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Good restaurants in belmar, bradley beach, spring lake?

Does anyone know a restaurant in bradley beach, belmar or spring lake besides Brandl that
has great food? Thank you Houston

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Brandl Restaurant
703 9th Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719

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  1. I have not been to the new location yet, but Black Trumpet in Spring Lake is very good!

    Belmar there is really not much of anything good, to me, anyway.

    I don't think I have ever been to any place in Bradley.

    Also in Sping Lake is Whispers. Both places are BYOB.

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    Black Trumpet
    7 Atlantic Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

    1. Had a good dinner at Nicchio in Belmar a few weeks ago. There's a thread about it on Chowhound
      Menu here: http://www.mossutosmarket.com/Nicchio...

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      Nicchio
      1000 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719

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      1. re: OGguy

        I second Nicchio. I haven't been in awhile, but I liked Matisse, too.

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        Nicchio
        1000 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719

      2. Not great, but IMHO these restaurants serve pretty good food.....Bella Sogna, Bamboo Leaf, La Dolce Vita, Citrico's.

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        La Dolce Vita
        400 Ocean Avenue, Belmar, NJ 07719

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        1. re: SusieQQ

          IMHO, there really isn't much to recommend in the Belmar, Bradley Beach or Spring Lake area. I tried Nicchio this past weekend and while there were some positives (the bread, pasta and decor), I was generally unimpressed (mediocre mains and cramped tables). I am also not a fan of either Matisse or Black Trumpet having been disappointed with my one and only meal at each restaurant. I have enjoyed meals at Casa Solar and Viva's in the past, but recent reviews on this board about a drop in food quality and service have given me pause to return. I wish you good luck and hope you enjoy your meal at whatever restaurant you choose.

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          Black Trumpet
          7 Atlantic Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

          Casa Solar
          1104 Main St, Belmar, NJ 07719

          Nicchio
          1000 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719

          1. re: bgut1

            was at Nicchio this weekend and absolutely ...loved it

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            Nicchio
            1000 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719

        2. I have to say that the restaurants in your specified area are really spotty at best. I've had some decent meals at Nicchio but the food and service are hit-and-miss. I really don't enjoy Matisse but their Mack's Chicken Shack next door is excellent for what it is. La Dolce Vita has offered some decent meals, but don't bother in the summer when the whole place just goes way downhill with the crowds. Viva's has yet to win me back. The Black Trumpet and Whispers are too self-conscious. I have enjoyed some sushi dinners at Osaka in Bradley Beach and St. Stephen's Green in Spring Lake Heights, but I wouldn't call them great by any stretch. Why not a ride down to Brielle to Shipwreck Grill or even Manasquan to Mahogany Grill?

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          Shipwreck Grill
          720 Ashley Ave, Brielle, NJ 08730

          Black Trumpet
          7 Atlantic Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

          La Dolce Vita
          114 Engle St, Englewood, NJ 07631

          Nicchio
          1000 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719

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          1. re: aklein

            I agree that there is really not much that rises to the level of "great." Vesuvio's pizza and the extra-hot habanero wings at Boom perhaps fit the bill. The eponymously named Kotta Roll tasted pretty great both times I had it.

            Other than Brandl., the Shipwreck in Brielle and Mahogany Grill in Manasquan are probably the best in the area.

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            Brandl Restaurant
            703 9th Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719

            1. re: MGZ

              Just as an FYI - the chef at Mahogany Grill was let go about a month ago and the previous sous chef was brought back. I believe he has maintained the menu for now but I hear that changes in format are pending. I haven't been since the shuffle.

                1. re: MGZ

                  My pleasure. Just trying to keep everyone in the loop.

                  1. re: missybean

                    Is it still the same owners? I saw ads on craigslist all winter long where they were trying to sell the business?

                    1. re: white light

                      Same owners as of now. They have been trying to sell. As I understand it, one of the partners wants to get out of the restaurant business altogether and the other(s) don't want to - or can't - buy him out. It's been a tough winter for them down here and the story is that Harvest Moon has been carrying Mahogany Grill for a while now.

            2. re: aklein

              I just have to say that Matisse is probaly one of the best restaurants in the town and the view... let me tell you spetacular.... the service is superb.. I absolutely .... positvely recommend it

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              Matisse Restaurant
              1301 Ocean Ave, Belmar, NJ 07719

            3. Sorry Houston, but I have to agree with bgut1 on this one, there really is not not a single establishment in any of these shore towns mentioned that provides great food. They all miss the mark unfortunately. I had high hopes for Nicchio but several chowhounders have been disappointed with various aspects of their operations, especially relating to the wait staff and service in general. Other restaurants mentioned in this post have been hit or miss over the past few years. I suggest that you go a little farther south to Point Pleasant and Daniel Bistro on Broadway which is better than any of the restaurants in the Bradley, Belmar or Spring Lake area.

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              1. re: JerzeyShore

                I'll second Jerzey's recommendation of Daniel's Bistro.

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                Daniel's Bistro
                115 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

                1. re: JerzeyShore

                  I agree with JerzeyShore. I love Daniel's Bistro

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                  Daniel's Bistro
                  115 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742