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The Barge
The Barge

The Barge Details

  • 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: Seafood, Steakhouse, Steak
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "The broiled scallops are the reason we come here. They are delicious"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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...."
    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"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • " 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."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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. "
    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. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "WE LOVED THE FOOD -THE SERVICE IS EXCELLENT, GREAT FOR FAMILY GET TOGETHERS!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Always a great dining experience. Food was great and the server outstanding."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great Service & Food- Great Selection- Did not leave unsatisfied!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Food is excellent. Very loud table ruined the ambience for everyone else."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "the food was ok, it was just ok, we were just looking for a real good dinner,"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fresh and well prepared entrees. Good size portions. Bread basket was so-so."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Nice meals and decent prices - had lobster tails and were perfectly made. Waitress was very nice and attentive. Nice atmosphere and very nice view of the marina."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Visited on New Year's Eve and the menu selections were reduced to handle the expected New Year's evening crowd. As a result, our favorites were not on the menu. Service was very slow due to issues at the bar. We look forward to a better visit next time. Still remains a neighborhood favorite!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Under cooked meat, burnt salmon, overdone shrimp. Too bright and too loud. wouldn't recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This was the first time we were there and it was very enjoyable. Its our tradition to go somewhere each Christmas and try new restaurants. Great menu. The food was very good and the service was excellent. We will be back again after the holidays. Its also nice that you have coupons on line."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Good food. Definitely would go back. I would recommend going to this restaurant."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The food at The Barge was excellent. The service was also excellent. Views of the water made this a special meal. My only complaint is that it is extremely crowded and noisy."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "have been eating here for over 40 years. menu still the same. they have choices rarely seen elsewhere.. lobster/crab augratin and thermidor. salad is included as well. not flashy but solidly good food."
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "From a time when a restaurant was simple very good food at excellent prices. Coupons available on line. Friendly staff make this a monthly stop."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "A busy, energetic place, but we had a very relaxed meal. The food was delicious, the service amazing. Our server assisted with allergies and special requests flawlessly. Her reccomendations spot on. It was as if she new what we wanted/needed before the need to ask! I would go back just for the cheesecake!"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "I recently visited The Barge for my mother's birthday dinner. The lobster was outstanding as was the Manhattan Clam Chowder. The service was top-notch. I never had to search for the waiter. However, the one major problem is the lack of space. There are many too tables in the main dining room and I felt a bit cramped. I had to walk sideways at times to get to my table."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "If you eat nothing else, try the oysters--- raw or fried."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "Out of a party for six, five of us had a different type of seafood(which was the main reason for going there). Everyone enjoyed their meal and expressed how fresh their seafood was, from the flounder, stuffed flounder to the shrimp. Hats off the chef GREAT JOB!"
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "Consistently good, reliable seafood on the Perth Amboy waterfront. Back open after Sandy, patio awaits next year."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "My wife and I usually enjoy the Maine Lobster and the Sangria."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "Although I made reservation through Open Table, upon arrival I was told they didn't have reservation. I started to pull out my copy and they found it on the computer. I think I was lucky there was a table available."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "I called to confirm my reservation and was told "take your time, because we're very crowded right now". When I told the person I had a reservation, she rudely replied " I know." If I hadn't already canceled my reservation at Seabra (across the street from Barge), I would've canceled at the Barge. The food was bland. I ordered crab cakes which came with some uninspired sauce poured over them. The crab cakes themselves were devoid of flavor. My friend ordered a steak--medium rare--that was charred on the underside. He was not happy and spoke to the chef directly. The only good thing was they took it off of the bill."
    Dined on 8/10/2013