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1246 Route 166, Toms River Nj 08753, Toms River, NJ 08753-2744
732-240-6613
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 21
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  • 17
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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This place is terrific: Interesting menu, quality ingredients, good food preparation, and friendly service. We are so glad we tried this restaurant. The lively atmosphere and helpful wait staff help round out a very satisfying dining experience. Additionally, the portions are generous, and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
mountainclimber10
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New Jersey
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English first
New Jersey
Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This place is terrific: Interesting menu, quality ingredients, good food preparation, and friendly service. We are so glad we tried this restaurant. The lively atmosphere and helpful wait staff help round out a very satisfying dining experience. Additionally, the portions are generous, and the prices make this restaurant an outstanding bargain. We will certainly plan on returning to this first-rate... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We have been dining here for 10+ years already. Great food, great service, great value for your money!! My favorite...... the Fajita's and their guacamole. The also have much more traditional items that our friends order which are always good. It's BYOB and some nights they have music. Call for schedule and enjoy!!!

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Toms River, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We go there often to remember our several visits to this wonderful country. Service is awsome, Alway clean, cheery and delicious. They aim to please. wonderfully family fare.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We have been to El familiar on several occasions and it's our favorite Latin restaurant.Since moving to Toms River 14 years ago and finding this restaurant back then the food has yet to disappoint, the oxtail soup is exceptional as are the enchiladas Verdes a favorite of mine. The staff is great and the atmosphere is always welcoming and you... More 

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Cranbury, New Jersey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This has been a once a month family dinner spot for the last few months and they can accommodate large group, 10 -14. The service is always good, the owner is real friendly and the food is always good. We typically start with the beef empanadas, it's a smaller version then I'm used to but it's still good and guess... More 

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TOMS RIVER
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72 reviews 72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Great atmosphere, great food and a home feeling provided by the staff and the owner. Nick Moreno, family and staff provide a great experience with music, authentic fresh meals and a more than welcoming lunch or dinner. Have to try it all.....Never failed!!!!!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

This is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. The food is consistently good and the service is fantastic. I can't say enough. You will not be disappointed. The steak burrito meal is one of my favs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I have been coming to this place for about 10 years great service great food great people its by on the food is incredible you definetly get what you pay for I would recommend this place to anyone kudos to the staff thereb

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

It was a combo of Mexican and Colombian food, very long menu. I ordered a seafood platter which wasn't great but my husband got enchiladas which were amazing and an arepa which was ok. Maybe the cooks are Mexican? Definitely recommend ordering the Mexican food as the appetizers and seafood seemed to be dumped out of a freezer bag and... More 

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Westampton Township, New Jersey, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Had dinner here recently before a show in the area. GREAT salsas and chunky, homemade guacamole. The four of us loved our dinners - grilled pork, garlic shrimp and rainbow trout special, chimichanga and a combo platter. Great rice and beans and yummy side salad served with our meals. Service was very good. They have a large menu with lots... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1246 Route 166, Toms River Nj 08753, Toms River, NJ 08753-2744
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Toms River
  • Phone Number: 732-240-6613
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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