The Barge
The Barge

The Barge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebarge.com/
  • Phone: (732) 442-3000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm,

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm,

    Sunday: 11:30am - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Catering options are available. Please contact the restaurant directly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gordon Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street Parking, public parking and valet service available.
A word from The Barge
The Barge has been specializing in the finest steaks and seafood in Middlesex County since 1925. This fine restaurant is well know for its appetizing foods including thick juicy steaks and live Maine lobsters.

Be assured, regardless of your choice, it will be one of the best meals you have ever eaten. Our warm, pleasant atmosphere, delicious food, and fast friendly service will make you want to return time and time again. Remember Barge Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge for a truly enjoyable dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
The Barge reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (16)neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (12)great for outdoor dining (10)special occasion (9)great for lunch (9)fit for foodies (8)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)romantic (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Nice night wife fiancé
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Decided to book this place for our anniversary. Driving to the location at night can be a little sketchy given the area. From the outside the place looks small but it's nestled in a nice part of town near the bay which gives you a nice view. My wife ordered the surf and turf and I got two lobster tails. We both enjoyed the food, nothing was ground breakingly modern, but it wasn't expected either. The service was good, the decore brought me back to the 80s. Pricing the food was a little on the high side. Overall a nice night
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Area Classic
    fish4you
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We went The Barge with a group of 9 adults to celebrate a birthday. We lived out of the area for a number of years, But recalled enjoying the restaurant many years ago. The food and drink were good during the recent visit, and the prices were reasonable. It definitely is good value for the money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PhylVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Consistently good food. Nautical atmosphere. Very enjoyable since they redid after storm
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    polymath
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was all well. Very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sizzling Broiled Scallops
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Broiled scallops served on a hot sizzling dish--cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovesantana
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We asked for and got a table right next to the band. It was a great night with good food and music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • soft shell crabs not soft
    Jerry
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our dinner was great, service as well, however, I have one complaint. The soft shell crabs were not soft enough to eat. I complained to the server and she said 'you have to take a chance'. Other than that, I would return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I should have known what we were in for when the iced tea, diet coke, and 2 draught beers all tasted like water. The steamed clams app were over cooked and chewy. Not to mention four of the twelve were empty. Three of us ordered the steak & scampi. Two with the garlic broil and one Cajun style. The shrimp were rubbery and tasteless. The steaks were a little on the tough side, and all were tasteless. We all had to put far too much salt on them to have any flavor. But the rice was delicious. The fourth person ordered the shrimp marinara with mussels & clams…the sauce was very bland and the shellfish were all over cooked and chewy. We all left more on our plates than we ate. The waiter said he’d be back with four boxes, and we all declined.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GOOD FOOD NICE VIEW
    GA461
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was good everything tasted fresh. I would go back. Space is alittle tight. The view of the bay was beautiful. I forgot I was in Perth Amboy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Broiled Scallops!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We come here for the broiled scallops. They are served on a sizzling hot plate and are delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food & service wins here
    Vster1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    First time here...enjoyed the lobster special and double cut sirloin at very reasonable prices. Not the prettiest place - reminder of Greek diner and old restaurant, but the area is nice and food is very good. I give up the posh for good food & service along with reasonable pricing!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed
    FergsVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Historically I've loved The Barge's broiled red snapper. But the last 3 times that I've visited, the portions have been small and not as well prepared. The french fries, that should be crispy, are soggy. The service was slower than normal Friday night. Will go back again. Hopefully my wife and I will have a better experience next time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant and Reasonable
    Secokery
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The menu choices are extensive, the portions are generous, and the food is tasty. Add to this a waterside view at sunset and you have the makings for a pleasant evening. The prices are reasonable as well, so the whole experience comes out as a winner. I'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good time
    familyof4
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a table on the patio, the weather was perfect, the food was great, the entertainment was great. Enjoyed your time there. Stayed for 3 hours, was not rushed to leaved, in fact they seemed to encourage us to stay and enjoy the night there. Will go back there on a Friday or Saturday night, will ask for a patio table (weather permitting), and will bring friends to share the fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Anamaji1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Hostess made for a bad experience. She's not only rough around the edges, she has no reservations about reprimanding wait staff in front of guests. I went for Maine lobster, it was certainly not fresh. I will probably never go back, unless I hear of upgrades to this town landmark. Other local restaurants are ahead in quality of food, service and providing a worthwhile experience.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 64 reviews are from the The Barge reviews archive.
