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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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Howell, New Jersey
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2015

Living in Howell, NJ there aren't many options for good Mexican food. I always drove to Toms River for Tenampa (previously, my favorite Mexican restaurant.) Today Tenampa was closed for lunch so I tried a different place a friend recommended, El Familiar (Mexican and Columbian food). OMG! Fantastic food! Everything was made to order and delicious. Very reasonable prices and... More 

3 Thank HowellHousewife
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2015

If you want great Mexican food, this is the place for you. The food is fresh, hot and made to order. It's a byob and I can't say enough about how wonderful the food is. The staff is accommodating and the price is very reasonable. The servings are huge and there's lots to take home and enjoy the next day.... More 

1 Thank SALLY C
New Jersey
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212 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

This place is terrific: Interesting menu, quality ingredients, good food preparation, and friendly service. We are so glad we tried this restaurant. The lively atmosphere and helpful wait staff help round out a very satisfying dining experience. Additionally, the portions are generous, and the prices make this restaurant an outstanding bargain. We will certainly plan on returning to this first-rate... More 

1 Thank mountainclimber10
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2015

We have been dining here for 10+ years already. Great food, great service, great value for your money!! My favorite...... the Fajita's and their guacamole. The also have much more traditional items that our friends order which are always good. It's BYOB and some nights they have music. Call for schedule and enjoy!!!

Thank Joni B
Toms River, New Jersey
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2015

We go there often to remember our several visits to this wonderful country. Service is awsome, Alway clean, cheery and delicious. They aim to please. wonderfully family fare.

Thank dudleydoo3
Toms River, New Jersey
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2015

We have been to El familiar on several occasions and it's our favorite Latin restaurant.Since moving to Toms River 14 years ago and finding this restaurant back then the food has yet to disappoint, the oxtail soup is exceptional as are the enchiladas Verdes a favorite of mine. The staff is great and the atmosphere is always welcoming and you... More 

Thank MissesCee
Cranbury, New Jersey
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48 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2015

This has been a once a month family dinner spot for the last few months and they can accommodate large group, 10 -14. The service is always good, the owner is real friendly and the food is always good. We typically start with the beef empanadas, it's a smaller version then I'm used to but it's still good and guess... More 

Thank Culater88
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395 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2014

Great atmosphere, great food and a home feeling provided by the staff and the owner. Nick Moreno, family and staff provide a great experience with music, authentic fresh meals and a more than welcoming lunch or dinner. Have to try it all.....Never failed!!!!!

Thank ROB A
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

This is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. The food is consistently good and the service is fantastic. I can't say enough. You will not be disappointed. The steak burrito meal is one of my favs.

Thank Funkycoldmedina1
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2014

I have been coming to this place for about 10 years great service great food great people its by on the food is incredible you definetly get what you pay for I would recommend this place to anyone kudos to the staff thereb

1 Thank tntceramictile

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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?