We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

The Columns

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
601 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1429
732-988-3213
Website
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

142 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 142: English reviews
A TripAdvisor Member
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

I had not been there in many years. Went last night just to dance and thought it was great. A reggae band played until 9 PM and then a rock band after setting up started playing about 10:15 PM. Exactly what we were looking for. Good for all age groups.

Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor Member
NJ
Level Contributor
152 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went more to go dancing with our middle aged age group. That didn’t disappoint. It was just as much fun as I remembered but they had updated the place. Dark walls were replaced with white ones. There were tons of TVs & they moved the stage so you can actually see the band from the main bar. They even... More 

Helpful?
Thank dalm0m
New Jersey
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great outdoor seating with ocean view. You can eat in grille room also for a lighter fare. Staff is very helpful and friendly

Helpful?
Thank madg0420
Lock Haven, pa
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We love to stop by The Columns after a day at the beach and get a cool drink and an appetizer. We can sit outside and enjoy a view of the ocean across the street or sit inside at the bar and still have an ocean view. The apps are delicious!! We have also eaten lunch here and the salads... More 

Helpful?
Thank fcbeachlover
Lebanon, New Jersey
Level Contributor
16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately that's the best thing I can say. Columns has been an Avon-by-the-Sea staple forever. That and the active bar are consistent. The food however was lacking. I started with the crab chowder and it was a step below dish water. So after returning that, I ordered the seafood bisque which was close to Campbell's Tomato soup. My Avon chicken... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank mrsean36
Howell, New Jersey
Level Contributor
25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spectacular view of the ocean while having dinner. We sat out side on the deck. They offer Daily dinner specials. We went on a Wednesday, we had surf & turf. Very good. There is also a band and music playing in side the restaurant. Drinks were good too. We really enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant and the view of... More 

Helpful?
Thank NelsonVirginia
Milford, New Jersey
Level Contributor
38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in for the first time ever. We both had seafood bisque chowder that could have been warmer, but was tasty. Shared delicious calamari w/sauce--again, could have been hotter, but was tender and lightly breaded. Lunch was difficult to enjoy because of two mothers w/their five children who were hellions on wheels, running around the length of the restaurant and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Minimartaan
Chatham,NJ
Level Contributor
33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great vibes, good old time rock guys , big bar scene, raw bar, etc.. We like the porch with the view of the sea! Fast service! We had GREAT oysters, freshly shucked , only $2 each.. Hmm hmm good! Then a Sea Scallop entree with green beans and rice and pineapple mango salsa. My wife had a crispy Crab Cakes... More 

Helpful?
Thank Peter B
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for grill room lobsters, shrimp and clams today. Didn't disappoint! Everything was delicious and very reasonably priced Every thing is cooked to order We come here a few times every summer The only bad thing I can say about this restaurant is that the staff is unfriendly and have bad attitudes

Helpful?
Thank Gaetania
Cranford, New Jersey
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Busy restaurant, crowded, loud. Decent food but limited choices. Pleasant staff. Prices kinda high for what you get - but not too bad.

Helpful?
1 Thank acmnj

Travelers who viewed The Columns also viewed

 
Avon by the Sea, NJ
Avon by the Sea, NJ
 

Been to The Columns? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Bar, Seafood, American
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
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: 732-988-3213

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Columns and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
7 days ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from The Columns staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?