Labrador Lounge

Labrador Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.labradorlounge.com/
  • Phone: 7328305770
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: International
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Peterson Lane
  • Parking: No
A word from Labrador Lounge
Labrador Lounge, now in Normandy Beach, was born in Belmar when being busy meant the wait staff only got one surf break and walking your dog on the beach did not result in a monetary fine. Today, the Normandy Beach restaurant serves up Marilyn Schlossbach's popular vacation-inspired cuisine. Whether you order a Lobster Dynamite sushi roll, baby back ribs, or Marion's crab cakes, each dish is served with effortless style that is complemented by warm ocean breezes and the summer salt air.

Opened all year long, bring your own, bring it often and indulge in the Labrador Lounge experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Labrador Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)great for outdoor dining (29)fit for foodies (26)kid-friendly (14)good for groups (13)special occasion (9)hot spot (6)great for lunch (3)romantic (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great service and interesting food
    OrtleyGuy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The menu is eclectic, but the fish dishes were good. Nice that they will mix and match the available fish with the choice of preparations on the menu. Some of the flavor mixes are unique, so don't expect run of the mill dishes that you can get anywhere. Not for every weekend, but will definitely go back before they close for winter season. Our waitress was outstanding and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The menu is somewhat eclectic, but everything we had was tasty and fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful evening
    DineAdvisor
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    What a great night weather was perfect. All the non locals have gone home. A nice enjoyable evening with my wife and our puppy. Food was ready enjoyable. Service was fantastic. We sat outside. Had a salad, crab cake for appy. Dinner was enchaldias with shrimp and curry chicken. All was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe
    fultonVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The Labrador Lounge has a great eclectic menu and a peaceful warm vibe. We devoured the Mediterrean Platter with homemade hummus and tabouli and fresh local veggies. The karma burrito was out of this world.....we also like that it is byob. Service is great!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing playa mariscos
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    lobster, shrimp, ravioli, wow!!! amazing dish. excellent OBX sushi roll! will def recommend - a fav restaurant of the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Labrador Lounge!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I drove two hours each way JUST to have dinner at Labrador Lounge this weekend! The food is fantastic and the service is impeccable! We love the atmosphere and we love the location! We recommend it to all of our friends!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner on the porch
    luv2relax
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    dinner on a fri nite, on the porch,tooooo noisy,toooo crowded..wouldn t go again on peak nites/season, almost left..couldnt wait to leave.love your food though, i love the decor..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Love!
    GoodeaterVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I go here year round with everyone I know. We love everything about it. It's BYOB which is awesome and budget friendly and the food is well worth it. Highly recommend the spring/summer menu. The winter menu is limited but the reasons for it make sense. They are extremely friendly and always accommodating. This is the best of all their restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice family dinner
    ATSCCVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We requested an outside table and the hostess made sure we received it. The food was good, very good for kids, nice place for outdoor dining. Tough to find good restaurants at the shore ( level of food ) this place is a repeat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always delicious
    Nicole
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I am never disappointed at the Labrador Lounge. The food is always excellent! I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Standard
    Valk
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I love the Lab because I can walk there and the food is pretty good. Some of their menu is getting a bit old, time for a few changes. But they have a captive audience along the shore, so prices may seem a bit high, and the repetitiveness of the menu can go unnoticed. The atmosphere is not quite as quirky as pre-Sandy, unfortunately. Friendly staff, immediate seating with a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Willis93VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had a delicious dinner, however our waitress was very unfriendly and inattentive. It truly makes a difference with ones dining experience when your interactions with the staff are not happy or pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    FunFinds
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a great family dinner. Made our reservations via open table with a special note that we would love to come even earlier if available. We had a phone call within 5 minutes providing us with an earlier time. We ate inside as the outside was full. Our server was friendly and helpful The calamari was amazing. Three of us ordered the homemade ravioli with shrimp and lobster...delicious. My daughter enjoyed a huge burrito. We were all too full for dessert. We will definitely be back. Just a super all around experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better in the Winter
    yakgalVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I was reminded why I don't like to come here in the summer. Unfortunately, they really try to pack in diners in season. With a reservation, my husband and I were seated at an indoor table that was so small our knees were banging together. And, my seat was right on the runway from the kitchen to the outdoor tables. When you are paying $30 for an entrée, I expect a table bigger than a postage stamp. We asked to move outside and were seated at "the last unreserved table". Much bigger and more comfortable, but around the corner from diners with a dog that yapped through the entire meal. While the food is still exceptionally good, I won't be back until winter sanity returns.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK :/
    mooVEdatfood
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I ordered a crab cake entree and the caesar salad. First, they gave these breadsticks. They were nasty. The caesar salad was excellent (minus the sundried tomatoes). The crab cake was ok. It had a spice in it that I didn't love. It came with vegetables and french fries. The vegetables were unedible because they were loaded in garlic. The fries were amazing! Very pricey restaurant though... My crab cake entree was $28. Thats too much for 2 small crab cakes, a handful of fries, and nasty veggies. It's a bit dirty inside too. But overall, it was OK. If you are looking for great food, don't come here. If you are looking to sit out and have ok food, Labrador Lounge in Normandy Beach is for you!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beatles and Dinner
    Enjoyed
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The outside dining with the background of live Beatles music by a solo quitarist made the Monday evening dinning very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food at the Jersey Shore
    Shadesjr
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I really enjoyed my dinner at the Labrador Lounge, as did my 3 companions who were dining with me. We each ordered different entrees and they were all delicious! I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner and I loved the outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steak drenched in sauce
    NYCdiner
