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“Excellent!”

Catherine Lombardi Restaurant
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Ranked #10 of 197 Restaurants in New Brunswick
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: George Street
Transit: The restaurant is located a few minute walk from the New Brunswick train station, on the New Jersey Transit - Northeast Corridor line.
Montgomery, New Jersey
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Went here for my Husbands Birthday and had the most lovely time. The food is so delicious and the staff is so knowledgeable, we loved it so much we are going back for Mothers Day! Love the antipasto choices of family style dining. picking and choosing what looks good so you have a beautiful platter presented to the table. YUM.
cant wait for Sunday.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Val L
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English first
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A delicious meal in a beautiful space”
Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

I have eaten at Cathetine Lombardi just once on a Saturday night. The wine, beer & cocktail list was encyclopedic. I had a well prepared Sazerac cocktail, which is hard to come by. We ordered simple Italian dishes, they were amazingly delicious. Ceasar salad was crisp & flavorful, but not overpowering in either cheese or anchovy flavors. I had scallops with broccoli rabe. The scallops were enormous, ample and perfectly done for a buttery flavor, and velvety consistency. My husband's shrimp scampi was sublime. The shrimp were also perfectly cooked, with a lobster-like texture, and the sauce was light & bursting with flavor. It was a special occasion and were given a similarly amazing dessert of raspberry mousse on the house. The staff was attentive & friendly. The space was lovely, with a 1920's feel. noise level was low to moderate.
Also By 5pm prime dinner reservation times were scarce in New Brunswick. We were offered an 8pm reservation. We arrived 30 min early, thinking we'd have a drink first, but when we asked we were seated immediately.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Gdr1312
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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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262 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, good service and food”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

We were there with our 5 year old before the ballet. We had a reservation and was seated quickly. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. The bread rolls were warm and delicious and the italian bread was small. They did offer as more bread but we declined. There was oil on the table but we wanted butter and they gave us. Whatever we needed they provided. The osso buco was delicious and falling off the bone. Would order that again in a heartbeat. My husband had the lasagna and didn't complain. We did not have dessert. It is more on the expensive side but was a nice treat for our daughter to show here what is expected in a more upscale restaurant.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank GregLynn M
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New Jersey
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Northern Italian food”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

On the expensive side, but the food and the service is well worth it. From the fresh cheeses and prosciutto to the superb entries. One of my favorites in New Brunswick.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Bethlaneel
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Hamilton, NJ , USA
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107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Tried hard but...”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Its a Sunday night in downtown New Brunswick. We decided to try this great looking restaurant. Luckily we were seated immediately without a reservation. The ambiance is very good, the food is good to very good, (nice menu) but the service was a little long. There seemed to be plenty of wait staff but not enough actual servers to take orders for drink and food. Everyone was friendly and helpful when they did come to the table. I may be nitpicking but we kind of expected more for the prices. I would be willing to give the place another try maybe on a weeknight to see if maybe it was just an off night. PS: they were out of cabernet...How can you be out of cabernet in an italian restaurant?

  • Visited February 2013
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