Waterman's Tavern

4.3
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115 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
*Our reservation policy allows a 15 minute window upon the arrival of your entire party. After the allotted grace period, we will be forced to cancel your reservation at which point you will be added to our waitlist.*

A new American restaurant located in the heart of Brielle, serving hand-crafted cocktails, specialty salads, homemade pasta, fresh seafood, dry-aged steaks, burgers and more, including a variety of gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options.

*PLEASE NOTE: WE ONLY TAKE RESERVATIONS FOR THE MAIN DINING ROOM. THE TAVERN IS FOR WALK-IN ONLY.
What 115 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.0
Value
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience2

Food was GREAT ... SERVICE HORRIFIC
Sat us in wrong area at first one waiter took our dessert to different table threw it out table and no apology and walked away

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grouper OSCAR special was excellent so was the surf and turf special both for Valentine’s Day weekend

BK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated right away, our server was hysterical and very attentive. There were 4 of us and everyone enjoyed their dinner. I would go again.

T
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Server quit mid meal, all food including apps and meals came at the same time, they offered to put our meals back on the warmers. Food was gross and uneatable. The only positive was the beer was cold. Other than that this place needs a substantial overhaul in mgt and personnel before summer or it's going to fail miserably. I will never go back and it was a major embarrassment to us and our guests.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

I had their highly recommended $45 NY Strip Steak. Not only was it tasteless, but it had a muscle tissue running through which made a good part of it inedible. One can do a lot better from a local butcher and a good gas grill.

LC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

We had a 5:30 reservation. Our meals came at 6:55. They gave us a complimentary dessert to make up for it. The bread and butter (that came out frozen) and my bread plate was still on the table when dessert came. May have been an “off night” for our waiter. Not likely to go back. We didn’t have drinks, we shared an appetizer, I had an appetizer for my dinner and they gave us dessert for being patient and the bill w/tip was over $100. It wasn’t a romantic Valentines Day for us.

G
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal and friendly server... enjoyed it all!

G
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A beautiful room, great service and wonderful food. A perfect dining experience.

LR
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We were In the back dining room. Beautiful lighting and quiet. We are already planning to return.

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was great, dining room a bit noisy even when some seats were open. Liked the remodeling, very comfortable.

DJ
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

What a great night we had watching the band The Itch . The more they perform the more we will be back !

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was really good .. service, meal atmosphere friendly staff
My husband got the grouper special and loved it
Will try the more casual bar area next time

s
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This hidden gem was not only spectacular, but service was so good, we would go back for that alone! The waitress Joann started off with specials and suggestions that were spot on. The food was fantastic. The sommelier recommendations were dead on. I don’t know how we overlooked this place. Great experience and it will be our new go to.

D
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

It was nye so it was noisier than usual but this was the second time we were there in a week that our order was messed up. Very disappointed for the money we spent. It was a special occasion and we didn’t want to make a scene in front of our guests Unfortunately we won’t be back. The food is good but they need to get their act together.

GB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were both excellent. We never felt rushed, even though it was a busy night. Although this restaurant is called a "Tavern" that is only part of the story, the "restaurant" section is separate from the "Tavern" and is the equal of most fine dining venues in the area. Waterman's Tavern is not inexpensive, but is worth the extra bit, for special occasions.

G
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our second visit, and it was wonderful on all levels. Just added it to our Favorite List!

BM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Nice bar area--server was great, stick with bar food--burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, wings etc. Our food was OK (ordered steaks), served a little cold.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. I’ve seen some of the reviews say that service is slow but I like to enjoy my meals and not be rushed out so I really enjoyed. We dined for resultant week and added a pasta course so 4 courses in total in about 90 minutes which i thought was appropriate. Pasta is fantastic, we also tried the duck which stood out as exceptional. Really enjoyed the atmosphere, very quiet and romantic. Would highly recommend.

WM
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We tried Waterman’s for the first time for Restaurant Week. The choices were great but we decided to go with the Wednesday prime rib special which included a salad and dessert. The meal was excellent, salad, prime rib, baked potato, steamed veggies and cheesecake or chocolate torte for dessert. The ambiance was beautiful and the service was excellent. We will dine here in the future!

D
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Salmon was perfecto. Filet was delicious. Great job

BN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience5

Had a reservation but couldn’t be seated in the dining room without a wait
Ended up with a booth in the bar
Took an hour to get an order of Mac n cheese and a burger
I had better Mac and cheese from a microwave
The burger came with no garnishes and was over cooked
The server was fine and kept apologizing for the wait
I expected better from what is trying to be a high end steakhouse

OT
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Went for restaurant week. Though the menu and dishes sounded exciting, they did not live up to the promise. There was something a little off in the execution. Definitely room for improvement.

t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Went there on a Wednesday, it was Prime rib night special. It was a great meal including very good salad, excellent piece of prime rib with potato and veg, finished with desert. All included in special price. Before dinner cocktails were perfect along with the wine we ordered. Very upscale dining room with comfortable prompt service. We will be back.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Crab cake was unbelievable. Shrimp cocktail was bad even smelt bad and they didn’t take it off our check. Filet mignon was great but my husbands ribeye was not good at all. Espresso was great but cappuccino was watered down. Tasted like frothed milk. Service was very slow. We don’t want to be rushed but it took 2 1/2 hours fir dinner. Overall not worth the 400.00 dinner.

