Fare: Creative New American with Mediterranean, Italian, Caribbean, Asian, and French flavors
Food Quality: Excellent - Serves a seasonally changing menu with inspirational dishes prepared using fresh, locally sourced produce and seafood, with meats sourced from quality purveyors.
Service: Professional, well trained, with a good knowledge of the menu. Friendly and attentive without being intrusive.
Ambiance/Decor: Attractive, upscale, rustic atmosphere
Overall Rating: 3 1/2 Stars. One of the top restaurants in Central Jersey. Classified as Chef-Inspired Casual Dining (* Note - See below restaurant classification for details)
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to 4 stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: Moderate
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared creative new American food in an upscale, rustic setting and a well-stocked bar.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer "Old World" fine dining or a low-key BYOB setting with a heavy sauce, traditional menu
Recommended dishes: When available, The 8 oz Filet Mignon with pesto whipped potatoes, marsala jus and asparagus; The Miso Cod, Marinated in miso and sake and served with edamame dumplings in a shitake lemongrass broth; and The Cajun BBQ Shrimp & Grits with aged cheddar, green chili grits, in Beach Haus IPA
Liquor: Full bar service with hand crafted specialty cocktails, 12 beers on draft and a variety of craft beers, and a variety of well-priced wines by the glass and bottle.
618 Restaurant is one of the best Central Jersey restaurants. It is a fresh, alternative to the many mediocre BYOB's and franchise restaurants in the area.
This is a place where diners come to enjoy a creative American menu with healthy food options, in an attractive, modern - rustic atmosphere with a well-stocked bar.
In response to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, and the successful temporary summer outdoor dining set-up with two large tents, they have since completed the construction of a COVID-19 compliant 2 story outdoor/indoor expansion for private events and restaurant dining.
The 618 restaurant is serious about its commitment to COVID-19 compliance with tables spaced at a minimum of 6 ft apart, and staff strictly enforcing mask compliance.
Opened in November 2016, 618 Restaurant is the creation of owner Matt Borowski, and part owner/Executive Chef Christopher Dutka.
Chef Dutka honed his culinary skills at Whole Foods Market as a Prepared Foods Team Leader, and at several restaurants in Florida including the highly rated Marina Cafe in Destin, FL.
In April of 2018, Chef Dutka appeared at The James Beard House in NYC as Jersey Spring Fling guest chef. The famous James Beard House regularly hosts dinners that are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world.
The team at 618 restaurant is hands-on and on target with the latest trends in New Jersey restaurants.
They are committed to serving the freshest food from local sources when available, complemented by shipped in quality ingredients. No "Old World" menu, ambiance, and service here.
Chef Dutka serves a seasonally changing menu with inspirational dishes prepared using fresh, locally sourced produce and seafood, and meats sourced from quality purveyors.
Produce is locally sourced, farm to table, from Beyond Organic Growers in Freehold, NJ who use vertical, aeroponic tower technology going beyond organic to produce fresh and non-GMO fruits and vegetables.
Seafood is shipped in daily from Trinity Seafood in Lakewood. Meats are sourced from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, known for their aged prime and choice grade beef, from antibiotic and hormone free Black Angus Steers, raised on small, family owned farms.
Most of the menu items are prepared from "Scratch" --- meaning that the food has not undergone significant modification, including being heated, marinated, assembled or a combination of those procedures. 618 Restaurant has no freezers.
Organic and gluten free, and other healthy items can often be found on the menu.
To enjoy the true experience of the Chefs cooking skills and the use of the freshest ingredients, order one of the daily specials.
Save room for homemade desserts, their signature dish, the warm sticky toffee cake with sea salt and orange-whipped mascarpone is outstanding.
Do not be put off by the plain exterior that gives little hint of what is inside. Once entered you will be surprised to find an attractive, modern rustic decor with a California wine country ambiance featuring tall barn doors, funky lights hanging from the ceilings, dark hardwood floors, and a wine room in the center of the dining room.
The Bar area has large screen TV's, good for sports watching. There are two built in aquarium style fireplaces surrounded by stone in the main dining room and bar lounge.
Service is professional, well trained, good knowledge of the menu, friendly and enthusiastic.
Convenient onsite parking is available.
618 Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sundays from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Happy Hour takes place all day Monday to Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 4 to 9 pm.
Reservations are recommended especially on Friday & Saturday Evenings.
618 Restaurant is child friendly with a kid’s menu.
*Description of Restaurant Classification - Chef-Inspired Casual Dining:
The most popular upscale restaurants in New Jersey, classified into three categories; Chef-Inspired Fine Dining, Chef-Inspired Casual Dining, and Contemporary Casual.
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(updated; November 2020)