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Nicholas Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantnicholas.com
  • Phone: (732) 345-9977
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11:00pm
    BAR N MENU HOURS (food available)
    Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday 5:30-10:30pm
    Fridays & Saturdays-5:30-11:30pm
    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Nicholas Harary
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Restaurant Nicholas will tailor a party to your needs from 15 guests to 250 guests. Restaurant Nicholas not only takes care of the cuisine & service, but will also arrange the planning of table, linens, flowers, tents, etc. for your important affair.
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant Nicholas has four rooms that accommodate from 20 to 60 people. Screen and A/V equipment are available onsite.
  • Private Party Contact: Christie Knef (732) 345-9977

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bt. Navesink River Rd & Pine Street
  • Public Transit: Red Bank train station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking available as well as street parking and a private lot.
A word from Nicholas
Restaurant Nicholas, New York Times 4 star, Gayot's top 40 restaurant in America for 2011/12, Zagat's No.1 Pick for Food, Service, Most Popular & Wine List for 2005-2012, offers New American Cuisine set in a sophisticated serene environment. Nicholas also hosts Bar N, a more casual alternative where no reservations are required. Chef/Owner Nicholas Harary and his wife Melissa operate this intimate 4-star jewel located just minutes over the bridge from Red Bank's downtown area.
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Diner Reviews
  • "As always I enjoyed every minute of dinner on Friday night at Nicholas. My guests and I were greater at the door by Nicholas himself, a very gracious host, and then had a amazing dinner with excellent service as well. I also enjoyed the drink special, strawberry basil mojito. It's worth the trip for any occasion and the only thing better is their chefs table experience. Go and enjoy!!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "First time @ Nicholas and we were very pleased. The food was good. The service was better and the ambiance was the best. Loved the décor. Would definitely return"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was one of the more bizarre dining experiences I can recall. Overly formal service including dishes served with domes removed simultaneously (this is south Jersey, for godsakes), valet parking (the place has a huge lot), and waiters who seem as though they are acting in a movie about a restaurant of yore. Offputting dress code (stated multiple times via phone and email) and way too high prices for the quality of food, which ranged from good to very good but never great. Outrageously expensive wine list. Place smells musty like the carpets and upholstery have not been cleaned for ages. You can have better food in a way more cordial and fun atmosphere in Asbury Park. We won't be back."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed our 3 course dinner Saturday night. The staff was very attentive without being annoying. The food was delicious. A bit pricey, but worth it for a special night out"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "With an elegantly understated dining room, professional service and an imaginative seasonal menu, Nicholas sets itself apart from most restaurants in the state. The food itself sets it above most restaurants in the country. Offering 3 different menus - an a la carte 3 course; a 6 course tasting menu (with or without wine pairings) or a vegetarian menu - there are choices for everyone that make the most of seasonal ingredients. The tasting menu is wonderful. On our last visit it included an amazing Fluke Ceviche; succulent Squab and the best Salmon I have ever eaten. We love to go to restaurants wherever we travel across the US and Europe and have been fortunate to eat at some excellent places, but Nicholas continues to be our favorite!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Nicholas food, beverage list, and service is outstanding. We had reserved there for a birthday dinner. Although we were very happy with our selections, we were surprised to learn that the majority of diners that night were there for an advertised special event lobster menu evening. Our server did not tell us about this until the end of our evening when we asked him what was going on. Although we understand this may have been an exclusive invitation for loyal diners, it made our evening a little less special. Otherwise, all else was very nice."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "excellent service, fabulous food...great for special occasions"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent ambience, excellent service! We were celebrating our anniversary and we had an exceptional evening of wonderful food and wine. I left the food selection up to our waiter and he recommended the tasting menu which was absolutely fabulous!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Highly recommend ; excellent food, service in a nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "It was our 46th Anniversary and based on our Son's recommendation we went to Nicholas. The experience was very, very good. From the appetizer to the entree we were delighted. Then the coffee and dessert carried us to ecstasy. We will be there again."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Was extremely expensive & should only be visited by people who appreciate the art of design with food. I had the signature dish, suckling pig and it was dry, needed to add more bourbon sauce to it. My wife had the lobster and it was very creamy but delicious. Portions were very small but beautifully presented. Ice in my vodka/tonic cocktail tasted like burnt wire, had to send it back twice. Bread was very good. Wine was expensive. Total bill including gratuity, for 2 people, including their cheapest wine bottle ($66.00) was $320.00. They did give my wife a small gift of banana bread to go, which was delicious. If you have a special occasion as we did, this is the place to go. If your hungry, this is not the place to go."