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Feb 9, 2012 02:12 PM

Seafood or Generally good restaurant in/near Tinton Falls NJ

Looking for a good seafood place or just generally good place to eat in/close to Tinton Falls. Not too too expensive.

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  1. Asbury Park

    The best Stuffed Sole Oreganato I have ever had anywhere...

    The portions are large enough to share, which should make it reasonable for any budget.

    1. My go-to seafood place locally is Ray's Seafood Restaurant in Little Silver. Not your standard issue "Fishermans Combo - Broiled or Fried" type of place (Though if that's what your looking for, they can do it well).

      If you blaze down Rt. 18 and hang a left on 138, Mr Shrimp in Belmar is also a good choice.

      Navesink Fishery is also good, but it's a bit more of a hike over in Atlantic Highlands (Especially with the Oceanic Bridge closed).

      1. I second Ray's and Navesink Fishery. I hear mixed reviews on Blue Water Seafood in Red Bank. All are BYO.

        1. I highly recommend Portofino's in Tinton Falls. No one ever comments on this place (and I forget about it sometimes) but it is fabulous (I've dined there a couple of times a few years back and friends tell me it remains 'top shelf'. There are seafood selections available as one would find in a fine Italian restaurant - there is a raw bar and there's always a seafood special or two on the menu.

          Woops, forgive me. Your query stated 'not expensive'. My oversight and apologies as it's on the pricey side but worth it.

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          1. re: JustJake

            JustJake: I have dined at Portofino 2 or 3 times. Each time, I enjoyed my food. I recall enjoying the salads. I know that I had some type of white fish and wishing that I had had the branzino that table neighbors had ordered. The service was at times over-attentive and nonexistent at others (like when you needed a wine refill). It struck me as a little expensive.

            I live within walking distance of Portofino's. But like you, I just don't think of it. In this category, I enjoy Piccola Italia in Oakhurst more (but forget about it too). I have had outstanding meals there and still I don't think of it... I wonder why that is.

            1. re: fershore

              Interesting. I also live within walking distance of Portofino, and have seen it evolve over the past 15 years through several variations. I'm not sure if it has been owned & managed by the same people during that time.


              I find the current incarnation to be somewhat pricey for what is offered at dinner (Pan Seared Chicken Breast for $22?), The lunch selections are more reasonable. I like their pizza selections.

              Still, with only 4 seafood entrees and a "Raw Bar" with only 3 selections (one of them being Shrimp Cocktail) I hesitate to classify Portofino as a seafood place.

              1. re: equal_Mark

                Since I am also within walking distance to Portofino's there is no way I could not chime in on this topic. I have not been there in years......however I find both of your reviews to be pretty good. I will add this however for 6'4 and 300lbs...the restaurant is an old house and the low ceilings and close table spacing made it very uncomfortable for me....I like to have a little room and while I'm not closterfobic dining there made me feel as such. I have never been to the second floor only the first and that was a large turn off for me. Primarily with all the restaurant options in the area it is a place that is easy to overlook. Also to my knowlege it has stayed in the same family/ownership for the past 10-15 years.

                I cannot agree with fourunder more strongly for his Jimmy's in Asbury referal. One of the best Italian restaurants in the area....and excellent fish offerings.

                I was just driving down River Road a few days ago and the location where Ray's seafood seemed to be a Japanese Restaurant......has Ray's moved or did they close?

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  Rays is not on River Road, it is in the Markham Plaza just off the corner of
                  Prospect Ave. and Markham Place. It is in the strip mall behind the CVS drug store across the street from the A&P.

                  1. re: equal_Mark

           are correct, excuse my mistake. There was another Seafood Market/Restaurant on Front/River Road in Fair Haven....NOT Little Silver who's name escapes me....that I passed the other day and it seems to be gone...NOT Ray's as I previously stated, my mistake.

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      There was a place I remember on River Road across from the Acme that was called Trevors Bay, but that was years ago. It was run by one of the guys who owned J Scott's on Broad St. in Red Bank. Anyone remember that one? :-)

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        Bayshore Charlie's used to be there. There were in Red Bank many moons ago...

                    2. re: jrvedivici

                      I've butted heads with the Jimmy's referral in the past with a few shore residents, but in a good spirited debate sort of way.......For an old school reliable meal, made with quality ingredients, the place is great for me and over 20 plus year span of patronage, I have never had a single miscue....whether it be service, the bread or the meal. Whenever I am in the area and entertain current or former business associates, they always insist we go there for dinner....this after introducing them to the place years ago.

                      1. re: fourunder

                        I agree completely....add to that over the 15 years I have been going there I have only ordered one dish .....their Chicken basic just chunks of Chicken Breast and Sausage...but the sauce is just the best. I have NEVER ordered anything but that when I go there. My wife and children have run the gammut of the menu.....but for me if it ain't broke why try and fix it. Try the Chicken Scarp you can't go wrong!