Avenue, Long Branch, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

Avenue, Long Branch, NJ
Avenue Restaurant
23 Ocean Ave
Long Branch, NJ

Restaurant Highlights

Fare: French American

Price: Very Expensive

Food Quality: 2 1/2 Stars

Service: 2 1/2 Stars

Ambiance: 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 scenic beach front and ocean views

A bit pretentious for the Jersey Shore

Noise Level: Moderate to high during peak times

Dress: Upscale Casual

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy high end cuisine 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.

Restaurant Review

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 by Thierry Carrier who comes with an impressive intenarional backgound in restaurant operations. Born in St. Julien, France and grew up in Divonne Les Bains, received his formal restaurant management education at the prestigious Lycée Hôtelier Savoie Léman of Thonon les Bains, and later wents on to hone his restaurant management skills in Geneva, London, South Beach,Miami, the Hamptons and New York City before coming to Avenue.

The kitchen is run by Executive Chef Josh Sauer. Chef Sauer received his formal culinary training at Brookdale's Culinary Arts Program. He later honed his culinary skills at the former Jersey Sore landmark restaurant Doris and Ed's, Rat's Restaurant at the Grounds for Sculpture, and at restaurants in New York City and Park City, Utah before coming to Avenue.

The French - American menu offers a decent selection of creatively prepared, and artfully presented 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.

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 is attentive, though a bit pretentious, and inconsistent.  Depending on who is attending to your table, you are apt to encounter a waiter who is unfamiliar with the food preparation and ingredients of the menu items.

Avenue serves an excellent high-end brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am - 3 pm

Avenue is open seven days/week, For dinner Monday - Thursday: 4:30 - 10pm; Friday: 4:30- 11pm; Saturday: 4:30 - 11pm, and Sunday: 4:00 -10pm.

The Prix Fixe  three course menu, is offered 4:30-6pm Monday & Wednesday – Friday, 4:30-6pm,  Saturday, & Sunday, 4-6pm,  &  and all Night Tuesday!

Happy hour is daily From 3:00pm – 7:00pm & Fridays from 3pm – 10:00pm.  At the Bar Only

Avenue Restaurant is not recommended for children.

(updated July, 2019)

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