Bareli's By The Sea, Spring Lake, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

Bareli's By The Sea, Spring Lake, NJ
Bareli's By The Sea
1505 Ocean Avenue
Grand Victorian Hotel
Spring Lake, NJ
(732) 769-5700

Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  Contemporary Italian

Price: Expensive - Very Expensive

Food Quality: 3 Stars

Service: 2/12 Stars

Decor: 3 Stars

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

Creative Contemporary Italian menu prepared with quality local and imported ingredients

Scenic beach front views from the outdoor porch and indoor garden atrium

Value: Good

Noise Level: Low - moderate

Dress: Upscale Casual

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared, creative Italian food in an upscale, attractive setting

Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who prefer heavy red sauce, southern Italian food preparation.

Recommended dishes: When available; The Three Grilled Prime Colorado Lamb Chop; The Black Spaghetti Lobster Fra Diavolo with Spicy lobster tomato sauce and shaved bottarga; and The Seared Sliced Tuna Steak, Tapenade.

Liquor: Full Bar Service with beer, cocktails, and an extensive variety of high end domestic and imported wines.

Restaurant Review

Bareli's By The Sea, located in the Grand Victorian Hotel across from the ocean, is a fine dining restaurant serving a creative contemporary Italian menu with scenic ocean beach front views.

Opened since Memorial Day weekend in 2017, Bareli's By The Sea is co-owned (with three other partners)  and operated by Executive Chef Robb Welch, a graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing. Robb Welch also co-owns and serves as Executive chef at Barelli's Restaurant & Bar in Secaucus, a highly rated restaurant serving high end cuisine, service, and ambiance.

Formerly the home of the Black Trumpet, Bareli's By The Sea has undergone renovation creating a setting with a modern, trendy, yet elegant look. There are two interior dining areas. The main dining room in the rear of the restaurant and the front garden-like atrium with scenic beach front views. Tables are set with white linen, fine china, large attractive wine glasses, and a small candlelit light atop the tables.

During the warmer months there is outdoor dining on the porch with scenic ocean front views.

Chef Welch serves a creative Italian menu with a variety of both traditional and contemporary dishes prepared with quality local and imported ingredients. His inspiration for Italian cooking comes from his mother who is Sicilian.  All pastas and desserts are house made.

This is not your typical heavy red sauce Southern Italian restaurant. Pastas are served with light sauces and applied sparingly to allow the flavors of the quality ingredients to emerge.

At the time of this review, the menu is limited with mostly moderate to expensive selections, though as the kitchen staff gains experience with Chef Robb Welch's cooking style, and the word gets out and the crowd builds, the menu is expected to expand with menu items similar to  the Barelli's Secaucus location.

Service is friendly and attentive and is also expected to improve as the kinks get worked out. However, if you are fortunate to get Mary Moura as your server, you will be in goods hands. She is well versed in all the menu items, is professional, and attentive. She also oversees the dining staff to ensure service attains high standards.

From May 1st through November 15th, they offer an wine list and a full service Bar.

Bareli's By The Sea is open seven days/week for Dinner from 4:30 -  10:30pm.

Not recommended for Kids.

(updated: June, 2017)

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