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It's amazing 2 find such world class cuisine without having 2 go 2 North Jersey or Manhattan. The butter poached lobster, an abundance of tender morsels (in a tiny bowl of mac & cheese), each piece clearly cooked individually 2 prevent over cooking; a triumph of technique. Cod, seared & deftly sauced w/complexity, elevating the familiar 2 the extraordinarily sublime. Other delights: a delicate ravioli light as air, perfectly seared scallops 2 melt in your mouth, buttery foie gras expertly paired w/sweet, acid compote. While the portions R tiny it is strangely notable that we never leave hungry & always leave happy. It is also notable that each of 3 different glasses of wine was served @ the perfect temp. 4 my oenophile hubby. A joy overall!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Never disappointed at Nicholas. This is the place where we usually celebrate every special occasion and always have the best experience."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great dinner and fantastic for a special occasion. We had the tasting menu with selected wines and would suggest trying this cuisine which rotates based upon the season. The dining room has limited seating so reservations are strongly suggested. The limited seating allows for first class service."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "One of NJ Finest. Everything from soup to desert was top of the line"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "My ratings speak for themselves. There are not enough words that would give justice to this fantastic restaurant. Nicholas is without a doubt ou favorite."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was a totally wonderful experience. The service was attentive and waiters were knowledgeable and answered all of our questions about the food and the wines. (We had the wine pairing with our meals). The food was delicious and presented beautifully. This was a memorable evening."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My husband and I ate here based on the Open Table reviews, while our daughter and friends were at a concert at PNC Arts Center. I had the fluke cerviche, tuna entree and my husband had the corn bisque and lobster mac n cheese. We shared the orange vanilla souffle and the walnut genoise, and the intermezzos were a fresh chilled pea soup and a sponge cake with creme fraiche (i think). Everything was so delicious and meticulously prepared, and the service was impeccable! The ambiance has a "lounge" effect that you might find in NYC or LA, and we didn't enter the bar but from what I could see it looked to be the same."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Dining at Nicholas is an elegant experience. The service is perfect. I would like to see the dining room be less bright; takes away from the romantic setting. The food is delicious but I was disappointed with my dessert."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "From welcome to good night, what a delightful dining experience. That's the key, "Dining Experience". Upscale service but not pretentious. We had the summer tasting menu with the wine pairings. Each dish was prepared and executed extremely well. The portions of wine seemed small but at the end of the meal it was evident it was exactly spot on. It is obvious that Nicholas and Melissa take great pride in their restaurant. The first thing I did when I got home was make a new reservation."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was our first time here and it didn't disapoint. Highly recommend the tasting menu with the wine pairing. It gives a perfect example of their food the first time you go and the wine selection was impressive. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had Soft Shell Crab & Corn and Crab Soup, delicious. Main courses of Dry Aged NY Strip Steak & sous-vied prepared Halibut. All our meals were seasoned to perfection and the exceptional meals exploded with flavors not reached in most restaurants. Desserts are unique and yummy. The elegant meals that Nicholas and Melissa Harary offer here along with their award winning wine list are celebrated by many publications (Wine Spectator = “Award”, Zagat = “Top Rated New Jersey Restaurant”, NJ Monthly = “Best Of The Best In NJ”, New York Times = “Four Star Extraordinary”, Open Table = “100 Best Restaurants In America”, Gayot = “Top 40 Restaurants in The U.S.”). Truly Nirvana is to be found inside the walls of “Nicholas” here in Middletown."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "the best restaurant in NJ and one of the best in the USA. Comparable to the French Laundry which I think is the best restaurant in the US."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food in an unlikely spot on Rt 35 No view except the highway. Food was very good nicely prepared , good portions. Three choices of prix fixed. $65.00, 85,00 and 125, with appropriate wine tastings. I thought it was good value for the money. Service was prompt but very stiff. no one smiled the entire evening. It felt like Downton Abbey where the servants were too afraid to talk to the master of the house. Too stiff for us. It may appeal to some however. Overall it was very good. We would go back. I would not, however, rate it as the #1 restaurant in the state. We have had better experiences at Scalini Fideli, Serenade, The Washington Inn, and Lorena's"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "As always, the food was excellent. Our wait staff was impeccably well mannered, but invasive. This was the first time that I dined here wherein we felt rushed despite the the night not being a particularly busy one"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Returned for 3rd time to Nicholas for our anniversary. We've still never had a tasting that didn't amaze us. Service impeccable, as always. A wonderful night out."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "If you come here hungry looking to leave full this is not the place to go, small portions."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "If you want to stuff your face, go elsewhere. If you want to experience fine cuisine with the best service around, go to Nicholas. This place is first class and our go-to retaurant for special occasions. Once you experience it, you will never forget it."