The Dining Room - Molly Pitcher Inn

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412 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Molly Pitcher Inn prides itself not only in its fine dining menu but also its service and atmosphere. It is an ideal setting for that special occasion or just an elegant dining experience. Under the crystal chandeliers of our Dining Room, we serve some the most tantalizing cuisine in all of New Jersey. Our panoramic windows provide a truly breathtaking vista. No matter what season or time of day, the quiet stillness of the Navesink River envelops all who dine here.
Our famed Sunday Brunch has been the proud recipient of the Asbury Park Press, Readers’ Choice Award for Best Brunch since 1996. The Brunch is available Sundays from October through mid-June. On Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas we offer a seasonal and more extensive Brunch for our guests to celebrate their special holidays; reservations are required.

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4.4
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4.6
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KrisB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a beautiful time! Such a wonderful setting and great food.

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OceanfrontOasisObx
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great view Lunch was terrific

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TheresaV
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to the Molly Pitcher Inn on many occasions. It is truly one of our favorite places to dine for a special occasion. You can not beat the service and the view is spectacular, I highly recommend this restaurant.

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DonnaM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lunch with friends to celebrate a dear friend’s 75th birthday. Beautiful view of the Navesink. Nelson, our waiter, gave us impeccable service. Food was delicious. Would highly recommend.

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vipMaryP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday brunch remains the cream of the crop. So many choices and the mimosas are amazing

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ClaudiaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Such a nice setting for brunch. Presentation of the food was beautiful. Most dishes were excellent. The room is very crowded but you can still manage to get around and access the food except the carving station. That line was out of the room and down the hall and moved very slowly. Service was excellent and wait staff very friendly.

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Georgi
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fine dining at its best! Quite romantic atmosphere. Food and service excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family rendezvous: Wonderful company with delicious food and beautiful river view! We’ll come again...

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Steve
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Valentine's dinner was not what I expected. Service was poor. Waitress was not very enthusiastic about anything at all. Food was below par. Only reservation I could get was 8:45pm. The waitress gave us our check at 10:30ish and I gave her my credit card. When she came back I waited to sign the check and write the tip in while I finished my last glass of wine. She repeatedly came back and asked if the check was ready even though I was clearly still chatting with my fiancee and wasn't ready. The last time she came up and asked I said I wasn't ready and I was still finishing my drink. She replied "we need to close the drawer out for the night". What kind of service is that? I just spent $300 on a mediocre dinner and was being rushed out. Ridiculous. We will not be back to this restaurant for a long time, if ever.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

First time I was Disappointed. They were understaffed, menu was poor and quality of choices was limited at best. Will not go back for special occasion.

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JakeP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Waiter took wrong food & drink order, bad food with repeating elements throughout the 5 course meal. Typical of an ordinary restuarant attempting to be fine dining once a year

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

Still here!!!!!!!! Slow as crap!!

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DorothyZ
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

The 5 course Valentine Menu was not very good. First course was good I had short rib ravioli and hubby had shrimp cocktail. Followed by berry sorbet. Third course a plate of bitter radicchio had one glazed nut on the plate and a 2 berries that were soaked in vinegar or balsamic. Main course my husband’s artic char was dry and the table in front of us sent theirs back. I had filet mignon in a pastry cage. No steak knife provided. Cage pastry was very over done. Dessert was chocolate mousse with gelee topping. The cookie bottom was hard and the purple mousse was tasteless. Neither of us ate the dessert. Valentine menu was $90 pp and the bill came for $95 pp. they did refund the extra $10 however. Initial seating was very close to the loud bar. Restaurant was empty. They did move us to a better table when we asked; however, curious why diners after us were not put at that table next to the bar until the entire restaurant was full. The view is nice ....

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Babs1129
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant. The view is absolutely beautiful. Great lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Food and venue are fine. What was atrocious was the gross overcrowding of the restaurant for a buffet presentation. If there was a fire there would’ve been deaths. Could not reach half the food…

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SuzieV
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

What a disappointing meal!! We've dined here for decades and always loved it, but today my meal was a bust. Shame on me for not speaking up at the moment. I had the chicken pot pie - or as it should be renamed chickenless pot pie. It was a plate full of vegetables and sauce with tiny threads of chicken. Not one discernible chunk of chicken. I ate it then I saw a diner at the next table enjoying the chunks of chicken in her pot pie! And the price is certainly too high for a plate of peas and carrots! What happened here?

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DianneP
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great ambiance and beautiful setting. I will definitely come again soon

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vipNycgal
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This is a lovely place the main room faces the water.
The table is covered with white table clothes and linen napkins. The room is quiet. The clientele is primarily of a middle-age older people at lunchtime. I had the salmon. It was cooked perfectly. I thought the risotto was good. My friends had a lobster sandwich and enjoyed it. The service was good. You can park your own car or have it valet.

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful meal at “The Molly”. Celebrating our Father’s 93rd birthday. The Molly Pitcher Inn is his favorite restaurant. He and my Mother celebrated many anniversary dinners there.

