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The Columns

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601 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1429
+1 732-988-3213
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good41%
  • Average19%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible10%
Travelers talk about
“lobster” (23 reviews)
“steamers” (8 reviews)
“baked potato” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
601 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1429
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A 1-pound lobster, cooked and cracked, for $12, with a view of the beach and live music in the background — it doesn’t get any better than that. Columns is just steps from the beach, and it offers something for everyone. Swimmers and sunbathers can...More

Thank Bill R
Reviewed September 7, 2017

Thursday night in August, 1 hour wait! the bar was understaffed and bartenders overworked! Extremely busy night, our waiter as attentive as possible. The food was terrific!

Thank DianeCT17
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

I love The Columns and hold a very special place in my heart for the place! Food is always outstanding and the service is unmatched by any restaurant on The Jersey Shore! They make you feel like family every time! Can't wait to go back!

Thank Stephanie G
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Columns features live bands, good food, and a fast-food option. Table service is fast. The menu is better than average bar food. Very popular place to stop after the beach, since it is just across the street from the boardwalk.

Thank dvunkannon
Reviewed September 4, 2017

We are frequent visitors to Avon, both for the day and staying at our favorite B&B there (right next door to the Columns). We have been at the Columns three times and each time, we have been disappointed. It is a great beach front location...More

Thank mkbrennan
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

We stopped in here after a day at the beach. Avon is a dry town so it was nice to find a beachfront place that served alcohol. We only had a few cocktails, no food, so I can only speak to the atmosphere, which was...More

Thank clr231
Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

Sitting on the porch overlooking the ocean...having a great meal...love the calamari as a starter (I believe around $ 12)...mighty good if I may say so...and then ...the mussels over linguine in white sauce...( $ 17) is my standard meal when we go there ...the...More

Thank andoffigoagain
Reviewed August 29, 2017

The view is beautiful! The food just average, but excellent friendly service. Enjoy the breeze from the ocean and just RELAX!

Thank Renee W
Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

Its all about the view and the beachfront vibe. Not so much about the food unless you really like plain grilled meats, fish and steamed veggies. Oh, and the live music is pretty good if you like it so loud you can't talk to anybody.

Thank taxbil
Reviewed August 7, 2017

Came for lunch and had a burger and cocktail. Food was okay. Service was good. The view from the front porch is incredible. Lot's of bar space, as well. Be sure to bring cash- no cards accepted here!!

Thank Brendan P
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Donna R
August 8, 2016|
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Response from NelsonVirginia | Reviewed this property |
Variety of foods, and drinks. Daily specials. Very good food. The view is beautiful, looking at the ocean.I would suggest you look on their site and see menu or call for daily specials.
July 16, 2016|
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Response from NelsonVirginia | Reviewed this property |
If you had a part of 6 or more you can make reservations
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1429
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Avon by the Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 732-988-3213
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