  • CarolT
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We love The Barge! Their seafood is always fresh and outstanding. The Grecian Stuffed Flounder is fabulous and can't be found anywhere else. We try to make it a weekly trip and have always found the service and food to be excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice restaurant
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The broiled scallops are the reason we come here. They are delicious
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was not impress
    Ladyrush26
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The server made excuses for not getting my water after asking 3 times. My appetizer came out on a dirty plate you can see the finger prints in it. I ask to see the manager her came didn't apologize just said i will get you what you need. As we walked out we told the host why we were leaving she then said oh well sit inside and the service would be better. I was at the Resturant on 7/11 it was my wedding anniversary which started off bad but I end up going to the armory and they did a wonderful job!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    It is a beautiful view down at the water. Outdoor seating in the warm weather makes the setting relaxing. Been here many times, but on this night the food was not good. Over cooked and cold. Service was just horrible. Had I not had better experiences previously, I would never return based upon this night's meal. Hopefully it was just a bad night and not a sign of a restaurant on the decline.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great seafood and more!
    ROBIN
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great place -great service!Nice view .The entire staff is very accommodating and is there to please providing always the best service thats why we keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disppointed...
    oldfriend49
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    we'd eaten there before, several times before "sandy" hit a few yrs ago....usually a week-day lunch....nothing on the "special" menu appealed to me...my husbands london broil looked like stew....or something out of a dog food can....the fish on my sea food platter was so flat it was like back to back breading....the scallops were good, though.... the waiter was great...made the experience more palatable....oh, the soup i had, manhattan style clam chowder, was very good....
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  • deejay19
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Staff was courteous. Seated promptly. Excellent value. Food was great and served hot. Excellent menu and choices. Would definitely go back there. Early Bird excellent value. Definitely worth the trip up from Neptune City
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • A truly great place to dine.
    Happydiner66
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The service was prompt but not pushy. Food was well prepared and plentiful. Wait time was within acceptable on all levels, seating, table prep, wait staff etc. Will definitely return and bring friends and family. Also will look to enjoy the piano bar the next time I'm there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    Renata
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    A colleague of my husband recommended The Barge for celebrating our birthdays. It was about a 40 minute trip but well worth it. We started with the Long Island Steamers which were outstanding! Sweet and sand-free....just yummy!! Hubby got the Broiled Scallops which were magnificent! If I go back, I will order the lobster steamed not broiled. There was way too much garlic and bread crumbs on it which completely masked the flavor of the lobster. The tamale was missing (my favorite part) and it was generally just too dry. All in all a very nice experience and I would recommend it to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor fun
    Lola
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Had fun dining outside. The entertainment was cheesy but fun. Participated in a 20 question trivia game that was entertaining but did distract from the meal. But I choose to participate, I didn't have to. The music drew in passersby which added to an entertaining evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Went there for dinner. Bread was stale. Ordered clams as an appetizer - a lump of breadcrumbs and no taste. Our salads came out and the dressing had too much pepper in it. The kid's burgers were ok. Our dinner which consisted of fried seafood was soggy.
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  • Back after 30 years!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We used to live in the area and dined often at the Barge. We went last week to celebrate our 45th anniversary. We had a wonderful waiter who was friendly and attentive. I was looking forward to the lobster newburg which had always been my favorite dish. It was disappointing. While there was plenty of lobster, the newburg sauce was thin and runny and had no sherry. It was actually tasteless. The home fries were also tasteless. The chef needs to season the food. On the plus side, my husband's lobster tails were quite good and my clams on the half shell were fresh and delicious. The prices are very reasonable and the cocktails were well made. Overall I would probably not return unless I am in the area.
