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2109 Dune Dr, Ste 5, Avalon, NJ 08202-2075 (21st & Dune Drive)
+1 609-368-5000
17:00 - 22:00
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69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I ate at the Diving Horse several times this past summer, and I will continue to come back when I am Down the Shore. There are two different seating atmospheres - home-style/casual on large tables outside where you cozy up with others, or more traditional seating inside. On each occasion I ate inside. If you've read other reviews you know... More 

Thank Jeepyg
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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110 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The food and service is excellent but the price was outrageous. I'm glad we ate there and would love to return but I need to pay the mortgage next month

Thank stef9371
Vienna, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

There were 6 of us. Two of us had the fresh catch of the day...fresh haddock. Absolutely delicious. Not overcooked or over dressed. One had the scallops which she thought were superb. (She shared 2 with my husband and he agreed.) Two of the guys had short ribs and declared them also very good. Our friends who live in Avalon... More 

Thank lizbeth2708
Wexford, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Great atmosphere and staff. The food was fantastic, although small portions and expensive. We had short ribs and Swordfish entrees. The lack of a bar was a disappointment, but the BYOB of wine was superb and the service was exceptional.

Thank rcrissinger
Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

In a town that does not specialize in top food, The Diving Horse stands out as one of a kind. From the service to the decor to the seasonally fresh menu, everything was great. They have an extremely limited children's menu - one item - which simply indicates that perhaps you want to leave the kids behind and have a... More 

Thank SueLAXtravels
Lancaster, PA
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Five of us for dinner at this terrific BYOB restaurant. Terrific low country salad, amazing Brussel sprouts (even our veggie hater loved them)! We shared fries and tuna as well. The tilefish was outstanding- mouthwatering actually. We finished with peach donuts! Doesn't get better than this!

Thank juliee526
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We dined at the Diving Horse this evening. A nice, relaxed yet elegant dining atmosphere. BYOB. We ordered the wedge salad with crabmeat to start. It was served with a Russian dressing. The wedge was nothing you've seen at Capital Grille or Sullivan's. It was a 1/2" slice of wedge with a few sliced grape tomatoes. For our entrees, we... More 

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Lake Placid, New York
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143 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

There is a very nice outdoor patio and the atmosphere is relaxing. The service is efficient and friendly and the portions are large and satisfying. We only wish they had gone a touch liter on the salt otherwise a delicious meal.

Thank Skimaster1
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Had an outstanding meal here. Took a large crowd, including two little ones and really enjoyed ourselves. Food was outstanding - very fresh and innovative. Service was very professional - - for a beach restaurant this is sometimes rare. But our wait staff was top notch.

Thank Tim W
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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86 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

We recently got to enjoy a "Date Night" in Avalon at the Diving Horse and really liked it. Loved that it was BYOB. We brought a lot OB! So vacationing in Avalon with my sister's family, we decided that we grown-ups needed a night out with no dishes to wash and a great meal served to us while we laughed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2109 Dune Dr, Ste 5, Avalon, NJ 08202-2075
    (21st & Dune Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Cape May County  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 609-368-5000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?