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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
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure you make a reservation, or you can't get seated! Small and quaint place, with lots of good dinner choices. Menu changes every few weeks.

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New Jersey
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18 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just came back from Serenity Cafe, it reminds me of those Pop up restaurants in NYC that build on the temperate of the chef of the day. It must have been a bad night for the wait staff because I had to wait for a table with tablecloth (never happened), bread which was quartered sliced pita, and rushed to make... More 

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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

Heard about this place a couple of years ago and kept forgetting to try it. Big mistake, it is fantastic! We went on my wife's birthday and both the food and service could not have been better. I had a veal cutlet dish over wonderful gnocchi with a tomato cream sauce. Veal was tender and delicious and the sauce and... More 

Thank Charles R
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Had the Osso Buco, fall of the bone tender, served on a bed of mushroom risotto. One of my new favorites, and its a BYOB.

Thank Rich T
Naples, Florida
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122 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Before going there for the first time - a while ago - I must have passed this place - trying to find it - 5 or 6 times. Once I finally found it, we've returned often ... With or without friends ... On a regular basis - the food is great, the chef is extremely creative, and the variety and... More 

Thank TonyTaibi
Island Heights
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Serenity is located about 2 miles from Seaside Bridge on Rt. 37 and a bit hidden in a strip mall on the left going toward Seaside, but really worth looking for, in fact, busy, so make reservations during summer season. Food is excellent, my son had boneless ribs that he raved about and I had wild salmon. It's a BYOB... More 

Thank 373galew
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

We started dinner with panzanella salads and the tomatoes were some of the best I've had. My wife had a fig and Gorgonzola cheese tart and it was the perfect combination of flavors. I had had shrimp with pasta for my main course and it was good but not as good as the pork chop my brother had or the... More 

Thank Bill R
Tom's River
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?