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Reviewed September 12, 2022

We had dinner here twice on a family vacation in late August 2022. Friday night service was slow but they did have two excellent fish specials. On Sunday night the place was relatively empty and service was good, but the two fish specials had been...removed and not replaced with anything else. It was pleasant to sit outside with the street tables, and the servers were friendly. However compared to other Italian restaurants the food here is very average, which is why it was probably easy to get a reservation during a peak vacation period. There are much better Italian restaurants in the area. We would not come back again unless it was the only place we could get a reservation.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 13, 2022

Great selection on the menu; Table of 7 - we all enjoyed what we ordered; Prices were appropriate. Service very friendly and excellent, including the manager. Only gripe was we did wait 1 hour for our entrees to be served ( for a 5:30pm seating!)

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 27, 2022

3rd visit with friends. My comments are only based on being seated and having dinner at the bar. ….came with friends who are older and enjoy this place. Why, who knows? Food is average at best. Drinks, they need a good bartender who knows what...they are doing. Lastly, service with a smile would be nice as well.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Chris D, Owner at Fratello's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2022

Sorry you feel that way Lainer16. We strive to be the best we can be. Obviously your friends enjoy us and many many other people do. What I have learned in this business (Fratello's) you cannot be something for everyone. We do what we do...More

Reviewed June 11, 2022

food is very good. service excellent They do not play loud music so conversation is possible. Cheers atmosphere

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 19, 2022

Great place to go ...... I went there when it was the Stadium as wellll .....the best french oion soup back then

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed April 17, 2022

I understand it was Easter and it’s busy but there is no need to treat people the way we were treated and others around the restaurant. Very uncomfortable environment. Won’t be coming back.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Chris D, Owner at Fratello's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2022

Sorry you feel this way ThomasofNJ. Easter was a tremendously successful day. Great tables, very nice customers all day and a very smooth holiday. The kitchen did a fantastic job and the amount of compliments on the food was great. I'm the owner of the...More

Reviewed January 12, 2022

Old School Local Spot from the minute you walk in the door. We like to go for a late lunch around 3:00 to be finished just before dinner time to avoid any crowds and we hit the timing perfect yesterday. We went straight to the...bar and met Joe the bartender. He has been here for 28 years and from the moment we met him we were hooked. He knows the menus inside and out and knew every person who walked through the door by name. By the time we left, we felt we knew him forever too! Just the nicest man and represented the establishment so well. Spoke with several servers as they came in to work the dinner shift and although we did not get everyone's name, they were all very welcoming to us. You could tell many employee's have been there a long time. They offer an array of early specials and we were so impressed that it was not just well drinks. Rich ordered a bottle of his favorite wine and it was also included at a discount, no other places do this from our experience. Food wise we had the Thai calamari, recommended by Joe. Just delicious, we started eating it before we took a picture so just know the plate was larger before we took the pic! We loved that it was dusted in flour but not breading on top of it. Really let the taste of the Thai chili sauce enrobe the calamari. For entree's I had shrimp francese and the shrimp were very generous as they were very large and cooked perfectly. Only thing I would say is I would prefer more sauce since I had it over angel hair pasta and next time I will just ask for it more "saucy". Rich wanted Veal Milanese, (not on the menu) however the bartender who took over from Joe's shift Brad, asked the chef and because it was still not too busy the chef said he would make it. Another excellent nod to a local place who will accommodate when the crowd size allows. Rich loved the dish, he had broccoli rabe on the side extra spicy. The chef added the arugula and "muzz", balsamic drizzle etc. it was perfectly presented. Brad, our second bartender of the day was also just as welcoming, very friendly, made suggestions and took great care of us. We met the Manager, Mike who gave us a little background for Fratello's and we promised him and everyone we had interacted with that we would be back very soon. We commented to him how wonderful we thought everyone we interacted with had been. It will clearly be one of our go to spots going forward. We cannot believe we had not been here before now. Terrific experience, fantastic selection of food, all nicely prepared and presented and the staff is superb. Loved the whole experience from start to finish.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed November 12, 2021

Fratello's is an unpretentious neighborhood Jersey Shore bar/restaurant, the type that unfortunately seems to be disappearing. Trendy and contemporary it is not. The dining room has a large square bar and wood paneling. There is nice outdoor seating with heaters out front, a real advantage...these days. Very pleasant to sit there at night. Service was friendly. This is casual food, not fine dining. My wife and I went for Restaurant Week and were not disappointed. The "locally famous" pork Osso Buco was very well-prepared. My wife ordered the steak with a topping of crab meat and bernaise sauce, not my cup of tea but she enjoyed it. I would stick with the basics at this place. Skip dessert. We would go back.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 13, 2021

We had a party of 7 booked for outside. Mike made sure our seniors were comfortable and the heaters were placed perfectly. Our server Terri was so sweet and attentive and our meal was fabulous. We will be back.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Chris D, Owner at Fratello's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2021

Thank you very much for the wonderful review. We always love to hear wonderful reviews about our hardworking staff. I will pass this along to Mike and Terri. Thank you again and see you next time

