Avenue

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2100 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Discovering the experience of dining in a place such as Cannes or Nice was never easier than now with the opening of the French Bistro and Raw Bar, Avenue. The only difference between dining at Avenue and dining along the Côte d'Azur, is that your gaze lands on waves on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Avenue is located along our side of the pond, on our own eastern shores in Long Branch, New Jersey. This gleaming new restaurant is designed by the internationally renowned architect David Collins, and the collaboration is nothing short of amazing.

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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.6
Ambience
4.0
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vipItalianfoodie
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a perfect meal. It was gurls night out. We absolutely enjoyed the atmosphere food wine just everything! We are all looking forward to going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience4

Amazing!!! The food was very delicious

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vipgaryo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Outstanding atmosphere , friendly service , good drinks at happy hour.
Would like to see more variety with Happy hour food !

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vipWilliamD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food- excellent service! Our server, Carmine was superb- we had a great experience here celebrating a family birthday on a Saturday night

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Angel
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Avenue is our family’s go to place for all our special occasions. This time it was my son’s leap year birthday and our 40th Wedding Anniversary. It is a step or two above an ordinary place with the open views of the ocean waves and warm roaring fireplace. The happy hour is always our first stop then onto their lovely prefixed menu. It is an expensive night but for special occasions it is worth it. We have been celebrating our anniversary here for the last 7 years at least.

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vipBarbaraG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food

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PFamily
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Great Location, beautiful views. Drinks and Food was good but service could have been better, especially since restaurant was not too busy.

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NedB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was very good, the atmosphere was great, value was pretty good and service was also good.

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vipScrabble1
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Attentive staff. Excellent menu. Ambience is most enjoyable. Outstanding !!

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SimoneL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've been coming here for 10+ years and I honestly can say I've never had a bad experience or an issue with my meal. Everything is always delicious...Espresso Martinis are an absolute MUST.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, cocktails, wine and service are outstanding. We are coming back since 3 years and it is always a pleasure - sommer or winter. One of our favorite restaurants in NJ.

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vipNjMama01
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My first time was not a disappointment- delicious but a little tough steak frites. Fabulous profiteroles and the house Bordeaux was wonderful. Will be back.

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GailK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was a notch short of the usual, possibly because it was Valentine’s Day (though not an excuse.) The entree was served, but no utensils had been provided. The staffer had to scurry and get them while we waited. Dessert arrived and no one ever asked if we wanted coffee, etc. By then, we decided not to bother.

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JuanB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed the Valentines prefix menu. The open table sight showed that the full menu was being offered, so unfortunately I didn’t get the Paella they offered on that menu, next time.

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viphaydeeJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was great! Quality food with great presentation!

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vipBethV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

I have given this restaurant 3 tries , food was mediocre at best, especially for the price . I’ll never waste my money again !!

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JeriA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine's Day afternoon -- made a last minute reservation -- first time visitors. Table right by the window -- beautiful view and fireplace raging. . . Wonderful cocktail with gin (a new favorite of mine) and kiwi. I loved every sip. There were only four draft beers, but a good selection with the four. My husband enjoyed two of them. We ordered the onion tart as an appetizer, which was yummy! For lunch, I had the branzino,and my husband had the tuna sandwich. While the branzino was not a large portion, it was delicious and great for lunch. The tuna was no ordinary tuna sandwich, on delicious bread. This was not a smaller portion, but a hearty sandwich. We decided to order the Chocolate Pot dessert, which we cannot say enough good things about. It was so delicious. Dark, rich, thick, velvety but not sweet! Loved every mouthful. We had to savor it. I wish we had ordered two, and I had had my own! The service was excellent by a young lady server whose name I do not remember. She was friendly, quick, attentive, helpful and sweet (2/14 visit - 1:30 reservation). The manager/owner checked in on us frequently. While I see some mixed reviews here, give this place a try. I am bringing one of my friends back here for lunch on her birthday! We already scheduled it.

Four last things, 1/ if you are not familiar with the area, this is a nice place to walk around (shops and right on the water/boardwalk). 2/ I cannot speak for their dinner prices, but for lunch, this place was reasonable especially for the quality of the food, atmosphere, and service. We have spent more and eaten less (but drank the same amount) at a local pub -- and this was so much nicer. 3/ While the place has a lovely atmosphere, at lunch time, I was dressed in an upscale "sweats" outfit and my husband was in jeans and a flannel shirt, and it was perfectly fine! 4/ There were families there with adolescent but super well-behaved children, so they do accept children and seemed welcoming to them. Loved Loved!

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vipBobzgrl
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Prix Fixe is wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The octopus and escargot was just ok. The octopus was fishy, close to turning. The branzino for two was absolutely perfect!!! Give this a place if you have not. It’s one of the bright stars in the area!

