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“Disappointed, hope it improves” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Arlington

The Arlington
1302 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008
+1 609-494-8848
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Ranked #18 of 36 Restaurants in Ship Bottom
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 13th street
Description: The Arlington is a new restaurant and bar open in Ship Bottom on LBI. With a new American menu focused on fresh and local ingredients and a beverage program focused on craft beer and cocktails, The Arlington is poised to be a premiere dining establishment on LBI open for lunch and dinner year-round.
Short Hills, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Disappointed, hope it improves”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were thrilled to learn that a new, upscale restaurant had opened on Long Beach Island and reserved a table for 3 (my wife, my college-age son, and me.) Our experience started positively - the servers were conversational & eager to please, the space was attractive with exposed brick (although the main room echoed a bit too much and was a little bare), they have a good selection of craft beers on draft and the menu was interesting.

So far so good. We ordered drinks, appetizers and our main course. The pacing of the service really ruined our experience - we were barely finished with our apps and still on our first drink when the main course arrived. C'mon, people, this is a vacation area and people want to enjoy their meal and their company. Plus you lost the chance to sell us an extra drink or two.

The entrees were prepared well except for our side of french fries, which arrived as a plate of small broken pieces - clearly they scooped up the bottom of the tray and served it to us. The chef should have been embarrassed to let that dish out of his or her kitchen.

All in all, we were very disappointed vs. our expectations. They rushed us through the entire meal - from the moment we sat down until we paid the check was 45 minutes! This at an upscale, relatively expensive restaurant? That plus the 'bottom of the barrel' french fries left us with no desire to return. Maybe next year if the reviews are better, but no sure.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
nj
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Much better paces on LBI”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The place look nice but that's about where it ends, Very expensive for tiny portions.
My main dish Seafood Paia had 3 shrimp 3 clams and 3 mussels with some rice after spending $120.00 for 2 people we left hungry

Visited July 2014
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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Great new spot in LBI!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We always loved Yellow Fin, and we ddid love Plantation when it first opened. Daddy-O is good but not always consistent, but we had great service there last Friday.
The Arlington is a welcome addition! Great, fresh food and pleasant service.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great new restaurant with relaxed atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our friends (who work and live on LBI) recommended The Arlington for our double date. We are glad they did! The wait staff was knowledgeable and helpful with the menus. We enjoyed our appetizers (ceviche, scallops, burrata) and loved our entrees (swordfish, shortribs), especially the shortribs... rich sauce with the crunch of shredded cabbages made for great combo/texture.

The inventive cocktails were tasty and the wine list was acceptable.

We toured the bar area after leaving the dining room and vowed to return there for a fun night for either drinks or dinner at the bar.

Highly recommended for a solid dining experience away from the crush of typical LBI eats of hour-wait lines for fried, bland food at some of the other popular spots. Another bonus: you can make reservations on Open Table!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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warren, nj
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Unique Food for LBI Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We enjoyed this resturaunt very much. Service was very attentive and knowledgeble of the food prep and made great recommendations. Nice change to the usual "shore restaurant" fare - some traditional items but prepared with unusal tastes flare. Definitely a more "daring" take on the old standards, but not enough to be over the top. Very flavorful and good use of ingredients. Would most certainly recommend.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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