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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Everything was good from the hostess to the dinner to the waitstaff. All of our dinners were very good and caeser salad was exceptional."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We were greeted first by a group of 3 hostesses, I was given a blank stare and told we would need to wait until our reservation time to be helped??? Not a warm greeting. Our server did not smile the entire meal, he did not introduce himself, he had no knowledge of the menu items (My mother in law ordered a beer he said was a pale ale that turned out to be a shady), the table next to us got their salads before we did even though we were seated and ordered 15 minutes before, 1 meal was forgot,, packed up our leftovers which never brought back and when we asked for them he said the busser discarded them and never offered anything for this error. When it was mentioned on the way out the hostess just said "oh"....worst customer service ever!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Made a reservation and still had to wait well over an hour. Did not accomidate our teenage daughtet who was not permitted on the lower deck. That would not be a problem if we were informed of that an hour before we started waiting. The wait staff was rude, careless and down right cold. The place is simply an over priced happy hour with bar food."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here with friends on a Sunday evening of July 4th weekend. We appreciated the fact that we were able to make a reservation and that we were seated at that my time. Had a lovely booth with a water view, a great server named Tyler and four delicious meals. We enjoyed it all."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We've dined here many times...service was outstanding. Food was excellent with the exception of my filet being overcooked. I sent it back, and the cook had the waitress come back with the steak to tell me that it actually WASN'T overcooked. It was. Kind of put a damper on dinner since I ate my meal after everyone else was finished. Otherwise, a new steak was made correctly. Drinks were spot on. Would still go back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "First time at Baia and would definitely dine more often. All food was great and served in a timely manner. Friendly atmosphere. Loved the entertainment which was not expected. Weather was also perfect! Very relaxing night celebrating my retirement and my friend's retirement with our husbands. Great night!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to Baia for my birthday. The food was great and the atmosphere was perfect for the summer. The waiter was kind and provided us with great service. However, we noticed the hostesses had serious attitude problems. They hardly said a word and looked annoyed by us. We witnessed one of them neglect to hold a door for a customer and rudely let the door slam in their face. They should have a smile on their face and make customers feel welcomed. I would suggest talking to them about cracking a smile every once in a while."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "What an overpriced, underwhelming disappointment. Friday night, party of seven - took a half hour for one cocktail to arrive (incorrectly prepared and never fixed) and 45 minutes to place our dinner order. Waiter confused throughout the evening. Dinners took way too long to arrive - half of our meals were cold, half hot. Side dishes came out after meals were finished - and one entree was missing all together...appearing about 20 minutes after the rest of us were done eating. Even the waiter suggested that we skip dessert since the experience was so terrible. On a high note, the menu is interesting, and the food that was actually served hot was delicious. Still, at $300+ and 2 wasted hours (one drink and no dessert), we will NEVER be back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Revisited recently. Was unhappy last visit. Service this time was much improved. Quality of the food was better. We had an overall better experience. We will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Nothing special, food okay, too much children screeching. Incorrect food order delivered."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Poor service, under cook food. wrong food to table . Slow to get check corrected and paid. Bathroom looked like it had not been clean in weeks. All toilets full not flushable... Manager rude un welling to try to correct the issues. for salad and a couple of apps we were there over 2 hours... Never will I return..."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great food, reasonable, fun atmosphere, good music, dancing"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food was very good. The service was excellent. Difinitely would go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went around 9pm on a Friday and were sat immediately outside on the deck. The view is nice I ordered tuna with the blackened sauce. My dish was amazing. I would order the same thing when/if we go back. My husband had a special- veal parm. His dish was huge, he took most of it home. He enjoyed his too. Service was great. There were two female singers playing during our dinner but they left just as we were finishing. I would have liked to go down to the lower deck/bar after dinner and listen to live music. I don't know why they left so early on a Friday night."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Fun place with great view and good food. We want to check out the cigar bar."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great food and drinks. Best Caesar salad and perfectly cooked filet mignon."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Had a great dinner and the service was excellent. We definitely will go back again since we love this place."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We like to go here because of the great view and you can usually get a last minute reservation. Unfortunately, it's hit or miss on the food. I've had some fabulous dishes, like the pecan crusted salmon. But, stay away from the veal parm, very tough. Our salads were delicious, arugula with red peppers and greens with pears and candied walnuts. The hot banana coconut bread pudding is one of the best desserts I've ever had."