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Baia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.baiarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (609) 926-9611
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Ed Bonsignore
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Now booking private dinner parties, cocktail parties and luncheons, with a coastal Italian flair. Our facility can accommodate 30-300 people, whether it is an intimate dinner or a lavish wedding, we can meet all your needs. Please contact us directly to book an event.
  • Private Party Contact: Sean Weinberg
  • Entertainment: Come for an exciting Happy Hour, Monday through Thursday, from 5-7 and live music every Thursday through Sunday. Upholding the tradition, we have a full steel drum Reggae Band on Sundays!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shore Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking on site.
A word from Baia
BAIA offers a unique waterfront dining experience, featuring a creative Twisted Italian menu, exciting cocktails at our three bars and live entertainment 4 nights a week, all with a spectacular bay view! Offering an early dinner and late night menu, in addition to lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The principle staff consists of Ed Bonsignore, Jr. (Executive Chef and Owner of Samantha's in Jupiter, Florida) and Sean Weinberg (Executive Chef and Owner of Alba Restaurant in Malvern, Pennsylvania) combine their unique styles and flavors to create Baia Restaurant in Somers Point, New Jersey. Our synergistic and creative dining experience you will enjoy at Baia is based around an exceptional staff which will strive to provide the highest level of food and service to every guest. Baia is a great spot to have your next special event, dinner or luncheon, please contact the restaurant directly for large parties.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Have been to Baia in the past. Food seems to go down hill each time. Monday night was not crowded but hardly saw our waitress."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "4 Diners- 4 different varieties of fish or shellfish, all done differently and all excellent. Wine special was also a great choice and very good."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "we were seated promptly at 7:15 and had a lovely spot outside by the water. however, our service was horrible and slow, and our server could not answer basic questions regarding one of the specials. 45 minutes after our order, our waiter came back to check on us and that's when he realized we never received our entrees. We finally received about 10-15 minutes later. our entrees -- all with fish -- were inedible. They were cold and and the fish was rubbery. Carlos, the manager, was apologetic when we sent back all three meals. He did not charge us for the meals, only for our bottle of wine, but did not offer to bring us a new meal. We left at 9:00 hungry and disappointed. Another party grabbed Carlos to complain once we were done."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "After reading the reviews, we were really looking forward to a nice meal in a nice setting. Unfortunately it was a marathon of non service and poor quality food that lasted about 3 hours. We experienced problems with every part of the restaurant. The patio was lovely, but the meal was overpriced for mediocre at best food. The, service was terrible, and kitchen/management problems were blamed on the servers. The manager did come over at some point and apologize, and offered to comp us dessert. Nice but a bit absurd at a meal whose duration was well out tune with the experience and that averaged more than $40 per person (one being the kids pasta). My advice is that if you want to enjoy your time at the shore, go elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Too long a wait for outdoor dining, but our reservations for 6 indoors were better then expected. The back room had adjacent corner windows giving a full view of the bay, bridge and dock. Calamari was excellent. Our entrees were prepared with fresh picked produce, tender cooked fish seasoned just right. Kudos to the chef! Prices were seasonally high, but compared to area restaurants quality was so much better. Can't leave out the hot rolls served with a side dipping dish of herbed oil. So good!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "When we got to the restaurant the Executive Chef was at the front desk. He said our table is not ready and have a drink at the bar, which we did. He was very welcoming. They called us about 10 minutes later and started to show us to an indoor table. We requested outside, which we were then told it is first come/first serve. This was not relayed to us when I made the reservation. However, the Chef was so nice and sat us outside. Not sure why it was made to look like they were overbooked, because there were plenty of tables available inside and outside. The food was great, the music was great, but hard to hear each other, but we didn't care. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Very impressive dinner experience. The food was very good, as was the service. Would recommend."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Will definitely go back~loved the view from our 2nd floor outside table. Generous portions. Only small thing was the music was great, but may have been a little to loud. Overall great experience."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Very fun beach place - great views, we ate inside because there was an hour wait for outside seating even with a reservation. The music inside was very loud - we were seat close to the bar area - the food was very good. Next time will try to get a seat outside on one of the 3 decks."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Dinner for 6 with family from out of town. We are local. Had only eaten lunch at Baia. Sat on upper deck, music is loud but it's excellent. Every single meal was exceptional - really!! And one of the best Caesar salads I've ever eaten!!!! GREAT EXPERIENCE!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "WE made areservation for 6:30 and added in the comment section that we wanted to eat outside. The restaurant both emailed me and called me to confirm the reservation. We were never told that it was first come first serve outside so we waited 1 1/2 hours to be seated. The music was so loud that we couldn't hear ourselves talk. We couldn't hear the waitress talk and she couldn't hear us. I was so dissapointed as we took friends from out of state and we couldn't talk to each other. we couldn't wait to leave although the food was great."