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El Familiar

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1246 Route 166, Toms River Nj 08753, Toms River, NJ 08753-2744
+1 732-240-6613
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our go to mexican restaurant until we went for dinner one evening and our food came out minutes after we ordered it. It seems the food was prepared ahead of time and microwaved. It was very bland and boring despite very pleasant servers. We never went back, but found Tenampa, a much better mexican restaurant right up the... More 

Thank Dru S
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Their food is a mix of Columbian and Mexican. The menu is a mix of food for those who want to try different things and people have simpler tastes. Always a crowd pleaser. Not super pricey, especially for the quality of the food.

1 Thank Dana P
Howell, New Jersey
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67 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2017

This is a simple, restaurant with great food, huge portions and excellent service. BYOB and enjoy Columbian and Mexican foods. This is a reasonably priced restaurant and because the portions are quite large, it is well worth the money.

1 Thank Tara N
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Great food and wonderful atmosphere! Definitely will be returning! They have an extensive menu for adults and children and its BYOB which is nice. We will be bringing a bottle of wine next trip back! Great service as well!

Thank Christina L
New Jersey, near the beach
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2016

They serve Columbian & Mexican food, big menu to choose from. It feels like a family restaurant, very casual. The owner is always helping and walking around. This is a BYOB restaurant so bring your own wine, beer or spirits. My wife is Gluten Free and does not have any trouble finding many things she can order. It is usually... More 

Thank Chuck-06
Avon by the Sea, New Jersey
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2016

Wonderful food with very large portions. While there is only one vegetarian gluten free entree on the menu (vegetarian enchilada) they are more than willing to alter an item to accommodate. I picked the nachos from the menu and the server said she could do a vegetable nacho. There was spinach, carrots, corn, broccoli, beans as well as the usual... More 

Toms River, New Jersey
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2016

We arrived about 6:30 PM on Wednesday ! Two couples .We were greeted by the hostess and seated promptly. The restaurant wasn't crowded about a third full. The décor is pleasant and clean. The sign out front has the name and says Columbian and Mexican--it is more Columbian than Mexican--that's OKAY-- a change is always welcome! This establishment is a... More 

2 Thank Thomas W
New Jersey
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 28, 2016

Having been to the Los Angeles area 16+ times, I've become very spoiled when it comes to Mexican food so I generally don't bother to go out for it when at home. A friend mentioned El Familiar on his Facebook page, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm glad I did. When I arrived (5 pm on... More 

1 Thank rckymtns65
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Went on vacation with some family members. I had never been before but was impressed all the way around. I can eat a lot but I actually carried most of my dinner home. That never happens. 2 types of salsa. 1 was more of a grainy hot sauce, the other the more typical salsa. I mean nothing bad by my... More 

1 Thank Gissocrates3
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I went there based on the numerous reviews we heard and read about it. We went inside and instantly weren't impressed with the cheap environment and decor. It took about 20 minutes for someone to even greet us and from then on, not much improved. The icing on the cake for us to never return, bedsides the... More 

2 Thank NJRupp

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1246 Route 166, Toms River Nj 08753, Toms River, NJ 08753-2744
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Toms River
  • Phone Number: +1 732-240-6613

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