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“Tired of Nj mediocrity, go here!”

Daniel's Bistro By The Sea
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
West Long Branch, New Jersey
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Tired of Nj mediocrity, go here!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

I was very impressed by the menu and had the opportunity to have a wine dinner (BYO) here. Was able to try small portions of many of the entrees. All were excellent. Not inexpensive, but worth it and you don't have to dress up. Would rate this in the top 2 of central/south Jersey.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Irv D
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English first
Palm Coast, Florida
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“superior quality”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

4 of us had a most marvelous dining experience 10/3/13
our wait staff was superb (Sara) described all the food and was on her game.
We will be back and hopefully ask for Sara
Couldn't have had a better meal anywhere !!!

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank marjandrich
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Yum... And pet friendly with outdoor seating!”
Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Good food and service
... And u get to support a local jersey business re-build after Sandy
They are doing a great Job!

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank rohmoh
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Avon by the Sea, New Jersey
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Very good food, expensive for the area, spotty service”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Daniel's Bistro has been at the Avon-by-the-Sea location for about six months. It is the second location for the owners and resides in a space soon to be enlarged and renovated.
We were a party of four.

The good news is that the food is very good. My scallops with whipped potatoes were delicious. The other sea food dishes ordered by my tables mates were also excellent. The salads good as were the crab cake appetizers. This is a byo restaurant.

The less than great news is that the entrees were more expensive than other local restaurants, mostly in the $28-35. range. I am willing to py a premium when the total value of the experience warrants it. That means food, end-to-end service and comfort.

However, they have a funky reservation policy that diminishes the entire dining experience. They have two seatings. The first seating is just beyond "early bird", which is not preferable, but is ok. The second seating is 8pm. The problem is that for a restaurant of this quality and price, there is a tendency to order several courses and ENJOY the experience. To stay within the seating time frames. the waitress was a bit insistent that we order despite our asking fora more relaxed approach. Each course arrived pronto, which we noted to each other. As we approached the second seating time, our bill arrived with the dessert. The message could not be clearer.

I am delighted that Daniel's Bistro is in our community and I wish them much success. I also understand that pre-renovation, ideal comfort is not likely which I completely understand.

I recommend that, given the popularity of this restaurant and their intention to expand it, some additional thought should be put into the reservation system (or remove reservations altogether), and staff should be educated how best to navigate their system.

Lastly, I gave four stars because the food is really good.

  • Visited August 2013
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3 Thank rwoavon
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High Falls, NY
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good food, expensive strawberries, staff lacks care”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

The food is very good. We felt unwelcome when they denied a request to bring bread or piece of fruit for our hungry 20 month old. They said no, we need to take the full order first. After we ordered we asked if they could bring something quick and easy for him so they brought us a few hard strawberries. On the bill I saw and paid for a charge of $7.00 for those few strawberries. We wouldn't go back. It's a shame because my parents who also joined us would go regularly. They also felt the staff was uncaring. On another note the food was excellent. We loved the duck liver, halibut, and lobster tail.

  • Visited July 2013
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3 Thank Jesse M
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