Steve & Cookie's By the Bay
Steve & Cookie's By the Bay

Steve & Cookie's By the Bay

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.steveandcookies.com/
  • Phone: 6098231163x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Kelly
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Cookie 6098231163x
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz 7 nights a week

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monroe & Amherst
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 55 car parking lot on premises.
A word from Steve & Cookie's By the Bay
"Fans attest quality is everything at Cookie Till's legendary Margate New American where well-trained servers offer on-target suggestions from the menu of excellent locally sourced fare and extensive wine list; the mood is upbeat in the multiroom space that's usually packed with an ‘in' crowd, which is why regulars recommend reservations in the summer and on weekends year-round."
-ZAGAT

Steve & Cookie's is a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant®
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Steve & Cookie's By the Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
459 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (289)special occasion (286)neighborhood gem (234)hot spot (199)vibrant bar scene (150)good for groups (135)notable wine list (129)romantic (125)scenic view (94)late-night find (28)kid-friendly (21)great for brunch (12)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Always Delivers!
    WPMMARGATEVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Steve & Cookie's Always Delivers! Hands Down the Best place to Eat at the Beach and one of the best meals you will get just about anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    long, half hour wait for reservation tone honored, but management softened the annoyance by buying us a round of drinks. Mine was bourbon, and sipping was calming.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our meal was excellent. The restaurant is always "hopping" and noisy. Our service was good but plan on a two hour dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    PattyT
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Never disappointed with Steve & Cookies. Food is always wonderful, and we are happily working our way through the delicious menu. This visit, my husband tried the fried oyster salad for the first time and LOVED it. However - more than anything, the service is excellent. Everyone we met was upbeat, positive and professional. Bar staff, servers, and service staff are top notch. It makes such a difference for the meal. Thank you AGAIN, Steve & Cookies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Good food and a good amount of choices. Probably one of the best shore restaurants that I have been to. The only issue I had was we had 5:00 reservations and they sat us in the back room with a party of @ 20 people. There were many table in the front room, so I question why did they sit us in the middle of the big party??? Despite that I would go back again, but would make sure I got seated in the front dining room.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is one of the best, if not the best, restaurants in New Jersey. I drove from PHiladelphia, PA just to have dinner there on Friday night and then back to Phila.. Its that good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always excellent.
    Cynthia
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This is truly one of the best restaurants at the shore. The food is always excellent and consistent, and the service is efficient and attentive. We were a group of four, and three of us ordered the panko crusted branzino, which was excellent. I have ordered the crab cocktail several times, and it is always fresh, never frozen. If you are there at the right time of year, the owner, Cookie, makes an excellent blueberry pie, and she will come around to make sure you are satisfied by your meal. There is a hostess there, Lisa, who is always pleasant and friendly. I have had the duck made many ways, and the filet, and again, wonderful. Calling this restaurant a gem at the shore is an understatement. My advice: book early. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic service
    namelessVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Our server Kay was the best we have ever had in our many visits. She was extremely friendly and on top of her game. She anticipate our every need without hovering over us. The room was A LOT quieter than last weeks visit which made the night perfect. We were able to carry on a normal conversation without shouting. I hope they figure out a way to deaden the sound a little on the busy nights. We would go a lot more often if they do. The salad was just ok. The greens were a little wilted and needed to be colder and crisper. The crab was beyond perfect! We all wish they would have blueberry pie again (yes we know the season is over but...). We are looking forward to the lighting of the fireplaces!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING!
