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 WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Octopus's Garden reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)special occasion (33)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (20)romantic (16)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very noises, fish was over cooked. Not a pleasant experience.
    • Food
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Luvtoeat
    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
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 62 reviews are from the The Octopus's Garden reviews archive.
  • Excellent dinner
    LBIislanders
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    foodie
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We have been to this restaurant many times and never had a bad meal. This time however, the service was very slow and inattentive.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh Seafood and warm atmosphere!
    EtdrnknsleepEMS
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy restaurant
    rizz
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    lovefish
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellant all around
    foodluver
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks Open Table!!
    Augustfoodies
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as in the Past
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Real Seafood
    xxxxVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The freshest healthiest seafood in the area. Always a great meal and dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing with great food
    Nannypoppy
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved our experience, highly
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BYOB
    EatingOutVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food just gets better & better!
    RayTiff
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Been going here for about 5 years now and love it more each time. Food is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem of a restaurant!!
    Nannan
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never had a bad meal!
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Dave
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Valentine's Day
    Windy76
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had the most incredible meal and wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet