Scarborough Fair
Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scarboroughfairrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (732) 223-6658
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - CLOSED
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: J. C. Hernandez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We do banquets in house. Please call (732) 223-6658 for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Octagon Room : max - 28 Guests, Butterfly Room: max 42 Guests, Lounge : max 15 Guests, (The Lounge and the Butterfly Room are adjacent with each other and can accommodate a max of 60 Guests). Call us for additional information.
  • Private Party Contact: Eva or Marianne 7322236658x
  • Entertainment: Ambient music provided by Pandora radio.
  • Special Events: Now accepting reservations for Thanksgiving Dinner & Holiday parties!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 35
  • Public Transit: Bus:830

    Rt 71 at Sea Girt Ave# (Stop ID: 25243)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking with extra wide parking spaces so you can feel at ease when you park your nice car in our lot.
A word from Scarborough Fair
This restaurant was a farmhouse from 1879 to 1969.

Now, it is winning OpenTable’s “Diner’s Choice Award” for Romantic. Now, if you Google “romantic restaurants” and you are close to Sea Girt, NJ, Scarborough Fair Restaurant will be the first result!

Yes, this restaurant has the most unique, romantic ambiance in Central New Jersey. It is like no place you have ever been to.

Have a spontaneous romantic dinner there. If you like quiet, and want to guarantee a romantic table, go on a week night. You will love the romantic atmosphere.