    Bubbles
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    One of the BEST meals we have had! He had a shrimp cocktail, double cut stuffed pork chop, and dessert sampler. I had a wedge salad (a tad bit overdressed-but the flavor of the bacon helped to balance this), seafood pot "menu addition" (love that they didn't call it "specials") which had a slip lobster tail, a few scallops (i wish these were pan seared-they were more like poached-still delicious, but I'm a sucker for seared scallops), a few huge shrimp as seen on the shrimp cocktail, and the star of the plate - HUGE lumps of crabmeat that were melt in your mouth, all over a bed of basmati rice. I couldn't finish it as I had to leave room for the creme brulee. FINALLY a restaurant that doesn't serve creme brulee cold! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid and classy
    seener
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I had wanted to try this lovely eatery for quite some time. On our 39th wedding anniversary we made the 2hr trip to Margate and had a wonderful dining experience. Attentive waiters, but not over barring, specials were recommended and tried and a big thank you for that. The food really was fabulous. Everything, the house salad was unique and wonderful. I had Chilean Sea Bass that was perfect in every way. We were quite full and decided to skip desert, but to our surprise, the establishment sent out a plate with desert samples and a Happy Anniversary in chocolate on the plate. This was a special night and I'm so glad we chose Steve & Cookies to celebrate with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening
    markannm
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had yet another memorable and great evening dining at Steve and Cookies. The food and service were awesome. Steve and Cookies never disappoints. Cookie came out and greeted us warmly and they even brought us a special anniversay treat! Thank you again Steve and Cookies for an exceptional dinner!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Margate Restaurant
    NancyS
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We've been coming to Steve & Cookies for many years now and we have never been disappointed. The food, ambiance, and service are always impeccable. I had the best pork chop I've ever had in my life (caution, it is very sweet!). The crispy tuna roll is more like an egg roll with tuna in it than a traditional sushi roll, but it was delicious, too. My husband had a terrific small filet mignon. And even though I didn't have it this particular evening, I always enjoy their caesar salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place never disappoints!
    Martinigirl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a wonderful meal with dear friends! The menu selection has something for everyone. Wait staff and management could not be more accommodating . ALWAYS our place of choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in margate!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Always wonderful- excellent food, superb service !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new find
    NewYorker
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Diverse menu where anyone can find something to enjoy. Our group ordered eggplant rollatini, ugly ripe tomato salad, lamb lollipops for apps & pecan crusted halibut, veal chopilanese, Filet mignon & crab cakes with a bottle of Ted from Oregon-all excellent. We'll definitely return next year! Much too noisy though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner!!
    Size
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is by far one of the best restaurants down the shore. The food is delicious and service is great. I wish it were closer to home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependability
    Maxie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a wonderful birthday celebration. I can always depend on Cookie's menu, atmosphere and service for entertaining family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B++
    namelessVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We always go in the 'off' season and have missed the place. They have great breads and a fantastic house salad, thought this time the greens were not as fresh as usual. The soup special was weak. The crab dishes are the best anywhere but a few ounces to small. The room was extremely loud (we were in the room next to the bay room). We go a couple of times a month Oct thru May. We would go a lot more if they would quite the room a little and either have drink specials or lower the price of the mixed drinks. Drink prices are the main reason for our low number of visits. The place we go to 3-4 times a week is almost half the cost on drinks. Don't get me wrong, we love the place. It just needs a few tweaks to make it A+.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • South Jersey Classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Put Steve and Cookies right on top of your list, there with all your favorite restaurants in Philadphia and NYC. Wonderful upscale casual vibe, great food and service and the owner Cookie Till is not only one of the best restauranteurs in the state, but she is always giving back to the community. We will be back real soon!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Had a very enjoyable evening. Service was very good. First time dining there. We had many of the dishes and everyone enjoyed their meals
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always a good meal
    foodfunsterVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    hands down, Steve and cookies continues to be one of the most consistent restaurants we enjoy. Service, food, overall ambiance makes this one of our favorite
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time..
