This restaurant added safety precaution details

This includes info about cleaning, sanitising, social distancing, and usage of personal protective equipment. Learn More.

Bonney Read

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
723 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 723 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
C
Catherine
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We love this place and were relieved to have outdoor dining during this time of covid. We just missed your green chowder. 💕

JN
JillN
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious.

g
vipgreeneo
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food great servive

TB
ThomasB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and outstanding service. Best Cocktails.

TL
TLMcCarthy98
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday very nice time

MT
vipMTBlog
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Seafood. Favorite place in Asbury for excellent fresh seafood

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent, can’t recommend this restaurant enough. It’s the best place to eat or have drinks in Asbury Park.

TD
TabbyD
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I was excited to try simply because I had to book a few weeks in advance to reserve a table. The food was absolutely delicious and the staff was very friendly and efficient. Drinks were also excellent. We ordered class casino and fisherman's fry (the fried kale was delicious) shrimp cocktail lobster bisque and burrata all delicious. We shared a lobster crab and shrimp kettle. The portion was so generous there was so much food! You have to give this place a try!

C
vipChristina
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for dinner Saturday and it was great! The rose was delicious and we got the buratta app and oysters and shrimp, so good! We also ordered crab legs which were great. Our server was awesome and we liked the outdoor set up. Super professional and laid back with great food. Would reccomend!

P
Pickybutpleased
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I was waiting for it all week cause of the fabulous reviews and the service was great and the food was too.
My only concern was that tables didn’t seem to be 6 ft apart but that was it. My 4 year old loved her meal.
We will definitely go back next time we are down by the shore!

NJ
NinaJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

The oysters were not fresh. Our burgers were overcooked. They both came out very dry and well done when they were ordered medium and medium rare. My prosecco tasted as if it had come out of a tap. The cocktails were watered down.

Our server was lovely and helpful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food took over an hour

MC
vipMeredithC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wanted to try a new spot, and asbury has been successfully hosting outdoor dining for the past few weeks. Upon arrival until departure we had a great experience, with the food, service and ambiance. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family get together for first time since COVID. great food. A little expensive but well worth it. Great raw bar.

MA
MaryAnne
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service by Arby was attentive and meticulous. Always a pleasure to see her !!

JS
vipJessicaS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The experience was “just ok.” I don’t recommend the oyster. They tasted as if they’d been watered down ahead of being served and were absolutely flavorless.
The Bloody Mary was awesome, as were the peel and eat shrimp.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bonney read is one of our favorite restaurants, the food is always fresh, and the service is great. They set up out door seating in a spacious way and we felt very safe eating there with our family.

LS
LuisS
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Seafood Restarant down in the Jersey Shore! Excellent service, nice vibe and delicious food!

HW
HannahW
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the Bonney Read! They are handling the transition to outdoor dining beautifully. Service was prompt, as always the food was fresh and delicious, the cocktails were strong, and we had an overall lovely evening.

J
vipJudiths
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and dining experience

d
doglovers
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

My husband and I love this restaurant. It was our first time eating there since Covid-19. We were in a shady spot and the food was delicious. Our lobster roll was a bit overpowered by dill and $30 seemed a bit high for the portion, but everything else made up for it, especially the clams casino, yum!

LP
LizP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and drinks were delicious and the service was great! My fiancé and I got the shrimp, snow crab legs, and lobster bucket. It was all very good. We were seated right in front of the speaker and the music was loud so that was the only negative. Other than that, everything was wonderful and we left happy!

DD
DianaD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food is creative and absolutely amazing! Great value for the price.

AT
AngelaT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our favorite place in Asbury. The seafood is really high quality and very relaxing vibe.

DA
vipDANA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

food was mediocre at best.... overpriced and bland. I watched our waiter smoking on a vape inside the restaurant and then touching plates, etc..... not sure if thats ideal right under our current conditions. sitting outside @ Asbury park was the best part.

CP
vipCarlP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The Bonney Read
Scores always out of 5
Carl & Nicole: 4.5
Service: excellent
We absolutely LOVED our server Isabella. She made our experience !!
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: excellent
We had clams and oysters from the raw bar, the octopus, and the steamed lobster, crab, and shrimp kettle. Seafood was fresh and delicious. The octopus was incredible. Only note: the shrimp were boring- their peel and eat cold shrimp are way better. For dessert we received a complimentary key lime pie dessert and it was AMAZING. We’re generally not into key lime pie but WOW this one was out of this world!!
Drinks: very good
We got the painkiller and mai tai. Very sugary but that’s what those drinks are!
Price: good
Overall: We are huge Bonney Read fans and have been many times, will continue to visit again and again. Their fresh seafood and fun atmosphere never disappoint. Don’t miss the octopus and steamed kettles!! #shorelovesfood #njfoodie #monmouthcountyfood #asburyparkeats

PD
PeterD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was very well done. My wife and I felt very safe.

JR
JoelleR
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress made the entire experience outside pleasant. She was efficient, personable, timely, courteous and experienced. The food was good. Drinks are slightly expensive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing all around! - incredible restaurant Chef James Avery has!

N
Nicole
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Food was hit or miss. The burrata and mussels were good. The octopus and steamed clams were very chewy.

MH
MarkH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’re frequent patrons here, great food consistently

m
marisaw
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was great, as was the service. Only issues I felt was the size of the tables for a party of 4. There were these small round tables, which didn’t hold a lot of space for multiple plates at a time. But the food definitely made up for that 😊

F
Fam1ly4food
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you so much for a wonderful evening on a beautiful night. Weather was perfect. So glad for outside dining at this time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and service. Staff and servers doing a great job under CoViD precautions.

D
vipDeb3
Atlantic City
22 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time out with pandemic, we were worried about social distancing and crowds, but no need to worry. Tables were spaced, felt very at ease. You download the menu on your phone.
The only thing I was not happy about is that they shortened the menu, however we found plenty of great food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the entire experience from beginning to end. Truly spectacular service coming out of quarantine. The staff took every precaution- thank you!

KB
KristenB
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service from waitress, Kristen. The seating on cookman was excellent and very cool ambiance. Of course, the food and drinks were very good, as well! Looking forward to going back.

R
vipRich
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. Food is delicious and always fresh.

AN
ArleneN
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

On the night of our reservation, it began to rain 6/29/20 at 8pm. The hostess tried sitting us at a table in the rain with no cover, however, there were two other tables available with covering. When I suggested if we could sit in one of the covered tables she became annoyed and stated that the rain was unexpected. She called over what appeared to be a manager, and she was equally annoyed. Clearly, weather is unpredictable, but what was even more unpredictable were the attitude of the employees in this restaurant.

FAQs

Bonney Read offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 455-3352.

Bonney Read is rated 4.6 stars by 723 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.