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306-A Morris Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
732-974-3433
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7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
It's an Experience on Many Levels

You order at the counter, food is made daily, often while you are there so everything is fresh. The salad is outrageous and you can add whatever you like, portions are enormous, and the atmosphere is unique. We have met lots of interesting people when dining there and it's always fun to have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Joan M
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Spring Lake, New Jersey
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English first
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The chicken was dry. At one time this was a favorite place for fresh lunch while spending a day at the beach. The quality has gone down hill, and the restaurant is in dire need of cleaning and sprucing up. I was appalled by how dirty the bathroom was, and I was especially embarrassed because I had raved about it... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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99 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I went here based on the many positive reviews. For lunch I had a panini that looked good but when it came, it must have been brushed with butter on both sides...it was SO greasy. And since I eat healthy, I could only eat half. The next day I went back and had ravioli's and meatballs. It wasn't as good... More 

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New Jersey
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Wonderful assortment of coffees and teas and great hot cocoa with real whipped cream. The food is prepared by Dan who is a terrific chef. Wonderful salads, pasta dishes, soups. They're open for breakfast, lunch, and occasionally dinners (check for times and days for dinners). You can eat outside or in.

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Spring Lake, New Jersey
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You order at the counter, food is made daily, often while you are there so everything is fresh. The salad is outrageous and you can add whatever you like, portions are enormous, and the atmosphere is unique. We have met lots of interesting people when dining there and it's always fun to have conversations with Cosimo or Dan. The hot... More 

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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Step into Italy and have food like your mama made. From balsamic chicken to pasta bolognese to grouper to salad to pannis....mmmmmm. Top it off with a cappuccino. Bellisimo!

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Rumson, NJ
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I highly recommend this restaurant - the food is fantastic - I feel I am back in Italy - Cosimo takes such pride in his food and he could not do a better job - this restaurant is a BYO - I have been to this restaurant several times and will continue to

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New Jersey
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66 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

While items are "home-cooked," the menu du jour is all you have to choose from. Spring Lake is not a cheap town, so I guess they need to limit their downside. Moreover, I would have liked better attention from the wait staff, even though we chose to eat outside. My pals and I noticed that some of the food was... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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104 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

We filled Cafe Artist with a large group on a weekday night. This is a very small place and there were no empty seats. As you can read in other reviews, there is a set menu for a set price. No choices and no exceptions. Since we had the entire place, our group leaders had a hand in setting the... More 

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Based on the ratings I was expecting great food in a well run restaraunt. The food was delicious but the place is not well run. I had made a reservation on Friday Night for Saturday Night(since they weren't serving dinner Friday Night) and was told to arrive at 7 PM. I was not given a price and had seen that... More 

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Hellertown, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Had a breakfast and a lunch here during our stay in Spring Lake and enjoyed both. We would go back and hope that the quality stays as good as it is now.

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Additional Information about Cafe Artist

Address: 306-A Morris Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Phone Number: 732-974-3433
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Spring Lake
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 306-A Morris Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Spring Lake
  • Phone Number: 732-974-3433

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?