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“Service is hit or miss” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ama Ristorante

Ama Ristorante
1485 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright, NJ 07760 (Formerly Ama Ristorante Tuscana)
732-530-9760
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Ranked #5 of 26 Restaurants in Sea Bright
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: With panoramic and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Shrewsbury River, Ama Ristorante at the Driftwood offers guests traditional and newly imagined Tuscan classics in a warm, inviting setting reminiscent of a Tuscan villa. The imaginative and innovative cuisine, prepared by Chef Pat Trama, offers the finest and freshest ingredients paired with a hand selected wine list that features wines from boutique vineyards in Tuscany and throughout Italy as well as special American selections. Ama Ristorante is open year round to the public. Dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday, starting at 5 p.m.
Middletown, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Service is hit or miss”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

A great Italian restaurant in a great beach town with a lovely view. The food never disappoints but the service is unpredictable. This was our third visit.

We ordered the sample of daily appetizers to share along with another appetizer. Both appetizers were served by someone other than our waitress, who didn't know we were sharing. They were awkwardly placed on the very small table without explanation of the dishes or additional plates for sharing. We asked someone passing by for small l plates but never knew what we were served for the appetizer bar. Both dishes were excellent.
We had order sparkling water and were approached for refills of tap water (with the bottle of Pellegrino in plain sight) and when we said we had sparkling, surprised that he walked away, thinking that he would then refill our water glass from our bottle.(???) There were also no additional pours from our bottle of wine by staff.
When the entrees were served, again they were presented by someone other than our waitress. Both were pasta dishes (gnocchi with Bolognese sauce - a special and pasta with crab, corn, truffles - from the menu) and we were not asked if we wanted fresh pepper or parmesan cheese. Again we had to request this. And a spoon for the fettuccini. Both dishes were very good.

The location, quality and prices of this restaurant warrant better service. In fairness to our waitress, they do always seem understaffed.

I would recommend though for the food alone.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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NJ
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Best pasta dish ever !!! Will def go back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Spent half the summer in Sea Bright and so far Ama is the ONLY restaurant worth writing about. Had a pleasant experience from start to finish. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting, they have a nice drink menu and wine list. I ordered the rigatoni w/fresh peas and sausage in cream sauce and it was absolutely delicious! The calamari was like butter. I also tried my friend's dish of gnocchi and it was so good. The service was top notch. I enjoyed my experience here very much will def go back very soon.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Westfield
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Unbeatable ambiance meets delicious food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Indoors, it's noisy. Outside is much nicer with great sunset view. The menu is short but high quality. Service was good...waitress was very friendly and helpful even though she was overworked.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Jersey Shore
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Yummmmm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

The hostess was pleasant, we arrived early, checked in and went to the bar for a drink, she told us we could be seated whenever we were ready. The bartenders were friendly and served us right away, the drinks were great.
Alyssa was our waitress, probably one of the best waitresses I've had. Attentive, knew the menu and had excellent suggestions. The food was fantastic, I had a pasta dish and my husband had fish. Both were prepared perfectly and served without a long wait.
The restaurant is right on the water and has excellent views.
This was our second time eating here our first was not long after they opened, I'm glad we went back, our experience this time was far better! We won't wait so long to come back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Holmdel
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“Best Italian food on the Jersey Shore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Chef Pat continues to create the finest Italian meals.
As their one year anniversary approaches this September, the kitchen continues to expand its menu while creating amazing specials.
Menu highlights include muscles, products of the earth, pasta bolognese, scallops and Tuscan Rib Eye.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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