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Ria Mar

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25 Whitehead Ave., South River, NJ
723-257-1100
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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
authentic Portuguese food

Karen and I lunched here yesterday and we couldn't be happier. Cozy home town bar / pub connected to a nice dining room which was closed for lunch. So we opted for tables near the bar. The bar and dining crowd was very casual and we were surprised to see virtually everyone drinking pitchers of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Paul C
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Belmar, NJ
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Belmar, NJ
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Karen and I lunched here yesterday and we couldn't be happier. Cozy home town bar / pub connected to a nice dining room which was closed for lunch. So we opted for tables near the bar. The bar and dining crowd was very casual and we were surprised to see virtually everyone drinking pitchers of sangria rather than beer. We... More 

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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Absolutely love this restaurant The food, the atmosphere, the staff are just simply amazing. Looking forward to going back in the immediate future to have some more sangria and delicious food.

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South River, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Upon first entering the restaurant, you are taken to a place with old world charm. My family and i felt we were royalty with the excellent food and service. The atmosphere is so elegant with old world charm. The food was simply outstanding - full of flavor and robust with fresh ingredients. It was such a terrific experience, we have... More 

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Wilmington, NC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Have been going to Ria Mar since the late '90s when it was just a local neighborhood restaurant. Moved to NC in 2005 but still visit. We went there on Sat. night (12/6) with seven family members. The atmosphere is beautiful- service outstanding - portions very large. But their signature appetizer "Shrimp in Garlic Sauce" was very disappointing. In the... More 

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nj
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

why travel to newark when the food at this site is just as good. food is delicious, very big portions and they accept entertainment coupons. they are very busy on weekends so make reservations.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Visited Ria Mar last Saturday night, after an absence of about 15 years. Moved to FL. The building changed, but not the good food, Sangria, and service. Still the place for Portuguese food in Central NJ.

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New Hyde Park, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Went to this restaurant for the first time and was impressed. The food was delicious and over the top plentiful. My kind of place. Though I don't drink wine I was told by those who did that the Sangria was excellent. The wait staff was very professional especially Flavio,he really went above and beyond to accommodate everyone's taste. we will... More 

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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

This Portuguese restaurant has been around for years. I hadn't been there in about 5 years and wanted Portuguese food close to home. I made a reservation for Saturday night ( recommended) place was packed, parking lot full. We parked on side street. The bar area was crowded as well as the narrow hallway leading to main seating area. We... More 

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Bridgewater NJ USA
Top Contributor
351 reviews 351 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We had a family dinner here a few nights ago and I have to say that all of us were pleased with our meals Good service and tasty food We had the Portuguese Steak, the dry ribs, salmon,and chicken Francaise and everyone was pleased. I had the garlic shrimp appetizer made into a real meal. Side dishes included the crisp... More 

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Metuchen
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We frequently eat at Portuguese restaurants in our immediate area as well as in Newark which has an entire section devoted exclusively to that cuisine. We have been to Ria Mar many times over the years. Unfortunately, the quality of the food has gone down considerably. I prefer seafood while my husband is a carnivore.Needless to say, we are familiar... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 25 Whitehead Ave., South River, NJ
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  South River
  • Phone Number: 723-257-1100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Portuguese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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