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The Bonney Read

533 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712-7115
+1 732-455-3352
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (15 reviews)
“lobster roll” (19 reviews)
“chowder” (11 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
533 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712-7115
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Reviewed today

We came here for dinner, but wound up almost having tapas. The choices of appetizers were so good, we decided to try several of them !!! The shark bites were really tasty, and the octopus was grilled to perfection, and a nice size order !!!...More

Thank Pubkahn
Reviewed today

A wonderful local seafood restaurant, though not on the water. All dishes well-prepared and nicely served.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to restaurant with my wife at the end of July. The server was very friendly and we were seated inside. It is fairly warm inside so just take that into consideration. We split some shrimp to peel and then both ordered mussels for...More

Thank beans987
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a very warm night in August and it was so warm inside, I don't know how any of the guests were sitting there. We got a table just on the patio line so some of us were cool and others were roasting....More

Thank jackiepaddy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in the Bonney Read for a light dinner around 8:30 pm after taking a class in Asbury Park. We ordered 3 appetizers and a cocktail and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. The swordfish bites, in particular, were perfectly cooked...More

Thank Bill A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small plates takes on a whole new meaning here. Fishermans fry at $13 had two fried shrimp, some very thin calamari rings along with a few pcs of fried kale. "Jumbo" clam strip roll with fries and coleslaw at $16 could not taste any clam...More

Thank dharrigan2018
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

Ambience was loud and noisy. The waitress was pleasant and attentive. The meal itself was unremarkable. We started out with the clam and chorizo fritters. Over fried and barely tasting of chorizo. Blah! The lobster rolls were average at best, bland with just a hint...More

Thank jnvpulv
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

been here a few times. The food is consistently delicious. Outdoor dining provides views of Cookman Avenue, the Main Street toward the beach area. Portion size is adequate for some dishes but not necessarily for seafood. $30 for the lobster roll was underwhelming at best.

Thank dkirsh
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Experienced a terrible evening of dining here. Draft beer was flat. Appetizers were mediocre and entrees when prepared correctly, were tepid at best. This transpired well after the evening's rush. I ordered tuna medium rare. It came so overcooked, it was inedible.There was close to...More

1  Thank vinnie d
Reviewed 20 June 2018

Delicious food, great service! Hard to get reservations during prime time, so make reservations early. Right in the heart of Asbury on corner, very convenient. Really good raw bar for seafood, and burgers are yummy too. Nice small bar with high top tables if you...More

Thank Diane D
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10 June 2016|
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Response from BarbaK | Reviewed this property |
i think you should check with restaurant..they do have bigger tables
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 533 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712-7115
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Asbury Park
  • Phone Number: +1 732-455-3352
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