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vipfoodie
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding in every way. We met friends at Avenue last Saturday night and arrived shortly before 6 pm. As the hostess showed us to our table she let us know that the prix fixe dinner menu was available but only for a few minutes longer. As it turns out, our guests had reviewed the menu before arriving and found that the items they longed for were on the special menu. We jumped at the opportunity and alerted our server. He went straight to the kitchen to inform the Chef and returned to our table to inform us we were good to go and we placed our order. The food was superb, as it always is, and the service was first rate. Add that we enjoyed all this at a reasonable sum making for a perfect evening with friends. Well done Avenue!

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vipjamess
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Disappointing! We came to celebrate an early Valentines Day, the same as last year. But it wasn’t the same! For starters they ran out of Branzino for 2 (this is at 6pm on a Saturday). The rest of meal was good but we decided to have desert. Big mistake!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We took my out for a special dinner out. The whole experience was just wonderful. Our server Kyle, was professional and very knowledgeable about the menu. He was very attentive to our table. The food was outstanding. We always have a great dining experience when we go to the Avenue. Mom loved it as well. Thank you!

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vipDonnaA
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Avenue is an elegant restaurant that is good for date night, get together with friends, etc. Menu had some of our favorite appetizers and entrees: east and west coast oysters, tuna tartare, steak tartare, vegetarian raviolis and more were some of the items that my three friends and I had for dinner...everything was beautifully presented and tasted fantastic. Beverages were also good!

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vipShorefoodie
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great restaurant. We keep coming back. Highly recommended.

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ThomasF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious French food in a beautiful setting on the ocean.

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Linnu
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I enjoy this restaurant a lot. The ambiance and surroundings are elegant and pleasantly quiet for conversation at the table. The flank steak was delicious, only the french fries were cold. The salmon was excellent. The chicken was not as good. Apps and dessert were delicious. The service with Alexei was excellent. We were celebrating my mother's 99th Birthday and Alexei was very attentive. A sweet couple a few tables down sent a glass of champagne through the waiter for my mother. What a beautiful surprise. I have never experienced that in an American restaurant. It just shows what great clientele visit Avenue. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipAbrahamG
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Feel like on vacation at the coast of France! Seafood or Meat, you will order the right thing! Ambiance, Food, Music and Service will make you come back. Enjoy!

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vipMTBlog
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

Perhaps the main chef was off on this particular Monday night. The duck confit was salty beyond belief. I had to send the dish back and order something else. It was shocking to taste something that was probably 90% salt! My chicken dish was ok. Not anything special and not the best cut.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience1

I love the place. The good is always good. But this time I was angry. We had 7:30 reservations for three. By 8:30, staff was cleaning up to go home. They raised the lights to ‘last call’ brilliance. We still wanted dessert and coffee but the vibe was too awkward. After a mere one hour, we were no longer welcome. My daughter was visiting, I was embarrassed. We have all traveled to Europe many times. This would NEVER happen there. This is fine dining?
I will be back because I still like the food. But still.
Poor show Avenue.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good service and brunch was exelent

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vipnekessle
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My partner and I enjoyed the prix fixe menu doe New Years Eve! Food exceeded our expectations, and the service was very good on an evening when virtually every table was occupied! Had a great time. Will go again next year!

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SandraK
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

the Avenue is always exciting for New Years Eve-beautiful setting, good food, firework on the boardwalk, and excellent music!! have been going for 5 yeras

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vipMichaelQ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Went for an early (5P) seating on New Year’s Eve with my wife and kids. The menu was a three course prix fixe for $55. Putting aside the fact that they had no options available for kids and expected them to order off the prix fixe (not even chicken or pasta) the food was abysmal. It was clearly pre prepared en masse for the “crowds” and reheated. I ordered grilled octopus which was charred beyond being edible, cold, tough as rubber, and extremely fishy smelling. My entree was a flank steak that was dry, although smothered with a sauce. I’d characterize the food quality as first class airline food. It’s a shame because the restaurant itself is beautiful.

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JimS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service
The short rib sandwich was mushy

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AndrewW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

We’ve been to Avenue a few times in the past. The ambience is always good due to its beachside location. But it doesn’t feel like the menu has changed and the food was just ok. I don’t feel it was worth traveling to or spending money on. A real pity.

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JaimeZ
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very Nice. Was a bit chilly in the dining room but it was a cold and rainy day.

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OlderLady
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were welcomed graciously, served expertly, and the food was outstanding, from start to finish. The holiday decorations were festive, and we enjoyed the beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean from our table. Avenue is our favorite go-to restaurant for good reasons and we have never been disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant on the beach in Long Branch, NJ. Wonderful atmosphere and delicious French cuisine summer or winter. Located in Pier Village. Friendly staff and management. Highly recommend!

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CCdiner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious meal. We were here in the winter. Definitely off peak. Seafood was yummy.

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JoeD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I have been Avenue clients for a few years.
The service and food have always been outstanding and of course a great wine list to go with the meal.
We use the Avenue for our special events, a quiet evening meal and on occasion stop by for happy hour..
Thanks for another pleasant evening.

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