Bonney Read

4.6
805 reviews
$30 and under
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 805 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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iLoveFood
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food, ambiance, and service were good. I plan on returning!

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Barbara
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Took about 15 mins to figure out who our server was. Tables crammed together inside despite COVID. Some staff not wearing masks at all or properly. Food and drink presentation were below what we expected for the price. Felt rushed when someone tried to clear our plate of oysters with a half dozen left to eat, honest mistake but everything seemed fast paced when someone spoke with us or came by our table. We decided to leave after ordering oysters and a round of drinks to find another restaurant to order more food. In the current circumstances I would not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

Not covid friendly - most staff including the owner / manager, bartenders and bud boys not wearing a mask or have them pulled down for chin guards

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Less than stellar food, service, and Covid safety protocol (staff not consistently wearing masks in kitchen/hostess stand)

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LTUNA03
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Would highly recommend food was great service was very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had such a great time! Got a kettle pot with lobster crab and shrimp- really good! Manhattan clam chowder is amazing! Thank you for a wonderful dinner!

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vipeatoutalot
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food - just had my leftovers for lunch! Can’t wait to go again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were excellent as always!

MT
vipMartaT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Everything was good but we went for the pasta with clams and it’s off the menu!! Hopefully it will be added on back. Otherwise good food- good service- a bit loud!

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crease
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The Bonney Read is one of my go to Restaurants
Always great service Always great food.
My only regret though I understand, out of necessity in these trying times for restaurants they changed the menu.
I missed the Linguine and clam sauce.
The Bonney Read’s was probably the BEST I have ever eaten.

WL
WendyLady56
Atlantic City
26 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

First time here! Omg what a great meal! Service good. Only issue was the noise level. Will definitely go back again!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Bloody Mary really good!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in asbury park

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had no complaints during my visit. Great food and great service.

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LouR
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great cocktails and good food selections. We chose multiple appetizers rather than entrees and they were very satisfying. Didn't try anything on the raw bar, but saw many enjoying selections from it.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration and family time. We come here often and love it for anytime

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience every time I go there

JR
vipJoeR
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

It may have been an off night for the service but it was all over the place. I had the chicken sandwich , chicken itself was excellent but the bun was stale . We have eaten there a few times . This was just a bad night I am assuming l

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend are never disappointed when you go! Consistency in food and service! Out go to place in Asbury!

SG
SaraG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Want oysters??? Then look no further. Get over to the Bonney Read. Great drinks and food in a cool restaurant in a cool place.

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Keith
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Food took forever. Some of it cold, lobster roll, worst I’ve had. Never going back, just a really average place, with prices too high for the quality of food.

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vipAlekseyK
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very good drinks fresh oysters excellent salmon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome as always! Great to be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Definitely I'll go again

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Pretty
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always delicious and fresh seafood. Big portions, too. Nice and friendly service from our server Melanie, a newcomer for the season. Great to be back and happy to see them back open. Congrats to James, Sebastian, Tom and team! One of our favorites in Asbury Park.

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CBJW
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always!

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AmyR
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great options- we had mostly raw bar items and the fish fry...all excellent. Drinks are amazing and not a light pour;). Service was attentive but not a bother. Fun atmosphere, but super safe and we felt very comfortable.

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viplilpurpletoes
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They just reopened and have eaten here twice in the past week. Excellent menu, interesting craft cocktails and everything executed gracefully. Kids enjoyed the kids' menu, oysters were top notch and fish of the day.

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NorthvilleMaggie
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

$175 dollar lunch for 3. Restaurant is in a great location food is fair in quality and portions are average maybe less than average for price. Coleslaw side was about 2oz, potatoes were two small slices potatoes, corn was one ear. Food was poorly presented from the kitchen and the timing for appetizers and drinks was off so one of our guests sat with nothing to eat while others ate their soup. The waitress was terrible the nicest people in the restaurant were the busboy and girl. Another person in the restaurant had a dog on her lap for her meal inside the restaurant which was disturbing. We live nearby but for this price point it was the last time and straw we won't be back.

