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Restaurant Recommendations needed asap for 12 people Asbury to Toms River...

Recommendations needed asap.....for 12 people...It's our turn to pick a restaurant for 12 people, everyone likes a nice fancy place, Any kind of food except Chinese, Japanese, no Mexican either. Classy American, Seafood, etc. Along the shore from Asbury to Toms River. BYOB would be a preference also. Any help you can give me would be very much appreciated.

Thank you

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  1. We went to Serenity Cafe last night with another couple and had a very good dinner. They have a nice room and its BYO.
    On Rt 37 in Toms River. Will post details when I'm back home.


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    1. re: tom246

      tom246 - No Siam Spice? Nice to know you still make it to my neck of the woods. All joking aside, I am really interested in your review of Serenity Cafe.

      1. re: bgut1

        Hi bgut1, just back from a trip. Yes, Siam Spice is an excellent choice although a table of 12 would likely need to be negotiated since the place is so small.

        1. re: tom246

          tom246 - I agree about the space limitations for such a large party. It's just tough however to be in the vicinity of Siam Spice and not crave the duck soup.

          1. re: bgut1

            LOL. I hear ya. Need to get back there soon for that awesome duck soup!

    2. You can't better than the Shipwreck Grill in Brielle:


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      1. re: SusieQQ

        I agree that either the Shipwreck Grill or it's sister Shipwreck Point would be worthy options. The former has a nice "back" area we have been able to use for a large group before.

        Remington's in Manasquan would be another fine choice. One benefit is that they feature a wine list with more moderate prices than many in the area which is often helpful with a large group.

      2. For the best seafood and terrific service, go to Fish in Asbury Park. It's wonderful!

        1. Please keep them coming.....these are really good ideas so far....appreciate it everyone .


          1. My vote would be for Daniel Bistro at their new location on Broadway in Point Pleasant Beach which is much larger than their old spot. They can easily handle a party of 12 at this New American Bistro. Fancy with outstanding food and very professional service all overseen by Karen who pays attention to every detail to ensure your satisfaction.

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            1. re: JerzeyShore

              BYOB is a preference as they told me last time at being drinkers the tab was very hefty.....so they would like a BYOB this time around with the same food requirements as stated in my OP above to keep the cost down just a bit..
              Thank you for any recommendations......

              1. re: Tapas52

                Two nice BYOB in Belmar, both on Ocean Ave. are Matisse and La Duce Vita (BYOB only in the winter).

                1. re: SusieQQ

                  Susie thanx I'll pass it along..

                  1. re: Tapas52

                    Bgut and I disagree on Matisse but I'm a fan. Pretty good food - like a world fusion deal, Ocean view and BYOB. The best thing I have to say about the place, is that even if the dish is a miss, at least they're trying to do something interesting with their menu.

                    1. re: joonjoon

                      Joon - Although we disagree, I still respect your opinion. :) It's been years since I've dined at Matisse so I can not speak as to the current state of the food. For all I know, the place has improved. However, when I dined there, I was not that impressed with either the food or the space. As a result, I've never returned.

              2. re: JerzeyShore

                All the reviews I read about Daniel's mention that Karen is horrible. One customer said she called the police on him and his wife after a dispute about the wife's steak. It was burnt and she refused to take it off the bill, (only 3 bites taken) and he refused to pay for the steak. The police came and forced him to pay, then she yelled at him for not tipping the waitress. Not the best way to foster good word of mouth. Check out jerseymenus.com and urbanspoon.

                1. re: Jerseygirl111

                  Jerseygirl, have you personally dined at Daniel's Bistro and met Karen?

                  1. re: Jerseygirl111

                    I was just at the new location of Daniel's three weeks ago for a birthday celebration. They would be perfect for 12 people.

                    I found Karen to be her usual, gracious hostess. She checked on us a few times, and saw her doing the same with other tables. No drama, just great food and great hospitality!

                2. I think the recommendations for both Daniel's Bistro and Shipwreck Grill are spot on. I would however avoid Fish and Matisse as my meals there have been poor to mediocre at best.

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                  1. re: bgut1

                    bgut1...Daniel's Bistro and Shipwreck Grill are BYOB?

                    1. re: Tapas52

                      Shipwreck is not BYOB. Daniels was BYOB at their old location. Not sure of the new one.

                  2. Daniel's Bistro is still BYOB at their new location.

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                    1. re: JerzeyShore

                      UPDATE:.. All 12 went to Matisse tonight and had a wonderful dining experience that everyone loved...

                      Thanx for the help everyone..

                      1. re: Tapas52

                        Glad you enjoyed it Tapas! Just out of curiosity...was there anything particularly good? I might stop in for dinner one of these days.

                        1. re: joonjoon

                          The best thing about Matisse was the ocean view. As for the service & food I'll use the expression "Nothing to write home about". But boy we all still had a great time.

                        2. re: Tapas52

                          Thanks for getting back to us. Glad it worked out well.