    Dhumper914
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My wife and I love it here. Our goto place since AC Restaurant Week several years ago. A great bar crew, awesome food, & a wait crew among the best! Have to have the Lobster Mac & cheese, Ugly tomato salad, Stuffed pork chops, & the Cold seafood plate! Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderfully consistant
    AskfarrylVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food and service is always wonderful. If it was less pricey I would eat here weekly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cookie knows best
    ClearlyAmbiguousVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food and cocktails here are exceptional. Service was very good, although we've had better here...waitress seemed a little fake. But that's ok. Word of warning: you will pay, and through the nose, for the quality of experience. Lots of dishes overpriced for what they are, but the execution and taste makes you forget all about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a Doubt
    food4me
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Steve and Cookies is always consistent. You know you will get a great meal and good service. Plenty and of menu choices and several daily specials are always offered. Everything was prepared as ordered and all expectations were met.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always the best
    MarcN
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had the cold seafood plate, veal, Warner's and lobster mac and cheese. Not one selection disappointed. My 17 year old son wanted to be with his friends this weekend, not his parents. A promise of Steve and Cookies served as a successful bribe. The place was packed, but you could never tell by the staff of professionals who appear completely under control, calm, collected, professional and friendly. We had a drink at the bar with friends as we waited for our table (which was ready at exactly the time of our reservation). There were two musicians playing in one of the 3 incredible bars in this place with unbelievable attention to details, great artwork, a view of the bay and over the top service.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    mikes
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Enjoyed our meal service was great, the view from the veranda room was a value added.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliably good food, polite staff, A
    dinnerout
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food is always good, and the appetizers are exceptional. Nice variety on the menu, with something to please everyone. The fired shrimp are perhaps the best I've ever had. And the house salad should not be missed. The service was excellent, professional and polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • seakayiiVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is a very popular, but overrated and over priced restaurant that caters to a high-end crowd. The service is nothing better than good. The our beef brisket was overcooked and dry; the roast duck was not moist or tender. The house salad is excellent. Needed to ask for refills of water. The seasonal blueberry pie with graham cracker crust is the best item available. No need to recommend this restaurant; it has a reputation as a year-round seashore dining hot spot, but we think it is not worth more than a once-a-year dine.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • S&C does it again!
    hmort
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We can always count on a great meal when we go to S & C. The Jersey Tomato salad, baked clams, scallops and salmon were all outstanding. They always have new & interesting accompaniments with each entree. The only negative are the chairs in the middle dining room are very uncomfortable but maybe thats so you don't stay too long & allow other diners to sit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • finnappy
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent in all, food, service, ambience and drinks
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Night
    spclteachr
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was our anniversary so my husband made a reservation for dinner. The hostess was very acomadating and gave us a corner seat near the upper bar. Everything was great. They even gave us a dessert on them to celebrate the occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely a must place to go
    LOVEBIRDS
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    When you want to have a quiet and special date with someone I would highly recommend going to Steve and Cookies. From even the beginning when making the reservation it is far above any dinner establishment I have ever been to. A special thank you to Kelly for taking care of us while at Steve and Cookies.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Steve and Cookies is amazing for its consistency. Always good food and best bar anywhere. Service to tables is also good despite crowds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For special times
    BigDave
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We LOVE the restaurant but save it for specials because of the price. The food is fabulous and worth it, but $50 — 60 pp is too high for ordinary every day dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    cacr1120
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner! The food was excellent, as usual, and the wait staff was so nice and attentive. Always a good time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great restaurant
    FunInTheSunVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My favorite restaurant to go on my birthday or anytime for that matter. Everything is Delicious. The tomato salad (seasonal) is one of our favorites. Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving day is the best we have ever been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Past better than present
    happyeater
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had fond memories from past visits; last perhaps a year ago. My wife had a tomato app that she like a lot except for the frizzled (?) onions, and a steak that was just ok. I had crab & corn chowder that was very good except I expected a white not pink broth; no big deal. My veal chop was good, a little drier than I expected. Deserts were delicious: banana cream pie & margate beach pie.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite of ours
    BRB125
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We make it a point to dine at Steve & Cookies whenever we're in South Jersey. The food, service and comfortable dining room is consistently excellent, regardless of crowds. It is one of our favorite restaurants in New Jersey
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • POOR SCHEDULING
    OVERRATED
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Made a reservation two weeks in advance and then had to wait 45 minutes for our table. Cookie could have cared less. Never even offered a free drink. Should have left. Food not better than elsewhere in that neighborhood. I'm done!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic