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Windrift Restaurant & Lounge

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105 80th St., Avalon, NJ 08202
(609) 368-5761
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good eats except for one thing...

Service was great despite having a very large group there. Appetizers were great except for one which could not be eaten and surprisingly, it was not removed from our bill.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
Joan K
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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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Avalon, New Jersey
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Windrift has multiple personalities -- and that is a good thing. You can come for a great breakfast and watch the ocean from the restaurant called Level 2. You can leave your stuff on the beach and have a cocktail and lunch at Level 2, which has both indoor and outside seating. At nighttime, enjoy a drink in the... More 

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Thank JARME
Avalon, New Jersey
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been going to WD since it first opened it's doors in 1967. Never disappointed in the staff , food, atmosphere. Entertsinment is wonderful something for everyone in the 3 different levels top Ocean View middle large bar & restaurant also bands . Off Lobby a wonderful Piano Bar with top notched keyboard Jim & Darrin. Looking forward to... More 

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Thank eise2015
Reston, Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I have been vacationing in Avalon since 2003. We have to say we are regulars. We are also regulars at the Windrift. We so enjoy the food from braised ribs for a regular dinner to Wing Night...the wings are excellent! The beer is always cold, there's an excellent wine selection. The newer pizza ovens provide excellent and... More 

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Thank Robert C
Malvern, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Service was great despite having a very large group there. Appetizers were great except for one which could not be eaten and surprisingly, it was not removed from our bill.

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Thank Joan K
TheDrift67, Guest Relations Manager at Windrift Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Hi Joan K, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on your experience here. I'm glad you enjoyed the service and most of your appetizers. I'm interested to learn more about what was wrong with the item that was not taken off of your bill. Please email me at anne@windrifthotel.com if you would like to... More 

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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

I normally don't go to restaurants rated below a 4, but this place was suggested by family. Our server was a young guy who seemed to be lacking in experience. Husband's order was messed up by the waiter (I credit him for admitting that it was his error), and the rest of us were at least halfway done with our... More 

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Thank Sharon T
TheDrift67, Guest Relations Manager at Windrift Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Hi Sharon T, Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us. I am so sorry that you did not enjoy your experience and I will bring it up with our staff. If you'd like to discuss this further, please email me at anne@windrifthotel.com. I hope that you will give us another try. Anne More 

Marlton,NJ
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

ONe of the best bands in SJ . Jim also plays in the signature lounge and really gets the crowd going ! The Wings are my favorite and the Sushi rocks as well. We love to dance the night away year after year here . The views upstairs are awesome of the Ocean

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Thank Brian L
New Jersey
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147 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Party of eight had a good meal. I had the seafood sampler which was very good. The claw crabs very tasty. Other meals were just ok. Service was good. Sat downstairs which lacked ambience. Very large place with bars and restaurant.

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

This place was no less than perfect! Great food and nice people. It was on the beach with a friendly atmosphere. I wasn't sure of what to order, but I don't think it would matter. Everything melted in my mouth.

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Thank Tina C
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84 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

Wow. We grew up with the Windrift since the 60s. It was a favorite spot for locals, owners and tourists. The well known local chef took extreme care in preparing meals as everyone knew he was one of them. So now the New York crowd has moved in with their glitz and over the top environment. The lunches and dinners... More 

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139 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

We had delicious Long Island iced teas and appetizers on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The Windrift sushi roll $16 and half dozen cape may salts also $16 were pricey but delish! Hey, vacation = spending. We enjoyed and loved the ambiance. Would like to return for dinner.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 105 80th St., Avalon, NJ 08202
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: (609) 368-5761

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 33
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?