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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: Late Night, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 43
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    Very good
  • 49
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  • 15
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  • 14
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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
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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Ronsin
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
  • Bar scene
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

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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Franklin, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Used to come here lots in decades past and was anxious to see the changes from their makeover a few yrs past. It's gone from campy to gorgeous. Still in the same great location on the Stone Harbor- Avalon line. Loved the crab cocktail.

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Philadelphia, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

What can I say. Loved the new look Windrift. During our 3 night stay in Avalon, we ate on the 3rd floor twice. Great service and view of the ocean. Everything we ate and drank was excellent including, sushi, nachos, crab soup, and tacos. The pool looks very nice and next trip we will have to stay at the hotel.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

90% of the upstairs tables were occupied by large family groups with the loudest children on the planet. At 7 pm, a band started playing so now the decibel level was actually painful. We couldn't hear the waitress who was standing two feet from us. Service was slow, food was alright. However, without the noise, the ambiance could be great... More 

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Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

If you are on a family vacation and a limited budget this restaurant is NOT for you. The restaurant is very noisy although we were seated in the "Fine Dining" area I felt like we were in a loud cafeteria. We checked the menu online, however, their Prime Rib special was very deceiving, in that, the price was $23 but... More 

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Our foursome had a wonderful dinner at the Windrift Restaurant. We had a late dinner and literally closed the place down, but the wait staff was cordial and very patient. The food was excellent, as were the drinks. My frozen margarita was perfect, the kale salad fresh and tasty, and the flounder francaise the best I've ever had. it was... More 

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n.j.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Wow! Had two absolutely delicious meals here... service was outstanding! Drinks in the piano bar = fun time! Definitely coming back for more! Good job Windrift!

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We are so happy we tried the Wind drift beach bar and resturant. The beach bar is casual for lunch over looking the water. The lobster grilled cheese with tomato soup was quite a treat. The burger was also a great choice. Everything was fresh and prepared perfectly. The service was fast and friendly. We don't usually go back to... More 

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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We have breakfast on the outside dining area. Good service and good food. Great view and nice breeze.

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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: Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene

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