Enjoy our delicious eclectic cuisine in this neighborhood gem.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Scarborough Fair reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (70)special occasion (63)neighborhood gem (36)fit for foodies (32)good for groups (12)scenic view (9)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (8)great for brunch (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Anniversay Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My wife and were celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary at SF. The food, staff and ambiance were truly impressive. This building has been there since the 1950"s and has romantic charm that is so inviting. Our appetizers and dinners were absolutely delicious. The presentation was fabulous. I would highly recommend SF to anyone who desires a fine upscale dining experience in a cozy setting. Truly impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    James
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I brought my girlfriend here for an anniversary dinner. The appetizer and the food were both excellent, prepared and cooked perfectly. With the help of the waiter, we selected a very reasonably priced bottle of wine that went nicely with dinner. We shared dessert and it was decadent and delicious. When I made the reservation, I noted that this was our two year anniversary. They decorated our table for the occasion, which was a very nice personal touch. The host also spent time chatting with us when we were seated which was also appreciated. It made us feel very welcomed and glad to be there. Scarborough Fair was an excellent dining experience and I will be going there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic, Delicious Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Our anniversary dinner was wonderful. It looked like Valentine's Day at our table, the server was personable, professional and prompt. The food was delicious, from the bread on. We started off with a dozen oysters on the half shell, and a Chesapeake Lump Crab Cake withred bell pepper coulis and mango salsa. My husband had a ceasars salad, and I had a house salad of mixed greens with craisins and a cranberry vinaigrette dressing. For our entrees, I had roasted chicken with a ginger balsamic reduction, served with a pumpkin mashed potato patty, and he had the Horseradish Crusted Grouper with coconut curry sauce, herb risotto, and asparagus. Both dishes were perfectly made and presented. For dessert, we had a triple chocolate cake that was to die for. We will definitely be returning, and we highly recommend anyone looking for a perfect, romantic evening to make a reservation for one of the dining alcoves and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DISAPPOINTING
    lba315VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We arrived 15 minutes before our scheduled reservation and the restaurant clearly wasn't ready for business, even though they'd been open over 5 hrs. I had to look for an employee upstairs for 5 minutes to get seated. Further, when a lamp over our enclave didn't work (which didn't bother my wife and I), a manager was so bothered by this that he interrupted our dinner to fix it, undoing the good intentions of a server who had brought two lit candles to our tables for ambience. It's a shame, this place was run so much better 5-to-7 years ago than it is now. Food wise, the food was also better back then.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    dinealot
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    First time there and the bar tender is talented with mixes, the food from beginning to end was top notch. Compliments to the Chef and the complete staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    For some reason, my wife and I seem to forget about this local gem when thinking of places to dine. But, for 10 years, we have never failed to have a great meal in the very unique atmosphere that is Scarborough Fair. For this last visit, seafood options were plentiful, and the desserts exceptional. I dined on scallops, which were beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. My wife chose an organic chicken breast, served on the bone, which was tasty, albeit a tad plain. We each chose salads in lieu of appetizers. They were larger than any I've seen. The desserts are not to be missed. Service was attentive, yet not hovering. This is a great restaurant, an excellent choice for a special occasion, and with a fair price tag.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and gluten free!
    mkarm
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My wife and I dined here for the first time on 11/8/14. The service was excellent. They had plenty of gluten free options and were accommodating in preparing anything we wanted. And when the food came, it was delicious and beautifully presented. The restaurant was also comfortable and intimate. We will be going back whenever we can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Meal
    bikersailor
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Enjoyed the escargot and rack of lamb. Scallops were excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for dining with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We had specifically chosen Scarborough Fair after hearing that it served great food in an quiet, unrushed setting. The restaurant lived up to its billing. It was nice to have time to catch up with friends. It was doubly nice that it came with delicious food and fine service. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tzdz
    tzdz
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Lovely atmosphere. Food is good. Service is odd.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The restaurant was beautiful. Nice jazz music playing in the background and the best creme brulee I have ever had! The staff was so nice and friendly. I would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enchanted anniversary dinner
    PatL
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Upon arriving at Scarborough Fair, we were asked if we were just out for dinner, or if this was our anniversary. It was our anniversary, and after a brief wait, we were led to our cozy alcove booth, which the maitre d' had prepared with silk rose petals, tiny "crystal" hearts, and a heart-shaped stand-up decoration! Our waiter was knowledgeable, courteous, and quick with our orders. A nice touch was my comped dessert in honor of our anniversary (other party had only coffee.) We love the ambience of this restaurant, and I highly recommend it. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Very Pleasant Evening
    love2eatout
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I asked for a quiet table and got one. I wish I could remember our servers name because he was very attentive and professional. The restaurant is very pretty and the food scrumptious so we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic Evening
    gall2dinner
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and they selected a special table and decorated it for us. The little touches made the evening even more special. The service and selection of food was excellent. Everyone was helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scarborough fair romantic evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We had a wonderful experience here on a quiet Tuesday evening. Service and food were very good. Special touches by the staff to help us celebrate our annv. Were much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maggie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been many times before. Was disappointed that server did not correctly describe preparation for that evenings lobster special. I ordered it to then find it was prepared differently than described.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    NYGal
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Loved, Loved, Loved this restaurant! Great food, atmosphere, and lovely staff! The food was fresh and so tasty! We were celebrating our Mom's Bday and they were so accommodating! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy couple making memories💝
    Makingmemories
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Magnificent restaurant service was wonderful!! Michael the owner was so friendly & charming. The food was fabulous can not wait for our retun visit in the future :))
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and Dear
    Datenite
