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The Octopus's Garden
The Octopus's Garden

The Octopus's Garden Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theoctopussgardenfishhouse.com
  • Phone: (609) 597-8828 x1
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Michael Russo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Specializing in Rehearsal Dinners - Bridal & Baby Showers - Special Birthdays & Retirements - 20-50 guests works best Order from Menu Selections or craft your own event (pricing works to your advantage with our menu items) Daytime parties must be 30 guest minimum
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Russo (609) 597-8828 x1

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mayetta Landing Road
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit on Rt 9 stops in front of restaurant
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large parking lots in front and rear of restaurant - Some parking on side and street
A word from The Octopus's Garden
A long time favorite at the Jersey shore, The Octopus's Garden has been pleasing the palates of seafood lovers and landlubbers alike since 1977. With a huge variety of fresh fish, beef chicken and lamb as well as a complete vegetarian and vegan menu, we are sure to exceed your expectations. Originally located on LBI, The Octopus's Garden has moved to the mainland to a "built from scratch" state of the art green building just six miles from its old location. Known for a great value, Lobster nights on Thursday and Fridays, have become legendary. Throughout the week guests will enjoy nightly specials such as half priced appetizers and desserts served all night long on Sundays! Relax in the candle lit dining room lined with seaside snapshots and a large window looking into the pristine kitchen. It is the perfect restaurant for romance or celebration and as always the kids are welcome. The Octopus's Garden is open all year long and can accommodate private parties.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Without a doubt, the best seafood restaurant in NJ!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great evening......Food, service and atmosphere all were GREAT! We will definately be back"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My most favorite restaurant---drive from Monmouth County just to have dinner here....best food ever!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have been going here for 7 years and our meals and service are always superb! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Both the early-bird specials and daily specials are a great value. We had the coconut shrimp on the early bird and the lobster from the daily special and both were fresh and well-prepared. The lobster was steamed but not a soggy mess and it was cracked. Both meals included soup and salad and the early bird includes a dessert. Have the apple bread pudding if offered...it's delicious. My only small complaint is that a waitress (not ours) took my husband's plate before I was completely finished which is a bit of a pet peeve. I would have given the service 5 stars if not for that."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food Fantastic! Service Fantastic! Slight ripple in the ambiance with a loud table of six seated nearby. Restaurant was not crowded- seating should be spread throughout until necessary to "crowd""
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "we have visited many times today was a let down my wife's lobster was tough my scallops were cold they did not pay attention to details this time we hope this was just a bad night we do enjoy going to the garden"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Lobster not on menu except Thursday & Fridays. We asked, they had one (1) and it was delicious! Rack of Lamb was also desired by two and they got their wish. Waiter Kevin was exceptionately wonderful. We wrre last ones out and no one rushed us!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Wanted to love this place, but it was a great disappointment. The first thing that struck me was how loud the place was, adding to the noise was loud pre-recorded concert music, with the canned applause intact. We ordered the butter poached lobster appetizer, a concoction of butter, some ū identifiable neon red sauce. Next came salads, overly dressed and made in advance. Then came the wait...it was more than 45 minutes until our entrees came. I had duck, which was as sry as the Sahara dessert and my husband had the tile fish which was tasty but served over ice cold polenta. The waitress never came back to the table for 30 minutes, when we pointed out the issues, she shrugged and offered no apology. No Splenda and cake moldy."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Duck was delicious as was salmon. Special vegetarian menu. Complaint with kid's meal. Meatballs probably microwaved and were very firm. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "just moved to area and so happy to find a neighborhood restaurant. We wished the menu had more of a selection so we could dine more freguently. such as scampi dishes, bolognese, or franchise. You will see us again of that i am certain. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Everything was terrific. An outstanding dining experience."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Once again we had a very pleasurable dinner in this pretty restaurant. Our server, TJ was attentive and made us feel welcome. The only disappointment is the noise level which made it difficult to converse with my family. We would be back again for sure. The food was wonderful! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Felt so badly for her. She was overwhelmed but did a terrific job. I rated it only 3 stars for service as it was a little slow due to a wedding party. She was really great and handled it well. Thanx for a lovely evening. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The service and food is always very good. This restaurant does not disappoint. We will go back."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Very nice place, food was excellent, service great. BYOB They only have a limited wine menu "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The four of us all had different dinners and they were excellent. I had lamb and would have liked it served with mint jelly, but I will just bring my own next time"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant many times and never had a bad meal. This time however, the service was very slow and inattentive."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The Octopus's Garden was recommended to us a by friend who goes there for his wedding anniversary every year so I knew it must be special. I decided to bring my mother there for her 70th birthday, she wanted to go to a local bar/tavern but I thought she deserved a nice restaurant with a warm atmosphere and The Octopus's Garden was not disappointing! The seafood was extremely fresh, the service was great and the white wine was very good. You can also BYOB which is great! Without me asking the restaurant brought my mother out dessert with a candle in it which I thought was very nice of them to do so. I would go here again - although a little pricey, I suggest going for a special occasion! "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We have been eating at octypus' garden for a few years. We reserved a table on easter sunday & it was available on time. The only negative was my dinner was not cooked properly (filet mignon) so they took it back in & recooked but was not right & it tasted burnt charbroiled with a bitter sauce. they took it back & i ordered salmon. for our wait, we had free dessert/coffee."