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vipBarbie
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go for my birthday and Valentines Day to Molly Pitcher. We always have Fabulous service and having a cocktail in the bar after dinner is a must. The bartenders are very personable. The food is always delicious and cocktails are fantastic.

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Diane
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The wait staff is very professional and accommodating. The food was excellent.

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MargueriteS
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Molly Pitcher Inn is a favorite spot. It offers superb food, ambiance, and top notch service.

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James
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

I expected more. The food was good but not wowed. Service was ok. The ambiance lovely.

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WilliamM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We started with the Atlantic Chowder. There may have been more bell pepper than we would have preferred, but the broth was creamy and tasty. The crab cakes were excellent as was the salad that came as part of the entrée. As always, the service was friendly and efficient. The experience of the dining room is pleasant regardless of seating, but we sat by a picture window overlooking the river. It was particularly nice. We enjoy dining at the Molly Pitcher Inn and hope to continue to do so.

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ElenC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

I’ve gone there for past 8 years for Christmas Eve & it was excellent but this year we had a new waiter. He forgot our salad, bread, we never got our salad, bread only when we asked for it. We asked him if he could wait a while before serving our entree. Within 2 minutes, he served our entree. He rushed our meal, forgot the salad & bread. We took a guest with us, told them how terrific it was there. My husband & I were embarrassed over the service. Normally we have the waiter who has been the best. The normal waiter we had , has a mustache, bald & a true professional. He even recognized us, wished us a Merry Christmas. However this new waiter that we had Christmas Eve, rushed our meal. His service was very poor.

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vipNJmamma
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

What’s was with the discussion in front of us about the table? Was it “lets see if we can get them to take this table in the walkway near the service station?” Which by the way was totally unacceptable.

Food was good; service was very slow. Wines? Well, we have a chardonnay, a pinot grigio, a pinot noir. Are you kidding? Unless you are drinking box wine, I need to know the vinyard and year. No offer of a bottle. MPI, are you trying to hold revenues down? Had to ask for a wine list and the first glass of our white was warm. Don’t you keep a bottle or two chilled?

Requested a side of verts (which were on the menu as an accompaniment for another dish). They never came. Dessert was plopped down in front of us with “dessert”. No explanation of WHAT it was, no offer of coffee or tea. Staff decided it was a plan to whisper and talk about other customers next to our table.

The place looks great, the dishes were tasty. It is missing the class that the atmosphere leads you to believe is behind the front doors.

We will go elsewhere for our special occasions in the future.

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LindaG
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

What a lovely way to celebrate Christmas Eve. Such a beautiful atmosphere. Good food, great service and happy families enjoying themselves. Tasteful and not overdone, but feels festive and warm. Wonderful piano music throughout the night.

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vipCakes
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience4

We hadn’t been to dinner at the Molly Pitcher in probably 15 years. It used to be quite good back then.. On our recent experience there the food was not good. The portions very small. The bright spot was our waitress, she was excellent.

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vipready2eat
Atlantic City
56 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Holiday brunch with friends- food was excellent. Needed more servers to handle the crowd

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LisbethH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

I wanted to try the Molly Pitcher and ever since Thanksgiving. We wanted to make a reservation for 10 people and we were told to begin calling on October 29. I called the next day on the 30th only to find out that all 750 Thanksgiving reservations were sold out in the first hour. Apparently people started calling at 6 AM the day before and I had no way of knowing this. When I found this out I thought this place must be really really amazing. I went there for dinner and it was fair service wasn’t great there was only one waiter on the floor and although it wasn’t super busy he had about eight tables to tend to. I thought the food was. mediocre. I had the tofu risotto which was good, and my friend had the pork chops which he said was also good; nothing outstanding though. I think it would be great to go for Thanksgiving dinner, the view is amazing and I’ve read awesome things about their Thanksgiving day buffet. Hopefully I’ll be able to be one of those 750 People that gets a reservation for Thanksgiving 2020. All in all I gave the Molly pitcher three stars, it’s kind of a stuffy old-fashioned romantic restaurant that has a limited selection of food that in my opinion is only fair.

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vipAmyT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything from food to service was wonderful! We’re definitely returning!

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vipCarolmarie
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas brunch- beautiful decor, excellent service and food. Highly recommended.

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vipCoachjdk
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The best brunch in New Jersey. I have never been disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can’t wait to go back. My mom and I were comparing it to the Carlyle in nyc.

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vipDaiseycat1
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my management team for Christmas dinner- very special- everything was wonderful!

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CarolM
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Restaurant was very cold, as was the hostess who greeted us. Menu has not changed since last year when we were there for my birthday. Food was ok, as was the service. Although it was noted when making the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday, nothing was done to acknowledge this. Don’t think we will repeat our visit next year.

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vipbillandmarge
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience4

Received first phone call main DR closed
Second call dis regard
When I got there Main DR closed. Reason given few reservations

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JaniceP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elegant. Always a treat to be at The Molly Pitcher.

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vipThisisosc
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience5

Nice place, I would probably go again to try another dish. I got the fish and chips, but the fish wasn't good at all. The fries were great.

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The Dining Room - Molly Pitcher Inn offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 747-2500 ext. 505.

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