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Dec 16, 2007 03:40 PM

spring lake, shore area

hello im looking for a nice place to go on christmas day in the spring lake area thanks

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  1. You can check to see if The Mill, in Spring Lake Heights, will be open on Christmas Day.

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    1. re: RGR

      They may have brunch, but the restaurant recently closed (very sadly). We just discovered this place a few months ago, enjoyed our few dinners there, and went to their 'wake' recently...

      1. re: bnemes3343

        Your post got me very curious because I hadn't heard that The Mill was closing. So, I called. The recorded message said that their dining room will, indeed, no longer be open to the public on a regular basis. They are essentially becoming a banquets and special events facility. They will be open to the public on holidays and will be offering "Big Band Nights," i.e., dinner and dancing on specific dates.

        1. re: RGR

          A big band night sounds like it could be fun - I will check into that. I thought their food and their service was really quite good, so I was sad to see it go. I think it was just too big a place (and drew kind of an "older" crowd) to make enough money to sustain a restaurant.

          1. re: RGR

            I attended a Big Band dinner last year. It was held on a Sunday afternoon, the food was mediocre at best and the service was awful. The clientele may have been drawn from a nearby assisted living center. Perhaps the waistaff didn't feel that anyone would care. Definitely not recommended.

            1. re: BernieMSY

              It isn't too surprising that a Big Band event would draw a mostly senior crowd. After all, how many young people do ballroom dancing these days? Not that that excuses mediocre food and lousy service....

          2. re: bnemes3343

            That's really sad. That place was one of few civiilized restaurants around the area, with a great view from the dining room and a very nice menu. The special events nights seemed like a interesting counterpart to the regular diining experience, but certainly not enough to replace it. What a shame. Maybe it will fail in it's new form, and then reopen again under the ownership of someone else. Let's keep our fingers crossed. That's just pathetic news.

        2. My office Xmas party was there on Friday. The place is really pretty and the buffet was really good.

          1. The two places in Spring Lake (off the top of my head) are:



            Not sure if either is open on Christmas. What type of place are you looking for? How far are you willing to travel outside of SL?

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            1. re: white light

              hello thanks so much for your responses i am leaning toward whispers but would be willing to travel outside of spring lake north toward sea bright has any gone to tim mcloone place in long branch thanks plant guy

              1. re: plant guy

                Do yourself a favor and stay far away from McLoone's. Do a search on this forum and you will find many a bad review. Good Luck.

                1. re: bgut1

                  however, McLoone's original place in Sea Bright is, hopefully, still worthy...

                  1. re: aklein

                    I'm sorry to say it, but I don't think that I would ever have described McLoone's in Sea Bright as worthy. They do a nice job for a large party or banquet, but the food is expensive and unimpressive. McLoone's at Pier Village is a pretty spot for a drink, but I'd skip the meal.

                    1. re: aklein

                      Absolutely not. My experience was horrible.

              2. Island Palm Grill is your best bet in Spring Lake but I doubt its open on Christmas. Nice varied menu and BYOB to boot.


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                1. re: tom246

                  ok, ok... forget tim mcloone's in sea bright ... I did admit that I had not been there in a while, though ....... personally, I would never set foot in any restaurant at Pier Village, so that negates his new space

                  RE: Island Palm Grill.... it's all good, but for a special night in Spring Lake, it's Whispers or Black Trumpet or elsewhere

                2. I have no idea about who is open/closed on Christmas, but in this area, I would recommend Moonstruck in Asbury (no reservations though), Shipwreck Grill in Brielle (great fish and they do take reservations), Brandls in Belmar (best food in the area and a BYO, albeit overpriced). You can not go wrong with Whispers either.

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                  1. re: bnemes3343

                    Whispers isn't a slam dunk though. We had some pretty sub-par food and service one night, but I guess most places can have a bad night.

                    1. re: white light

                      hmmm... not good to hear. Subpar food AND service... not sure I would go back. There are places I've been to dozens and dozens of times and NEVER been dissapointed, so having a bad night at a place with prices like this might just turn me off for good.