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "service was extremely slow , waitress had an attitude"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I've eaten there many times and until now had not had a problem. Thursday night the place was packed, we had 6 PM reservations and when we finished around 7:45PM the line to get in was out the door. There was no place to park as cars were fighting for the spot I was leaving. The reason I said "under staffed" is the fact that the servers were all running around, there were two accidents where they dropped plates of food about to be served to customers because they were rushing and so busy. The food was good, it always is, but the rushing around and the breaking of glass around us made for "the check" at desert time. The waiter could not make us feel welcome because the pace they were playing at. Like I said maybe it was just this night"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food was the best we found in Ocean City area. We went twice in 4 days once for lunch and once for dinner. Our table almost ready when we got there, early I might added. We grabbed a drinks at the outside bar and meet friends. This amazing table overlooking the bay table was ready very quickly. We had an amazing dinner. The service was great, there when you needed them but not bothersome. We sat way to long after the bill arrived, and still did not feel pushed to leave the table. There is only once way to say this. We will be back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great food. Ample portions. Wonderful presentation. Excellent and friendly service."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant - beautiful water setting - outstanding service - highly recommend"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Recommended by a coworker...food was terrific and we sat outside on the bay...could not have been better"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Place was awesome. Brought customers here and they raved over everything. I will be coming back with more customers and my family as well."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Beautiful location, great atmosphere. Best tables are on the upstairs deck. Good luck getting a table out there, even with a reservation. Food is so so. All entrées were plated exactly the same and was obviously prepped earlier...very disappointing. Especially considering the price. After dinner we tried to go to the downstairs deck to listen to the band and have desert. Was hit with a $5.00 cover charge per person, even after spending more than $200.00 on dinner for four. Also would not allow our son on the deck because he 20.Really, this is a restaurant not a night club! If you go skip the pricey upstairs and go directly to the lower deck for atmosphere and burgers or appetizers. Locals that will never return!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "On our recent visit we encountered an establishment that was unbending in its menu options. My daughter who has some dietary needs requested a salmon dish that came with several side dishes. Her request was that in lieu of the side dishes which she could not eat she wanted a side salad. We were told by our server that this would not be possible. but would check. when the he returned he said they'd only allow her to order a salad for a $10 upcharge on a dish that was already almost $30. we told the server we would be leaving .he left and cam back to say that they'd allow her to buy a salad from the menu removing the items she couldn't have and put a piece of salmon on top. that would be the only way for her to get close to what she wanted"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I haven't been here in ages and remembered it was right on the water. The OC bridge has been redone where the lights are beautiful at night. Got here and had to wait an extra 30 minutes for an outside table for the dinner menu, which was fine because it was gorgeous out. Ventured to the outside downstairs bar, which their bar menu looked pretty yummy too. Got a drink while we waited (pretty reasonably priced drinks). Great atmosphere. Band was playing outside and another band was playing inside too so it was very accommodating if you like live bands. The meal itself was amazing. Got the lobster raviolis and new York strip. Our waiter totally forgot our soup, but other than that... zero complaints. Highly suggested hidden gem."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Setting is very nice. Service was fair. Had to ask for more water. My snapper was over cooked as was sauce on it. Pricey for what you get."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We decided to go here because of the outdoor deck but they don't take reservations for the outdoor deck so we booked inside. The area was quiet, nicely lit, spacious the table sat all 14 of us comfortably, food was awesome and upper expensive category but expected, the beer and wine grossly over priced that's my only complaint. The service was good overall I would definitely recommend to anyone who can afford it. 14 people - 4 appetizers ordered, everyone ordered dinner, average 3 drinks per person total bill was $830 + $166 tip. So like I said it was pricey for a casual dining place but the experience, food and atmosphere was worth it. - (one thing, I brought the birthday cakes in so that price didn't include dessert)."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Had dinner with old friends and atmosphere was great. Wish it was a little bit quieter since it had a live band. Food was terrific. We had fillets with crabmeat on top, that was pretty pricey but delicious.$50 each!!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food is excellent and the place is fun. Great place also to drive our boat up to for a wonderful lunch."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Overall our dining experience was average. The service was very good, beverages were reasonably priced and we had a good selection. We had seven diners and not one appetizer or entre were notable. The portion sizes were large to excessive. And the decibel level was high. So, I would say choose this resturant if you are hungary for some average food."