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Restaurant has dynamite view on the bay. Food was okay and so was the service. Nothing outstanding except the view!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A novel size menu, which is just crazy. Portion size was for an elephant, so much decorations on the plate that you could barley focus on the food -the food was bad!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "If you like great tasting food, an extensive menu, water & boat views, and a vibrant bar scene, you'll love BAIA, in Somers Point, NJ. We ate outside on the covered deck; there is also an elegant indoor dining room and a very casual lower deck, for mostly families & the boating crowd. The service is as attentive as the food is delicious!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My wife and I really enjoyed our visit to Baia. The food was great and he waterfront dining made for an enjoyable experience. Our only complaint was that the wait staff kept trying to take our plates before we were finished. it just felt a bit rushed. But we would definitely go back and would recommend the restaurant to a friend looking for a nice seafood or Italian dining experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "baha was great. went early at 6 and had great food and great service. the drinks were good and the prices are in line with other good places to eat."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "All I can say my favorite restaurant down the shore. Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Loved it. Food was great and service amazing. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We've been dining at Baia for past three years or so - it's a lovely looking restaurant and was usually a solid B or B- - always acceptable but not much more - This past Saturday we had an outstanding meal - Hope they don't change whatever they are doing now - all the selections from raw bar were amazing - very fresh clams, crab claws, etc. and beautifully presented - the main courses and other apps were equally outstanding - the eggplant rollantini was huge and enough for an entree - lamb chops were delicious - great affordable wine by the glass - very good choice. The place is usually mobbed on Saturday after July 4th so this past Saturday, being still June was a bit quieter and made for a very lovely evening. Kudos to the new chef!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We want to come more often because of the great location and view but are hesitant because we always have just an okay experience. This last visit, the worst yet. We waited a good hour just for our dinner, and waiter was not informative as to when they would possibly arrive. Feel bad complaining but maybe they should just stay open year around like the others around them so they can get things down to a science. Consensus was good taste when arrived was good but two of the four were cold. So I just don't know. They are still disorganized there abd probably not worth going back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The service is always top notch, along with the food. The location is excellent, very enjoyable night out...."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "my friend and I ordered the chicken breast & both of us noted how dried out and overcooked it was. My soup was good but the bowl was only filled 1/4 of the amount. The bus boy kept trying to clean up the dishes before we were finished."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "When we first dined at Baia, we weren't too happy with the food. It was just okay. But the view and the bar area were a nice attraction. We made our reservation for 8:30 and we arrived 30 minutes prior. Around 8:45 we decided to see what the delay might be. Our hostess went on to say that the chef had come out 20 minutes earlier advising her not to seat anyone else. We did notice several unhappy customers leaving while we were waiting all this time. They obviously overbooked and were completely under-staffed. On a holiday weekend I would expect a restaurant that wants to stay in business, needs to be prepared for a larger number of diners. There are too many other beautiful restaurants to have to chance this place a 3rd time!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "It took nearly 1 1/2 hours for us to get ANY food, even bread When we called the waiter over he said and I quote " it's only been an hour since you had your first drink". If you're hungry and prefer pleasant waiters, go somewhere else."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Waiter was not friendly menu was too high end. Wanted spme steamed seafood like they use to serve. Soory that we didn't just leave. Went on the premise of the previous menu"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We dined over Memorial Day weekend at Baia in Ocean City, NJ. I would not recommend this restaurant because they do not have adequate kitchen help/chef's to execute the orders. We had a reservation and were placed in the "overflow" room which had zero ambiance, resembling a cafeteria. The wait was extremely long for our entrees. I understand that it was a holiday weekend, but in my opinion, reservations should only be taken for the diners they can adequately and efficiently service. Our waiter disappeared frequently, most likely sensing our displeasure. When I commented to him that the delay was unacceptable, he responded, "Not much I can do, I can't cook". Very unprofessional. Won't be back to Baia anytime soon."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Cold food. Bad service. Long wait for food. Over priced. Banking on their location to draw you in, but didn't seem to care if we were happy with our experience. They must feel that they are busy enough not to have to care about individuals. Not worth the price, so I would not recommend it to friends and I will not be going back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014