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“Quaint delightful restaurant” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nagle's Apothecary Cafe

Nagle's Apothecary Cafe
Ranked #2 of 3 Dessert in Ocean Grove
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Shark River Hills, NJ
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Quaint delightful restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

This charming restaurant is located in an historic old pharmacy (early 1900’s) that has remnants of the pharmacy on display in glass cabinets. We, however usually go to Nagle's for breakfast or lunch. Breakfast is consistently good, as is lunch and we have never been disappointed. The service is great but since we live locally, except early mornings, we usually do not go there in the height of Benny season when it can be very crowded.
In addition to a full menu for breakfast lunch and dinner, Nagle's Apothecary Cafe is a great Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt restaurant. After your meal you can order some ice cream, sit on a chair or bench under the shade of a tree while you enjoy the environment and a bit of people watching. Following that you can stroll down Main Ave. and meander through the quaint shops. Enjoy!!

Visited October 2012
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Neptune, New Jersey
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Tourist spot that locals go to”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

Even in the off season, Nagles is busy because it is a charming spot for Sunday brunch or a Saturday lunch. A former drug store with original artifacts in original display counters, where else can you have a Cherry Rickey while sitting at a real counter top? Don't forget to read the historical newspapers lamenated on the tables -- it is historical Ocean Grove after all.

Visited January 2013
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Glen Rock, New Jersey
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“The Ghost of Breakfast Past”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Like the rest of Ocean Grove, eating at Nagle's is like a trip to a better time. Somehow, Nagle's captures the essence of Ocean Grove. Its just a great place to sit down to eat bacon and eggs, have a cup of coffee and feel human. Nothing fancy, nothing faked. Good old fashioned breakfast with family or friends. Eating breakfast at Nagle's feels like reading the Sunday newspaper.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New Jersey
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Friendly, Old-Fashioned and Fun!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

Nagle's, a former pharmacy, looks like something out of a Norman Rockwell illustration. It's not too hard to think you have been transported back to the 1940s (or, maybe even the 1930s) when visiting. Nagle's is highly popular as an ice cream place, especially during the summer months when visitors queue up on the sidewalk before placing their orders at an outside window. Food is traditional American -- burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches and lots more -- and breakfast (eggs, omelets and more) is served all day long. This is a fun place for inexpensive, casual dining and the crowd ranges from families with small children to retirees and just about everyone between. During a recent visit, the eggs, home fries and coffee were all good. A grilled cheese sandwich with tomato was also very good. Our server was prompt, cheerful and pleasant.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ewing, New Jersey
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143 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
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“For food, or Ice Cream.. its the place to be!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

I have been to Nagle's many times.. and it does not disappoint. The atmosphere is laid back..you feel like you are sitting in the 1940s era pharmacy. The food is consistently excellent (try the burgers, or tuna) and the ice cream is super premium. Prices are very reasonable. It's a great place to bring the whole family!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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