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Il Giardinello

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1232 Route 166, Toms River, NJ 08753
732-286-9111
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations

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  • 83
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    Very good
  • 8
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  • 5
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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
Well worth the wait for a table

We go here often. They have coupons good everyday except Saturday buy one get one free (limit amount) Food is excellent. Staff very good. When owner is there very social. A really nice family restaurant. Only drawback is the wait if you don't get there when it opens, sometimes over an hour. Well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Toms River, New Jersey
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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We go here often. They have coupons good everyday except Saturday buy one get one free (limit amount) Food is excellent. Staff very good. When owner is there very social. A really nice family restaurant. Only drawback is the wait if you don't get there when it opens, sometimes over an hour. Well worth it.

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Lakewood, New Jersey
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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

If you tried the rest, this is the BEST. Every dish is delicious and fresh. Cannot say enough about food, portions or service. Reservations are a Must as this restaurant is always crowded.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

the food is superb and you must try more than one item. best to go one weeknights! they don't accept coupons on weekends>

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Jersey Shore
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49 reviews 49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

When I moved down to Ocean County a few decades ago an old Italian man said to me, "no one down here has a taste bud". He was right. I see the wonderful reviews for Il Giardinello, it was one of the reasons why I chose this place for my wife's birthday. Let's start off with the Appetizers: Cold Antipasto.... More 

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Toms River, NJ
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We always have a great meal in this restaurant. The service is always impeccable. If you had this kind of meal @ a restaurant in NYC, it would cost at least twice as much.

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New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I lived in NJ for many years and visited this restaurant twice a month. The service is wonderful. There are no bad meals on the menu. I love the veal and the bean appetizer. Now that I live in Florida I miss the restaurant, there is nothing that compares. I suffer anxiety attacks twice a month and my wife has... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Love their veal parm. Food is always hot and tasty. We come here often during the year. The newspaper coupons really help those on a budget.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Delicious food, great service and always eager to please the customer. Joe, the owner, always manages to take time to walk around greeting his guests with a personable hello. You can always get a $13 coupon in the local newspaper or online for the restaurant. Must try the accompanying salad. It has a taste of citrus along with oil and... More 

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Toms river
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Excellent Italian food!! We've gone every week while dating, had our rehearsal dinner here, and 25 years later we still come!!! Why you ask??? Because the food is consistently good!!! Joe works the line and the front. Good food good people. Just go... You'll enjoy!!!!

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Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We go here for special occasions and they have the most delicious food. The service is amazing!! Even the owner comes around to make sure everything is to your liking. We love this restaurant. It's a quaint place and the ambiance is wonderful. Worth the wait if you have to wait for a table. BYOB.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1232 Route 166, Toms River, NJ 08753
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Toms River
  • Phone Number: 732-286-9111
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?