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601 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1429
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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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163 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My friend and I came for lunch while spending the day at the beach. We ate at the bar area since it was the only area open. We had to order at the bar. The food was alright. It came quickly. I had the fish tacos. They were fresh and the fish was not fried, the way I prefer. The... More 

Thank StephHorn
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in for lunch. Great view of the beach but very pricey! Had lobster roll. Tasty but the portions are small. Food was good but for the price you are paying for the scenery. Staff was friendly. Don't think we will be stopping in any time soon as the price was to steep for my budget for a skimpy sandwich... More 

Thank Denise S
Litchfield, Connecticut
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband & I have had lunch here a few times. We just don't get the consistent crowds flocking to this place. The food is merely average...bordering on not good. The location is to die for...a sweeping Victorian porch with an ocean view. Sandwiches are just ok. Salads are just ok. Much better food elsewhere. Service is spotty at best.... More 

Thank tangohampton
Burlington, Vermont
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Food was decent. Price was high for the type of food received. Had to ask for service. Had to ask for the correct bill. Severe thunderstorms so not a busy night at all.

1 Thank GHTPC
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very best lobster specials you could ask for. Enjoyable dinner atmosphere sitting on the porch looking at the ocean. I had the lobster Mac and Cheese while my wife truly enjoyed the whole lobster dinner special for only $13.95.

Thank John F
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

25¢ clams on the half shell, $10 a doz peel and eat shrimp. $3 Landshark beers every Friday,Saturday, and Sunday

Thank Njfoodguy13
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here for lunch on a busy Saturday driving down the shore. Great location right across the street from the beach. We sat on the patio and had front row people watching seats. The lunch menu wasn't extensive- but we had Greek salad and fish tacos and both were very good. Good food, good service.... Would definitely recommend

Thank Lynne L
Lansdale, PA
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132 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dinner on a recent evening was good but the service was so-so and the quirky rules are just weird. Dinner does not start until 5:00, before that you can only order drinks and the standard menu appetizers. A fe minutes before 5 the waitress brought the specials menu which included raw bar selections. Food was decent and the Thursday night... More 

Thank Al R
Hoboken, New Jersey
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

NOT handicapped accessible at ALL. No ramp no elevator provided. Just a ton of stairs. Guess the owners think the disabled shouldn't have the right to eat here. Is this even legal? Disgusting...

1 Thank freddiep
New York City, New York
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner and ordered a lobster roll ,salad and side of fries.... First lobster roll was only 3 bites ...very small...fries were cold and full of grease ...salad was fantastic... bisque soup was way too thick .... good spot for lunch.... service was great

1 Thank viv m

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Seafood
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?