7 Days to Dine 7 Ways in Maplewood, NJ

When it comes to finding good places to eat in Maplewood, NJ, the hardest choice to make is which one from an expansive menu of options to try first! Last year’s top 50 restaurants in Essex County by Spoon University included quite a few fabulous dining experiences located in the heart of downtown Maplewood. In addition, we did some digging of our own and found a few diamonds sure to satisfy your appetite, including Cassidy’s, a brand new restaurant opening this fall and Village Cafe, located right next to Clarus Maplewood. Pick your flavor, French, Italian, Indian, American, or other. Then make your own “restaurant week,” choosing one place for each night of the week from some of Maplewood’s best places for food and drink.


With high reviews from Zagat and OpenTable,as well as local patrons, the locally owned and operated Lorena’s serves diverse French cuisine in a warm, romantic atmosphere. Menu highlights include: Butter Poached Lobster, Lorena’s Egg Benedict, and Roasted Organic Chicken Breast. BYOB. Reservations accepted. Homemade ice cream life-changing.

Coda Kitchen & Bar

Serving American fare with city style and artistic flair, Coda Kitchen & Bar offers a diverse menu with an extensive list of wines, cocktails, and taps for singles, families, and entire dinner parties. Gotta-trys from the menu include Voodoo Shrimp & Grits, Blistered Shishito Peppers, Truffle Fries, Angus Beef Sliders, and Roasted Cauliflower Heart.

Tandoori Chef 2

For an upscale adventure in flavor, plan an evening or afternoon at Tandoori Chef 2. Buffet and made-to-order North Indian Cuisine are served with exceptional care in an eclectic atmosphere. Tandoori’s is suitable for business lunch, romantic dinner, or family night out. Enjoy live music when weather permits and make sure to try at least one of their unique dishes, like Lamb Roganjosh, Shrimp Tikka Masala, and Chicken Tikka.

Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria

A local favorite that fills up fast most evenings, Arturo’s offers a cozy, inviting place for the whole family to enjoy authentic Italian fare. The pizza is amazing, but this is not your ordinary pizza joint. The menu includes Cavatelli, Siciliani Pasta, and other house specialty dishes, each made to order. Bring your favorite beer or wine and plan for a relaxing evening among friends.

HLS Juice Bar & Grill

This is the place to come alive, rejuicenate, and dine casual. HLS Juice Bar & Grill uses high quality ingredients to create deliciously healthy food and beverages for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Local patrons gather here for fresh juice and quick wrap in the afternoon or more filling meals at dinnertime. The menu tantalizing, the decor quaint, the memories pleasant. 

Village Trattoria

Come one, come all who seek comfort food in Maplewood, to this innovative Italian-American fare restaurant. Open seven days a week, from noonish to night, this highly praised dine-in/take-out Maplewood gem offers homemade bread with imported pasta, classic salads and sandwiches with a NJ twist, and more. As the New York Times put it, Trattoria’s is a place “Where Dinner’s So Good, No One Misses Dessert.”