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The Circus Drive In

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Rte 35, Wall Township, NJ
+1 732-449-2650
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Pennington, New Jersey
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411 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Cam her for lunch as some people told me to check out this old fixture on the Jersey Shore. Courtney the server took my order while I was seated at the main high bar near the order window. I had the 1/2 lb mushroom burger with American Cheese and tomatoes and aside of fries and a milkshake. The shake was... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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291 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Friendly service in drive through area. We stop here yearly it's quick and easy you get your food fast. The food is ok nothing spectacular. Really just go for a hot dog or burger ice cream. Great for families.

Thank shabooties
Warrenton, Virginia
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Have eaten at Circus almost every trip up to visit family. could not ask for better, friendlier service. Only two problems with the food: 1)Deciding what t order -- its all great, 2) the portions will leave you so full it might be your only meal of the day.

Thank duke1114
Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
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157 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Want to blow the mind of anybody classified as a millennial or younger? Take to Circus and just roll down you window and wait to be greeted by a server who'll take your order and be right back to hang a tray full of comfort food on your car window. It's like a time machine without the needy I buy... More 

Thank TeamRoadKill
Howell, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Best reasonably priced soft shell crab in the area .. large servings! Easy access off Route 35. I like the 50's drive-in atmosphere. The only thing missing is the waitresses on roller skates!

Thank ablack2
Bayonne, New Jersey
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

One of the oldest drive-in service with car hops taking your order and bringing the food back to your car..........nice menu, food is good many choices.....try this place if you are in the area

Thank MFL2941
Budd Lake
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86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Right out of the 40's or 50's this is what fast food was before Mickey D's. A true drive up with inside seating if you want! The food for the most part is a little better than your typical fast food joint with a larger menu then most. Kids meals include ice cream!!! Service is fast for a place that... More 

Thank Frank R
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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363 reviews
263 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We have been coming here for years. Great burgers and fries a must if you are in the area after a day on the beach. My family loves coming here a few times a year. Never a disappointment. Great service and the food is consistent. Worth checking out!

Thank yummimummi1
Brielle, New Jersey
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71 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Just what you'd expect of an old style drive-in restaurant but with the added touches of inside seating and the most wonderful Clown sign outside. Also, great young (high school?) Servers. Fun place.

Thank shoppingal
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153 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

I have been going to the Circus Drive In for close to 40 years. It has a great atmosphere and is fun summer dining. The problem is that after 35+ years being own by the original owners the place has changed hands a couple times in the last decade and with each ownership change the prices go up and the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rte 35, Wall Township, NJ
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Wall Township
  • Phone Number: +1 732-449-2650
Jersey Shore Institution

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