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atmosphere and good seafood

karins Jul 8, 2007 10:37 AM

I've read alot of posts here and most seem to feel that alot of the places down by the shore in Monmouth County have great atmosphere..views of the ocean..but the food is so so. Can anyone suggest a place/places that have both good atmosphere..summertime I love looking at the ocean..and really good food? I'd love some really good steamers that aren't sandy, perhaps a raw bar, lobsters, and really good fresh fish prepared in a tasty way. Thanks in advance.

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    Jen_in_NJ Jul 8, 2007 03:14 PM

    Neil's original Oyster i Highlands!

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      RobertinRedBank Jul 9, 2007 10:53 AM

      My wife and a friend were at Neil's just last night. They both had steamers which they both said were wonderful. As usual it wasn't crowded summer crazy like most Highlands places.

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        Rochelle in NJ Jul 18, 2007 06:53 AM

        Let me start by saying that we have been to The Original Oyster many times prior to "Neil" taking the helm so we decided to give the new owner a shot. We went there this past Saturday night and it was a TOTAL fiasco right from the start. We didn't get served our dinner for OVER 2 hours and the restaurant was not even half filled. We observed other tables with the same complaint. The kitchen was totally incompetent. In addition, one of the dishes (we were a party of four) was totally bland (and did not come out at the same time as the other 3), and one was cold. To add salt to our wounds, the owner was standing at the door when we left (and was aware of our disasterous evening because we let him know), and he never apologized to us as we walked out. Obviously, we will never return to the restaurant. As you probably can figure out, I highly stress that you select another restaurant for your evening out and avoid this restaurant.

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