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    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Middle of the road
    easytoplease
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I made our reservation through open table but the hostess could not find our name but seated our party of 4 anyway. I went back to her to discuss the mixup, she informed me she didn't check the computer reservations only the the phoned in reservations. Our waiter was pleasant & very attentive. Our meal at the Barge was OK but nothing special. I had had the Stuffed Shrimp. There was 3 large shrimp of high quality & cooked properly but the crab meat stuffing was bland, almost tasteless. Stuffed shrimp is one of my favorite meals & this was in the bottom third of the hundreds of times I have had this dish. I am not very critical in general but I won't be coming back as the meal was very so-so, not terrible but not worth coming back for.
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    scenic view
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  • Eh...
    Hungry
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    First experience there and they do not accommodate babies. Place is very small and crowded andtherefore very loud. I heard everyone else's conversation except for the one at my table. Food was good, since its seafood, expect to pay out. If you plan on going there, its for romantix occasions, not a family gathering, especially when babies are involved.
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    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall Decent
    Marimel
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a good experience overall. The staff was friendly and waiter did a good job. I just had a few issues with my food. I asked for my steak well-done and I had to send it back. I asked for a side of yellow rice and it was very mushy and lukewarm. Also the butters that were served with the bread - the bottoms very dirty with food particles as if they had been taken off a dirty dish and given to us. We had a larger group so everyone else was happy with they ordered.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ENJOYABLE DINING!
    ROBIN
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    WE LOVED THE FOOD -THE SERVICE IS EXCELLENT, GREAT FOR FAMILY GET TOGETHERS!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lobster!
    Karen
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    This restaurant has been on the Perth Amboy waterfront for a very long time. That being said, The Barge was renovated due to the damage done by Hurricane Sandy. Despite the renovations, the decor is very bland when it could be made quite charming very easily with a few additions. Also they had a radio station playing so you heard the commercials too which was somewhat distracting. My waiter was efficient and friendly. The lobster was delicious and my friend had the lobster combination which had a nice variety of seafood. The scallops were large and cooked perfectly. The dinners come with a salad that looks very sad. It is mainly lettuce, one slice of cucumber and some carrot shavings, I will pass on it next time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sure thing
    TreborVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Always a great dining experience. Food was great and the server outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than Expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Great Service & Food- Great Selection- Did not leave unsatisfied!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    Ssrc
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Food is excellent. Very loud table ruined the ambience for everyone else.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Event
    Barb
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We had the Sweetheart dinner and found it to be very good, if not excellent. Both the Lobster tail and the Filet Mignon were very good. The service was cordial, timely, and complete. Our server was very pleasant and friendly. We dined in the main dineing room as opposed to the lounge and found that the ambiance was a little lacking but alright for a neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The old Barge went with Sandy!
    Solimar
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was the 2nd time my wife and I went to what was our favorite restaurant in the Perth Amboy area prior to Superstorm Sandy. . We had been going for over 25 years at least once a month. We have a shore house in Tuckerton Beach during the summer and we still would come up to The Barge for dinners. The service is pretty much the same but the food quality is terrible as compared prior to the storm. The steaks had no taste, very fibery and tough and the seafood overcooked. The salad was just lettuce.. What happened to the tomato and unions? The prices went up but the quality went down. Overall it was a terrible dining experience on both occasions.
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  • very special valentines day
    closebyeats1
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    due to the weather we really didnt want to go anywhere really far for valentines day. so the bardge is right down the block from our home. we made reservations and the food was awsome and they were very nice to my 3 year old we will definetely be back thanks for a great night
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • valentine
    BobC
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    the food was ok, it was just ok, we were just looking for a real good dinner,
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  • Tasty seafood at reasonable prices
    discman
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Fresh and well prepared entrees. Good size portions. Bread basket was so-so.
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    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.