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We've been dining at Restaurant Nicholas since the first year it was opened. We've always had great service. The food is always innovative and well-prepared. The staff is more than willing to explain their dishes or suggest items if you need help deciding. My son had the 3-course, my husband had the garden 4-course and I had the 7-course dinner. My son enjoyed his strip steak and cookies & cream/chocolate dessert. My husband loved his cheese course in lieu of the dessert. I had a lovely glass of house champagne (nice and fruity!) and the crab-apple appetizer was amazing! It is expensive (expect $120/person with a drink or two and tip), but worth the visit."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We celebrated our first wedding anniversary at Nicholas. For starters, my wife had the beet salad and I had the foie gras, both of which were delicious. For mains, she had the squab and I had a lamb dis that included lamb belly that was outstanding. The desserts were also quite good. As good as the food was, the service was even better. Our waiter, Mark was exceptional. He was entertaining and attentive without being intrusive and the rest of the staff was great as well. While we waited for our cab home, we adjourned to the bar and the service from Frank at the bar was equal to the standards set by the dining room staff. Be prepared for some sticker shock especially if you intend to imbibe, but well worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My husband and I loved the food but found the wait time between the tasting menu courses a bit too long. We arrived at 8:00 and didn't leave until 10:20. But, since our meal was so delicious, we would definitely come back. We both loved the Apple/Crab Salad and Seared Scallops. The Poached Halibut was my favorite and the Bourbon Braised Pig my husband's. Loved the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake, the Walnut Genoise/Banana Custard, not so much. Definitely a special place for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have been coming to Nicholas for many years, though only for special occasions. In the early years, I felt, as I still do, that the service is matchless, actually the best I've ever encountered in a restaurant, but the food, while very good, was better elsewhere. However, the last three years we've been as impressed with the cuisine as with the ambiance, and this year my entree, the lamb loin, made my all-time list of favorite meals. This really is a very special place."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "very nice, elegant but non-stuffy atmosphere excellent 65th birthday celebration with sister and brother-in-law.. appetizers, entrees, and desserts all well-prepared. chef provides small cream of chard chive soup and vanilla cake, ice cream. caramel sauce and after-dinner lagniappes. knowledgeable service, non-rushed meal on sunday. started 5:30 and ended just prior to 8:00 p.m. very memorable! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Simply one the best dining experiences I have ever had in New Jersey. Opted for the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings. Each course was more impressive than the last. The flavors were perfect, portions very generous given the number of courses, impeccable service and an overall dining experience on par with the best I've had in Manhattan. Will definitely return very soon."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Nicholas is the Best restaurant in NJ. I have been to many places for business and social gatherings. I have never been disappointed. From Bar N with friends for a drink and dinner, to the restaurant with my wife for special occasions, this is by far, the best I have experienced in NJ. The staff makes you feel special all the time and the chef provides a meal fit for royalty! "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We are New Yorkers who often visit Red Bank NJ. We are familiar with most of the in-town restaurants. Our favorites there are sometimes booked up, and many of the others fall short because they offer mediocre bar food or snacks, and sometimes close earlier, so that after a movie or event, we find ourselves with no place to eat. Happily, last time we were there in that situation, someone recommended Nicholas. It is an elegant but not snobby place. The food is outstanding--beautifully prepared, well thought-out, interesting, each dish is individually conceived and executed. The staff is so polished and yet very warm, extremely knowledgeable about the menu. They seem to take pride in providing great service. Nicholas is a GREAT find."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was excellent, we did the tasting menu it was wonderful. The service was attentive. Mark our waiter was very knowledible, friendly, polite. The amience was very pleasant..I could actually hear what my husband was saying and you did not have to raise your voice to be heard. I would recommend highly. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This the second year in a row we frequented Nicholas for my wife's birthday, and will probably make this a recurring annual event. The portions are small but the food is to die for. I tried the wine pairing this time and all selections except the last were exceptional,."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We've been going to Nicholas on our anniversary every year since the restaurant opened more than 10 years ago and it's always wonderful. Its place on top of NJ's restaurant scene is well-deserved. From imaginative and perfectly-prepared food to its polished dining room staff, Nicholas and team have something special going. This time the squab entree sent the senses swooning for me, but my wife was enchanted by the chef's most recent take on the lobster. The kitchen constantly challenges itself, which is why Nicholas never loses its edge. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our sons gave my Wife and I a gift certificate a few years ago. I am sorry we waited so long to eat at Nicholas. I have to admit, everything was excellent from service to food. We were celebrating our Wedding Anniversary and Nicholas made it special with take home baked goods and the Happy Anniversary dessert. Very good place. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014