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El Familiar

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1246 Route 166, Toms River Nj 08753, Toms River, NJ 08753-2744
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Gissocrates3
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank NJRupp
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, large portions. Amazing salsa, guacamole. Waitress was on point. I would give this a 2 thumbs up. Best Mexican/Columbia food ever. I had a chicken burrito and plantains. My boyfriend had a special with a chicken burrito, Tamale and enchiladas. Everything was so good. There was no room for dessert and we took left over home. We will... More 

Thank Danielle M
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been going to El Familiar at least once a month for the past ten years, because it's that good!!! All fresh, delicious, authentic Mexican & Columbian food. We have tried just about everything on the menu and have never been disappointed, nor has anyone we have ever brought there over the years. Why anyone would ever go to... More 

Thank happyhour114
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Delicious, authentic Colombian and Mexican food. Large portions at reasonable prices. This is a great place to eat - not fancy, just good. I've eaten here dozens of times and never been disappointed with the food.

Thank Travis210
Lafayette, New Jersey
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

A lovely surprise! The food is authentic Mexican and Columbian. The refried beans and salsa are homemade. The dishes are served with all fresh ingredients. The decor is fun. I have traveled to Mexico and the food at El Familiar was reminescent of the original dishes served there! Will go back!

1 Thank Joanna332
Toms River, New Jersey
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

They are always steadily busy, that tells you a lot right there. The food is always delicious and fresh, we have been there about 7 times in the last year and have never been disappointed.

Thank D-sanz823
Toms River, New Jersey, United States
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

vary affordable and very yummy my mom told me about this place she said its grate and she was right fast fresh and yumm.

Thank XTruexlove1988
Manchester Township, New Jersey
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51 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

We went for dinner and found food, so-so. We enjoy Mexican food, but this place was a disappointment. It wasn't that crowded and is in the same shopping center as Il Giardinello

Thank Franrginsburg
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

I have been there many times and the food and service is great. The chimichangas are amazing. I have to say that everything that I have ordered was great. The nacho appetizer is so large a family would have a hard time finishing it. You can bring your own spirits to drink. My favorite Mexican /Colombian restaurant in the area.

Thank Andrea G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Takeout, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, 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: 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?