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“New Chef, Nice Food”
Review of Ama Ristorante

Ama Ristorante
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Ranked #7 of 32 Restaurants in Sea Bright
Price range: $30 - $45
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: With panoramic and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Shrewsbury River, Ama Ristorante at the Driftwood offers guests traditional and newly imagined Tuscan classics in a warm, inviting setting reminiscent of a Tuscan villa. The imaginative and innovative cuisine, prepared by Chef Pat Trama, offers the finest and freshest ingredients paired with a hand selected wine list that features wines from boutique vineyards in Tuscany and throughout Italy as well as special American selections. Ama Ristorante is open year round to the public. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m, and Sundays at 4 p.m.
Lincroft, New Jersey
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“New Chef, Nice Food”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

We had been regulars to the Atlantic HIghlands location. When they moved to Sea Bright we put off going for almost two years because the new location has a liquor license (we are avid wine collectors and prefer to go to a BYOB and bring our own) and also because we had gotten a bit tired of the food in the Atlantic Highlands location, since we seemed to prefer certain things, not too big of a variety and thus ended up eating pretty much the same dishes.

We finally decided to try the new location located above one of the local beach clubs. Very nice ocean views if seated by the large picture windows. We went mid week so that it would not be too busy; also they posted on their web site that they ran specials during the middle of the week that were not available on the weekends. The night we arrived (this really had nothing to do with the restaurant or food) but a party seated at the one end of the large open room was so loud and was using pretty awful profanities, that we had to ask to please move us to a corner table around the bend. A mother and daughter who had just arrived did the same. Maybe the acoustics aren't too great in the room?

We were informed that the chef, Pat, had just left several days before and that the sous chef had taken over. Well, I guess we waited way too long!. We were taken aback but pleasantly surprised - the food was very good and well presented. The bread was the same crusty bread we always liked at the old Ama. We had a lovely salad and two different pasta dishes which were very good and very well executed.

The new young chef I believe had trained under Pat for a while and had worked at another of our better restaurants in the area,The Raven and the Peach in Fair Haven. He has learned his trade well. We wish him good luck and that he continues to cook the way he did the night we went.

We are planning on returning, but will most likely do so during mid week again in order to take advantage of their wines by the glass for half price. This way we get to sample several new wines without breaking the bank. They had a decent selection of wines by the glass.

Since it is located at a beach club, it will probably get pretty busy during the summer months. We went during the dead of winter and had to sit inside; did not pay attention as to whether they have outdoor seating - that would be nice in warm weather if available. Would suggest not going on a weekend night during the summer, try out during mid week first.

  • Visited March 2014
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New Jersey
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132 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Always a great meal”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

My first trip to Ama was after Hurricane Sandy, the week the opened. They were operating under generator power & except for a few dim lights now & again, everything was excellent & tasty. We have been back many times in the past year & a half & we will continue going!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank 981jennw
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Monmouth Beach, NJ
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“DISAPPOINTING TO SAY THE LEAST.”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

AMA came highly recommended so that's where we spent Mother['s Day....it was a disaster...lost my reservation, waited about 20 minutes to be seated....waited another 20 minutes for drink order....waited another 20 till drinks were served....and this was only the beginning. Service was so unprofessional all we could do was laugh....any dish and drink that was served was put in front of the wrong person...waited about 20 minutes after apps were done for someone to finally clear the dirty dishes. Maybe us stacking them up and placing them at the end of the table did the trick!!! Entrees were served at room temperature....you really need to get a grip...no ambience whatsoever....dirty and dark....total disappointment...best service was from our valet.
Will definitely not be back.....

  • Visited May 2014
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Red Bank, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fine dining at Ama Ristorante”
Reviewed May 8, 2014

My first experience at Ama's was an engagement party in the room with a gorgeous old world stone fireplace. The setting was warm and inviting but the food and the service surpassed any expectations I had, since it was my first time at Ama's. I returned again for a girls night out, They sat us at a fabulous round table with a beautiful chandelier. The food was fresh and delicious. Everyone around our table was happy with their dinners and that rarely happens!! I plan on going back again soon with my husband. We appreciate a nice atmosphere, good food and a very accommodating and nice staff. I highly recommend Ama's!!! It was fabulous!

  • Visited March 2014
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Freehold, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Sea Bright star......AMA”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

Went for the first time and was very pleasantly surprised. Happened to be the start of Restaurant week at the Jersey Shore so the fixed price menu was limited. But for $30.14 for appy, entree, and dessert we could not beat the deal. We plan to go back again before tourist season starts and we will probably have to tighten the purse strings a little since prices are on the high side. View of the ocean is quite nice. Boat yard across the street from the front door helps to set the Jersey Shore mood.

  • Visited April 2014
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