BB
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall1Food2Service4Ambience1

Thought I would try a new steakhouse. Steak was the only thing that was passable. Everything else was awful. Apps and sides were just gross. Ambience in the tavern was kind of depressing. I would not recommend this to anyone.

L
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have recommended it many times. Have not been there in a while due to family issues but what a great return.
The food was great, try the scallop special u won’t be disappointed.
We got a chance to meet the chef on this night “Mike” shout out to him for putting some great dishes out.
There charcuterie plate appetizer is delicious and so generous! The meats and cheeses were top notch, served with some delicious olives and little round Italian crusty treats to go with it.
They are serving homemade sorbets, we tried the strawberry and lime...both excellent and refreshing. Of course the cookie in the pan needs no description other than awesome!!
Josette was our server and she is the best!! All of the wait staff was spot on. G.M. Rob and manager Reagan both ever vigilant and visible to make sure your dining experience is the best.
This is our favorite place to go and feel comfortable and have a good meal...it truly is a great neighborhood spot. A special place.

JH
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Reservation was at 7:45 did not take us until 8:20. Service was slow and food was under whelming. Tavern was well appointed but again service behind bar was slow.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Way understaffed behind the bar and on the dinning room floor. Drinks and food took a while. Food was good would only be worth the price if service improves. Overall first and last visit

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience1

Not sure where to begin.....the entrance was very hard to access, The food was over priced and cold

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My husband & I decided to try it
Spur of the moment decision
And the restaurant is interesting because the bar area
Is separated and very casual then the dining room is very upscale so theres no in between
Either casual bar or fancy dinner
But all in all good food,
good entertainment the night we went

RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

If you want steak, I would definitely recommend. If you want seafood, I would consider a seafood resteraunt.

B
New England
42 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Service was outstanding. Friendly and welcoming. Food was very good. Great wine list. Tomahawk a bit fatty but tasty. Sirloin outstanding. Great creamed corn and amazing cookie dessert

D
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

I wanted to love it, but nothing was really THAT good. Salmon was fine, but the short ribs were dry. Octopus was tough. The service was good and the place is pretty. Looks like a beautiful bar. Hope it gets better. That is a big restaurant to fill.

A
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The place was beautiful. The atmosphere was very pleasant, and the staff was extremely professional and attentive.
The food is delicious!!

Sean is an amazing person!

j
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

Very very impressed with the quality of the food I would definitely go back as far as service goes it left a lot to be desired and as far as the noise level goes it’s awful !!

G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

6:30 on a Friday evening in the summer at the shore and this place was empty. The layout is a bit odd, there is a casual bar area (mostly empty) and a formal dining room behind frosted glass. We were promptly awaited on, we ordered 3 cocktails and glass of wine. All acceptable. Service is over the top for a restaurant located at the Jersey Shore. They brought everything out on carts that were very noisy (maybe because it wasn't crowded), when I say everything, they took away a side plate and fork on this cart. Unnecessary. It was awkward having that cart roll around all night. The owner came out who is very nice and said they are "testing" the waters with Italian - sounds like trouble to me. Stick to good fresh seafood, burgers and maybe tapas menu. Drop the carts.

OT
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Horrible experience. Food and drink was very slow, so slow my family wanted to leave after the appetizers. Staff is nice but doesn’t seem to be treated well. Manager Rob was one of worse at customer service I have ever encountered. We eat out 3 to 5 times a week and can say this is one of the worse overall dining experiences that we have ever had. Have had bad experiences before but good customer service skills with an apologetic and appreciative approach made it ok. Rob the manager who addressed our concerns needs training. Spent $ 160 for salad, apps and pizza. Put a damper on our night. Server was apologetic, felt bad for her. Will never go back.

Waterman's Tavern
Responded on 14 July 2019

You arrived at 7:30, drinks at 7:41, appetizers at 7:52 and your meal at 8:05, at 8:30 received your check. 1 hour to enjoy your drinks appetizers, meal and have conversation with your family. You came in with a negative attitude and wanted something for free. We make all of our meals to order and if you feel that 1 hour is too long then my suggestion is fast food. Shame on you for coming into our restaurant and treating a young server in the manner that you did.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved every minute, will return for sure!
Special touches made a birthday extra special!

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was excellent

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

I doubt the steak was “prime”