I have never stayed at The Gables but I had heard wonderful things about their restaurant. A friend of mine would take her mother there for tea and was just delighted with everything. We decided to go on a recent Saturday night and while the restaurant itself is lovely...lively porch seating, antiqued filled room w/a nice piano player in the foyer...the dinner itself was a huge disappointment.
First, the goat cheese salad. I would call it more of a strawberry salad as there were 3 small sliced strawberries in the salad and a miniscule sliver of goat cheese.
Second, the scallop dish...3 roasted sea scallops atop an 'ok' risotto...nothing to really get excited about...$40!!! I would have expected a few more scallops and a creamier risotto for that amount of money.
Third, the Chilean sea bass...two mouthfuls and the fish was gone. You were left with an over salted (with soy sauce) sticky rice/bok choy side.
The best deal of the evening was the homemade gnocchi. It was very light in a delicate Bolognese sauce...delicious!
I can't say that we will ever go back to The Gables or recommend it but we were all in agreement that we were extremely happy we did not take the Tasting Menu for $100 per person!!!
If you do decide to try The Gables, bring your own wine! They do offer a red and a white but they are undrinkable!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glorious Food - Gracious Lodging. A small, refined Long Beach Island hotel and restaurant, The Gables is a meticulously restored Victorian inn combining the charm of a fine 1890s home with contemporary comforts and the finest food and service. Our award-winning restaurant is a destination in itself. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Gables Hotel Beach Haven
- The Gables Long Beach Island, NJ - Beach Haven