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El Familiar

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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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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 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
One of the areas best kept secrets!

Awesome! Started going when they first opened about 12 years ago. They stayed true to the food..... fresh, original, very clean restaurant with the nicest staff. Never had a bad meal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
Bigtombahama
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Ocean Gate, New Jersey
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Ocean Gate, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Awesome! Started going when they first opened about 12 years ago. They stayed true to the food..... fresh, original, very clean restaurant with the nicest staff. Never had a bad meal.

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Howell, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Living in Howell, NJ there aren't many options for good Mexican food. I always drove to Toms River for Tenampa (previously, my favorite Mexican restaurant.) Today Tenampa was closed for lunch so I tried a different place a friend recommended, El Familiar (Mexican and Columbian food). OMG! Fantastic food! Everything was made to order and delicious. Very reasonable prices and... More 

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TOMS RIVER
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

If you want great Mexican food, this is the place for you. The food is fresh, hot and made to order. It's a byob and I can't say enough about how wonderful the food is. The staff is accommodating and the price is very reasonable. The servings are huge and there's lots to take home and enjoy the next day.... More 

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New Jersey
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167 reviews 167 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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
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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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36 reviews 36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
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?