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Il Giardino Sul Mare

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2 Hollywood Blvd, Forked River, NJ 08731
+1 609-971-7699
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 13:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 13:00 - 23:00
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Cedar Knolls, New Jersey
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Should have been skeptical about genuine "Italian" in this area. The menu is so extensive, covering all Italian favorites reminding us of a diner. Unfortunately, nothing we tried was very good. We had some specials and some regular menu items. Nothing was very flavorful or fresh tasting. Everything tasted like it was prepared far in advance, warmed on a steam... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had ample portions, wait staff was very cordial (I believe they are all mexican/c.american) food was 1/2 hour arriving after the appetizer. We had linguine w/lobster tail (v. small langostino half tail) with 4 shrimp and 3 small clams. No big flavorful dish here. A fair value but certainly not an Italian chef.

Thank Robin B
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

If I could give them a 0 star review I would! Made a reservation for 7:30pm for Valentine's Day dinner a week prior. I spoke to an older man on the phone and he said no problem. Get the babysitter, show up and the place is packed. Both lots full and had to park on the street by the pool... More 

Thank Dan T
Little Egg Harbor, N.J.
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

We had planned a get together of 11 old high school friends (UHS Class of 1960) but due to a medical emergency we were only four in attendance this time. Jerry, our server remembered us from our previous visits and he again outdid himself with his attentiveness and promptness. Our meal and drinks came quickly are were, as usual, appropriately... More 

Thank 5661
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Some people say it changed owners, I'm not sure about that but it was as good as ever and that is very good!!! Lots of the same great staff from our last visit. Always check out the specials usually something different and delicious! Nice date night setting.

Thank robert g
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73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Our last visit was much improved from our first. We went to dinner on short notice, 5 of us, and we had limited choices that could seat us on short notice. We had a delicious appetizer of calamari, and our main courses were nicely presented and everyone praised their dishes. Service was excellent. I will be back.

Thank Dante1122
Ocean Gate, New Jersey
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Picked this restaurant to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Selected on the basis of reviews and noticed that it was related to another restaurant in Toms River that I had wanted to try. The pick was a winner, since from the welcoming Maitre D' to the friendly and knowledgeable (I always like to ask the waiter for recommendations between selections)... More 

Thank Donald C
Toms River, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Had gone there over a number of years but this last time will be the last. I believe that it is under different ownership. It will be missed.

1 Thank jackfederman2016
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Started out ok, but once I asked if they take restaurant.com coupon our service got unbelievably slow. Food was average.

Thank Kelly H
Bayville, New Jersey
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Spend every birthday here. Spent my 60th birthday here. Spend all my birhday's here with friends and family, Great Italian food and great drinks. Love the veal saltimboca. Had a dish this year that was like paella. It had clams steak linguini and sausage and shrimp, Excellent dish, My whole family loves this restaurant, It is pricey but well worth... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 100
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
13:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 23:00
13:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Hollywood Blvd, Forked River, NJ 08731
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Forked River
  • Phone Number: +1 609-971-7699

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