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Sauce should be an accent - too much sauce (my wife's tuna drenched in sauce too). A thirty dollar steak should not be drenched in sauce. We were a table of two, our waitress gave all her attention to the large party next to us - please refill waters vs diners needing to flag someone down. Wanted to put in appetizer order first, then main coarse - waitress said policy was to put all in at once (really lame policy).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Loved the choices and food here. The appetizers and entrees were delicious, great dining experience. It is BYO, not a problem. We sat outside which was great, inside a was noisy. Ended the dinner with a delicious cappuccino, carrot cake was good nothing spectacular. Only annoyance was because the reservation is made on Open Table you are automatically given an inside table. Due to the noise level I went back to the hostess/waitress and requested a change. She was not too willing however another waitress stepped in and found us a table (2 people only ) outside. Definitely will go back when in Normandy Beach.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    Lillylove
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Labrador is a neighborhood gem, great seafood, delicious salads. Everything is so fresh and presented to appeal to the palate. I like to sit outside on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    TlikestoEat
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was good - I especially like the organic theme. The service sucked- slow and unfriendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    foodviews
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Labrador Lounge did not disappoint this weekend. Last summer, we were not as happy with food quality compared to previous years, however, dinner on Saturday was excellent. Unique flavor combinations made the meal - lemon zest in the sushi special, sweet and sour sauce for the mahi, apricots in the farro. Service was perfect as usual. My only complaint is wishing they would bring the bread basket back. Bread sticks were great, but sometimes you just want a little piece of bread!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lab Lounge is a family favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We always love to start off the season with dinner at the Labrador Lounge! It is consistently a favorite for our family.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good!
    Illcookyouclean
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Thanks Labrador for another great meal. I've been gone too long - will be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 114 reviews are from the Labrador Lounge reviews archive.
  • The Lab is Fab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was great. Met some new neighbors at the next table. They were kind enough to accomodate my time change, when we called, as I was caught in traffic. Even though it was Restaurant Week they were very gracious about the reservation change. You will definitely need reservations in Summer season. Thanks goodness they have outside dining as well in warmer weather!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, great atmosphere,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Great service, great atmosphere, always amazing food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family gathering place
    BarbVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This place has been our family gathering place for may years. My daughter is vegetarian and this restaurat always has so many good choices. Food is very eclectic, always different and so good. I would highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not What I Expected.
    DizmeupVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Read all reviews and since we live close we decided to give this place a try. First off, we went this past Saturday it was cold out. When you walk into this restaurant it is small and the draft of the cold comes into the restaurant. I would recommend nailing down the curtain they have in front of the door on one side so the draft isn't as bad. In addition, food was cold, coffee just warm and food was cold which put a damper on the whole evening. Appetizers were good, but dinner was not that favorable. My skirts steak was cold, my husband's Lobster Risoto was too fishy smelling and cold. Sorry, I thought this would be a nice find especially so close, but I will not go back. Perhaps during the summer it is better.
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  • Love the Lab Lounge
    Mamapas
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I am always delighted with my meal at the Labrador Lounge! The lobster risotto is spectacular and their soups are unique and delicious! The Mexican fare (adopted from the Pop's Garage menu) is not your standard taco/burrito, although those are offered. The torte (sandwich) is one of my favorites for lunch. Outdoor dining is available, weather permitting, and dogs are welcome! For what more could you ask?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    Becca
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The Labrador Lounge always has something new and interesting on the menu with a unique combination of flavors toy won't find other places. Their salads are amazing and always delicious combinations of local ingredients. The wine list is also excellent but they don't mind if you bring your own. The desserts are excellent and it is a fun, relaxed, beachy atmosphere. Love it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a rainy night and the
    micknan
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    It was a rainy night and the LAB was quiet. However, our server was great, the food was excellent and we really enjoyed it. What more can you ask?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Labrador Lounge
    JudyN
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    The food was great and unique, as always, and we would highly recommend the Labrador Lounge to anyone who loves food. It is tucked away in a seaside community on the barrier island, and parking can be challenging, but it's worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the typical food menu
    Tony
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Not the typical food menu but the food is very good. BYOB is an added plus. Ability to make reservations for two is very accommodating. A place you want to return too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    Mssf1122
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We go down the shore every summer. And love to eat here. The food is amazing! It's a must do for a great dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh, interesting, BYOB
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    delicious, appetizing seasonal menu. never disappointed. wonderful service, great specials. good portions. sushi is excellent. great appearance. casual restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love the labrador lounge.
    JerseyGirl227VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    We love the labrador lounge. The food is great and its so nice to be able to take our dog to dinner with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We lobe the labrador lounge.
    JerseyGirl227VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    We lobe the labrador lounge. Food is always good and we can bring the dog.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good Shore bet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Labrador is on the short list of So. Jersey Shore eateries with a good kitchen. Dishes are creative, with Asian and Latin American influences. Though my partner enjoyed her sesame crusted tuna more than I did my "blackened" swordfish (it fell short of the traditional blackened style), the overall experience still pleased. Labrador's outdoor seating and BYO format are a plus. We've come before and will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious everytime
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    BYOB a block off the beach. playa mariscos is my favorite dinner including shrimp lobster ravioli and spinach. great service. wonderful sushi menu too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    SkinnyVinie
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Great variety , great presentation, and most of all great taste. You get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.