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601 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1429
+1 732-988-3213
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New York City, New York
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I have been to this restaurant for lunch several times. The food is good and you can not argue with the view. They are not overpriced and for several weekends in the summer they offer 25cent clams and live music. How can you argue with that? Definitely a must go.

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Thank bbbeanie
Feasterville, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Good service, however the food was lacking. It was lobster day, and what was supposed to be steamed lobster was obviously boiled. They had apparently been marinating in a pot of water for quite awhile, when we cracked the shells water just poured out and the meat was rubbery. Drinks were no better, sweet and syrupy. I'd go back for... More 

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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308 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

An oasis of pleasure after an afternoon on a hot beach. The service is impeccable, the margaritas cold and the nibbles and seafoods soooo tasty. A highlight of our day.

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Thank David190343
New Jersey
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Been here before. Better sometimes than others, never really bad. Will come back. First time for lunch. Clam specials on weekends.

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Thank ChasNewJersey
New Jersey
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252 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for dinner and got seats on the porch across from the beach. Seated near the far end by a door that would continually slam shut by employees entering the bar area. You think they'd put something on it to ease the banging noise. Ordered broiled seafood combos. They tasted ok but for $25 each the largest thing on... More 

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Thank Trailblazer07
New City, United States
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The location right across from the beach is great. It is big enough to accommodate the many people who eat here. So there's never been a long wait for us. The food is delicious; a nice choice and affordable. Their specials are always a good deal. Eating outside on the porch is best.

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Thank Denise P
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

My wife and I went there for our Anniversary. We had a 1LB and a quarter lobster. It came with 2 sides. All that for $13.95. I don't know how they do it at that price. We enjoyed our dinner!

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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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194 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

My friend and I came for lunch while spending the day at the beach. We ate at the bar area since it was the only area open. We had to order at the bar. The food was alright. It came quickly. I had the fish tacos. They were fresh and the fish was not fried, the way I prefer. The... More 

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Thank StephHorn
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch. Great view of the beach but very pricey! Had lobster roll. Tasty but the portions are small. Food was good but for the price you are paying for the scenery. Staff was friendly. Don't think we will be stopping in any time soon as the price was to steep for my budget for a skimpy sandwich... More 

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Thank Denise S
Litchfield, Connecticut
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63 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

My husband & I have had lunch here a few times. We just don't get the consistent crowds flocking to this place. The food is merely average...bordering on not good. The location is to die for...a sweeping Victorian porch with an ocean view. Sandwiches are just ok. Salads are just ok. Much better food elsewhere. Service is spotty at best.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1429
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Avon by the Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 732-988-3213

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