The Octopus's Garden
The Octopus's Garden

The Octopus's Garden

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theoctopussgardenfishhouse.com/
  • Phone: 6095978828x1
  • 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, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary American
  • 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 6095978828x1

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Octopus's Garden reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)special occasion (39)fit for foodies (36)good for groups (26)romantic (17)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I have some vegetarians in my family so everyone is happy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful sea food restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Staff was very attentive including the owner explaining the menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great if you are a seafood goer
    Jimbo64
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had the grouper and redfish dinners which were excellent. Service a little slow but restaurant was quite busy. Staff were attentive and did apologize for the slight delay. Great BYOB restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Another great night with friends. The food is always delicious, atmosphere is beautiful and the staff is wonderful!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite
    Grogue
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Loved this restaurant when it was in Surf City on LBI and followed it on its move to the mainland. 'Consistancy' is the key for Octopus. They are very careful to have the best of everything and the preparation is meticulous. Owners and founders, with their family, circulate while working to ensure customer satisfaction. Open all year is a plus. Favorite place in area: never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For Seafood Lovers
    Suzanne
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We are seafood lovers and were not disappointed on our recent visit. A variety of different and unusual fish offerings on the menu, but happy that the classic lobster dinner was also one of the evening's specialities. When I got home, I realized I never got my soup that came with the lobster, but it was a good experience anyway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grrrreat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Excellent restaurant. We took our daughter to celebrate a new job. Food, service and attentiveness of owner/chef were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Wonderful restaurant with lots of fish and seafood selection and nightly specials. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the food. Excellent, attentive service. BYOB is always delightful. A "must dine" if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Real Restaurant, in Ocean County
    Mavisthinks
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This was my second time here and I loved it. The menu options, the attentive service. The food outstanding. The birthday candle and special written birthday message really made our night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OG never disappoints
    eastnaplesdiners
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Husband and I ordered the lobster on Friday, Sep 19, 2014, with potato, chowder, salads. The food and service were excellent, as usual. We have been eating here for over 10 years beginning when the restaurant was on LBI. It's a 20-minute drive from the island, and well worth it. The setting is casually elegant. Diane was our server, and she was suitably attentive. This place is BYOB which helps. Prices are upscale, and well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CONSISTENTLY GOOD!
    Jackijavon
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    WE HAVE EATEN HERE MANY TIMES AND ALWAYS HAPPY WITH THE VARIETY OF FISH DISHES. THIS TIME 2 OF THE 4 DINERS ORDERED STEAK. THE STEAKS WERE COOKED AS REQUESTED AND WOULD RATE A 4 OUT OF 5. SHRIMP AND CLAMS OVER PASTA WAS A LITTLE PEPPERY. LEAVE ROOM FOR THE TOLL HOUSE COOKIE DESSERT!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious
    hope2eat
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went early with a group of 7. Ordered the swordfish which was excellent. Everbody commented on good their food was. Well worth coming off the island to go to this restaurant.!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Always had a great meal and impeccable service. The Octopus's Garden is a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Love this restaurant! The food is fresh and delicious. They have an incredible staff and the owner is friendly. We go there for dinner quite often and always enjoy our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loup
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Fantastic menu with great selection. Seafood was outstanding and even the non-seafood items were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    Poppop1109
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Stayed on L.B.I. For two weeks,talked about dining spots to one of the locals. She suggested Octopus Garden,which is just off the island on Rt 9 and about 2 mi south of Rt. 72. Sorry I waited so long to find about this Gem! Make reservations! People at this restaurant were friendly and know how to treat a customer. Soup, appetizer, salad, and lobster were perfect. Go Friday night ,which is lobster night,you won't regret it. Also, B.Y.O.B.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Octupus Gardens
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The wait staff work very hard.They are attentive,and very observant.The food was excellent but we were a little hungry after the meal.I would recommend this restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went to Octopus's Garden for the first time for my birthday, we loved the food, and everything about it. A great find for our area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very noises, fish was over cooked. Not a pleasant experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good!
    BHW2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Exceptional value before 5:30. Food was great. Service was great. We really enjoyed our experience there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great meal
    lglopez
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We frequent this restaurant several times a year. Always a good meal, good ambiance and service. We brought a friend for the first time this time... and she loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • out4dinner
    out4dinner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went to Octopus garden to celebrate a birthday. Party of 6, We ordered 2 appetizers the fresh tuna (5 small pieces) and the breaded calamari, it was also very small. Three of us ordered the sea-bream/with mushroom risotto it was a delicious entree. 2 ordered the tuna entree with wasabi mashed potatoes, tuna was fresh and a nice portion. the desserts were compt because there was a large party of 50, celebrating a 60th birthday, it was not a comfortable dining experience, we felt like we were intruding. and the wait staff were torn between us and serving the birthday party. the chocolate cake with vanilla icing was very good. Ask if there is a large party booked before making reservations. Not sure if I it is worth going off LBI
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than the Beatles
    calicoboy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Four different fish dishes at our table, each superbly prepared and served hot. The wait staff was friendly, efficient and not at all obtrusive. And this was on a Saturday night at 8 PM. If you see the prosciutto-wrapped wolfish go for it. Easy to get to without the LBI traffic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but on the pricey side
    Gary
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was good and the service was above average. The prices were on the high side.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five star restaurant
    Ellie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Without a doubt, the best seafood restaurant in NJ!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • LuvtoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great evening......Food, service and atmosphere all were GREAT! We will definately be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • figbar
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My most favorite restaurant---drive from Monmouth County just to have dinner here....best food ever!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent every time!
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We have been going here for 7 years and our meals and service are always superb! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful Dining
    Suzanne
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed 40th anniversary
    Sinker74
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 72 reviews are from the The Octopus's Garden reviews archive.
  • reliable
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accomodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud, bad service
    Food4thought
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent food even for vegetarians
    Jackijavon
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Everything was terrific. An outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day dinner
    Foodlover
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waitress
    gigigreat
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carole
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The service and food is always very good. This restaurant does not disappoint. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Very nice place, food was excellent, service great. BYOB They only have a limited wine menu
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet