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The Serenity Cafe

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American, Contemporary
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2008 Route 37 E, Toms River, NJ 08753-7183
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Tom's River
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You will never have a bad meal here. Chef is super creative and menu changes often. Fresh, fresh fresh is what you'll always get here, one because that's just how he does it and has for years and second is because chef just loves what he does and it shows in his food, and the servers have been with him... More 

Thank dcheers2u
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family had made reservations here to celebrate Mom's 90th birthday party. You must have a least 35 people for this on a Saturday afternoon. It is usually only open for dinner starting at 5PM. It was the perfect size for 35 people. The luncheon food was excellent. Cost about $20.00 per person. Not your usual lukewarm pasta dishes. We... More 

Thank CarolUSA1
Lanoka Harbor, United States
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our dinners were delicious: our table chose duck and pork as entrées, both were very good. The lemon cake pudding I had for dessert was excellent. The service was very good and the ambiance was pleasant. The menu is a grammatical nightmare, and I'm not talking about a misplaced apostrophe. The description of the cod entrée is almost unintelligible. It's... More 

Thank Sharon G
New Jersey
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Menu changes every few weeks and there are a nice variety of items to choose which are all prepared in the most interesting ways. Atmosphere is pleasant and staff are all friendly and professional. Must make a reservation days in advance for weekends during the summer. Highly recommend.

Thank USFlyerNewJersey
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A special meal with family was great, my steak was gorgeous. Unfortunately, the tomato peppers used in one of the dishes was very, very hot and rather tainted all the flavours of the dish. The service was pleasant and the evening was fun. A very popular place and recommended.

Thank DaisyDevon
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

From the moment you walk into the door every one is so nice. Reservations are highly recommended. The food is always to die for i have gone here about 6 times and never regret it. This places has the best food and great service. All food is made fresh and taste delicious. Menu does change through seasons so get it... More 

Thank Honesty4691
Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Serenity Café has the freshest food and creative presentations. Friendly staff and the owner/chef cares about the food he provides and the experience of the diners. I always look forward to having a meal there, and do go as often as I can. Whether a sandwich, salad, or dinner entrée, I have never been disappointed.

Thank loramcpartland
Abington, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Always a good meal, love how they change the menu each season-always great choices! Good service, delicious food, great ambiance!

Thank Bette S
Brick, New Jersey
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99 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We were very excited to try this restaurant and told the server this upon being seated. The room is comfortable and servers attentive. Three of the four of us wanted the Arctic char (two do not eat meat). We were told the restaurant was out of this. Instead, two of the people ordered the shrimp with black rice and veggies.... More 

Thank drtravel47
Colonia, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Serenity Cafe catered our cocktail-stye reception at the Watermark in Asbury Park on 4/23/16 and everything was excellent. We had sampled a lot of vendors and Serenity Cafe stood out with their innovative menu and fresh, delicious food. There were a ton of menu options to choose from, each one better than the next. I love the variety in a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2008 Route 37 E, Toms River, NJ 08753-7183
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Toms River
  • Phone Number: 732-270-2088
Phone number 732 270 2088

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?