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The Columns

601 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1429
+1 732-988-3213
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good43%
  • Average18%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (23 reviews)
“steamers” (8 reviews)
“baked potato” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Bar, Seafood
$$ - $$$
601 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1429
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Its all about the view and the beachfront vibe. Not so much about the food unless you really like plain grilled meats, fish and steamed veggies. Oh, and the live music is pretty good if you like it so loud you can't talk to anybody.

Thank taxbil
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came for lunch and had a burger and cocktail. Food was okay. Service was good. The view from the front porch is incredible. Lot's of bar space, as well. Be sure to bring cash- no cards accepted here!!

Thank Brendan P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went to the Columns on Sunday night to hear Bobby Bandiera, an NJ legend, play. We sat at the bar and had something to eat. They have a pretty good raw bar, but we tried some food off the menu. I...More

Thank Ed C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't get to go to the beach much but when I do this is my go to place. The seafood is fresh and the drinks are moderately priced. It can get busy but I love sitting on the porch out side and enjoying my...More

Thank miss_amyy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrive at a few minutes after 5:00pm. on a Tuesday although it was busy we were seated at once on the non ocean front side of the porch. Our server was there almost before we were actually sitting and we gave her our drink...More

Thank Lew L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I asked how many clusters we got with the snow crab cluster order for $12. He said I think 4 - then said let me check - wait was already long so I though well maybe he was wrong by 1 and we'd only get...More

Thank Joan C
Reviewed 13 July 2017

To celebrate the first night of my vacation I traveled with some friends from the Trenton Area to Avon by the Sea! Quite a lovely spot, certainly not Seaside or Wildwood. The Columns have been running a special every Thursday night for those of us...More

Thank 353kroe
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We sat at the bar during lunch. The calamari and the Greek Salad were both delicious. Although the band hadn't started to play yet, the music was very loud! The clientelle was a little bit older with not as many 20+ year olds. We missed...More

Thank winterbreak11
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Went to this place on the 3rd of July and consequently had to learn we would need to wait for 2 hours to get a table. Because we were with a bunch of hungry kids, we asked if we could take out some food. Was...More

Thank bscharin
Reviewed 20 June 2017

The food here is outstanding. We enjoyed a couple weekend specials which were terrific - my stuffed shrimp dinner was creative and son's grilled sea scallops were superb. Wife had the lobster with a tough shell and daughter had baked scallops. Rice and green bean...More

Thank ArubaConsultant
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Donna R
9 August 2016|
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Response from NelsonVirginia | Reviewed this property |
Variety of foods, and drinks. Daily specials. Very good food. The view is beautiful, looking at the ocean.I would suggest you look on their site and see menu or call for daily specials.
16 July 2016|
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Response from NelsonVirginia | Reviewed this property |
If you had a part of 6 or more you can make reservations
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Ocean Ave, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717-1429
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Avon by the Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 732-988-3213
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