Bonney Read

4.5
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643 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Located in downtown Asbury Park, NJ in the historic Steinbach building, the Bonney Read is a classic American chowder house, cocktail and raw bar.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My go to restaurant when I’m in Asbury Park.
Never disappointed, consistently good food served by a great staff

JT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is a constant great experience. Service is great, food is delicious, and fantastic atmosphere. 👍🏻

DH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best frozé in the area!

HB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fabulous! Can’t wait to go again!

KD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fantastic service and food. My favorite place. Perfection!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great fresh fish and oysters

SC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I visited this place about 2 times in the past. My first time I was amazed! Great drink selections, great seafood, & great service!! My second I was unhappy however tht was due to my party not booking when they said they did. Third time ? Amazing! As expected. My bf loved it! Great food, great service, & a good time. This made our date night more special. This is a great establishment and I can’t wait to visit again

MM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply fresh seafood. We stuck to the basics and had a shrimp and snow crab kettle! Done to perfection and we talked about it for the rest of the weekend. Also had the mussels in Thai curry ... delicious!
Angel was a terrific service... beyond professional. She truly wanted us to have a great time and a great meal. She obviously knows the product and got excited when I ordered a glass of Albariño because she enjoys it. Just a really lovely dinner !

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend Marc and I had a fantastic first trip to the Bonney Read. We were welcomed by the warm staff. Jen our server was very attentive. We were there for Restaurant Week. We had the Green Chowder which was really flavorful. Marc had the Short Rib I had the Flounder. For dessert the chocolate cake for two!
I loved the ambiance. Will definitely be back to enjoy a cocktail at the bar. It was very lively with great energy. James Avery is one of the best Chef/Owners in Monmouth County. Looking forward to my next visit.

G
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This was our first time at restaurant. Our waitress was very attentive and the food was awesome. Everyone in our party was more than pleased with their menu selections. Low key environment but upscale service and food. Definitely will be back and already spreading the news about this gem In Asbury.

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

My birthday ! The food was ok at best other people’s reviews for not correct we waited about 1 hour for fish tacos that very little flavor and a chicken sandwich that was mostly dark meat but what bothered me the most was as I was waiting I kept looking towards the kitchen seeing why it was takining so long because the restaurant only had 4 tables filled and it was a Sunday I watched the cook Continuously Twhirl his hair with his fingers with and with rubber gloves on his hands and the fix the food I told the manager he went back to tell the cook he then was go wing me dirty looks I felt very Uncomfortable I don’t know why they get such good reviews it average at beat !

ES
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great drinks, fresh seafood, great service... but $4.00 for a cup of coffee?

B
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fresh fish very tasty, well prepared. Good poke.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food never disappoints here. The crab is so fresh and delicious!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Small menu, but fresh!!!! Drinks awesome, food awesome, staff was friendly. Casual attire for sure. Will be back as soon as I can. Love the Ultimate Bloody Mary!!!!

TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Oysters and fish & chips - delicious!

DS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great salmon!!!!

LG
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

The food was very good as was the service (albeit it a tad on the slow side getting our food) however the noise level in this establishment is really CRAZY loud. I might go again if I could get outside seating but the inside seating is just FAR too loud for me. The music is so loud that people have to talk so loudly to be heard and the noise reverberates off the tiled walls and floors it's just insane. Shame because I did enjoy the food.

T
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My sister brought me for a birthday treat. As a local, I believe they have the best seafood in the area. We shared the bucket 1.5 lb lobster, snow crab claws, shrimp, corn, and potatoes. Absolutely delicious and way too much for two so we both brought home the leftovers. Everything cooked to perfection. Service was great, so were the cocktails.

MA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always consistently fresh delicious seafood and raw bar. Arby is attentive and upbeat.

