Fare: French American
Price: Very Expensive
Food Quality: 2 1/2 Stars
Service: 2 Stars
Decor: 3 1/2 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
The ambiance is trendy, upscale, and energetic, with cenic beach front and ocean views
A bit pretentious for the Jersey Shore
Value: Fair - Good
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" ambiance and dining amenities.
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.
Avenue is run by General Manager Thierry Carrier with an impressive background in restaurant management including prior stints in Miami, South Beach at The Strand, Tantra and Pacific Time, and later on in the Hamptons managing Pacific East in Amagansett
The kitchen is run by Chef Dominique Filoni who serves up a French - American menu with 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.
Avenue Restaurant is not recommended for children.
(updated January, 2017)
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