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Catherine Lombardi Restaurant

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3 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (George Street)
The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.
732-296-9463
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thu 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Fri 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
World Class!

I eat out in New Brunswick more than almost anybody, and I can't believe this isn't number one. (And that means no offense to Destination Dogs, which is also excellent.) The wine list is complex and interesting, as is the food menu, and the service is absolutely top notch professional. It's not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
stbass
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Newark, Delaware
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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104 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Newark, Delaware
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I eat out in New Brunswick more than almost anybody, and I can't believe this isn't number one. (And that means no offense to Destination Dogs, which is also excellent.) The wine list is complex and interesting, as is the food menu, and the service is absolutely top notch professional. It's not exactly cheap, but worth every penny! Save this... More 

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Pennsylvania
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132 reviews 132 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Had a business dinner here and the atmosphere was excellent, Service was great. I had the seafood diavlo (spelling??). The broth was excellent but most of the seafood in the broth was way over-cooked. The lobster was like rubber. What's the point of giving your Customers a great piece of protein and then screwing it up. And by, the way,... More 

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I have only been here once for dinner with my boyfriend but they made a wonderful first impression. The service was very good & with reservations there was no waiting time to be seated. The garlic bread is DELICIOUS (overdone with garlic just like any Italian or Italian cuisine lover would want). The Seafood Fra Diavolo was outstanding & the... More 

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NJ
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70 reviews 70 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

My husband and I walked up to Catherine Lombardi after seeing a show at the state theatre and popped in to see if we could grab dinner. We didn't have a reservation, but it ended up being okay. We were told by a manager/host/ owner (not sure what his role was) that they'd have to rush us since there was... More 

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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116 reviews 116 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Our dinner started with wonderful assistance in selecting a bottle of wine we enjoyed so much we took advantage of the "half-price package service" to take one home, as well. The house made mozzerella with roasted peppers and basil was delicous. The bread basket with a good quality olive oil for dipping was a nice addition. We ordered the peppered... More 

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San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Came here for my anniversary. I'm sure the staff thought my girlfriend and I were 14-years-old the whole time but they still treated us like the adults we are. The food was very expensive but so worth it. It's a nice place with good atmosphere, not the type of place where you throw on jeans and a t-shirt just to... More 

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UK
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68 reviews 68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Booked this restaurant for New Year's Eve. It's quite an expensive and the food was all right but only all right. Several dishes arrived warm rather than hot. Service was brusque bordering on rude and the bill was plonked on the table before being asked for and without the offer of coffee or liquors. All the waitress was concerned about... More 

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The restaurant is expensive and has a great reputation. We were there on New Year's Eve and that may have had an effect on our meal. It was good, not great - and I expected great. The entree was way too spicy, which is a trick restaurants use to cover up an average meal. On the plus side, everyone we... More 

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Voorhees, New Jersey
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We meet friends from Northern Jersey for dinner in New Brunswick (halfway) a few times a year and this is one of the spots that we hadn't tried yet. The setting is quite nice - upscale and comfortable. the service was hit or miss. At times attentive, at times not so much. We were really intrigued by the cocktail menu... More 

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NYC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We have dined at Catherine Lombardi in past occasions and have always been pleased. Our dinner last week was again unforgetable, the wine selection is excellent, the calamari was tender and great flavor as was the chicken scarparielo, shrimp scampi over basil fettuchini. Athough all were excellent... the dark meatballs are heavenly. Their service staff is profesional and friendly

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    (George Street)
  • Public Transportation: The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  New Brunswick
  • Phone Number: 732-296-9463

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am

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