The Barge

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444 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood

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The Barge has been specializing in the finest steaks and seafood in Middlesex County since 1925. This fine restaurant is well know for its appetizing foods including thick juicy steaks and live Maine lobsters.

Be assured, regardless of your choice, it will be one of the best meals you have ever eaten. Our warm, pleasant atmosphere, delicious food, and fast friendly service will make you want to return time and time again. Remember Barge Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge for a truly enjoyable dining experience.
What 444 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food as always
Service is excellent
Prices are very reasonable
Cant wait to go back again

PK
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Kenny our waiter is the best. The scallops were delicious!

BS
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Barge is always great. It's where people who love sea-food go. Alex is a wonderful and always donates to different city events. I've never had a bad meal. This time I didn't have fish. I tried the london broil and it was done to perfection and the mushroom gravy was very tasty. My husband had the scrod which he always has and tonight we had it again.

t
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Always enjoyable

EJ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent from app through entrees. We could not do dessert the rest of the food was so filling. We got to take home 1/2 lobster dish and 1/4 of broiled combo so could enjoy again the next day. Had the oyster rockefeller and Clams Oreganato both were hot to the table and delicious. Would gladly return and recommend to my family and friends

AR
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great. Also the service was friendly. The prices were reasonable

BK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really, super nice.... we came from Scotch Plains, easy, great food, great service. Not pretentious like Westfield... terrific views. Just all around a great experience.

AL
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Most of the fish came out undercooked and had to be sent back and one of the steaks had to be sent back. No manager came to apologize if offer anything to make up for the issues. I will not be coming back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and reasonable price

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent and staff very friendly. I just thought it was funny to have valet parking and they parked the car 2 cars from tut he restaurant...Overall experience was positive

JH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Great place for a reasonable priced meal near the water. Dinner like menu with lots of broiled fish options. Lunch or early bird special is a great deal. Older clientele so great place to take older family members.

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My husband and I went here for a quiet dinner and the seafood was excellent and well prepared. Would recommend for a nice casual meal.

BS
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Barge is always good. We even qualified for the early bird special which included soup and coffee or tea. I had mahi mahi which I hadn't had in a long time. It was very good. I love Alex and The Barge. Alex is always good to the community besides being a great restaurateur.

JM
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The food is fresh and consistently good. A nice place to go with family & friends

L
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, the food was good and the service was excellent. We go there often and always come away pleased with the food and service. It’s also reasonable and the seafood is always fresh.

EJ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent. We shared 2 apps the Olive/Feta and Shrimp Cocktail which both were large and very good. I had the Lobster Newberg and my girlfriend had steak and shrimp special. I finished mine completely, she had such a large entree was able to take 1/2 a T-Bone home. Our waiter Carl was also excellent we wanted to have a slow relaxing early dinner and he was good about checking back to see when we wanted to order. Overall it was an excellent way to spend a sunday late afternoon. One caveat the air conditioning would go on occasionly and it was cold for a few minutes. My gf had a jacket for an after dinner walk on the waterfont so it worked out for us, but if she had not had it inside the restaurant it would not have been as nice.

k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious seafood cooked to perfection.
The best sangria anywhere.
Excellent service is the norm.

CS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were excellent. I was not sure that the young man who brought us to the table was going to record my reservation from Open Table. I had requested a window table, but did not get it.
He would have had to seat us in the back section. The only window table in the front would have been behind a

l
Atlantic City
50 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

Although the food is always good, this is the only Open Table restaurant where you must call the restaurant to confirm your reservation . They do not check the computer for Open Table and enter it in their book like other restaurants. This is not the first time we've arrived and they were unaware of our reservation because they don't check their computer. we were lucky there was a table open. The woman in charge seems annoyed to have to do so. So unfortunate, since this is the first impression one gets.

JM
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great value and Consistently good is the best way to describe The Barge.

TM
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

When we got there for our reservation we were told there were no tables. Then the hostess said even if I had a table, you will have to wait for service. We ended up with a table in the bar with an extremely unhappy waitress.
Food was basically thrown at us. Food was disappointing, very little taste. Don’t think we will ever return.

BS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Loved the outdoors seating with view of marina

OT
Atlantic Canada
9 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. Always great. From service to food to environment. Been going there since a young child. May it always be there for us.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food an atmosphere

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Long time since we have been there

L
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and good service

JJ
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice restaurant. Waiter was Mike. Very nice and helpful. Enjoyed our dinner and will come back again. We had a table that gave us a direct shot of the water. It was really nice.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

The food was good. We chose to sit outside. However the only table s available were close to the live singer. Also we were celebrating our anniversary and although I added that to the reservation, it apparently wasn't noted.

CS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The busboy was especially good-he cleared the table after each course, brought me my requested extra sour cream--we were happy to give him a tip--in addition toe the one we gave our server.

NT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love love love it here! Best freshest seafood and amazing service! The oysters are the best we’ve ever had ! Juicy and plump! Renee is our fave server !!! Never disappointed!

SF
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Couldn’t even get into this place, 1 valet worker with 30 cars to park. Waited 40 minutes and left. Love it when a restaurant tries to save on the valet cost....way to go!!

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Outstanding seafood. Prices can't be beat for the quality. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Z
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time at The Barge! The food, service and location is excellent. Great place to have a meal with friends and had the added bonus of watching the 4th of July fireworks

n
New York Area
782 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

We were disappointed that while it was a lovely evening, there was no seating in the patio. We did get a big window though. We started with clams oreganato and then shared the cole slaw and generous house salad. Entrees were soft shell crabs and crab meat Newburgh. Both meals were delicious and came with baked potatoes. Yummy!

L
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was great and their newest server was the best.

M
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The view of Raritan Bay was nice, but the food was no better than going to Red Lobster.

JW
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Just because it's Fathers Day doesn't give management a license to raise prices. My daughter invited the family to celebrate and $25.00 minimum for any meal was not fair to her. She's been there before and did not expect elevated prices with smaller dishes.

OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

I was not very pleased with the food. It’s was not that great!!! Overpriced also.

SC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful location and fresh sea food...can’t wait to go back again with friends.

IL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Our first visit there . The staff is nice, the food was just fair.