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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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
I love this restaurant!

I have been there many times and the food and service is great. The chimichangas are amazing. I have to say that everything that I have ordered was great. The nacho appetizer is so large a family would have a hard time finishing it. You can bring your own spirits to drink. My favorite Mexican... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2015
Andrea G
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Manchester Township, New Jersey
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32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for dinner and found food, so-so. We enjoy Mexican food, but this place was a disappointment. It wasn't that crowded and is in the same shopping center as Il Giardinello

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Thank Franrginsburg
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

I have been there many times and the food and service is great. The chimichangas are amazing. I have to say that everything that I have ordered was great. The nacho appetizer is so large a family would have a hard time finishing it. You can bring your own spirits to drink. My favorite Mexican /Colombian restaurant in the area.

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Thank Andrea G
Toms River, New Jersey
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We have eaten here so many times for so many reasons. The food is home-cooked to order. Lots of great choices; each better than the next! The price is very reasonable. The friendly service is awesome; they can't do enough for you. Highly recommended.

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1 Thank patsebaymail
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We looked it up and tried it allthe family enjoyed good tradional food and very causy place.service was excellent kids enjoyed it also.and a lot of locals

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Thank Louis P
Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The food is oustanding and a fabulous representation of the best Columbia has to offer ... the portions are almost overwhelming (ALMOST), the food terrific (my wife LOVES the empanadas), the wait staff fabulous! and the atmosphere is charming.

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1 Thank Gary R
Ocean Gate, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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3 Thank Bigtombahama
Howell, New Jersey
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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3 Thank HowellHousewife
TOMS RIVER
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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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1 Thank SALLY C
New Jersey
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188 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

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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1 Thank mountainclimber10
Toms River, New Jersey
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75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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Thank Joni B

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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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?