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The River Market, Point Pleasant, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

The River Market
The River Market
522 Bay Ave Point
Pleasant Beach, NJ
(732) 451-2808

Restaurant Highlights

Fare:  New American

Price: Moderate - Expensive

Food Quality: 3 Stars

Service:  2 1/2 Stars

Decor:  3 Stars

Overall Rating:  3 Stars

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

Serves a creative menu using fresh, farm to table locally sourced produce.

Trendy, industrial chic ambiance

Value: Excellent

Noise Level: Moderate - High

Dress: Upscale casual

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy creative new American cuisine with trendy, industrial chic ambiance.

Not Recommended For:  Diners who prefer simply prepared food and lower prices in a casual family setting.

Recommended dishes:  When available, The Black Pepper Seared Atlantic Salmon with asparagus - fried caper “Tapenade” over creamy whipped potatoes and sautéed baby spinach; The Wasabi Crusted Ahi Tuna over fried rice with sesame seaweed salad, Szechwan green beans and spicy sriracha aioli; and The Grilled New York Steak Au Poivre with a bourbon peppercorn sauce over grilled asparagus and creamy whipped potatoes

Liquor: BYOB

Restaurant Review

The River Market is a small cozy BYOB restaurant with a well prepared new American menu and trendy chic ambiance.

Owned by husband and wife team Chef John and Lee Malcolm, formerly the owners of the River Market in Toms River.

Both Chef John and Lee received their formal training at the Culinary Institute of America. Chef John later honed his culinary skills at the Lark Creek Inn, Larkspur, CA and as Executive Chef at the famed Azul La Jolla in San Diego, CA

Not surprisingly, Chef Malcom has transported his west coast culinary skills to create an inspiring new American menu with a coastal California influence using fresh, farm to table locally sourced produce.

The River Market offers a seasonally changing, seafood focused menu with daily specials.

The small twelve table 40 seat dining area has a trendy, NYC style industrial chic ambiance. Attractively done up with exposed brick walls, a high vaulted ceiling with knotty pine beams, and large windows, and walls adorned with local artwork and photos.

Service is friendly. attentive, and knowledgeable.

The River Market is open for dinner Tuesday - Sunday @ 5pm, and for Lunch Tuesday - Friday; 11am - 2:30 pm.

(updated April, 2017)

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