A Long Branch, NJ Restaurant Review
23 Ocean Ave
Long Branch, NJ
Fare: French American
Price: Very Expensive
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The ambiance is trendy, upscale, and energetic
Scenic beach front and ocean views
A bit pretentious
Noise Level: Moderate to high during peak times
Dress: Upscale Casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy good food with upscale, energetic, trendy ambiance in a Jersey shore beach front setting.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer "Old World" dining amenities, and less trendy ambiance.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Lamb Shank; The Dry Aged Prime NY Strip; or The Lobster Pot-Au-Feu'
Liquor: Extensive wine list, specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant.
Elegance and energy in a restaurant are not often found on the Jersey Shore. Avenue is the exception. This upscale, oceanfront restaurant in the Pier Village area of Long Branch is all about ambiance with a trendy, Jersey Shore feeling.
The restaurant is two stories tall and looks out on the avenue and on the ocean through high ceiling, large Art Deco-style windows and glass doors.
The 25 foot cocktail bar and a raw bar are rimmed with mirror glass and shelves of multi-colored bottles. A glass enclosed fireplace is a nice touch to an attractive atmosphere vibrating with the young trendy, upscale crowd.
The French - American menu offers a decent selection of creatively prepared seafood and meat dishes. However, diners looking for a menu with fresh, local wild caught seafood and sustainable agriculture products will be hard pressed to find it at Avenue.
The Prix Fixe, three course menu, offered during the entire evening on Tuesdays and also on Wednesdays through Mondays before 6pm, is bargain priced.
This is not the place to go to for a cozy, intimate, romantic dining experience, the noise from the 'Le Club ' on the upper level tends to interfere with an otherwise pleasant, fine dining experience.
In the summer there is outdoor dining on the terrace facing the beach and ocean.
The service can be slow during the peak hours.
They are open seven days/week
Avenue serves an excellent high-end brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am - 3 pm
Open for dinner Monday - Thursday: 4:30 - 10pm; Friday: 4:30- 11pm; Saturday: 4:30 - 11pm, and Sunday: 4:00 -10pm
Avenue Restaurant is not recommended for children.
(updated June, 2016)
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