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The old building was full of charm and ambiance. It was a prefect date location. The food was very good and the service couldn't have been better. The only negative thing I would say, is that the decorations/tablecloths needed a woman's touch. Amazing possibilities! We will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phoenix2VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Specials on the menu really show the culinary skills of the chef and they are excellent !!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We so much enjoyed our visit to this restaurant. We live in Manhattan and think the service, the food, and the ambiance at this restaurant would find a strong following if it all were located here. We look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the Jersey Best
    FreeholdFriends
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We have been here several times now both with a group and just the two of us. The food, atmosphere and service are A+. We will continue to rank this restaurant "The Best of the Jersey Best". Why drive into New York for a fantastic dinner when we have it right here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Personalized dining
    cshoregal
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Besides the romantic atmosphere and the amazing food, the staff at Scarborough Fair is outstanding. We were so impressed at the way our table was prepared for our anniversary celebration. Also, our waiter was so knowledgeable about both the wine band food menu. Just a delightful experience......we'll be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Perfect
    Dinnerfortwo
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was a wonderful find to celebrate our anniversary. The little alcove table for 2 was very cozy and romantic. The way we were greeted by Michael and the way he acknowledged our special day really made it a memory. The food was amazing and we felt priced very reasonably given the portions and surroundings. We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Great Service
    MoJafar
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    SHHH don't tell anyone! The food was excellent. Wine was reasonably priced, the veal special was cooked perfectly and was delicious. My wife really enjoyed her duck. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SF Review
    EricR
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had one of the booths by the front door but it was a quiet night. Overall everything was good except our waiter seemed to forget we existed after we got our food. Other than that it was ok.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Wonderful
    loveagreatrestaurant
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Scarborough Fair is truly a neighborhood gem! It is very romantic with a fairytale appeal. The food is very good and presented beautifully. We just visited again this week and enjoyed a delicious meal with very good service. The escargot was my favorite and my husband thought his clams were so fresh. My steak was tasty but a little overdone for my liking. The manager stopped by and was gracious enough to give us a coupon because of my comment. It's attitude like this that will definitely keep up coming back. This is a great place for a special occasion and even better for a special treat during the work week!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I had the monk fish. It was very good! We had a private table in an alcove. It was very nice to have privacy and not have to listen to or see any other diners. I will definitely return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebration!
    capndick
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was a wonderful celebration of 43 great years of marriage. The food was excellent and the service non-intrusive. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Gem
    PnJBut
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went for our anniversary..they went out of their way to ensure we had a special night..from host to the owner..RECOMMEND!!!!! Maryann our server was A+++
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Diamond
    rirace
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is a great place. My romantic and special occassion restaurant. Great food and great service. The owner goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. I strongly recommend this place. Nice inside and very pleasing place to dine.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JRossi
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I go to Scarborough`s regularly for special occasions. This was the first time I was disappointed. I was there with friends from Florida who were visiting with me & was very disappointed with the quality of service & food that Scarborough`s is noted for. I always considered Scarborough`s a fine dining restaurant. I will go there again in the hopes that I just caught an off night but if I have the same experience I won`t be going back.
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  • Glad to be back!
    JerseyJaneyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Scarborough Fair had been a favorite of my neighbor so we lunched there together many times. After she died, this restaurant was totally off my radar as her loss left such a void. Thanks to Open Table, I went there for lunch with a friend & it was wonderful! They were also hosting their annual luncheon for Wounded Warriors of NJ which was truly humbling. I've now made a reservation for dinner in a few weeks to treat my in-laws to a new dining experience (for them) in our neighborhood -- thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice!
    MegaKC
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Service, food and ambiance were excellent. Private table for our 1 year engagement anniversary. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Disappointed
    Carolcj
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    As always, we are not disappointed when visiting Scarborough Fair. Food is good, and the ambiance, wonderful. The chef's surprise appetizer is always welcome - this visit it was broccoli tempura with sushi-grade tuna and some wonderful sauce. We ordered from the "early bird" dinner menu and were very pleased. The brownie a la mode was a delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad food, lacking service
    sharinginfo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Both the appetizer and the meal were not good at all. The food les us to believe that maybe the chef quit and someone with little to no knowledge of cooking prepared it. We had dinner there in the past and it was not this way. Our waiter was also most likely brand new and, while that would be fine with us, he seemed to have zero personal skills, which was uncomfortable.
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  • disappointing.....
    kate
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We haven't been here in years so we decided to give it a try. The rolls were great, hot and crispy, I ordered the monkfish which I didn't care for, it was tough and chewy in places. I also had the lobster bisque which was good, but I didn't expect the lobster mashed potatoes that came with my meal to be mashed potatoes with lobster bisque poured over them. The service was excellent, the ambiance is wonderful, I will return, determined to hit on a great meal, next time I think I'll try the rack of lamb.......
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique and special
    KeljonhorstVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have had such consistent positive experiences at this restaurant. The structure itself is one of a kind, with a lovely ambiance. The food is always excellent and the service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Maurmurph
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We just had a wonderful dinner there. Our server, Rob, was fantastic. He was ever-present but not hovering. First server in my life to ask before he brought the check. I know ordering a house salad is boring, but this one was just perfect, fresh lettuce, and properly dressed ( I like to taste the veggies as well as the dressing!) Antelope sausage was devoured by husband before I could taste it! Rack of veal was superb, perfect medium rare. Followed servers advice for the roast duck and was not disappointed. The cherry sauce was a perfect accompaniment. Atmosphere was perfect. We were upstairs, as the alcoves were full and so could enjoy the quiet ambiance. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing at Best
    Danbrirock
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Wedding Anniversary Dinner - I will be brief Food was not good Drinks were not good Ambience is not Romantic. Musty, Old Food was below average and they brought the main course out on top of the appetizers All of that and then then you pay top dollar. Go to your local Pizzeria
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