Nicholas
Nicholas

Nicholas

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantnicholas.com/
  • Phone: 7323459977
  • 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: Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary American
  • 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.

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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Nicholas reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (79)romantic (64)fit for foodies (62)notable wine list (59)neighborhood gem (15)vibrant bar scene (9)good for groups (7)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Great time at the chef's table
    R2OC
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Considering we were sitting in an alcove, in the basement, right next to a busy professional kitchen, the staff were amazingly quiet and not in the least bit intrusive or even distracting (unless you choose to distract yourself by watching them) - if we had been sat upstairs among 11 fellow diners, it would have been a very different story !! The food was superb. There were 3 of us and we were each given a different menu selection for 6 of the 7 courses. The only time we all had the same thing was for their signature lobster. We shared our food which means we each ate a third of 18 different dishes + a whole one each. Or at least tried to ..... Make that 8 courses. There was a wee snifter of a palette cleanser at some point :) Go for it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Tasting Menu
    KC77
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The tasting menu is always a winner. My husband and I go at least every other month specifically for the tasting menu. We would go more often but you want to take your time at a restaurant like this. The service is always outstanding and the thought put into each course/ dish is evident.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, won't be the last
    HobokidVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great place for special occasion. Really enjoyed the beef tartare. Lobster was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but pricey
    Mmmm
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food and service at Nicolas was absolutely wonderful... but it's true you get what you pay for. Don't expect to spend less than $250 for a dinner for two.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    DawnR111
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was our first visit to Nicholas. It was most definitely one of the best dining experiences we have ever had. The food was wonderful, outstanding service, and an elegant atmosphere. We would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great As Always
    Anonymous
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It's been a while since we were here. We came to celebrate our anniversary. Our meals were excellent. I had the bacon-wrapped monkfish, and my husband had the poached lobster. Although, his starter was the stand-out. He had the Wagyu beef tartare. The wait staff is certainly well-trained. Service, unhurried, on par with the best establishments in NYC. We said, "we should come here more often for a good meal....." The desserts came out with a candle and marzipan banner that said "Happy Anniversary". They gave us in-house made chocolates (which we're going to have tonight. They also gave us their banana bread, which in the past was twice as large and to-die-for. They must've changed their recipe. My husband didn't love it.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Nice but way too expensive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    high prices, small portions. Wait staff is very attentive.
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    special occasion
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  • Anniversary dinner at Nicholas
    Verdidiva
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We arrived and were greeted with 'Happy Anniversary' upon entering. After a champagne toast, we had the 4 course tasting menu paired with wines. Absolutely superb top to bottom. Superb service, atmosphere, unbelievable cuisine and wine. The perfect place for those special occasion dinners.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A truly special experience
    Chrisie66VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Nicholas NEVER disappoints. There are so many options on the menu, fabulous wine selections, and stellar service. It isn't just dinner...its an experience!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Love this place
    oblovesit
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food, terrific atmosphere, impeccable service, what more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    After dining here many times, this was our worst experience. The food was below average and two courses actually came out served cold. Not just like warm but cold. We did let them know and I honestly thought they would so something for us to keep us happy as regular customers. I do not think we will go back.
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  • Birthday girl
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Tried Nicholas for my birthday. Had a seven course tasting menu that was wonderful. The service was superb and very friendly staff. Nicholas came over to our table and we enjoyed a lengthy conversation with him. Delightful person, will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies
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  • AMAZING.
    MiggsDeCuisine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    As a Chef de Cuisine in the industry it is hard for people like me to get out and enjoy a meal as exquisite as this. Knowing I put out food as nice or almost as nice as this, it was an awesome change of pace to be on the other end of service, eating :-) For anyone this is a great place for your palet and tastebuds to explore. The service was immaculate as you needed not to worry about anything. Wine list impeccable. Smiles all around the room and if your into it valet parking. I will for sure be attending again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some problems
    PeggyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Have to say it was not the best experience this time around. I felt "rushed", though you have the table the whole night at Nicholas. Barely got in my seat, when we were being asked about water, and a menu shoved at us. I had barely touched my cocktail, when we were being asked our dinner decisions. Appetizer and entrees' came out right after each other. Told the waitor I wasn't done with the appetizer at one point, when he was about to take my plate away, with food still on it. When it was time for dessert, my usually very quiet husband even spoke up, telling them to hold the dessert while we finished our bottle of wine. It was an Anniversary celebration. Food was very good, but quite heavy seasoned with salt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    There is a good reason that this restaurant has consistently been rated the best in New Jersey. The ambiance, food and service are all superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sketchy Service
    MunirVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very busy,took a while for server,which is unusual for a restaurant of this calibre,took dessert home,and they forgot the ice cream ....Bummer
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DebnNick
    DebnNick
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food. A little expensive but excellent! The salmon and scallops were cooked to perfection!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Lunita
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Nicholas never ceases to amaze. My husband said the pork dish was the best meat he has ever eaten in his life. The pork was cooked to perfection, but what really set it apart was the maple jus that accompanied it. The salmon was cooked to perfection. The pickled heirloom beets, which we have had at Nicholas before, are delicious. I didn't even think I liked beets before I had these heirloom varieties. The dessert was the best I have ever had in my life. Every dish is creative. The ideal way to go with 2 people is to do the tasting menu, get one of each and share. That way, you can taste the maximum number of dishes and get a real flavor of Nicholas's range and creativity.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Bill
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Exquisite food preparation, creative menu, and outstanding wines; knowledgeable, attentive, yet not over-bearing, service. The wait for our main course was just a bit too long, but otherwise it was a leisurely, wonderful evening. Unfortunately the air conditioning was blasting, and we were quite chilly most of the time (even after a few glasses of wine !)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Sunrich
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were impressed by the service and the attitude (good, attentive, non-snooty) of the servers. Food was enough to fill you up. Steak was delicious. Pork was good but not great. Scallops were outstanding. Restaurant is obviously well managed with the customer in mind. We left the restaurant happy and satisfied with the experience. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for that special occasion
    EDNYVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a very enjoyable time. It's expensive but well worth it for just relaxing and letting it all go!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DoctorL
    DoctorL
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    joemom23
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An anachronism
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
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  • Dinner for two
    Taq4
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Nicholas!
    Foodfirst
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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!
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  • Gourmet experience
    jerseymom7
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • crissycraft
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    excellent service, fabulous food...great for special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PNL1
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Highly recommend ; excellent food, service in a nice atmosphere.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Delight!
    Hunnybunch
    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.
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  • Romantic
    Nicholas071214
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Our favorite splurge
    Wediknowsfood
    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    MorrisCountyFoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurant has been on my "wish list" for quite some time now. I'd heard good things. I went July 12th, 2014, and was very disappointed with the quality of the food. I was so shocked, and it was so far below my expectations (which were set high), I was questioning whether they had a change of management or chefs. I couldn't believe this restaurant had gotten such glowing reviews. The food was tasteless. It was what I would expect of $20- $30 entrees, not a $90 tasting menu. The service and ambiance were excellent, but I will certainly not be returning or recommending this to anyone.
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  • RioinNjVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Never disappointed at Nicholas. This is the place where we usually celebrate every special occasion and always have the best experience.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chip Merlin
    ChipM
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • raider
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    One of NJ Finest. Everything from soup to desert was top of the line
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
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  • Exceptional Experience
    RosieCosi
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding!
    Njeats
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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