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We went on Good Friday looking forward to a fish dinner. We were surprised to see we were in time or the early bird special. The entire meal was perfect and the price was very reasonable. We live over a half an hour away and we would gladly make this trip anytime"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "A special occasion, 59th wedding anniversary, food was excellant, service was outstanding, they treated you as if you were the only customers in the place. Owner came to the table several times to make sure everyone was satisfied. Waiter was spot on with service and professionalism. Ample timing in between courses never rushed. Definately would recommend to others."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Wanting to try a new place for our daughter's 15th birthday, I checked Open Table for places near LBI. I can't believe we've never noticed this place! We had a party of 5, all having a different entrée & no one was disappointed with their choice. We started with the beet & goat cheese stack and crab dip for appetizers. While the beet stack was a bit hard to tackle, both were wonderful! The Macadamia Cod was delicious as well as the duck, filet & scallops. The lamb was a special that evening & was amazing! Having never been there, we made plans for birthday cake elsewhere so we didn't try any of the desserts :( The ones we saw looked simply delicious so we won't do that again!! We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Food value not what it use to be. Too expensive for what I received. The wait staff was excellent, but that was it. Peter and Christine(Parents Founders, use to come to each table and check). Son doesn't check, but probably just as well."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The freshest healthiest seafood in the area. Always a great meal and dining experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "From beginning to end our group of 6 had a delightful time. The back room faxing south was a perfect location for our group. He service was good and the food was very good. It's not the first time we have gone. It has been consistent every time Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We loved our experience, highly enjoy the Roasted Duck. Very much enjoyed the Prosciutto wrap Sea Bass. Need to return soon to try other seafood dishes, great menu selection of seafood options."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Wish we would have known it was BYOB before we sat down to eat. We actually left, made a quick trip to the liquor store and returned to eat."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Been going here for about 5 years now and love it more each time. Food is great!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The octopus garden restaurant was awesome. A friend recommend this restaurant and finally Got the chance to have dinner there. To say the least, I wish I went sooner. The quality of food and the excellent and knowlable waiter surly makes this a 5 star!! In addition it's a Byob."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Always enjoy the food at this wonderful restaurant! The service is great, good place to go with friends or just yourselves. Imy husband realky enjoyed his lobster and I had a cherry crusted filet mignon (fantastic) with truffle risotto. My favorite dessert- warm toll house cookie pie with vanilla ice cream! Love it!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The dinner at the Octopus's Garden was perfect. Our waitress Caitlyn was very friendly & helpful with suggestions. She was attentive without interrupting. The food was amazing & tasted very fresh. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had the most incredible meal and wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I absolutely love the Octopus's Garden! Recommended to us by older relatives it has remained on our short list of places we love to dine for the past few years."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I have been going here for many months now. Food is always amazing and service is always friendly. We never leave feeling not satisfied with our dining experience. The New England clam chowder is one of our favorites around. We also love to order the lolli pop lamb chops. Delicious! Sundays are a great day to go with having half price appetizers. We have tried between the the two of us almost the entire menu and haven't had one entree we didn't enjoy. We have personally met the chef during one of our dining experiences there and he is such a humble genuine guy who you can tell truly cares about satisfying his customers stomaches. Look forward to dining again next month for our special date night out!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We've been patrons for over 14 years. Love the new location, they do try to switch up the menu with some nicely done specials. Only complaint, a couple dishes were lukewarm when served, that should never happen. But we will be back..again....Wish they had a bar!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When I made the reservations I asked for the porch area, which is Double 'Q' (Quiet & Quaint) and our table for 4 was ready. We dined the night before Valentines day and the one of the nights Specials was whole Maine Lobster ($27). The men got it and it was Excellent. The women got Coconut Shrimp and Seafood Combo, and they were also Excellent. Our Waitress mentioned that they had 300 reservations for Valentines Day, so they are doing it right! A very enjoyable evening out."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant. Food was awesome. Daily specials are great. They have wine from one local winery or BYOB. great atmosphere.."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "OUR WAITRESS WAS GREAT, WE HAD REQUESTED DIANE AND AS USUAL SHE GAVE A GREAT SERVICE AND ATTENTION. OUR ONLY COMPLAINT IS THAT THE SALADS AND SALAD DRESSINGS ARE THE WORSE!!!! WE NOT ONLY BYOB BUT WE ACTUALLY BRING OUR OWN DRESSING( BLUE CHEESE--HOMEMADE FROM HOME). WE ACTUALLY HAVE CHANGED PLANS WHEN WE HAVE A GROUP OF 6 OR MORE BECAUSE THE SALADS ARE SO POOR ADN WE GO ELSEWHERE."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My husband brought me for my birthday as a surprise! I have been wanting to go the for awhile now. I had the filet mignon with the mushroom risotto, wonderful! My husband had the same thing but with wasabi mash potatoes, definitely getting those next time. The waitress was wonderful, she ever sung me Happy Birthday when they brought out my surprise dessert! Hands done the best restaurant I have been to in a long time!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014