Reviewed July 29, 2021 via mobile

So glad we ignored the previous review and decided to have dinner at Fratello’s, the food was amazing! The portion sizes are very generous. We ordered 3 items off the specials menu: Artichoke & Burrata- the flavors took me back to the Mediterranean so light...and flavorful, once I saw it came with Pepperoncini I was sold! Cajun Tuna Bites In Chipotle sauce- were nice and spicy. Salmon with Tomato & Nuts- was incredible and full of flavor. Ordered the Shrimp Andrea off the main menu and it was perfect. The side of soup it came with was also very flavorful. Very large selection of desserts to choose from. The bread is very hot & hard but I don’t go to restaurants for the bread. We will definitely be back when in Sea Girt! The restaurant was busy on a Tuesday night and the waitress were busy all night but definitely worth any wait to be seated.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Chris D, Owner at Fratello's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2021

Thank you for the kind words Christina. Yes, summer was very busy this year everyday. The extended outdoor patio really had us running on our toes and with the staffing issues we all suffered in the restaurant industry. Hope to see again real soon. Thanks...More

Reviewed July 20, 2021

We eat at Fratellos often, but we will be taking a break for a while. The waitress brought us the wrong bottle of wine. She didn’t show us , she just opened and poured. The salad that was brought to my table was disgusting- all...the lettuce was rotten and slimy. I’m not sure how the person that made the salad thought that was ok - how the waitress thought it was ok to bring to the table. When I showed her the salad she said “yeah that’s pretty gross” and then walked away. She cane back 10 minutes later to ask if I wanted a new salad but at that point why would I ? My husbands steak was served without the sauce he ordered - it took a while to find someone to sdk for the sauce and when the sauce finally came the steak was cold, and my entree was very mediocre I feel like Fratelllos is one of those places that if they know you -you get treated much better than if they don’t. Perhaps it’s because we live in Manasquan and not Sea GirtMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Chris D, Owner at Fratello's Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2021

Hi Relax......., Very disappointed to hear about your experience at Fratello's. There is NO EXCUSE for the salad being served the way it was and I'm embarrassed by that. As you know with the shortage of work force in the area we (as with most...More

Reviewed March 28, 2021

Always a great meal, staff has been with the restaurant for as many years as we have been customers. We know of many other repeat patrons, well deserved as the food, atmosphere, waiters and bartenders are delightful and accommodating. The early bird special simply cannot...be beat! We are amazed what value and quality they are. Daily specials too, are truly special. Wonderful to see how busy with take-out and outdoor dining Fratello's has been with the pandemic ... So happy to see indoor dining at 50% at this moment. Introduced friends, relatives and strangers to Fratello's ... everyone has enjoyed whatever they ordered. A must if you haven't been here! You will be back!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 13, 2021 via mobile

My Family and I went here for our normal weekly family dinner night out. Our server Rachael was Excellent. She was extremely friendly and attentive. The food was all delicious from the appetizers to the desserts. We will definitely return in the future and recommend...it to our family and friends.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed September 12, 2020 via mobile

We just returned home after a night out at Fratello’s. We were concerned about sitting outside because it was a cool evening but we did not feel comfortable sitting inside yet. We arrived about 6:15 for our 6:30 reservation. We were promptly seated and shortly...afterwards a gentleman brought us our menus and we chatted for a few minutes. A few minutes later our server took our drink orders and when she brought the drinks we ordered our appetizers and entrees. The breeze died down and it actually turned out to be pleasant outside. We thought we had a wonderful evening in front of us. One by one we saw people arriving, some with reservations and some without. But we heard people that did not have a reservation saying they had just called and the owner told them to come. It began to really fill up and people were waiting for tables. We saw servers and bus boys running around but then realized they were mostly bringing water and house salad to tables, we didn’t see much food coming out. When it was 7:30 and we still didn’t have our appetizers we started looking for the manager who we had not seen since he spoke to us upon arrival. We complained that we had’t gotten any food yet and it was in 7:15. He didn’t have anything to say, just walked away muttering something. Shortly after that our server came out and brought us house salads which we told her we did not want, we just wanted our appetizers. They were finally brought to us. One was an order of meatballs and the other was the special of Thai calamari in a sauce, not freshly fried. Neither was the type of app that was specially made to order. We should have been able to get these in 15 minutes tops. When she brought the apps our server shockingly said we’d get our entrees whenever they’re ready, the kitchen is overwhelmed, she didn’t know when they’d be out. At 8:30 we still did not have our entrees and we had been looking for the manager who seemed to never come outside. When we finally spotted him my husband called him over and told him we were leaving. He never even tried to say food was coming shortly, don’t leave. He finally told us he was the owner and he had overbooked the tables and had overwhelmed the kitchen. How do you just keep allowing people to keep coming when they call for a last minute table when you know your customers who took the time to make a reservation haven’t even been served food. I am aware that in the age of Covid 19 we have lots of other things to worry about. But by the same token we need to go out to restaurants for the sake of our mental health and we had been looking forward to a night out. There are so many other restaurants we’ll give our business to but not Fratello’s. It’s now 9:15 and we’re sitting back in our kitchen at home eating scrambled eggs on our date night!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 27, 2020

I was there last night with 3 other people. The place was swamped but the owner got us a table as soon as he could. Our waitress, Rebecca, was absolutely wonderful. She was busy as could be but she joked with us and was super...attentive and completely played along with my friend, who was pretending to order crazy things. I was impressed at her composure even though they were so busy. We dined outside and it was a really pleasant experience!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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They do have happy hour drinks, early bird dinners & some thing go down in price after 8:00.
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Fratello's offers gluten free pasta. Linguini and penne. And both are very good. We did a lot of sampling to get this correct. We also have a few salads and many seafood dishes that are gluten free.
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