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601 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1429
732-988-3213
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 23
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  • 44
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 10
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  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great chowder!

Love how this place offers several kinds of dining and a fresh seafood menu. Feels very beachy and relaxed, really nice place to go after the beach. One problem they really need to work on though: the bathrooms. They are really awful. Small, especially with the size of the dining rooms, and not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
busterlucy
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NYC
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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NYC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Love how this place offers several kinds of dining and a fresh seafood menu. Feels very beachy and relaxed, really nice place to go after the beach. One problem they really need to work on though: the bathrooms. They are really awful. Small, especially with the size of the dining rooms, and not well kept. People right off the beach... More 

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Yonkers, New York
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Had heard good things about Columns and it did not disappoint. Went there with 2 other couples and luckily only waited about 5 mins for an outside table which is where you want to eat looking out on the ocean. They only take reservations for 8 or more. All of us enjoyed the appitizers, entrees and desserts. I had raw... More 

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The Columns is one of two restaurants in Avon that is near the beach. It has outside covered dining with great views of the beach and ocean. The inside dining area is dark and in desperate need of a make over. The food, at least for lunch, is disappointing at best. The crap chowder was watery and tasteless save for... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Just leaving Avon by the sea, had dinner at the columns. We had the calamari appetizer. It could have been a meal, and the bacon wrapped scallops. They were both very good. The drinks were excellent. We had fish tacos,penne vodka with chicken and the surf and turf. The entrees were very good, and lots of food. We had desserts,... More 

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Hawthorne, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

An energetic place to eat and have fun with friends. Food was good but not spectacular. Drinks were well made and good music. Our table was facing the beach and what a wonderful view. We will go back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Love this place! The view from the porch is awesome, love the ocean/beach view. The food is really good, steaks, chicken and seafood. There is the grill room in the back for quick lobster right out of the pot. Yum!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We went for their happy hours raw bar and I was told this place has very good food. It is in a converted large home on the beach. We walked in and was greeted by a mature hostess who just told us to go in the bar area if we wanted the raw bar however we wanted more than the... More 

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Newark, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

On Sundays the seafood room never disappoints. Always fresh and yummy. Wouldn't go there for anything else. Order came out wrong and nothing was done about it. If you are sitting on the front porch area hold your ears.... the back door slams shut every single time someone walks in or out.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

Expensive for what u get. Entree included fish plus starch. No soup no salad with dinner. Service was ok. Entree was good. But the worst part was the flies. We sat on porch in fresh air and so we could see ocean. We spent half our time swatting flies out of our food

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

Great food and super friendly staff. Try the lobster! Absolutely the best and the price is right! I highly recommend this restaurant!

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Restaurant Details

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: 732-988-3213

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic

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