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“I came back” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nicholas

Nicholas
160 Route 35 South, Middletown Township, Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 345-9977
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Ranked #3 of 123 Restaurants in Red Bank
Price range: $40 - $60
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Bt. Navesink River Rd & Pine Street
Transit: Red Bank train station
New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“I came back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

My first visit was to the Chef's Table in July 2010. I went back for a Holiday dinner with a friend. I had the Chef's Tasting Menu because I couldn't make a decision from the regular menu. I loved the Pickled Baby Beets, and the Day Boat Scallop. The Rabbit was incredible. I also loved the Peppermint Patty Desert. The service was fantastic. We even grabbed a table at the bar for an after dinner drink. I intend to go back as soon as I can. I have not been disappointed by anything at this place.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
New Jersey
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Exceptional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

Its rave reviews are right on the money. Anyone who considers themselves a foodie must make it a point to visit this place. Food is fantastic, service is first-rate. It's expensive but worth it for special occasions.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Warren, New Jersey
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Not nearly as good as it once was”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

Not nearly as good as I remembered! 3 years ago we had one of the best meals of our lives here so I couldn't wait to go back to celebrate a big anniversary with my wife. But I was very disappointed.
First the service, while friendly and professional, is hovering and intrusive. It's also way too gimmicky - explaining everything on our plate, lifting all the lids at the same time, constantly picking up and changing silverware, it's all so unnecessary.

But more important is the food. It's very eclectic, and if you're not a real foodie you will just think weird. But we're very adventurous so that is not the issue. But the portions are small - there are too many foams and gels, and our fish was dry and tasteless.
A single scallop or shrimp for an appetizer?

Something changed here!

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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princeton, new jersey
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“A wonderful dining "experience"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

Dinner at Nicholas is more than just eating a meal, it is a dining experience. The service, the presentation, and the food, well, the restaurant truly deserves all of the accolades that it gets. I hesitated to go to Nicholas for years because I just didn't want to believe the hype and I thought that it would be stuffy and the food would be overated. So friends of ours invited us as their guests, so I figured why not. Boy I have been missing out for all of this time. The staff is always lurking and attentive to every need, but it is not overbearing. We enjoyed the 5 course tasting menu and it was really good. I tried all things that I would not normaly eat and I really enjoyed each course. We didn't do the wine pairing because my friend is a wine connoisseur and he ordered wine separately. Very high class experience and not overpriced.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“THE ABSOLUTELY GREATEST PLACE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

My daughter chose this place for the reception of the Christening for my granddaughter. There were about 40 people including children. The four course meal was absolutely fabulous! Service was beyond! There were several different items to choose from for each course, and everyone said the food was exceptional. You would be hard pressed to find a better place to have a private function, or just a night out to have an enjoyable meal. This is definitely a place i would return to!

DON

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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