DH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

L
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

This was our first visit to Bonney Read. Three of the four people in our group ordered seafood and were happy with their entrees. I ordered the ribs and thought the flavor was good, but felt they were under cooked. (I took the ribs home and cooked them the next day for one hour at 350 degrees, and enjoyed them for dinner.) I would not recommend them. I would, however, recommend the FISHERMAN’S FRY small plate (shrimp, calamari, kale blossoms, chile peppers, marinara or homemade sweet chile). The staff was friendly and the service was good. I would try this restaurant again.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our go to place for fresh seafood and friendly staff. Our guest are always pleased with their choices!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a great time at the Bonney Read. We started with a cocktail from an extensive and creative drinks menu. Our waitress Amanda was a big help choosing our drinks and dinner. She was very warm and friendly as well as knowledgeable. Or appetizers were excellent and the lobster roll is definitely worth coming back for.

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was my first time there for dinner! WOW, incredibly fresh. Loved out waitress too. She was super knowledgeable and came over just enough. We got to sit at this great corner table. My only complaint is the AC was on too high and we were freezing. To start, we ordered the tuna poke; so fresh. Then I have the tuna and broccoli rabe. You can def. go wrong with broccoli rabe but they cooked it perfectly and the cole slaw was excellent. My date had the mako and loved it. Our drinks were delish too! Def. would come back.

MK
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Its ok
Limited menu

UE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food with a fun vibe. Mussels and lobster bisque were excellent!

s
Philadelphia
120 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meal at Bonney Read was wonderful.
Started with our server, Amanda G. who couldn’t
have been more pleasant and efficient.
the food was excellent. Crab sliders, fish and chips
(the chips were the weakest part of the meal)
excellent humus and naan, and great drinks.
Overall a great experience in Asbury Park NJ

MM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, everything was amazing. Our favorite spot in AP.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

It was good food. service was good. had our table all ready for our reservation. i would go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience when we come here. Not my first and not my last visit. If you love crabs, you will love their snow crabs. They are sweet and full of crab! Service is always beyond stellar. We had Jackie tonight and she was fantastic. She was attentive, personable, and on point. Kudos to management here because you’re employees rock. I highly recommended this place for a date night, a night out with family or even a solo drink at the bar. It’s inviting and the food is delicious!

JR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Possibly the best seafood on the shore . Prepared straight ahead for the most part . Grilled , steamed ... delicious jersey corn chowder with chorizo . Oysters were ice cold . Specialty drinks were good . A little complicated and variation in taste between the tequila and vodka drinks . Lobster Roll was nicely done . We would definitely go back . Noise level a little loud nice location with a lot of windows and great views of downtown Asbury

F
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress, Angel , was the best. She anticipated all we needed. She was so great. Haven’t had such a great waitress. Just an overall wonderful experience. Mainly due to wonderful food and great service by Angel

DT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Found the food to be just OK, nothing that really rocked. The oysters we had as appetizers, while pricey ($3.50/oyster), were delicious. My husband got seared tuna, which came as a small piece of tuna with minimal sauce, crowded by a pile of french fries covering half his plate. Tuna needed more of the green sauce because without it the fish was kind of bland. I had the pasta with clams. Again, it was just...OK. Not terrible, but also didn't blow me away. From what I could see from reviews, their star dish seems to be their whole lobster roll ($30), so maybe that's what to order when you come here. Waitress was attentive, can't complain about the service. Noise level was manageable because we sat outside. Inside, not so much.

BK
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Second time and last time. Food was horrid. My tuna looked like someone just through it on the plate as a second thought and it tasted as if it had been laying around for a few days. The noise level is high but it is a bar. If you are dining, stick with fried food and burgers.

DJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great assortment of cocktails. The entrees were so plentiful we had to bring home doggie bags. The food was delicious and well priced for the portions. Ended with an out of this world key lime parfait. Our waitress, Amanda, was delightful. Looking forward to going back for another fun evening.

CM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Had to send back the drinks; raw bar pricey and completely tasteless. Charged $4.50 for my daughter’s seltzer in a kid’s cup. Very expensive for such mediocre food.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a very good experience here. We had a reservation for a party of six and we were seated immediately. The atmosphere is upbeat and the service is good. We enjoyed the food on the menu, especially the lobster, clam strips, and fish sandwiches. The king crab from the raw bar was cut into pieces that were a bit small, but still good. The cost is a bit on the high side, but we definitely recommend this restaurant.

PW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was amazing. Drinks were delicious. Oyster shooters were to die for, cucumber one was an interesting variation that I had never tried before. Server was great.