JM
JerseyMom
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server was friendly. Food was delicious and arrived in a timely fashion. Staff wore masks and tables were spaced well for social distancing.
Love the rum flights!!

LO
vipLindaO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is great-get the whitefish dip! so good but I wish they would serve it with bread not little crackers But they charge for a small plate of bread-which seems a little bit much That being said -the food is amazing -especially the cajun shrimp kettle

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MarkF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pleasant outdoor dining experience in Asbury Park. The street in front of the restaurant is closed, so there were no cars driving by to add noise and fumes, which was great. My wife and I went there for our anniversary dinner and we were not disappointed. Food was excellent. We started with the jumbo shrimp cocktail, which was great. Large, plump, tender shrimp that was not overcooked or tough. For my main course I had the linguini with clams which I highly recommend. Whole clams in the shell and delicious pancetta were great touches. My only complaint is that it didn't come with any bread to soak up the amazing broth. I asked for some and our waiter said she would bring me an order of the bread they provide with the mussels. I suggest they make that a regular addition, but in case they don't, you should definitely ask for it. My wife was bummed because they ran out of the NY Strip, but her caesar salad with grilled shrimp was very tasty. Good beer and cocktail selections and great service rounded out the enjoyable experience nicely. All in all, if you're looking for a great casual dining experience in Asbury Park, you can't go wrong with Bonney Read!

JS
vipJeffS
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a great time on a moderate weathered November evening outside at Bonney Read. The closed to traffic street was bustling which made for a cosmopolitan, festive atmosphere...there were no heaters so luckily it stayed warm enough. It's great how the street is roped off so the foot traffic steered clear. The highlight of the evening was the cocktails! One especially, made with Beet Juice, Tequila, Ancho Reyes and sugar...just outstanding! There was a good variety of great food selections on the menu, nothing too adventerous, which made choosing dishes to order a pleasant challenge and all were served good and hot, with excellent preparation ...yummy. Our server Connie was delightful and beamed from behind her mask. All safety protocols were follwed. Word of warning: we thought $15 for a half dozen market priced middlenecks to be a little steep. Shoud've asked...nevertheless, our second time there, will return.

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vipDownTheShore7
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great Time at Bonney Read. I had the Lobster Bisque and Fish Tacos (Made With Haddock) the slaw was delish. They have a Season Rumpkin Cocktail - Rum and Pumpkin Liqueur- it was so good. My friend grew up in New England and he said the Clam Chowder was a 9 out of 10!

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MarcentM
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The quality of the food didn't match the price. The server was sweet, but didn't seem like she'd tried a lot of the food/wasn't great at making recommendations. The guy working the raw bar had no mask on, and no mask anywhere in visible sight. It was the first restaurant we've been at in a really long time, and it was a 5/10 experience.

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EdgarS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Good location, good service, decent food at a reasonable price.

MM
vipMarlboroMan
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

This was an outdoor COVID experience so may not be relevant long term. We were very disappointed as we were told this was among the best in AP. The food was good but not great and on the high side price wise. The service was substandard. When you have to go to the hostess to ask for ketchup things are bad. Will not be back. Go to Pascal and Sabine instead.

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Zelly
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food is always spectacular and the drinks are excellent. Love the atmosphere and the place itself is a nice place to hang out at in general. Only qualm is that it’s extremely expensive for what you are getting. I paid for dinner for 10 people in downtown toms river and it was $139 for the group. There were 4 of us at Bonney Reed for lunch and it was over $250 with much less ordered. I understand we are paying for the location and great food but it’s just a shock sometimes. Not gonna stop me from coming back though! Love this place.

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PaulM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice to be able to reserve outdoor seating after months of ordering in for date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent. No problems with service or food. Everything was how it should be. Great drinks also.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waitress was lovely and food was delicious!

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 805 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.