Restaurant Lorena's in Maplewood was chosen one of the country's top restaurants by OpenTable

Three New Jersey restaurants have been honored as among the best 100 in the country, according to information compiled by
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New Jersey Monthly selects Lorena's as one of the 25 Best Restaurants of 2014

For nine years, chef Humberto Campos Jr. has been bringing forth luscious food from a small kitchen. The BYO, named for his wife and co-owner, Lorena, is French in technique, but American in spirit.
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Lorena's selected as one of OpenTable Diners' Choice 2013 Best Restaurants in America

The results are in and Lorena's was selected as one of the OpenTable 2013 Diners' Choice Top 100 Best Restaurants in America. OpenTable determined the list of honorees after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country — all submitted by verified diners.
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Restaurant Lorena's offers low-key elegance in Maplewood

There is no question that Restaurant Lorena's chef/owner, Humberto Campos Jr., is a master in the kitchen.
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Zagat Review

Close to "perfect", this "spectacular" Maplewood BYO overseen by chef Humberto Campos Jr. offers "sublime" cuisine with such "superb attention to detail" that it's rated NJ's Top French restaurant...
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Restaurant Review: A Timeless Classic at Lorena's in Maplewood

"Let me explain about the bread," says Adrian, our server. Nothing spectacularly unusual was hiding in the basket -- a sourdough roll, a small olive loaf -- but Adrian described them carefully, noting as well that the pat of butter came sprinkled with hand-harvested sea salt from the Brittany Coast of France. Yet the exchange seemed to illustrate for us the tier of service at Lorena's.
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2010 Readers' and Critics' Restaurant Poll - Awarded 'Best of the Best,' 'Most Romantic,' and 'Top 25 Restaurants in NJ'

The winning restaurant in each region received the most votes in its category--in some cases there were ties; in some categories we also list a chain winner. We have also added our critics' picks (). All readers who submitted a ballot became eligible to win dinner for two in our random drawing.
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Edge Restaurant Review of Lorena's

Lorena's defines intimate. You enter, through a slip of a passageway, a dining room that seats but 32. Tables are small, space between them is at a premium, but there's never a feeling of claustrophobia. No, instead a wall of windows swathed in dark sage fabric expands the diminutive space.
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Restaurant Lorena's Reviewed as one of The 25 Best Restaurants 2009 and "Most Romantic"

Take one stove with six burners, and nine tables that seat 32. Add two lovers with a passion for modern French cuisine, and you get the 4-year-old love child of chef Humberto Campos Jr., and manager Lorena Perez Campos.
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Small Is Beautiful

The name of this five-month-old restaurant really ought to be Tough Act to Follow. It is called Lorena's, but food and wine enthusiasts will remember it as Jocelyne's -- the sweet, tiny, comforting jewel box of a place that held down its little corner of downtown Maplewood (and their hearts) from 1998 until it abruptly closed last year.
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Restaurant Lorena's Is Firing on All Cylinders

Dining at Restaurant Lorena's in downtown Maplewood is a bit like taking a drive in a high performance sports car. The experience is an exhilarating adrenaline rush with breathtaking views, confidence around every curve, and a sigh of satisfaction when the awesome ride finally slows to a stop. In other words, Lorena's is a well-oiled machine - and Chef Humberto Campos Jr. is definitely cooking with gas.
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Low-oxygen, low temperature cooking isn't without controversy

At Restaurant Lorena's in Maplewood, some of the specialty dishes take well to the sous vide process, and chef/owner Humberto Campos loves the result.

Uncle Ben got it right a few decades ago when he put his rice in little plastic bags and said to boil them up just like that.
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Restaurant Lorena's Reviewed as one of The 25 Best Restaurants 2008, "Best French Restaurant" and "Best Upscale Dining"

LORENA'S (Maplewood) Cozy, romantic,and a delight for its polished service and chef Humberto Campos Jr.'s entrancinglyflavorful and beautifully presented updated French cuisine. 168 Maplewood Ave,973-763-4460,
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Readers' and Critics' Choice - Restaurant Poll Winners 2008

Our critics do a lot of eating, and every August we look back and share the best of the best with you. And you do the same by voting in our Annual Readers' Choice Restaurant Poll. Discover which restaurants we honored and which are your favorites.
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Restaurant Lorena rated a 4-Star Fine Dining Restaurant

How do you replace a beloved 4-star restaurant that has been sold? Here's the best answer: With another 4-star restaurant that doesn't miss a beat in terms of food, service and atmosphere.
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Restaurant Lorena's Reviewed as a Top Ten for Holiday Dining 2005

Holiday dining is special in many ways. Not only does it afford us the opportunity to enjoy the bounties of the table, but also the joys of gathering together with loved ones and friends. And while we still seek out excellent cuisine, ambiance also plays an extremely important role in our dining choices.
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Lorena's ranked #2 in N.J.'s top 10 restaurants

New Jersey fine dining had a mini-renaissance in 2005, as an exciting number of top-notch restaurants made impressive debuts during a banner year.
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Restaurant Lorena's
168 Maplewood Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040


Easter Menu 2019

Easter Sunday April 21st we will be serving 12pm to 4pm