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Panini Bay Waterfront Restaurant
Panini Bay Waterfront Restaurant

Panini Bay Waterfront Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paninibay.com
  • Phone: (609) 294-4281
  • Hours of Operation: Open 7 Days for lunch & dinner

    Sun-Thur 11:30am-8pm

    Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Ivar Johnson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Catering options are available for any occasion. Please contact the restaurant directly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Green Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot, street parking, and dockage for customers arriving by boat.
A word from Panini Bay Waterfront Restaurant
Waterfront upscale casual Italian dining. Featuring fresh local seafood and produce.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "As usual the food was wonderful the service was way off."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Started off like I remembered at prior visits 2 summers ago with poor service. No water no bread and waitress coming over for our order. I decided to tell her about it and from that point service was perfect. Restaurant is crazy loud. Grilled Peach salad was too peppery but the staple salads. Meatball and sausage. Calamari were good. Halibut entree and vegetable was very good. Veal Milanese was over romaine which was odd but taste was pretty good. So overall good but not extra special."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Good food but very noisy. Hard to hear the person sitting across the table..."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great as always, a bit noisy, had the special " Shrimp and Grits with Corn"- Better than "down home"-- Keep up the good work-dining area a bit noisy but from a larger table-al in all as usual a very pleasant dining experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • " The lovely view of Barnegat Bay sets the mood for a most enjoyable dinner. Food was excellently prepared. The Pollo Milanese was the best I have ever had! Will most definitely come again and will recommend to friends. Only downside was the noise level, but that was because people were enjoying themselves! Recommend going on line for a reservation."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Been wanting to try Pannini Bay and made reservations as last time I called I couldn't get in. It was outstanding in everyway. Great people, great service, great view, awesome food. We left after 9:00 and people were still lining up to go in. As I walked out people were asking what did you get they were so excited about the food. Great place!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Panini Bay is back from the ruins of Sandy and is better than ever. The artichoke appetizer is wonderful. The Bolagnese is to die for. Clams and hot sausage you must try! Every thing on the menu is delicious. The staff is courteous, friendly and helpful. Now that the building has been raised up, the view of the water is even better! Go by boat!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food overall. Pleasant waitress. Food service actually too Quick,no time between courses,even though we told server that we weren't in a hurry. VERY Loud when full. BUT We'll still go back(off season)"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our previous visit here left us cold from a service aspect. However there were noticeable changes this time and we were very pleased with everything. The food is always excellent and the service now seems to have caught up. On this trip, the pork chop was just about the best, I have ever had! Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "food was fresh, service was good, great views. Only two complaints...though small, the restaurant has poor acoustics. the dining room was quite loud. two of my dining companions got very hearty portions for their entrees. A third companion got a smallish portion of eggplant parm. I fared the worst- I ordered the Mahdi Mahdi special. It was excellent but for 23plus dollars I expected more than a four ounce serving and a couple pieces of broccoli. Delicious but disappointing."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "we had items from the special menu and regular menu/ the appitizers were muscels in a great tangy sauce and fried articokes with lemon, both were great. Dinner for 4 all loved and tried something different. Coffee and cappichino to end, no room for desert although there were very tempting choices. We love this place and its a bring your own so we get our favorites to drink."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Outstanding view! Food was great! service a little slow due to staff short handed. All in All a great time. Will definately be back!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food is wonderful with innovative combinations. The view of Tuckerton Bay is a highlight. Elevator is a challenge but workable. Can use steps. BYOB."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We have enjoyed Panini Bay on several occasions, but we were a bit disappointed with our visit on 6/29/14. While service staff were very attentive, we waited well over an hour for our dinner to be served. When it arrived, our food was not as hot (temperature wise) as it should have been."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and the views. A little noisy, but I liked it because we are a little chatty ourselves. Would definitely go back"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Tucked away, along the bay, in Tuckerton. The service was friendly and attentive. The building, renovated after Sandy, is small, but modern. Large sliding windows allowed the evening breeze in and the view of the sun glistening on the water was lovely. The food is exquisite. The presentation beautiful. Totally enjoyed our meal and the experience. And since it is a BYOB, it is very affordable. We will be back!!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This restaurant advertises Thursdays as Panini Night. When we were seated at our table, we were given the regular menu and had to ask for the Panini menu - this is the second time this has happened. When my panini came, it was not as described. It had no mustard on it and turkey instead of ham. It was awhile before our server came back to check if everything was ok, she immediately recognized the problem and took the sandwich back to the kitchen. She then brought me some of their home-made chips to munch while I was waiting for my sandwich. When our bill came, the waitress informed us that my panini had been taken off the bill. I said that was not necessary, but she insisted. Lesson here for me - stay with the regular menu!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Got the Pulled Pork and Reuben sandwiches. Very Yummy and would return again. The view was fantastic. Ony slight negative were the stale potato chips. Nice job!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We were greeted by the hostess with an attitude! This restaurant has a deck area with views of the bay. We had requested a table of six in that area. What we got was a table for four next to the kitchen and where patrons were waiting to be seated. We were being stared at through out dinner. We requested to be changed to tables that were vacant in a better location and were rudely denied. However the food was good and our waitress was excellent. They need to get rid of the hostess."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Outstanding bay views!! Beautiful sunset! Great dinner! Overall a wonderful dining experience! We are frequent diners and are always happy with our visit. Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I'm happy to report that Panini Bay is back and better than ever! My wife and I went for our 32nd wedding anniversary on 6/20/14 and had a wonderful time. The new views are breathtaking and the food was flawless!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed our 25th Anniversary dinner at Panini Bay. Never dissappointed. Went back again the next night, as Scott wanted another Ribeye! ~Mo & Scott from Scott's Bait & Tackle."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This is our favorite place to eat "down the shore". It's off the beaten track and it's location is what makes this restaurant so special! The food is good...though the prices seemed to have gone up a bit. The bolgnase sauce is delicious! Worth the cost! The clams frm Parsons Fish market are delicious and fresh..my husband had the clams and sausage over red pasta...very yummy And a very generous portion! The salads were very small and not that exciting...though if they have the fried artichoke appy DON'T MISS IT! Extraordinary! Better then the ones we had in Rome! Request searing "on the porch" . If you are a boater you can ride your boat over and dock it outside the restaurant. Nice also that it's a BYOB."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Another great evening at Panini Bay!! Great food, spectacular view of the bay and a beautiful sunset!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "If you want a great romantic meal with really good food, stop in. Just don't tell anyone - it will be too crowded the next time you come back! Crab stuffed Jalapeno appetizer was brilliant, the Cesar salad tasty and the clams and sausage in red sauce was awesome. Dessert and coffee rounded out the meal. Keep the good food coming."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "First experience and it was fantastic, the food was excellent and the service was great. We highly recommend this spot to everyone. In fact we have already informed all our family of our experience and will be returning there soon."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Very good food, reasonably priced, great view of bay. Service was mediocre that evening. A bit noisy (needs sound baffling)."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Panini Bay has been rebuilt after Sandy and they now take reservations. It is now higher (there is a lift for those who need it) and the water views even more inviting than before. The menu is pretty much the same. We asked for a table by the window when we made our reservation on Open Table and, despite a crowded room, we were shown to our table for four at the window. The new dining room has more space between tables and this is definitely better for staff who can now move about without bumping into diners. We have always loved the food and appreciate the BYOB. Note: There are a few tables in a room away from the "porch." These are darker and the view is either blocked or only partially visible."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Too long to have our orders taken. Served bread with out butter-had to find waitress. Salad-too limp and overdressed. Entrees were good. The tables were crowded and the noise level ridiculously loud. We would not visit again."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Interesting menu selections in a setting with a wonderful view."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "service and food were fantastic. restaurant was a little loud, but i didn't mind. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "You can't beat Panini Bay it has everything, excellent food, excellent view, great wait staff, just a wonderful overall experience for any occasion or no occasion. My favorite place..."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "There is not a better view from any restaurant in this area. We found the staff to be extremely friendly and willing to assist us in every way. Three of us ordered the Tuna Special (rare). Two came out well and one was medium. We pointed this out to our server, and they offered to correct this. I would say that the kitchen took a longer time than it should have to prepare the replacement dishes. When we were served again the food temperature was perfect. The only major issue was the noise level we encountered, it was almost unbearable. It appears that they are aware of this in that they have placed acoustic tiles on either end of the ceiling, but this has not rectified the problem. (I had to cut this review to stay within the limit)!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My sister and I recently had dinner at this beautifully renovated restaurant destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. We had a wonderful meal and were waited on by very friendly attentive waitresses. We look forward to returning to not only enjoy the food, but also the fabulous water view!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "It was Mother's Day and this place was hopping. Our table was ready and because of the location, everyone on the former terrace has a fabulous view. We brought our own wine and champagne, so glasses were brought immediately, our server was on the spot. The menu had some really wonderful sounding specials and the 3 of us opted for 3 different ones. Each of us thought our choices were terrific, one a creamy pasta with shrimp, one a miso glazed tuna and mine a really fabulous seared sea scallops over a white bean ragu. This is not our first time at the restaurant, each time has been wonderful, this has become our favorite for a truly wonderful dining experience. Terrific service, spectacular views, and absolutely yummy food. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Mother's Day dining can be a bit of a disappointment because of the crowds, so it is normal to lower one's expectations on that day. Panini Bay was just the opposite! They were jamming as you might imagine but the food and the service were both excellent. They did not miss a beat on providing great service and the food was superb. Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Panini Bay was a great choice for a special occasion. The food was good, especially the artichoke hearts appetizer. A bit pricey for everyday dining, but the bay view in the summer would be fantastic. Overall a great dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Wonderful view. Excellent food and presentation. Great variety and daily specials. Service was a little slower than it should have been. The noise level was a little high, but my wife and I are more sensitive than the average patron for medical reasons."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Wonderful dining in a beautiful setting with exceptional service. Italian food at its best.Our party of 5, enjoyed 2 orders of calamari and the special appetizer of the day. Our entrees were cooked to order which gave us plenty of time to enjoy our (BYOB) bottle of wine while taking in the wonderful twilight views of the bay. Service from Kim, was friendly and professional. Entrees of Tilapia, Scallops, Veal Parm. & Veal Scallopini were enjoyed by all. We did splurge on a couple of desserts but the standout here was the Coconut Custard Pie!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Bright and airy with great water views. Food was served hot and very delicious. Limited menu but finding a meal for anyone would not be a challenge. Planning a return trip!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014