The Diving Horse

4.7
1083 reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
The Diving Horse is a seasonal seafood-focused BYOB located at 21st and Dune Drive in Avalon, NJ. We serve an inspired and fresh menu, with ingredients sourced from local farms and day boat fishermen. The name “Diving Horse" pays homage to the horses who used to dive off the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ, in the early to mid-20th century. Our intimate 70-seat restaurant features a modern farmhouse atmosphere and bright, oversized windows with views of Avalon’s quaint main street. We have ample outdoor seating on a patio that holds three large picnic tables for communal seating beneath strands of vintage Edison bulb string lights. Dinner reservations are highly recommended. The Diving Horse has received many honors since opening, including being named Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best Shore Hot Spot”, as well as receiving the OpenTable “Diner’s Choice” award.
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4.8
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4.7
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4.2
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vipCMGgg
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite spot at the shore. Wonderful staff, food and fun vibe!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Scallops were great. Waitstaff very friendly and professional.

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Alwayseatingout
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was great; server was great; would have preferred a smaller round table as it was hard to hear conversation with a speaker above our heads.

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vipTonyR
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Totally over priced

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joannep
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

On vacation. Food was good exceptional. Nice surprise.

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vipLisaH
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal, service and ambiance. Highly recommend! It’s one of our favorites!

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vipfirsttimeinaruba
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first experience here and won’t be our last. The menu is very well curated and there is something for everyone. Very good use of fresh local ingredients and everything we had was delicious. It’s BYOB which we failed to notice when booking but conveniently there is a liquor store right across the street with a great selection of wines. Lovely ambiance in their outdoor space and the team made us feel very welcome.

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vipdelicious
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner was delicious from start to finish. Service was excellent. Will be back for sure.

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vipBillO
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a relaxing, wonderful evening with a delicious meal, great service and pleasant surroundings.

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viptony
Atlantic City
26 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

3rd time this summer , good as the first’ time bread was outstanding this time tho very fluffy!! To me bread is the first indicator of how the Meal will be ! We got 2 apps “ corn fritters “ they were ok not bad but to much corn ! “Short rib ” was good! Kit-Kat Desert is always good! Overall a very nice place to dine at .

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Jayne829
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is pricey, but the food is very good. We ate outdoors, and the ambience was wonderful. The portions are small, but just right for a woman. Everything tasted exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant with great food. A shade expensive but still enjoyed it immensely

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vipNancyS
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time here and hands down one of best restaurants we’ve been to! The food was amazing and service was excellent which is hard to come by these days! We were unexpectedly treated to a free dessert and ice cream. Couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable night out! We are a 30 minute drive but well worth it! Highly recommend!

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vipStacieL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We Love the Diving Horse. The food is amazing and so fresh. The staff are super friendly and attentive. The atmospheres is awesome but it's always soooo loud inside. This is a "must go to" place in Avalon.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fabulous experience. We frequent the diving horse regularly and decided to celebrate my moms birthday here. Everyone loves their first experience and the food and service was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always consistently delicious!!!

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vipfoodaddict
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and unique menu. Everything was above par and delicious. Worth a road trip!

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JosephF
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

great food, friendly service. Nice atmosphere for a special occasion

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KarenW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Very nice relaxing atmosphere. Only down side is I wish they were open year round.

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justaguythateatsalot
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

This was my first time to Diving Horse and I was overall pleased with the meal. We started with Tuna tartar and it was delicious. For entrees, I ordered Skate, which was a special, and my spouse ordered the scallops. Neither of us enjoyed the glaze(sauces) on the plate. The differed slightly but neither complimented the dish at all. The actual fish and scallops were great. We found ourselves shying away from it. The french fries were amazing. Overall, it was a great meal but the sauces were just not good.

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Mamasue
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Very limited menu.
Skate special was “ammoniated” and returned . Replacement with different entree arrived quickly.
Just not as good as pre-pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

The Brussels sprouts were salty and soggy. The scallops were good. Our waitress was haughty, not warm, not welcoming.

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LarryC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Limited choices on menu. Nice atmosphere. Overall a very good meal.

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vipllfekula
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visited on my pre birthday! It was a fantastic experience! Wanted to go to Cafe Loren’ but the were not open. But experienced total, total best foodie experience at Diving Horse!!! Food, service, wonderful!!! Will definitely return for sure!!! 🐎!!!! Thank you for a wonderful birthday!!❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice experience outside. Very good food with Celia as a great and pleasant server

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LaurieD
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and the quality of the food was spectacular. Highly recommended for a special occassion.

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vipfoodie
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve always loved the diving horse but it was especially outstanding last night! The Brussels sprouts were the best we ever had as were the broccolini! Can’t wait to return!

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LarryG
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service! Definitely will go back many times!

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KathyH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent BYOB. Fresh and local menu. Our meal was delicious.

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vipMark
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Ordered the Big Eye Tuna - best tuna entree I’ve had! The wedge salad was very good, too. Loved the dressing! Happy, friendly atmosphere and superb service! Highly recommend!

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BroJo
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very loud and dark but the meal and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Diving Horse is one of the best restaurants in southern Jersey. Very Un-pretentious and unassuming - if you didn't know it was there you might miss it. Everything is treated with great care and respect, from the menu and the food to the service and concern they have for their customers. A true delight and one of my favorite places to visit anywhere

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Food delicious and overall well prepared, small menu though. Our server was rather curt and visibly annoyed when questioned, which detracted from the experience

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AnnetteG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love good food… this was very good food. Lovely setting. BYOB. Friendly staff!

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Carol
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outdoor dining at its finest. Delicious food and friendly attentive staff.

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velvetpunch
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Overall everything was good.
Some dishes could have used a bit more salt and I agree with most reviews that portions should be larger. I enjoyed the short rib(needed more salt) but the "smear" of polenta was tiny.
The best value, and also the most expensive dish was the pork chop.
Kit Kat dessert stood out as well.
I would definitely recommend this place and would definitely return. Very cute outdoor deck seating.

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HiltonR
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service first rate. Dining room noise level is loud. Still overall a great sophisticated dining experience at the Jersey shore!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Food was delicious although my halibut was a tad dry. Service was great and loved outdoor ambiance. Will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We were celebrating a 20th Anniversary. Everyone’s food was delicious - pork chop and short rib entrees were particularly good. Service was on point - we really enjoyed ourselves. After a less than stellar visit recently, we were thrilled we decided to give it another go.

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BobL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The prices are way up from last year and my short rib dinner was very bland tasting. All the other times I dined there was great. Not sure what happened. But definitely overpriced for what you get

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The Diving Horse is rated 4.7 stars by 1083 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.

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