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The Columns

601 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1429
732-988-3213
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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- Jul 14, 2014
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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54% Recommend
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English first
Branchville, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Just to keep this short; the food is bad, tasteless and expensive. For example my daughter and I ordered the 5 ounce Filet Mignon and it tasted burnt and dry at $22 dollars a plate the side dish vegetables were bad too. You can get better tasting food at any good Dinner for 1/4 of the price. The place is... More

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New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I've been traveling to the Jersey Shore for 10+ years and Columns is right on the beachfront - beautiful views. However, in the last few years, I've noticed it going downhill. It's not very clean and needs some renovations - for instance the bathrooms. They are not clean, doors need to be replaced as they do not lock. The Raw... More

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Edison, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Best food here is back room for happy hour ! Sliders steamers hot dogs lobsters an more ...don't lidos just okay on porch .

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Center Valley, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Columns is one of those Shore elephants that have been around forever. Just like the old family homestead, there's a sense of comfort in knowing it's there. However, as with visiting the relatives, you may find yourself wondering, "why do I put myself through this every year"? You go, because it's tradition, but that doesn't mean that you're going... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Food is OK. Service is OK. Take-out place along the side is reasonably priced. A problem with service is you order the food at one line, and have to wait in line again at the second line for drinks, even water. Obviously they do a lot of liquor business, but why can't food line handle a bottle of water? So... More

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Tequesta, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Ordered the fried flounder sandwich for $10.95 on the lunch menu today. Awful - piece of breaded fish was frozen/convenience food, French fries were served cold. Only had sugar and sweet & low packets on the table for my iced tea. Each (outside) table had old fashioned numbers in stands on them - tacky. Will not go back for any... More

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Yardville, New Jersey
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68 reviews 68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Officially this facility is known as a grand summer "cottage" built in the 1880's however it is a large ocean front home converted into a wonderful restaurant. It has wonderful amenities including a long wraparound porch where food is served while overlooking the ocean. It also has many rooms including a large bar area with "high boy" tables, a grill... More

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Monroe Township
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

My husband, our daughter and her boyfriend went to The Columns last night for my husband's birthday/Father's Day. Before going to any restaurant for the first time, I ALWAYS read the reviews and since so many of them were positive, I thought this would be a good place to go. When we arrived, we were told the wait would be... More

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Waited at the bar for service for over 8 minutes. Had to keep saying "excuse" me before a waiter finally say something and did not look me in my face. I could not believe it. My friend said "let's leave" and I said "no, it's 2014 and I will NOT be pushed out because of the color of my skin,... More

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good food, good service. Crowd changes a lot from one night to the next depending on what's happening in the bar

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