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Klein's in Belmar AND Colts Neck Inn- Need options on BRUNCH and PRIVATE PARTIES, please!


I have followed you guys for a while and love all of your suggestions - this is the first time I am posting a question. I am helping to plan a baby shower for 50-60 people in the Monmouth County area but have struggled to find reasonably priced options. We found that Klein's Sunday Brunch and Colts Neck Inn's private party brunch were both well-priced, well-stocked options. Does anyone have any opinions on these two regarding their brunches or private parties? I have read some not-so-good comments regarding Colts Neck Inn, so I am hesitant to book them.

Also, since we are on the topic, if you can think of any other places for us to consider, I'd appreciate the recommendations. We are looking for a weekend day in late June, so there must be ample parking and again seating for 55-60. "Reasonable" to us is up to $28pp, inclusive of soft drinks.

Thank you!

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  1. My wife's family had a 90th birthday party at Branches in West Long Branch a couple of years ago that was nice enough (certainly in line with what you're considering). I don't know with any certainty, but my best guess is you can do something there for around $30/person. There's a very nice outdoor courtyard there too and ample parking.

    1. The Mill Inn in Spring Lake Hgts./Wall has a very nice Sunday Buffet Brunch for about $25 per adult. Pretty place with parking....



      1. I have been to the Salt Creek Grill in Rumson many times for brunch. It is very good and I know that they can accommadate private parties.


        A word of caution if you do go - the bridge across the river is closed and the access road has a bridge closed sign blocking it. You can go around the sign but don't go over the bridge!

        1. Avoid Colts Neck Inn. When we had a supposedly "fancy" event there, the passed appetizers resembled microwaveable food from the freezer section in wegmans (and we were pretty sure they actually served pizza bagels straight from box

          1. We've been to weddings and many charity functions at the Crystal Point in Point Pleasant. http://www.thecrystalpoint.com/index.php
            Excellent food and service. It may be worth giving them a call.

            1. DO NOT book your brunch party with Colts Neck Inn!! My family (4 of us) went to the Sunday brunch for my birthday in February, 2012. On paper, it sounded great, and the price of $17.95 was good too. It even included an alcoholic drink. Well, when we got there, there was hardly any food. There was a part time chef cooking omelets. The "main course" part of the buffet looked awful. I was EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED, and vowed I would not go back there for brunch again. Consider the Buttonwood Manor. on Rte 34 in Old Bridge. For $1 more, I think you get a lot more stuff for brunch and a prettier view. They also have some private rooms you can rent. A few years ago, I had 25 people come to the Buttonwood Sunday brunch for my daughter's graduation . I didn't even need a private room because the buffet wasn't crowded. I made a reservation ahead of time -- it was well worth it. You can also try the Quay in Seabright- I know they used to have Sunday brunches a few years ago.

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              1. re: janetelaine

                Just FYI - The Quay has been closed for a year or so.

              2. Welcome, Leesh. Hopefully, we are able to provide some help.

                I have been to the Klien's brunch for a private party and found the maki rolls to be enjoyable. I honestly didn't eat too much else, so I can't say much about the rest of the food, but the overall vibe in the room seemed to be one of enjoyment. I think it worth noting that out party was in the early spring. As you are probably aware, things get a bit different at most Shore restaurants during the "season."

                As mentioned, the brunch at The Mill is pretty good and they do have a very attractive private space available. Like Kleins, they offer full bar service. Along those lines, the Salt Creek Grille recommendation is also solid.

                Another thing to consider, I have noticed that many of the BYOs at the Shore are willing to do private parties on Sundays. I know people who have had parties at Matisse in Belmar, Firefly in Manasquan, Black Trumpet in Spring Lake, and others I cannot presently recall. It might be worth broadening your search to places like these. Perhaps other 'hounds have ideas along such lines?

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                1. re: MGZ

                  At the Salt Creek for a party that size I imagine you'd get the private room they have downstairs which opens out on to the river if the weather is nice. I know a few folks who have been pleased by functions there.

                2. Try looking at the Shadowbrook Inn in Shrewsbury.......
                  they do a great job
                  and have rooms that would fit your size group

                  1. Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank can accommodate private parties (it's a local hotel) and has a consistent brunch for a moderate price. http://www.themollypitcher.com/dining...