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This was recommended by a friend and he was spot on. The food was very good. The views were great over the bay. The prices were a bit on the high side. 10-15$ for a drink is a bit much and most of the appetizers were also on the high side.....BUT the food was great. Everyone loved their food. I had the bone in veal chop pounded and made as a parmigiana. The shrimp was excellent as were the clams. Overall a very nice dinner."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This is a beautiful restaurant nice. Could be quite a gem if only the food were good. Quality of food extremely poor; prices very high; not a good combination."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Went to Baia for dinner on a Monday evening with my wife. We made a reservation which allowed us to sit outside with no wait. Outdoors was crowded because of the beautiful evening and I think people were waiting for a while without a reservation. Cocktails were descent. The dinner specials tasted great and desert was very good as well. Our waitress was kind and attentive. Not sure how the experience is on the weekend, but we had a great experience out for dinner on a beautiful Monday evening."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The views from this restaurant are great, particularly after sunset. We had a 7:30 reservation, and our dinners were not served until 9:00. Our waitress worried about all the wrong things, and was not attentive. When we walked in, there were a list of nightly specials, but when seated we were told we could not order them unless we were sitting downstairs. We requested outside seating with our reservation and were told they did not reserve outside. When we arrived, we again requested outside seating, and were told there was an hour wait. When we were seated, we noticed at least 10 tables available outside. Food was fair at best. I would recommend for a burger and a drink on the deck, or just a drink at sunset. We will not be back."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Our dinner was excellent. We sat outdoors on the upper deck. It was early and there were many families enjoying the food and the view. The seating was very comfortable and the food was excellent. The only negative was that our service was a little slow, since tables that were seated after us were served their entrees before we were. I would recommend this restaurant very highly!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I have eaten here a lot over the past few summers and always get the same un-welcoming welcome.... a lot of scrambling hostesses no eye contact with guests, not knowing where to seat us, not appearing to care that we arrived, they never say "please follow me to you table" or anything remotely Hostess-like. they just pick up menus and start walking... Our waiter, however (who happened to be Sebastian on this night) was lovely and charming from the get go. he was, calm, friendly, knowledgable about the menu etc. very lovely gentleman. Food was ok, pretty salty. Good selections Nothing spectacular unfortunately and noise from other large parties or loud. /drunk parties made for more of a bar dining experience."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "one of the few waterfront dining options in our area... long wait for table despite reservation, band (not good at all) on outer deck.. way too loud, inside live music was also way too loud.. could barely hear dinner conversation.. food was fair at best, server had the nerve to say 'well we have a few large parties tonight"... yah so....?? Its a lovely setting for a restaurant...always hope that they improve but... its the same old- same old... stick to chicken fingers and beer when dining here... please give up all attempts at 'fine dinning' because you miss the mark !"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Reservations only apply to inside dining....so we waited for patio dining which was really good! Food, service, entertainment excellent!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Our server, Robert, greeted us and had full knowledge of the menu along with the specials of the day. There was special attention paid to my very young grandsons and to the needs of the adults as well. The food was delicious and we all had something different ( we were a party of 11 )my blackened swordfish was done to perfection. We visit Ocean City every year and Baia will be on out list each year aw well."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We were excited to try this swanky restaurant just off of Ocean City, as it's so hard to find good restaurants at the shore. Unfortunately, we left feeling quite disappointed. The ambiance is lovely, but quite loud. The service was attentive, but somehow not very helpful. The food was expensive and artfully presented, but ranged in taste from absolutely average to completely unpalatable. The trout was slimy and flavorless, while the veal was gamey, dry, and overcooked. I will say that the rolls and garlic olive oil were a nice touch, but what followed was an overly-ambitious attempt at "fine food" that left me sad to pull out my wallet. Perhaps it was simply an uncharacteristic bad night for them, but we'll not be back to try again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "seated outside on a busy Saturday night...but was it so busy no one had a chance to refill our water glasses? How about even offering dessert? Never saw that one before. She just brought us the check. Veal chop special had more breading than veal, but trout was terrific. Been there before, and had better experiences. Great view with outdoor dining!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Seated right away with our reservation but the service was slow and restaurant was noisy. Even with these comments the food was very good and restaurant has beautiful views. Best to sit outside away from the band."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The service was great however the food was overpriced for the amount and the quality. We both ordered seafood which was extremely over cooked. The noise level was unbearable. We could not even have a conversation about our wedding anniversary. We were very much looking forward to dining here and realized very quickly that is was not what we thought."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Very friendly service attentive. Nice portions and very tasty meal. Reasonable prices. Band too noisy. Sit far from the band."
    Dined on 7/12/2014