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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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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 1
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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
Most recent review
Nice family style place

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
Culater88
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Cranbury, New Jersey
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Cranbury, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

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 via mobile

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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Toms River, New Jersey
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96 reviews 96 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Stopped by El familiar to grab a snak and they had the World Cup on, and a very interested crowd watching on Sunday night. I ordered some snak items and ended up getting involved in the moment...The food was great as always (qusadilla and soft plantans)--never rushed, and felt very 'at home'.... Nick has such a nice little niche carved... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Everything was terrific. Service was excellent... Food was above what was expected.. Colombian Combination Dishes were what we had remembered on our long ago trip to Colombia SA. Plan to return again soon.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great food and service. Definetely a must to go to. BYOB so bring it and enjoy really good Mexican dishes. There Specials are always interesting and great.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Our family have been frequenting El Familiar weekly, for years! I usually fall in love with one fish and never try another, when I find something I love. I have fallen in love with three dishes,that I alternate between. The grouper with red sauce, was my first fabulous dish; a bit on the spicy side, the sauce is scrumptious! Grouper... 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?